Thursday, February 28, 2013

Time To Get Novel

There is a book. It's called Fat Angie. Get it free!

So FAT ANGIE releases nationwide March 12th (hardback, e-book and audio). It is absolutely surreal to me. From diner napkin to a tri-release.

YA Fresh is currently running a Fat Angie arc giveaway. Click, comment and you might win a limited arc.

Also, check out some of this amazing pre-release buzz:

Not since Wally Lamb's SHE'S COME UNDONE have I read about as self-salvaging hero of such vast proportions. Her personal life a war zone with incoming from all directions, FAT ANGIE runs the minefield and, sister, do we run with her.
Gregory Maguire, New York Bestselling author of Wicked

FAT ANGIE is a gustsy, straight-shooting story full of solid beats and vivid complex characters who grab you by the heart and the gut. The book makes me want to not just do better but be better - in a way nobody else can be. 
Pat Schmatz, author of Bluefish  

Great voice. Great message. Teens will want to read this book.
Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank


The Morning After...

9:37 am

The upstairs neighbor's dog rips a rampage of bark, pound-the-paws bark. A familiar cadence that has become part of the daily ritual. I'm okay with it this morning because I have come to the other side of H O M E and FAT ANGIE (third novel) teaser is coming along. Our premiere for H O M E was last night. Not a seat in the house at Kenwood Theatre. The opportunity to showcase the talent who dedicated time to James Bailey's project was what it should be. Theirs.

The soundtrack with music by Dinosaurs and Thunder, Mad Anthony, Shiny and the Spoon, and The Most Powerful Telescope in the Universe set the tone for the misguided Midwest teens and twenty-somethings ensnared in suburbia.

The sold out crowd enjoyed popcorn or maybe a plastic cup of white wine from the concession area. Dawn of Kenwood Theatre was an absolute rockstar on making us feel as important as a Spielberg screening. We got laughs we didn't expect and flinching in some places we anticipated. We came away with an insight of how to make the film tighter before we launch the film festival circuit.

As my first feature to Executive Produce, it was something to see a film go from conception to completion (well, we're almost there) and share it with colleagues, family and all associated or interested in the project.

It's the next morning. I'm back to mild manner, non-super hero life. Editing a book teaser for FAT ANIGE and wondering what I'll have for breakfast. But for the morning after, I'd have to say, it's a pretty good one. Up next? I'm ready to direct my own feature.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Night Before ...

9:24 pm
Mood: Unusually Calm

I like the idea of "the night before." It is wrought with so much potential. Before what? I'd love to see how many different stories could evolve simply out of that idea.

For us, the night before is about James Bailey's feature film H O M E. It premieres tomorrow at the Kenwood Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio. Filmed May 2012, the post coming of age story minus the neo-realism of many films of it's origin, H O M E tightropes between indie and mainstream. At least, that's been my take from the various edits I've screened since summer 2012. Indie in story and mainstream in camera work and mammoth amount of locations. We got there with 59 Kickstarter supporters, NutFilms, River Films and sponsors (click for complete list) such as Taylor Jameson Hair Design and John Bogess, Comey & Shepard Realtors.

The behemoth that was the H O M E production is probably not unique to the indie film scene. Trying to turn nickles into dimes to keep production afloat, going over budget and under budget (yes, the oxymoron is intended). Filming 16 days, 121 pages, in a strict 12 hour per day window, with 31 locations, 18 cast members and dozens and dozens of extras. Surviving on our sponsor Ale8 generous donation of twenty-five cases of their highly caffeinated beverage. Decorating sets and talent with band merch, actors skating on boards donated by Fickleboards and consuming mass quantities of donated catering (when Karl's Kitchen had run it's course). Kevin Macku (character Jon), worked through a delirium of illness.

No one was injured.

No one quit.

The camera crew slept in my loft.

I discovered that 8 coffees at Starbucks is expensive.

And if there is a MVP to be named on the crew, it would be Matthew Montoya.

Everyone rallied around the idea of seeing this film realized.

This was the first feature film under my company PiƱata Productions. I am the Executive Producer for H O M E by title (along with Josh Flowers & Matthew Gallagher). I, like many others, took on many titles during and after production. All of which is the makings of future postings. Tonight though. It's the night before. It is wrought with so much potential.

Dream Big Now!

September 27, 2012

Travel + e.E. = Perspective

I've been on the road since the end of July 2012. From Michigan to Chicago, Madison, Wisconsin to Chico, California, then Oakland, California to Cincinnati. Toll roads and plane engine roars all add up to the minus of my time but addition to insight. Home (The Feature Film) is my most accomplished Executive Producer project to date. The ardous schedule on the most micro of budgets taxed the hell outta me. Only to arrive at the summer drained and regrouping on the what's next in the creative haul that is Pinata Productions. My third novel, Fat Angie, hit final revisions for the printing of arcs (the version of the book that goes to reviewers).