Beautiful

November 11, 2008

Mark and I went and saw a $1 movie today (Tropic Thunder it was over-the-top, but fun!). We walked into the theater and there were about 5 people in the theater. I typically don’t make a habit of sitting so close to people if the theater is so empty, but what appeared to be a father and his 15-year old daughter were sitting right about the very spot in the center that I would have picked. So we sat in the row behind them over to their right.

And as I was scooting in, the girl turned around and said: “Excuse me ma’am.” I thought I hit her head or something, so I was preparing to say “sorry” or some equivalent. I replied simply: “Uh, yeah?” And softly and sweetly, she said: “You are beautiful.”

I nearly dropped my drink, turned and looked at Mark. And uttered back: “Wow…. Thank you!” I was in sweats, no makeup and messy hair, and a teenaged girl told me I was beautiful. I was stunned. So I giggled a bit. She engaged me further as if polling for my reaction by saying: “Are you laughing because I said that?” Mark chimed in and said: “She will be laughing off and on for a week because you said that.”

I told her she totally made my day to be given such a compliment by such a beautiful girl as her. She then started into what seems to be our (read: most females’) mantra after receiving such a gift of a compliment: “Oh my hair is such a mess, and I…..” but then she kinda trailed the mantra off and simply replied: “Thank you.”

I was amazed by this exchange. That kind of compliment isn’t something I hear often even when I feel like I look absolutely smashing. And I don’t think that girl had any sort of ulterior motive — I couldn’t imagine what it would be if she did have one — she just made my day. And I am truly grateful for that.

Mark and Kelly at the DPA's Revenge of It Came From Dallas

Mark and Kelly at the DPA

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Watching the comedic brilliance of Charlie Chaplin today. Courtesy of Turner Classic Movies. I am glad to dress up my blog with TCM.com’s creativity.

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Apparently, this will change everyday to feature the actor that TCM is focusing on for that day.

Who is your favorite classic actor? And what moment completely captures why you like them so?

Here is the latest of what I am working on. It will be a blast!! Come out and join us! See some Fabulous, some crappy (literally, too), and some on the fence films that you will help decide if they should play on at the DFW IndieClub Gong Show:

IndieClub.com presents the Third (sort of) Annual Gong Show

Sunday, June 22, 2008
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Studio Movie Grill-Dallas
11170 N Central Expressway at Royal Lane (NE corner)

The IndieClub Gong Show is a short-film showcase contest.

the extraordinaire Mary Jo PehlFeaturing:
Emcee:
Mary Jo Pehl (MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000)

Celebrity Judges:

Each film receives one minute of free play then the judges (with the audience’s help, of course) must decide the film’s fate. Play on through or GONG it!

DJ Modchap will provide interim music and keep the show lively as 18 films are screened!

Four cash prizes will be awarded at the end of the evening:

  • 1st Place – $1,000
  • 2nd Place – $500
  • 3rd Place – $250
  • Audience’s Choice – $500

Tickets may be purchased online at IndieClubGongShow.com or at the door. General admission is $10.00

Studio Movie Grill has a full dinner menu as well as adult beverages to enjoy during the show.

List of films in alphabetical order:
A/S/L
Airport
BBC Viral Videos
Bloom
Button Pusher
Drip Tease
Las Gafas
Gandhi At The Bat
Giant
Going Out In Style
Lamie De Zoe
Little Snaps of Horror
A Little Strange
The Outhouse
Pop Up Killer
The Proposal
Sir Francis Drake: The Queen’s Pirate
Stoyanova Incident

Special Thanks to our 2008 IndieClub sponsors:
Post Asylum, AFI Dallas, Westlake Entertainment, IFC, Duplium, DPA, Mentis Group, TM Television, and Elegant and Graceful

Cinematic TitanicI have done some cool things over my years of being a publicist — spent the day talking about art with Martin Mull, soaked up stories of old Hollywood with Carol Channing, ate donuts and went bowling with Ron Jeremy , but I don’t think any compare with the night that the Cinematic Titanic (the former Mystery Science Theater 3000) guys made me into a riff at their live show. Cinematic Titanic is comprised of Joel Hodgson, Mary Jo Pehl, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, and J. Elvis Weinstein.

I had the privilege of doing publicity for their show on April 26 for the USA Film Festival. They are Very humble and modest about their success and popularity. They are all the absolute most friendly, gracious, and nicest people I have met in the film industry in a long time. I had quite the time keeping up with all of the publicity. Luckily, someone did it for me. (Thanks Hugh at Deep Ape!)

Back to my story about my unforgettable moment:

During their live riffing on Roger Corman’s “The Wasp Woman,” Joel said something like: “This isn’t a lab; it’s a Kelly Kitchen.” That was for ME!!!! They talked the night before about adding my name to the riffing. Frank said they should do it like Al Hirschfeld’s Ninas. “Can you count how many times we say Kelly Kitchens?” I had NO idea they were actually going to do it though!! Did anyone else catch it? What a way to be immortalized!!!

We (referring to my husband and other fans) are scheming ways to get them to come back and do more shows. They definitely need to tour with this show!

My favorite line of the night: “Oh look he’s Mr. Know-it-all even when no one is around.”

So, if you are game, let’s work together to get them back to Dallas and to take this show on the road!!

What an amazing adventurous dining experience I had tonight!! And I am the furthest thing from an adventurous eater — that is Mark’s role in the family.

