Politically Correct's Premiere at Wild West Film Fest

So, tonight was Politically Correct's screening at the Wild West Film Festival. I arrived home maybe twenty minutes ago and posted a few tweets, but I wanted to have a chance to really go through my feelings here. 140 characters cannot contain my gratitude.

I'm not going to lie - I thought showing my film for the first time to a group of people would be a complete shit show. I thought something horrible would go wrong, like maybe I was completely delusional in thinking that this film wasn't offensive, or something like that. My biggest fear was that people wouldn't laugh - or that people would laugh at the wrong time. 

With no previous experience screening anything in front of anyone, with the exception of one film school screening, I was anxious. 

I thought I was going to pass out when PC started.

Photo by Ben Brodsky.

Photo by Ben Brodsky.

But, screening a film in front of one hundred and seventy people for the first time was exhilarating. It felt great. And people laughed. At the right time. Who would have thought?

Not only was this a chance to show people what I can do, but it was an excellent chance to get feedback from those whose opinions I admire greatly. Now I can go back and edit with some confidence to make it even better.

It's also taught me that I really should have screened this privately before I let it premiere anywhere. I just got super fucking lucky on this one.

I snuck up on our boom operator, Matt. There's a whole series of photos leading up to this moment. Photo by Ben Brodsky.

I snuck up on our boom operator, Matt. There's a whole series of photos leading up to this moment. Photo by Ben Brodsky.

My family came out to see it and honestly, I think it was nice for them to see that their emotional and financial investment in my future is paying off. Well, at least I think so.

If you were there and you didn't like the movie - and for some reason reading this - well, I can't please them all. But, I'm happy about the people I did make laugh with this. If you did enjoy it, thank you for laughing and contributing to my happiness this evening. This gives me hope for other festivals to accept the film. 

Also - I just want to say good job to every single person who entered a film into this year's competition. You all kicked serious ass and it's fucking brave to make art. Putting yourself out there like that is seriously amazing and all of you should be proud of yourselves.

And now, only because some of you have asked me...

Politically Correct will be available on Vimeo once its festival run ends. I'm not sure when that will be, but I'm kind of really hoping it's accepted elsewhere.

Thank you to every single one of the people who came out to support me tonight. It means more to me than you'll ever know. Obviously people were there for other films and to support other people at the same time, but it was still nice of people to show up for anyone at all. A big thank you to Derek Sellens and Alex Backus at the Wild West Film Festival. You guys did a great job this year and I can't wait to party with you both on Saturday night!