I've been on a bit of a blogging hiatus. In fact, I've been on a hiatus from a lot of things – not really writing for Gapers Block as much as I'm supposed to, not going to the movies a lot (which has made Cineplexus kind of a wasteland, sorry), and not posting updates to Sweet Valley Diaries, though I did read the book I'm supposed to recap next. It would all be very sad indeed, except for this one thing that I actually was doing.
I made a movie.
My movie, which is called show/choir and is a documentary (about, what else, showchoir) has been a long time in the making. I shot it with my friend Cole Murray in 2005 and 2006 (pre-Glee! I know, it's pretty crazy!) but I didn't have the resources or time to complete it until this summer and fall, which I spent editing away like a machine, except with more crying. Then, lo and behold, it was completed. And it was pretty good.
This past Friday, there was a world-premiere of the film at Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Indiana. In addition to being the setting for much of the film, CHS is where I went to high school, and where I participated in showchoir. The screening went really well and I got a lot of compliments on the film. I even got some press out of it! I myself was kind of a basket case the whole time, unable to gauge whether the film is even interesting, as I have now seen it about 7000 times. But I guess I'll take everyone's word for it that it was great. Hooray!
Now I begin the film festival submission process. Actually, facing a world where the onus of getting this movie made is not upon me is a bit like giving birth after a 5-year gestation, and now I am both excited and sad. But my film baby needs me to care for it in a different way now, I guess. In any case, I am hopeful for the film's success, but content in knowing that it is finished and that the hometown crowd was happy with it.
To see clips from the movie and follow it's progress through the festival circuit, check out showchoirdoc.com.