I have to pause and just be incredibly thankful for a moment. Even if nothing progresses beyond this point, I've made with friends an awesome horror film (something I have always wanted to do), and it is being shown to a couple sets of audiences. That's freakin awesome.
Life is short. Is a horror movie a really important contribution to the world? I don't know. But it is a genuine act of art that I've tried to execute in a thoughtful way, that delves deeper into personal and political issues for me (representation of women and people of color in film, Jewish themes of collective trauma and reactions to trauma, and personal demons too deep to casually mention here).
I want to thank all the people who made this possible. I've leaned on all of you throughout this, in one way or another, and you have all contributed to me and my work.
First of all Karen, who is an amazing partner, who lets me be crazy and take on too many things, including a stupid little horror movie that took up some spare precious time in our busy, insane lives. You are the best partner. And you were really, really great in this movie!
Brooke and Clark, dear friends, who I love to feature in this film. Brooke is the psychiatrist and Clark is the 9-1-1 operator. So cool they're a part of it.
All my musician friends who supported this project by giving me amazing pro music on the cheaps-- music has always been a big inspiration to my film work. I have a long relationship of using my friends' awesome work in my films. I cut a lot of the scenes to your music.
My mom, who I love and miss, the true art teacher in my life.
My dad, even though he had no hand in this and he probably won't like the movie.
Karen's parents, even though they had no hand in this and they probably wouldn't like the movie.
Chad Troutwine, for his generousity in bouncing bigger picture filmmaking ideas around.
Friends from afar who I met online who are helping me promote and bounce ideas around for marketing and promotion: David Poe of thehorrorfreak.com, Sasha Mowen, and Dusty Fleischman.
Gladden Schrock for his critiques, and his friendship and mentorship.
Many thank yous in the credits that could be repeated here, but I need to go and get ready to go. Just a quick note of gratitude.