Archive for July, 2010

BAM!

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Leading Ladies is part of the Best of Newfest encore at BAM in NYC!  So if you missed it the first time around or want to see it again please do!

Sunday Aug 29, 2010

7pm

BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY  11217
(718) 636-4100

Vacationland welcomes Leading Ladies

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

We got word that we will have 2 screenings at Kahbang in August.

Sat 8/7  1pm
Penobscot Theater
131 Main St.
Bangor, Maine 04401

Thurs 8/12 10:00pm
Bangor Mall Cinemas
557 Stillwater Avenue
Bangor, ME 04401

If you live in the area,  spread the word!

http://www.kahbang.com/tickets

Feminist Review – Review!

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Another glowing review!

“It may seem quite an impossibility, but the film Leading Ladies is, simply put, a quietly revolutionary dance musical. ”

“Vail might be the real star of this film, however, as she says more with her eyes than many actors can express with a word. She artfully plays the Ugly Duckling, the quiet witness to familial squabbles and the glue that keeps the Camparis together.”

Outfest Red Carpet Interviews

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

We’re at around a minute or so.

Outfest photos posted

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

I posted some pictures from the past week. Yay! You’ll notice I dance like a crazy bird.  You may also notice I interview like a crazy bird too.

KPFK interview

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Today Erika, Daniel and I went up to KPFK radio to record an interview with Steve Pride. It will be edited down and aired later. It was fun. I wasn’t the most articulate, but I’m not much of a morning person. Once again I got to tell the story about the mid-shoot breakdown as well as the auditioning stuff. Love that.

I think it will be aired sometime in the next few weeks. Should be a podcast too I think.

Outfest Q&A

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

I knew I would find someone with some clips! My buddy Matt managed to snag a short clip from our Q&A. I think the person asked us how making the film had changed our lives and/or careers. It was something like that.

Interview for Indie Express

Monday, July 12th, 2010

They posted our interview yesterday. It’s a bit funny since we plug the movie and it’s already screened, but that’s ok. We’re still just drumming up interest. Can you tell I’m a bit tipsy here? ;)

Leading Ladies in Los Angeles

Monday, July 12th, 2010

What a day. Just utterly wonderful all around.

Met up with Teahm Beahm a little before the Conversation with Jane Lynch at the DGA. There was still some room so we got to go. She is so lovely. She’s someone I want to be like. Well respected character actor, super down to earth, really appreciates people around her and just loves what she does. I feel like I am taking a similar road, doing lots of shorts and things just to be doing it. She also doesn’t like doing stage improv! She’s a good role model for me career-wise and human-being-wise.

After that we exited the theater and some of my friends were already there for our movie. I wandered around socializing and handing out tattoos. I had an embarrassing hiccup in my memory banks when I didn’t recognize a director i’d worked with. I’m pretty bad at recognizing people. It doesn’t happen as much as it used to and facebook helps a ton. But sometimes it’s like, just nothin’. I once didn’t recognize my own sister, so I know it’s my brain being lousy and not me being a flakey douche bag. But then I remembered her and after also getting her name wrong I at least got her last name right so she knew I did in fact know her. Ugh. Embarrassing.

Anyway. So more friends show up and they get in line. Erika let me know where we will be sitting and I go in to sit down. My boyfriend joins me. At one point one of the ushers comes over to make sure we’re supposed to be there. It was sort of funny and he was really nice about it. The theater was fairly full. I don’t know if the tickets sold out or not. I know several people that bought tickets then couldn’t make it at the last minute. An outfest person got up and introduced Erika and Daniel and they said some brief intro and then the lights went down.

This was my first time seeing it in a big theater with a nice sound system, etc. So much better! There was a moment during Benji and Jordan’s dance number where the sound started hiccuping and my stomach just tensed up. I was like “NOOOOO!” but it only did it 3 or so times close together and then it went away. You could feel the tension though. I would have been so sad if they had to stop it and start it back again. Other than that the screening went totally smoothly. People laughed, probably cried. They told me they did anyway.

Afterward we went up while the credits were finishing since they are pretty long – lots of people helped on it. The fellow from the beginning asked a few questions and then we did a Q&A from the audience. It occurred to me later that I should have had my boyfriend tape it on my little camera, but once again I forgot I had it with me. Maybe it will show up on the internet somehow from someone who was there. I know there were some questions about if we’d danced before and some stuff about casting. One girl asked me and Nikki how our lives were different since making it. Looking back on anything I answered, I hope I made sense and didn’t babble too much. Ha ha. I got to tell the story of my mid-shooting breakdown when me and the interns were crying uncontrollably. I love that story.

