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11/21/2006 - Johnny Montana is a Success at the Moving Image10/05/2006 - Johnny Montana in ParadiseJohn 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.John was near tears as he welcomed everyone. 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.John, 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.
Johnny Montana is a Success at the Moving ImageJohnny Montana Headed to the Museum of the Moving ImageJohnny Montana in ParadiseJohnny Montana Hits the DesertJohnny Montana Review in the Palm Beach PostOf course, John displayed his NY energy to the Australians and they were mesmerized.Not knowing anyone in Australia didn't bother John.He proceeded to hit every bar, restaurant, hostel and of course the trams with his posters, postcards and his stand-up routine which always gets a laugh from strangers.He packed in the theatre and everyone was satisfied.
Johnny Montana in ParadiseJohnny Montana is a Success at the Moving ImageJohnny Montana Headed to the Museum of the Moving ImageJohnny Montana in ParadiseJohnny Montana Hits the DesertJohnny Montana Review in the Palm Beach PostJohnny Montana in Paradise
Johnny Montana Headed to the Museum of the Moving ImageJohnny Montana is a Success at the Moving ImageJohnny Montana Headed to the Museum of the Moving ImageJohnny Montana in ParadiseJohnny Montana Hits the DesertJohnny Montana Review in the Palm Beach PostJohnny Montana Headed to the Museum of the Moving ImageJOHNNY MONTANA is finally going to be shown where it belongs....in its New York City roots ... the prestigious Museum of the Moving Image will be hosting JOHNNY MONTANA November 16 th....finally the entire cast, who is all from NYC, will get a chance to view it on the big screen where it belongs....no air fares out of town only a $2.00 subway fare to Queens ... what is better than that....
Johnny Montana is a Success at the Moving ImageJohnny Montana Headed to the Museum of the Moving ImageJohnny Montana in ParadiseJohnny Montana Hits the DesertJohnny Montana Review in the Palm Beach PostYes it is true ... JOHNNY MONTANA was accepted 'down under' @ the Australian Internaional Film Festival.....is Johnny going....ABSOLUTELY!!!October in Australia should be very intersting for JOHNNY MONTANA.....the film will be shown two times.....and of course John will be there passing out postcards and showing what NY energy is about in Australia....this should be an interesting and great opportunity for John to show his film....they loved the film so much they waived the submission fee....Australia will never be the same again after the likes of John Daniel Gavin.....