Last week we were honored to be invited to show The Advocate on the big screen once again, this time as part of the 13th Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles. HFFLA has always been one of the annual events I look forward to as it’s historically been the best venue to catch the best flicks coming out of Budapest. Over the past few years, I’ve also been happy to see the fest expand to showcase and celebrate Hungarian Cinema from a global perspective, featuring the works of Hungarian filmmakers from around the world. Needles to say, I’m thrilled to be part of the 2013 line-up.
The Advocate will be shown Sunday, November 17th at 9:30pm at the Laemmle North Hollywood, with the cast and myself being on hand for a Q&A afterward. Click on the banner above for tickets and info, or visit: http://hffla.com
Then it will be time for our DVD release! After what has been a whirl wind two years or production, post work, and a great festival run, the special edition of The Advocate will hit shelves November 19th. It will feature a commentary track—really a conversation between myself and editor David Abramson on the various aspects of the roller coaster that was making of this film.
I will be posting updates on links, venues, and outlets of where the movie will become available for purchase and rental. As always, you can keep up with the latest news on our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/TheAdvocateMovie
So, come check us out in sizes tall and venti if you can!
Somewhere in a shoe box, there’s a picture of me taken a couple of months after I got off the plane from Hungary; I’m crouching on the pavement, placing my 19-year-old palm into the handprint of Steven Spielberg in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
That was a long time ago, but it was profound to remember that first trip to Los Angeles as I prepared for the LA premiere of The Advocate at what is now the TCL Chinese Theaters. So much has changed. The theater has extended into a multiplex, and none of the screening rooms project film anymore, having been converted to the latest digital wonders. And yet, a premiere at the Chinese ended up being just as much fun as I had imagined when I was a kid.
It was certainly an awesome way to see this movie with all our LA friends and all the wonderful people who worked so hard on it.
Many thanks to the Dances with Films Festival, Leslee Scallon, Michael Trent and Robert Mellette, for selecting us and hosting this special night for The Advocate, and to all of you who came to celebrate it. It was the end of one part of the journey and the beginning of another. As I announced after the screening, the movie was picked up for North American distribution and is scheduled to be released later this year. We look forward to sharing it with the world next.
Check out pix from the event on my Flickr stream:
I was thrilled to find out this weekend that The Advocate was selected to have its LOS ANGELES PREMIERE at the Chinese Theaters Complex in Hollywood as part of the 2013 DANCES WITH FILMS FESTIVAL!
The festival will be running from May 30th to June 9th. Our screening date and time will be announced in the coming days and advance tickets and passes will go on sale in mid-May.
For details about the fest see: http://danceswithfilms.com/
Hope to see you there!
We just got back from what turned out to be the most unexpectedly exhilarating trip to the Durango Independent Film Fest. Long story short, our movie The Advocate premiered to two sold out screenings. And when all the ballots were counted, we ended up walking away with both the JUROR AWARD and the AUDIENCE AWARD for BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE!
To say that showing the film to an audience of strangers for the first time was nerve wrecking would be an understatement. Durango was our first test of a story that was shaped over two years of rewrites, many discussions on set, and agonizing trims in the editing room. Adding to the pressure was the fact that this was my first time in Durango and we had little indication as to what kind of turnout we could count on for our premiere screening.
We got our first encouraging signs at the Comcast sponsored kick-off party where several people started to recognize our lead actor Sachin Mehta from the printed festival programs, and I got to watch him give his first autographs as a movie star. The next day, we also landed an interview at local radio station KDUR, for their weekly film program, Reels to Radio. The stage was set for our debut screening on Thursday night.
It’s hard to describe the feeling of watching a line form outside the theater for your first screening, but it was as close to an out of body experience as I’ve gotten. People had told me before that the audiences here were enthusiastic for indie films, and fortunately, that turned out to be very true in our case.
Thanks to the great folks here at Durango, we ended up not only selling out the Gaslight theater, the local art house venue, but two days later—thanks to word of mouth—we also filled up the Durango Arts Center screening room which boasts an extra fifty seats. The audience’s response was amazing, and if you saw the premiere scene in the recent Hitchcock biopic, you’ll know exactly what I was going through during the screenings.
