Archive for November, 2013

Delivery festival run summary!

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

As of right now, we don’t have any film festivals scheduled because it’s going to the American Film Market this week.  I think it’s in a great position going to market.

We’ve had more great feedback this month:

“Speaking of the wife, Laurel Vail has the heavy lifting here. Not to speak ill of the rest of the cast ( not a bad apple in the bunch. All around solid acting) but Vail’s performance is the backbone of the film. During the first twenty minutes I almost forgot that she was an actress and just another reality show participate. Then shit gets paranormal and we slowly watch her unravel. Watching Rachel be tormented by these dark forces is a bittersweet pill to swallow.”
“Trust me when I say that this one movie you don’t want to miss.”  -Bub from Slack Jaw Punks (Detroit)

 “Both actors here really shine, Laurel Vail has to be good because so much is happening to her and so much of the story rests on her performance that if her performance  isn’t great the film would sink with her. Thankfully she rocks” – Ryan from Reel Nerds  (Denver)
4 out of 5 stars

Delivery was the best horror film of TCFF. ” – Patrick from City Pages (Minneapolis)

“It’s superior to most of its contemporaries” – Eric from The Movie Waffler (Dublin) 6 out of 10 stars

“It really worked! … Best Audience reaction of the weekend. …The subtleties make it for me.” – Weekly Geek Speak (South Yorkshire) 1 hour into podcast  7.5 out of 10 stars

” It IS slow burning but the ending is shocking, old fashioned and well worth it.” – Richard from Fanboy Confidential (UK)

“This sole complexity lends a final depth to the film” – Christina from The Betamax Revolt (Nottingham)

“There are comparisons to Rosemary’s Baby but Delivery is no lazy re-rendering and is an almost perfectly executed film. Don’t be put off by the ‘found footage’ tag, this film is head and shoulders above its genre peers.” – Alison from Left Lion (Nottingham)

 Some more recent interviews with Adam and Brian:

Reel Nerds Podcast (Telluride Horror Show)

Film Pulse (Screamfest)

Fearnet (Twin Cities Film Fest)

(Red Carpet from Twin Cities Film Fest)

And here are some great tweets from people all over:

And then our hotel room maybe tried to kill us…

Monday, November 4th, 2013

I think I woke up around 5 something in the morning.  It was the time change, so I don’t know.

My head hurt really bad, which isn’t unusual. But my chest also hurt.  This occasionally happens if I’m having really bad anxiety so I get tense.  I tried to relax so I could fall back asleep, but then it felt like my heart was racing.  I tried taking my own pulse, then realized I don’t know what a normal rate is.

So I was trying to decide if I was just imagining it being an abnormal rate and that it was just the headache compounding it, or if it was actually going really fast.  I also had a bit of heartburn and remembered reading that women have that sort of thing when they have a heart attack.  I was really flushed and when I went to move I got a major head rush.  I sat up and Jeff was already awake.

I told him I felt.. weird.  And maybe, just to be safe, I should go to the hospital.  I stood up and stumbled toward the wall.  Meredith was also awake.  I heard a door open and was sort of disoriented so she guided me into the bathroom.  Maybe I said I felt ill? Anyway, I stumble in there, manage to remove my night guard and put it in the sink before falling over and throwing up on the floor.  I assumed I ate something bad since I had started feeling ill before we came back.

As I sat on the floor, my head against the cool toilet seat, I overheard Jeff and Meredith discussing that they were also feeling really odd.  Headaches, really dizzy, heart just pounding out of their chests.  We started going over everything we ate and drank that day and none of it lined up for all of us.  Jeff had a feeling it was something in the room if it hit all of us.  He opened the window, which was a tiny crack, but the room had a balcony, so we could open that wide. We also turned off the AC unit.

Jeff woke up Liz to make sure she was ok.  She said her heart felt fine and assumed the headache and dizziness she felt was hangover related.  And maybe it was.  We can’t prove we had carbon monoxide poisoning, but we sure started feeling better after we opened the door.

My heart slowed down finally.  I was still too dizzy to lie down.  When I tried I just threw up again.  Once I felt like I could stop hugging the toilet, I propped myself up in a corner and tried to fall asleep.  Except not right away.  I kept trying to wake myself up because I was still afraid.  Eventually I did fall asleep against the wall.  And then after while I could lie down again.

