Thursday, September 13, 2007

Behind the Irony Curtain

I first attended the Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters’ Conference in 2003. That year, I made it to the finals of the pitch competition with my 60-second take on my POOL BOY spec, which was renamed AMERICAN SUMMER and shot earlier this year.

I’ve been back to AFF every year since, attended lots of great panels and parties and met some of my best friends in the world, as well as some mentors and some heroes (some of whom overlap).

Next month, I head back to AFF – as a panelist.

They're putting me to work three times. I’ll be on one panel about breaking into the industry, which I’m really excited about; then a roundtable of writers, directors and producers just for high school kids, which should be a lot of fun; and the circle will fully close when I judge a session of the pitch competition.

We’ll call that last part IRONY #1.

Here’s IRONY #2: One of the judges of the pitch competition back in ’03 – a guy who scored me low because he thought my pitch sounded too much like DEUCE BIGELOW – will be a panelist in the same roundtable session.

IRONY #3: So will the guy who wrote DEUCE BIGELOW.

The Universe is a silly place…

See y'all in Austin!


Blogger Brett said...

Roundtable, you say?

(Brett scribbles notes on his AFF schedule...)

"Tee hee hee."
B (mood: impish)

1:33 PM  
Blogger Jeffery Stevenson said...

See ya in Austin! I'll try to keep my heckling to a moderate level for your panels. :)

3:06 PM  
Blogger Grumpy O. Selznick said...

I wont be in Austin , unfawhtunately. But... does the Deuce Bigalow writer know- presumably not. Will you tell him? Probably not. But make sure to let mr. holier than thou panelist sweat it a bit. What would be the most typical thing in this biz is that he would attach his lips squarely to the writer's keester (sp?) and be sincere about it.

9:42 PM  
Blogger annabel said...

It is the irony that keeps life interesting! It must feel great to go back as a pro. I love full-circle moments. Anyway, I hope you have a great time in Austin!

9:57 PM  
Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

I was there in 2003 too, when I was a finalist ofr Cricket Hill. Shame, we shoulda got sloppy drunk! I'm sure you'll have fun this year, too! Good luck!

1:00 AM  
Blogger MaryAn Batchellor said...

Brett, you can't do the HIGH SCHOOL round table!!!

Julie, I owe you a Neil Gaiman book I never mailed...

5:53 PM  

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