GREAT NEWS FOR DETENTION

I’m currently in LA working with DETENTION’s DP/editor William F. Reed.  We are editing our newest film, LOVE SICK LONNIE. 

While here in LA, I was surprised to hear that my other film, DETENTION, was accepted into the Austin Film Festival, which takes place this October.  Such a wonderful honor.  I love AFF and am so happy for our cast and crew to be able to see the film again in the Lone Star State. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Detention/321157557955021

If you’re interested in updates from LOVE SICK LONNIE, you can always follow us on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/LoveSickLonnie

GREAT NEWS FOR DETENTION

I’m currently in LA working with DETENTION’s DP/editor William F. Reed. We are editing our newest film, LOVE SICK LONNIE.

While here in LA, I was surprised to hear that my other film, DETENTION, was accepted into the Austin Film Festival, which takes place this October. Such a wonderful honor. I love AFF and am so happy for our cast and crew to be able to see the film again in the Lone Star State. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Detention/321157557955021

If you’re interested in updates from LOVE SICK LONNIE, you can always follow us on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/LoveSickLonnie

California Screening RECAP

This was quite an amazing week for me and the entire DETENTION team (cast & crew). Attending the Palm Springs International ShortFest is always the pinnacle when it comes to the very best of short films from around the word. Being selected to screen there was the best news of our festival run. Being able to attend the fest and having so many people watch the movie was incredible. As I write this on my flight back to Austin, all I can think about are the people who not only worked on the film, but our actors and Kickstarter backers who funded the film last year. You are all a huge part of the films success and I can’t thank you enough.

The Fest:
If you make or have made a short film, you absolutely need to submit it to Palm Springs ShortFest. The only way I can describe it is high quality, interactive and intense. I’ve attended the festival 5 times and have screened movies there twice. This being the second time, was so much more productive. Probably because I knew what to do, when to watch, and how to meet. I paced myself and watched a lot of movies in the market. Picking certain screening blocks at the theater and attending the happy hours and after-parties, I had an amazing time.  The best part is meeting amazing people and establishing industry relationships that will last the remainder of my career. With 400 filmmakers from all over the world and a ton of industry talent (festival programmers, agents, managers, development executives and acquisition execs) you can’t help but find people that you’ll work with later on down the line. It really is one of the only film festivals where attendees seek out conversations and introduce themselves. Nobody stands alone in Palm Springs.

What’s Next:
Feeling the need to tell another story, I’m going to direct another film with the Hill Country Film Society.  Using our local resources and ties to ACC and young, up-and-coming filmmakers, I feel like we can shoot a really good short film on a limited budget, in two days, following the success of DETENTION.  The latest script is called LOVE SICK LONNIE.  It’s a story about a heartbroken man who is dealing with a vocal affliction - he can only communicate through the lyrics of boy band songs.  Yes, it sounds absolutely crazy but I think that is where the humor and fun comes in.  As a comedy, it’s going to be all about the execution. 

We are currently in the process of opening a Kickstarter campaign to raise $5,000 for this 2 day shoot which we hope to film in September 2013 right here in Texas.  The budget is larger than DETENTION because the film is a little bigger in scale.  The film’s running time should be under 10 minutes.  Ideally, we would like to have an 8 minute film.  With a dialogue heavy script and two locations needed, we had to give ourselves 2 days to shoot.  That always increases the cost.  And needing the movie to be able to compete with the best of the best in the short film world, we are attempting to pay some above-the-line crew like the director of photography, editor and assistant director.  If we can get those three quality department heads, I really do feel like we can produce something that is original, funny and a comedy that can be appreciated by a broad audience.

So, for the rest of July, we’ll be focused on raising $5,000 to achieve our Kickstarter goal.  August will consist of pre-production and then early September we will take two solid days to shoot the film.  I’m really excited.  This will probably be my last short film to direct.  Depending on the success of the film and my experience, I’ll decide whether I’m up for the challenge of directing a feature film.  It has never been my goal to do that, so I want to make sure that the experience with these short films are positive.  If they are and it drives my hunger to do more, I might consider taking on the challenge.  If this larger short film experience is less than enjoyable, I might to revert back to being a writer/producer/actor.  All aspects of filmmaking give me the euphoria that makes me continue to be in this often-times tough business.  If ever it’s not fun, I won’t do it.  Right now, making movies is the best thing in my life.  I love doing it.

DETENTION screens tomorrow at the PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST!

On the eve of DETENTION’s screening at the Palm Springs International ShortFest, I’m taking the time to reflect on the week. What an amazing few days in the desert.

I’ve always claimed that PSSF is the best film festival in the world for short films. Being able to meet people from all over the world has been incredible (France, Brazil, India, UK, USA, Spain and Canada). Getting to watch over 70 films at the film market at the Renaissance Hotel and screenings at the Camelot Theater, always makes the trip worthwhile.

The best part about coming to Palm Springs ShortFest is that you can’t help but be inspired to do more. Whether that is writing more, acting more, producing more, directing more - you come out of this film fest wanting to create and that is the biggest thing I always take from attending PSSF.

