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I’ve been back in Seattle since Wednesday. We’re in full fever preparing for the US premiere of “Kaval Park” in Seattle this Thursday. We’re also in full fever planning the West Coast Tour and have confirmed dates in Portland, San Francisco, San Diego and Phoenix. Soon we will be adding Las Vegas and Los Angeles to the list.
To make is easier now, and in the future, we will have a section in the newsletter titled TICKETS. If you wish to see the film (experiencing it on the big screen in a communal setting is highly recommended), then just check the section, invite a friend or several and make it a night at the movies!
A lady in her 70s next to me is watching “Venom: Let there be carnage”! Earlier, I find out her and a friend, sitting next to her, were in Vietnam for three weeks. “It was wonderful,” they tell me. “They believe in reincarnation,” says one. “It was weird meeting the Vietnamese who we once fought,” chimes in the other.
The man in the isle across sneaks in a bottled water to his girlfriend who still hasn’t gotten hers. Motions to her to hide it under her blouse so she can get two. It turns out she is pregnant, she needs double the amount of water to stay hydrated. Why not just ask for more water, I wonder.
A few moments before, I ask the stewardess to pour me water in my Kaval Park tin can. She does, once. The second time she hands me another plastic cup. I keep asking her to fill my can and eventually succeed to drink orange juice out of it. “That’s a smart idea,” remarks the lady next to me. (The amount of waste I saw on the airplane really astounded me. Really.)
On the flight to Istanbul, a Turk tells me about a gentleman at the Bosnian border who really had to pee. The line was long and he ended up peeing from the bridge in plain site of everyone. “He was so relieved,” continues to tell me the man. “And then he looked at all of us and shrugged - C'est la vie, that is life! I will always remember this moment.”
I wonder how and why someone peeing off a bridge would leave such a lasting impression. Perhaps the Turk telling me the story has always dreamt of stepping out of line, being bold in moments of dire straits. I can only guess!
I browse through the selection of movies. Nicolas Cage keeps making action movies. I settle on “House of Gucci” and relish in the performances of Jeremy Irons and Al Pacino. I make a wish to work with them one day. I’ve made that wish since a child. I don’t see why it won’t come true… Lady Gaga is phenomenal. That’s her eye in the image. I got bored and played around filming the screen through water while the airplane dipped and bobbed.
The cart with the hot tea never makes it me. I wish to eat the homemade cake my mother-in-law packed and imagine doing so with hot tea. In my tin cup… The fresh walnuts and delicious Bulgarian grapes have already been turned into energy. I turn down the vegetarian pasta with tomatoes. I prefer to eat little when flying.
Oh, I almost forgot. I really wanted to work during the flight, paying $25 for the top tier wi-fi of 500 MBS. It says on the screen they want to know my seat number in order to activate the service. It must mean they will target only my seat, somehow. There’re five more tiers and I imagine a person in the belly of the plane, controlling the strength of the wi-fi beams based on how much one pays. I’m not sure this is fair game. Pay more, get better wi-fi. It’s a recipe for social inequality.
Well, in the end it doesn’t matter because two of my cards get declined. It turns out they don’t take debit cards. Only credit cards. I don’t have any and never will. Lessons learned after making two films on credits cards and loans, imploding both times, the second time filing for bankruptcy.
I decide to fight sleep with a second movie - “West Side Story” by Steven Spielberg. The lady next to me is watching her third movie “Uncharted” based on the video game Naughty Dog. More carnage while in both movies I watch every time someone says “fuck” the word is bleeped out.
It feels as if Humanity is in uncharted territory…
Back in the States. I’m greeted by the following headline on CNN: Former daycare employees charged with abuse after using “SCREAM” mask to terrify toddlers.
If you know you wish to see the film, we’ve inserted direct ticket links into each city. If you wish to find out more about the film visit our website www.kavalpark.com. And here we started posting photos from every showing.
11.08 Portland - tickets available later this week
11.09 San Francisco
11.13 Los Angeles - tickets available later this week
11.19 San Diego
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See you at the movies friends!