Posts Tagged ‘In Search of a Midnight Kiss’

My Mumbling Friends

December 9, 2009

I’m not a fan of the term mumblecore, but I am a fan of Eric Kutner and Alex Holdridge, both of whom are both featured in a nifty NY Times piece on the emerging genre.  Congrats, guys! If you are too lazy to read, at least check out the article for the engaging picture by Jean-Baptiste Mondino.  I was introduced to Mondino by a college boyfriend and since then I’ve often found inspiration for my own projects in his photos.  I definitely need to remember to ask Eric and Alex what it was like working with him. (Oh, alright. If you’re too lazy to read, you’re probably too lazy to click. I’ll just include the picture here.  Eric is sucking down red wine and Alex is reaching over the table to nab some grub.)

I’ve come to know Alex via my collaboration and friendship with Seth Caplan, producer of the 2008 mumblecore darling In Search of a Midnight Kiss, which Alex directed and wrote.  (Sorry, Seth. I know you hate it when ISMK is called mumblecore.)

Eric and I have been friends since Northwestern film school.  We were part of the legendary team behind DEVIL LOVE.  Oh, DEVIL LOVE!  DL was a class project and the result of an actually very cool assignment. The DL Team was me, Eric, Sarah Broshar and Leigh Anne Bowles (all people I’m still friends with and still work with).

The assignment required 7 specific visuals to appear in our video.  The film’s story, plot, themes had to work around these tentpole images, one of which I remember was ‘boiling water.’  We interpreted this requirement by shooting boiling water from overhead, casting it in red on the Avid, and dissolving in and out of the shot to infer the passage of time.  I don’t remember this approach being very successful but definitely being creative.

Bowles and I starred in the “film” because we didn’t shoot it until midnight the night before it was due.  Actors could not be found.  Our performances made it a really special project.  I played a mischevious devil outwitting and harassing Leigh Anne’s Jesus in a laundromat.  You’d think we could have come up with a better title than DEVIL LOVE with a premise like that.


How to Pack Like a Snow Bunny

December 3, 2009

I returned to LA from a Thanksgiving holiday in Georgia on Tuesday.  Now, 34 hours later, I’m preparing to hop on a plane bound for Beaver Creek.  Jet set, baby!

Cindy (AIV editor) and I are flying to Colorado for the Birds of Prey World Cup.  A clip from AIV and its trailer will play for the crowd on the jumbo-tron between races on Friday and Sunday.  Unfortunately, Seth won’t be joining us – he’s en route to Mexico because IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS is playing a fest that’s comping his trip.  I’m hitting the snow and he’s hitting the surf!

I’m looking forward to being amongst Ski People.  They know who Casey Puckett is.  Do you know who he is?  Lie and say you do.  But he won’t be out of the spotlight for much longer.  Casey has been selected by Visa to be one of the athletes featured in their national campaign.  Yay! Plus, he got some great coverage in NBC’s “Countdown to Vancouver” on Thanksgiving night.

This weekend, we’re planning on hanging with Casey, promoting the film, and skiing the slopes.  The event planners are giving us free ski passes!  It’ll be my first time out this season, and what an appropriate start.

I’m almost done packing and am reminded of how much I love traveling with ski equipment.  You get all that extra room in your ski bag.  Secret special bonus space that I very much need for too many pairs of long underwear, my helmet, extra sunscreen, really thick ski socks that (I cringe to admit) I wear every day I ski, my ‘Turtles Ski Team’ neon orange shirt made to commemorate a group ski trip with my best friends, and  my sexy, snow bunny apres ski outfit.

Just kidding. I don’t own a snow bunny outfit. I don’t even know what that looks like.  A mid-drift baring parka?

The extra luggage space is especially useful because I’m personally bringing 30 AIV DVDs to be sold at the USSA trailer.

Time to download the newest podcasts of Joe Morgenstern WSJ movie reviews, Martini Shot, and The Treatment to entertain me in the air and on the road (3 hours) to Beaver Creek.

Seth Wins a Spirit Award!

February 22, 2009

CONGRATULATIONS to Seth Caplan on the John Cassavettes Award given to him, his co-producer Scoot McNairy, and his his director/writer Alex Holdridge for In Search of a Midnight Kiss at the 2009 Independent Spirt Awards last night! 

Alex Holdridge, Sara Simmonds, Scoot McNairy, Seth Caplan


I’ve been a fan of their film since my first viewing, and I’ve been a fan of Seth’s since the second day of AFI. Lucky for me, I think he’s also a fan of mine.  He’s currently producing my documentary about four-time Olympic skier Casey Puckett, Appointment in Vancouver.

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