Mark and I were invited to a dinner that was celebrating the film: 30 DAYS IN DARKNESS. And that was exactly where we were — in total and complete darkness. I thought I had been in total darkness before, but now I know that I never have. It was almost inky deep — it had a thickness to it that you simply have to experience to fully understand.

We were lead in 10 at a time by blind waiters. (After all, aren’t they pros at getting around and eating in the dark?) They weaved us (hands on the shoulders of the person walking in front of us) around a few partitions that lead you inside the room. The room was never lit for us so we could get our bearings or anything like that.

Once seated, our waiter, Kathy, direct us in how to find our water, bread basket and napkins. Then we proceeded to have a yummy salad (and I hate salad), a chicken and mushroom entree, and a poached pear in cognac for dessert. Although I knew what the food was in general, but I was never really sure what I was putting in my mouth. And that took a lot of bravery on the part of this picky-eater extraordinaire.

The absolute greatest thing about the whole experience (besides Mark’s occasional naughtiness!) was getting to know the other people at the table. We had 8 at our table because 1 woman freaked out literally 30 seconds after we were in the door. Out of those 8 people, I knew Mark and one other couple (Kathy and Julius G.). I sat next to Karyn and her date Marcel and next to them were Rita and Russell.

Well, come to find out I DID know them. Karyn asked me my last name — when I said, “Kitchens,” she said: “I knew it!! Kelly J Kitchens!” I was amazed. I had been sending her press releases for years. Karyn works for the Tom Joyner Show!! And that got me thinking — Rita and Russell…. I asked them “Cook and Dandridge??” and they said: “Yes!”

Turns out that here was a group of people who I had email relationships with due to the fact that I am a publicist and they are all in the media. I got to see Karyn’s beautiful face, but unfortunately, Rita and Russell left before I was able to see them actually face-to-face. But we all have this amazing experience, which we laughingly shared. I was impacted by this 2 hours in the inky darkness more than I ever thought I would be.

Thank you, Roderick and Moroch for this incredible opportunity!

I thought I would put the links up of the publicity coming in for the Dallas Producers Association‘s event Bride of It Came From Dallas:

Bride of It Came From Dallas:
Pegasus News video interviews with Bob Dauber and Gordon Keith

(The audio could be better – but it’s legible if you boost the volume.)

Pegasus News article
The Dallas Morning News

There will be more coming out in the next day or so.

I will post more as they come in.

 

I guess we are all on the “Journey to the end of our lives,” but to purposely make it sooooo hard that you make it almost impossible to survive seems ludicrous. Isn’t that what we are all doing anyway? Making it harder than it has to be? After all “We are going to make it out of the life alive” anyway, huh??Sorry to sound so morbid, but Mark and I just saw INTO THE WILD — and we loved it!! And I hope that Emile Hirsch gets an Oscar nomination for his incredible work. He deserves AT LEAST that, if not to win it overall. And I hope more people go out and see the film. I am sure it will go wider than the art-house theaters — it is a tour de force!Seeing a film like this makes me proud of the fact that I know there is life after death and that a more than glorious Heaven is my final destination.I look forward to meeting the real Chris McCandless there when I get there many moons from now! Thank you to the bravery of the McCandless family for sharing Chris’ story with the world.Go see this film!!! And let’s talk!

Mesmerizing Eloquence

October 11, 2007

Scar of Shame

Mark and I watched a truly extraordinary film tonight called SCAR OF SHAME. It was made in 1927 by the Color Players Film Corporation.The story behind the filmmakers deserves to be a film itself. A white theater owner in Philadelphia noticed his audience slowly change from white to black over the years. And instead of getting out of the business, he decided to embrace it. He searched for films that would appeal to his growing audience, and when he found that the films that portrayed African Americans weren’t showing their lives as they were living day-to-day, he decided to make them himself. And SCAR OF SHAME was one of them.This film talks about the class system inside the African American community that any of us will totally relate to — though I hope that those days are coming to an end, I know they haven’t yet. A well-to-do, educated concert pianist falls marries a lower class woman, but he feels like he can’t tell his Mother about her because of her own prejudice against others of a different “caste.” And that is just the beginning….. where all it leads to after that is amazing.The filmmaking, cast, and costuming is all truly amazing. I found myself at one moment praising the dissolves and another moment praising the beautiful flapper dresses. And to think about: “While appearing in this film, Lucia Lynn Moses (who plays the lead female actor, Louise, the poor girl who gets married) was commuting back and forth between the studio in Philadelphia and a chorus-line spot at the Cotton Club in New York City.” She doesn’t miss a beat.Definitely seek this one out! You will fall in love — I promise!Something fun to play with (Thanks Robin for forwarding it to me!):Halloween Hangman created by The Dimension's Edge, Inc.

Tonight was the 2nd to the last planning meeting for Bride of It Came From Dallas. What a FABULOUS group of people I have the pleasure to work with on this hysterical event. This is the 3rd year for this fundraiser for the Dallas Producers Association (www.dallasproducers.org). And every year it gets bigger and better. Check out the poster! Bride of It Came From Dallas poster

So I know I am starting this blog mid-life for several projects that I am working on and so things might seem a little disjointed to a total newcomer. If you want to know more, email me or leave a comment here. I will be happy to answer any and all questions.