We’re thrilled to have had filmaker Cameron MacKenzie keep a blog of her experiences in Toronto this week. Today brings the third and final screening of her Letting Go short at NXNE film and, if you haven’t already, you should head over to the National Film Board to catch it. First though, watch yesterday’s video diary above, and ready the text below..
The day kind’a started out slow. I took my time getting up. Maybe tired … just a bit. (My mom of course, had already been up uploading and emailing my Blogs to NXNE’s Tom King. Props Tom!)
I tried to follow-up with the Wyoming interview but couldn’t reach the reporter by phone. Walked around the hotel a bit … just roaming. (Still half asleep, me thinks!) My mom and I got to the NFB at 12:30pm. We got a chance to see “My Hometown”, a short animation written & narrated by Yoko Ono, produced & directed by Jerry Levitan & Terry Tompkins. Then “Letting Go” screened. (Excitement!) The final film in the afternoon segment was “Once in a Lullaby: PS 22 Chorus Story” by New Jerseyan Jonathan Kalafer. What a terrific story and documentary. Jonathan and his producer dad, Steve Kalafer, were both so very very classy!
Afterward, my mom and I grabbed a late lunch at Tim Horton (google it!) and went back to the Hyatt to rest. My mom went to do her normal evening on-line around 5pm (earlier than usual). Around 6pm she called me to come down so I could meet Tom King who has been getting my Blogs up on NXNE.com since Wednesday. Again, props Tom! I also ran into Katie again, all dressed up and ready to partaaaay! From there I went to the pool and talked to more musicians. I got a lot of phone numbers and emails from musicians who volunteered to do music for any more films I write and direct. (Helpful maybe?
Mom came and grabbed me to return a phone call to the Wyoming reporter who told me during the interview that the local Lovell newspaper would be running a big story about the Hyart FF in Lovell WY in a few weeks. Then I went down to the Hyatt lobby to do some video blogging and ran into Ambrose Roche who, with Cameron Carpenter, is the heart and soul of NXNE. So love you guys! Ambrose said there was a reception at the NFB he wanted to take me to, so I called my mom and asked her. She cleared it with Ambrose and we went and I met sooooo many people. Like … freaking amazing people! They were saying how great I was and I couldn’t believe it because THEY were all so amazing!
When we were leaving the NFB reception, Ambrose called my mom because there was another reception being held by a music video producer Ambrose knew just down the block fron the Hyatt and he wanted me to go to that too. Since my mom says the whole reason we came to Toronto was for me to meet more biz people and Ambrose has taken such good care of us since we arrived, she said OK. My mom says OK a lot. (Not always, but a lot.)
We went to the club and I got my picture taken in front of the Pepsi sign like a walk on the red carpet. We jammed to the music, ate chocolate and I got introduced to so many important people! We even played a little volleyball I met the daughter of a woman who works for Oprah and many many more! I met a nice guy named Andrew who told me about colleges I should consider. Dolly and her husband both wanted to know more about me. I ran from person to person being introduced and being told I could call and ask favors at any time I needed! It was so awesome! All of these people acknowledging me for my filmmaking and acting, while they are the best of the best!
At some point late in the night, we all get back to the Hyatt and go to a room with a bunch of food. I grab a plate of Thai food to take back to Mom (who may or may not eat it this late) and some snackeroos for myself. Back in my room, well after midnight, typing my Blog and watching a Die Hard movie trying to slow down my adrenaline and my excitement from it all! (Yeah, “Die Hard”. That’s how jazzed I am!)
Amazing, Awesome, Accentuating… that was my day! And tomorrow… more “Letting Go”… and Jonathan Holiff! (Maybe I can sit next to him. Maybe……)
What a day! Thanks Cameron!