IndieWorks Recap

IndieWorks: Best of Fest Year 6 Recap

INDIEWORKS: BEST OF FEST

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Last Tuesday was a special night at IndieWorks! We celebrated the conclusion of our 6th year! Between watching the 9 fantastic films, mingling with the talented filmmakers, and engaging with the wonderful audience, we had a ton of fun! In total, we had over 70 people in attendance and it was clear the crowd enjoyed the lineup. We hope new connections were made! There was, unfortunately, some bar noise towards the end of the night, but thankfully it didn’t disrupt the films as a whole. Please know that we’re addressing this behind the scenes and will be making an announcement regarding our venue very soon!

THANK YOU. 

To all of the incredible people involved in this community who submit their work, attend our monthly series, follow our content, and spread the word of anything IndieWorks... we truly thank you. It's been another great year of innovative, local films and filmmakers.

Six years ago, Christina decided she wanted to create a monthly film series for local independent filmmakers to showcase and discuss their work with an audience and connect with their (our) peers in a friendly, supportive, engaging and still encouragingly competitive environment. Sure enough, we made it happen and it has grown into something so wonderful, more so than we could have imagined over the past six years. It's been a real passion project from our team, and we hope it has stayed true to the ideals of helping independent filmmakers find an audience and build a network & community of likeminded, productive & talented individuals. Thank you all for being part of it! We're honored to screen & support your work! 

The full lineup & nominations can be found in our previous post.  

THE AWARDS GO TO...

AUDIENCE CHOICE: "Adult" (Tatienne Hendricks-Tellefsen & Cynthia Silver) - Wins $50 towards a Seed&Spark campaign, a free one-year subscription to Seed&Spark’s streaming platform, and script coverage from the CongestedCat team of one future short screenplay.

BEST EDITING: "Goodbye Old Friend" (Rafael De Leon Jr) - Wins $50 towards a Seed&Spark campaign, a free one-year subscription to Seed&Spark’s streaming platform, and script coverage from the CongestedCat team of one future short screenplay.

BEST ENSEMBLE: "Her Being Home" (Ellie Gravitte) - Wins $50 towards a Seed&Spark campaign, a free one-year subscription to Seed&Spark’s streaming platform, and script coverage from the CongestedCat team of one future short screenplay.

BEST WRITER/DIRECTOR: "AMYDEE" (Amy DePaola - Wins $50 towards a Seed&Spark campaign, a free one-year subscription to Seed&Spark’s streaming platform, and script coverage from the CongestedCat team of one future short screenplay.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Adam Volerich) & GOLDEN WHISKERS (BEST OF FEST): "We Were Kids" (Adam Taylor (Pictured: Marquis Wood)) - Wins (collectively) $250 towards a Seed&Spark campaign, a free one-year subscription to Seed&Spark’s streaming platform, a 1TB G-drive, an hour production, post-production, or marketing phone consultation from 4milecircus., script coverage from the CongestedCat team of two future short screenplays, and a day of social media promotion from the CongestedCat team.

See all the fun we had and testimonials from the filmmakers below! 

THAT'S A WRAP!

Check out the recaps from ALL 10 SCREENINGS of Year 6 of IndieWorks. 

As we take next month as an opportunity to go out and make things, we hope you will too. Our 7th Year of IndieWorks kicks off in June on the 11th, with our Pride-themed screening -- so keep in touch & stay up to date through our social media accounts. We want to see YOU at the next screening!

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Be sure to submit your films on our IndieWork page, and watch episodes of our Insider Series with the monthly Winners from all 6 years to get more insight into their screened films & upcoming work. Also, films that are available for free online from ALL 6 years are watchable on our Past Films page.


IndieWorks - March Recap

Last Tuesday was the March edition of IndieWorks! We had over 50 people in house for our 5 films of the night. The first set of films were moving mixed-medium pieces that explored overcoming grief. The second set were lighter pieces that explored trying to find one’s place and make a connection in different ways. The audience had great questions, and lovely conversations were had.

