Last Fall I sampled the regional filmmaking to be had at the Idaho International Film Festival in Boise, Idaho. One of my favorites was the comic short The Mix-Up by A.J. Eaton. I was hoping it would be picked up by the San Francisco International but they chose to pass on it. Not so with the Cannes Short Film Corner, part of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Additionally, just a few weeks later The Mix-Up will then make its Asian premiere at the Short Shorts International Film Fest in Tokyo, Japan in international competition.
Of related interest is that Walter "Mr. Fix-It" Dalton—the avuncular star of The Mix-Up—just walked the Cannes red carpet for the premiere of Wendy and Lucy co-starring Michelle Williams, one of 19 features selected for the Cannes Un Certain Regard. Says A.J. Eaton: "This is indeed a testament to Wally's great talent and versatility. It's not every day someone has two films playing at Cannes—especially a comedy and a drama. It was a true pleasure to work with Wally. Not only is he an excellent actor, but he is also a brilliant writer. I look forward to working with him again."
Congratulations A.J. and Wally! Cross-published on Twitch.