I am done with my documentary
on the Book-Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit. More importantly, it has been
submitted for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The entire thing is now out of
I'm done making my film and editing it. No more of trying to condense
80 years of history into a 1 hour film, when the story about the building's redevelopment
efforts keeps changing. No more worrying about how to connect a local story in
Detroit to a broader, international audience or how to explain abstract concepts
in very real terms.
I'm done writing short and long versions of the synopsis
for my Sundance submission packet.
I'm done with the director's commentary.
done worrying about which of the couple dozen or so production photos that I have
should include in a press kit.
I'm done agonizing over my film's web
site; what should be on it and how should it be presented.
It felt so incredibly good to dropped it off. When I walked into
the UPS Store and handed the clerk my package to be overnighted to California,
it was one of those incredible, "My God - I did it" moments.
the clerk at UPS handed me my receipt for the shipment, I succumbed to a somewhat
corny urge that I had and wrote the word "Victory" across it. No other
word really described it.
Almost 2 years of my life are now condensed into
a 7-digit code that the Sundance Committee will use to track my film and everything
that goes with it: UDF7137.
I later learned that it's "U" as in
United States, "D" as in documentary and "F" as in feature-length.
Please don't ask me what the "7137" signifies because I haven't a clue.
kind of ironic, if you stop and think about it, that so much of my life would
come down to such an odd little code. Anyway, I'm thrilled to be done with it.
now, I'm off to celebrate. Tomorrow, I start work on my next project.