We'd like to say thank you to everyone who came out to support the filmmakers and spend the evening with us & them. We do hope you enjoyed the films, as well as the opportunity to network with other filmmakers and film enthusiasts. We know some connections were made!

AND we hope you'll join us again for our Best of Fest screening, featuring all Silver Whiskers Award winners of Year 6 on April 23rd! (More on that soon!) Save the date!

See photos from the evening:

The Films of the night:

Bloom (Written & Directed Lauren Cheung)
Captures a young woman’s attempt to contend with loss through her art. Facing a blank canvas, a grief-stricken painter named Mae flits through memories— both remembered and conjured— of her lost friend, until she finally confronts the most painful of them all: her friend's belongings scattered among a crime scene. Her memories are entwined with visions of her friend playing the violin in a dark auditorium; as the film progresses, the violinist’s music and Mae’s art combine together to become the language of Mae’s grief.

A Thousand Words (Directed by Mara Bush, Written by Carrie Ferrante)
Christine, forced to live in a new and unwelcome reality, hopes a special set of polaroids will provide her with a tangible keepsake. As she looks back on the little moments captured in the photos, she doesn't quite find what she's looking for but instead finds just what she needs.

Man’s Best Friend (Written & Directed by Alex Mallonee & Natasha Blass, Written by Natasha Blass.)
A dark comedy that examines our relationship to smartphones and how they both connect and isolate us from one another.  

The Break (Directed by Michael Goldburg, Written by Michael Goldburg, Janelle Tedesco, and Dave Chan)
An unhappy accountant works out her midlife crisis to be an artist during a "break" with coworkers at her office. An office comedy -- and grown-up version of "The Breakfast Club." 

Coffee and a Donut (Written & Directed by Cary Patrick Martin)
Pablo is a young immigrant, new to the United States, and speaks no English. When he first comes into a diner, not knowing how to order, he mimics another customer. Thus, a “coffee and a donut” becomes his regular order. Meanwhile, more appetizing meals pass in front of him, which he has to figure out how to order while in a busy environment that leaves him isolated. 

Watch our Q&A Recap. *Please know there are some film spoilers - feel free to look for an opportunity to catch the films at a festival or computer screen near you & then come back to watch!

The awards go to...

At the end of the evening, we announced our winning film for the Audience Choice Award. We had to skip our usual Silver Whisker Award this month, so the March Audience winner receives $50 towards a crowdfunding campaign on SeedandSpark.com should they use the platform and 50% off 4MileCircus' post-production audio cleaning service for a future project!

Congrats to:
    Audience Choice Award:  "Coffee and a Donut"

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IndieWorks - February Recap

Last Tuesday was the February edition of IndieWorks! There was a snowstorm, so unfortunately we only had 30 people in house for our 6 films of the night. But, thankfully, it was an engaged crowd with a lively Q&A. The lineup was a sweet, silly, and sometimes sad mix of films about love, sex and relationships.

We'd like to say thank you to everyone who came out to support the filmmakers and spend the evening with us & them. We do hope you enjoyed the films, as well as the opportunity to network with other filmmakers and film enthusiasts. We know some connections were made! AND we hope you'll join us again for our March screening on the 12th! It’ll be a mix of emotional and entertaining pieces about moving on from loss and making new connections.

See photos from the evening:

The Films of the night:

The High Wire (Directed by Joe Foley, Written by Kristy Hasen)
Catches the painfully funny misadventures of a sex-crazed, love-shy, middle-aged Innocent as she tumbles off Tinder and onto a former Mormon. Part Olympic gymnast, part accident waiting to happen, the small-but-mighty Kristy takes a giant leap towards love.

Fork In The Road (Written & Directed by Lea Pfandler)
Struggling with her girlfriend's ongoing denial, Lorena is left with the repercussions of the poor decision that follows that heartbreak. She finds herself at a crossroads having to make one of the most difficult decisions a woman could face.

