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July 31, 2004

Eve's Nemesis

Today I had my first day off in a very long time. I slept in and then took my dog on a hike. I've been cooped up in hotel rooms and airplanes all summer, so I thought I'd spend my day off in nature. It was very hot and my dog was looking at me like, "You've got to be fucking kidding me; I'm not climbing that hill." Later he was so out of it, he walked right across a rattlesnake. It was crazy, I've never seen a real rattlesnake outside of a zoo. I've decided that I like them better in zoos. I'm sure they would disagree and perhaps I could debate their leader on Crossfire one day, but as far as I'm concerned rattlesnakes are much more enjoyable behind tempered glass. Anyway, I was very happy this particular one chose to not bite my dog... or sting him... rattle him? Whatever he does, I'm glad he didn't do it. I think he was too hot to care.

Monday I start Scrubs. It would be nice to have a week off, but I'm excited to start. We had a read through of the script on Friday and it was hilarious. Great to see everyone again and catch up with one another about our summers.

I can't thank you all enough for turning out in droves to see "Garden State". Theaters are selling out in both cities and people are reporting going back multiple times to see it. Thank you so much for supporting my first film. It's obviously very scary to put so much of yourself on the line; but I really believed in this project and thought there had to be other people out there who could relate to the things I was going through in my twenties. I never imagined so many people would be able to relate and that is what's so gratifying... not only as a filmmaker, but as a person who's often felt quite alone in the world, it's very comforting to know how many others can empathize.

Now a couple of answers to top questions in your comments:

Soundtrack: check Amazon. It'll be out 8/10.
Such Great Heights: In the trailer we used "The Postal Service", but in the movie I used "Iron and Wine's" cover of the song. That is what'll be on the soundtrack.
International: Fear not. The king of distribution himself, Harvey Weinstein of Miramax is distributing the film all over the world. How far depends on how it does here. You can bet it will come to major cities in Europe and Australia. As to Indonesia... not so sure. But you never know.
The Site: Keep checking in on the website itself as the web guys are going to be adding some new content. Including a series of behind the scenes vignettes with our very eccentric caterer "Pat Crafty".
Do I read this: Yes. It takes me a little while now 'cause we've grown in size a little. (a good thing) But I do read all the comments you post. Once I start Scrubs on Monday, it may be a little harder, since our schedule is non-stop, crazy. But I'm gonna try my best to keep posting.
Tootie or Natalie: Tootie. Hands-down.

ZB

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Comments

Congrats on the movie doing so well. It was sold out or practically sold out both times I saw it this week at the Arclight. Yes that's right both times. Brings the count up to three because I went to the LA Film Fest Premiere and party. When you look at the dollars per screen, it's beating some of the major blockbusters out there!

Posted by: Jeffery Patch | Jul 31, 2004 9:53:23 PM

By the way, hope being back to work on Scrubs is fun. I've been trying for a year to get on as an extra! I just really want to wear a gown, and get paid for it. Mmmmm do I feel a draft?

Posted by: Jeffery Patch | Jul 31, 2004 9:54:50 PM

Wow Zach, I'm glad things are going so well with the movie. I know I'll be going to see it many times and taking my friends along with me! Oh, and I think The Shins need to pay you a commission...I've gotten totally hooked on their music after hearing your selections for both the Scrubs Soundtrack and the Garden State Soundtrack! Good Luck with the new season of Scrubs!

Semper Fidelis,
Celeste

Posted by: Celeste | Jul 31, 2004 10:00:55 PM

wow, zach...long live the online community. your next film could start with that as another relatively unaddressed "culture."

anyhow, i'm glad that you had such a great summer, and that you got to relax for at least one day...dog and all.

i hope i can catch "scrubs" next season since i'll be out of the country...i bet your viewership will be WAY up!

i've been raving about your film, but it's been frustrating my readers because the film doesn't release for another week elsewhere.

best of luck, and thanks for reading us!

mina

p.s. great job in "the tempest" (2 yrs ago). i happened to be in the audience the night donald faison came to see you...what a great production. peace.

Posted by: mina | Jul 31, 2004 10:04:38 PM

i can't wait to see your movie, but i checked out where it's being released, and it's not coming anywhere near me in springfield, illinois. =(
i'm also very excited to see the new season of scrubs. i absolutely love the show. if i were to have kept up with pre-med, i would be an intern just like j.d!! chem lab's amusing enough. (but no janitor though)
keep up the good work. you're my hero

Posted by: becky | Jul 31, 2004 10:06:08 PM

the movie hasnt come out were i live yet but i just wanted to say that i admire you so much becuase you are doing exactly what i want to do, write act and direct. i am so looking forward to the movie and i am very happy for you that it is getting good reviews, i cant wait for it! i hope you do more.

Posted by: enid | Jul 31, 2004 10:09:21 PM

Rattlesnakes better in the cage?? You could have fooled me by the amiable relationship with that jungle viper on those kevin smith PSA's. hehehehe.

Posted by: Dan G. | Jul 31, 2004 10:13:15 PM

Love really is letting someone snot all over your shirt. I like that you included that in your wonderful film.

Posted by: Catherine | Jul 31, 2004 10:15:16 PM

Zach,
For over a month it would seem I visit here in anticipation of seeing your movie. When all I had was the teaser with the Frou Frou song I'd imagine what story you should tell me with flutters in my spirit. Until GS comes to my neck of the woods, I revel in your beautiful face as I sit impatiently waiting your great space coaster ~

I shall daydream you and I drinking coffee and eating pie....solving all the world's problems inside of a day. I saw Iron and Wine in Orlando July 6th - wonderful soundtrack Zach.

Posted by: christine | Jul 31, 2004 10:17:13 PM

ALOHA...
Boo Zack!

