I held a screening for the film on Saturday night. Overall I think it was a success and the film was well received. Sadly, there were considerable technical problems with the projection and the film stopped three times during the presentation, often at incredibly inopportune moments. I guess as the filmmaker, any glitch in a film that is crafted painstakingly will feel inopportune. It was so heartbreaking. It felt like a punch in the stomach. And particularly painful because it was all avoidable if I had just known a little more about the technical aspect of the screening. Many attendees have kindly insisted that it did not impact there enjoyment of the film and I certainly hope that's the case, but I know in my heart that however much they enjoyed it, they would have enjoyed it even more if it had played without interruption. I'm trying not to dwell on this aspect of the evening, as in many respects it was a truly wonderful experience. One of the most notable things that happened is that Michael Higgins spoke to the audience before the film and the things he said were so nice it completely floored me. He said things like it was one of the best things he'd ever read and he thought it might be the best film he had ever done. I mean, Jesus. It was astonishing. Those were hands down the nicest things that have ever been said to me or about me. There were about a hundred people there including some close friends who traveled great distances to be there. That meant a lot to me. The food was great and everyone seemed to have a really good time. It was sort of like a wedding for me, in that I sort of fluttered from group to group in a daze, getting tipsy and enjoying seeing friendly, familiar faces but not being able to talk in depth to anyone. People said really nice things about the movie. It made me feel good.
Here's the poster: