I realize there's been a longer-than-usual period of silence on this blog, so I thought I'd provide a quick update on recent happenings.
I was at the South by Southwest Film Festival for a few days last week, primarily for the premiere screening of Tobe Hooper's Eggshells, which Watchmaker/Benten are currently in the process of restoring. The screening was a great success, even though what we projected was a work-in-progress. (There's still a ton of restorative work to be done.) Jette Kernion of Cinematical (who I finally met in person) has a report on the screening.
Sadly, I didn't get to see too many films at the festival, as my days were tied up in meetings, and my nights tied up in booze and party after party. In fact, I'm almost convinced SXSW is more about the social element than the films themselves. (That's no doubt bound to be an unpopular sentiment.) Then again, I was hopped up on painkillers most of the time owing to a torn calf muscle, so perhaps my perspective was clouded. But that's another story...
New Yorker Films
Late last week I began receiving a flurry of emails about the situation and status about New Yorker Films. Having had little time to keep up with the blogosphere, I was unaware of Richard Brody's piece on the New Yorker blog that referenced my post about the auction.
For obvious reasons there's not a whole lot I can reveal, but I will confirm that discussions are still happening, and we're making significant progress in piecing together the many as-yet-unanswerable questions about the collection -- its status, contents, etc. Though it's still too soon to say, I'm far more optimistic than I was two weeks ago.