“Separated” at the LA Film Fest



After traveling around the states and showing at film festivals in New York, Oregon, Arkansas and Arizona, our favorite wind up toy’s have come home to Los Angeles to screen as an official selection at the LA Shorts Fest this weekend!

It will be closing program 15 on Sunday September 6 at 1:00pm at LA Live, Regal Cinemas. Click here for more information on the festival’s site.

Log Line – When a wind-up toy’s best friend is thrown into a moving box that is headed out of town, the tiny robot must spring to life and rescue her before she is gone forever.

Behind the ScenesHere is an article I wrote shortly after finishing production. It includes some insight on the making of the film, a montage of some of my favorite shots, and some screen grabs.

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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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.


Official Site, IMDB, Trailer, Facebook, Twitter


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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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.


Official Site, IMDB, Facebook, Twitter, Montage


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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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.


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

Watch the full short

Vimeo, You Tube

Riding The Festival Circuit

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After premiering at the LA Shorts Fest, The Big Meet, a short film I shot for director Christian Elder, continues to screen at festivals. It won the Earth Award at the Cinerock International Film Festival in October, was a selection at the Women’s International Film & Arts Festival in March and has most recently been accepted into the Hill Country Film Festival coming in May in Texas!

For a more detailed article on the film and frame grabs go here.

Web: Twitter, Website, IMDB, Facebook


“The Big Meet” on Closing Night

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A short film I shot for Writer and Director Christian Elder, “The Big Meet” has been selected for The Los Angeles International Short Film Festival aka LA SHORTS FEST. This festival is Academy Award accredited with 44 participating films having been nominated in its history and 13 taking home the Oscar. Its good to be in such company.

The venue is NoHo 7 Laemmle Theatres in North Hollywood. “The Big Meet” will be screening on closing night in the program starting at 7:45 on Thursday, September 12, 2013.

Trailer, Article I wrote about the Making of, LA Shorts Fest, Facebook Page, Official Website, IMDB