SIGINT Showing Wrapup

Posted: May 23rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: production | 4 Comments »

So, apparently during rush hour in New York, the two blocks leading to the Holland Tunnel can become a traffic jam so horrific, with cars so terrible at basic driving skills, that a person on their way to an airport can find it takes an hour and a half to get through them. Two blocks.

Green is where I needed to be by 4pm, red is where I still was at 5:30pm.

So after getting to the airport, being told I couldn’t get on the flight, and contacting the CCC folks, I was asked to research the possibility of getting them to convert my flight. I stood at the counter for over 40 minutes, watching five people at the Amsterdam KLM/AirFrance/Delta argue, in front of me, how to get rid of me. It was quite something. ¬†Ultimately, I was told with a straight face that it would cost $3750 to get another flight. I was told if I talked to a manager, it might be $250. I talked to a manager. She said no. So that was that.

People trusted me to go and had paid my way, and I felt it wrong to disappoint them.  So I bent one of my rules and transferred the PAX East mix to a friend attending SIGINT, and the show went on, without me.

Before and after the showing, I made a presentation via Skype. At one point I shouted out to a few people who said they’d traveled hours just to see the film, and I guess they were recording my whole Q&A and Intro, as they put up the part mentioning them:

I’ll have to wait for the reviews, so I don’t know how well it went yet, but in a nice touch, they left the skype line running so I could hear audience reaction. Once you’ve finished a film cut, hearing audience reaction is critical. So thanks for that.

I’ll be attending other showings in person, of course. And I will never drive to the airport through NYC again.


4 Comments on “SIGINT Showing Wrapup”

  1. 1 Mike said at 9:53 pm on May 23rd, 2010:

    OMG, that is astounding. N.Y is a place I want to see one day, but I will definately be wary of traffic times when I do now. I feel blest down here where a traffic jam like that would be headlines for a few days!

  2. 2 Erin said at 4:27 pm on May 24th, 2010:

    Ah, the Holland Tunnel. I feel your pain.

    When I lived in NYC, it once took 4 hours to drive from Queens to New Jersey — thanks to a logjam at the Holland Tunnel. Traffic was backed up on Canal Street (across Manhattan), over the Manhattan Bridge and into Brooklyn.

    Looking at your map… any chance you were able to slip out of your car and pick up some kick-ass empanadas from Ruben’s on Broome Street?

  3. 3 Jon Radoff said at 5:53 pm on May 26th, 2010:

    A lesson I learned long ago: flying from Boston to NYC is insane. There are perfectly good bus services.

  4. 4 basti said at 5:58 am on May 28th, 2010:

    Hi Jason,

    I was the one filming all of this. There is more material, that’s right. We will launch a Get Lamp Feature about the premiere as soon as my work schedule will let me to, somewhen in June, probably also with more film material [this was just a quick near-realtime-upload for our facebook readers]. Hope this helps to even more increase Pre-Orders.

    The movie was great and definitively the best thing at the whole SIGINT conference, if you ask me. Thanks for making it possible and thanks for the QA!

    @all: It’s worth to wait for this gem, believe me.


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