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Voyaging to the JUDAS KISS premiere

Well, here we go.

After four years, countless drafts, lots of hand shaking, rounds of casting, long days on set and a great deal of loving argument, JUDAS KISS, the feature film that so many folks who contribute to —  including your fearless leader —  have worked tirelessly on, makes it’s festival debut on Friday, at the Phoenix International Film Festival. The six hour drive happening in six or so hours is going to provide lots of fun, fellowship, and the first moments of fantasticalness.

Yeah, fantasticalness.

That’s the damn best word to describe how I feel; it sums up all the myriad emotions, the wonder, the satisfaction, the effort, the love that’s gone into making this. I’m a co-producer on this venture, the first time I’ve produced a feature film. I look at the work I did, the work I still have to do, and am just awed that it’s been done. That I did it. That I actually had the chance to make some of my dreams come true: building movies. Building good movies. Building good movies with people I adore and love — even when I wanted to rip their heads off, and I’m quite certain when they wanted to rip mine off as well.

As much as I did, as much ownership as I can take of this process, it pales next to JUDAS KISS’s writer/director JT Tepnapa and writer/producer Carlos Pedraza. They’ve been with this baby the longest, fought the hardest, and feared the most of anyone of us involved in this little production.  They built the boulder. I, and everyone else on the film, helped push it up the hill.

The hill is pretty steep, still. Audiences have to like the boulder that we’ve all been pushing and polishing. I’m pretty damn certain they will. I’m pretty damn certain they are going to laugh, ponder and wonder at all the little bits we’ve thrown in, adjusted just so, poised in the proper way. I’m a looking forward to standing in the back of the theater — and I have to stand in the back of the theater in case JT passes out and I need to call the bartender to bring him another margarita to restart his stressed heart — and hearing the reaction of the crowd, then walking through the darkness, to the front of the theater, casting back and marveling at all the faces dancing in the lamplight,  travelers led through a fun  the story by the shining dreams from pouring from the screen.

That’s how I imagine it happening, at any rate. And considering it’s been imagination that’s gotten me to this point, the rest of this journey will no doubt unfurl with an eye to my mind and another to magic of life that I couldn’t have even foreseen.

Check out the listing for the film at PIFF and add it to your calendar if you’re attending the festival. Doing those things increases our “buzz” score on the festival website, which could bring more people to the screening. Right now, we’re No. 1. Help keep us there.

I’ll have a few more stories for you from the festival. Enjoy your weekend — and be sure to check out the new chapter of JUNKYARD ANGELS appearing on Saturday.



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  1. joel says
    March 31, 2011, 8:53 pm

    SO exciting! Have a splendid time!

  2. mm2 says
    April 1, 2011, 9:55 am

    Good luck to you all. I can’t wait until the movie finds it’s way to Chicago. I hope you win an arm load of awards with this one.

  3. wondermann says
    April 2, 2011, 6:53 pm

    Can’t want to see it

  4. marrta says
    April 6, 2011, 7:34 am

    Trembling in the dark…excitement and expectation,fear and satisfaction…it´s always the best.
    You deserve it Jody. You damn deserve it!
    Congratulation to all!


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