My trip to the SF DocFest (aka 18th Annual San Francisco Documentary Film Festival) gave me a chance to share Dirtwoman with folks on the West Coast. Judging from the enthusiastic response and lively Q&A, this audience heartily embraced Donnie.
Joining the crowd was former RVA promoter Barry “Mad Dog” Gottlieb (he’s also interviewed in the doc). Longtime friend Mark Neerman (formerly the News Director of CBS-6 and now holding that job in SF) also came to enjoy the show.
In other news, I’ve teamed up with indie cinema vet Ryan Bruce Levey to help me with the doc going forward. He’ll be consulting on strategies for publicity, promotion, film festivals and distribution. He’s also been generating new reviews. Here are links to several of them.
“a hybrid of uplifting defiance and deeply unsettling tragedy done with earnestness and love”
“a pleasant reminder that it takes all sorts to make a world, and without the outcasts and weirdos, proceedings on this plane would be a damn sight more tedious. R.I.P., Donnie.”
“we also feel the love the filmmaker has for him”
“makes sure that viewers get an eyeful or two as they get to know the Dirtwoman of Richmond”
“a fascinating exercise in style and in documentary filmmaking”
Alas, it came out after that festival was over!
They’ll be asking, “Who crapped in my Rice-A-Roni?,” when Donnie does the Castro!
The next appearance of SPIDER MITES OF JESUS: THE DIRTWOMAN DOCUMENTARY will be in San Francisco at DocFest: the SF Documentary Festival. The show will be on Sunday, June 2 at the very cool Roxie Theatre. Tell your West Coast friends to get ready!
As many Dirtwoman fans discovered, the Hometown Premiere was a rousing success! People lined up around the block to fill the Byrd Theatre and give Donnie an enthusiastic welcome back home.
I returned to my home state April 13-20 for the Florida Film Festival. The audiences at both showings embraced the film and Dirtwoman, which is especially gratifying since Orlando’s not Donnie’s stomping ground.
Two students (Carly and Dakota) in a Film Marketing and Distribution class at Central Florida University were assigned to be my advance publicity team. Here’s the exit interview video they created after the first show.
They also organized a drag show to cap off the second showing featuring Annie Mae, Draggedy Anne and Waka Shame. Click here for highlights.
I also participated in a panel of filmmakers
Matthew Moyer of Orlando Weekly gave me my first review:
TOMORROW NITE is the Hometown Premiere (and we don’t expect another showing in RVA til November)!
If you haven’t gotten tix yet, click here.
Dirtwoman week was loads of fun!
The First Friday opening at Gallery 5 featured lots of Donnie portraits (quite a few sold). The gallery is open every Wednesday evening from 5 to midnite for Community Game Night (with happy hour 5-7). There will be board games to play and the artwork on display. It will also be open during the weekend after the premiere.
Sunday night, Mamma Zu hosted a special fundraiser dinner for Massey Cancer Center with an enormous meal (so many courses), Dirtwoman necklaces and tickets to RIFF as prizes, and the unveiling of the Dirtwoman Memorial Plaque out front. Thanks to owner Ed Vasaio for his generosity and fabulous food.
It’s off to Orlando to show the doc at the Florida Film Festival, then back here for the Hometown Premiere, as part of RIFF. You can order your tix in advance here or they will be on sale at the Box Office before the screening on April 25, 7:15pm. I’d suggest you get there early…there will be a line.
It’s no joke! On April 1, Mayor Stoney issued the proclamation declaring the first week of April as Dirtwoman Week. Not only does this honor Donnie, but it’s a great kickoff for our month of celebration. Click here to read the Proclamation text
Click on any of these logos to read/hear any of the articles that have already surfaced.
As you loyal DirtomomanDoc email subscribers know, the Hometown Premiere is scheduled for
Thursday, 4/25, 7:15pm at the Byrd.
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Looking forward to seeing you there!
PAINT ME, BITCH!
We’re kicking off April with a month-long art show at Gallery 5 (It’s also their 14th Anniversary celebration). This will feature:
– Several portraits of Donnie by local artists.
– Photos by Alice McCabe from her calendar and other life events.
– Matt Lively’s illustrations from the doc (like the one above).
First Friday, April 5
6-7pm Private Opening for our friends (you included)
8-Midnight Public Celebration (“After Hours” PLF dance party til 2am)
EAT ME, BITCH!
As any Dirtwoman fan knows, Donnie grew up in Oregon Hill, where he was notorious for peeling garlic at Mamma Zu’s (and selling flowers out front during dinner). Restaurant owner Ed Vasaio and Donnie’s friends are hosting a special benefit for Massey Cancer Center.
Sunday, April 7 from 6-8pm.
EAT ME, BITCH! will feature:
– A buffet of the restaurants fabulous dishes (and cash bar)
– Exclusive clips from the doc
– The unveiling of the Dirtwoman/Donnie Corker memorial plaque, which will be implanted in the sidewalk out front.
Click here to make your reservations. (Tickets are $50)
INFORMATION ON SALES FOR TICKETS TO THE DOC COMING SOON (and you’ll be the first to know).
Dirtwoman will be exposed (!) to people in 2 sunny states during the coming months.
SPIDER MITES will have 2 screenings at the FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL in April:
Sunday, 4/14 at 6pm (Regal Winter Park Village)
Wednesday, 4/17 at 9:30 pm (Enzian Theater)
I’ll be there for Q&A after both showings.
In September I’ll be travelling to California for CINEMA DIVERSE: THE PALM SPRINGS LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL. If you have friends in either city, give ’em the heads up!
The hometown premiere will be at this year’s Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF).
The festival runs April 23-28 and the screening will be Thursday, 4/25 at the Byrd Theatre (evening show time). This is a one-nite only showing and tickets go on sale in mid-March.
Because you’re signed up for updates, I’ll send an email with the link to purchase tix.
December 7 would have been Donnie’s 67th birthday. In honor of his memory, here’s the first ever publically-released clip from the finished doc.
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