Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sleeping Flower (Short Film) - Review

Sleeping Flower is a short film written, directed, and produced by Tom Smith. The film stars Jessica Sargent as Daisy and Edward Stagg as Grandfather John. It was filmed on location in Bournemouth and at Poole Harbour, Dorset, United Kingdom

Daisy awakes one morning to find her Grandfather John missing from his usual kitchen spot. In a panic, Daisy searches and makes phone calls to no avail. Finally a phone call comes in that sends Daisy forty miles away to where her Grandfather has walked. 

Grandfather John has trekked to the harbor to reflect on his life and give floral tributes to his 'sleeping flower' who he misses greatly.  

We are given the impression that Daisy is the only one that keeps a close eye on her grandfather. I am surprised by the fact that the grandfather did not question or act the least bit surprised that young Daisy was suddenly at beside him at the harbor. 

It is a touching examination of the care Daisy feels for her grandfather and melancholy twist to Grandfather John's life.
 The music choice is fitting to the tone of the film. 


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey - Interview with Josh Miller

Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey” is a feature documentary starring Josh Miller, directed by Justin Moe and produced by Josh Miller, Ron Newcomb, Justin Moe, Phillip Keller III, and Joe Burke.

With devastating job losses across the United States, Josh Miller undergoes a thirty day journey through America to discover does the “Made In America” brand really mean anything to people anymore. 

Josh explores the potential causes of these job losses and searches for answers about the economy. He speaks with economists, historians, business owners, and people from all walks of life. During his journey, Josh attempts to live off of only “Made in USA” products to the best of his ability. The story becomes a quest to find out if Americans can change the course of the country, and Josh seeking to discover if the American Dream still exists.

We had an opportunity to chat with Josh about “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey”:

Website:  www.usa30days.com

Facebook fanpage:  www.facebook.com/themadeinusaguy

Twitter: @usa30days

Official Trailer:  http://youtu.be/xZck_itZHgI

K'Nex Toys Clip: http://youtu.be/v4DaANLdSDE

Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey” is available on iTunes and will be available on Amazon Instant at the end of October.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The LOOKALIKE - In Cinemas November 7

The LOOKALIKE - New Trailer Released

Starring Justin Long, Gillian Jacobs, John Corbett, Luiz Guzman, Jerry O'Connell Directed by Richard Gray

Drug lord William Spinks has a curious obsession with Sadie Hill, and uses family friends Bobby and Frank (John Corbett and Jerry O’Connell) to get to her. But when Sadie’s death jeopardizes a major deal, Bobby and Frank set out to find a replacement – a lookalike – to fool Spinks. This dubious plan propels an ex-basketball champion, a deaf beauty (Scottie Thompson), an addict (Justin Long), and an aspiring actress (Gillian Jacobs) into an unlikely romance and a desperate quest to start over.


iTunes link : http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/thelookalike/

Making A Go Of It (Short Film) by Tom Smith - Review

It is easy to see why Tom Smith’s short film Making A Go Of It was an official selection at the 13th Leeds Young Film Festival. The five minute (4.58 minutes to be exact) film is a sweet tribute to the silent film era, where boy meets girl.

The hero (Matt Williams) going about his every day routine sees by far the prettiest girl (Olivia Spencer) he has ever seen. Before our hero can get the fair lady’s attention she is gone. He catches up to her only to witness that she already has a boyfriend. But not all is roses and soon the young hero comes to the fair damsels rescue.

I am glad the filmmaker chose to make the short in Black & White, yet leave the story set in modern times, it adds to the charm of this short little film with no distractions or attempts to over do make-up and costumes.

Check out Making A Go Of It:


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Actor Gunnar Sizemore - Interview

Gunnar Sizemore has been acting since the age of four and is best known for his work on Heartfall (2013) and Useless (2011). 

Gunnar voices the character of Ignacio in Book of Life, which comes out in theatres October 17th. 

You can also catch Gunner on Nashville (Wed 10/9c on ABC) starting October 22nd and on Kickin It on Disney XD is November 3rd.



8-Track Productions Announces Kickstarter Campaign For Feature Film “Little Magdeline”

8-Track Productions is proud to announce that they are now accepting donations via kickstarter.com for their next feature film “Little Magdeline”.

