Today we finally premiere Christina's short "Juice It," online for the world to see. Shot back in August 2013, after Summit (January) and 'Kelsey' (May-July), on less than $500, made possible thanks to many of our favorite people, we present Christina's absurd take on the true story of she and Justin (her fiancé) attempting a juice cleanse.
"Juice It" was invited to screen at the Damn! Film Series tonight as part of their comedy block. It was a light crowd, but a really fun lineup and inviting atmosphere. The audience definitely enjoyed the film. With only about 25 people in house, laughter still filled the room. We're glad we were part of this freshman screening series and are interested in seeing how they grow when they come back for their second year. See some photos below.
Have a listen to this interview Christina did about 'Juice It' with the people behind the Damn Film Series as part of their podcast The Story Around the Story. It's a little choppy and the audio quality has issues due to some technical difficulties. But it's a fun listen nonetheless. 'Juice It' will be screening as part of the series on May 11th.
Friday night was the "Juice It" screening at the Queens World Film Festival; and what a night it was! In a 400 seat theater, over half the seats were full with an enthusiastic audience - many connected to filmmakers there, some just attending for a night of indie film.
"Juice it" screened 1st of the 6 films, and it really opened the night up. People were LAUGHING, like really laughing all throughout, especially through the ending. The room was a roar at a certain dirty line (in reference to a pretzel) for anyone who's seen it before. I've grown accustomed to that being the biggest laugh at screenings, which is fun & refreshing. Clearly people are not expecting that at all.
After the screening, audience members were raving about the film. I got such wonderful & insightful comments. Also, people were all over Ricardo & his performance! It was very exciting. I tweeted some quotes about the film from people here & here. I was also interviewed by a reporter from the Queens Courier, so hopefully that'll come out this week. Afterwards, we went to a local bar & hung out with some friends and a few audience members turned fans. It was a great night. And, overall, it was lovely being part of this particular festival where the people who run it are so clearly sincere in their support of local filmmakers and trying to create a sense of community between us. I enjoyed how interactive they made the build up to the screening and will surely submit future films shot in Queens. Until then, I'm excited to see the film in front of an audience again on May 11th at the DAMN! Film Series.