The film is called: Scenes from a visit to Japan.
What the heck, eh? Maybe one day Joel can help promote me in some way. But, to be honest, I would do this anyway, regardless of any future promotion. I have no problem in seeing anyone get ahead. It's what we all want, isn't it?
So... in Joel's own words, have a read, and sign up to watch his film when it opens online on April 18. I did, and I am looking forward to viewing it on-line and then providing a brief commentary on it. And... should you see something there regarding payment by credit card - fret not! That's only if you want the extras. That's up to you.
Now... Joel has a message below about how to sign up and watch his movie... and if you live in the U.S. of A., please follow HIS prompts to help him get some votes that he can use for a cash award.
For the rest of us not in the U.S., we are shut out, as we can't watch the movie from THAT site - owing to a question of 'rights' as Joel put it... though I think that came from the Tribeca Film Festival itself.
However, I have conspired with someone to make sure WE can still watch the movie through a password-protected copy on Vimeo.There is no charge. Just go to Vimeo (link just below) and enter the password!
NON-USA Viewers: https://vimeo.com/40704897
USA viewers, read the following:
For Joel's movie, just sign up with an e-mail and password and then watch the movie when it first becomes available on April 18 @ 10AM EST.
Here's a note for the US viewers from Joel:
I wanted to let you know about my film showing in the Tribeca Film Festival's on-line screening room. I hope you might find it interesting enough to put up a quick post about it on your blog! The film is a visually poetic journey to Japan that I shot last year to convey impressions from my first trip there, and it is showing at the Tribeca Film Festival this month. "Scenes from a visit to Japan" can be seen from April 18th to April 25th in the Tribeca Film Festival's on-line screening room. It is also eligible for a cash award if enough people view and vote for it.
The film was shot on super-8, it's 14 minutes long and divided into three sections. You will need to create a Tribeca Film Festival username and password to view the film.
So... there you have it! Hopefully when it opens up, you can all have a peek. Why not? How often does one get to see a movie for FREE at an honored film festival?
Now... I have already watched the movie on Vimeo on Friday afternoon. I enjoyed it. Quirky, yes, but highly entertaining. One of my favorite film techniques used by Joel was a choppy panorama of the Great Buddha of Kamakura, which I wrote about HERE. I also liked his building of speed via transportation up to the frenetic approach of some signs - which are everywhere in Japan.
The best compliment I can give Joel... I watched it, loved it, and am telling you all to give it a view. Two thumbs up!
Enjoy the show!