As we move forward on our preparations for BIFF – the printing of big Devil’s posters, the consulting with the designer on BIFF-specific posters, changes to travel plans, etc. – we have to say a word about Beloit and fellow filmmakers.
Amelah Resnik will also be in Beloit with her documentary THE FLOWERS OF MADISON. In this case, Madison refers to Madison Wisconsin, where some of the doc was shot. Because of Resnik’s familiarity with, and her movie’s relationship to the area, she has been in Beloit this week to attend the festival’s Reveal Parties and to do some advance promotion of her film.
Like THE DEVIL’S TAIL, THE FLOWERS OF MADISON also has some Spanish dialogue, and both movies have their Wisconsin premieres in the same venue at La Casa Grande. But before we even knew about sharing a venue, Amelah got in touch, having discovered some of our filmmakers’ posts on WithoutABox. She emailed to congratulate us on playing at this great festival and just to say that with both movies having Spanish language content, we’ll be bringing some different flavour to the area.
After a pleasant email exchange, we asked her about how the first Reveal party went etc.; we just hoped she could be our ears and eyes, given that she was there and we’re operating from a distance…
Not only did Amelah get back to us, she got back to us IMMEDIATELY, volunteered some advice, and started talking up our movie. We wished her well and cheered her and her film on… imagine our delight that when she gave a radio interview about FLOWERS, she also urged listeners to see THE DEVIL’S TAIL and sent us the message that at Reveal Party #2 in Janesville, when they thrust the mic in her hand, before she talked about her own movie she announced the dates and times of ours, that everyone should see it and “Go Canada!”
Like Amelah, we’ve contacted fellow filmmakers in the past prior to other festivals, but have been met with an underwhelming response. We’d like to take this moment to point out that she did not HAVE to contact us at all, and she certainly is not required to do anything on our behalf. Instead, we’ve been contacted and aided by a warm, fellow festival filmmaker, and it must be stated again; if this is the kind of generous person Beloit attracts, it’s no wonder they have such a sterling reputation.
*THE FLOWERS OF MADISON is a documentary that plays
Friday February 19th at 5:00 PM @ La Casa Grande
Saturday February 20th at Noon @ Domenico’s
at the Beloit International Film Festival
*And while visiting the FLOWERS website, listen to that gorgeous atmospheric Latin guitar theme by Joe Myers.