I’m on the 6:45am flight from Los Angeles to Toronto. Daniel Dubiecki, a producer on “Thank You For Smoking, described the flight best. He said, “It’s a field trip”. That’s what it feels like. It seems as though every single passenger is headed for the festival as if this were some sort of school trip.
Starting at the gate, then continuing onto the plane, all you see are screenplays, press notes, and copies of the trades. All you hear is film talk. Who directed that? Do you have tickets? I heard it’s his comeback film.
I just finished writing my introduction to my own screening and my cast. I came up with most of it last night, lying in bed, unable to sleep. I haven’t slept much lately. Been having nightmares of empty screening rooms and people booing me out of the theater.
If you’re a little curious about who I am, and why they chose this schmuck to write a blog, perhaps I can give you a little background on myself.
“Thank You For Smoking” is my first feature. I adapted the screenplay from the novel of the same name five years ago. (The book rocks. You really owe it to yourself to read it). I’ve spent the last few years directing commercials and short films, waiting for the opportunity to direct this film. If you’d like to check out my short films, you can check them out at www.atomfilms.com or you can see my commercials at www.tateusa.com
Tonight, I’m seeing the festival opener, “Water” and the midnight comedy, “Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic”. I’m also going to drop by the opening night party. I’ll tell you how they go.