Also, here's a cool link surrounding the festival on the Film Festival Ticker - http://www.vimooz.com/festivalticker/?p=657
PS - "Honey, I'm Home" has just won a 'Best Film Award' at a recent stop at another festival. News to be posted soon.
We have received word from Festival Director Eric Panter that our six minute short film "Honey, I'm Home" will screen at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival on Saturday August 23rd, 2008.
Our focus has been on our upcoming feature film, "Night Before the Wedding." Yet it is a thrill to see "Honey, I'm Home" continue it's life on the Film Festival Circuit. We would like to thank Eric and the programming staff at AUFF for selecting our work. This makes 20+ Official Selections for a short that we made without any money.
For programming details, please visit their official site: http://festivalleague.com/auff2008
We just received this video link from the folks over at HollyShorts. It is a cool recap of last year's festival where "Honey, I'm Home" was fortunate enough to receive an Audience Choice Award.
This video was filmed and edited by Daniel Mercaldi and is hosted by Damon Campbell. Cannot emphasize enough how impressed we are with this highlight video. It really captures the overall spirit and vibe that I remember from attending the fest.
It's great to see "Honey, I'm Home" represented in the video. Not only is there a small clip from the film in the video, there are also words from Director David Branin and later from Actress Karen Worden.
Also look for words from Festival Directors Daniel Sol and Theo Dumont Others include Writer Elliott Owen, Director Julian West, Actor Joe Lemieux, Director Justin Liberman, Host Viviana Vigil, Producer/Actor Chris Rice, Director Alex Ferrari, Director Chris Wilson, and Hip Hop Legend Biz Markie.
Hope you enjoy the inside peek at the festival as much as we do.
We have just received word from Producer/Festival Director Len Gibson that "Honey, I'm Home" has been accepted into the Sweet Auburn Internatinal Film Festival. This is outstanding news and want to personally thank Len for being gracious enough to share our film with his Atlanta audience.
This makes it 20 Official Film Festival Selections for our film which was made from the change in our piggy banks.
The festival schedule is now being put together. For the very latest news regarding this year's Sweet Auburn International Film Festival, please visit their official site here http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3LmJsYWNrLWNpbmVtYS5vcmcvZmlsbWZlc3RpdmFsLmh0bWw=
Have just received word that my YouTube account has been approved for
the YouTube Partner’s Program. Basically it means that I will be paid
anytime someone clicks on the ads located on my YouTube videos pages.
Pretty cool news. Not sure how much money I can make, whatever comes
my way I will put towards the budget of the feature film I am trying to get off the
Speaking of which, I went ahead and added my short film "Honey, I’m Home"
to YouTube. In it’s 1st day it has surpassed 1500 views which is a great start,
yet it has very little comments and ratings to date. If you have a YouTube account, please take a minute and show it some love.
First off, want to apologize to The Angry Princess who reviewed "Honey, I’m Home" quite some time ago. I have been busy doing all I can to get my forthcoming feature film off the ground that I have not been able to keep up with news surrounding my surprising short film.
Glad to report that our film made The Angry Princess happy. Want to thank you Kristin for taking time to share your thoughts on our film.
Here is a quote from her review posted over at This is Some Scene
"It was honestly different than anything I have seen in along time and I think most people will get a kick out of it!"
Here is the link to her review
To all you Diggers out there!
Take a moment and Digg our favorite movie.
"Honey, I'm Home" is scheduled to appear at 4 great Film Festivals in the month of March, 2008. Here is an overview.
March 1st, 2008
Lake County Film Festival - Lake County, IL
As the owners of Dog Ear Music & Movies, we saw how hungry our customers are for great independent cinema. Despite Lake County's size of over 750,000 residents, there are few movie screens reserved for non-blockbusters. Movie lovers of all ages and walk of life come to our store looking for something they cannot find at the local cineplexes. In 2004, we decided to change that and the Lake County Film Festival was born.
The inaugural fest was a success with screenings of two critically acclaimed films, Robot Stories and September 11. The festival received front-page coverage in the county's two largest newspapers and gave us the idea to expand the festival.
The 2006 Lake County Film Festival will feature both full length and short form films shown over four days. Submission from independent filmmakers are being reviewed and buzz is already generating both through word-of-mouth and the Lake County press. The festival was also mentioned on IFC's "Ultimate Film Fanatic."
*March 6th, 2008 - subject to change, please read below
Peoria Film Festival - Peoria, AZ
*This is the one festival in question. My original notes had us scheduled for March 6th. From what I can now tell, it appears the festival has been pushed back to September 18th-21st, 2008. Hope to have this cleared up for you as soon as I can.
March 8th, 2008
Miami Underground Film Festival - Miami, FL
The Miami Underground Film Festival was created to give the independent filmmaker a forum to screen their work. We put an emphasis on undiscovered or neglected talent from around the world. We hope to grow throughout the years and serve as a launching pad for future independent filmmakers in the spirit of Cassavetes, Rodriguez, Meyer and Jarmusch.
