Ouflix season officially begins tonight with a preview party at Crosstown Arts’ 430 N. Cleveland space. They’ll be previewing this year’s lineup and presenting three works for their new short film competition. One of the shorts, “Conway Pride”, is by filmmaker Stephen Stanley, who made his first films in Memphis before embarking on a career that has taken him to Hollywood and, currently, France. He made “Conway Pride” while teaching film at the University of Central Arkansas. It tells the history of a colorful LBGT couple who organized the first gay pride march in the rural college town, and the fight to save their house after they passed away. The free party begins at 6:30 PM tonight, but bring your dollars to buy passes for the main Outflix festival September 7-13.
Voltage Pictures is at the EFM talking up Bedeviled, a new supernatural thriller from The Vang Brothers.
President of international sales John Fremes and his team will present footage to Berlin buyers of the story about a seemingly harmless Siri-like app that manipulates the deepest fears of users to literally scare them to death.
Saxon Sharbino of the Poltergeist remake stars alongside Brandon Soo Hoo, Mitchell Edwards, Jordan Essoe, Carson Boatman, Victory Van Tuyl, and Alexis G. Zall.
Kirk Roos, Cheng Yang and Leng Yang produce the film and Stephen Stanley, Brad Brizendine and Scott P. Barlow are the executive producers.
Abel and Burlee Vang, who won the Nicholl Fellowship in 2011 for their Hmong/CIA secret wars screenplay The Tiger’s Child, are in production on their first feature directorial collaboration Bedeviled, a horror film which is described as a cross between Spike Jonze’s Her and Stephen King’s It.
I had the great pleasure of recording an episode of Filmback TV. I met Claire when my short premiered at Macon Film Festival and was able to catch up with her later and discuss my filmmaking, my time in the industry, and advice for people just starting out on their creative journeys. Check it out here (link to the podcast at bottom of page).
I’m very excited to bring Spark to the LA Short Film Fest. It’s my third time bringing a film here and it’s always a wonderful experience. More info on the program is here and if you’re in LA I’d love to see you there!
I couldn’t be more proud that This Is Not A Club will make its festival premiere at Newport Beach Film Fest! The doc features Chris Pine narrating and tells the story of an amazing group of young people competing in high school Speech Club (also known as Forensics to those of you back home in the South). Here’s a clip from the film:
From Deadline:Star Trek’s Chris Pine is beaming his voice into high school debate documentaryThis Is Not A Club, the coming-of-age film about high schoolers performing in two-person speech competitions leading up to the annual National Speech and Debate tournament in Las Vegas.