Archive for March, 2007

Lounging Around

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

With the applause still ringing in our ears from our weekend screening at The Walker, we unleashed The Mallorys movie on the boozed-up bunch at The Bryant Lake Bowl a mere four days later. We aim to be officially-over-exposed by early April at the absolute latest. So far, so good, right?

Lounge Line-up

All the Mallory girls showed up for the screening, even the blondest one, since IFP’s monthly Cinema Lounge series is always a bawdy blast. You’re just not gonna see films titled Beerwolf or Urine Trouble anywhere else. Probably.

It’d be lame to say our movie was the best of the night, but it was saved for last, so make your own call, kids. The super-cool Paul Clark, programmer for Cinema Lounge, filled in as moderator this month for the filmmaker Q+A sessions. And although his Q’s for us were honestly just as amazing as the A’s we served him back…sometimes JoEllen couldn’t help taking secret little naps during our session, while William kept wishing he hadn’t grown up in such a sad, sad orphanage. It’s all true! Photos don’t lie:

Q + A time.

All that aside, it was truly a fun, frisky Q+A and Paul and the whole IFP posse are always so great to us.

The evening ended quite cinematically when, outside the Brant Lake Bowl, a fellow filmmaker from the audience approached the hilarious teenage Mallory, Allison True, and asked if she’d be interested in appearing in a comedy feature he’s revving up to shoot later this year.

A starlet is born.

And just like that, a Factory-bred starlet is born!

The Mallorys Come Home

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

22 long months ago we started shooting The Mallorys movie on the streets of Minneapolis.

A mere 3 days ago we finally-finally shared our movie with our beloved hometown! Forever has never felt so long, we know, but rad things come to those who wait. Exhibit A:

It had long been a goal for The Factory to screen at The Walker Art Center, and when we were recently invited to screen The Mallorys as part of the annual Women With Vision film series, we were excited and honored to have realized one of our mini-dreams at last!

Thank heavens JoEllen is a woman, a woman with a vision, or we might never had played at The Walker. (Dead weight for now, we’re hoping William and his manly visions might prove useful at some later point in time.)

Women With Vision collateral.

All cheekiness aside, The Factory takes the female-focused energy of our movies and our brave and plucky heroines very seriously, so the Women With Vision invitation meant a great deal to us.

We proudly marched our semi-feminist selves to our Saturday matinee where we met up with the teenage Mallory herself, Miss Allison True. We collectively felt we needed to mark the Minneapolis premiere of The Mallorys by standing in a crazy corner and striking casually unnatural poses. So we basically did. For like, 25 minutes.

All Eyes on Us.

Our screening was in the large main theatre and, for once, our movie wasn’t the weirdest one of the bunch. The Mallorys might have gone black market, but The Factory’s gone rather mainstream, apparently – which was secretly our goal. (Shhh!)

Men and women of all ages seemed to enjoy the show a great deal. The diversity and ingenuity of the films in the program was both engaging and inspiring. Best of all, the post-screening Q+A allowed JoEllen the opportunity to rock the reddest shoes on stage, and for William to once again taint the lady-like festivities with his unpopular testosterone.

FYI: WWV 07 Q+A w/ J+W.

The cherry-on-top of our big Walker day was a trip to Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream Shop where JoEllen paired a scoop of Candy Cane with a scoop of Oreo in a tidy little girl-cup, while William satisfied his brute, man-ish appetites at last with a messy scoop of Banana Cream Pie on a sugar cone.

Special Treat

Gender differences can taste, sometimes, so totally sweet!