March 12th-16th, 2008
Backseat Film Festival - Philadelphia, PA
2008 brings you the 6th edition the Backseat Film Festival! We are very proud of all the great rock 'n roll movies we've been lucky enough to show over the years, and we are looking forward to this year's movies. Once again, we'll be screening shorts, features, documentaries, animations, music videos and everything in between. Student films and local stuff too!
And true to form, we'll be hosting loads of special events and after-parties during the festival at nearby venues.
Following this year's flagship Philadelphia event and Award Ceremony in March 2008, the Backseat Film Festival will again be traveling to several other cities, bringing with it past festival award winners and new submissions alike.
I have just learned that "Honey, I'm Home" has earned the honor of "Director's Cut" on MetaCafe. The "Director's Cut" channel is a sub-division within the MetaCafe platform that features fresh original videos that honor the art of storytelling and the craft of filmmaking in the categories of comedy, animation, documentary, action and drama.
It is quite an honor for "Honey, I'm Home" to earn this early in it's online status.
Here is the link to the five minute short film.
For any MetaCafe member, please leave your comment on the film. Would love to have your thoughts.
Want to thank internet entrepreneur Wendy Shepherd, for adding me to her new site entitled "Officially Plugged In" A site that I see gaining in popularity.
Here is a link to my video and interview with this new site. (The video is uploaded at the site Revver)
Here is a brief rundown about the site,
"Are you concerned about people pretending to be you online? You should! It may seem harmless when people pretend to be someone they aren't. However, it's a form of identity theft and ruins reputations.
If you are in the public eye and have people who look up to you in any way, you will want to be listed here on Officially Plugged In.
People who pretend to be you are considered FAKERS or POSERS. Friends and fans will think they are talking to you. Fakers may wish to meet with your friends/fans, which can cause dangerous situations.
These people are robbing you of your friends and fans along with the support they provide for the hard work you have done.
Many people in the public eye are establishing themselves online, even including links to their MySpace or other social networks. However, there is no uniformity or central site promoting them to help their friends/fans to find them. This is why "Officially Plugged In" was started. This is the first site like it that displays those who confirm their real presence and support to help stamp out fakers/posers."
Here's David Branin's "Officially Plugged In" Video
PS: "Honey, I'm Home" is now online! You can watch it in it's entirety. All 5 minutes of it. Check it out, believe you will enjoy it.
It has been a surprise hit for me. I made it for less than a $100, and to date it has been an Official Selection to more than 15 International Film Festivals.
"Honey, I'm Home" won the "Audience Choice Award" at the HollyShorts Film Festival (it's debut festival). It's festival selections include Miami Underground Film Festival, Festivus Film Festival, Lake County Film Festival, and the Rome Independent Film Festival.
Honey, I'm Home tackles the topic of being unfaithful and having to confess the truth to one's companion. Never before has infidelity been explored in the way you will see here.
* Inside Scoop – It was always my plan to have "Honey, I'm Home" be available for online viewing. Before doing so, I wanted to test the Festival circuit. To my thrill and delight, this little $100 movie has held up it's own against films with 100 times the budget. In addition it has won over dozens of film critics.
My goal was to add it to the site AtomFilms. After building Honey, I'm Home's resume, I thought its track record was in place for it to be accepted by AtomFilms. I was wrong. It was rejected and I was told that it is not good enough to be on their site.
I have decided to take this setback in stride and I have uploaded it here to share with you and the MetaCafe community. Now, I would just love to stick it to AtomFilms! My goal is to now have it receive One Million Views and shove it in their face. Perhaps you can help, if you enjoy the film, please pass it onto a friend or family member.
Here is the link - View "Honey, I'm Home" Now
Had a friend ask me the other night, "Do you ever get fired up?" He said he wanted to see me mad. I generally keep a cool demeanor, yet it does not mean that passion does not burn within me.
My standard approach is to report the positive stuff happening my films and other projects. There is no need to bash the festivals that we didn't get into and things like that.
Yet when I receive an email from email@example.com with the subject "AtomFilms Content Removal" and the message ends with "***We're sorry, but due to the volume of submissions we're not able to respond to questions about why your film wasn't selected.***" This is something that really pisses me off.
You have to be kidding me. I do not proclaim that "Honey, I'm Home" is the greatest film in the world. Yet I can say it is a quality film with a solid track record. It was made with a microscopic budget, features a memorable performance from lead actor Jacob Magnuson, has been accepted into more than 15 International Film Festivals and won the Audience Choice Award at last year's HollyShorts Film Festival. Not to mention that the trailer for the film has been seen over 30,000 times and counting. The preview of the film on Cruxy.com (where it was uploaded in December) has over 20,000 hits and climbing.
Is AtomFilms really that great where they are going to pass on "Honey, I'm Home"? They really come off as an arrogant and smug organization. Also in the email is this sentence, "Thanks again for thinking of us and please, send more of your movies to AtomFilms! We'd love to see them."
