I am happy to announce my short film, “From Wichita With Love,” has been selected to screen at the 2014 Tallgrass Film Festival. The screening will be the film’s world premiere and I invite anyone in the Wichita area to come to the Noon screening on October 19th to see what all the hubbub was back in June when we competed in the “Down To The Wire 24 Hour Film Race.” My fearless team and I tackled a daunting task, competing in a 24 hour film race using film (not video) as our medium. The film received “Honorable Mention” in the race’s showcase and will screen before a live audience for the first time in 2 1/2 weeks among 5 other films that competed.
After the festival I will speak more about the film, the process, the race, the festival, and the insanity of shooting on film in a 24 hour film race. Til then, I have to thank Wade Davis and Kate Van Steenhuyse for producing this with me and pushing me to create something different. A very special thanks to Chris DeVries who starred in the film alongside Wade Davis, two of my most favorite people who brought me to my knees with laughter and delivered amazing performances in what is my favorite film I’ve made to date. Thank you to Cindy Hand for helping more than she realizes and going outside her comfort zone to create something artistic. Thank you to Jim Siebert for calling me out on this idea and giving me the encouragement to try. Thank you to Jonathan Dennill for staying up til the wee hours of the morning with Wade and I as we completed the post production and gave fantastic advice and outside perspective. Thank you to David Thompson for his patience, his car, and his willingness to take on a non-speaking role last-minute. Very special thanks to Conan Fugit for volunteering his time in weeks of planning and very late night to conduct a last-minute telecine to digital for submission. Thanks to Nick Brown and the entire staff at Moler’s Camera for working with me in planning and tech to make sure this was all physically possible. Thank you to Melissa Gerlach and her dog Mocha, Tamara Winfrey and Myra DeGrandmont for watching my children, and everyone who made the film happen. Thank you to Tallgrass Film Festival, Creative Rush, my fellow DTTW Film Racers, the Tallgrass selection committee, and anyone who chuckled when they saw this film. Last, and dearly important, thank you to Luna…our cat. She hates doing anything but she put up with all of us filming her and keeping her up way past her bedtime. She’s a sweet old cat and despite the fact that she pee’d in my file cabinet in 2004 I must remember that at 17 years of cat-age, I’m lucky for every day my wife Kate and I get to spend with her and she will be forever immortalized in this dorky 3 1/2 minute film with her spot-on performance as “Steve.”
In all honesty, this film stirred my tanks and reminded me what I like to make as a filmmaker and artist. It reminded me why I do what I do. It reminded me that just because video is easier it doesn’t mean its the best option. It also introduced me to new friends and turned good friends into best friends. What more can you ask for in life than to make something fun with people you love? So come join us on Sunday October 19th for the world premiere of “From Wichita With Love.” Hopefully, it will make you laugh. We had a lot of fun making it. Tickets $10.
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