Many thanks to the sponsors and organizers of Durango Film 2013: Joanie Fraughton, Festival Director; Brandon Donahue, Head of Features Programming; Gregg Weiss, Hospitality Co-ordinator; Derrick Casto, Print Traffic Co-
ordinator; Bo Sandine, Kristin Hopper, and the rest of the crazy and enthusiastic team over there who championed us!
I hope I have the chance to share other stories with the good people of Durango soon.
For a full list of award winners, check out: http://durangofilm.org/festival/awards2013.html
The Durango Film Festival now has their screening schedule up on their site.
The Advocate will screen:
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28th at 6pm at the Durango Gaslight Theater
SATURDAY, MARCH 2nd at 12noon at the Durango Arts Center
Click on the image for festival info and passes. Hope to see you there!
Today I’m happy to announce that The Advocate was invited to have its big screen debut screening at the 2013 Durango Independent Film Festival! The fest is being held from February 27th to March 3rd in Durango, Colorado.
With the invitation arriving in late December, our post team went into overdrive to finish the movie just in time to deliver to the fest. And deliver they did! The fim is now complete and we’re heading to the Rocky Mountains to start sharing with the world.
I will post screening dates and venues as they become available.
For more information about the festival, check out: www.durangofilm.org
With the movie nearly complete, today we released our very first trailer for The Advocate. Check it out via the link below and let me know what you think!
I spent the last months nipping and tucking on this thing as well as working on color correction and sound. We had some great discussions and feedback as a result of two test screenings of our various versions of the film, then an awesome note session with director Gil Junger who recommended some further tweaks. But as a result, I think I can say that The Advocate is finally locked now.
After all this, our first trailer is scheduled to be released this week, so watch this space!
I’m sleep deprived and a bit delirious so I figured, how about a blog post? With deadlines approaching, I’ve been cramming to finish a preview cut of the movie for festival submissions. It’s exciting and exhausting times, with a lot of juggling of moving parts, but it’s all coming together.
Under the audiophonic wizardry of sound mixer Scott Jennings, we’ve enjoyed some all-nighters to get the first version of our sound mix into a listenable form. At the same time, Smart Post Video in Burbank is designing our opening title sequence, and judging by the initial renders, at least the first minute and a half of the movie is gonna rock. And as I write this, I’m listening to our new version of the opening music theme, composed by Frederik Wiedmann–it’s turning out really amazing!
Over the next few days, we’re scheduled to make our first festival submissions. That is, of course, if we manage to get over some last minute glitches with the output. There’s always something, always another bug to fix. But luckily we have the right team to fix them.
Having spent over a month sequestered in an edit bay, I’m happy to announce that the first picture lock is now complete on my feature. Though it’s not the final version of the film, it is at least close enough that we can start mixing sound and working with music for it.
So far, editing has been the most fun part of this endeavor. After over a year of development and the pressures of the prep and the shoot, this is where the pieces of the story are finally put together—though in most cases this process resembles more of what I would call a Lego approach as opposed to an Ikea one. I mean a director might think he’s handing the editor an Ikea furniture kit—the prefab pieces of the scenes, going with the assembly instructions laid out in the screenplay—however, what you really have is a Lego set. Provided that the pieces are all there, you could assemble the same thing that’s in the instructions, but you can also get creative with it and take those elements to build something even better along the lines of the original concept. This Lego approach is where the fun comes in. There are cases where this can also be the director’s nightmare, when such last minute re-imaginations of the story are absolutely necessary in the cutting room just to ensure the damn thing makes sense, but thankfully I was spared of that—well, so far at least.
With this movie, we were lucky enough not to have to get too creative with the editing; the pieces and the blueprint came together quite well if you ask me. But we were also fortunate to have enough material to have some fun Lego time as well, and build on what we originally planned—thanks in no small part to the talents of our wonderful editor, David E. K. Abramson. The result? It’s not a book case and it’s not a plastic Death Star, what it is, is finally, a movie.
I’m looking forward to sharing the results with everyone soon.