Anyone who knows me knows of my undying fandom for James Rolfe and his menagerie of online review characters (the Angry Video Game Nerd, Board James, etc.). In fact, if you look carefully in the left part of the frame for my first two Haywire Effect reviews, you’ll see a postcard from the man himself he sent as a thank you for a donation I sent him last year. I love this guy’s work not just because he always turns out a quality product, but because we have so much in common and we’ve gone about a lot of our careers in the same way. I feel a kinship with him when I watch his work.
So when he says something I completely agree with, I like to spread the word. As much as I’m a fan of DVD and Blurays (ever seen my collection?), I have become as disgruntled with their packaging at James, and when I got my Back to the Future box set for Christmas last year, I pretty much opened it and stared at it wondering how the hell the thing worked.
Speaking of bull$#it, I have to issue a formal apology and a thank you to Jon Gann of DC Shorts, who not only was kind enough to address my issues with the festival presentation personally, but also clear up some key points that I was quick to jump the gun on. Apparently, he issued an order for a new projection bulb two days before the film festival, but it was never installed. So it wasn’t an oversight on his part that the showcases at the Artisphere failed. I have great respect for him in going out of his way to bring this up and because of that, I’m sorry I said the things I said out of anger. It doesn’t change how my film was showcased but apparently it received much more crowded and brighter lit screenings afterward. So thank you to Jon and again, my apologies. I hope to see him and his crowd again next year.