Keeping Justice finished principal photography a few weeks ago. I've been editing it and working on sound, color, waiting for the stop motion work, then getting music. It's a lot of crap that I'm doing. We do have a poster though, done by Charlene Garcia. I'm so happy with it!
This needs to be said. Did you hear that Netflix is changing the rating system on their website? Coming in April they're going to be giving a thumbs up and thumbs down. Why? Because Amy Schumer did a bad comedy special. Wait, what? Let's see, NYT is blaming the Alt-Right, which I find absolutely hilarious. Look, if it was the Alt-Right, do you really think changing the rating system is going to help Amy Schumer? Look, none of that matters.
The sad thing is people are afraid of negative ratings lately. Kevin Smith went out a few years ago and said crap about critics. It's like everyone is living in this fucked up little world where everything is hunky dory. Don't believe me? Just google removing negative reviews. Why is this a thing? Why don't you listen to your detractors and see if they possibly have something to say that you could change to be more appealing?
Look, maybe it's because I'm adult and not a child, but I don't throw fits about negative reviews. I've had Battle Royale with Cheese rip me a new ass hole. I've also had Good Bad Flicks tear one of my films to shreds. Yet, here I am already telling them that I'm releasing a new film and I want both of them to review it. I'm not afraid of negative reviews because I'm much harsher to myself than they could ever be to me. Heck, I've even received a review on Amazon calling me out personally. It was pretty funny.
However, I would never hide these reviews because they're just people being honest. Honesty is something that seems to be missing from society. So many people pussyfoot around and don't say what they mean, I tell people exactly what I think of them. Sure, I get labeled a dick but we need dicks to go around and fuck all these pussies and assholes plaguing the planet right now (Team America reference).
Nothing you will ever say will ever bring me down. It's not because I'm beautiful. It's because I've already told myself worse than anything you can ever tell me.
I want to close this off by addressing our fans: Michelle, Keith, Blaine, Jack, Austin, Jason, Marco, and anyone who I don't know the name of. I want you to know that I love all of you and am so grateful for the support. However, I don't ever want any of you attacking my critics. They are the people that hate me but they're also the people that agree with how much I suck and make me want to better myself. If one day my critics side with me, I'll have to find new people to tear me apart.
That is the point of negative reviews. It's to tell you: "Hey, you messed up here." It's so you can fix it next time. It's not for you to act like a child and take your toys away. To all my detractors: I love you too because you're helping me grow. I may never be the next Kurosawa but your criticisms allow me to take the next step forward.
There is this trend going around about supporting women in film, supporting people of color in film, support blah blah in film. Yeah, fuck that noise. You have no right to tell me what kind of films to support. My favorite director is Akira Kurosawa, you think I give a fuck about someone's skin color? I like Kathryn Bigelow and Ana Lily Amirpour and think they both have made great films. Let's be honest though: not many women direct and those that do usually make movies more targeted towards women. I'm not looking for a love story, I just want to watch something interesting.
That's actually how I look at films. I'm not concerned about the color or sex or sexual orientation of a director, I'm looking at if they can make a good film. I don't think my films are good but I'm also extremely critical of myself. Do you know who else hates their films? John Waters. John Waters is a gay man but I don't feel he ever forced his lifestyle upon me. I enjoy his movies because they're funny and strange. I saw a movie a few months ago by a female director and halfway through the film the female characters sit down at a table (did I mention there is a killer on the loose? Yeah, because there totally is) and then bitch about the men in their lives. Yes, seriously.
Most people don't care about who the director is, unless you're someone like Martin Scorsese or Quentin Tarantino, so supporting purple people eaters in film is a joke. I think it's just a dumb movement started by hacks to get their films seen. Why? Because I've used #SupportNativeAmericans in film on numerous occasions. Why? Because A Final Hit had two Native Americans in it.
The truth is if you're using #Support______inFilm, your film is most likely not very good. I know our films aren't that good but it's something I've come to embrace. I call our films B-movies because they're quickly made and made for very little money. However, they are made with a love for the craft. I know a lot of people who like B-movies that absolutely love our films and there's people who expect every film to be Hollywood level who think everything we make is garbage.
My point is stop using #Support________inFilm because it seems more like you're whining about being oppressed than you're actually out there making films just to make films. It comes across like you're a money grubbing pig than a filmmaker. I make crappy B-movies and all I care is that someone, somewhere sees our films. Lately, people have been and those who enjoy crappy B-movies enjoy our films. You're not being oppressed, there are just a lot of people screaming out there and their voices are most likely louder than yours. Your film will find an audience, it will just take time.