This week has been amazing and I cannot wait to share DETENTION with the good people of Palm Springs tomorrow. I can’t thank them, and the film festival, enough for making us filmmakers feel at home.

Make sure to watch DETENTION at 10am at the Camelot Theater, right here in Palm Springs, CA.

Chad

A few shots from Palm Springs.

DETENTION screens at the Palm Springs International ShortFest this Saturday

Here’s some stats on ShortFest and why it’s considered the biggest and best short film festival in North America:

- 3,000+ films were submitted to the festival. All are available for viewing at the film market.

- 330 films screen at the Camelot Theaters as “Official Selections.” We are extremely honored to be a part of this list.

- 400 filmmakers from 49 countries will attend the festival this week.

- This is the 19th year of existence.

- 95 shorts (from previous years) have received Academy Award nominations.

- 250 volunteers are needed to staff the event which lasts 7 days.

Sitting in the theater last night for the Opening Night Program, I couldn’t help but think about my first film to screen here. CLONES GONE WILD played in Camelot 1 which is by far the biggest venue we’ve ever screened in for that film. It was a magical experience.

Now, we have the opportunity to do it all over again. I’m really excited to share our film, the film society, film festival and, of course, Fredericksburg with filmmakers from all over the world. So very cool.

More news to come from Palm Springs - Chad

DETENTION screens at the Palm Springs International ShortFest on Saturday, June 22nd at 10am at the Camelot Theaters. 

ShortFest has a special place in my heart because it was this festival that did two things for me:

1. It launched my short film CLONES GONE WILD into another orbit.  Playing in over 35 film festivals worldwide and getting a lot  of us, cast and crew, auditions and future work (composers, editors, etc). http://www.clonesgonewild.com/

2. It was very influential in my decision to start the HILL COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL in Texas.  Without having met so many wonderful filmmakers at the 2009 festival, I would have never been able to pull off our first fest in 2010.  Their support of the fest, really helped us get off the ground. http://www.hillcountryff.com/

For me, when it comes to making short films, Palm Springs is the top of the mountain.  Screening there can jump start careers.  I’ve seen it done over the years.  A good example is the film SHORT TERM 12, which I watched in Palm Springs as a short film and then watched as a feature film at SXSW this past year.

The festival’s longevity, along with its proximity to LA and the fact that it plays the best of the best, makes ShortFest a very special and unique film festival.  Having attended 5 times and now getting to screen for a second time, I can honestly say, it’s a huge honor and I’m so thankful to the programmers for inviting DETENTION to screen there.  

The best part about ShortFest is that it inspires all of us to continue in the art of filmmaking.  That alone is worth the trip every year.

See you in Palm Springs next week - Chad

DETENTION screens at the Palm Springs International ShortFest on Saturday, June 22nd at 10am at the Camelot Theaters.

ShortFest has a special place in my heart because it was this festival that did two things for me:

1. It launched my short film CLONES GONE WILD into another orbit. Playing in over 35 film festivals worldwide and getting a lot of us, cast and crew, auditions and future work (composers, editors, etc). http://www.clonesgonewild.com/

2. It was very influential in my decision to start the HILL COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL in Texas. Without having met so many wonderful filmmakers at the 2009 festival, I would have never been able to pull off our first fest in 2010. Their support of the fest, really helped us get off the ground. http://www.hillcountryff.com/

For me, when it comes to making short films, Palm Springs is the top of the mountain. Screening there can jump start careers. I’ve seen it done over the years. A good example is the film SHORT TERM 12, which I watched in Palm Springs as a short film and then watched as a feature film at SXSW this past year.

The festival’s longevity, along with its proximity to LA and the fact that it plays the best of the best, makes ShortFest a very special and unique film festival. Having attended 5 times and now getting to screen for a second time, I can honestly say, it’s a huge honor and I’m so thankful to the programmers for inviting DETENTION to screen there.

The best part about ShortFest is that it inspires all of us to continue in the art of filmmaking. That alone is worth the trip every year.

See you in Palm Springs next week - Chad

DETENTION screening at the Brooklyn Film Festival was awesome!

Saturday was a great day. Here’s what went down:

After taking the subway from Manhattan to Brooklyn, we hit up indieScreen for KidsFilmFest. Lisa King (programming director of KidsFilmFest) was there to greet us. She was super nice and helpful and before we knew it, the screening was on.

The 90 seat theater had about 60 or more people in it and yes, there were a lot of kids (various ages). The film block was impressive, with shorts from all over the world. Following the screening, me and Eli Balser http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2922288/ had a Q&A with the kids. I really like the questioning: Do you like filmmaking? Did you get frustrated making the movie? Is it fun making a movie? How long did it take to make the movie?

