I’m catching up on all my blog writing while on a plane back from Sydney. In fact, on this trip, I will officially cross one hundred thousand miles of flying for the year (and it’s August 2nd). I have joined the highest level of membership within the United premier system and I have come very used to living on planes. I can do a week trip with only a carry on. I'm beginning to reckognise flight attendants.
The Melbourne Film Festival was really cool. We played in this theater called the Regent which is an old gorgeous palace that seats around 1500 people. We were sold out with a line around the block. The film played huge. I can’t tell you what it’s like to hear that many people laugh at your film.
Day two of my trip, news came out that Mel Gibson had launched into an Anti-Semitic tirade following a drunk driving arrest. Immediately, I began getting questions about his early involvement in TYFS. Truth is, I spoke to the guy once. He called me from his plane back in 2001 to tell me how much he enjoyed my script. Never spoke to him again. I wasn’t a fan of the Passions. I found it offensive and a cruel piece of filmmaking. As far as the arrest goes, I guess the best part of building a church in your back yard, is confession is always thirty feet away.
Last night, we showed the film at an event called Popcorn Taxi. A film community thing that has boasted many director appearances in its past. I was halfway through my Q&A when I realized it would be the last stop on the TYFS tour. I’ve been invited to do more stops. France, Italy. Peru. I was even supposed to go to the Jerusalem Film Festival. We actually opened in Israel a week ago and got some box office. My wife thinks that it’s just people trying to avoid being bombed. Anyhow, it hit me that it was all coming to an end.
You see, I’ve signed up for my next movie, and I have to get back to work. Don’t get me wrong - Touring with the film is absolutely wonderful. I know I’m an asshole to turn down free trips to Paris and Rome, but at some point, you need to create something new. As I fly back to Los Angeles, all I can think about is getting back on set. We’re having a meeting tomorrow to discuss casting and locations. More to follow on all that.