Wednesday, February 28, 2007

DON'T MISS: Jack Hafer, Producer of To End All Wars, to Come to Malone

Filmmaker Jack Hafer will speak at Malone College’s chapel service on “Using Film to Change the World,” Wednesday, February 28.

Later, from 1 – 3 p.m., he will discuss the filmmaking process from the director’s and editor’s perspectives in the Johnson Center chapel. This is a great opportunity for Malone's prospective filmmakers to learn.

There will be a film forum with a special sneak preview of Hafer’s one-hour PBS documentary Wall of Separation concerning separation of church and state issues at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Barn. A question and answer session will follow. All of the above programs are free and open to the public.

The president of Boulevard Pictures, Jack Hafer is the producer of the award-winning feature film, To End All Wars. He and his production company represent a vast experience in the film & television studio business. Recent or current projects include Wall of Separation, The Culture Wars, Cruel Logic, Praying the Hours, Safety Zone, and James Dean: The Movie.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Film Society Screening of Magnolia Monday Feb. 26th 8 p.m. CL 49

There will be a Film Society Screening of the film Magnolia on Monday, February 26 at 8 p.m. in CL (Cattell Library) Room 49. Bring a pillow or beanbag if you like.


From the Canton Repository: Shooting a 30-minute dramatic film at 10 Canton locations in just six days during muggy August on a $20,000 budget presented plenty of challenges for Ryan Covert.

“It’s extremely exhausting,” said Covert, a 2004 Hoover High School graduate. “You have to work triple time, and stretch every cent as far as you can. Filmmaking is ridiculously expensive, so it’s all smoke and mirrors, making a low-budget film look like it’s not low-budget.”

Funded by grants from Arts in Stark and Quest Recovery Services, “White Room” is intended as an educational piece to provoke thought and discussion.

“It about this all-star basketball player named Jimmy who turns to cocaine and other drugs after his father dies. It’s about his downward spiral,” said actress Julia Dixon, 17, a junior at Green High School. “I play his sister. Our mother is an alcoholic, and I’m the only one who can do anything.”

Covert, 28, directed, co-wrote and co-produced “White Room.”

“Is it in the genre of an after-school special? Yes,” he said. “But we do our best to bring art back to the table. It’s an art film and also a help film.”

Admission is free to the screening of “White Room” and other short films at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lions Lincoln Theatre. Due to strong language, drug use and violence, “White Room” is not recommended for viewers under age 17 unless accompanied by a parent.

Read the remainder of the article on the Rep's website. Andrew Rudd will be attending the screening and would like those interested to see it with him. e-mail him directly at

Friday, February 16, 2007

FFS - Rhode Island International Film Festival

The Rhode Island Internation Film Festival is accepting submissions for its 2007 festival.

From the RIIFF website: "Now in its eleventh year, the Rhode Island International Film Festival™, (RIIFF) will take place August 7-12, 2007. In its brief life span, the Festival has become a leading juried competition showcase for international independent filmmakers and their work. In 2006, RIIFF screened over 300 titles in six days to appreciative crowds of over 22,000 people; making it the largest festival in New England."

FFS - Plymouth Indepedent Film Festival

The Plymouth Independent Film Festival is fairly new film festival accepting submissions for its 2007 festival.

From the PIFF website: "Welcome to PIFF '07. We are now ramping up for next year's festival, July 18-22, 2007. We are currently accepting submissions. Click here for further details, or visit our submissions page. Stay tuned for upcoming benefit events, off season film series and other exciting events. Schedule will be posted by the end of November.

In the meantime, check out our site and myspace at

FFS - Midwest Independent Film Festival

The Midwest Independent Films Festival is year-round with films being shown the first Tuesday of every month in Chicago. Submission information is available at this link click me.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

America's Best Student Shorts

America's Best Student Shorts is "is a weekly, half-hour TV program that showcases short films and videos by college students. The program is appearing on more than three dozen campus and community TV stations all over the country. Check Show Times for a complete list" (

They Accept films from those under 25. There are no submission fees or liscensing fees. Check out the FAQs page to find the answers to any questions you might have.

Student Films Across America Traveling Film Festival Accepting Submissions

The Student Films Across America Tour is coming to Cleveland this year. There are links on the home page for entry forms, entry FAQs, and more.

