Nantucket is hard to describe. In some ways it’s like going back in time about 30 years, and the sense I get is that this is so because it’s the way people here like it. I haven’t seen one fastfood restaurant, not one Starbucks, and the only way to get here is by ferry, and that takes two hours out of Hyannis; so it’s the perfect place for someone like me. Plus…it has a film festival.
I’m not shy and neither are my kids. The Nantucket Film Festival attracts all sorts from the industry and two days ago my children and their cousins ran into Tom Cavanagh on Surfside Beach and introduced themselves, after which he spoke with them for about half an hour, during which time one of my twins earned the nickname “Danger.” Tom has no idea how appropriate that is. They really dug getting a chance to meet Ranger Smith from Yogi Bear, and the older cousins knew him from his appearances on Scrubs, so it made everyone’s day – plus he is SUPER nice.
I’m attending the film festival because of Germline. let’s face it: none of these people have heard of me or my book, so I have nothing to lose and much to gain by introducing myself to producers, directors, etc., and how many chances do I get to run into their likes where I live? So this morning I slipped into the “Morning Coffe with…” session at the Rose and Crown in downtown Nantucket. The venue was perfect. Cozy, informal, not too small and not too big, and there was no problem hearing the panel as they described a new documentary, Buck, about the horse-whisperer in Texas. Everyone from the film was there, including the producer, and they allowed plenty of time for questions and answers after giving a 40-minute description of the film making and writing process. In the end, I didn’t meet any of them; it just didn’t have much to do with Germline and/or making it into a movie so I figured others would appreciate me not hogging the time with a self serving question or two. But it was fantastic to be surrounded by so many interested locals and industry types and made one feel as though he/she was part of the film making process.
I higly recommend attending the NFF. Today I’m hitting a few screenings in hopes of meeting more people, and tomorrow I’ll be at the Rose and Crown again, trying to interest anyone who cares in Germline.