Sunday, July 25, 2010

More ENDINGS Festival News

Okay, the blog has been a bit boring of late - just the updates of news about Endings. And today's entry is no different. My excuse? I've been on vacation for a few weeks, and my brain was sort of "checked out" when it comes to film related stuff.

Anyway, another festival acceptance came through - the film will screen at the Southern Winds Film Festival in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Getting into SWFF is quite gratifying because the fest has now made each of my films an "official selection" (American Messiah won the Best Comedy Feature award a few years back).

I'm hoping to go since this one is in driving distance. And finally, to conclude this lackluster update, here's the current list of fests in which Endings has appeared or will appear:

Southern Winds Film Festival (Sept 2010)
Dallas VideoFest (Sept 2010)
Atlanta Underground Film Festival (Aug 2010)
ReelHeART International Film Festival (June 2011)
Seattle True Independent Film Festival (June 2010)

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Endings Festival News and more...

I haven't blogged much of late - the end of the school year was quite busy, and I just haven't had the time for reflective thought of late.

I'm breaking my radio silence now only because Endings has finally started to 'take off' in terms of film festival acceptances, with three in the last couple of weeks. Endings will screen at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival in August, then in the Dallas VideoFest in September, and in the 2011 ReelHeART International Film Festival in Toronto (early acceptance there because they canceled the 2010 fest thanks to the economy).

I'm really pleased, naturally, to finally have Endings building up some screening opportunities. Atlanta Underground and ReelHeART are both nice because I've screened in them (and won awards) in the past - it's like being welcomed back into an old friend's house. Dallas VideoFest is nice precisely because I haven't screened there before (third try), and also because it's our first Texas festival screening (meaning a lot of our cast and crew can attend). I love screening in Texas because I can usually attend the festivals (though Texas is pretty large - you never know - but Dallas is only a few hours, so it's usually do-able). And because I'm a Texas filmmaker (at least a transplanted one), I'm very happy to support the Texas filmmaking community.

Other stuff I've been up to of late - I spoke at the World Council of Churches' International Consultation on Violence in Media in Boston in June. My presentation was on the realities of the business - basically, the economic realities behind violence in films.

Also traveling east to visit family and friends back home...