Well, the 48 hours are up and Insatiable Strange (our art collective) has submitted its film, In/Out, to IFP Phoenix. The process was exciting, exhausting, and educational. I’ve been on the sets of major Hollywood films, low budget films, and art films made in my backyard, but I’ve never really been a large part of the film itself. This weekend I was.
Insatiable Strange, the cadre as we call it, is made up of 10 artists (including myself) who get along extraordinarily well. We definitely love each other, and that made all the difference during this film challenge, especially since we were together virtually every waking hour, of which there were many. As a nice reporter from the Arizona Republic observed, we put more value on working together than on the finished product.
This is not to say that we didn’t care about how our film turned out, that’s why we worked so hard (!), but none of us were ready to disregard the other group members’ thoughts and feelings just to have something our way because we thought it would make the best film in the end. Now, as you can imagine, that means we spent a great deal of our weekend talking everything out together. For other groups, this could easily just end in disaster because it’s usually impossible to make everyone happy, but I’m pretty sure we’re all very happy with the way In/Out ended up. It’s the first film I’ve really been a part of, and I think it was a great overall experience. I’m excited to see how it will be received at the screeningon August 10, 2012 [6:00pm and 8:00pm] at the Phoenix Art Museum. Check it out!