Three Films in Festivals in 2014

It’s a privilege to have had three films I shot on the festival circuit this year. They were all very unique films with specific aesthetics tailored to the story. The choice of camera was essential to the final look and feel of each film. I shot in standard definition with 2 Sony Betacam’s for the Republic of Rick, to give it the 90’s TV documentary feeling the director was looking for. Teacher of the Year was shot in 720p HD to garner the authenticity of a slightly more modern documentary. And despite recognizable actors, helped evoke a feeling of true documentary even though it’s a satire. A Red Camera did make an appearance for The Big Meet, where we were going for a slick and modern Hollywood Noir, with rich blacks and vibrant color. I’ve written about each of these films in previous newsletters. In the breakdowns below are links to those articles, frame grabs, a festival list, web links, and press links for each film. Enjoy!

Republic Of Rick. A Texas secession satire based on Rick Mclaren’s (Dave Abed), quixotic attempt for Texas’s independence in the late 1990’s. Check out the detailed article here.

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Festivals

Republic of Rick was nominated at the Slamdance Film Festival for a grand jury prize for best narrative, nominated for a jury prize and winner of the Frels Award at the Victoria Texas Indie Fest, selection at Arizona Underground Film Festival, selected for Worldfest, selected for the Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival, selected for the Victoria Film Festival, selected for the Film Columbia Festival, and selected for the Chesapeake Film Festival.

Web

Official Site, IMDB, Trailer, Facebook, Twitter

Press

Slugmag Review, USA Today Highlight, Moviemaker Magazine: Top Pick in Park City, Indiewire: clip, Slamdance: spotlight video, Houston Culturemap: worldfest

 

Teacher of the Year. Surrounded by the eccentric faculty of Truman High School, Mitch Carter, played by Matt Letscher (Her, Boardwalk Empire, The West Wing) wins the California Teacher of the Year award and immediately receives a tempting offer that may force him to leave his job where squabbles with principal Ron Douche, played by Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele, MADtv, RENO 911!) escalate beyond control. Check out the detailed article here.

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Festivals

Teacher of the Year received the Audience Award for Best Comedy at its premier at the Newport Beach Film Festival, a Jury Award for Best Screenplay at the West Virginia Filmmakers Festival, was awarded Best Feature Film at the Cincinnati Film Festival, recieved the Programmers Choice Award for Best Feature at the St. Louis International film festival, was selected into the Napa Valley Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, The Las Vegas Film Festival, and the Dances With Films Festival.

Web

Official Site, IMDB, Facebook, Twitter, Montage

Press

Moviemaker Magazine:mention, Review Journal: mention, Orange County Register: full review, Examiner: full review, NYFA: panel

 

The Big Meet. A grungy screenwriter takes a meeting with a Hollywood executive and makes a “killer pitch” … But is he actually a killer? Check out the detailed article here.

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Festivals

The Big Meet won the Earth Award at the Cinerockom International Film Festival, was selected into the LA Shorts Fest, the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival, the Hill Country Film Festival, and the Womans International Film & Arts Festival.

Web

Official Site, IMDB, Facebook, Twitter, Trailer, Behind The Scenes

Watch the full short

Vimeo, You Tube