Well, maybe conquering is a little dramatic, but I'm extremely pleased with the film's performance at the SENE Film, Music and Arts Festival. The "Ranchero" team returned home with the Best Screenplay Award, Best Lead Actor Award, and the Audience Award for Best Feature. That's not too shabby.
I have nothing but positive things to say about the festival. From the moment we arrived at the reception at the Marriot Courtyard, until we left the closing night party at The Spot, we were treated warmly and respecfully. Unfortunately, we had to bail early on the reception in order to make our screening.
It went great. The recently renovated Cable Car Cinema is an excellent venue for indie film. Us living in Los Angeles are a little spoiled when it comes to indie theaters. We have many "state-of-the-art" facilities. Not the case in most other cities. Considering this, the Cable Car was warm and intimate. Audio quality was fine and the screen size was appropriate for the space. I had no complaints. The fifteen minute Q&A following the screening was the best to date. People watched the movie carefully and had interesting questions and inciteful comments. Roger and I had a blast.
In conclusion, I want to thank Phil Capobres, Don Farias, and Linda Dwyer for putting on a well-run and friendly festival. Best of luck to them with SENE 2010! I definitely look forward to future "Ranchero" screenings on the East Coast.