Getting ready for the Fest

Over the years, at home in Los Angeles, we had heard all about the Edinburgh International Film Festival and how it is the longest running Festival in the world, how it has such creative programming, how it is Europe's "cool" festival.

So of course we submitted our debut feature The Red Machine; we like to think that we've made a cool movie. It's a caper, and EIFF has played great capers before.

Our movie has a spy, and Scotland is thick with spies. Sir Sean Connery, anyone?

In mid-April, we got an e-mail, telling us that The Red Machine had been accepted to this year's EIFF, and we were ecstatic! Naturally, we were bursting to tell everyone we knew! But in a shocking demonstration of medieval Scottish torture techniques, the Festival wouldn't allow us to announce our selection until June 1.

And, of course, as soon as EIFF had sworn us to this horrible month and a half of secrecy, every person we met suddenly wanted to talk about Scotland. They didn't know that we were in the Festival, of course, but for whatever reason, Scotland was now the main thing on their minds.

Everyone seemed to pick this particular time to tell us about the friend/daughter/grandparent who had gone to Edinburgh and just loved it. And all we could do was sit there and nod, teeth clenched, hoping we didn't explode with our news.

But now we are finally on our way. Tomorrow morning, we'll take off from LAX, fly to New York, then to London, then to Edinburgh. When we get there, we'll meet up with our cast members who will be joining us in Scotland -- Lee Perkins, who stars as the spy; Donal Thoms-Cappello, who stars as the thief that the spy must work with, and Madoka Kasahara, who plays the beautiful Japanese woman with whom our spy shares a mysterious past in Tokyo.

And then, we'll tell you more...

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Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm are the co-directors of the caper adventure The Red Machine, which will be having its international premiere at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. They live in Los Angeles. Argy & Boehm’s previous movies include the short film Scene, shot in Stirling, Scotland, for which lead actor Bryan Larkin won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best First Time Performance, and the award-winning short film Gandhi at the Bat.

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