Thursday, October 14, 2004

Festival Update #3

The quest continues! Here we are, with little more than a month until the Opening Night, and I have uplifted spirits swirling around me, and the World is singing as I begin, to a limited degree, to revisit poetry past and look forward to cinematic future! This is a great time to be alive, if you know where to look and what to look for!

Last night, several conversations took place that set into motion the finalization of the After Party scenario that has plagued the festival thus far. I already have one of the largest events held in Tulsa, both artistically and musically, as my primary competition, and carefully placing and organizing events around this obstacle is as challenging as securing those events. Still, I have to say that this has been a challenging stretch of highway, but not impossible.

Tsunami Sushi has agreed to take on the first After Party on the Nineteenth of November. We will bring DJ Jesse James, bartender at Caz's and all-around groovy cat, into the Blue November Circle. He will spin 80's New Wave and Alternative for those in attendance, and the facilities will be modified to house additional cinematic hipsters as they dine on the evening specials and sip cocktails.

Vastu has agreed to play on the Twentieth of November, at Venue 216. The After Parties begin at 10:30 and end somewhere around 2am. Vastu will headline on the second night, playing an all electric show which will begin somewhere around 12 Midnite. Brian Parton and Jes Lenee' have also signed on for that same evening.

Our largest task now, is to find a sound engineer for Venue 216.

Tonight will be unusually busy. Fae and I will find ourselves meeting at a possible Festival Participant, Cafe Cubana, to meet with Tulsa filmmaker Ashton Elder and local artist Ali Pullen.

Ashton is delivering her film entries for the festival. I think it should be noted at this point that, despite my repeated efforts to communicate with the Oklahoma Film and Video Studies department at OU in Norman, I only recently received one single entry, whereas Ashton, a Tulsa high school student, has submitted three films! Now, maybe some people will understand my frustration!

Ali is an artist that has submitted works to my Featured Artist Program at the Gypsy Coffeehouse ( so many Moons ago!), she was a supporter and contributor of last year's fest, and she has agreed to create a unique cover design for what will become the marketable "Lightswitch Fades" DVD.

After our first meeting, we will continue to our second rendezvous at Circle Cinema, where will speak with the projectionist concerning the alternate film screening on Saturday, November 20th from 12 Noon until 3:00pm. As you can see, so many things are falling into place, and this festival has tremendous potential.

Tomorrow night will be a night of films and serious decisions. Some will have to be left behind, either for lack of time or simply because they did not make the cut. It is a tough gig, but that is what it takes. It all depends on the central idea, the vision that makes it all happen. What I decide may not coincide with the point-of-view from someone else. That person could have their own festival and program it accordingly. I have heard some who have questioned this method, or who have questioned how I am approaching this endeavor. I have both the ideals for which I stand and the idea, or focus, behind the dream, and that creates the mystique of what is to take place. In the end, it will be an undertaking that stands as an enigma, of unparalleled artistic display! This is my representation, this is my example, my testament. I feel strongly about the truths we have defined, and I am certain about the answers to the questions asked. It is a revelation...or it will be!

Stay tuned...I will post results here, when I have finished!

Stay groovy, people!

Captain out.


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