So our little movie Quiet River has been nominated for Best Feature Film and Best Cinematography at the Madrid International Film Festival. Good news, and we’re happy that the film is being recognized like this in such an esteemed international festival.
I have to make mention of the fact, however, that QR is by most standards a tiny, tiny movie — the entire budget was less than $5000, and on good days the crew was only three people — myself, producer/production designer Shane Meador, and Director of Photography Shane Peters (yes, out of three crew members, two of them are named Shane). Occasionally, I was my own DP, and operated completely solo — with no assistants or even a second crew member. Our camera budget was nil, though we did use an old/awesome Canon 5D and Shane let us use his vintage Nikon lenses to give it an interesting, “digital 70’s” look.
Thus, to have a major international festival recognize our photography (and our movie in general) as superior … well, to say it makes me feel good is an understatement. Thank you, Madrid!
So, the little movie that could is finally having its world premiere: Friday, October 23, at 9:30PM, “Quiet River” will finally be unveiled to a live audience as part of the Orlando Film Festival. Our team couldn’t be more thrilled: The Orlando Film Fest is a terrific event run by true film lovers. Thanks to all the folks at the OFF, and we’ll see you there!
We’re live on Kickstarter! We’ve raised a little money. Not that much, but a little! Go here to check out American Breakdown on Kickstarter. And remember, in the world of finance, nothing matters but cold hard cash. Please support indie film!
Film Courage is a website and a podcast featuring the ins and outs of indie film, and was called “one of the top ten podcasts’ by MovieMaker Magazine. They recently asked me to write an article about Alison, and so I did.
Called ‘On a Tightrope and In a Hurry,” the article is essentially about the making of Alison, and shares an in-depth view of how we approached making an intelligent, low-budget feature. Aside from the DVD Director’s Commentary, it’s the most comprehensive version of how our celebrated little movie came to be.
In the new online streaming video paradigm, several leaders have definitely emerged. Netflix is the new Blockbuster, but a few sites are close behind: Hulu and iTunes both have lots of respect and don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. In the streaming world, all three are giants, and will only continue to get bigger as streaming video becomes the new form of delivery for most filmed content.
So I’m happy to say that iTunes took notice of my third feature Alison (my chick-flick Southern noir about a pregnant woman who leaves her husband), and has offered it for sale and rent on their site. It’s a nice way to showcase a gorgeous, award-winning film in true 1080p HD.