to Donna Barr…
As a graphic novelist who occasionally errs on the side of wordiness, I observe with admiration how much of Small’s inner life is communicated in the novel’s pages through silences. And at the risk of being metaphorically insensitive in describing a story freighted with intimations of mortality: the book’s fluid pen, ink, and wash drawings are to die for.
But what is life without surprises? I love knowing other creative people, and it’s been fun watching our upstairs tenant Andrew Bemis, who writes so entertainingly about movies in his blog (Cinevistaramascope), set about making an indie film of his own during the past year.
You can learn more about Black Light, the movie in question, by browsing through Black Light Journals, Andrew’s companion blog that documented the shooting of it last year. And if you live in or near northern Berkshire County here in Massachusetts, you can see the finished product when it premiers at a special screening that’s being held on August 9 at Images Cinema in Williamstown.
"Moth Films," by the way, is the company name under which Black Light is being released. And if you detect a touch of the Howard-Cruse esthetic in the Moth Films logo (see below), that’s because I designed it. What kind of landlord would I be if I didn’t boot up my iMac in the service of a tenant’s creative aspirations?
The kid didn’t die, that is—at least, not in Donna Barr’s telling!
Also, a Big Public Thank You
to Heidi Macdonald…
…for citing my book in her Publishers Weekly blog, The Beat.