Yesterday morning my producer Lauren Versel and I flew from New York to LA on the 9AM flight. We arrived around noon, had lunch in Beverly Hills, then joined our other producing partners--Andy Garcia and Zachary Matz--for a meeting with a company interested--very interested--in distributing "City Island". The meeting went terrifically well and then, wiith maximum glamour and flash, Lauren and I boarded the evening flight back to New York (after a quick and expensive Sushi dinner). The aplomb with which all this was accomplished hit a snag early this morning: the fog at JFK in New York prevented us from landing. We were re-routed to Dulles in Washington DC to refuel. Eventually we shlepped back to New York. Add to this the fact that we were sitting in coach and had to pay top dollar for tickets on such a short notice and essentially what we had was: the longest, least comfortable and most expensive 24 hour trip to LA and back ever recorded.
But all that pales next to the news that we have a possible buyer for our movie. The company shall remain nameless until a deal is struck. And if no deal is struck, I'll never bring this event up again and hope that you, too, will forget my having mentioned it. But...very exciting, this. Again, I can't help but feel that the enthusiasm that you, my dear readers, keep showing for the whole process helped translate into a positive buzz at Tribeca which helped win the Audience Award, which helped yesterday's meeting happen...you get the idea.
Below is the second part of that panel that I did. Glad that somebody said that I came off "okay". Only "okay"? Probably. I seem to remember being surprised at the cobwebs in my brain as I began speaking that morning, the result perhaps of one (or maybe two?) cocktails having been consumed the night before...
Posted by Raymond De Felitta at 10:07 AM