Committed (Directed by Rachel Handler & Crystal Arnette)
When Calvin announces that he's proposing to Leesa...and then they're moving to the suburbs, Rebecca enlists Dennis's help to sabotage the proposal and keep their friends around for good.  

Metamorphosis (Written & Directed by Natalie Harris)
A queer and inexperienced girl seeks guidance after a game of Never Have I Ever. 

Cake (Directed by Adam Griffith, Written by Erika Santosuosso)
Abandoning social norms, a woman ventures into new territory to explore her sexuality. 

Watch our Q&A Recap. *Please know there are some film spoilers - feel free to look for an opportunity to catch the films at a festival or computer screen near you & then come back to watch!

The awards go to...

At the end of the evening, we announced our winning filmmakers for both Audience Choice Award & Silver Whiskers Award. The Audience Choice Award is voted upon by all those in attendance, and the Silver Whiskers Award is judged by the CongestedCat Team based on a rating system of 8 categories:   StoryDialogue/WritingDirectionActingCinematographySoundEditing, and Production Value, along with a nuanced discussion focused on inclusion and originality. The Silver Whiskers winner goes on to screen again at our end of year Best of Fest screening next April. 

The Silver Whiskers winner also receives $50 towards a crowdfunding campaign on SeedandSpark.com should they use the platform and 50% off 4MileCircus' post-production audio cleaning service for a future project. 

For the February 2019 lineup, our winning films were:
    Audience Choice Award:  "Cake"
    Silver Whiskers Award:  "Metamorphosis" 

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IndieWorks - January Recap

Last Tuesday was the January edition of IndieWorks! We screened 5 films and had over 50 people in house. The first set of films were intense & dramatic pieces, focused on past relationships coming back with consequences. The second set were lighter pieces, focused on feeling stuck or halted and unsure of what’s next, portrayed across very different styles & genres. Aside from one of the filmmakers not showing up and us needing to skip a 6th film we had programmed, the night went extremely well. We had a really engaged crowd with a lot of profound questions and comments during both Q&As.

We'd like to say thank you to everyone who came out to support the filmmakers and spend the evening with us & them. We do hope you enjoyed the films, as well as the opportunity to network with other filmmakers and film enthusiasts. We know some connections were made! AND we hope you'll join us again for our February screening on the 12th! It’ll be a sweet, silly, and sometimes sad mix of films about love, sex and relationships.

See photos from the evening:

The Films of the night:

The Long Wet Grass (Directed by Justin Davey, Written by Anna Nugent & Séamus Scanlon)
As dawn breaks over a remote lakeside in the West of Ireland, a car comes to a halt and a man all in black exits. He opens the boot (trunk) and we find there a terrified, barefoot woman. As he leads her to the edge of the lake they start to argue and we discover that they have been there before as children.

My Name is Somebody (Written & Directed by Orges Bakalli)
Bruno is living the 'American dream.' He has a loving wife, owns a bar and is expecting his first child. He is hiding a secret however; one he has spent the last twenty years hoping to hide. When a forgotten figure re-emerges and threatens all that he has built, Bruno must make amends with his past, before carrying on with his future. 

Still Life (Written & Directed by Jennifer Dean)
A short-short film celebrating the art that keeps us sane even when life makes us crazy. 

Cheese Shop (Written & Directed by Sammy Zeisel)
Takes place over the course of one long day at an artisan cheese shop. Ella, an out-of-work actress, struggles to wrap cheese in plastic, build trays, and cut every variety of cheese throughout her first day of work at the shop. Meanwhile, her life outside the shop appears to be falling apart: career failure, a break-up, and...bed bugs.

Future Unknown (Written & Directed by Makeba L. Ross)
On the afternoon of their college graduation, Mannie lets the fear of the future keep her from enjoying the day, while her friend Sunny tries her best to be happy for the both of them. 