Afterwards, I was able to talk to a few kids outside the theater. It’s always interesting to hear a third grader’s opinion of the film. They have no filters. I definitely would make adjustments to my writing if I ever decide to make a film “for kids” as opposed to “of kids.” Again, as I had mentioned in a previous post, kids don’t necessarily like the film as much as adults do. The biggest note: they wanted to see the boys actually in detention. Which is something I never considered. The film ends right after the boys get in trouble and we never show them serving time in detention. This was always the plan when we shot the film. The implication of their actions is evident. I thought that showing the actual detention would be too boring. But that is me thinking as an adult. Kids need films to be more black and white. Regardless of that note, the fact that so many kids had questions about DETENTION was a huge positive. I got the sense that they wanted to see more and that is always a good problem to have.

After indieScreen, we went to lunch at Crown Victoria. Super-cool and a lot of fun. Then over to Surf Bar, where there is actually sand in the bar if you care to go barefoot. I chose to keep my shoes on. Then, it was off to some bar that was one of the host sites for Pop Music Festival. We watched a band and had a beer before heading back into Manhattan.

This led us to a late dinner with a group of girls from Texas. It truly is a small world, talking movies, Fort Worth, rodeos, college and fashion. The best part about this weekend has been the interesting conversations and people I’ve met. New York has a very creative feel, much like LA, just amplified by 100%. The energy here is incredible. Big thanks to Kyle Herman (another fellow Texan) for letting me crash on the couch for two nights.

Returning back to Austin today via Chicago. Won’t get home till after midnight.

Remember, DETENTION screens in Greenville, South Carolina next, followed by Palm Springs, California. Make it out to the next screening if you can.

Yesterday in New York

New York screening of DETENTION is today at 1pm at indieScreen in Brooklyn.

Here’s a short recap of yesterday:

Having arrived in New York at noon, I took a taxi from Laguardia to Manhattan. I dropped my bags at my friend’s place and immediately jumped on a subway to the Frick Collection at the Frick Mansion which is located on the east side of Central Park.
The collection was impressive. Just when you thought it was over, you would walk into a new room and there was more. A lot more. What I really enjoyed was the structure that the collection is held in. Once the home of Henry Frick, who was beyond loaded, the mansion was built with the knowledge that it would turn into a museum after Mr. and Mrs. Frick passed away. Most of the collection is of Henry’s personal acquisition and the house is very much set the way that it was when the Frick’s lived there. It is unbelievably grand, elegant and it preserves the feeling of wealth in the early 1900’s. Really, a fascinating place. I would recommend it to anyone.

Following the museum, I went over to Central Park since it was directly across the street. Very lush, green and pretty. I somehow expected it not to be as nice as it was.

Walking down 5th Avenue, I stumbled upon 30 Rockefeller Center, so I paid to go up to the 70th floor, or as they call it, “The Top of the Rock.” Breathtaking views from downtown, all the way to the Bronx. I’m glad I went up there. Never done it before.

Following that, I jumped back on a subway and made it back to my friend’s apartment. We had a late dinner with some other friends at a place called Hudson Clearwater, which was really good. Followed that with drinks at another place and of course, the next thing you know, it’s 4am.

It was a long day but so much fun. New York is as exciting as the last time I was here. I’m glad I got to do some more touristy things this trip.

Now, it’s time for the DETENTION screening at the BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL.

More news to come.

Just a few photos from New York this weekend. DETENTION is playing the Big Apple. We’re excited to be screening with the Brooklyn Film Festival tomorrow at 1pm

New York premiere of DETENTION is tomorrow

New York Times article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/31/arts/spare-times-for-children-for-may-31-june-6.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&smid=tw-share&adxnnlx=1370041625-px+P21Kx2+DQevdJqFW5eg

Yesterday the New York Times mentioned Detention in an article about KidsFilmFest at the Brooklyn Film Festival. I couldn’t help but think about all of our Kickstarter backers who helped fund the film last summer. Without them we would not have a movie. There would be no stories from the set. No post-production debates. No final edit. Thank you so much to all of you for financing this little film. It’s a movie that I personally care a great deal about because I lived it.

To date, Detention has screened in three film festivals: Beaufort International Film Festival, Wet Your Pants Comedy Film Festival and the Hill Country Film Festival.

Tomorrow we have our New York premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival and all of us on the team are very excited to be bringing the film to a new, major market. Thanks to Lisa King (programming director for KidsFilmFest) and her kid programmers for choosing Detention.

The best part about this film festival is that it is catered to children. Kids are the focus at this block programmed specially for them. And as we know with kids, they are fiercely opinionated. It’s either going to be a hit or a failure and I’m eager to see if they like it or not. From what I’ve noticed at our previous screenings is that the film does well with adults who are able to relate to the nuances of the scenario. It’s relatable to almost everyone who has ever had a dominate teacher. But, when it comes to kids, I’m interested in seeing if they find it funny and worthwhile. I’m sure age will play a big factor in determining that.

At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter if the film is loved or hated because the film has found festival audiences and garnered a reaction, good or bad. The ultimate goal of a filmmaker is to get his or her product in front of as many eyes as possible. I’ve always wanted to make movies that have a broad appeal. It’s satisfying when a particular project can be enjoyed by not only big markets like New York or LA, but middle America as well.

More news from the road. Remember, DETENTION screens at 1pm on Saturday at indieScreen in Brooklyn, NY.