Gallery: Gasparilla Int’l Film Festival ’11

If you weren’t able to make it out to the Gasparilla International Film Festival 2011, here are some pics from the festivities. And, if you were in attendance, check out the gallery—see if you got into any!

All images © respective photographers and used with permission. Thanks to K&K Photography for additional, high-end pictures.

Ready to head on out…

The Gasparilla International Film Festival opens tomorrow (Thursday as I
write this), and at the moment, I’m in between packing up my tech stuff and
clothing for the ride up to Tampa. If you’re going to be in the Tampa/St.
Pete vicinity over the weekend, drop in and say hi. My presentation will be
held on Sunday, at the Reeves Theatre on the University of Tampa campus, at
2 p.m. (Yes-we got the bigger venue!)

M. Emmit Walsh is a guest of honor, Tom Berenger (PLATOON), Armand Assante,
and a bunch of other folks you’d probably get a kick out of seeing will be
there. Everyday Sunshine (the Fishbone documentary) will be screening, the
aforementioned PLATOON, lots of talks and panels-in other words, a
guaranteed good time for movie fans, particularly those who dig indie

We’re definitely going to have some fun at my discussion, I’ll be showing
clips, the official trailer, some other video, and there’ll be plenty of
time for Q&A. And, if you’re a comic fan, feel free to bring anything I
worked on to get signed.

Well, that’s it. Time’s up. Clothes’re ready to go in my duffelll, dress
shirts and such are pressed and hanging in a garment bag, my extra
headphones need to get wrapped up along with my various chargers and cords,
you know the drill. Traveling, even just to Tampa, means packing more than I’ll
ever get to use.

Hope to catch you at the festival. If you need info on getting tix,
directions, etc., find it at:

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My talk at Gasparilla 2011

Now that the press conference is over and Gasparilla is getting the word out, I can flap my gums about being a speaker at the festival, where I’ll be discussing the making of my first feature film, The Bunker. This had been in the works for quite a while, but now it’s official. The talk is scheduled for Sunday, March 27th, 2-4 p.m., event hall to be announced.

When my distributor first brought up the possibility of me speaking at the festival, I thought it would be on an independent filmmaker’s panel, something like that. I figured it’d be me and a couple of other indie guys, taking questions, talking about what it took to make our movies, etc. In fact, I was going along under that assumption until Russell told me, “No, we’re not talking other filmmakers. Just you. The whole event is going to be focused on you.”

Well, that was a surprise. But a cool one. True, the film is a first. But making it an advertised feature event at Gasparilla? Being invited to come do it?

So, for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been waiting to blog about it, to start spreading the word via my social networking sites, all that jazz. If you’re coming to the fest, I hope you’ll drop in. I’ve been spending what little free time I’ve had the past week or so working on the presentation, choosing which scenes from the film I’m going to use, which trailer, and which clips from the Making of… documentary I’m going to bring.

I’m used to panels, been doing them at comic cons forever, going back to 1989 when I first dipped my toes into the comic book waters. They’re fun, comfortable affairs. This is slightly different. It’s a presentation, to be followed by a Q&A session. The difference? Unlike most speakers, I can’t rely on notes to help me keep everything straight. Well, let me clarify–it’s not like somebody’s preventing me from having index cards/notes, but being blind…? They aren’t going to do me any good up there at the podium.

But I’m not sweating it. I’m good on my feet and good in front of a crowd. I got a standing O in Mexico City during one of my speaking engagements at the festival of Fantasy and Terror. I got swamped after a lecture at the college in Tlascala by people who had questions we couldn’t get to in our allotted time, about how I was laying out my own comic book stories with stick figures, the way I’d done when I had sight. I’m comfortable talking to people about what I do. And The Bunker? Heck, I’ve been living with this film longer than I should’ve had to. Knowing it inside and out is why I chose to direct it in the first place, and why I refused to let anyone along the way try to take control over any aspect of it. We’re all going to have a good time on the 27th, that much I can promise you.

They better assign somebody to pick on people for the Q&A, though. It isn’t going to help for me to point out into the audience and go, “Hey, you, the one who looks like your mom dressed you. What’s your question?” 🙂

Hope to hear you at the talk. Check back here often for more details.

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