"But Not For Me" Wins @ Brooklyn Film Festival

But Not For Me, the feature film I produced that's written/directed by my Impolite Company partner Ryan Carmichael, had it's World Premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival on June 4th. The premiere was SOLD OUT and was hosted by the Nitehawk Cinema.

Our film closed the festival on Sunday, June 7th, with an even larger audience. And that evening we won the Audience Choice Award (Feature Narrative) and Best Original Score Award!

The next screening in New York will be held on July 6th at Videology - it SOLD OUT in four hours after posting the invite on the film's Facebook page. BUT - put your name on the waitlist so you can get a ticket if any open up and to be notified about future screenings: butnotformefilm.eventbrite.com

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My friend Peter wrote a book - and I'm in it!

Sort of. I said this about the book, and he put it in the book ("award-winning" filmmaker attribution courtesy of Peter):

Peter's book The Happenstances at the Yellow County Community Swim and Racquet Club the Summer Before Last is on sale now in e-book form for ONLY $5.99. Support an up-and-coming, independent artist and buy his book here: www.TinyUrl.com/PetesEbook

Print version is coming June 21st! More info: http://peterlharmon.tumblr.com/

"But Not For Me" - World Premiere (now SOLD OUT!)

The feature film I produced, BUT NOT FOR ME, will have it's world premiere Thursday, June 4, at 9pm via the Brooklyn Film Festival at Nitehawk Cinema. We're super pumped and want you there to see it!

Check out our festival page for more info about the film and to purchase tickets: http://www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/films/detail.asp?fid=1530

In the meantime, check out a clip from the film below:

Big News - Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grant!

My short film, Middle Ground, has been awarded a Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fellows Fund grant. This is super exciting because I can definitely use the money to support the film and the HFPA is the organization that awards the Golden Globes each year.

What makes this even cooler is that the feature film I produced, But Not For Me, also won the same grant! It's been an encouraging week and I'm thankful for that.


"The Choi Family" + Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

This is cool: I was tooling around on Google and discovered the organization Coalition to Stop Gun Violence - a group I connected with in 2013 - had actually discovered online and shared my short film, The Choi Family, a year earlier in 2012. That's neat! I guess in this instance the film found its target audience.

Check out THE CHOI FAMILY if you haven't already!

"A Warm Spell" is going to Clermont-Ferrand!

A Warm Spell (formerly Koharubiyori) - the film I produced that was shot in Japan in February 2013 - has been accepted to the Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival. Clermont-Ferrand is one of the best short film festivals in the world and only 77 films were chosen for the International Competition. 

Big congrats to Writer/Director Toshimichi Saito, cast, and crew!

"This Is My Body" Excerpted in German Book

Got an exciting request today:

A Dr. working at the Institute for Queer Theory in Berlin requested permission to use an excerpt of the script from my film, This Is My Body (co-created by Siobhan O'Loughlin).

The book is currently titled "Global Justice and Desire: Queering Economy" and is being published by Routledge. 

This is super exciting! This is what it's all about - connecting with people via my work, having an effect on people. 

Here's the excerpt that's going to be used:

"This is my body. I do what I want with it.

This is my body. I make my own choices.

This is my body. I use it as a canvas,

tattoo it, decorate it, and pierce it.

I take medicine if I want to and only undergo medical procedures I choose.

I eat what I want, exercise for my health, and wear what I like.

I fall in love with whomever,

fuck/sleep with whomever and marry whomever I choose.

I decide when and how to become a mother.

This is my body, not yours."


Berlinale Talents

Today, I submitted my application for Berlinale Talents - the talent campus at the Berlin Film Festival. For years I've been wanting to apply, and for one reason or another - eligibility or missing the deadline or not feeling up to the application - I hadn't applied. But this year changes that!

I've been getting a lot of rejections lately, which is nothing particularly new, but I remain (with great effort) undaunted and cautiously optimistic that I will be selected, especially on the strength of the scene I submitted from Middle Ground.

Berlin in February? Glad I don't have anything against the cold!