We cleared out the theater for the next screening and went out to get some pictures. Then we could meet up with our friends at the reception. It took me a long time to get to the back patio because people kept stopping to tell me I was great. I was like- “This is wonderful! I just walk around and strangers tell me how great I am? I could do this more often!” Seriously though, it was so great to hear that from people i don’t know. Friends will always say you did well, but strangers don’t have to talk to you. I’m really proud of my performance. And I think the movie could really speak to a lot of people. I’m lucky to have been a part of it. Oh! I also had a dance instructor tell me she thought I looked like a dancer. So, training paid off!

Lots of socializing. So many friends came. It was wonderful. Others couldn’t make it for various reasons, so hopefully we’ll be screening here again soon. I met lots of people. Benji’s dad was there. I think his sister was too but i didn’t meet her. She was almost my pretend sister but her contract with DWTS wouldn’t let her dance in our movie. That’s how we got the lovely Shannon. Miss that girl. I met a couple of her friends from Chicago who live up in the bay area, so she was tangentially there with us. Rebecca was there with her mom and DB’s brother Matt was there. Sara Von was there. She’s blonde now, we didn’t even recognize her! I met this fellow who’s been in the biz since the 50’s. Old school Hollywood. He’s married to E’s Aunt’s best friend. I think. I think that’s what they said. Anyway, he was delightful. I also met the mom of the Hughes Brothers. And probably a bunch of other folks. It was great.

After the crowd thinned out we started brainstorming where to go. Brainstorming on an empty stomach is hard. We took forever. After calling to reserve a table, then calling to cancel we ended up just walking down to Cheebo anyway. It all worked out and they managed to fit us in there. some of us sat before the others, but we all got together eventually. Once I sat down I realized how beat I was. I ate a bunch since i hadn’t eaten since that morning, though I didn’t feel that hungry until we got there. Too much excitement. Afterward we were going to walk over to Coach & Horses bar, but i was a bit dizzy so I walked home instead.

I went home and got into PJs. I didn’t fall asleep until around 1, but I was still too pooped to do anything. What a day.

Outfest- Opening Night! (part 2)

Friday, July 9th, 2010

You know, you’d think that an after party at one of the biggest gay events of the year would be a jumping, gyrating dance party, but it turns out most people felt like standing and talking. We are not most people so we danced. The longer we danced the more people joined us. the music was so-so, mostly techno-y. Eventually they had a dance mix of Don’t Stop Believin’ and that kicked it up a notch. That segued into some Lady Gaga and we had a circle around us while we went all nuts. that felt like the finale. We left soon thereafter. We needed food.

E and D were down the stairs and Nikki and I were lagging behind. I see her stopped on the landing talking to some guy. Oh shit son, it’s mother****ing Dave Foley. I’ve been a Kid’s in the Hall fan for like 20 years. (I left off the number but I did say I was a huge fan since I was very young.) I used to lay at the foot of my bed when I had an earlier bedtime because when the door was open I had a clear view into the living room and could watch KITH, The Tracy Ullman show, the Gary Shandling Show, etc. So this was pretty exciting.

His friend comes up and they insist we come meet some other fellow upstairs, so we go back up and meet this other fellow. They ask us to stay for a drink so we tell them we have to go get E and D, who are still downstairs. Eventually Foley says he wants to come get food too. So we head out. He finds some other friends that are going to a nearby Tequila bar so we go for one more drink. Turns out Foley & co. were not there for any Outfest type thing. They were checking out his friends’ new bar (the Falls, I think) that will be opening soon. They just happened to come by the club.

We have another drink and chat. Some air guitar is played. Then eventually the lights come up for last call. I didn’t finish my drink, because I’m responsible and knew I hadn’t eaten enough to balance it out.

It was finally time for food so we went back to my car (after going the wrong way for over a block) and drove over to the Pantry. Some folks recognized Foley and he said hello and chatted briefly.

You know loves coleslaw? Dave Foley loves coleslaw. Well, at least he does when he’s drunk. I can’t speak for him sober. Apparently Foley’s last meal would be coleslaw- and spaghetti. also loves that. I asked if they would be together and he’s like, Yeah. We shared some fries with malt vinegar, which I’d never tried. It’s not bad.

I dropped E and D at their hotel then dropped Foley off where he lives. Then I dropped Nikki off and got home around 4:15am. Today my boyfriend’s Facebook status was, “My superstar girlfriend was out partying until 3 AM on a WEEKNIGHT. She is already OUT OF CONTROL.” Hilarious. (He is of course joking.)

So yeah. Then I woke up at my usual time of 7:30am and feel kinda lousy today. But whatever. What a fun night.