“Little Magdeline" is a romantic Drama about a man who reconnects with his 6 year old daughter with whom he has never met. Because of this, he reevaluates his life, the way he loves and his relationships. 

“Little Magdeline” will be the third feature film Directed by Zack Scott (The 28th Day: The Wrath of Steph) with a screenplay by Zack Scott, Thomas D. Butler and Kate Nichols from a story by Zack Scott. It stars Kate Nichols and features Jodie Grundin. It will be shot by Laura Beth Love (Asteroid Vs. Earth, Jailbait, Alpha House) and edited by Ludmil Kazakov (Last Supper, Robocroc, Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines). It will be produced by Zack Scott and Kate Nichols.

“Kickstarter is a great site to raise funds with because it is all or nothing,” says Zack Scott. “It’s the most trustworthy fundraising site on the internet because once you meet the goal, you are now accountable to your contributors to finish your project, which we will! Our last film, The 28th Day: The Wrath of Steph, was self funded and we only spent $2,000 on that film but that film shows what we could do. This film, albeit a whole lot less complicated than “The 28th Day”, will have a lot more people that we are collaborating with. I have spent the past three months finding a great bunch of key crew members who love what they do! This is what I want. I’ve been on sets where there are people aren’t just jazzed that they are working on a film set. Ludmil, Laura, Crystal as well as our production manager LaChelle Hunt and our Music Supervisor Derek War Love what they do! This is what makes this film different than others that are looking for funds on Kickstarter.”

The Kickstarter campaign continues until November 14th 2014 and can be found here! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1437935859/little-magdeline-film

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mine Games - Guest Review

“Mine Games”
Lynn R. Tackitt

Have you ever decided to take a vacation with a group of friends? Maybe it was a tradition while all of you were in school. The same group of friends, year after year, going to different places and making new memories and forging stronger friendships. Friendships like that are rare and should be treasured. These are the people that know you inside and out, the good and the bad, the people that stand by your side no matter what….. The people you trust. 

What would it take to question that bond, to act against it or in some cases abandon those same friends? “Mine Games” starts out like any other film, seven friends are on a road trip for their vacation after completing college. They are heading to their friends cabin for some summer fun and mild partying. On the way up they almost hit a person in the road and as they swerve to miss him they run a bit off the road. Since they didn’t hit the person, they continue to drive on, at least for a bit, until the van breaks down.

They walk the remaining distance and come up on the cabin, their friends have left a note, so they make themselves at home. The next day they discover an abandoned mine and go exploring, finding all kinds of signs that have them wondering and the pathways are dark and eerie. They soon discover that there is something else going on here, had they been here before? What do those signs mean? Whose body is that over in the corner?

As you see the story unfold, you can see the paths and the storyline overlap. The note that was left by their friends, was left there by them. The warning sign at the beginning of the adventure in the cave, is mysteriously gone the next time they go to the cave. Who can they trust? Who do they distrust? There are plenty of questions going around. They go through the motions, motions they have already gone through, at another time.

“Mine Games” is a film that starts off at a nice even pace. You get to know the characters, a little of their background and they interact with one another. As the opening scene unfolds, you are already in the storyline a bit, the first of more than a few subtle hints. As our group of friends try to figure out what is going on, loyalties start to break down, suspicions start to unravel the friendship bond and you are wondering, along with them, can they decipher what it means to “Break the Cycle”?

“Mine Games” is written by Richard Gray, Michael Davis-Gray and Ross McQueen. Directed by Richard Gray, he has brought the touch of the eerie with a minimal of shock. Mr. Gray has managed to put just enough on film to keep you edging towards the storyline but letting your imagination and expectations fill in the creepy factor. The cast, Lyla (Briana Evigan), Clair (Julianna Guill), Rose (Rebecca DaCosta) guy (Ethan Peck) TJ (Alex Meraz) Michael (Joseph Cross) and TJ‘s cousin Lexi (Rafi Gauron) bring in a solid performance of college kids, out for the first vacation as free adults but yet still want to hang on to that last bit of party fun. Seven friends, well six friends and a cousin, start out, but how many will finish?
“Mine Games” is a movie that will give you a lot of “what if” factors? If they had done one thing different, would that have changed anything? Or everything? You decide. “Mine Games” is due out September 16, 2014.