I was awoken at 8:15 this morning by a phone call from Aaron Katz saying he had been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Unbelievable. Not because he didn’t make a good movie or is deserving but because this is my friend and he’s on the cusp of rubbing elbows with fellow nominees like Brad Pitt and Gus Van Sant. This is what people mean when they talk about “living the dream” or “everything happened so fast”. One year ago he had just finished shooting this movie for $2,000 and was sweating over the fact that he had to give a very rough cut to South by Southwest and hope they agreed to play it. Now, Lisa Kudrow and Zach Braff are calling out the title to a room full of journalists whispering to themselves, “What the fuck is Quiet City?” Amazing.
Congratulations to Aaron, Brendan McFadden, Ben Stambler, Erin Fisher and Cris Lankenau who all share the nomination and I can’t wait for them to come out and party the weekend of the event. I’m going to try and weasel my way in to the ceremony since technically I am the President of the distribution company but if not, I will be cheering them on from home.
Check out the full list of nominees here and be sure to watch the event for a chance to see Aaron Katz bumble an acceptance speech.