I met the very talented director Alejandro Adams and his brilliantly artistic wife Marya Murphy at Cinequest this year. Their second film Canary had its premiere there and had a greatly divided audience reaction. I was in the “I LOVE IT” camp and am still quite fascinated with its meaning and implications three months later. Their first film, Around the Bay, was highly regarded at a previous Cinequest and by critics everywhere, and will be showing again at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum on June 12. I was not able to view it at Cinequest and am quite excited to see it in June. Their third film Babnik is currently in post production.
Alejandro and Marya have kept in touch with me since the festival and I knew they were preparing to begin their fourth film, Amity. So when Marya recently asked if they could use the front of my house to shoot some scenes I jumped at the chance. I had no desire to be in the film myself, but I am a firm believer in Alejandro’s genius and was honored to be able to help. I offered to supply refreshments while they were there and just planned to stay out of the way as much as possible.
Of course, the reality of having your house in a film shoot in June means that you should finally take down the Christmas lights that are still hanging, and wash off the fake window snow (oops). Also make sure your lawn is mowed, flowers trimmed, driveway swept, porch washed and cars parked elsewhere. In addition, the cast and crew need access to a bathroom, and don’t forget you volunteered to provide snacks. It was a lot of hard, happy-to-help work getting the house prepared.