Love Letter screening with The Sublime and Beautiful

If you happen to be going to Park City for Slamdance, Sundance or a luxurious ski trip, come by and see Love Letter on the main screen at Treasure Mountain January 18th or 20th! Tickets are for sale here.

Love Letter will be playing before The Sublime and Beautiful, a film by Blake Robbins. We are honored to be sharing a screen with Blake’s film which was named one of the top 8 films to trek up the hill to see. I cannot wait to watch this movie. The trailer was riveting and made my jaw clench. (You can watch it here!)The_Sublime_and_Beautiful_3_950x950

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Slamdance 2014!

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Big news you guys. Love Letter has been selected to screen as a part of the Narrative Shorts Competition at the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival. What? Huh? I received a phone call a few weeks ago from Anna Germanidi, one of the festival organizers, thinking the whole time it was a prank call. It wasn’t. Since then it has been a flurry of getting materials together, having an HDCAM made (by the cool dudes at Dive Visuals downtown), booking flights,  finding housing for myself and Producer Dan Van Wert, talking to people, freaking out, making so many DVD’s, and telling people the great news.

I am so honored to be a part of this amazing festival. I’m so excited that Love Letter will have an opportunity to be seen by a lot of people. I can’t wait to hear the responses, good or bad. I can’t wait to see some great films and crash a Sundance screening if I have the chance.

Here’s a link to the official press release. The line-up looks crazy good.

We also have an instagram now: loveletterfilm and you can follow us on twitter loveletter_film

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Brooklyn Film Festival

Love Letter will premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival June 2nd and 4th! Hopefully I’ll be able to attend at least one of the screenings. It’s kind of a busy summer already. Click here to see the website and more info on the Brooklyn screening. 

Right after Brooklyn, Julia Fuller and I are heading out to San Francisco to attend the SFDocFest where our film, Every Speed, will be screening as a part of the Bold Doc’s line-up. They forgot to credit me as a co-director but I assure you Julia had to listen to me whine all those late nights of drawing and editing. For more information on that screening click here. 

In the meantime, Brandon has been coloring Love Letter and I’ve been watching him. I’ve learned a ton. For instance, I don’t want to be a colorist.

Oh yeah! Love Letter also received a Director’s Citation from the Black Maria Film Fest back in January. The film didn’t actually screen with the touring festival but I guess someone liked it so that’s nice.

Color Grading

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matching skin tones

this is actually an animation stand that I never knew Temple had

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Colorist, Brandon Watz, making me laugh

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Screening May 8th in Philly

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Love Letter is screening with some other great films at L’Etage in Old City.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
7 pm to 9 pm (EST)

Location:
L’Etage
6th and Bainbridge, Philadelphia, PA
(215) 592-0656

Tickets at: http://short-filmz.com/short-film-showcase

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Finally

 

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Saturday September 8,  2012

6-8PM

Tuttleman Learning Center, Room 101 Temple University

 

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Where are you little movie?

You know how sometimes life gets in the way of things? Well, that happened.

I am a newly approved Master of Filmmaking (Haha. Hahahaha) managing to graduate in May with the current cut of Love Letter. There are still a few minor things to tie up for sound but wow, this movie went through a lot in the last year. I’m excited to be screening Love Letter with another amazing film Blackout directed by my friend and fellow filmmaker, Natasha Ngaiza. (We share some of the same crew including Love Letter’s Art Director Margaret Rolicki.)

Look for more information on the screening, to be in late July.

In other news, my film Every Speed (co-directed/co-produced by Julia Fuller)  won the Premio Asolo Award for Best Film on Architecture at the Asolo Art Film Festival last summer. This Spring we screened at Athens International Film and Video Festival, Iowa City Documentary Festival and we’re about to go to Northside Festival in Brooklyn New York next week.

We’ve had a chance to screen at various disability conferences and symposiums around the U.S. including the Disability and Writing Symposium at Bryn Mawr Film Institute here in PA. The sound mix was finished in March by David Miranda Hardy thanks to a grant from the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association.
Also about to go into production for a.k.a Profile Glitch, a multi-media collaboration between Lisa Marie Patzer (director, genius), Julia Fuller (co-writer, performer, usual partner in crime) Doro Otto (co-writer, performer, all around awesome) and yours truly.  Check out the Kickstarter here if you would like more information about being a part of this amazing project. We’ll be in Ithaca shooting all of next week.
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Haitus over.

I am now back from a forced (but much needed) “real life” break. I had to find some time to finish the semester and a documentary I’ve been shooting for work (i.e. money), attend a couple of super fun weddings, reconstitute my pathetic social life, and welcome a new baby!! Life sometimes gets in the way of what I really want to be doing- making movies in the dark without any human contact or distractions. It’s really too bad these distractions are usually fun and important to leading a happy, “healthy” life.

Stepping away from the material is the best thing you can do for your work anyway (that’s what I keep telling myself). Now that I’ve had a chance to catch my breath, I can dive right into the final phases of post production. I haven’t cried tears of misery since shooting. Something doesn’t seem right. It’s time to get back to it.

Bruce and I blocking

Thank you to Gabby Hernandez who has been working as the assistant editor on the film. She spent most of April syncing the sound to the film, a huge job. If anyone is in need of an assistant- I would recommend her highly. It takes a really organized individual to watch each clip, separate, and label everything. It’s time consuming and sometimes really frustrating, especially when the iPhone slate takes 25 finger taps to actually make a noise or the director decides not to slate at all! I am grateful for her patience and for not judging me.

Me, Molly, and Sandy

I’m preparing a cut to bring into Maja Media in downtown Philly where Love Letter will be recording additional sound and mixing later this month. By now I should know better than to think one writes a movie and that’s it, writing’s over. In shooting you see things aren’t working and you change a scene on the spot. In editing you realize you need an extra line here and there to make the scene cut. I’ve been writing throughout the entire process. It did occur to me that maybe this means I’m just not a great writer but I know that cannot possibly be true.

The screening will will take place the 2nd week in August. Any leads to nice, affordable venues, preferably gallery settings with projection capability and seating, please contact me! I am hoping to have the puppets on display along with some photos of the shoots. We have so many amazing photos.

In other news- here is a link to a project I have been collaborating on with my friends and fellow filmmakers Lisa Marie Patzer, Julia Fuller, and Doro Otto. Julia is in Chicago and Doro is in Berlin so we meet via Skype and have different assignments from Lisa Marie, who developed and spawned this monster baby. The project is well underway with principal photography scheduled sometime in Fall/Winter and already has support from the Crane Arts Center who will host A.K.A. Profile Glitch in Spring of 2012.

I’m also moving in a week which is both stressful and exciting at the same time. Some opportunities arose back in my home state of Virginia but alas I’ll be in Philadelphia for awhile it seems. Shooting for Visionary Voices has begun with yours truly on board as camera and general technical assistance and I’ll be teaching Video Production at University of the Arts this Fall. Oh and I want to write my feature and take Spanish classes and go to South America.

I would now like to take a moment to congratulate David Miranda Hardy (sound for Love Letter) and Natasha Ngaiza on the birth of Mia! She was born last night and I cannot wait to subject her to my films, both as actress and as audience. Having babies around is really inspiring. They have such big eyes.

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