October 10, 2002

Hi Frank,

Thanks very much for the package, which I just received today. It was totally cool. I've already watched both THE NUDE CAVE and FEISTO, and enjoyed both very much ... but especially FEISTO. I have to admit I was so curious about it, after receiving the initial flyer from you months ago, and then knowing it was going to aired in New York City. So I wasn't quite sure what to expect, to be honest with you! In a recent letter Marie Kazalia had also mentioned seeing it. So, yes, I was very curious!

I'm glad I got to see FEISTO. I was very moved by it, especially how you addressed the issues associated with conformity and being different, and gender-related issues of what is male and female and how everybody has both inside them. I also couldn't help but notice the emphasis on the importance of playfulness, certainly a component in much of your writing. FEISTO was really well done, Frank, and I'm glad I got to see it. I certainly see it as a very important film, in a world where there is so much emphasis on war and money and gender stereotyping. And it's cool about its being shown in New York City. I'm sure I'll go back to it many, many times. Thanks, too, for sending THE NUDE CAVE. I do appreciate that.

I also really enjoyed seeing so much of you in one video, so "up close and personal" like that. It was really cool, almost like being in the same room with you! Hey! Frank Moore in my living room, folks! I did really enjoy that very much. And Tami ... that was her name, wasn't it, who played the clothes designer? I thought she was just fabulous. She had such a wonderfully playful vibe to her, and also the greatest laugh that I think I've ever heard! The two of you seemed to have such a great chemistry together, too. In my everyday life, Frank, I struggle with those same issues featured in FEISTO ... being the individual in a world of blind conformists, trying to be comfortable with myself and "who I really am," trying to meld together my masculine and feminine sides, trying to embrace that sexual playfulness that is so much a part of your work ... and, yes, in the world as it exists today, these, unfortunately, ARE struggles for so many of us. Things were not meant to be so grim, tense, paranoid, discomforting as they seem to be in the world today. People can really LEARN from you, Frank, if they let go of all those things that are NOT important! And that includes me. I know that I have a great deal to learn in this regard.

Thanks, too, for sending your remarks and comments about the trip to New York City, and the great Michael LaBash photos. I enjoyed seeing them. Great photos.

Thanks again for everything you sent, Frank. It's always good to hear from you. Very best wishes with all of your future projects and undertakings!

In Peace, In Freedom,
Joe Verrilli

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