TWO 4 ONE wins a LEO AWARD, nominated for Six!

The spectacularly versatile Gabrielle Rose carried the banner for TWO 4 ONE as she pulled down the honours for Best Female in a Supporting Role at the 2015 Leo Awards Ceremony last week.
Gabrielle impressed her peers and jurors with her performance as the mother of pregnant transgendered Adam (Gavin Crawford) and proudly projected the essence of the film’s message to all who would listen. Gabrielle, as soon-to-be Gramma Franny rolled with the punches and refused to be set back by expectations imposed by what appeared to be an inflexible society. She saw the best possible version of those around her and when informed of Adam’s allegedly toxic peer group, insisted “you don’t give people enough credit.”
Armed with an enlightened script by Maureen Bradley, Gabrielle sparkled with all the glitter we’d like to have when faced with the twists and turns of real life. During the filming TWO 4 ONE, I had the privilege of watching Gabrielle demonstrate good nature, passion, and professionalism. She is a class act and a pleasure to work with. Bravo Gabrielle!

How do you handle rejection?

I know, it is part of life. I get that. And it is typically a large part of a writer’s life. I get that too. Every writer you’ve ever heard of was rejected and rejected and rejected before working through a small publication, then a larger one, and then a big book deal. Except for the rare overnight success, most of whom had enough rejections to paper a small room before being suddenly discovered.
Me, I work in the garden.
It seems a better reaction than drinking, howling down a country lane on a fast Ducati, or skinning my knuckles in the garage. I save those activities for happy times.
The thing is, I’m starting to like gardening. You can anticipate my dilemma.
Today Stanford University announced the 2015 Stegner Fellows and I wasn’t on the list. I had already scoped out rental units in Palo Alto. I figured a small seasonal unit with use of garage space and easy access to the twisty country lanes east of the Bay City would do the trick. I’d bring an air cooled carbureted Duc from back in the day- or maybe find a long forgotten one in a weather-beaten barn. I’d buy one of those new fangled Apple Macbooks that weigh 2 pounds and slip into a neoprene pouch slung over my shoulder. I’d hit the twisties and then find a quiet pub off the main drag. And with a warm stout and the white noise of Northern California subculture I’d write the great Canadian/American novel. I’d retune the carburetors another day.
But I wasn’t on the list.
I know, 1,700/1 isn’t great odds (applicants/awards). But I passed ambition 101 and I thought I was in.
So today I didn’t ride my bike, work in the garage, or nurse a beer through the character study of my latest protagonist. But the sun is shining, the price of Apple products is predictably falling, and well, the garden looks great.

Another Screening!

TWO 4 ONE is playing at the Vic Theatre this month from April 10 through April 13. If you haven’t seen it, give it a shot. It won awards at the Victoria Film Festival, some Actra awards, and it played to great reviews at Cincenta and at several other film festivals. See my way cool Ducati, relish the lighting, the superb scenery, and the ravishing screenplay and direction. A nice way to spend an evening. Oh, bring your friends and be ready to engage in relevant discussion afterward! And watch for me in the credits (four times!)

Win some. Lose some.

Two 4 One took home honours at the Victoria Film Festival last weekend. Maureen Bradley (writer, director, editor), Daniel Hogg (producer), and Amy Belling (director of cinematography) were on stage for Q & A sessions after the two sold-out shows. Audience response was spectacular and the film won Best Canadian Feature Length Film! Congrats to all. For my part I wish to add that the cast and crew worked tirelessly through the adversity of a super-tight shooting schedule and some pretty wicked weather to get the job done. The group came together as a cohesive whole and I will long remember the experience as invigorating and uplifting. Thank you Maureen. If you missed it, Two 4 One will be showing at Cinecenta on March 24 and 25. Hope to see you there.
On a more sombre note, I did not win the 2014 3-Day Novel contest. It is a credit to the quality of A Decent Calling that I thought the book had a chance. Given my success at the contest last year, I know what it takes to win and I put my all into the most recent submission. Perhaps I’ll release excerpts of it here. It’s a solid novella and perhaps only the fourth fictional account of life in law school released in the past forty years (The Paper Chase, Legally Blonde, The Faculty Club).