Monday, August 12, 2013

Breathing again....

The film festival has finished after 17 days. As usual, I'm a mixture of relieved and sad.  It's always an intense period because not only does the cinema see more customers per day than we usually do (by hundreds), as a reviewer and the cinema's programmer, I need to see as many films as I possibly can too.

I certainly didn't see as much this year as I usually do, and the things I did see, for the most part, didn't blow my mind.  There were certainly good films, but nothing that stood out to me as being great.  Maybe I didn't make it to the great ones.  Or maybe after over 20 years in the business, I'm much harder to please.

There were films I enjoyed while I watched them (The Bling Ring for example), but gave me so little to think about afterward, that they were ultimately forgettable.  Then there were films that I hated while I was watching (Maniac), but certainly left an impression on me.  I came out of that one and wrote an article about lazy horror tropes (don't get me started...)

My favorites were The Past, a gorgeous, heartbreakingly real film from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, Jim Jarmusch's uber-cool vampire flick, Only Lovers Left Alive, and a little Mexican gem called La Jaula de Oro, about a group of Guatemalan kids trying to cross the border into the US.

I usually see a lot of docos, but this year timing and availability meant I didn't see any.  Which is disappointing, because docos really are my favorites.  But that's life sometimes.

And now the festival is over, I can get back to work on my new WIP.  And maybe query STUMPED a little.  I have a feeling it may take me a few days to get back into my routine, but I'm determined to do it.  I'm giving myself a 4 week deadline to finish the draft.  September 15th is my son's birthday, and I want to be done by then.  So I'm counting on you, my lovely blog readers, to keep me accountable and on track.  At this moment, I'm sitting on a word count of just under 30K, which should be close to the halfway mark.

Can you help me reach the end by September 15th?


  1. Go Kate! Write, write, write! (Or I'll send the scary cat on my blog over there...)

  2. Lexa's demon cat is not to be taken lightly. Best get to scribblin', Kate. ;-)
    Some Dark Romantic