Monday, August 22, 2016

Extended Trailer Released for "Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey"

The producers of the upcoming documentary "Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey" released a 10-minute extended trailer for the film during a sold-out Kickstarter launch party at The Mountaineers Program Center.

Fred Beckey, the 93-year-old mountaineering icon and subject of the documentary, gave a slideshow presentation showcasing some of his landmark expeditions and first ascents. Beckey joined director Dave O'Leske and the producers on stage in front of an enthusiastic 500-person capacity crowd. The team unveiled a new extended trailer and movie poster before launching a $75,000 Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to help pay for finishing costs. Beckey closed out the night with his presentation as the enraptured audience caught a rare glimpse of this living legend.

The Kickstarter campaign received more than $10,000 in pledges during its first 12 hours, with all funds assigned to cover specific post-production and finishing expenses. O'Leske has been working on the film with Beckey for more than a decade, and if the $75,000 Kickstarter fundraising goal for "Dirtbag" is achieved, the team will be on track to premiere this highly-anticipated feature documentary in early 2017. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing crowdfunding platform, so the filmmakers will not receive any of these post-production funds if they do not reach the goal by August 25.

Watch the new extended trailer on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/2asBqVG

The launch event was sponsored by nonprofit organizations The Mountaineers and The American Alpine Club, with additional campaign support provided by Georgetown Brewing, Patagonia, UnderArmour, The North Face, Feathered Friends, Eddie Bauer and Leatherman.

About the Film

Fred Beckey is a true American pioneer, with an unparalleled list of alpine accomplishments under his belt over the past century. Known for an uncompromising dedication to the mountains with his record string of first ascents and groundbreaking new routes, Fred Beckey has achieved mythical status in mountaineering circles. He carries a polarizing reputation as a hero and a rebel, his name evoking simultaneous worship and vitriol. Despite his controversial nature, Beckey's scholarly writings reveal a greater depth to this man, captured in more than a dozen published books that continue to inspire new generations of climbers and environmentalists. Now at age 93, after a lifetime of rejecting societal norms in his single-minded quest for peaks, Beckey is ready to tell his story for the first time.

Colorado-based documentary director Dave O'Leske spent the past decade filming Fred Beckey with unprecedented access, getting to know the mysterious man in the mountains of China, across North America and in his Pacific Northwest home. O'Leske filmed hundreds of hours of new footage while gathering a wealth of exclusive materials from the Fred Beckey Archives, including thousands of Beckey's personal photos, films, hand-written journals and route maps dating back to the 1930s. More than 30 additional interviews with some of the world's greatest climbers-including Yvon Chouinard, Layton Kor, Conrad Anker, Royal Robbins, Colin Haley, Reinhold Messner and Jim Whittaker-attest to Beckey's iconic impact on the sport.

In 2016, O'Leske partnered with a crew of award-winning Seattle filmmakers--producers Jason Reid, Andy McDonough and Colin Plank, editor Darren Lund, co-producer Adam Brown and co-executive producer Colin Baxter--whose collective past credits include the hit climbing documentary "K2: Siren of the Himalayas" (2012), the Webby Award-winning "Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team"(2009), the Emmy® Award-winning "Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai" (2010) and the narrative drama " Eden" (2013), which won Audience Awards for Best Narrative at SXSW and the Milan International Film Festival.

"Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey" is currently in post-production targeting a release in 2017. More info at http://DirtbagMovie.com

Friday, August 19, 2016

FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT - DOUG BOLLINGER






Daily Film Forum Exclusive::
Writing, directing and acting, from "Waltzing Anna" to "Mail Order Bride" and now the new upcoming films "Rock, Paper, Scissors" and “The Samaritans” - join us for A moment with
Doug Bollinger


DFF: Your new project, Rock, Paper, Scissors - what’s it about, tell us how did the project came together in the first place and what led it to where it is now?

DB: This project started as an image - a couple staring at each other in horror as they are bent over opposing arms of a couch. From there, I put together an outline and began the process of the story. I recruited a new writer and dear friend, Josh Lee, to help. I originally thought that he could help give a unique voice to one of the main characters but I soon realized that he would invaluable in the creation of the finished script. I brought in Keith Collins and Ashley Steele (both of whom I had collaborated with successfully) to help produce and got Cory Green involved to give it the look we wanted. We are 80% shot and we will keep the team together to shoot for a couple fall weekends. After that, the edit will take up the better part of the winter.


