Behind the Irony Curtain

I first attended the Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters’ Conference in 2003. That year, I made it to the finals of the pitch competition with my 60-second take on my PB spec, which was shot earlier this year.

I’ve been back to AFF every year since, attended lots of great panels and parties and met some of my best friends in the world, as well as some mentors and some heroes (some of whom overlap).

Next month, I head back to AFF – as a panelist.

They’re putting me to work three times. I’ll be on one panel about breaking into the industry, which I’m really excited about; then a roundtable of writers, directors and producers just for high school kids, which should be a lot of fun; and the circle will fully close when I judge a session of the pitch competition.

We’ll call that last part IRONY #1.

Here’s IRONY #2: One of the judges of the pitch competition back in ’03 – a guy who scored me low because he thought my pitch sounded too much like DEUCE BIGELOW – will be a panelist in the same roundtable session.

IRONY #3: So will the guy who wrote DEUCE BIGELOW.

The Universe is a silly place…

See y’all in Austin!

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About Julie Jaret

Julie Jaret is an American screenwriter with one feature film produced and some others on deck. Her alter-ego needed an outlet, so here we are. Julie lives in the southeast U.S. with her sexy and supportive husband, two funny and beautiful kids, and one big doofus of a dog. She enjoys living vicariously through her fictional characters, often to the point of distraction... (Luckily, her hubby and kids know not to expect dinner at a certain time. Or at all.)

Posted on September 13, 2007, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Roundtable, you say?(<>Brett scribbles notes on his AFF schedule…<>)“Tee hee hee.”...B (mood: impish)

  2. See ya in Austin! I’ll try to keep my heckling to a moderate level for your panels. 🙂

  3. I wont be in Austin , unfawhtunately. But… does the Deuce Bigalow writer know- presumably not. Will you tell him? Probably not. But make sure to let mr. holier than thou panelist sweat it a bit. What would be the most typical thing in this biz is that he would attach his lips squarely to the writer’s keester (sp?) and be sincere about it.

  4. It is the irony that keeps life interesting! It must feel great to go back as a pro. I love full-circle moments. Anyway, I hope you have a great time in Austin!

  5. I was there in 2003 too, when I was a finalist ofr Cricket Hill. Shame, we shoulda got sloppy drunk! I’m sure you’ll have fun this year, too! Good luck!

  6. Brett, you can’t do the HIGH SCHOOL round table!!! Julie, I owe you a Neil Gaiman book I never mailed…

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