For those just tuning in, The Dog House, the first story in my book, Secrets and Lies, was recently adapted into a short film in Boston. It will hopefully be hitting the festival circuit in fall.
Until then, you’ll have to get by with the just-released poster as a teaser.
Or the short story it was based on.
Hi all. Been awhile since I’ve posted. That’s because I’ve been super-busy with a ton of projects.
For one, I went to SXSW to cover the Idaho showcase for Boise Weekly. It was a great trip you can read all about here.
But as soon as I got back, I was plunged into full chaos mode for the stage production of my play, Veronica Livingstone I Presume, which was a giant success. The night we closed, the theater was actually over capacity, with people choosing to come in to see it at as standing room only. An anonymous donor even gave $1,000 to Homegrown Theater’s Kickstarter campaign for the costs of the play after seeing it, so they clearly liked it a lot.
Currently I’m hard at work on an audio version of Secrets & Lies, which will include an original score that I am composing, and I’m working on booking a summer tour for my solo project, Godcrotch—though I’m considering changing the name to ease the booking process. The current plan is to hit Seattle, Portland, Corvallis, Southern Oregon and Bend, in mid-July. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to book a date in there. My hope is to make a hybrid music and book tour, so that they help pay for each other.
Also, I’m going to be playing drums with my friend Steven Palin for his acoustic pop band Bridgeport, who I will be touring with in July, and The North End Snugglers are starting practice again, since Guitar Matt’s army training was delayed. Though, we did change the name of that band to The Ratings Battle, to be more in line with the sound. The Ratings Battle should be releasing the album we recorded in December, by the end of the summer. A few sample tracks are below.
And finally, I’m in the process of setting up a short film night in Boise to screen some of the projects I’ve worked on. It’s tentatively scheduled for Friday, July 20 at Bricolage. More details to come as they pass into existence.
Plus, as always, I’m putting in time on the Boise comedy circuit and generally farting around.
Still, I should have updated more. There’s plenty of good stuff worth talking about in there. Sorry. I shan’t let it happen again.
Stay classy blogosphere. We’ll chat again soon.
For those who do not already know, the first story in my book, The Dog House, was optioned to be made into a film by a Boston-based filmmaker of my aqaintance named Kim Rideout.
The film will be her senior thesis for film school at Boston University.
And, her script adaptaing my story was so effin’ good it won a women in film prize from the Adrienne Shelley (Director of Waitress) Foundation.
That film is starting production any day now and has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to cover some of the costs of location fees. I am a big proponent of crowdfunding, especially in situations like this, where it can be used to pre-purchase something. Heck. I even threw down $25 bucks.
Contribute here. Or else live in regret for the rest of your days. No pressure.
For a long time I’ve been going on and on about this film I wrote called The Lost Van Gogh. For some of my friends, I think it’s reached the point of being like that guy in middle school who totally made out with this hot girl with enormous boobs, but who you can’t ask to verify because she moved to Alaska then died. But you know, she’s totally not made up.
But after a number of screenings at international film festivals all over the country, it’s going to show in my turf where all the disbelievers will have a chance to get shown what for.
The Lost Van Gogh is getting its public premiere on January, 26 in Portland at the NW Film Center as part of the NW Film Center’s “Movers and Makers” screening, a collection of innovative shorts from the talented staff.
The screening starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6-$9 and are available here.
A few years ago, my good friend Jessica came to me with an idea for a film about a lost Van Gogh painting. She asked me to write the screenplay for her.
And so began one of the must frustrating and most rewarding writing experiences of my life. Frustrating because it took nearly three years from that meeting until the time we sat down to watch the finished 17-minute film, The Lost Van Gogh. Rewarding because it came out better than I ever imagined.
So good in fact, that not only has it been making headwind Read the rest of this entry