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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Sweet 16...

...and counting down. Hard to believe that we're just over two weeks away from the Sept. 8th date that has loomed large but hazy on some distant horizon -- for the past few months it's felt sort of like the mid-90s, when the year 2000 seemed too sci-fi to ever actually come to pass. And now we're closer to 2010, which is too strange to contemplate in my current sleep-deprived, wild-eyed state. Georgia, Jane and I have been running ourselves ragged on both coasts, trying to release this movie the way we made it -- with 5 bucks and sheer force of will. We are fortunate, however, to have been blessed with many angels who are working side by side with us to bring this labor (and I do mean LABOR) of love to its biggest audience yet -- this is by no means a comprehensive "thank you" list, but in honor of our 16-day mark I'm singling out 16 of our teammates in this Caucus-race...

Ira Deutchman (and everyone at Emerging Pictures, especially Josh Green and Vincent Nebrida) -- Ira has truly been our godfather throughout this entire process, and we would be lost in the proverbial woods without his guidance. Booking theaters? Check. P&A budgets? Sure. Grassroots marketing? No problem. We are learning from the master.

Wellington Love -- our publicist extraordinaire, without whom we would be hopelessly buried among the sea of bigger, more "commercial" films with the types of elements press tends to covet (movie stars, gratuitous sex & violence, Scientology scandals). Despite our underdog status, we've managed to achieve a strong toehold in both the local and mainstream press -- this is no accident, it's the work of the best-named man in the biz: "Love. Wellington Love."

Michael Bartholow -- Michael B is our right-hand man in innumerable ways. I hereby dub him the official RED DOORS Online-Marketing-Guru-Podcast-Master-Street-Team-Warlord-Overall-Idea-Generator-Guy. Tough to fit on a resume, but Michael B will never, ever have trouble finding gainful employment -- we're selfishly keeping him to ourselves until the big, bad studios catch on and start showering him with dolla' bills, y'all...

Gary Lee -- an amazing man (with apparently limitless energy) who has singlehandedly brought our film to the attention of the corporate community. Gary has coordinated a number of corporate diversity events around RED DOORS, which has already had an impact on that all-important opening weekend box office figure. He's also inspired many other people to aid in our efforts and rally for the cause -- he's like the student council president, prom king, and captain of the cheerleaders all rolled into one.

Finally, I have to mention our wonderful cast -- Tzi Ma, Freda Foh Shen, Jacqueline Kim, Elaine Kao, Kathy Shao-Lin Lee, Jayce Bartok, Sebastian Stan, Rossif Sutherland, Steve Rowe, and Bridget White. They have been so supportive and understanding as we stumble blindly through this process for the first time. Everyone has generously reached out to their own friends and networks to garner support for the movie, and they continue to spend much of their time and energy promoting the film through their presence and positive energy.

Conclusion: This has been a group effort from beginning to (almost) end. Filmmaking is not a solitary experience, nor should it be. It is a communion with creative cohorts, friends and supporters -- and it thus represents a microcosm of the human experience. Q.E.D.

Song du jour: Art Brut, "Formed a Band". 'Cause we did, and we're taking this show on the road.

-Mia

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