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John & Sheila in NY
John & MOMA's Larry Kardish
9th St, the East Village - our new neighborhood
The guys who made breakfast
Introducing the film. Rather than do
Dinner with Marian Masone of New Directors
After dinner, we went out for drinks.
Thumbs-up from the Village Voice!
Friday was see the sights day.
John at MOMA, where we screened for about 400.
MOMA is where they keep ALL the art.
Okay, first of all, NEW YORK ROCKS! Sheila and I had a blast. My first time to NYC and her second. She was 14 the first time.
When our friend Jenny Sue heard we'd been accepted to ND/NF she actually squealed. "That's like getting accepted to Harvard!!"
We were scheduled for two screenings at Lincoln Center and one at NY MOMA. Wow. Everyone told me I HAD to go. I have to admit, I was a little intimidated. New Directors is always heavily weighted toward foreign films, and in fact this year my film was one of only two American shorts selected. Maybe the subtitles fooled 'em.
I envisioned arriving to face a cabal of turtlenecked cineastes, frowning at me over the rims of their designer eyewear. In fact, it turned out to be quite the internash crowd. We got kissed a lot the first couple of days, meeting people. But everyone was welcoming and warm and we got loads of personal attention. In lieu of parties, filmmakers were taken out to dinner in small groups each night they had a screening. If you ever have a film accepted to this festival, do yourself a favor and GO.