Re: Drunken Angel: The Legend of Blaze Foley
screening at SXSW 09: The reason I said "lightbulb" [“Postmarks
,” March 27] is that was what the audience was told, and all
it was told. Again, elderly, disabled, and people of little means had traveled thousands
of miles for this screening. Louis, you have been a good friend to me and to Austin, but your response is (forgive me) quite disingenuous. The bottom line is, this was a major
disappointment and huge financial loss to many individuals who spent good money to come here, and after all, they (the audience
) are the people we're supposedly putting on all our performances and festivals for! Oh, of course I realize "schmoozing" is also a major SXSW activity, but it all comes down to Main Street – people either show up, pay to see a film or a gig, or they don't. When we're lucky enough to have them, they have a right to expect what they came for. I'm glad you're working things out with Kevin Triplett (the filmmaker), but that does very little for those who traveled and waited and were sent home with nothing. They came for this film, period, and again, I can't say it enough: For them to be let down over a technical glitch is
disgraceful and not their problem.