Watch our Q&A Recap. *Please know there are some film spoilers - feel free to look for an opportunity to catch the films at a festival or computer screen near you & then come back to watch!

The awards go to...

At the end of the evening, we announced our winning filmmakers for both Audience Choice Award & Silver Whiskers Award. The Audience Choice Award is voted upon by all those in attendance, and the Silver Whiskers Award is judged by the CongestedCat Team based on a rating system of 8 categories:   StoryDialogue/WritingDirectionActingCinematographySoundEditing, and Production Value, along with a nuanced discussion focused on inclusion and originality. The Silver Whiskers winner goes on to screen again at our end of year Best of Fest screening next April. 

The Silver Whiskers winner also receives $50 towards a crowdfunding campaign on SeedandSpark.com should they use the platform and 50% off 4MileCircus' post-production audio cleaning service for a future project. 

For the January 2019 lineup, our winning films were:
    Audience Choice Award:  "Cheese Shop"
    Silver Whiskers Award:  "Future Unknown" 

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IndieWorks - December Recap

Last Tuesday was the December edition of IndieWorks! We screened 5 films and had over 50 people in house. The first set of films were mixed-medium pieces about overcoming trauma, and the second set were lighter pieces that both somewhat touched on creating art & expression. The lineup as a whole was moving and encouraging. The audience was wonderfully engaged; and, thanks to some positive adjustments by our venue after last month’s unfortunately rowdy bar crowd, the evening was immersive and sparked a lot of thoughtful conversation.

We'd like to say thank you to everyone who came out to support the filmmakers and spend the evening with us & them. We do hope you enjoyed the films, as well as the opportunity to network with other filmmakers and film enthusiasts. We know some connections were made! AND we hope you'll join us again for our January screening on 8th! It’ll be an eclectic mix of narrative films exploring tense relationships, finding one’s path, and surprising discoveries.

See photos from the evening:

The Films of the night:

The Mole (Directed by Nina Gielen, Written by Steffan Triplette)
A visualized poem about identity, marginalization, and bitter-sweet memories of childhood. Created as part of the Visible Poetry Project.

For a Better Life (Written & Directed by Yasmin Mistry)
Sold for $100 at the age of 5, Fekri suffers through years of abuse before his plight is discovered. After almost a year of hospitalization and therapy Fekri moves into a group home where he finds support, mentorship, and eventual forgiveness towards the family which sold him. 

AMYDEE (Written & Directed by Amy DePaola)
Since surviving a physical assault on the steps of her apartment, Amy DePaola (30) has been keeping a low profile while visiting a local boxing gym. When a young woman turns up dead in her neighborhood, Amy is forced to face her fears again, revealing that her real fight is far from over. 

Encore (Written & Directed by Noah Marthaller)
A woman struggles with her elderly father’s new living situation as his health declines and he clings to his independence.

Unfinished Business (Written & Directed by Nikolai Basarich)
rock bottom rock bottom rock bottom demon rock bottom rock bottom. 

Watch our Q&A Recap. *Please know there are some film spoilers - feel free to look for an opportunity to catch the films at a festival or computer screen near you & then come back to watch!

The awards go to...

At the end of the evening, we announced our winning filmmakers for both Audience Choice Award & Silver Whiskers Award. The Audience Choice Award is voted upon by all those in attendance, and the Silver Whiskers Award is judged by the CongestedCat Team based on a rating system of 8 categories:   StoryDialogue/WritingDirectionActingCinematographySoundEditing, and Production Value, along with a nuanced discussion focused on inclusion and originality. The Silver Whiskers winner goes on to screen again at our end of year Best of Fest screening next April. 

The Silver Whiskers winner also receives $50 towards a crowdfunding campaign on SeedandSpark.com should they use the platform and 50% off 4MileCircus' post-production audio cleaning service for a future project. 

For the December 2018 lineup, our winning films were:
    Audience Choice Award:  "Encore"
    Silver Whiskers Award:  "AMYDEE" 

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