June 13, 2010

Here is the crazy story I promised, it just concluded, I was waiting for the end before I could write about it. So, on Friday night just before falling asleep I suddenly thought about the movie "I Woke up Early the Day I Died," it was made from the last script Ed Wood ever wrote, he died before ever filming the movie. It was made in the late 90's and it wasn't in the theatre much. The significance it holds for me is that on the first night I ever hung out with my ex boyfriend we attempted to see this movie but someone posted the wrong day on the theatre website and we missed the one night it was showing. We had driven all the way from Boston to New York to see it, Paul, Jonee and I, and instead we ended up having sandwiches at Kate's Joint and then we all went swimming in the dark in Jonee's parent's swimming pool in Greenwich. I remember buying a Fresh Samantha at the convenience store on the way back, remember those? Anyhow in the 11 years that have passed since I have never sought out that movie until Friday night, it suddenly just popped into my mind out of the blue and led me on an extensive internet search. I could not find it anywhere besides small clips on youtube. I called Jonee and he said that he has a bootleg somewhere of it that I can borrow sometime. Anyhow, this week I have been selling stuff on Craigslist, I had a lamp for sale and I finally got a response on Saturday morning, when I read the name on the email it struck me as being vaguely familiar. I typed it into google and found out the man has an IMDB page. I scrolled down through the list of all the movies he has been a cinematographer for and I saw one title highlighted a different color because I had clicked on it the night before. So he was the cinematographer for I Woke up Early the Day I Died. He wrote to me within hours of my obsessing over the movie. He just came to pick up the lamp and I asked him about it, he laughed and said that it was so long ago but yes, that was him. Such a startling coincidence, I could hardly believe it. It gave me the chills.


  1. Questions unanswered: Did he get you a copy of the film? And what lamp did he buy? Need to know more. MJ

  2. no, he wasn't sure if he knew what happened to his copy, it sounded like it was buried somewhere. oh and a lamp i had that needed to be rewired and i just never got around to taking in to get fixed. dont worry, im typing this by the glow of the poodle lamp.