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Girls, Girls, Girls – Part VI

Girls, Girls, Girls - Part VI

Girls, Girls, Girls - Part VI

by Eugene Hernandez

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With regard to the future Jim McKay is determined to work in the same
collaborative workshop process. He reveals that he has an outline for a next
film, the story of two high school kids in neighboring towns, featuring a
parallel story between two teachers in neighboring towns. He plans to launch
the project by once again starting from scratch with actors. He also wants
to explore adapting a favorite book, writing an outline based on the story
and hopefully collaborating with the works’ author. As for financing, McKay
is anxious to work on a project with a bit more money, so that he can
actually pay people and pay for locations. “Girls Town” was shot for what
Jim terms is “way under 100,000 dollars” however once all is said and done he
admits it will end up costing significantly more. He is setting $1 million as
a goal for his next project and is admittedly disappointed that since
Sundance he has not received any offers to sell out and go Hollywood. While
he certainly has no plans to do so, he seems to be relishing the thought of
turning Hollywood down. McKay did sign with the William Morris Agency and is interested in directing television, specifically an episode of “Homicide.” As for future work with his friend Michael Stipe, McKay explains that while he
has no plans to work for Stipe’s New Line-based film company, the two to plan
to make “Girls Town” their own company’s “first of a string of indie, real
indie, films.”

As for music videos, McKay states, “If I never did another one in my life I
wouldn’t really be too sad,” but he quickly adds that he may work with the
band Sun Volt again in the near future. He also expresses interest in
working on another documentary, and is even interested in programming a
regular series of documentary screenings in New York City. Ultimately, he
hopes to be shooting next spring and is anxious “to take what I learned from
this and make it better.” He admits to feeling “really scared in one way,
and just totally ready in another.”

Of course all of this is mere talk, Jim admits that he plans to spend the
next two months promoting “Girls Town.” With the film complete, he is
preparing guerrilla marketing techniques to get the word out about the film.
He would like to use some of the money earned at the box office as a salary
for kids hired to help distribute flyers spreading the word. Until that
happens, though, McKay is taking matters into his own hands. On a recent
Saturday afternoon, during the films’ opening weekend, Jim McKay and Anna
Grace spent time outside NYC’s downtown Tower Records passing out postcards
to groups of young women. Jim admits that as the films creator and producer
it is difficult to let go, but he seems thrilled at his idea to drive from
city to city with the film, hosting “Meet the filmmaker events” and selling
T-shirts to pay for the trip. While plans have yet to be made for such a
trip, cost is an issue, the idea alone shows the lengths to which McKay will
go to spread the word. In fact, word of mouth is a very important part of
the marketing process for McKay, who rationalizes, “People who see it and
connect to it are our best advertisers.” Finally, Jim pleads, “I really want
to encourage young people who aren’t supposed to go to ‘R’ rated films to
sneak into the movie. You know, it has to be pretty easy, find an adult on
line and ask them if they’ll by a ticket for you or whatever. I’ll be
hanging around Angelika, for our opening couple weeks, if people want to come
up to me, I’ll buy them a ticket, because I’d like people to see it.”

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