Wow, have I got a story for you people.
Apologies again for the slow update, but I figured most of you reading this would rather me finish Taken With A Grain of Salt, the sequel to Salted, than a blog post. (BTW, book's almost there, ya'll!)
However, this story is too crazy not to write a quick post.
Last Wednesday, I attended the SAG Foundation's short films screening in L.A. A film I starred in, The Contract, was one of seven accepted out of close to two hundred submissions. Not too shabby. ;)
I'm sitting next to writer/producer/actor James Gilbert discussing how cool it is that we're about to watch a screening of his film...on the big screen...in L.A. (Yes, my mind is still blown by this sort of thing.) A pair of gentleman walk down the row and, after ensuring we were not the type of audience to throw things at the screen, asked if we would mind them sitting in front of us.
We said rock on, obviously, and then chatted with them. Turns out, the younger gentleman also directed one of the seven films playing that evening. Then it's mentioned he currently lives in the Midwest and flew in for the screening.
Being a Midwesterner myself, (I defy anyone who says I'm not one because I now live in Cali), I naturally pipe up and mention I'm a fellow Midwesterner too. A Hoosier, in fact.
The two gentleman then mention they're also from Indiana AND went to Ball State.
"No way," say I. "I went to Ball State too."
Crazy, right? After catching up on how much the campus has changed within the last few years, I ask where in Indiana they're originally from.
Then the director tells me he grew up in Zionsville, not thirty minutes from the high school I attended.
We both had a good laugh and said what are the odds two good ol' boys from Boone County, Indiana wind up sitting next to each other in L.A. at a film screening showcasing both our films.
That, my friends, is craziness.
So, if you have a chance, check out my new friend, fellow Hoosier and Ball State alumni, Charlie Anderson's short film, We Could Be Your Parents. Good, good stuff. (*I couldn't find the trailer to link to, but keep an eye out for the film at festivals near you.)
Also, want to give a shout to my other fave films of the night, (after The Contract, of course). Didn't get a chance to really talk with the writers since we were all busy talking with/answering questions of other attendees, but be sure to check out the trailer for Tribute and then do yourself an immediate favor by watching The Gunfighter. You won't regret it.
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