REMAINDERED will be screened on Saturday, June 16, at 9 pm at the RiverPark Center in Owensboro...the town where the film was shot. The director, cast, and key crew will be on hand afterwards for a panel discussion and Q&A.
The movie is being shown as part of the International Mystery Writers Festival... and will be screened along with MURDER IN KENTUCY and BUMSICLE. All three films star Todd Reynolds as a homicide detective who is a lot sharper than he seems.
REMAINDERED screened today and received a very enthusiastic reaction from the audience. That was nice, but I have to say we're up against some stiff competition. I've seen a lot of great shorts this week...and every single one that I saw today was very well done, particularly THIEF, about a little boy who befriends a young Saddam Hussein in 1959 and then comes face-to-face with him again in 2003. It's not going to be easy for the judges or the audience to pick a best short from among so many fine films.
Before the screening, I spent some time on the beach. I glanced to my left and was startled to see Harlan Coben staring back at me. Alas, it was not the man himself but his enormous photo on the back of a hardcover book that a tourist was reading. I took a picture of the tourist, which I emailed to Harlan, then chatted with the guy, who was very nice. He's a salesman for a big drug company that is rewarding its best reps with an all-expense-paid trip to Hawaii that also includes elaborate banquets by the beach, tons of free tours & activities, cash money for expenses, and goodie bags in their rooms each day stuffed with things like Raybans and cameras. I should have been a Viagra salesman instead of a writer.
After the screening, I drove up to Waimea to Huli Sue's Barbeque. Their ribs aren't bad but what I really went up there for was their incredible Banana Cream pie...which may just be the best Banana Cream Pie on earth.
Then it was back to the Fairmont Orchid, where I hunkered down to work on MONK...well, that was the intent, instead here I am writing this post.
Tomorrow is the Golden Honu Awards Brunch, a concert, and the Best of the Fest screening. In between, I'm going to try to squeeze in some more lazing around.
I've been having a great time at the Big Island Film Festival on the Big Island of Hawaii. I arrived on Wednesday night, showered, and hurried over to the Mayor's reception, where I chatted with some of the other film-makers, who have come from all over the U.S. and a few from overseas. Then I headed over to the Shops at Mauna Lani for an outdoor screening of a handful of short films. You couldn't beat the venue...watching movies under the stars with a gentle sea breeze. The films themselves were well-made but suffered from very, very predictable, by-the-numbers story-telling.
I played hookie from the Festival during the day on Day 2. You'd have to be insane to fly all the way to paradise to stay indoors when it's gorgeous outside. So I hung out at the beach, where the sand and pavement were so hot, you could get third degree burns if you walked barefoot. Just about eveyrone has a Kindle, which is frustrating, because I can't tell what strangers are reading any more.
I intended to do some writing, but failed. I swam, I walked, I read, I ate, I sweated. A perfect day. After dinner, I went to the night-time screenings, held under the stars at the Fairmont Orchid Plantation House. The films this time were much better than the previous evening...particularly the short COLD SORE and the hilarious, uniquely Hawaiian feature GET A JOB...but is there a rule somewhere that there has to be at least two zombie movies at every film festival? I have totally over-dosed on zombie movies.
My plan today is to do some writing (I can feel my deadline like a physical presence in the room) out on the lanai overlooking the water, take a swim, a long walk, and then attend the evening screening again. REMAINDERED plays tomorrow...