Hello to my five tumblr followers! In May some friends and I made a film. It was a lot of fun and a ton of work and we decided to submit it to the Rhode Island Film Festival. Yesterday we found out it was accepted! Here are some photos from the movie. It’s playing at the Bell Street Chapel on August 9, come check it out if you can!

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We have spent the last three days filming our new movie for this semester. I really think this one is going to turn into something special. It was an exhausting weekend, but I am on such a creative high. Stay tuned for updates on the film, which is coming out May 9th when it plays at URI!

We have spent the last three days filming our new movie for this semester. I really think this one is going to turn into something special. It was an exhausting weekend, but I am on such a creative high. Stay tuned for updates on the film, which is coming out May 9th when it plays at URI!

Just relax for a second. - Imgur

Just relax for a second. - Imgur

The last few days of SXSW

So, I have come to the last day of SXSW and what an experience it has been. On Wednesday the music portion of the festival started and the city became absolutely insane. There are people everywhere. 

Wednesday we saw a lot of movies. One was about Jimi Hendrix, which was pretty cool. The other was a movie about kids performing a musical and they all get murdered. We also saw a documentary about Swedish House Mafia, music that I do not like, and it turned out to be awesome.

Thursday was a cool day here. We drove around to a few different used record stores and I bought Rubber Soul and Bob Dylan’s first album on vinyl. Earlier that morning we actually saw a movie called Rubber Soul that was about two different interviews that John Lennon gave. On thursday night we saw Nic Cage’s new movie, Joe, which turned out to be really good.

Friday was another day filled with movies. It started out with short films, which are always really good, then to a terrible horror movie. We then saw this film called Before I Disappear, which was very good. We finished off the night with a movie called Space Station 76, a funny movie that took place in the future in space. 

I’m sad the festival is ending. It has been an amazing experience. I saw movies that I would never get a chance to see had I not been here. Some of them were bad and some were awesome. It has been a crazy week and I want to return next year. I have no desire to return to school or work. All I want to do now is make films. Hopefully someday I can get a movie in the festival and travel down here to present it. I have to get up now and shower. It’s time to get ready for Day 8 of SXSW. 

Eight years ago, students at my high school wrote to their favorite authors asking them to visit. Kurt Vonnegut was the only one who responded, writing this beautiful and humorous letter. - Imgur

Eight years ago, students at my high school wrote to their favorite authors asking them to visit. Kurt Vonnegut was the only one who responded, writing this beautiful and humorous letter. - Imgur

Wes Anderson is Awkward But That’s Okay

So ends another busy day in Austin TX, and once again a lot of exciting things happened.  The morning started off with a cab ride to the Austin convention center to see the legendary Nic Cage do a Q and A.  Nic Cage honestly is just as weird as people would expect him to be, but he also seems like a really genuine guy.  He even bought someone in the audience a plane ticket because she said she missed her flight and had no way home.  He answered everyone’s questions and thanked them several times for their compliments.  

Following Cage, we decided to see Robert Duvall’s new movie, A Night in Old Mexico.  We managed to sit very close for this movie. In fact we were closer to the screen than Duvall was.  It was honestly incredible to be sitting in a room with Robert Duvall and watching his movie.  He came on stage after for a Q and A and he was so close. This guy has been in some classic movies, like The Godfather and Apocalypse Now and here he was standing literally 30 feet away from me. It was awesome. 

The day ended with Wes Anderson’s new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. This is probably the biggest movie at SXSW this year and because of that we had to wait three hours to get in.  The movie was fantastic and hilarious. After the movie there was an extended Q and A hosted by Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson answered questions along with Jason Shwartzman and the guy that did the music for the film. It wasn’t a great Q and A. Anderson stutters a lot. It’s okay though his movie was good. Goodnight!

Boyhood and Crazy Austin

Today was the third day of SXSW and we woke up early this morning to see Richard Linklater’s new film, Boyhood.  This movie is something special. It was filmed over the course of 12 years, from 2002 until 2012, and it follows a young boy as he grows up, going from the first until 12th grade. It was incredible to see the actors age as the film went on. I really have never experienced a movie like this and to see it was something special.  After the movie Richard Linklater came on stage and he received a standing ovation.  It has been the only movie, so far, that I seen this happen to a director when he came out. This movie deserves all the praise it will get because it is so unique. 

Following Boyhood we went to a food truck that served fried chicken and mac and cheese. Eating healthy is pretty much impossible in Texas, which is probably something that is obvious to most people. 

6th street might be my favorite thing about Austin. It is closed off to traffic and there are so many insane people walking down it, yelling about nothing. There are also tons of people playing instruments. One man was standing in the middle of the street playing his guitar while wearing a wolf mask. He was there for hours and is probably still there as I’m writing this. I love Austin. It is one of the coolest cities that I have ever been to. It really is so crazy during this week. 

Some of the other highlights from today were: seeing the girl who plays Arya in Game of Thrones on the street and not realizing it was her until after she passed. Going to a Q and A with NHL executives and listening to them discuss the stadium series, as well as the lockout. Eating the best steak ever. It was so tender the chef deserves an award. 

Some of the downsides of the day: Waiting in line for an hour to try and see some comedians from SNL, including Fred Armisen, and not getting in. Not seeing more movies. 

All and all it was another successful day here in Texas. Tomorrow Lena Dunham will be here, as well as Nic Cage. Wes Anderson’s new film is playing and I will be sure not to miss that. Right now I am tired and need to go to sleep so this is me saying goodnight from Austin! 

Austin is Alive

This year I am so excited to be able to attend SXSW in Austin, Texas.  We began our journey on thursday night, getting on a train and heading up to Boston to stay the night in Helen’s apartment. We arrived there around 9pm, slept for a good four hours and woke up bright and early at 4am to begin the trip to Austin. Despite the unfriendly TSA agents and airport staff our flights went smoothly and we arrived in Austin around 3:15 local time. 

We checked into the hotel and immediately met up with the other members of our URI crew. We drove downtown with Keith to the convention center where we received our badges and grab bags. After that we headed over to the Paramount Theater to see the opening film at SXSW, Chef, written and directed by Jon Favreau.  The movie is about a chef who quits his job at a restaurant to open a food truck. The movie was good and made me hungry. It was such a cool experience to view a movie with one thousand other people in a place that is literally a movie palace. After the movie Jon Favreau did a short Q and A.

This morning we woke up and saw some short films, all of which were really good, and heard the directors speak about their projects. It was awesome to hear advice from people who are just like us, a bunch of amateur filmmakers. Following that we waited in line for an hour to see Seth Meyers speak. He seems like a really nice dude. 

The highlight of the day was getting to see Seth Rogen’s new movie, Neighbors. It’s about a married couple with a baby who live next door to a frat house. It was actually hilarious and the coolest part was seeing the cast come out afterward and do a Q and A. Seth Rogen was there, along with Mclovin, Zac Efron, and Dave Franco. On the way out Ethan Hawke brushed shoulders with me, which was cool. 

It was pouring rain tonight and we walked down sixth street, which is closed off during the festival. It was awesome. Every bar was packed with people watching different bands play. Even though it was pouring there were people everywhere. We walked directly down the middle of the street. There was an insane man standing in the middle, soaking wet and yelling at the sky. This is truly an awesome city and awesome festival. 

So happy to be out of Buffalo

So happy to be out of Buffalo