Why Outfest is So Very Important to us All…


Joined many luminaries and up-an’-comers at the illustrious Outfest Women’s Soiree over the weekend and was impressed with the turnout – but also with a new level of civility amongst filmmakers. I was greeted by Christopher Racster, a producer, who shared many thoughts about our plights as indie-filmmakers (true guerrilla indie-filmmaking) where every cent has to show on the screen, and where we live and die by word of mouth and now our very existence is being challenged by the piracy on the net. But that’s too depressing to think about…

I’d rather focus on our ravishing Jessica Clark, who amongst the attendees, made me nostalgic about our fun shoot. She is always languidly graceful, and hysterically funny…if you can keep up with her!! Flanked by her erstwhile manager Martha Sanchez and my equally loyal manager, Melanie Rice, we all headed for a bite of dinner right next to the Bourgeois Pig (where I used to have many a double pig latte – which I believe predates Starbucks’ caramel macchiato and is quantitatively better…).

The brilliant Dreya Weber sat between Marina and myself. I was snuggling close to rising star Fontessa De-Ridder. Again, we thought about the true miracle of Outfest. It is the one home where we filmmakers get to see our films up on the big screen, our stories shown with the same dignity as Tom Cruise’s latest sequel. We all laughed long and hard, drank, partied and had a very fun evening. But of course – when you’re with filmmakers we always circle back to what technology has done for us, pros & cons, and if we don’t get a handle on the piracy issue…

Well, it’s a new world. Content is king but cannot remain self-sustaining if provided for free. Dreya should have been nominated for every award out there in “Marine Story” and the film should have been picked up and gone wide like “The Kids are All Right.” So I now, hereby nominate Dreya Weber Best Actress of 2010, but, more importantly I now nominate Dreya for the most delightful, articulate, genuine and brilliant dynamo of 2011.

Alas… back to the cave…

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