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Testing, Testing: Local Filmmaker in Search of Feedback

A scene from Jake Gets Paid (Photo: Ed DuRanté)

By S.T. VanAirsdale

It's not every day a filmmaker asks for your advice on a project, but local director Ed DuRanté sent word late last night about a modest rough-cut screening he's putting together Wednesday to solicit feedback on his work-in-progress, Jake Gets Paid. And I can't help but pass it along:

JAKE GETS PAID is a Black black comedy about an African-American filmmaker and the price he pays for fame. I need to show it to a diverse group of smart folks and get some critical feedback before I submit it to Sundance in a few weeks.

Please let me know by (Tuesday) at 6pm if you can make it and the name of any guests you might bring. Again... it's a rough cut.... If you can't make it, there will be other screenings and I will keep you informed.

I love this. While The Reeler emphasizes that there are no warranties expressed or implied in referring DuRanté your way (I know exactly nothing about the film, filmmaker or their fest forecasts), it seems a noble enough mode of outreach to get behind. And God knows Sundance could use a "Black black comedy" next year. Budding critics and real independent film aficionados -- take note!

The screening starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Tisch School of the Arts -- 721 Broadway (Room 109). RSVP with DuRanté at jakegetspaid [at] gmail [dot] com to confirm your attendance.

Posted at August 21, 2007 7:00 AM

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