Festival Common Courtesy

Eliza and I spent the weekend at LAWebfest and we had a great time. In the Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror category we received Outstanding Achievement Awards for Outstanding Series, Outstanding Premise, Outstanding Visual Effects, Outstanding Ensemble Cast, Outstanding Director, and Outstanding Lead Actor-Craig Benzine, Outstanding Lead Actress-Carlyn Janus. It was awesome.  We also had a great time driving Mulholland Drive for lunch at Mel’s Drive-in and the PCH through Malibu for lunch in Paradise Cove. We got to meet our internet-friends Joe and Tessa in person for the first time, we met a PoPS supporter named Omar who was really cool and came to our screening, and had the pleasure of meeting and talking content creation with writer/director Chris Leone and just fanboy’ing over his outstanding writing in my favorite mini-series The Lost Room.

One of the things that bothered me about the festival is the apparent lack of common festival courtesy on display. I’m not saying you have to go to the screenings of everyone you meet. In a festival environment with a wall-to-wall schedule of screenings and panels, that’s unrealistic. But when you’re sitting in a screening, you should stay for the whole block. Especially if your content is part of the block and the blocks only last one hour total. I witnessed multiple occasions of people sitting in the screenings until after their show played and then walking out before the next portion of the program. It’s the SAME BLOCK! In all likelihood there are people in the room who have shows that follow yours, they’ve just sat through your thing, and your very public exit is the height of festival insuavity. It reflects poorly on you and your show. I’m not irked because this happened during our screening block, because it didn’t happen for us. The one thing I will say about our block is that it was nice to see PoPS episode 5, part 1 play after seeing a bunch of other series. I felt like the quality stacked up nicely against other things we had seen in the same environment and the pacing was good. It was excellent. Eliza said perhaps web content creators, familiar only with screening their content from the isolation of their computer at home, are unfamiliar with festival courtesy, but I’d have to say if there’s one common sense rule that should be self evident to anyone who was raised in polite society, this would be it. It’s shocking how many people I saw disregarding this. People with good shows. I held it against them and their content immediately.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how profoundly saddened I am by the passing of Roger Ebert. That guy was awesome. As they’ve been outlining on AintItCool.com through the memories and reflections of all the critics there and some filmmakers, the guy was a legend. He loved movies wholeheartedly and approached every flick as though it was an opportunity to experience something new and exciting. When he lambasted something it was because he felt the film was a missed opportunity and he was very eloquent at outlining how the flick fell short. He encouraged filmmakers and he launched careers. I loved reading his reviews, I grew up loving his show, and I’ve felt eerily emotional and upset ever since I learned of his passing. If film criticism had a king-maker, it was Roger Ebert. Here’s a link to the AintItCool reflections.

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/61823

Thanks for reading, folks.

–Jarvi

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