Joe Swanberg (above, second from right, with Kate Winterich, Kris Williams and Kevin Pittman) the director, co-writer and co-star of CIFF entry Kissing on the Mouth, is keeping a diary of his experience at this year's festival for Cinematical. You can follow the process of his next film, LOL, at www.lolthemovie.com
We surveyed the reviews this morning, and they weren't great. Luckily we got a lot of local coverage that we hope will offset any negative or mediocre write-ups of the film. We had no idea what to expect when we showed up to the theater. The weather was cold and drizzly, which is a good thing for film festivals. We always have the most trouble when it's beautiful outside. We were happy that our first screening fell on the the worst weather day this month.
The line of people at the theater slowly started to get intimidating. Tonight was our hometown premiere, so we knew a lot of friends would show up, but we were seeing a lot of strange faces, and the number continued to grow. By the time they started letting people in, the line was snaking around the lobby of the theatre, and we were all freaking out.