Oh, how beautifully crazy it’s been this past month or so! Today, it was announced my film, ALASKALAND, is an official selection of the Chicago International Film Festival! I got the news when I had just gotten out of the subway in Philadelphia and, literally, did a happy dance up and down Girard Avenue! I’m so excited to screen the film at such a large venue, and now it’s time to make sure each screening is packed. That’s the part of the journey I’m on right now: getting the word out and exhibition. Next Friday, I’m headed to the Montreal International Black Film Festival, then Chicago, Trenton, a few Universities, and a few more (soon to be announced, I promise!). And while I’m so excited and thankful, I’ve had this moment where the excitement and buzz fall silent, and then the voice in my head says: Okay, now what?
It’s great to get into the festivals, you want to get into the festivals, but that opens up even more work to be done: marketing, publicity, finalizing film stills, press kits and bios, travel arrangements, fundraising, sorting through the barrage of emails from festival staff members and other folks. It’s a wonderful situation to be in, but if I’m not careful, I can easily lose myself to the overwhelming nature of it all and not truly be present in the experience.
One way I stay present is making sure I spend consistent time with my friends and talk to at least one family member each day, amid the hectic moment. Hearing my mom’s laughter, eating jaloff rice and cookies with my sister-friends, catching up with an old friend all bring me such incomparable joy and rootedness, that it’s easy to put this exciting time into perspective: I am honored and grateful about the journey ALASKALAND and my career are taking, but it means so, so much more when I can share it with my community.
So this is where I’m at now: my film, ALASKALAND, is officially in the festival circuit! It has been one lesson-filled journey that you will hopefully see the fruits of on a screen near you. Please join me in spreading the word about the film and its upcoming festival screenings (the list is below). Many more updates and exciting news to come. We’re still just getting started.
October 9, 2012
November 10, 2012
Mill Hill Playhouse (Front & Montgomery, Trenton, NJ 08608)