From the Desk of Neal Shapiro

March 19th, 2008

Thirteen blogger: Michael Pielocik

Neal’s away for a week or so, and one would think that as his Research Assistant, his absence would give me the opportunity to conduct research into things like sleeping late, taking long lunches, and spending all day on MySpace. But alas, it’s almost as busy now as when he’s around. I blame Research in Motion. Thanks to Blackberry, he’s still asking me to do things! There are meetings to schedule, phones to answer, and a full mailbox to get to. The station doesn’t shut down just because Neal’s out on important business.

Yeah, it’s a tough job. Though I’d like to be watching movies on my couch, I’ve got to come to work, where Neal has me watching movies at my desk! The gall! Thirteen is trying to find the cream of the cinematic crop for Reel 13 Indies, and that means that our curators are wading through tons of screeners. They can’t watch them all, so I’m more than happy to filter out some of the “less palatable” fare. And if there’s one George Washington (airing April 5th) per stack of dozens of DVDs, then it’s certainly worth it.

Of course, it’s not all sunshine, lollipops, and David Gordon Green films around here. There’s also all the research we need to put together for Reel 13 Classics, SundayArts , and a few other super-mega-top-secret-need-to-know-basis initiatives that haven’t been announced yet (I could tell you, but then I’d have to… sternly ask you not to tell anyone). And all of that’s assuming that no gigantic local stories break that require our immediate attention.

Phew. Time for a nap in Neal’s office.

— Michael P.