Ginny Has a Grunge Band won “2nd Best Screenplay” in its debut at the Feel the Reel Festival in Bucharest last night. It was a spirited battle of the bands at the M60 Café with Stephen M. Hunt’s Weaver’s Stairs, Pamela Turner’s Final Curtain, Sarah McKinnon’s Conspiracy Project, and Callum Bryce’s Churchill in Sudan — all of them worthy projects by writers with well-deserved international reputations.
In the preliminaries, Marten’s righteous riffs, Koos’ full throttle bass, Viv’s energetic drumfire, and Ginny’s heartrending singing quickly narrowed the field to three — Weaver’s Stairs, Churchill in Sudan, and the Glutens (Ginny’s band).
Hours later, as the evening wore on, just two contenders were left standing — Ginny, and that jowly, redoubtable champion of the free world himself, Mr. Churchill. As we all must certainly know, Sir Winston actually charted two number-ones, “The Voice of” in 1965 and “Reach For the Skies” in 2010; in between gigs, he did a stint with the heavy metal band Iron Maiden in 1984.
In such company, to finish second is practically one’s patriotic duty.
And thus, in their first-ever competition, Ginny and the Glutens were silver and not gold. But given the closeness of the competition, the enthusiasm of the crowd, and the glory of the night, all I can say at this point, in looking ahead to the next festival, is GO GINNY GO!