Scraps make narrative of past choices. Filmmaker David remixes his first feature.

In 2009, my first feature film, ST. NICK, premiered at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival. The movie tells the tale of a runaway brother and sister who try to survive in the harsh Texas winter.

It was largely improvised, shot over the course of two weeks, and went on to screen at dozens of film festivals around the world. In 2011, it was released theatrically in New York.

We signed papers with a distributor in an attempt to bring it to DVD, but the promise of that agreement has not been realised yet. Nor, at this point, do I believe it actually will be.

The film is stuck in the hinterlands, and for the moment I'm okay with that.

For now, then, this alternative: These are orphaned fragments that hung around the movie until just before I finished cutting it. They represented moments I liked, and imaged that spoke volumes on their own, but that the film ultimately didn't need.

Everything presented here suggests ST. NICK, and evokes it, without stepping on its toes.

Fortnight Journal: Edition III
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