We slowed down on purpose this fall, but still showed For the Love of Movies at selected film festivals, such as our Canadian screenings at the Montreal World Film Festival and then, 3,000 miles away, at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Gerry was at both, the receptions were great, and, for the first time, our DVD was sold at the screenings. It was amazing to see Vancouverites lined up after, and we actually ran out of DVDs!
After that, Gerry traveled with the film to the Starz Center in Denver and to the St. Louis Film Festival, and, on both occasions, he was part of a panel with local reviewers about the state of film criticism. He also returned to Boston raving about both of these livable cities, which he’d never visited before. He said: check out Denver for some fabulous used bookstores, and you haven’t lived until you’ve stood under the totally incredible St. Louis Arch.
Finally, back in New England, Gerry showed the film at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA, and joined Amy on stage for a showing at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The Portsmouth venue is down the way from Amy’s home town, Hampton, New Hampshire, so the audience included Amy’s appreciative Mom and Dad.
More big news for 2009: in November, For the Love of Movies opened theatrically Nov.13-17 at both the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco and the Gene Siskel Center in Chicago, Nov.17-18 at the Smith Rafael Center in Marin County… Finally, Gerry speaks with For the Love of Movies at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, on December 11.
P.S.: What a thrill! Gerry came home one day to a message on his answering machine. It was from filmmaker John Waters saying how he’d seen our film and loved it! And there was an e-mail also from filmmaker Guy Maddin that he’s seen our movie twice, once on DVD and once bringing a bunch of friends to a screening in Guy’s native Winnepeg, He ended the e-mail saying : “I really love your movie.”
All above screening times are subject to change. So, be sure to double check each festival website for the most up-to-date info.
Festival that we’ve attended: