11/21/2006 - Johnny Montana
is a Success at the Moving Image
10/05/2006 - Johnny Montana
John Daniel Gavin's "Johnny Montana
" was finally unveiled at the 8th Annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival on February 9th at the historic Roxie Cinema in San Francisco's Mission district.
The screening was a resounding success and an experience greater than John
, or anyone else involved in the making of the film, could have ever imagined.Be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes documentary, featuring John
and a host of others at the festival on this site.
The days leading up to the world premiere screening found John
and other members of the cast and crew plastering the entire city with postcards and posters featuring a very revealing shot of the film's titular character.To say that the color image of John's bare butt made many a San Franciscan shudder with glee would be an understatement.It isn't often that people stop to pay so much attention to a movie poster.There would have been traffic accidents had the poster been blown up on the side of a bus.No joke. John
stopped anyone and everyone who would listen to him, to tell them about the screening.He
stopped people at random in the street, sat down with strangers while they were eating dinner in restaurants, and even followed a few people into public restrooms to share his
excitement about the world premiere of his
film.Talk about enthusiasm!
Word-of-mouth enthusiasm spread quickly, and John
could barely contain his
joy as people gathered under the marquee and lined up down the block to attend the world premiere screening of his
film in this famous old theater.
was near tears as he
It was an emotional night for everybody involved in the making of the film.John
and members of the cast and crew actually saw the finished film for the very first time along with the supportive San Francisco crowd.The final cut was completed just days before the screening.Crazy, but true ...
Following the screening, a gushing Associate Festival Programmer, Michael Skurko began the post-film screening discussion by declaring that "Johnny Montana
" epitomized the "perfect indie flick".
In the days leading up to the second screening people started to stop John
on the street, at bars and in restaurants.The film had struck a chord and people wanted to hear more about the film and how it came to be.John
was asked to speak at a promotional event for the festival at the Apple store in downtown San Francisco.He
gave the crowd quite a show, featuring an inimitable stand-up comedy routine and insight into how Apple products were an essential part of the completion of the film.
, the cast and crew, and friends who had flown into San Francisco for the premiere spent the rest of the closing night of the festival taking a well-deserved break.Everyone was on a natural high from the screenings, and ready to party.Turns out that one of the last people that John stopped on the street (moments before the second screening) is a journalist for Variety, one of the film industry's leading publications.
We're all anxious to hear what Variety
has to say about the film.Check back here for more info on that in the coming weeks.John
kept saying that he
"couldn't have scripted a better premiere" for the film.He
is waiting to hear back from several other festivals around the country.