Saturday, September 6, 2014

Austin Film Fest Second Rounder

"De gustibus non est disputandum."

Or, as a slightly-less-pretentious student of Latin maxims might say: "There's no accounting for taste." Seriously. No accounting at all. Just try it - try and account for taste... I'll wait.

Couldn't do it, could you?
I rest my considerable case.

See, back in July I got word that some paid readers had thought my script ONLY THE GOOD really, really sucked. They didn't just scorn it, they hurled imprecations and verbal excrement at it for about three pages, each.

That hurt.

Being an unbelievably insecure person, I decided to quit screenwriting.
Then I decided, nah, I'll just quit that particular script.
I handed it over to my buddy Austin (who'd helped me work out the story beats) and forgot about it.

Until today.

Today I got a letter from the Austin Film Festival (no relation) informing me that my script ONLY THE GOOD had made it to the second round of judging, placing it in the top 15% of more than 6,764 entries. Not only that, but the director of the competition appended a hand-written note that read, "P.S. Our readers really enjoyed your script! Your emotional story features a unique character study. Keep up the good work!"

I repeat, "De gustibus non est disputandum."

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