“Heart Says It All” Screening Monthly at DC Shorts!

God bless the DC Shorts Film Festival and the ingenious minds there who’ve put together “DC Shorts LAUGHS”, a monthly line-up of comedy short films from the festival,

From the DC Shorts Website

screened alongside live performances from local stand-up comedians. The 3-day weekend events take place at the Riot Act Comedy Theater once a month, details on their website. Our dark comedy short “Heart Says It All” has been screening regularly there; it screens again on Saturday, February 4 at 10:00 p.m. We appreciate the additional exposure DC Shorts LAUGHS has given our film and enthusiastically recommend that short filmmakers include DC Shorts in their festival strategy. As an added bonus, DC Shorts has used our iconic “WTF?” candy heart screen grab liberally on their websites and catalog, giving us even more mileage. Thanks again DC Shorts!!

hAPPY nEW yEAR, Now Let’s Get to Work!

Welcome, 2012. We’re glad you’re here. 2011 was a tough year for a lot of people including me, and I’m eager to pop the cork on a new year with some new opportunities and hopefully, a little luck. Don’t get me wrong though; 2011 brought some great accomplishments for me: I started my first production company, Roughsketch Films LLC and I’ve been working with some very talented people in order to get that spaceship off the ground. I’ve also seen two web series that I helped produce get the launches they deserve… thriller “The Apocalyse Diaries” (written and directed by Clea Frost) and comedy “The Nanny Interviews” (written and helmed by Nicole Sacker.) I’m also proud that director Matthew Brewer has released his film interpretation of my short script “Let Us Prey” and that dramatic story is certain to get some notice. The short film “Heart Says It All” directed by David J. Eagle had a very successful run; that short still continues to be screened regularly by the DC Shorts “Laughs” series and is in fact playing Saturday, February 5th at 10:00 p.m. David and I are currently working on another short, “Mother’s Day” and we hope to have filming wrapped by the end of January.

So what’s in store for 2012? Well, I’m very close to getting my first feature produced; more details will emerge once they have solidified a bit. I’m also working on a new short screenplay that addresses the subject of bullying so I’m excited and passionate about that. I’m also working with my crew on developing a completely unique web series, the likes have not yet been seen. Oh, and I’m starting a new part-time gig, teaching SCREENWRITING at Columbia College Hollywood, a very cool film school and liberal arts college. And I’m grateful for all that stuff, but I’m hoping there’s even more on the horizon. Thanks for checking out my blog and I hope you have a happy and prosperous New Year!!

Washington DC Shorts a Smashing Success!

Me in front of the Capitol Building

Hey Everybody! Sorry for the delay in posting about my fun and exciting trip to Washington DC to attend the screenings of my short film “Heart Says It All”. It was a blast, but I needed a few days after returning to catch up on Life and get back in the groove. The film festival was amazing,

David Eagle and I at DC Shorts Film Fest

festival director Jon Gann and his staff made us feel so welcome. I went with my director and producing partner David Eagle and his wife, Nancy, who is an Attorney and VP at NBC/Universal. The film’s star, Ali Eagle (also David and Nancy’s daughter), took a break from her studies at NYU to attend one of the screenings as well. Security was incredibly high in Washington DC during that 9-11 Anniversary Weekend, with cops with machine guns and dogs on almost every corner. I sure felt safe, though. We had over 300 people attend our three screenings and they were enthusiastic audiences! It was really a perfect way to wrap up this short’s festival run. The short was nominated for an award too! We didn’t win, but we were thrilled to even be in the running! While on our trip, we resumed discussion on our next producing project, a dramatic short I wrote called “Mother’s Day”. We stalled production on this during the summer and now hope to pick it up for filmming in December.

The Film Festival Survival Kit for “Heart Says It All”

Back by popular demand, I’m posting the latest edition of the “Film Festival Survival Kit” in preparation for the DC Shorts Film Festival.  Director David Eagle and I are traveling to Washington DC this weekend, and our short film “Heart Says It All” is screening THREE times over the next week, details here on the DC Shorts website.  We’re really excited!  I looked all over the place for those chalky candy hearts so we could give them away as promotional items, but of course it’s the wrong time of year so I didn’t find any.  I am hoping our iconic “WTF?” heart (it’s a scene from the movie which I’ve emblazoned on a T-shirt) will draw some attention and inspire people to check out the film.  ANYTHING to stand out from the crowd! Anyway, the Film Festival Survival Kit’s supposed to be a kinda funny but it’s important to remember little things like bringing an extra exhibition copy of your film on DVD in case the festival’s copy gets screwed up (it happens regularly.)  I also always bring a Quicktime movie of the film I’m showing on a USB drive in case someone wants to check it out on their computer (you can make DVD’s for anyone who wants them with the QT movie, too.)  And of course, lots of breath fresheners! And a bunch of clean t-shirts, I go through about 6 a day when I’m at a festival. And Tums, don’t get me started on those. Please let me know if I’ve forgotten anything! UPDATE 9/8/11: Here’s the 1-Sheet I’ve created for the event, to give out to media or anyone else who wants all the info on the project in one place.

Just click on the pic to ENLARGE!