If I am ever complaining about living in the Bay Area, please remind me that the cherry blossoms bloom in my birthday month here. There is nothing better than that.
This year started off with amazing news. The Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. offered me a grant for the remaining out-of-pocket expenses incurred in the making of "dark is a different beast." I had finally sent them my final report for the first grant I received way back in 2012. I had applied for that initial grant with a slightly different concept. I still worked on the same project, but with an entirely different outcome, so I wanted it to be complete before I sent it in. Here is an excerpt from the email response from the Director, Java Kitrick:
I have never seen a film like yours before. THAT IS AN INCREDIBLE THING! I was so deeply engaged from the beginning. The imagery, the words, the music, your actors, the set, the pace, every effect.
Needless to say, I was elated and encouraged and thrilled and all that other stuff. I had been getting rejections from film festivals all winter, so her words of encouragement were really valuable. Enough so, that I bit the bullet and rented out the Oddball Films space for a private screening party for cast and crew. I'm excited to let everyone see it. (If you haven't been to Oddball before, you should definitely get on their mailing list and check out one of their screenings. It's a real SF gem.)