Archive for May, 2009

Sunscreen Film Festival

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Click Clack Jack was selected for screening at the Sunscreen Film Festival (SSFF), St. Petersburg in Bayside Muvico Cinemas.  Opening night was a lot of fun; we were interviewed by the Tampa Bay Informer, watched Passenger & spoke with actor Patrick Wilson.  Another actor, whom you won’t find any humbler, was Bill Cobb.  He was amazing to speak with & showed great interest in the young filmmaker’s speaking to him.  Keith, Ryan & I also had very encouraging discussions with Producers Dave Anderson & Phil Cooke about our project.  Many are asking when the next two installments are going to happen now that CCJ has distribution.   Thanks again to everyone who came out & supported the film!

The Sunscreen Film Festival has encouraged the creation & production of independent film in Florida since 2005.  THE SSFF has the specific objective to promote works by filmmakers by conducting educational programs that teach the art & science of film making.  Created by Tony Armer & Derek Minor, SSFF is working to increase the public’s awareness & support of local film making as a local asset.  Going into its 5th year, the SSFF has qualified to be the first film festival in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area for an Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences grant.  This will allow short film maker winners to become eligible for Oscar consideration. 

Click Clack Jack was shown at the venue, Bayside Muvico Theatres on Saturday, May 2nd at 11:00 a.m.  We had a decent size audience & many showed great support!  The closing ceremony & awards presentation party was immense fun.  The crew was able to re-connect with many of the film makers we had befriended earlier in the festival & discuss future projects & possible collaborations.  Jeffery Donovan was there from USA’s Burn Notice making the rounds & talking with many of the crowd.  We are looking forward to the future of Click Clack Jack.

The Boys in the Big Apple

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Joe Merideth, animation director & I toyed with going to New York to see our animation in the Broadway musical, 9 to 5.  Conflicting schedules, costs, ho hum, etc.  Then I received an email from Andrew Bauer, Peter Nigrini’s right hand man, who asked, “Hey I have some tickets, would you like to come see the show?”  “Well yes we would!” I replied & a couple of phone calls later, we were planning a trip to the Big Apple to see our work on a Broadway stage.

Sadly Michelle could not join us but Jada, Joe’s wife accompanied us & we had a great time.  Met up with Peter & Andrew for drinks & discussion about the show & the technical aspects of how our work was interlaced with the live action sets, orchestra & actors.  Then we walked over to the Marquis Theatre & met many of the production staff who gave us great compliments on our work.

The show was real funny, had some great numbers & I tell you if you close your eyes & just listened to Megan Hilty’s version of Dolly Parton, you would think Dolly herself was on stage.  Allison Janney owned her part & Stephanie Block made the naive divorcee cliché stand on its end.  Marc Kudisch was so much like Mr. Hart that the audience could feel women’s lib flying out the window.  The best, in my opinion was Roz’s solo act.  If you get a chance to be in New York, check out the show.