This is a long update which includes recent milestones, Aspen, San Francisco International, our spring picnic, and a recent sighting....
[ shipping milestone ]
Some room was freed up on a credit card and ALL domestic bridge bugs have shipped as well as a small batch of international bugs and princesses. I can't tell you how relieved and joyful I was to see almost 200 boxes off to their new homes!!!! Being that we are in the midst of brood season, it would make me totally happy to see pictures of bridge bugs with your kids, your pets, your plants, anywhere they look like they belong. Please post the images on our facebook page for other cicada fans to enjoy!!! woohoo!!!
For international folks, thanks for your continued patience! We will continue to trickle those out as credit frees up, please let me know if there are birthdays or other important dates looming and I'll do the best I can!
[ Aspen ]
The Aspen film festival was a wonderful event to be part of. I got gifted a plane ticket to Colorado but I had reservations about going on my own. Laura, George, Laurie, and Kip from the show were waiting for me and made me feel at home as did the dozens of other independent film makers in attendance.
Cicada played after latest film by Topaz Adizes, "Branko: Return to Auschwitz". You can watch it here. Initially one would think an odd pairing for a puppet film and a film about the holocaust, but it was an honor and humbling to be there and to be part of the same breath with the audience. I am hoping to catch up with Topaz later this summer in the bay area and work on something together for the future. After the show, the snow storm came back and I walked home in the dark with the princess under my arm, all of Aspen comfortably sleeping. It was a beautiful and serene moment with the princess and I under a blanket of snow, far from home but at peace.
Oh yes, I almost forgot. Cicada won the "Special Jury Recognition" award at Aspen!
[ San Francisco International Film Festival / Picnic! ]
Cicada Princess has been accepted into SFIFF56! It will be playing May 5th as part of the family shorts program. Show time is 10:30 am at the Kabuki Theaters, more info here. We are planning on heading over to Crissy Field after the show for an informal crew picnic day at the beach. If you are in the Bay Area, and even if you can't make the screening, please come out to the beach with us. It should be a great day and I / we would love to meet you in person.
[ Recent sighting ]
Just about a year ago I was sitting out by the water, I was pretty beat down by film and everything else that was going on. I looked at my shoe and there appeared to be a tiny cicada. I had never seen one on the West Coast and never one so small, I figured I probably was just exhausted. This weekend, I got this picture from a Director I met at Aspen who recently moved to Napa. Apparently they do exist here, and they are tiny. The one captured is sitting on a rosemary branch, probably just a little over 1/4". Wow
I think that's it. I hope to see you in San Francisco and I look forward to bridge bug photos of all kinds on facebook!!