Pictured: John Stabb Schroeder (ninja), Jewel Greenberg, Dele Williams, Cory Seznec, Shervin Boloorian, Christine D. Lee from Date Number One.
Photos Copyright 2006 Sujewa Ekanayake/Wild Diner Films
There are LOTS of details to be worked out still, good thing we are only on January 5th at the moment. But, thanks to a couple of friends, some LA screenings are being set up for late March or early April. I am working on some DC screenings for March & April (& working on creating THE FINAL version of the film, after which there will be no mo editing on that thing fo evah). I may get some much-more-experienced-than-I-in-indie-film-distro folks to help me with NYC screenings (definitely want to do at least a week there this year) - hopefully in February I'll know about NYC/DNO/Spring '07 theatrical. DC, NYC & LA are the three early theatrical screening goals in '07 for DNO. After that, as many places in the US as possible (& maybe some fests & screenings in other countries if the opportunities arise). That's what's going on with DNO theatrical right now - lots of planning & slowly getting things set up for Spring.
Here are some positive takes on Date Number One, from 2006 screenings & screeners:
"...witty...often inventive...and, even better, airy: characters are given time and space to spell out their views...views that never bear the artificial markings of a Hollywood screenwriter's compulsion to reduce them to sound-bites."
- David Hudson, Editor, GreenCine Daily blog
"Date Number One is quite funny...twentysomethings and occasional thirtysomethings looking for romance recall Richard Linklater's philosopher slackers and Jim Jarmusch's minimalist attention to conversation...also a subtle, thoughtful film...might be understood as the anti-Crash depiction of life in the city...depicts a comfortably multi-ethnic community...I'd happily recommend it."
- Chuck Tryon, media professor & blogger, The Chutry Experiment blog
"The film is about as charming as they come...presents a world in which cultures don't clash, they mesh. It's refreshing to see characters who all appear to have a natural optimism, as opposed to the typical indie-film predilection for bitterness and cruelty. "
- Michael Tully, Rotterdam & SXSW film festivals selected filmmaker
"I found the characters and the premise sexy, sexy, sexy."
- Jerry Brewington, Hollywood Is Talking blog, on Story 2 of Date Number One
"FIVE really entertaining, fully realized romantic interludes...a shamefully rare achievement"
- Tom Kipp, Seattle audience member, former film reviewer for Seattle alternative weekly The Stranger
"Heartfelt...poignant...I loved it!"
- Jon Moritsugu, award winning filmmaker