I know it sounds a bit obnoxious, but when the BINGER LAB told me that as part of my Directing Fellowship I’d have to spend a week at the Cannes Film Festival, I was not a happy camper. For me, film festivals are all about business and distribution – hard work that you do country by country. In fact, I have spent the last two years flying all over the world to support MY REINCARNATION’s screenings at over 50 festivals and almost as many theatrical openings. I don’t mind when it is about getting a story like this that I feel is important out into the world. But, I certainly don’t need to go to more film festivals for fun. In fact when my fellow director Dustin Feneley at the BINGER told me he was going to stay longer at Cannes so he could watch more films, I couldn’t understand: “Really?” I said, “I never watch films at festivals. Why would anyone stay at Cannes one day more than they have to?”
Well, Dustin, let me eat my words now. I just spent the last 10 days at Cannes in film heaven, seeing films and talking films and reuniting with friends from all over the world in the film business. And I learned the most obvious thing: the best thing about film festivals is that you get to see films that you could never see otherwise in state of the art cinemas with audiences who are just as passionate as you are. It was so inspiring creatively to watch so many films from diverse countries – including “Amour”, “Rust and Bone”, and “Beasts of the Southern Wild” to name a few of my favorites – that when I went to leave Cannes, I had to tell my friend Dustin that I wished I had arranged to stay a few extra days so I could catch all other films I missed viewing.
Well, I am back from Cannes in Amsterdam feeling renewed and reinvigorated for our art. I am already in the midst of another Lab for Directing Actors with the wonderful Mark Travis. I am also back in the saddle preparing for the premiere of MY REINCARNATION on National Primetime Television as the opening show of the 25th Anniversary of POV on June 21st at 10 pm (check your local PBS listings for the time in your area.). Please mark your calendars and spread the word! Tweet the date, Facebook it, Eblast your friends and neighbors, and create a stampede!
Meanwhile, thanks to all of your support MY REINCARNATION’s protagonist and Buddhist Master, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and I will be traveling to Los Angeles on June 20th for the Satellite Television Press Tour with TV journalists from across America. So look for interviews with Rinpoche and I in your local news on June 20th and 21st! This will mark the beginning of Rinpoche’s Teaching Tour in the USA, starting earlier in Hawaii then on to Los Angeles, New York and Massachusetts. So don’t miss out to meet him and hear him teach in person. Click here for information about his retreats.
I have more exciting news: CAT SCRATCH FEVER a new fiction film directed by super talented Lisa Duva and Produced by Katherine Nolfi (and Executive Produced by me and others) is having it’s world premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival. Lisa and Kate are half of the team that created the groundbreaking Kickstarter campaign for MY REINCARNATION. Their film will screen twice: June 2nd at 10:30pm at indieScreen in Williamsburg and on June 8th at 9:00pm at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema in Brooklyn Heights. Don’t miss this spectacular new work and tell your friends and family!
Meanwhile, to thank all of you for your endless support of MY REINCARNATION, we are offering a new Video Outtake from the Film of Rinpoche: O.F.F. #10: “Born in Tibet” (2002). Click here to watch this new video treat!
I can’t believe it: Only 23 Days till the National USA Broadcast of MY REINCARNATION! What a dream.
Sending Love and Gratitude,
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