Christina got to sit down with The Creative Outsiders, a podcast highlighting Women in Film.
- How she stays creative and inspired as a filmmaker?
- Why writing groups are important for screenwriters?
- Where filmmakers go wrong with crowdfunding?
- How can horror films have a message?
- Identifying who you are as a filmmaker?
Skip the bio intro & listen at 1:55.
She was also on the Horrible Imaginings podcast discussing crowdfunding and an opportunity for genre filmmakers through her work at Seed&Spark.
Celebrating another amazing year of films & filmmakers!
IndieWorks screens short films every month produced by emerging filmmakers throughout New York. It provides a platform for those filmmakers to showcase their work in front of an audience and to network with individuals in the local film community. We aim to create a space that sparks discussion & collaboration and pushes our peers and ourselves to find inspiration from each other.
Our annual season runs June through March, culminating in our Best of Fest Finale every April. Out of 173 submissions during our 5th year, we were able to screen 46 wonderful films and webisodes. Tuesday, April 17th, all 8 of our monthly Silver Whiskers Award winners of the year, along with 2 lucky Audience Chosen winners (who were our two highest scoring non-Silver Whisker winning films of the year), will screen again and be eligible for monetary prizes! The top prize comes with winning the Golden Whiskers Award, our version of Best Picture; but we'll also be awarding Best Writer/Director, Best Ensemble Performance, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and the audience will vote for the Ultimate Audience Choice winner! Best of Fest will be held at our usual The Local in Long Island City, but with more of a party-vibe! As always, there's no entry fee, so bring all your friends and film enthusiasts out to watch these 10 fantastic films and close out this season in celebration!
Evening's Line-up (screening order subject to change):
Sundogs (15:55) Written & Directed by Elizabeth Chatelain
- December Winner
- Nominated for Best Writer/Director
Chocolates (15:13) Written & Produced by Patricia Selznick, Directed by Mike Cattelona
- March Winner
- Nominated for Best Ensemble Performance and Best Cinematography
Runaway (19:37) Written & Co-Directed by Harrison Heller, Co-Directed by Tommy Kraft
- November Winner
- Nominated for Best Editing
Cake (9:22) Written & Directed by Anne Hu
- January Winner
- Nominated for Best Writer/Director, Best Ensemble Performance, and Best Editing
Smile (3:12) Directed by Bill Kirstein, Written & Produced by Bill Kirstein & Ginny Leise
- October Winner
- Nominated for Best Editing
All 8 Silver Whiskers Award Winners are eligible for the Golden Whiskers Award. And all 10 screening films can win the Audience Choice Award. The other nominees are:
- Madness (Tae Jung Choi)
- Cake (Anne Hu)
- Sundogs (Elizabeth Chatelain)
BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
- Rooftops of My City (Maya Jasmin & Terence Schweizer)
- Chocolates (Patricia Selznick & Ford)
- Cake (Daniella Rabbani, Thomas Dane, Anne Hu)
- Chocolates (John Hudak, Jr.)
- Madness (Dj Carroll)
- The Orange Story (Beecher Cotton)
- Smile (Bill Kirstein)
- Runaway (Harrison Heller)
- Cake (Anne Hu)
Golden Whiskers Award Winner:
- Winning filmmaker gets $200 towards a future crowdfunding campaign should they choose Seed&Spark as their platform. And the film has the option of automatic non-exclusive distribution in the Seed&Spark Cinema.
- A 1TB G-drive
- 50% Off any a la carte Post-Production Service 4milecircus offers (motion graphics, editing, sound editing, etc.).
- CongestedCat Productions will offer free script coverage for the director's newest short, and devote a day of our social media shares to the winning project and its latest updates.
See you on April 17th!
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"Enough" screened Thursday night at Kaufman Astoria Studios as part of the #Women block. I'm usually a little skeptical of any block whose theme is just "women," as it usually implies it's the only block at the festival with films directed by women. But women directors were super represented all throughout the festival this year, and I was happy to see that my block featured 5 films unified by a kind of "women on the edge" theme - tackling struggles that don't specifically afflict women but were portrayed in nuanced ways that felt authentically and pointedly woman. The audience was small, only about 35 people, but not bad for 6pm on a weekday. And thankfully, the audience was engaged, with a well-run Q&A that artistically tackled the work. See the Q&A below. We cut out most of the other filmmakers' answers, as as to not spoil their films. But the discussion was great overall.
"Arm Bar" screened Sunday at the beautiful Museum of Moving Image theater in the Queens Corner block, which always closes out the festival and has the largest audience because it features 7 to 8 films all by Queens-based filmmakers. Usually the films are also all shot in Queens, but there were a couple in this lineup that weren't. It was a mixed bag but there were some some really excellent films in the mix. "Arm Bar" was super well received by the audience, with the brilliant Latresa Baker's gripping lead performance complimented during the Q&A. Watch the recap below. Again, we kept everyone's intro but only included Ryan's answers, so as to avoid spoilers for the other films. (Thanks QWFF volunteer Maggi Delgado for recording & sharing both videos.)
We hope to be back at Queens World with new work next year! Until then, our next screening will be at Blackbird in April with "Enough."