DFF: You have worked on many films. Some of which have had great success (Waltzing Anna, Mail Order Bride) how do you compare them to a project like Rock, Paper Scissors?

DB: This is the first film for me that is in my control. I do have partners in Josh, Cory and Keith but I realize that it is truly the first time I have final say on everything. I am by no means a dictator but this project is the one that I have the most control over. In the past, I have directed pieces written by others (most notably the brilliant Joe Pepitone) or had others direct things that I had written. I have also had things produced by other teams as well. This one falls on me and I am thrilled with the team around me.


DFF: You have also worked with many talents such as Oscar Award Nominee Danny Aiello, Artie Lange, Vincent Pastore & Emmanuellle Chriqui. Tell us about the cast of Rock, Paper, Scissors. The audition process and how you chose your ensemble cast to bring your project to life?

DB: I have been very lucky to work some amazing actors. This particular film was cast mainly with actors that I had a relationship with. It is heavy subject matter and I wanted to be able to push a few boundaries. I find it easier to go to extremes with people that have built in trust. I was fortunate to cast the leads through a rigorous audition process and I could not be happier with the result.


DFF: Your production team are no strangers to the field, Cory Green, a talented editor & cinematographer has had an Emmy nomination, Keith Collins is a multi award winning producer & actor who has a legnthly filmography seems like you couldn’t be in greater hands as far as production. How do you feel about the future of Rock, Paper, Scissors with strong people like Collins and Green behind you?

DB: I have now collaborated with these two on multiple projects in different capacities and we have developed a relationship that extends beyond the set or the editing suite. I can happily call these two my dear friends. We know each other and we know how and why we do the work. I have no doubt that RPS will be our most successful team-up yet.


DFF: Besides Directing and Writing, you have also acted in many films yourself which have garnished worldwide distribution such as The Meat Puppet, Gravedigger, The Jersey Devil to name a few, as an actor how do you feel that can translate to make you a better director for Rock, Paper, Scissors and future projects?

DB: I feel my best asset as a director is my experience as an actor. I can relate to actors on their level and recognize that they are not machines able to produce time after time. I love acting and I have great respect for those that do it well. 


DFF:  Speaking of acting, You star in the upcoming films Clean Cut and The Samaritans. Tell us about your characters in those films and if they helped you make better directing decisions for Rock, Paper, Scissors?

DB: Luckily for me, acting on projects with talents like Keith, Cory and Joe Pepitone make the process enjoyable. Clean Cut was such a blast! My character was so well written by Joe and he gave me the opportunity to ad lib a bit so I really felt tied to the creation of that character. Joe is such a generous director and my co-star, Michael Billy was so funny that this ranks as one of my favorite roles. The Samaritans was an intense short shoot with Cory, Keith and two wonderful actors, Timothy Harrison and Annelise Nielsen (both of whom are in RPS). That was a rewarding experience in which I tried to wear the additional hats of writer and director. There is no way I could have pulled that off without the team surrounding me. It helped me grow as a director specifically because it strengthened the key relationship between me (as director) and Cory (as DP).


DFF: You directed and acted in The Samaritans as well as Rock, Paper, Scissors. Explain how you were able to do both, the process of breaking it down as an actor/director without compromising focus from one or the other? 

DB: The Samaritans was such a challenge. I was only able t do both with the help of Keith and Cory. I performed many scenes as an actor and just had to trust Cory that we got we wanted. We did not have the time for me to watch every playback. Trust is a key element to any indie production, especially one like The Samaritans, which was super small. RPS acting was a bit easier. I had my co-writer, Josh Lee on set so he became my eyes. Once again trust became the main factor to our success. I would never have been able to do both without the help of this team.


DFF: Any insider information on possible release dates for The Samaritans and Rock, Paper, Scissors?

DB: We will be editing both projects this winter. We may have both ready to go at the same time. If that's the case, we will target a different set of festivals and distribution options. Our target is Spring for decisions on both.


DFF: You have also been in many theater productions. Tell us the difference between theater and film and what have you learned from your experiences on stage?