What? You want to see more of my films after turning my film down. You can see them on other sites! I am through with AtomFilms. I believed they would have made the perfect match to be the online distributor for a film that will do very well online. They want to turn down a filmmaker who's work has been viewed millions of times on dozens of sites across the world wide web?
Yeah, I'm fired up, and I'm mad.
The silver lining in all of this, is now you know that "Honey, I'm Home" will make it's online debut very soon.
I am proud to announce that "Honey, I'm Home" is screening in New York on May 14th, 2008! I have receive word from Barney Oldfield, Executive Producer of NewFilmmakers NY. It will screen in conjunction with Aaron Lehmann's feature film, House of Women.
This makes the 15th Official Selection for a movie I made with the change from my pockets. Really does show that with creativity and a fresh story you can achieve results usually reserved for films with budgets in the thousands.
Here is the link to the full Spring schedule of NewFilmakers NY - http://newfilmmakers.com/NewFilmmakers%20Schedule%200804.htm
Will get you further details as they become available. Thank you for your support and interest.
I was in the middle of working on a feature story synopsis, when I received the fantastic news that "Honey, I'm Home" has been accepted into the Lake County Film Festival! Have to admit, this is a festival we did not expect to be accepted into, so this news is very well received. This makes 14 Official Selections for "Honey, I'm Home." Really happy to see our $100 film continue to win over judges and fans alike.
Even better is the way the news came about. It wasn't through email or a letter, it was through a phone call with Nat Dykeman, Festival Director of the Lake County Film Festival. To hear first hand that a Festival Director really enjoyed your film...I mean, what can I really say. It is a fantastic feeling.
Will post more detailed information as it becomes available.
Until then, here is the official site: Lake County Film Festival
Want to thank those of you who are purchasing our film through the site (Cruxy makes it easy by allowing you to use Paypal, Google Checkout, or your Credit Card, easily and securely). I am putting my proceeds towards the budget of my upcoming debut feature film. So, when you pay $0.99 you are doing more than just buying to view "Honey, I'm Home". You are helping to raise beginning funds for my first feature film. Your support has been a tremendous boost to me. Thank you.
There is a free one minute preview of "Honey, I'm Home" on Cruxy as well. Here is the direct link, https://www.cruxy.com/info/12745
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First and foremost,
Happy New Year to you!
I am working on making 2008 a big year (which will include my debut feature film!). While attacking this new year, I have discovered that my film, "Honey, I'm Home" was an Official Selection to the Bursa International Silk Road Film Festival which took place December 7th through December 13th, 2007 in Istanbul, Turkey. It is quite an honor that "Honey, I'm Home" was selected as they received over 400 short film submissions.
Must apologize to all my fans in Turkey who missed the screening. I was kept in the dark and was not aware it was accepted. It is tougher to find out word about International Film Festivals. As proof, I was not aware that we had been accepted into yet another International Film Festival. I did some investigating and also discovered that "Honey, I'm Home" has also been accepted into the Roma Independent Film Festival.
The festival runs from April 4th through 12th, 2008. Will keep you posted with more information as it becomes available.
Here is the Roma Independent Film Festival "Honey, I'm Home" page, http://www.riff.it/php/show.php?id=2423
Here is the official site page (english) http://www.riff.it/indexeng.html
My best to you as you pursue your life's passions.
We have received word from the organizers of the Festivus Film Festival in Denver, CO that "Honey, I'm Home" has made the cut. They received over 300 submissions which is amazing for their inaugural year. We are still waiting on the official announcement and for the schedule to be released which will be done soon. I can say that we are overjoyed with this selection. Really like what we have seen from Festivus thus far and we wanted to be a part of it.
The FESTIVUS Film Festival will be held in Denver, Colorado between January 11 and January 13, 2008.
Mission statement: FESTIVUS is the film fest for the rest of us. Our goal is to support and encourage awesomely badass, truly independent film. Festivus isn't for the deep-pocketed Hollywood type. We're here for the guy that pawned his car to make a film. That's what independent cinema is about. That's what FESTIVUS is all about. Denver- you're going to love us!
Will update you on more details as they are released.
I have just added my film, "Honey, I'm Home" to Cruxy.com. That's right, you can finally see it no matter where you are!
Tagline: He cheated...she knows.It deals with the topic of infidelity in a way you have probably never seen before.
The quote from the subject line is the best way to sum up Tony D's feelings about "Honey, I'm Home." Very glad to have connected with Hardcore Film Maniac Tony DeFrancisco. On a whim, I sent him both "Shoot-Out" and "Honey, I'm Home" and he had great things to say about both films which makes me feel fantastic.
I like to refer to "Honey, I'm Home" as an underdog of a film. I mean, hey, we made it for less than $100. I also like to call it the "surprise" of the film festival circuit. And wouldn't you know it, this film is surprising critic after critic. Tony D was no different. Check out this quote.
"It's not without a final twist to surprise the viewer…and boy, was this viewer surprised."
Here is the full review.