With Tallgrass and Würzburg in the rear view mirror, at the beginning of the year I had set my eyes on two things: successful signing of a distribution deal with Filmbuff - a distributor of quality independent films we had been in talks with - and a Los Angeles Premiere of I Am Gangster, ideally in a festival setting.
It's exciting that we were able to land both. Getting there took a lot of work, a lot of luck, a lot of sweat and tears (mostly sweat), and aside from symbolic significance for us as filmmakers, our distro deal with Filmbuff is an incredible opportunity. But more on that later.
Dances With Films gave us a platform to actually screen our movie right here in LA and we couldn’t be more thankful for that. Similarly to Tallgrass and Würzburg, it took the initiative of people like Juanita Duncan, a programmer who loved the film and fought for IAG to be included in this year’s fest. We need you on our journey, those of you who value and recognize and champion our work. We are indebted to you.
The West Coast and Los Angeles Premiere of I Am Gangster at Dances With Films was a screening filled with cast and crew, family and friends, fellow filmmakers and the general public. It was a beautiful thing, a home game for us after touring the film for the past 9 months. With our cast members’ “fan clubs” attending it literally felt like a sports event at times when appearances on screen were met with cheers and ovations.
The film looked glorious and it was the first time I actually had nothing to complain in regards to sound and image. When you’re in the trenches of post-production, pissing off everyone with your obsessions, seemingly wasting time on the “small stuff”, the “problems” you’re trying to fix, you easily lose track of the big picture. So when I look at I Am Gangster now, after stepping away from it for a while, I’m able to “watch our own movie”, and with that movie I’m pretty happy.
You can check out some photos of the night here.