This Wednesday, I attended the premiere of Gallows II at Maya Cinemas. My friends Chris and Travis from Tremendum Pictures wrote and directed the piece, which featured the talents of SO many of my other friends and colleagues, both behind and in front of the camera. It was awesome seeing so many familiar faces and places on the big screen, and I was especially proud of the inspired camera work my creative partner-in-film, Kyle Gentz, did as cinematographer. Honestly, if I started to list everyone else I was proud of, this would be a very long post, indeed.
On Friday, my film "Story Queens" premiered at The Big Tell showcase at Tower Theatre . I was one of 10 filmmakers who won a $5k grant for producing a mini-doc about life in the Central Valley. This is my second time winning the award; this year I made a film focused on Drag Story Time, a free family-friendly event that happens sporadically throughout Fresno and our surrounding communities. I believe it is important on so many levels, least of all which is it teaches children to approach the unknown with playful curiosity rather than fear.
This week I discussed future collaborations with a few other Fresno creatives, worked on Fools-related duties with my partner-in-theatre, Miguel, and got feedback on recent work from my MFA advisor.
Not at all a bad week for art here in Fresno.