This screening marks the premiere of Community Film Project’s latest film, “Updates”. After working together creatively on the short film “Alley Pop” in 2010, Jeff Fowler and Jer Tobin decided to co-direct once again on the new comedy “Updates”.
“Updates” is a short comedy about Ben Bagsby (Played by local theater and improv veteran Dane Bower)–a small town polka band star who isn’t having much luck in the dating world because of his love for polka and his long list of qualities a woman must have to catch his interest. His best friend Ray (Played by local actor and co creator of the film Jer Tobin) offers to help Ben find the woman of his dreams through the teachings of a dating guide written by the actor Christopher Walken. The guide details how to use your presence on Facebook–and Walken’s rule that “Women want what they can’t have”–to your advantage.
The film also stars Robyn Rasmovicz, Christina Wildes, and offers up a supporting cast of familiar local Northeast Pennsylvania theater faces including: Ashlee Danko, Betsy Seaforth and Cate McDonald. The film features music from local artists Chet Williams, Casey James Burke, The Great Party, and Sodaboy.
The duration of the entire event will be 75 minutes and will include other short films from local filmmakers.
Since 2002 Jeff Fowler has been writing, directing, and producing indie films in NEPA including “Who’s Famous Now?” and the “Pumped” trilogy: “Get Pumped”, “10-66″, and “Born Pumped”. Jeff is also the co-founder and president of Community Film Project.
Jer Tobin has acted in over 30 indie film productions over the past 6 years and “Updates” marks his second foray into film production, having co-written, produced and directed the film with Fowler.
The Graduate and Continuing Education Student Organization (GCESO) serves the needs of the adult learner at the University of Scranton and is sponsoring this event. Proceeds from concessions and monetary donations will benefit the Edward R. Leahy Jr. Clinic for the Uninsured.
Since 2004, Community Film Project (CFP) has facilitated the production and promotion of regional motion picture projects throughout NEPA.
If you love the One Laugh At Least’s YouTube sensation “Heynabonics” you have one last chance to see the local comedy group performing that skit live tonight!
Due to member Greg Korin moving on to enrich the theater and comedy scenes in Las Vegas, One Laugh At Least is having their farewell performances tonight at the KISS Theater at the Wyoming Valley Mall at 7 & 9:30 pm. For reservations, call (570) 970-8553, email firstname.lastname@example.org or reserve via their FaceBook page.
Beyond Heynabonics, each show will be filled with a number of hilarious sketches, some new and some finely honed over the group’s sixteen year history. See you there!
Community Film Project teamed up with the good folks at St. Joseph’s Summer Festival to produce a short documentary celebrating their first 50 years.
For some of us, Memorial Day Weekend can only mean one thing – It’s time for the running of the Saints up in Jessup! Who will this year? Who knows! But it’s always a fun time to be had by all.
And in a bit of related news, we wanted to share this short video that CFP President Jeff Fowler made about the 50th anniversary of the St. Joseph’s Summer Festival.
Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!
The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville will be once again holding Blob Fest this coming July, their annual weekend celebration of the fact that the town and movie theater were the locations used for the classic 1958 science-fiction film The Blob. As part of the celebrations, the theater is once again holding a short film competition.
The rules are fairly simple – Make sure your film is family-friendly and make sure that it is in some way inspired by The Blob.
The deadline is June 17 and you can find more information at the Colonial Theatre’s website here.
Have a feature length screenplay or two sitting around? Just finishing up a script and you’re not sure what to do with it? You may want to think about entering it in the Philadelphia Screenplay Fest Competition.
The Screenplay Fest Competition picks quarterly winners in the categories of Comedy/Family, Drama, Thriller/Horror, Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi/Fantasy who then go on to compete against each for the grand prize package they are valuing $5,000.00. The third quarter deadline is next week on April 20. But down worry,the fourth quarter deadline is August 15, so you have until then to finish up an entry.
You can find more information on the contest here.
Just a reminder of this Saturday’s Community Film Project’s shirts screening at the DeNaples Center 900 Mulberry St. University of Scranton. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the program begins at 8. Admission is free and open to the general public.
