The SINY Film Festival was awesome. ‘Stuck Like Chuck’ took home the Audience Choice Comedy award, which was a great surprise for us. A big thank you to everyone who came to our screenings and voted for the film. The video below is a short clip, which features my acceptance speech. Check it out and we will meet up after the jump.
Hopefully you watched the video above before reading this. (If not, what the hell? It’s only 50 seconds) I carried my pocket cam with me the whole festival so I of course filmed a bit of the awards ceremony. When they said ‘Stuck Like Chuck’ was the winner, I decided to take my camera with me. It got huge laughs and also allowed me to capture the awesome moment on film for all of you.
Besides winning Audience Choice, the screenings themselves were fantastic. It’s always fascinating to hear a crowd reacting to the film because people tend to laugh at different parts. The first screening went great and I was told we had the biggest turnout of any film in the time slot. The second screening was even better with a bigger crowd and more laughs. Both Q & A’s were filmed and I will probably do something with them eventually.
There were a lot of other awesome things that happened at SINY in addition to the screenings and the award. On Saturday, there was a very cool filmmaker party at Joseph Naso’s house. (Naso is a Staten Island based producer known for his movies with Steven Seagal) This party definitely made up for the terrible “Celebrity” party that took place the night before. I won’t go into details on it because it is the one aspect of the festival I didn’t like, but everyone else seemed to enjoy it.
Another great thing about the festival was the many filmmaker connections made with fellow writers, directors and actors. I got to hang out with a lot of very cool people and many of them live on Staten Island. Hopefully we will all be able to keep in touch because it would definitely be great to work with some of them. In addition to meeting some locals, I finally got to meet The Film Snob, Nic Baisley, in person. He was the first web-crit to review the film and he has been one of our biggest cheerleaders since. If you haven’t yet, head over to www.filmsnobbery.com and check out his site.
I’d like to end off by mentioning something that is somewhat non-festival related. On the first day of the festival, I left early in order to attend a concert in NYC by The Scenic. This band is featured on the SLC soundtrack and they are great live. I taped some of the show (although I F’d up the audio, which I am mad at myself for doing) but I did get footage of their shout-out to the film in the middle of their set.
Overall, last weekend was quite amazing. I want to thank everyone at the SINY Film festival and again everyone who attended. And for any filmmakers out there wondering, you should definitely submit to next year’s festival. While there are a few things they need work on (getting more press is #1), the festival has a lot of heart and a lot of great people supporting it. I look forward to attending next year, hopefully with another film screening there!