In January, it was my great pleasure to co-direct the short film PAPER PLANES with Alyssa Thordarson (who also wrote and co-stars). We had an amazing cast and crew, headlined by Shaina Schrooten in the lead role, and I am very proud of the end result. The film will have its World Premiere at the AfterImage Film Festival in Saint Charles, IL on Saturday, April 15 with an encore screening on Sunday, April 16. I will be present for a Q&A following both shows along with Alyssa and Shaina. You can watch the trailer for PAPER PLANES (as well as purchase tickets) on AfterImage’s official website. I will also be announcing the film’s International Premiere (at an LGBTQ festival of great renown) and New York Premiere very soon so stay tuned.
RELATIVE will also continue its nationwide theatrical run in April with screenings planned in New York City, Albuquerque, Memphis and Chicago. Ticket info will be added to the RELATIVE site for those shows as soon as it is available.
There will be many screenings of RELATIVE across the U.S. between now and mid-March — at least 14 screenings in 8 different states. I’m including a list of these screenings below and will be providing showtime and ticket info as soon as it’s available (which you can access by clicking on the links below the poster). This list will be continually updated:
Pat “Uber Critic” McDonald interviewed me about my forthcoming feature, RELATIVE, at http://HollywoodChicago.com. He also gave me the chance to talk about some of my favorite artists including Agnes Varda and Bob Dylan. It’s always a pleasure talking to Pat! Listen to our two part podtalk interview below:
We are deep into post-production on RELATIVE and every time I see the footage, I couldn’t feel more proud of the work put in by our tremendous cast and crew. I anticipate a World Premiere in early 2022. In the meantime, Screen Magazine published a second article to coincide with the wrap of our shoot that you might be interested in checking out. It features new quotes from me and producer/actress Clare Cooney about the making of the film:
For those who missed the Rendezvous in Chicago Live Commentary with me and Clare Cooney, broadcast on Facebook last Sunday night, we recorded the video on Zoom so you still have the chance to watch it. I had a lot of fun doing this – mainly because Clare brought so much insight (and humor) to her observations on what it’s like to act in and be the casting director for an indie film. Please note you are meant to watch the film simultaneously with the commentary video. Here’s how it works:
1. Pull up Rendezvous in Chicago on Tubi here.
2. Pull up the Facebook Live video (in a separate browser or on a separate device) here.
3. Press play on the Live Commentary video first.
4. When I say “Go”in the Live Commentary video (after counting down from five), press play on the Tubi video.
5. Enjoy both videos simultaneously!
My first feature, 2015’s no-budget Cool Apocalypse, is now available to stream for the first time ever – thanks to the Chicago Park District’s Movies in the Parks’ “Onscreen: At Home” series. You can stream it for FREE between now and next Monday, May 3, at the Park District’s website.
Meanwhile, my 2017 feature, Mercury in Retrograde, hot on the heels of its “virtual run” at the Gene Siskel Film Center, is also now available for the first time to rent/buy on Digital via Amazon Prime and Vimeo on Demand. Peep the official Mercury websitefor all of your options.
Rendezvous in Chicago, my 2018 feature, is, of course, still available to stream for free via TubiTV or Amazon Prime.
This means you could conceivably stream all three of the films in my “Chicago Relationship Trilogy” in the next few days for the low, low cost of $1.99 (the price of streaming Mercury in SD on Amazon). If you see any of these films and have any feedback you would like to share, feel free to reach out to me me at email@example.com.
In collaboration with my good friends at the Gene Siskel Film Center, I have made my 2017 feature film, MERCURY IN RETROGRADE, starring Roxane Mesquida (FAT GIRL) and Najarra Townsend (CONTRACTED), available to stream for the first time ever! You may stream the film anytime between now and 4/23 for the low, low price of $4.99 and part of the proceeds will go towards the Siskel’s box office. Also, I will be partaking in a virtual Q&A via Facebook Live this Friday night (4/17) at 8pm along with producer/actor Shane Simmons and surprise cast members TBA! The Q&A will be moderated by FilmChicago.com critic Lee Shoquist. Any of my students who stream the film are eligible to earn extra credit towards their grades this semester (see the extra credit page of your course website for more info). Check it out: http://www.mercuryinretrogrademovie.com