DB: I adore my time on theater. The biggest difference for me is the immediacy of theater compared to the lasting images of film. The on-the-spot reactions to theater are uncompromising. As an actor, you get an energy from the audience affirming or doubting your performance reality. I will continue to explore the opportunities on stage that I have been lucky to get. With film, you get to craft a performance in ways to that involve more trial and error in the moment. If a take goes awry, you can fix it or try something new. You need different kinds of stamina for each as well. Long rehearsals and research challenge a stage actor to explore and conserve your energy. Film acting stamina is put to the test on long shooting days and repeating takes.


DFF: Any future projects you'd like to share?

DB: I am working with one of my producers, Ashley Steele on a couple shorts that she is producing, including Wasteland. She is also co-writing a feature script with me that is a break from the dark subject we been dealing with. Ocean Grove is a romantic comedy which explores relationships ending and beginning in the context of a quirky Jersey beach town in the off season.


DFF: What can you tell us about the career of yours, what got you into directing,acting,writing and did you receive a formal education on the subjects?

DB: I studied theater and education at Montclair State University after a couple years studying TV production at Ithaca College. I also graduated from Connecticut School of Broadcasting (where I also taught). I started a Masters in cinema when I first started getting jobs in the world of film. I decided that I was learning more on the job from the professionals. Most of what I do now I learned from the people I worked with when I was younger. I have been lucky enough to be in the company of great actors (Kevin Carolan, Alysia Reiner), great writers (John Wooten, Jason Grote) and directors (Mare Carolan, Vincent Borelli).


DFF: How would you describe yourself as a director,writer and actor?

DB: I think I am decent at all three but I have the most experience as an actor. I am still  learning something every time I work on a new project. I teach full time at a performing arts school and I learn form my students every day. They definitely make me better all three.


DFF: What Directors, actors and writers inspire you? There are so many that have had an influence on me growing up.

DB: There are a few that stood out to me. Kevin Smith was the first "local" that made a movie in my county in Jersey and was the first that seemed like me - just a normal guy from NJ. I never met him but There were plenty of people I knew that knew of him and it was something that stuck with me from the beginning. The first person I knew that produced, wrote, directed and starred in his own film was Vin Diesel. We had worked together for Mattel and he told me he was going to make this short film. A year later, we worked together again and he invited me to the screening of Multi-Facial. I was blown away that I regular person did this. It was always other people that made movies. Those two very different guys had huge influences on me as a young wannabe filmmaker.


DFF: How about some of your personal favorite films to watch?

DB: I tend to gravitate to films of the 70s. Being a beach kid, Jaws was especially interesting to me. I can also watch any Cohen Brothers movie over and over, Blood Simple is my current favorite. I get asked by my students the question: what is your favorite all time film? I consistently have the same answer: The original Willie Wonka. Gene Wilder is mesmerizing and I still believe it is a flick that has everything. I am also a huge horror fan and for RPS, I revisited some of my old faves like I spit on Your Grave and Last House on the Left. 


DFF: Your website, Facebook, twitter or whatever else you’d like to shout out?
https://www.facebook.com/thesamaritansmovie


DFF: Anything else you’d like to mention or that I forgot to ask?

DB: As a follow up to your theater question, I would like to mention the theater company that I am a part of, La Strada Ensemble Theater. I have been able to write, direct and act in original productions in the Jersey Shore center for arts and culture. Asbury Park. This town is growing a local arts (and specifically film) community that will hopefully rival bigger cities as more and more artists recognize the energy down here!


DFF: Thanks for the interview with us Doug!


DB: Thanks so much for this opportunity! I really appreciate any attention paid to our little flicks!!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hot Springs International Film Festival Welcomes SPA-CON and Special Guests

The Hot Springs Arts & Film Institute presents, The fourth annual Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival. Held September 22-25 at the historic Central Theater located in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. 2016 HSHFF Film Festival Pass holders get access to the 1st annual Arkansas Comic Con, SPA-CON.

Hot Springs, also known as the "Spa City" is surrounded by 7 lakes and 43 hot springs, it hosts museums, bathhouses, art galleries and festivals.
HSHFF is noted for being one of the best festivals and a great place for aspiring, student, new and independent filmmakers to rub shoulders with horror icons and Hollywood filmmakers.

