Friday, May 18, 2007

A Triumvirate Weekend

This is a really big weekend (May 18-20, 2007). Not only because of the release of my movie FLATLAND, but two of my close artists friends are also having their work released this weekend.

Owen Egerton just released his book How To Best Avoid Dying. It's a wonderful and fantastical collection of off-kilter short stories. I am a big fan of Owen's writing. I optioned his previous book, Marshall Hollenzer is Driving, wrote a screenplay for it, and hope to direct this as a feature film.

Mike Akel made a very good and very funny film named CHALK. It's a mockumentary about first-year public school teachers. The movie begins by telling us that 50% of teachers quit within the first three years, and watching this movie you can see why. The film has a lot of heart-- Mike made this film in Austin three years ago for almost nothing-- and it went on to win awards at all major film festivals, received and Independent Spirit Award nomination, and is now being distributed by Morgan Spurlock. This is the opening weekend in Austin. Go see the movie.

The three of us began our respective projects roughly three years ago: Flatland, Chalk, and How To Best Avoid Dying. By completely strange and wondeful coincidence, our projects all are being released in Austin this same weekend. It feels like a very special time to celebrate our work being shared with a larger public.

But mostly I'm happy to call these two fine gentlemen my friends.

Mike Akel, Owen Egerton, Jeffrey Travis.


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