It's been a while, I know. Not sure when things started getting so crazy but crazy they are.
Just had a shot of good news from the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin. When You're Strange screened there over the weekend and just won a nice award.
“Mission” and “When You’re Strange”
Lead SXSW Audience Winners
by Peter Knegt
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced additional Audience Award-winners today. Among them were Mike Woolf’s “Richard Garriott - Man on a Mission” in the Spotlight program and Tom DiCillo’s “When You’re Strange - a film about The Doors” in the 24 Beats Per Second program.
This one actually means a lot to me, coming from a festival so intensely devoted to music. My congratulations to everyone who worked so hard on the film.
Also, here is an updated listing of dates and cities as of today:
New York: Angelika
Los Angeles: Sunset; Playhouse 7, Pasadena; Town Center, Encino
Boston: Somerville Theater (Somerville, MA)
Philadelphia: Ritz 16/Puff Theatre/The Piazza at Schmidt’s
Atlanta: Cinefest Film Theatre
San Francisco: Kabuki
Seattle: Grand Illusion
Nashville: Belcourt Theatre
Madison, WI: Sundance Theatre
Shreveport, LA: Robison Film Theater
Albuquerque, NM: Guild, May
Athens, GA: Cine
Santa Monica, LA: Laemmle’s Monica
The film is opening in France around June 1. I'm heading over there in a few weeks with John Densmore to do some pre-opening press, and then back again with John in late May to hit both France and England right before the opening.
Theaters interested in US distribution should contact Brittany Erlbaum: Brittany.Erlbaum@rhino.com.
All international sales inquiries should go to Harry White from ContentFilm: firstname.lastname@example.org.
My sincere thanks to everyone, especially Elaine--the patron saint of When You're Strange--for all the support. And mostly, thanks to Ray, John, Jim and Robbie. Let it roll.
It was a pleasure to meet you in LA. I’m glad you are a fan of Delirious. I put a lot into that film. Everyone did. And to think that Steve Buscemi didn’t even get a Spirit Award nomination…jeezus. What the hell…
Now this is all really, really fascinating to me. Hearing the descriptions of how Jim responded to the same things, differently, only makes me happy that I attempted to portray him this way in the film: as a human being. As someone with many conflicting currents–like us all.
After enjoying Delirious so much, I’m definitely looking forward to your next narrative film.
Take care, travel safe. Salli
I know you’re extremely busy with this film coming out. You have no idea how excited I am about it! I’ve done a lot of research on Jim living in FL(where I’m from) and have talked to many of his old college buddies from SPJC. I even took a job with the company that tore down his grandparents house where he lived while he went to SPJC and Florida State Univ.
I didn’t see any contact info and I’d love to talk to you about so many things! Im the lead singer and bass player of the all female band KORE. We’re going to NY in May to perform at a big festival on the Hudson and I’ve never been to NY! Can you recommend some places I need to see while Im there?
Thanks so much!
Well, goddamit, you are right. I heard directly from The Belcourt in Nashville.
The film has been postponed there until sometime in May. He said the delay came from the distributor with no explanation.
I’m sorry about this. I don’t know why it happened.
I know the marketing for the movie has already been established by now but something came to mind really profound the other day which I think describes the Doors experience perfectly: “Lighning struck in the same place for almost six years.” I’m not sure if it’s original or not? But I just had to get it out to you. I hope you see this post.
I’m checking with the distributor now. Let’s see if we can get to the bottom of this. I have some good friends in Nashville who are psyched about seeing the film.
The outdoor gig in Philly does sound amazing. I’m checking now to see if anyone has invited me. It would be great to be there.
Keep your eyes open.
News to me. Not sure what to tell you. I’m not involved in the distribution decisions at all. I certainly hope it gets put off hold asap.
The Grand Illusion is the coolest theater in the city, hands down. Also in the heart of the University district so should help with a big turnout of students.