Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Watchcat Wednesday Screening

Columbia Alumni Filmmakers Night
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
6:30 p.m. – Arrival and seating
7 p.m. – Screening and Q+A

El Cid
4212 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Featured Short Films:
G Eazy "Downtown Love", Dillon Schneider ’12
Dumbfounded, Diane Baldwin ’05
Watchcat Episode 1 & 2, Jim Richardson ’86
Portrait of My Mother, Sophia Nahli Allison ’14
Seven Miles, Daniel Pico ’02
Dino Now, Matt Brookens ’99  
The Outcast, Bucher Almzain MFA ’15
Setting Son, Rachel Rosen ’15 
ParĂ©, Myra Casciato ’15
Perfect Day, Jessica Huggins ’12

We gathered at the El Cid, a mexican restaurant on Sunset near Los Feliz. Everyone was a stranger, even though we all went to the same college in Chicago, years ago. 

The turnout was pretty good and I want to say this politely, but there were a lot depressing stories presented that evening. All the films were well done in production value, but so many downer endings or setting up characters to fail or die were shown. 

Watchcat fit in well enough, because we had a lot of gun play in our story. It was a great opportunity to watch our film with an audience and hear the reaction from the crowd. This was very helpful for us to hear, since you don't get that kind of instant feedback when posting your film online.

After the screening, the filmmakers were ask to stand on the stage with a little Q/A from the audience.

Afterwards, many were working the room, networking with business cards and iphones. Here we handed out our cards and met some of the other filmmakers. Even though I was the only animator in this land of live action filmmakers, I felt somewhat at home with them.

We gotta work on our candid posing for photos. Ha ha...

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