Grape Boy: Fermentation of Justice - Award, Our House, Rumination Raises Funds and The Parasite in the St. Louis Filmmakers ShowcaseRead Now
Grape Boy: Fermentation of Justice was shown as part of Group C in the Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Festival on June 15 at the Theatres at Mall of America. Group C sold the house, the only group to do so this year, and featured some pretty funny and compelling films. Still, when the dust settled and awards were handed out, it was Grape Boy that won the Audience Favorite Award for the night. Way to go WC Productions!
Photo: Partial cast and crew, Grape Boy: Fermentation of Justice
Video: Click below to watch Grape Boy in all its Seedless Glory
This past weekend in Chicago we shot my scenes for Our House. It was a fantastic experience with a cast and crew that were all brand new to me. Filming completes this week and I can't wait to see how all the pieces come together.
Photo: Nerves, determination and shenanigans in Chicago.
My next Chicago project, Rumination, is gearing up to shoot later this summer and has need for some final funding assistance. I'm really honored to be part of this piece so please help if you can!
And last but not least, a film I shot last year in St. Louis, The Parasite, will get its first festival showing at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase - July 19, 2016, 9:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. I can't be there but if you find yourself in St. Louis with a free evening, please swing in and support some up and coming filmmakers! See a teaser of our film below, and we'll see you at the cinema!
Later this summer I'll be working on a short film in Chicago called Rumination written and directed by KJ Sadural, a recent Columbia film graduate. I'm really looking forward to digging into that story, but more on that project to come. However, among the crew that I have met working on Rumination thus far is Mack Nevills, a Twin Cities native home for the summer. He and several other current Columbia film students, with director Warner Nieborg at the helm, decided to participate in the Minnesota 48 Hour Film Festival this year and I was fortunate to be invited along to act in their film this past Saturday. I have almost no idea how what I've done, but it involved some VERY yellow make-up, a lot of fruit, and a fair amount of laughter.
If that isn't enough to convince you to attend the screening (7:00 PM, June 15, Theatres at Mall of America) I don't know what will. But in a last ditch sales pitch, I'll tell you the name: Grape Boy: Fermenting of Justice. Hope to see you there!
I told you it was VERY yellow. :)
Despite the cold weather completely ruining my movie star outfit, the White Matter premier went very well. Really proud of the work everyone put in, and surprised to find myself emotionally moved by the story despite knowing how it ends. I found myself rooting for Corban Noah, who played my brother, to do the right thing. Says a lot for the filmmaking and acting. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Pictured: Adam Wells, Corban Noah, Rob Gooding and me with the crazy eyes. It happens, sigh.
Up next I'm off to Chicago for a table read for my next project, a pilot called Our House. I'm really excited about the script and can't wait to share more with everyone as we gear up to make the transition from page to film.
Speaking of Chicago, I have to say that lately the windy city seems to be putting on a show. Whether the glorious weather, the lousy weather, the street art, the museum art, the food, or the friends (who all are up to amazing things), I do love my home away from home. Next time I need to get to Belmont rocks, though, time to revisit some good memories.
Pictured: me, Chicago's bike share program, Lake Michigan, a moray eel, a bubblegum chewing moose, Maggie Wagner, Mary Moore, Reginald Edmund, Liz Taylor and Andy Warhol. Love.