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When Will Things End?

Ok now, seriously, how many more ridiculous blog-post titles can I make up about “The End of All Things” movie? I don’t really know, but it’s fun and I’m on a role, so I guess I’ll just go with it. For those of you who have been keeping track of the progress of my last short-film “The End of All Things”, I’m happy to say we’re nearly there! The nearly-finished film screened as a work-in-progress at the oxford film fest just this past weekend and was extremely well received. The final score came in just the week before, (which was composed & conducted by multiple award-winner Douglas Romayne, and recorded/performed by members of the Hollywood Symphony a little over two weeks ago), and is just amazing to say it lightly. I’ll be sitting down with my sound designer once or twice more within the next couple weeks for the final mix-down, and the film will be completely “complete”. (There are “quote” marks around “complete” very intentionally, but if you’re a filmmaker, I’m sure you know how this goes). Even though we don’t have a “final” version of the film yet, I’ve already been approached several times about other potential festival screenings and presentations, so I’m quite excited to see where this film ends up going, as I know the 100+ cast and crew are also watching as intently as I am. I’m extremely happy with the way the film has come out, but as with all indie projects, it’s always a toss-up to see what will come of it. Either way, I will definitely be pursuing the festival route with this film, as it is truly a indie “festival film”, so it will be exciting to see what both audiences and critics alike have to say about “The End of All Things”. I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Post Festival Catch-Up

For all those of you who missed out on the 2nd Annual Oxford International Film Festival, you missed a heck of a show. Nearly 200 filmmakers graced the streets of Oxford, flying in from as far off as Denmark and France, to present over 100 of some of the year’s best new indie films, including over 60 premieres, concerts, vendors, workshops, panels, parties, galas and more. I’d be lying if I said it went off without a hitch, as with any new or growing event, we’ve had our fair share of problems, and no matter how hard you try, you can’t anticipate everything, but it was an honor to have so many positive comments from filmmakers, and attendees alike, specifically impressed with the professionalism and organization of the event, which is a rarity with new festivals, and something we take pride in. One of our key goals continues to be to reach and support new filmmakers and artists, while bringing new and exciting large-scale, professional cinematic programs to the region, and I think that with the 2008 Oxford International Film Festival we’ve once again accomplished that goal. With a bit over 1500 in attendance, the event didn’t exactly bring down the house, but numbers were still up considerably from the previous year (which ranged between 1100 and 1200), when it comes to this event in particular, one additional (and consistent comment) from the filmmakers (in addition to the organization) is that they really appreciate the small-town atmosphere and the personal interaction that is made possible at this festival, as it presents and preserves a unique event and environment that sets it apart from other large-scale festivals internationally. This is something that we’ll be striving to retain from year to year, and a keeps a wonderfully personal “independent” feel to festival, which is great on many levels. I also want to make sure I send a “shout out” to all of this year’s festival sponsors, volunteers, and staff who all worked so very hard, many pouring their heart and soul into the event to see it come in fruition in its second year. Hats off to you, thank you so much, I love you all!