Chicago Screening of the Finished Film

Posted by Director Mark Richard Smith on February 13th, 2010

After almost a year of script writing, editing, running out to get more footage and other post-production tasks that can drag you underground for six months, I’ve finally got a finished film. Right before New Year’s, I went to Los Angeles to spend six weeks supervising the soundtrack recording, and working with the colorist and sound editor to put all the finishing touches on this piece.

First, I think anyone who sees this film will be blown away by the music. Michael T. McLean is without a doubt a brilliant composer. I’ve known him for a long time, and knew he would do a great job. But I had no idea how much I would love the music until I heard it being recorded in a sound stage located at the end of a long, winding road in the hills above Glendale, California. You can hear a sample by visiting the fan page on Facebook (click on the “More Information” link below).

When it was all done I wasted no time in getting some friends and Facebook fans together for a small screening last Monday in LA. I can say with a little bit of relief that everyone loved it (some in the audience have been in entertainment a long time and can be pretty tough critics, especially when it comes to a documentary on someone they’d never heard of).

I’m very glad to be back in Chicago, and have scheduled a screening at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Sunday, March 14 at 11:30 a.m. Can’t wait to show this to a hometown crowd!