THE TIME I THANKED TAIKA WAITITI

Seeing Taika Waititi in the Sundance news over the weekend reminded me of the time I got to see him.... aka, a fanboy letter disguised as a narrative list.
  1. You know Taika, right? He's a film director from New Zealand.
  2. His new movie debuted at Sundance last week with Sam Neill. It's called 'Hunt for the WilderPeople'.
    Looking forward to seeing it. It releases in NZ in March; the news is it sold to an American distributor so we in the states may get to see it later this year.
  3. He made the enchanting 'Eagle vs Shark' with a very young Jemaine Clement.
    You know Jemaine - half of Flight of the Conchords.
  4. Then he made the wonderful 'Boy'
    Have you seen it? You have to see it.
  5. (He's also in line to helm 2017's 'Thor: Ragnarok')
    Moving to the Hollywood big time.
  6. So it's April 2014. I'm at the Stanley Horror Film Festival.
    The Stanley Hotel is in Estes Park, Colorado and served as Stephen King's inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. It's a perfect place for a horror film fest.
  7. We're seeing the vampire comedy 'What We Do In The Shadows' fresh from its successful debut at Sundance.
  8. Following the screening, the Director Taika Waititi conducts a Q&A.
    He brings Jemaine Clement into the room via Skype in full Vladislav makeup and character for his own Q&A.
  9. Here's a pic of what it looks like from the back of the screening room, where I was sitting.
  10. The film is so funny. You must watch it.
  11. The Q&A was also so funny. That's Taika.
  12. Afterwards, we all file out through the single door at the back of the hall. Turns out I'm right next to Taika as we shuffle out.
    I'm excited and nervous. Should I say something? Would that be presumptuous? Or simply polite?
  13. As we get to the exit, I decide to speak. I shake his hand and thank him for coming to Colorado and for making such a funny film.
    He says 'Thanks' in return.
  14. We wait a year for a theatrical release in the US. Then six more months for the DVD
    I think you can still stream it on Netflix. If you can you should.
  15. Still: I got to thank him.
    I like to think you would've thanked him too if you've seen any of his films.