In the morning we noted that the room had no ventilation other than opening the door and that bathroom window a crack

I stayed lying down until we really had to check out.  I left some cash for the cleaners because I felt so bad about throwing up on the floor.  I also left a note telling them to leave the door open until it’s checked for CO.

At the front desk when we checked out, I told them what happened.  He said the smoke detectors were also CO detectors.  Hopefully they will test that room at least.  Even if it wasn’t CO, something was in the room making us sick.  And if it was CO, maybe it wasn’t high enough for the detector to sense it, but enough to make us sick.

In the morning I realized my wedding ring wasn’t on, but I was so grateful we were ok that I wasn’t super worried when we couldn’t find it.  Then it turned out to be in my jeans pocket.  Yay!

On our way home we had a lot of good laughs about it.  It seems that Palm Springs keeps trying to kill me and Meredith.  Last time we were there we both got sick after going out on the town and partying a bit much.  This time I wasn’t even drunk, so Palm Springs had to up its game.


So anyway, make sure your CO detectors are working and they should be installed lower than a smoke detector because CO is a heavier gas.

Feartastic Festival rounds out Delivery’s festival run

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Well, it’s November and Delivery has made the rounds around the world.

This weekend was the final screening and I was able to make it to the festival.  It was Feartastic, the first ever Palm Springs Horror festival.  We had such a great time.  My husband and 2 of our friends came with us.  We grabbed a drink at the Hard Rock Hotel before catching a cab over to the theater. They had some promo stuff from FOX in front so we took some goofy snaps.

Sleepy Hollow Cast, in Cardboard

I will defeat you Death!


The people manning the table were super nice and when they heard I was in the next movie, they gave my friends and I VIP badges and me a free T-shirt! Then we did red carpet photos and headed inside while we waited.

The theater is adorable.

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Upstairs they have a full bar and it was still happy hour, so we took the bartender’s suggestion and got rum runners, which had red syrup dripping down the sides like blood.  It probably wasn’t intentional for the scary theme, but it worked.

bloody delicious!


Then everyone else got there and we did some more red carpet shots.  By then it was time for the movie, so we went in.  The theater was pretty full and people seemed excited. During the screening the crowd was much more vocal than Screamfest had been.  And of course the big scene that gets everyone was very effective.

After the screening, the lights came up and we did a Q&A.  Colter was there; he played Kyle’s best friend in the film.  Marc and Adam were also there.  Brian was still in the UK, more on that later.  The moderator was great and some of the audience also had questions.  Then when we exited a bunch more came up to ask more questions and get photos.   Once again, Palm Springs proves to have a great movie audience!

This is about when my phone totally died so I don’t have many more photos.

By then we were starving, so we missed out on the last film, Here Comes The Devil, but I did meet the director, Adrián. He is super nice.  He has made other films, so I’m going to have to track them down.

We found a place back near the hotel: Oscar’s Cafe.  It was delicious. I was amazed we got seated so fast since it was also Pride Weekend in the city and downtown was packed (and faaabulous!). After dinner we decided to walk to the after party instead of taking a cab, but underestimated how far 0.8 miles actually takes. But we made it!

The party had an amazing spread.  I wished I hadn’t eaten so much at dinner.  There were so many kinds of cheese!! Also other stuff, but CHEESE! I met other filmmakers and the programmers of the festival.  I only ended up drinking 2 light beers since the cocktail from dinner wasn’t even affecting me, so I didn’t bother drinking any more.  I told Jeff I would drive.

I think we went back to the Hard Rock around 12:30ish I think.  We sat in the lobby bar where there was a DJ in a little booth covered in speakers, but then still needed to have a speaker set up because at the Hard Rock, none of the decorations actually work.  There was a small contingent of dudes dancing up a storm in the lobby next to the DJ. I tried my phone one more time, so this is the only snap I got that night. Those guys were into it.

Dance party

At some point Marc got up and called us over.  So we danced for a while and it was super fun.  We got tired and didn’t really know what the song was, so we sat down again.  Then I started feeling a bit ill.  I figured I danced too hard and was probably pretty dehydrated by then.  Jeff and I went back to our hotel and Liz and Meredith came a little bit later.

Then we maybe almost died.