Thursday, October 28, 2010

Post-Indie Memphis

What an amazing week this has been! Not only did Craig and I celebrate our 11th anniversary, but we also watched one of our movies in a THEATER for the FIRST TIME EVER! We were pretty stoked about that.

The day started out as any other Saturday. I played with the dogs, did a little exploring in Fallout: New Vegas, and cooked dinner. But by that night, we were surrounded by friends, family, and cast/crew. I admit, I was nervous sitting there in the darkened theater, watching each movie before ours. My mind was full of so many thoughts. "Will it look good?... Will the audience clap or boo?... Are they really gonna make me come down front for a filmmaker Q&A?... Mm'mmm, how I love Malco's buttered popcorn..."

Turns out, we did not get booed. But I did have to go down to the front with the other filmmakers and say a few words. God, I hate speaking in public. The thoughts are so much clearer in my head than coming out of my mouth. That's why I enjoy writing so much. Fortunately, "Blood Therapy" cemented my desire to direct.

Oh, one cool thing did happen to me at the premiere. A total stranger, a non-filmmaker, came up to me after the Q&A and shook my hand and told me he really enjoyed my film. Man, that's what it's all about right there. If I entertained one person, I've done my job.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Review: "Blood Therapy"

A big thanks for the favorable review from Live From Memphis!

"Blood Therapy"

After being attacked by an unknown assailant, Eddie (Christian Walker) finds himself out of sorts. He's depressed, photophobic, and can't seem to find anything appealing to eat. Thinking he's having trouble adjusting to working the night shift, he decides to see a psychiatrist, played by Donald Myers. Needless to say, this is not going to end well.

Written and directed by Valerie O. Morris, "Blood Therapy" boasts a distinctive visual style, buttressed by some excellent cinematography from Craig Morris. Walker holds the screen like the stealth leading man he is (seriously, somebody write a feature around this guy), Myers slips comfortably into the professional, soothing tones of the shrink who has no idea his current client is special. Tight, efficient, and well-executed without being showy, "Blood Therapy" brims with promise for future projects from Cinegore Productions.

-Chris McCoy

"Blood Therapy" screens at Studio on the Square on Saturday, October 23 at 10:00 PM as part of Shorts Program 3.