Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Road Home/Weird Dreams and other stuff

November 17, 2008

I am home and this was a good tour. I spoke at a lot of new places and saw lots of old friends. The worst part of the tour was the 15 hour drive home from LA. I hit rain and even thick fog driving through the Siskiyous from Northern California in to Oregon. I almost hit a deer as I came around a corner. It was just standing there, looking like a deer in headlights… I missed it by about a foot.

I tell people all the time that touring can make you crazy, not just out on the road but when you come home as well. I got back to Portland late on a Saturday night after a final 15 hour drive from LA. I have been having trouble sleeping and getting used to the time zone again.

Last night I had two dreams...

Barack and Michelle Obama came over to my house (not my real house) and wanted to talk to me. We discussed where the kids should go to school and other family related things. We did talk for a few moments on issues of national importance and I happily offered my sage counsel. They both thanked me and I woke up.

It was just after 3 am. I used the bathroom and crawled back in to bed. I was worried I wouldn't be able to get back to sleep.

I must have, because the next thing I know I was in a "Green Room" at Fox news waiting to be interviewed. We were going to be talking about my films. I was supposed to be live with the hosts, but they were suddenly concerned about having me with them so they asked me to plug in my lap top and I would do the interview from the "Green Room" via my computer. I told them I didn't feel good about not being able to see the hosts faces so that I could react to their "eye rolling and sarcasm" that I knew would be forth coming. They said that they would try and work it out. (I still have no idea who it was who would be interviewing me as I don't even know who is on Fox.)

I was receiving some good advice from my buddy Johnny Storholt who had apparently come with me. Johnny Storholt is a kid I grew up with but his Mother moved the family to the suburbs in the late 60's as she was concerned about the neighborhood and all of the hippies who were moving in. I haven't seen Johnny in at least 30 years. His advice seemed good.

As I am setting up my computer Susan Van Wechel, (I went to Church with Susan when I was a kid) and her daughter come in and sit down. Susan (who I haven't seen since I was 16 and I don't know if she even has a daughter), is there because her daughter is doing some sort of audition at Fox News later. Susan also informs me that someone at my former church (I was raised Baptist) had heard all about my film The Gas Cafe and has built a web site telling people to avoid that film and all of my other films because they are blasphemous! I told her I thought that was great.

Then I woke up.

Now maybe people will believe me when I say that when I come back off of a tour I need to be left alone to try and get my head back to normal.

God only knows what I will dream tonight...

It is good to be home and try to decompress. Moses hurt his leg jumping out of the van towards the end of the tour so he is taking it real easy.

I did a short interview in Madison, WI which I will eventually be posting to my own site, but catch it here for now, http://www.viodi.tv/2008/10/17/angryfilmmaker/

I will be writing next week about more film related stuff. Bear with me as I return to my proper time zone.

Other Stuff…

I am now working with a new publisher and hope to have my book available before Christmas. Keep an eye out for it.

I will also be making my work books available for down loading. For those of you who don't know about the work books, they offer all sorts of helpful hints and things to remember during Pre-Production, Production, and Post-Production. There are now 6 of them. Check them out at, www.angryfilmmaker.com/buy.htm

I want to thank my tour sponsors Film Baby (www.filmbaby.com), Pollard Design (www.pollarddesign.com), Zoom Studio (www.zoomstudio.com), The Indy Film Co-op (www.indyfilmco-op.org) and Cheezy Flicks (www.cheezyflicks.com). All great people, all great companies.

If you haven’t checked out their site and their services, you need to do it.

The first two Workshop DVDs are selling pretty well. You can find them at, www.angryfilmmaker.com, and at Film Baby.

Talk later.




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