Sunday, February 3, 2008

Superbowl 10-10-10

I attended one event of the 2008 International Film Festival called 10-10-10; 10 screen writers (5 high school and 5 college) teamed with 10 film makers (ditto parens) resulting in 10 short films in 10 days. Although I'd like to think of myself as hip and community oriented enough to attend such an event on a whim, I actually attended for one very important reason: playwright Cattie Yost.

Ms. Yost is an excellent playwright, and I was very excited to see her first (I believe) screenplay produced by a high school film maker. At the beginning of the event, Roger Duhrling (sp?), the director of the SBIFF gave introductions, as well as informing us the event was actually 9-10-10, as one film maker had not completed his project due to a family emergency. I thought, oh, that's a bummer, but the thought did not stay with me, as I was simply awaiting Cattie Yost's production.

With the conclusion of each 10 minute short, I hoped the next would be Cattie's. Nope, not yet, I had to be more patient! But, when the lights came up and Cattie's screenplay had not aired, i was shocked--as were the 30 or so attendees, some driving from as far away as San Diego, who came expressly to see her film. I must say, that's a royal screw up on the part of the organizers, to not inform the playwright that her work would not be produced. The screen writer was distant to Cattie, and uncommunicative from the start, suggesting he did not want any input. So, the fact that she had not heard from him at all during the process did not seem inconsistent.

I demand justice! I believe Cattie deserves to have her screen play produced! Who out there wants to make it happen?

And I couldn't give a damn about the superbowl.


Chryss said...

Thanks for this post, Noelle! The thing that really mattered was having so many friends and family showing their support for Cattie, film or no film. That meant more than anything, and took most of the sting out.

Trekking Left said...

That's awful!

Kristin Anderson said...

It's easy to support such a fab girl!

Roy said...

Sure. I am down. Any ideas of the scope of the thing? Cast size and so on? Ten minutes can't be so hard to work out -- prob two or three days of shooting and a week on the computer to edit, maybe less. Then it is internet bound. Who has a camera?