Pitching at Grandma’s House

Well, since I finally have a split second to breathe and take a moment to share my experiences, here we go. Day 1 of my first, official IFP extravaganza has been as insane, beautiful, stressful, and beneficial as I thought it would be. I guess I really didn’t know what to expect out of the whole situation. I knew what the process was as far as taking meetings, pitching your project, etc., but it wasn’t anything like what my nerves we’re telling me. Instead of feeling like being in the “hot seat,” it’s more like the warm, cozy feeling you get at grandma’s house. OK, maybe that’s too much, but you get my point.

I’m pitching three projects this year, and if that doesn’t sound like enough, we’re starting principal photography on Michael Tully’s new film, Ping Pong Summer, in three days! Maybe it’s absolutely insane and I should be completely losing it, but I feel fucking fantastic. There’s a certain energy that exists when you’re around talented, ambitious, and charismatic filmmakers that makes things easier. It’s also comforting being around people who are as busy as you are and understand when you walk around talking to yourself like an escaped mental patient; well, I hope that’s true or I just look like a nut job. Anyway, I’ll close these rambling words by saying the opportunity that I’ve been given to pitch by projects and be around such a driven and creative environment is undeniably one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had in my filmmaking career, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be participating! See you tomorrow, Day 2.