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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!)
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
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.
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)
6th and Bainbridge, Philadelphia, PA
Tickets at: http://short-filmz.com/short-film-showcase
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.
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.
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.
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.
Love Letter finished production last weekend. Unfortunately, I have been too sick to really comprehend it.
I would like to give 1 million thank you’s to the 9 crew members who have become my family and another million thank you’s to Molly and her wonderful parents and to Martina.
A good friend of mine reminded me that your body somehow forgets the physical and emotional trauma it endures during things like giving birth and making movies. We had a couple of broken heaters in 22 degrees, blown light bulbs, a very cold and tired 8-year-old, and 6 inches of mud and water, all while running about 4 hours behind schedule IN COMPLETE DARKNESS. If it weren’t for the forced smiles and warm words of the crew, I would have lost it. I didn’t though and I think these particular scenes and locations are going to be pretty incredible on film. The UFO light in the middle of the woods is probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. I’m looking at the still photos and thinking about how much we covered for a thesis film shot in 5 days. The sets and locations are better than I ever imagined.
The 2nd round of footage should come back in a few days, then on to a rough cut, sound mix and color correction. I expect to record some ADR in the very near future. I also need to think of a score. I would really like whale songs in the woods.
I can’t believe it’s over. I have to admit, I’ve been experiencing a mild depression since wrapping (possibly due to the amount of phlegm I’ve been producing). I’m sure I’ll experience a deeper, darker depression during post production when I realize nothing cuts together.
I’ll post some stills from the transfer next week!