Winning!

08/21/2015

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A couple of weekends ago at the inaugural On The Line Film Fest in Saint Paul, MN, my short film "Geeky Pheebs: An Ideal Man" won its first award! It won 'Best Comedic Short' out of a field of many great competitors.

I didn't attend the screening, but star Renee Pilon was there to represent the cast and crew. I'm very proud of all the great cast and crew of this film and grateful for all their talents. I also want to thank the film fest organizers for the recognition. 

In an industry and field filled with so much rejection, I find it important to celebrate each win.

You can watch the film at GeekyPheebs.com
 
 
I'm a semi-finalist! Woooo! I've worked very hard over the past year and a half and dedicated a lot of time to learning the craft of TV writing and it paid off last week when I found out I am a semi-finalist for the 2015/16 Nickelodeon Writing Program. We'll see what happens next, but however it shakes out, I feel very good at this progress and validation that I'm on the right track.  
 
 
This week, author Jessica Freeburg, emailed me to let me know that the manuscript and art for her short story anthology was being sent off to the publisher. The anthology is a collection of paranormal/horror/thriller short stories written by the members of GSI (Ghost Stories Inc.) including: Scott Spinks, Sean Spinks, Natalie Fowler, Jessica Freeburg, and Jay Asher.

I also have a story included in the book and this will be my first time being published as a writer in book format. This release will be extra special as there will be both a print and digital editions. I'm beyond excited to be included in this anthology and have my story next to such talented and well-established writers. My tale is a ghost story titled "The Lift" about a day in the life of an LA actor that slips into a different time and faces a terrifying vision. The book will be released in mid-November by Red Sofa Literary and is intended for a YA audience. Keep posted to my website for more details as we approach the launch date.
 
 
I took an excursion to Santa Barbara over the 4th of July holiday weekend. It's always nice to get out of LA for a bit. I was also able to use my camera a bit to take a few pictures of the gorgeous coast. I haven't had a chance to take many landscape photos since my time in Iceland, so this was nice practice.
 
 
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Both of my short films "The Red Dress" and "Geeky Pheebs: An Ideal Man" have been selected to screen at the first annual 'On the Line' film festival in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The festival runs August 5-9 and will take place at the Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul. It's an honor to have both films selected to play. For more information about the festival, please visit their website HERE

I'll post more details about the screening date and time when it becomes available. Thanks to all the cast and crew of these films.

For more information about these films you can visit their individual websites: The Red Dress & Geeky Pheebs: An Ideal Man
 
 
It's been a while since I've posted. Where have I been? Well, I've been working on all my scripts/essays for the various big name writing contests and fellowships, which are mostly all due in the spring season. For almost every aspiring professional screenwriter, this time of year is known as MAYpocalypse because most of the deadlines for the aforementioned contests and fellowships land somewhere in May.

In the midst of all this madness of fine-tuning my tales, I did receive some good news about my feature film project. It was selected to participate in NALIP's 2015 Latino Media Market at the Latino Media Summit in Hollywood at the end of June. By participating in the Media Market, I will be able to present my project to various executives, financiers, distributors and other industry insiders.  We have a great team forming around this project and will soon hopefully secure more talent and the funding needed to move it into production.

So after Maypocalypse is over, I'll begin readying my presentation materials to take to the Media Market at the end of June. More updates will be coming soon.

Click HERE for the announcement by NALIP about all their selected projects for this year's Latino Media Market.
 
 
So I have just assembled a new directing reel for myself.  It's been a while since the last one.  While putting this together, I was forced to realize just how much work I have done. Sometimes, time makes you forget such things.  I must say, I am quite proud of the work on it, as it shows that I am comfortable with diverse talent and subject matter. Hopefully this will aid my career as the current buzzword in the industry is "diversity."  Here's a list of everything you'll find on this reel in this order. Enjoy and feel free to share!
  • The Red Dress - Short Film
  • Danza Con Migo - Music Video
  • Minnesota Legit - Product Video
  • Academia Cesar Chavez - Bilingual Corporate
  • Lush: Zero Waste Week - Internal Corporate
  • NIDEC - Documentary
  • Jantastic 2015 - Live Event
 
 
Over on the website for my transmedia project "Geeky Pheebs," we've got a blog up and running.  So far, we're calling it "Phoebe's Playhouse." The articles are written by myself and project co-writer Ruth Tjornhom  and are written in the voice of the Phoebe character.

It has proven to be a good exercise at not only writing in a character's voice but also in defining that character's voice. We've had it up for nearly two months now and are on a schedule of posting every Wednesday. So far, we have been building an audience from week to week and we are very pleased with the progress we have been making.

If you like all things geek culture, check out the blog HERE.
 
 
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A while back, Kevin Ott from the Writers Guild Foundation asked me to do a guest write-up on their blog.  I was to write about one of the top 101 screenplays from the WGA's member voted list.  I chose "Thelma and Louise" as I had never seen the film and am a big Ridley Scott fan.  It got posted about two week ago now and I am happy to re-post it here.  I hope I can get the chance to do another one soon. 

You can find the post HERE

 
 
This past weekend, I traveled down to San Diego for "Jantastic" presented by the San Diego Derby Dolls.  It was there to direct the webcast over the two-day tournament. The last time I was there was in June for the "Battle on the Bank" tournament.

It was so great to work with a well-run and professional operation like the Derby Dolls and with such great people like Isabelle Ringer and Amber Alert! It was also nice to see a lot of familiar faces from roller derby community from players to announcers.
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Me in the production booth, switching. Photo by: Amber Alert!
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I'd like to thank my camera ops, announcers, and the SDDD staff for putting on a great production. I'd also like to thank all the skaters from all around the country that displayed great talent and incredible skill throughout the entire weekend. Also, congratulations to the "My Little Ponies" team that claimed 1st place.

I hope the games will be available online soon, until then, enjoy the championship  game that I directed from the BOTB tournament in June of 2014. The bout is between the Los Angeles Derby Dolls Ri-ettes and the Arizona Derby Dames Hot Shots.