Clueless? Screens at the SOHO International Film Festival in New York
Above Photo: Clueless? meets Clued-Up. With the writers and crew of Growing Up and Other Lies before the screening, including Adam Brody, third from right.
I’m writing this, bleary-eyed, at 6am in a coffee shop in Queens, taking the first opportunity I have had to record and reflect on the SOHO Film Festival so far, and the screening of our film Clueless? to a packed cinema on Friday night.
But first things first.
We, being Byron Bishop, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Joy Villanueva and I, attended the opening night of the festival on Thursday, in Village Cinemas East, on Second Avenue.
It was a strange sight for a movie neophyte like me. Red Carpet, photo calls, posing in front of cameras (something I hate and I’m not good at), the excited babble of hundreds of moviegoers, film makers and actors and actresses. I really enjoyed the experience.
We watched a couple of outstanding films, but everything was overshadowed by the screening of our film the following night.
On the night of our screening, we got there early and met many of our friends who’d turned up for it. We had roughly sixty friends in New York come to see it, but many who came along on the night, who hadn’t previously booked online, were turned away as the cinema was sold out and there was a waiting list for seats.
Some who had booked and who turned up late found their seats had been re-sold, it was that in-demand.
That wasn’t just us, but also the main feature we opened for, an excellent comedy called Growing Up And Other Lies, which starred some Hollywood actors, and also Scott Adsit, from the TV series 30 Rock.
We had some excellent conversations and laughs with the writers of this movie, and we were impressed and proud to have been on the same bill with it, with our more quirky, humble offering.
Our film was very well received, as was the Question and Answer session afterwards, where the four of us stood at the front of the cinema and answered questions on the film, how it was written, shot and made.
Afterwards we attended the after-party then had an informal one of our own, in Queens, with the Filippino family who have generously given over most of their apartments to the four of us to stay in during the 10 days we are here.
Byron and I left Poo and Joy at their apartment and walked back to ours at 7am, bleary eyed but happy and relieved that our screening was over, and now we can relax and enjoy watching the hard work of others throughout the week.
One thing I have really enjoyed here is being able to share the experience with my friends and creative collaborators, without whom none of this would have come about. We’ve also taken every opportunity we can to sing the praises of the rest of the cast and crew on the film, never wanting to forget our debts.
The SOHO Film Festival continues to be a fantastic experience for us, and we have been surprised and impressed by the high standard of film making and the hard work that’s gone into the films being screened during SOHO.
See the trailer for our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.
And for POWs left behind in Laos:
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