St. Louis Filmmaker's Showcase & Beyond


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There was a tremendous turnout for the Relationship Shorts program at the Tivoli this past Tuesday for the St. Louis Filmmaker's Showcase. I was pleasantly surprised to see that many people come out on a weeknight to see short films created by local filmmakers. My favorite of the evening was a 35 minute short called "A Slice of Pie"...everything about it was great. The acting, the cinematography, the story were all at a level that I strive to have my films reach some day.

I've had a series of unfortunate events as of late: The kitchen faucet needed to be replaced, I lost my complimentary tickets to the filmmaker showcase, my air conditioner in the house went out for two days, I lost my post office box key...I then clogged aforementioned sink with sweet potato peels. Apparently you're not supposed to put potato peels down the garbage disposal. Who knew?! You're also supposed to have routine maintenance on your AC and furnace too. And don't put glasses in the dishwasher over the prongs; they should go in between. I truly know nothing. I was the nearest adult in the vicinity when a 10 year old boy accidentally crashed his bike into one of my neighbor's parked cars. I guess this was more his unfortunate event than mine. After seeing that he'd broken the tail light and scuffed the vehicle, he immediately began crying and yelling, "I'm an idiot! I'm an idiot!". After spending the past two Saturdays uncomfortably under my kitchen sink and realizing that I'm a moron when it comes to home maintenance, I know the feeling kid.

On the bright side, I was able to fix my plumbing issues without spending money for a plumber and the AC only needed freon after 5 1/2 years of my neglect. I also got some really good news about "And Seven Hours Later..."

Erik Williams was kind enough to submit the film to the Route 66 Film Festival and as luck would have it, the film got into the program.  The festival is September 19th and 20th in Springfield, Illinois at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.  The full address is on their website www.route66filmfestival.net.  Our short will air in the 10 AM block on Saturday, September 19th.  I’m probably going to make a weekend out of the trip up there since I’ve been wanted to go to the Lincoln museum and some other Springfield sites for a while now. 

I'm continuously surprised that a film I shot basically for practice has done well enough to be an official selection at two festivals. Perhaps my series of unfortunate events has ended.