The Festival Director Bill Volland and Co Director/Hostess Tamara Glynn will be in attendance during this four day event. Volland has worked as a set decorator, art director, production designer and producer for over 25 years, most noticeably on the hit television series "Silk Stalkings." Glynn is an actress most known for playing Samantha Thomas in 1989's #1 movie Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Her involvement with the festival, not only brings in fans from all over the globe, this year she also leads her own ½ hour Special Event. Which includes her most recent appearance as the lead role in Patrick Rea's award winning short, "Howl of a Good Time". Filmed at last years festival, Glynn was awarded "Best Actress," at the Cornwall Film Festival 2015.

Volland and Glynn have also announced special  festival guests :

Marlon Schulman, Founder and CEO of the Horror Equity Fund will be discussing new and different ways for funding your next project (crowd funding, tax incentives, distribution…) Special Event on Saturday September 24, at 2:30pm, for more information
http://www.horrorequityfund.com/

At 7pm, on Saturday September  24th, noted film composer, sound designer and special audio effects wizard Alan Howarth gives a special live performance. Howarth has collaborated with John Carpenter on the music from nearly all of his movies starting with ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK; he's provided sound design and effects for POLTERGEIST, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, all the STAR TREK movies, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, Coppola's DRACULA, TOTAL RECALL, and STARGATE, among others. As a composer, he's scored all or part of all the HALLOWEEN films, composed music for RETRIBUTION, THE DENTIST, and others. For his full resume, please  visit: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0397697/.

Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival: is an independent film festival, conceived with the idea that "filmmakers know films." Inspiring and promoting talented filmmakers & artists, the festival provides opportunities for education, exhibition, networking, screenings and more.HSHFF recognizes and promotes a variety of films in the horror, thriller and sci-fi genres with categories for professional, and student. For a complete list of films, and event schedule, including a special screening of the worldwide, critically acclaimed short film "Night of The Slasher", which is It is currently opening for Lights Out in select theaters nationwide. Visit:
http://www.hotspringshorrorfilmfestival.com/.
www.hotspringscentraltheater.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HotSpringsHorror/.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bolanle Austen-Peters, Dotun Olakunri, Sola Oyebade and more at the Press Screening of 93

 Members of the Press were hosted to a private screening of the movie, 93 Days at Filmhouse Cinemas, Surulere on Thursday, 11th August 2016.

In attendance were the producers of the movie, Bolanle Austen-Peters, Dotun Olakunri including Sola Oyebade and Joseph Umoibom, Unit Production Manager and Line Producer respectively.

93 Days tells the compelling true life story of how Nigeria won the battle against the highly dreaded Ebola Virus in 2014. The movie gives a detailed account of the roles played by doctors at First Consultant Hospital, the Government and the WHO in containing the disease which was eradicated after 93 days.

Directed by Steve Gukas, the movie is set to show in Nigerian cinemas on September 16th 2016 and stars Hollywood actors, Danny Glover, Tim Reid and Alastair Mackenzie including our very own Bimbo Akintola, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, Bimbo Manuel, Charles Okafor, Tina Mba, Gideon Okeke, Somkele Idhalama and other talented actors.

Other producers of the movie, 93 Days include Steve Gukas and Pemon Rami.

http://93daysmovie.com/

Monday, August 15, 2016

Stevie Boi comes to Frederick Maryland Today to Film his first Feature Film

Fashion Designer Stevie Boi will make his first directorial debut with a new Feature Film Entitled "CÄBIN" The Story.


"The Story" follows a young man on his journey to mental freedom. He then finds an abandoned Cabin on the Virginia Appalachian trail. There he finds a sense of who he is emotionally and spiritually but soon figures out he is not alone.

Director, Writer & Cinematographer Funzito will Direct the film with his creative vision and experience.  The creative team has used Boi's F/W CÄBIN collection as inspiration for the films premise and fashion visual. The Genre of the film is labeled as Psychological/Thriller/Drama.

Filming takes place August 11-16th in Frederick Maryland.

Please check out the offical IMDB Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5696328/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1

Cast/Producers Include:

Stevie Boi

Mariah Carroll

Jakob Graham

Alita Melosa

Jakob Graham

Sahara James Marlowe

Martha Cappendyck

Mariah Carroll

Chad Deboulet

Sharrie McCain

LaToya Patrice Suber

Kathryn L. Sheridan

Devonte Richard

Sha Barnes

Michael Antonio