Joe Swanberg keeps this journal in an effort to document the LOL making process and figure out where all his time and money went.


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  • Tuesday, November 08, 2005


    Now that the movie is in watchable form, I have this horrible urge to show it to everyone with working eyes and ears. It's been locked away so long, that I'm desperate to set it free into the world. I have sent a cut of the film to one Festival so far, and the initial reaction is good, so my fingers are crossed that it will work out. It would really be a dream.

    Over the next few weeks I will send it off to more Fests, wishing and hoping for the best. I've decided that with this film, I'm only sending VHS screeners. I have a wild hunch that a lot of the KOTM DVDs I sent out were defective, and as soon as they skipped, people turned it off and never bothered trying to get a new copy. I'm gonna be old school this time. Even if the image and sound quality aren't as good, at least I know the film will play all the way through, and the only reason it will get turned off is if they hate the movie. I can live with that.

    I was at the IFP Midwest Filmmakers Summit this weekend, sitting on a director's panel and a "case study" panel for KOTM. I met a lot of really nice people, and saw some others who I occasionally run into. I gave a copy of KOTM to Ryan Wener, formerly of Wellspring and currently of IFC Films. I seem to run into him all the time, but he's never seen the film, so maybe now he'll take a look. I also got to meet Anthony Kaufmann, who I managed to never meet while he lived in Chicago, and now that he's in NY I finally met him here in Chicago. Weird how that works.

    Anyhow, I was able to get the early buzz out about LOL. Lots of people asked what I was up to next, and it was funny to say that I was almost done with a new film, considering most of them hadn't even seen the first one. Eh, I guess these things take time. I did an interview with regarding KOTM, but we talked a bit about LOL, so hopefully that will slip in there and people will start to get excited about it. I think that runs this Thursday.


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