absolutely no blood

I began my fourth year here in a bit of a rut –– I was unemployed and creatively stagnant and generally feeling fairly shitty about myself, both in spite of and because of the Sundance experience earlier in the year. Then, two days later (a year ago today), I went on my first date with a woman I knew at the time as Fran, but who has since become Franny. My Franny. We spent our first date walking all over Manhattan, shared our first kiss on a bench by a waterless fountain in Madison Square Park, and I knew.  And then everything else seemed to fall into place –– my struggle now is so much less of a struggle than it was then, although the perspective required to appreciate this is still slippery. Oh my.

I just finished another short film, and it’s screening tomorrow (Sunday) at the Tribeca Cinemas in Manhattan. The film is called I Heart Staten Island, and I’m proud of it, and I’m pretty sure I like it. I figured out how to make a blood spraying out of neck effect using supplies purchased at a Home Depot, so you should expect to see this effect in all my films from now on.  I’m not going to make zombie films, and if I did make a zombie film, it would have absolutely no blood spraying out of neck effects, just to throw people off.

But I digress.

Franny is coming to the screening with me tonight, and that’s pretty cool.

New York: Thank you for a good year.

Franny: I love you.

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