We have neglected you, the faithful blog reader and for that, deep apologies. Our excuse is we’ve been screening the film and arranging other screenings. In fact, we got really clever and created an I Am What I Play Screenings page right on this site. No more guessing where the film might be playing. You can visit the Screenings page any time to get the up-to-the minute report.
We had a great time at the Beacon International Film Festival in late September. Beacon is a 90 minute train ride from New York City and they’ve carved out a nice artistic community there. I Am What I Play opened the festival this year and we encourage film fans to keep an eye on Beacon in future years.
We had another screening in Toronto on October 15 as part of the Reel Independent Film Festival. It was at the same theater as our Canadian premiere earlier this year – The Royal Cinema. Director Roger King and film subject David Marsden were in attendance and hosted a spirited Q & A after the screening.
Roger went to high-school in Kitchener-Waterloo (about an hour from Toronto) and will host a special presentation of the movie on October 29th at the beautiful rep cinema, The Princess Theater. Tickets only available at this link:
Stay tuned for news on special screenings later this year in Vancouver and Boston, among other cities. We are taking this to radio & music fans, one city at a time!
Director Roger King joined Steve Anthony on CP24 Breakfast Television in Toronto, October 15th, 2015.
The Princess Cinema. Waterloo, Ontario.
The Jacob Burns screening was apparently a big success. A sold out crowd we’re told! Meg Griffin was in attendance and did a well-received Q & A about her radio career, hosted by WFUV’s Rita Houston who also appears in the film. Below are some pics that were posted on social media:
From left to right: Rita Houston, Meg Griffin, Karen Goodman – Jacob Burns Programmer
Q & A with Rita Houston and Meg Griffin.
I Am What I Play will screen as part of the Jacob Burns Center’s “Sounds of Summer” Music Documentary series on August 18th at 7:30 pm. The Jacob Burns center is a really cool film/cultural arts center, located about 30 minutes north of New York City.
This screening will be extra special because Meg Griffin will be in attendance, doing a Q & A after the film with Rita Houston, a legendary DJ herself who hosts and programs at WFUV in New York. Rita also appears in the film.
It should be a great night!
For tickets and more information, click here:
Our Canadian premiere took place Friday May 8 in Toronto at the Royal Cinema. We were the opening film of the Canadian Music Week (CMW) Film Festival and we had a great turnout at the theater. This premiere was well-timed as CMW’s two-day radio conference had just wrapped up so a lot of radio industry titans were already in town. Many of them attended the screening and the film was very well received. Also in attendance was one of the film’s 4 subjects, David Marsden, who took part in an entertaining Q & A session after the film. We look forward to more screenings in Toronto in the near future.
Well, we are happy to announce both our American and Canadian premieres. I Am What I Play will screen at the Boston Independent Film Festival on April 26th at the historic Somerville Theater. Here’s the film page on their website with ticket information:
And then on May 8th in Toronto, I Am What I Play will be the opening film of the film festival portion of Canadian Music Week (CMW). This screening will take place at The Royal Cinema on College St. Another great venue. CMW is kind of the South x South West of Canada so we are thrilled.
Tickets available here:
Much more to come on these two premiere screenings of course!
Every film needs a trailer and we’re excited to share it with you now. Here’s a first look at I Am What I Play.
Be sure and follow the film:
Over at the I Am What I Play Facebook page, we have been posting screen shots from the film on a regular basis. If you’re on Facebook, be sure and like the page for updates on the movie. We will continue to update this blog but the Facebook page has more up to the minute action:
Having said that, here are a few screen shots from the film:
Charles Laquidara in a 1970’s TV commercial for his morning radio show, The Big Mattress.
Meg Griffin in the WNEW studios in New York City, late 1970’s.
David Marsden being inducted into the Canadian Music and Radio Broadcast Hall of Fame in 2011.
Newspaper ad for Pat O’Day’s radio show in the late 60’s.
Larry Gifford is a U.S. radio guru/consultant and he hosts a podcast about radio called Radio Stuff. I joined him on the podcast recently to talk about the film. Click on the link below to listen. The interview starts at the 13:00 minute mark:
In addition to reading this blog, the best way to keep up-to-date on the film is to join us on Facebook and like the page:
Although the plan is to continue to update this blog, we live in a world of social media now, in case you didn’t hear. We’ll be posting regular updates about the film on the newly launched I Am What I Play Facebook page:
Be sure and go to the page and “like” it and then you will be part of the I Am What I Play family and see those regular updates in your news feed. We’ve posted a few pics and other odds ‘n ends not seen on this blog so have a look and…like it!
Or if Twitter is more your style, we’re at:
But more to come here on this blog/site as well.
We started shooting this film in the fall of 2011 and on the first day of 2014, I can happily report that except for about a day’s worth of edit tweaks, it’s ready for test screenings. Those who have made a film before will chuckle at that “except for…” as the George Lucas quote is so applicable: “A film is never done, it’s just abandoned.” (This is actually a paraphrase of a Leonardo Da Vinci quote about art)
We’ll be doing some test screenings in mid-January and then I’m going to pound the pavement to get a movie deal. Wish us luck. I’ll keep you posted.
Here are a few pics from various shoot days:
Production Manager David Jermyn and his wife Becky Keigh in a re-creation scene of a 1950's couple on the verge of breaking up while Pat O'Day's radio show plays in the car.
Interview with Meg Griffin. New York City, July 2012.
View of the Charles River from the top of the Prudential Tower in Boston.
Inside The Marsden Theatre. David Marsden radio show, The Rock, 94.9.