About a month ago, I was in North Carolina for the film festival in Durham and then flew to Atlanta for a week of meetings for X-RATED. While I was there, I realized... I have to be here.
(I also had a really bad car accident that forces me to see doctors three times a week... but like cancer, I look at it as a major inconvenience.)
Thirteen years ago, I had to LEAVE Atlanta in order to work in film and now I'm leaving LA, in order to work in film.
First thing on my agenda is getting X-RATED funded, followed by getting INSTALLATION and THE MARKED funded. I recently started writing a new comedy film called THAT TIME I SHOT MY MOTHER and I'm hoping to do a small movie based on a real thing that happened as well.
X-RATED is my priority. I know my money is in Atlanta. I want to shoot the interiors in Atlanta and then we'll shoot a day or two of exteriors in LA. But I have to be in Atlanta to find my funding, get locations, find crews, etc.
In the meantime, I just started my "Life After High School Workshop" back up and have two planned over the next two months. They were very successful for me years ago and many of the kids who took my workshop came out to LA and started their careers.
I found a beautiful loft. I can't wait to have my own space. I can't wait to have SPACE. Have dinner parties. I can't wait to live alone and just have total silence.
But right now, we're doing very well. BIRTHDAY CAKE played Long Beach today and we had a lot of the cast there.
In less than two weeks, we play Cincinnati, Fresno, and then Palm Springs.
I'll drive out to Palm Springs with Jane Badler and then two days later, I'll continue on across the country, stopping in Albuquerque and Dallas before landing on Euclid Ave in Atlanta.
Then in October, we will play Atlanta, Fort Worth, Seattle, and Rochester with a date in Washington DC in November.
ALSO - my short film, MOVING DAY starring Joshua Morrow and Shanda Lee Munson will play DC Shorts at the end of the month. I really wish I could be there, but I'll be relocating.
And we're REALLY close to finishing PROJECT: PHOENIX. Jasun's last cut looks great. Now we are just tweaking visual effects and colors to make it look more like a graphic novel.
So... yeah. A lot has happened.
It's strange that I have to LEAVE LA in order to work in film!! But that's why Georgia is doing gangbusters in the South right now.
Thanks to Rib and Justin, we're looking into distribution on BIRTHDAY CAKE and hope to seal that up in the next month or two.
HELL HOUSE is still in active pre-production with funding.
I wrote a movie that will probably never see the light of day (and was a reminder to GET IT IN WRITING...), but once again I proved to myself I can write a script in a week.
I'm just looking forward to having A LIFE. Not be around crazy people. (Well... in the South, that's a given, but those are my people...) I'm looking forward to dating people that don't look past you to see who is walking in the front door. People who aren't robots.
My first month, I will be happy to just have a sofa, a blow up mattress and two plates. I'm looking forward to picking out stuff for my loft and really looking forward to "decluttering" my life. Getting rid of lots of books and DVDs and crap.
It's totally scary and totally weird, but I really feel like... this is it. Like, this is my next move.
I'm keeping my place here in LA and will keep paying rent on it, so I can come back and forth to meet with actors and do writing sessions with the producers on HELL HOUSE. Meetings for my pilot.
But I'm going home.
And I've never been happier.