Daily updates from the first annual AFI DALLAS International Film Festival presented by Target, founding sponsor Victory Park, March 22 to April 1, 2007

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Grab Some Pool Time

Poolside and way up high above it all at the W Hotel, the AFI DALLAS International Film Festival is pairing filmmakers with journalists and other filmmakers to talk about film and moviemaking up close and personal. With topics that connect this year's AFI Dallas filmmakers and stars with the people who go see their films, the AFI Dallas Wet Deck Chats offer a rare chance to sit a few feet away from a director or movie star and ask them what they think, how they did it and how you can to.

The series opened with a three-way conversation between director Steven Sawalich along with Ron Livingston and Richard Pimental, the star and real life subject of the film, MUSIC WITHIN. A group of fifty people got the chance to ask the three men; what it's like to play someone who is literally standing just off camera, what it feels like to see the pivotal moments in your life sometimes altered to satisfy dramatic structure, and what it's like as a director to navigate between those two men as you make your movie.

Wet Deck Chats are offered free to anyone, so there is no better bargain if you're curious about the ever growing film industry being created right here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, whether or not you can actually make money by marketing your movie on My Space, how difficult it is to make a movie that means more than how to out jump a flaming fireball, and whether or not a film can actually be truly scary and yet have genuine laughs within it or how far you can go with the gore before it cuts into the yucks.