My next stop on my tour was Denver, where I met a lot of old friends to reminisce about my early years. Also, Ron Henderson, the past director of the Denver Film Festival, was there to introduce me. Back in the mid-1990's, he was the first person to organize a complete Bill Plympton retrospective.
Finally, I arrived in my home state of Oregon, to do a 4-city tour. It began in Portland, where I dropped in at LAIKA, the studio behind "The Boxtrolls", "Coraline" and "Paranorman" - I gave a talk to help promote my film and got to hang out with Travis Knight, lead animator on "The Boxtrolls".
Then I had two sold-out shows at Cinema 21, thanks to Tom Ranieri and my local publicity guy, Steve Tenhonen.
The next day, I traveled to Salem Cinema, where my old friend Loretta Miles organized an afternoon premiere of CHEATIN'. As soon as I finished my Q&A, I jumped into my rental car and hustled up to Portland to do an appearance on the LiveWire broadcast.
It was a packed house of 700 people, even with a monsoon storm going on outside. LiveWire is a very cool radio show, similar to "Prairie Home Companion" - lots of awesome interviews, comedians and musical guests. In the green room, I got to chat with Ken Jennings, the celebrated all-time winner of the most games on "Jeopardy!", and Andy Richter from the "Conan" show. Of course, I was there to promote CHEATIN', now available on Vimeo on Demand.
The following day, I drove to Corvallis, home of the Oregon State Beavers, to appear at the cool Darkside Cinema - unfortunately, they weren't aware of my appearance until the day before, so there were only 6 Plympton fans in the audience.
On to Eugene, home of the Oregon Ducks - I showed CHEATIN' at the Bijou Cinema, which used to be a church, then a funeral home, and now it's a very "religious" cinema.
Part 5 coming soon!