True story: I met Gregg Araki at the Outfest restoration premiere of his charmingly scuzzy ultra low-budget first feature THREE BEWILDERED PEOPLE IN THE NIGHT, a film that I dearly love. This was a few years ago at the DGA. When we met, we chatted and seemed to get along rather well. After some time, he asked me: "Do you have a card?" I responded: "Normally, yes, but they are quite literally at the printer's. I'd be happy to exchange info, though." He scoffed and said, "Yeah, sure." Hurriedly, I offered: "No, really. I wouldn't lie to you. I just ran out last week and have a new batch being printed right now. They'll be ready for pick-up on Monday!" But it was already too late. I had inadvertently offended Gregg Araki with my genuine absence of business cards. From that point forward, I vowed to myself: never again.
My old stomping grounds - UCLA's Melnitz Movies (sponsored by the Graduate Students Association) - is hosting a sneak preview screening of his latest feature, a sort of Sundance darling: WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD. Gregg Araki will be there in person for a Q&A. You better believe I'll have a business card for him. - SBP