It’s been another year full of lots of events for the film, so time to look back at 2012 and to thank once more those who made the last 12 months another very memorable year. As I did last year I’m beginning with thanks to all who have purchased the DVD and viewed the film at festivals and other events — your support of independent film is inspiring and hugely appreciated.
Left to Right, Tom Rhea, Stan Warnow, Isil Bagdadi, Jeff Winner, Herb Deutsch at the Quad Cinema
Though I was as busy as ever with film related activities, there weren’t any showings in the first few months of the year, but then in July the film opened theatrically at the Quad Cinema in Manhattan. Of course this was a major milestone for the film and for me, and particular and perpetual thanks to my fabulous publicist, Isil Bagdadi of Cavu Releasing, who made sure the word got out to all the right people about the film’s opening. We got wonderful NYC and national reviews which have led to all kinds of possibilities I hope will come to pass in 2013. Huge thanks as well to Elliot Kanbar of the Quad who is a true lover of all kinds of film and a great friend to and supporter of independent filmmakers. And thanks to the Quad staff for their hard work and for making me feel so welcome during the film’s run. And of course thanks to to Tom Rhea, Jeff Winner, and Herb Deutsch for supporting the film by attending the opening and participating in Q&As.
As part of the Quad opening I was also interviewed on radio and for various publications. Particular thanks to Bruce Bennet of the Wall Street Journal, Doug Doyle and Michael Bourne of WBGO, Leonard Lopate of WNYC and Michael Shelley of WFMU, and to all the other media folks who were kind enough to help promote the film and write nice things about me.
In September the film was at the Buffalo Film Festival, thanks to Ed Summer and Roberta Friedman for making it all happen. October brought the film to the Earshot Jazz Film Festival in Seattle, thanks to Adam Sekuler, the programmer there for presenting the film. And then in November the film was presented at the Cleveland Art Museum much gratitude to John Ewing who runs their film program for having the film there.
And as always ongoing thanks to those musicians around the world who help keep the music of Raymond Scott alive: Stu Brown in Glasgow for all he’s done for Raymond Scott’s music and my film in the UK, to Adam O’Callaghan in Montreal, Miguel Malla and Raculmuto in Madrid, the revived Raymond Scott Orchestrette in New York, Quintette 7 and Kristen Mathis of the West Point Band, guitarist and music historian Skip Heller who has some wonderful moments in the film, Don Byron, one of the first contemporary musicians to revive Raymond Scott music, and the newest members of this ever expanding yet very exclusive group the MeaNensamble from Norway! Plus the other groups from (including the DJs), who play Raymond Scott music one way or another. Finally, as always, perpetual thanks to Gert-Jan Blom, Irwin Chusid, and Jeff Winner (co-producer of the film) — the Raymond Scott brain trust — who are great colleagues, friends, and consultants. Their work on the Raymond Scott legacy remains an ongoing inspiration to me…
Happy New Year to all!