(Completing advice and lessons learned for the benefit of those who travel to further their creativity at conventions and festivals.)
21) As Weird as it Gets, There’s Always Stranger Places to Go, Continued.
As fascinating as any convention or festival may be, nothing beats an awards dinner for sheer sensory overload.And WorldFest Houston did not disappoint. Whenever there is an opportunity to experience one, nominated or note, my advice is … see that show!
Yep, that’s a cowboy couple on the couch and this guy in the center was one of a group wearing kilts.
And then the crowd descended. Starlets with toy dogs, corporate money, international investors, filmmakers from almost every continent. All of them looked splendid, wanted drinks, food, awards, seats. The latter proved challenging… but eventually , it all got sorted out, or abandoned, and we all moved to…
And awards were distributed.
Clandestine director David LaRosa was presented the gold for Crime Drama, and immediately shared it with the team. That would have capped the night and the trip, but he had also been nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and Nick DeMatteo (the “usual suspect” to the left pictured earlier in this blog) was nominated for Best Actor. What a night…
And then came a lovely surprise….
Kate A. McGrath won Best Supporting Actress from the Houston Broadcast Film Critics. Presenter Nick Nicholson made sure the crowd new that she also wrote Clandestine, with which he said he was quite impressed.
The lessons we learn when we leave the house….
The best lesson for me was what an honor it is to give all to a project with fine, creative people. So much is learned, so much life is shared…
And that’s the point of all this, isn’t?
Safe travels to each of you, and may you never stop learning.