From the homepage: "We're giving student filmmakers from around the world an unparalleled opportunity - their film, seen by thousands, in more than 50 cities across the country. The festival organizers will be riding a tour bus named Vivian, starting in their home state of Wisconsin and ending in Los Angeles for an awards presentation. See the list of dates to find out everywhere they're stopping - each city will have its own local featured student filmmaker."

Submission dates:
Early - February 27th
Regular - March 28th
Late - April 21st
Without a Box Extended - May 1st

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Martha's Vineyard Independent Film Festival

The Martha's Vineyard Independent Film Festival is accepting submissions for their summer film series. There is an entry fee of $15 for shorts under 30 minutes or $25 for features (over 30 minutes).

Call for film fest entries

Independent Film Project (

Check out this site. It has links to "Ask the Experts," "Filmmaker's Library," and "Forums" amongst other prossibly useful links.
The Independent Film Project site is awaiting.

Independent Film Channel Student Filmmaker Page

The Independent Film Channel (IFC) webpage includes a page with many links to information about student film festivals, other student filmmaking sites, movie lists (pretty cool top 100 films lists and so forth), and filmmaking software. Seems like something worth checking out.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Indie Films Page on the Internet Movie Database

I just found a indie page on the Internet Movie Database that includes a list of independent film festivals with corresponding links, articles, indie film trailers, and more. Check it out at .

Thursday, February 8, 2007

FFS: Movie Gallery Student Video Competition

There's an established student film festival sponsered by the Auburn Film Society & the Department of Communication & Journalism at Auburn University. The deadline for this year's competition is Feb. 22. There is a $25 entry fee. Competition winner in College Videomaker category gets $1,000. I know this is short notice for this year, but there's always 2008. Films entered must be less than 2 years old. So, if you've got a sweet film you made for last year's Open Frame Festival, consider entering.

more info. at

Stock20 Original Songs for Your Film

Andrew Rudd's brother runs a website that offers rights to all sorts of original music to fit the needs of filmmakers. Each song comes with different versions of the same song in different lengths. Songs are only $7 each. However, since this is Andrew's brother that we're talking about, Andrew might be able to work something out for you. The site is His brother posts new songs every month and there's a link to his archive of all his Stock20 songs. Check it out and contact Andrew for more information if you'd like...

Monday, February 5, 2007

FFS: Christian & Missionary Alliance Film Festival

Josh Whitemean emailed me from the video office to let us know that this summer the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) will hold our first-ever film festival. This is a great opportunity for your students to network and get exposure to a broader audience. Students claiming a C&MA church as theirhome church may enter. The reason I am writing you is because our missions recruitment office shows Malone as having a high number of Alliance students. Entrants don’t have to be at the festival to win some great prizes.

More details are available in A. Rudd's office or check out their website:

LFO: bald actors needed

Independent filmmaker seeks as many actors (men and women) as possible, ages 18-88, who are bald or who have a shaved head to appear as extras in a comedy short motion picture to be shot in the Cleveland, Ohio area in late February. Filming will take place in one afternoon and take two hours or less. Must wear dress pants, dress shirt and dress shoes. Must provide own transportation to movie set. Movie will be entered in film festivals across the country. E-mail if interested with a bald head shot attached. Thanks.

Jack Hafer Returns to Malone.

Some of you remember when Jack brought his film To End All Wars to Malone several years ago.

He's returning to campus to preview a new documentary that will not air until summertime -- but he'll also be speaking in chapel and offering a workshop on film postproduction.

He'll be here on February 27th & the workshop will be held at 4 p.m.. That evening, Linda Leon & I will be interviewing him after the premiere of his film which will be screened at 7:30 in the Stewart Room.

RASHOMON tonight!

Tonight will be the first film for the Malone Film Society, Spring, 2007:


This award-winning, critically-hailed, off-cited masterwork of Akira Kurosawa is cited by many to be one of the first major films to employ non-linear storytelling.

See you there!

Rashomon - February 5th, 8:00 p.m., Silk Auditorium

CFF: Andrew Gates

Andrew is looking for a shot logger and possibly a few other crew positions.

Please reply to him directly at:

or to the open frame mailbox at:

CFF: Andrew Siragusa & Will Cady

Andrew & Will will hold auditions for their film project soon. They're wondering if any other directors would like to audition actors at the same time.

Please email them directly or email the open frame web account:

Andrew -

Will -

Open Frame -