Ranging from comedy to action to suspense, each of the evening’s short films have been produced in Northeast Pennsylvania, entirely utilizing local talent both in front of and behind the camera by CFP member over its seven years of operation. Among the selections to be screened will be entries from the popular “Pumped!” series, including the “Born Pumped,” winner of both the Film of the Year Fans’ Choice and the Film of the year Judges’ Choice awards at last year’s Roslyn Film Festival and the You Tube sensation “Heyna-bonics” (over 305,000 views and climbing).
The evening will also feature the premier of “Transition,” directed by former University of Scranton student Garrett Geary. The film will center on a young man and those close to him contemplate life, death, loss, and what is right in the aftermath of a tragedy.
“It originated as a short script that I had done for a class while attending college,” says Geary. “If one were to read the original script, there was almost no resemblance to the finished short film. Most of the dialogue between the actors was expanded and further improved on set. Due to factors such as weather, crew availability and scheduling, improvisation was used heavily while shooting. I owe everything to the crew and cast for making the project possible.”
Come on out a support your local filmmakers!
The following production is looking for crew members for a May through July shoot. Contact information is below.
Title : Sleep No More
Release Date : Halloween 2012
Genre Horror / Psychological Thriller
Studio NAPTIME Entertainment
Sleep No More follows the story of Vivian McDougal, a girl pushed to her limits by the popular clique in her high school. With the help of her friend Raz, Vivian goes to deadly lengths to stop the bullying.
Description : A mad mix of Mean Girls, Carrie and some of our favorite slasher films, SLEEP NO MORE is a dark and twisted tale with bits of humor and gore to progress the story of one girl’s descent into madness and revenge.
Plot Outline : When social outcast Vivian McDougal (Katie Frederick) is the victim of yet another cruel prank from the popular kids in her high school, one of her classmates, Raz(Becky Lighthizer), steps up and decides to help her. Vivian finally realizes her true potential and true beauty, much to the dismay of the queen bee of the school, Carly Lane (Alyssa Porzuczek), especially when Carly’s boyfriend, James Stiefel(George Sebok) starts seeing Vivian in a different light. After another horrible incident with Carly and the clique, Raz offers Vivian a choice to end the bullying once and for all…a choice that will have deadly consequences for all involved.
Directed By : Nico Nice
Written By : Nico Nice
Screenplay By : Nico Nice
Produced By : Nico Nice, Blake Monahan, Meagan LaForgia
Starting date for filming slated for May 2011 to July 2011
This project is in need of equipment and possible freelance crew to run camera.
For more info contact email@example.com
This screening will include some new films as well as some Community Film Project (CFP) classics. Ask those who have been to our events… “Will it be fun?” The answer is “Oh yeah.”
Watching an evening of short comedies among new friends will be an experience you won’t soon forget. You can even mingle with some of the big stars before or after the show.
Stop by after work on Friday–we will be at either Luigi’s or Station Square by 4:00 PM. Both bar/restaurants are only 30 yards apart from one another–and The 411 Studio is across the street from Station Square (formerly known as Molly Maguire’s). All three places are within a 1 minute walk!
Join us for a drink or two, loosen up after a tough week at work, grab a slice of Luigi’s pizza, and then head over to the screening at 6 PM at The 411 Studio.
A crew is being put together for a short film competition and there are several paid positions open. The ten minute project is set to shoot on February 18th and 19th and is looking to fill the following positions -
1. Director of Photography – Should have prior experience shooting HD. Panasonic HVX 200 or Compare. RedONE experience will be added advantage. Should have access to camera assistants/grip/electric crew and have connections to rental houses in NYC or Philly or elsewhere in PA. Email me a note if you are interested with links to work in HD/film.
2. Script Supervisor – Experienced in Shorts
3. Make Up Artist – Film Experience. This film does not involve gore or special effects. Should be able to make small bleeding on face injury.
4. Editor – Experienced in Final Cut PRO
5. Sound Recordist
6. Music Composer
Email Sam at (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or to submit a quote.