Glad to know that you are back with your dog (I still miss mine, snif), your own bed and your LA life.

Just wanted to mention that I just left DisneyParis for the Disney studios in Australia and even here, people talk and have heard from your film... amazing, you created the movie that everyone wants to see on the planet! Bravo!

xox Bonne nuit!
Katia

Posted by: Katia | Jul 31, 2004 10:18:19 PM

we squeezed into your movie this afternoon after 2 sold out showings. we left energized and happy and absolutely impressed with your work (and your costars'). after recalling favorite scenes to each other, it dawned on us that you had written the movie and directed it. so, as much as we loved natalie portman's sam and peter saarsgard, it was your ideas that we were appreciating so much.

congratulations on an outstanding movie!

Posted by: christine & rama | Jul 31, 2004 10:18:56 PM

I saw Garden State today and was very impressed (as I figured I would be, from the trailer). Fantastic film.

Normally I wouldn't post on something like this but I saw in the credits that your crafty was Pat. Hysterical! He's the crafty for the film I'm working on right now and we also call him Pat Crafty. Please put the stuff on the website with him, so everyone will understand the perks of making independent film are. :)

Posted by: l | Jul 31, 2004 10:23:17 PM

I can't believe you actually take the time to read all of these posts. You're so awesome. Garden State won't be playing in my town anytime soon so I'm actually going to drive to the nearest town that does. It's only like an hour away though. I just have no patience cause I really want to see it! I wish there were more movies out there that get me this excited. anyways i guess I'm just repeating what everyone else has said so I'll stop now. Oh and I love Scrubs!!

Posted by: Christina | Jul 31, 2004 10:25:03 PM

What is this Andrew Henry's Meadow I see you're working on? It's early, but what studios or companies are you working with on development? And Adam Braff must be a relative - brother? You seem to have quite a talented family.

Posted by: Catherine | Jul 31, 2004 10:25:11 PM

First of all, I loved the film. It had me laughing so hard throughout. Also, you got my Manhattan-grown boyfriend to say "I want to go on a New Jersey adventure" which I loved because I'm always trying to tell him how great the NJ suburbs are to grow up in, but he always disagrees. It's quite a debate between us. I got to tell him about the NJ adventures I went on back in high school with my best friend. Finally, thanks for putting epilepsy in a film without making a joke out of it. Normal intelligent people (like me) have epilepsy, and it's nothing to be afraid of or laugh at. Best wishes.

Posted by: Sleepy Jen | Jul 31, 2004 10:26:43 PM

The pool scene. The moment when you go home but it's not the home you left moment---you got it! At 24, I recently had that moment.

Beautiful film. Thank you.

Posted by: Kate | Jul 31, 2004 10:27:16 PM

i FINALLY got to see the movie today and it was so amazing. i really liked it. i absolutely LOVED the teaser trailer and have been waiting anxiously to see this movie ever since. me and my friends thought the trailer was one of the best trailers we've ever seen and we feared the movie may not live up to the trailer. but it completely did. i will definitely recommend this movie to everyone i know. it's just fabulous. what a great way to start your directorial career.

p.s. i love scrubs too!

Posted by: jen | Jul 31, 2004 10:29:38 PM

Maplewood has been insane the past few days. But, both times I saw it, the crowd applauded when it was over. I haven't seen that in a while.

Kudos on all the success with the film, 'n good luck with Scrubs.

Posted by: Chris | Jul 31, 2004 10:33:54 PM

Hey Zach,
I'm a huge fan of Scrubs and such (cant wait for the new season), its my favorite show on Tv. Anyways, this movie was excellent. I saw it at the Stony Brook Film Festival on Wednesday and we are all dissapointed you couldnt be there... and as a hopeful filmmaker myself, still in high school though, you are a great inspiration.

Posted by: Alex | Jul 31, 2004 10:35:50 PM

thank you for answering those questions zach your awesome

i havent wanted to see a film so badly like this since, i cant even remember, i absolutely look forward to seeing it the first day in comes out here in dallas, and again and again after that, im going to try to catch it out in la while im there next week as well
im sure it will be more than worth the wait regardless

i support awesome people and great films.

Posted by: A. | Jul 31, 2004 10:37:29 PM

Glad to see you got a day of rest with your dog!
I'll be watching you on Scrubs :)
..Good Luck!
..CAN'T WAIT for the soundtrack!

xo,
Jessica

Posted by: Jessie | Jul 31, 2004 10:38:45 PM

Hey Zach, congratulations on the film, I cannot wait to see it. I hope it comes out in Michigan sometime soon, i have been waiting to see this movie for a long time now and after the trailer i am that much more anxious to see it.
It might be wierd of me saying, since i am still only 15, but my life long dream has been to become a director and seeing what you have done on this movie assures me that i should pursue this career. I have been wondering if you had any advice of how to pursue this career and what you did to get to where you are today. Also I have wondered how difficult it is to write, act, and direct a movie, it seems as though you had loved it. I am looking forward to your reply. Hopefully Garden State will be realesed in Detroit sometime very soon, and congratulations once again on your great accomplishment.

Huge Fan,
Danny Bilen

Posted by: Daniel Bilen | Jul 31, 2004 10:39:48 PM

Best of luck for the new season. Hope you'll keep blogging (when you get a chance). All the best.

ZB.

Posted by: Another Zach B | Jul 31, 2004 10:44:19 PM

I just wanted to say thank you. Finally something different; something about people. It's very refreshing!

Posted by: Meaghan | Jul 31, 2004 10:45:43 PM

awesome. so awesome that you read this. I saw garden state AGAIN today...3rd time now. I think i am addicted. You are extremly talented. Have fun at scrubs on monday.

Posted by: Sam G. | Jul 31, 2004 10:45:59 PM