This is getting weird. A month or two ago I was told that we were part of the Rio De Janeiro Film Festival. They wanted to bring me, Andy Garcia, Steven Strait, Emily Mortimer, Julianna Margulies and my producers Lauren Versel and Zachary Matz. Then Andy couldn’t make it on the date they’d suggested screening the film and giving a big gala for him. They didn’t offer any alternative date. He passed on the festival. Emily couldn’t make it for personal reasons. Julianna Marguiles, in case you haven’t heard or noticed, is currently the hard-working star of a major network hit series, “The Good Wife” (and very good in it too, by the way). So it’s me, the producers and the wonderful Steven Strait who are attending.
Except there is not mention of “City Island” in the official line-up. Mind you, nobody has dis-invited us. Then again, usually when a film festival invites you they…invite you. And I haven’t received any official communication from the festival welcoming me and my movie. Furthermore, this is all supposed to go down…in a week?
I’ll be the first to eat a healthy portion of my hat if its all a big misunderstanding and I wind up writing to you next from the Copacabana. I’ve never been to Brazil and was counting on this glammy (and free) trip to introduce me to this much beloved part of our earth. So come on guys. Get your shit together and officially invite “City Island”. We’re a goddamn hit at every festival we play, so why pussyfoot around? And if you don’t want us for some reason, leave a comment telling me to go away.