Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Straight On Til Mourning: Revisiting "Second Star"

The main page for this project is HERE which has a link to the film, photos, the new image used for posters and postcards, the new reviews, and the initial director's notes.

I just watched the film again a few days ago and I actually like it better now than when I first released it online. It's an ugly, flawed, little art film but it's also pretty cool and definitely strange. The concept and the emotions behind it emerged out of a certain wavelength and, if I was going to do that film, I had to do it at that particular point and just go through with it.

Could I make "Second Star" now?

No, actually I don't think so. It came out of a certain time and place. It's a mood piece that belongs to a specific point in the past. It's fine for what it is and when it was made. It's fine as itself. The way it is is the way that it's meant to be.

"Second Star" SHOULD be flawed, queasy, and tilted. That's the film, that's the story.

I know that some people REALLY like this film (thank you!), some aren't into it at all, and/or they're confused by it (me too, by the way....) but I kind of love it for what it is. Clearly, now is the perfect time of year to revisit "Second Star"--to push it out there again, to give it full attention for one more month of repromotion, before we move on to some other things.

"Come, come thou bleak December wind,
And blow the dry leaves from the tree!
Flash, like a Love-thought, thro' me, Death
And take a Life that wearies me."

--Fragment 3, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Thursday, December 1, 2011

"Four In Chicago" collaborative film project

Four independent Chicago filmmakers. Four different stories about love.

"Four In Chicago", a collaborative omnibus film project created and conceptualized by Kyle Romaneck, premiered online in November 2011.

Click on the titles to watch and read about each film within the "Four In Chicago" project:

* "On The Lips" written and directed by Peter Kallstrom
VĂ©ronique is a French photographer who has recently immigrated to Chicago with her lover, Olivier. Caught between adapting to life in a new city and her overactive imagination, their true intimacy is revealed when the events of an afternoon cause the lines between reality and fantasy to become irrevocably blurred.

* "Miriam Syndrome" written and directed by Lauren Hearter
When professional counseling and pills galore simply aren't enough, Miriam Weems decides to take a stronger initiative.....

* "Forgive Me, Bianca" written and directed by Derek Quint
An old, dead relationship goes from wrong to worse when a fashion designer rediscovers a very sinister gift certificate.

* "Wonderboy" written and directed by Kyle Romaneck
A young man masquerades as a famous artist in order to impress an aspiring journalist.