Back in 1968, one year before The Gap even existed, Sara's dad started a business called New Steamship Consultants. Now the world's largest dealer of ocean liner memorabilia, perhaps the company will one day sell an entertainment guide for Royal Caribbean, mentioning TWISTED.
It seems the cruise line, now our favorite, is playing TWISTED on board. Let us know if you see it!
Sara recently had a significant birthday. Let's just say she entered a new decade. 10? Sure, we'll go with that.
Due to swine flu, the parade was canceled, but a big birthday celebration was still underway. Good friends made for a great weekend of eating, coney-islanding, and dancing (MJ - though you make us feel conflicted, we will never challenge your command to move our feet).
The birthday presents included a wonderful jar of memories from friends. Each person wrote down tons of memories on little sheets of paper, rolled 'em up, and placed them in the bottle. Some of Naomi's memories are movie-related, some are not (hard to remember - but there was a time we were friends and didn't even know that balloon twisting conventions existed), but we're the only one's who'd get all the inside jokes and stories on the pieces of paper. That's the thing about an experience like this - the only two people who can appreciate all of the up's and downs are the two of us.
This year, the ladies of TWISTED went 9 months without seeing each other. While our film spent several long years in the womb, a less sophisticated, human baby could have been born in this small amount of time. After many weekends schlepping between NY and Boston, and a long stretch on the road for festivals and the theatrical run, this less busy year just kinda passed us by and gave us each the opportunity to have more time at home. In March, it was reunion time. We've had a few nice visits since, and - as much as we love the movie - it's fun to remember how to have balance and be friends outside of the movie.
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a flying octopus made out of balloons! These are all great guesses.
As it turns out, TWISTED is playing on Qantas airlines at the moment. Naomi's friend just watched it and we couldn't be more delighted. We prefer our audiences to be trapped and desperate for entertainment.
Now, you might be thinking to yourself, "Why didn't Sara and Naomi tell us about the Qantas screenings sooner? We would have booked our flight to Cincinatti to see Uncle Merv by way of Sydney!" That's a really good point you make (and thank you for the support, you've always been our favorite). But, we didn't know! We only get updates on our international sales once in awhile - but we've had great fun hearing about surprise viewings from Thailand to Israel.
We can't wait have our annual Eliot Lives meeting by the Great Barrier Reef. In this case, the flight will be tax-deductible, right?
Naomi G-Force and Matt B-Force are married! To each other!
They were married in a beautiful ceremony, and everything from the invitations to the programs to the place cards contained a little ballooney love. Much to the disappointment of our fans (read: relief of her mother), Naomi did not wear a balloon dress. But, TWISTED friends Lauren Beigel, Charlie Fogarty and Sara Krakauer did make Matt and Naomi out of balloons. Vera was there, too, and helped make balloon hats for the guests. Sara Taks-Dawg, a.k.a. Naomi's first husband, gave a toast at the rehearsal dinner and it is fun to realize how well we know each other's friends and family after working on the movie together.
It was a day filled with love and joy. And - of course, lots of dancing. The brides dance of choice with her dad? The Twist.
The highlight of the reception was when Matt and Naomi, while raised on chairs (go Jews!), each managed to make a balloon dog with one hand... And the crowd went wild. Matt has officially passed Eliot Lives standards.
Everyone's been asking us so--YES--our super hip balloon dog Tshirts that you've been seeing right here on our blog are now for sale for $20! Please mail a check made out to Eliot Lives Productions along with your size and mailing address and you too can be a member of Team TWISTED!