It finally happened! The private screening for the cast and crew of Return to Sender took place recently, and despite all the nerves I had going into it, the whole thing went very well!
Getting everyone together was a bit of a chore. I’m working my summer job which is sapping up all of my extra energy. Other people have day jobs. The actors in the film have other gigs. We ended up settling on a brunch screening on Saturday, July 21st because that was the only day that worked out for the majority of the cast and crew.
We still were missing one of our actresses, and I really wish she could have been there, but I needed to move on to the next chapter of this project. Luckily, I know this actress personally, and I’ll be able to have her see it at another time.
Overall, everyone appeared to really love the film. The cast and crew were impressed by how their work came together. The friends and family that they brought used the words “mesmerizing”, “captivating”, and “effective” to describe the film, so that’s a win for me!
I was super nervous to show this film because it sits in a very interesting position in my mind. When I show the film to people, they are effected by it. They like it. Some like it a lot. For me, it’s weird though because it isn’t 100% the vision that I had in my head.
I guess that’s really the struggle of an artist though, trying to get that vision out of your head as accurately as you can. I’m not really sure if I could have done something differently with this film to make that vision come to life more than I already did. If anything, I probably would have continued conceptualizing it forever to try to get it 100% right, never fully achieving that goal, and ultimately never releasing anything at all.
That’s definitely not a scenario that I wanted. I’m happy that this film is done, and I can start showing it to people. I’m hoping it will bridge the gap that I’ve had with a lot of potential viewers who have been too scared to watch my films that are more along the lines of psychological horror.
This film is more of a general sense of mystery and suspense, so I’m hoping there will be more viewers who are willing to watch it. It may even end up being more marketable because of this. I don’t know.
Now that the screening has taken place, we are officially going to put it to the festival circuit. There are a few festivals that I’m thinking of submitting to through their extended deadlines, so wish me luck!