’Tis the season . . . of hot chocolate, hot toddies, hot lists: lists of top films, top toys, top memes—and top lists of lists. I am a believer in MAKING lists. In fact, I’ve been known to intentionally add something I’ve already completed back on to a list just so I can cross it off. Silly? Maybe, but it’s better than controlled substances . . .
My Longleaf Film Festival Lists
Longleaf 2018 is May 11 and 12, a mere 143 days from my writing these words. That’s 12,405,600 seconds, 206,760 minutes, 3,446 hours—all to say, in the world of festival timelines and checklists, that’s . . . T o m o r r o w! Still to do; what to do. . . . Well let’s start with the positive, what I’ve crossed off . . .
- What we’ve completed so far:
update graphics for festival update rules and submission categories launch the festival (July 1) host an evening of NC silent films recruit AMAZING judges host partner events at our home base plan some new twists for festival weekend
- What’s left to do:
- arrange workshops and panels
- secure a Wrap Party space and sponsor
- search for an artist to make awards
- continue to seek sponsors
- close submissions and send films to judges
- announce Official Selections
- plan the filmmakers’ reception
- gather digital versions of films
- create print and online materials for festival
- make playlists for each viewing room
- more logistics
- still more logistics
And all the things I’ve forgotten!
There; I do feel better now. List making is therapeutic. Crossing things off is more so.
I do have one other list—the ongoing, permanent list that has become super easy because it’s like breathing:
- The “Always List”:
- watch terrific film
- support filmmakers
- introduce independent film to folks
- preach connections between history and filmmaking
- express gratitude
Whatever your organizational (coping) device, I wish you terrific success in projects big and small. Happy list-crossing-off season to you and yours!
May 11–12 at the North Carolina Museum of History.
Film, Fun, and Community.