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Learn more about the independent comedy Odd Brodsky in our article The 5Ws and How: Odd Brodsky and then watch it for free on Amazon Prime. The flick was directed by Cindy Baer, and stars Tegan Ashton Cohan, Ilana Klusky, Matthew Kevin Anderson, and Scotty Dickert.

Posted on November 7th, 2017 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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I hope everyone had a fantastic Halloween and watched some spooky movies. Today we’re glad to put the spotlight on an indie horror film, ROWS from writer/director David W. Warfield. We talked with him about the movie.

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Who?
ROWS is a micro-budget feature. Genre-wise, it’s thriller/horror, but it’s more art house than grind house, and mostly psychological in its impact. The cast includes Hannah Bernal (nee Schick) as Rose, Lauren Lakis as Greta, Kenneth Hughes as Mark, and Joe Basile as Jack. No “names” here, but all have done a lot of work in front of and behind the camera, and came from LA to work on the film.

I was able to pull in a few veteran filmmakers to put in key positions: Keith Weiner has a history of being a key grip on major features, and is now a lawyer, so that is a great resume for a hands-on producer. My long-time colleague Scott Chestnut is a film editor and director, but he wanted to do cinematography on this shoot. He is talented in this area as well, and always knows more than anyone in the room tech-wise. Whatever you think of the film, you must agree that it is shot beautifully. Veteran composer James Guymon provided us a million dollar score. The other senior member of the crew was our location sound person, Bernie Ozol. Julie Bent is an up-and-coming production design and wardrobe person, and Andrew Vona was our tenacious lead editor. We rounded out the crew with young filmmakers in various positions, as well as a handful of college grad interns.

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What?
The story is about a young woman (Rose) who, while working for her developer father, must deliver an eviction notice to an old farmhouse where a strange woman — a squatter — has been living. The house is to be bulldozed to make way for Rose’s dad’s new subdivision. The strange woman puts Rose under a substance-induced spell, which propels Rose — and the viewer — into an enchantment where time and the laws of physics seem turned upside down. Rose must find the inner fortitude to break the spell and save her father from the strange woman — who we might call a witch.

We agreed early on to use the Canon 5D DSLR to shoot this film. We employed accessories such as rental prime lenses, follow focus rigs, and a steadi-cam. We also built a semi-permanent 60-foot platform with speed-rail dolly track, in the middle of a cornfield, to capture the various tracking shots the story required. We used a simple doorway dolly. Chestnut constructed a number of 4X8 foot bounce boards, which were excellent for creating fill in day exteriors. Because a mature cornfield has stalks 10 or 12 feet high, it is basically a limbo environment—so we could do a lot of cheating with the extensive cornfield scenes. Our shooting schedule, including pick-ups, was 17 days. Audio post was conducted at Studio Unknown, an excellent full-service audio post house in Baltimore.

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Where?
The film was shot in Maryland, outside of Baltimore.

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When?
ROWS was released in 2016.

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Why?
As someone who worked in Hollywood for a bunch of years, It is incredibly liberating to make a film without the burdens of the conventional development, financing, and studio negotiating processes. The downside of micro-budget filmmaking is, well, micro-budgets. Filmmakers working in this way know that a successful micro-budget script must be designed for a very low-cash production. Multiple locations, large casts with numerous wardrobe changes, working with lots of vehicles, and unionized shoots are a few of the elements that micro-budgets generally do not allow. In that regard, a story must be conceived that can work logistically.

I have an artist’s mentality, which to me means that I derive fulfillment from creating things. Films are one of the things I love to create. Paintings are another. While I am great at organizing and planning and logistics, I would be a very crappy business person, and a worse accountant. I made this film because I saw an opportunity to pull together the necessary resources, human and otherwise, and because it is what I love doing. I guess they call that passion.

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How?
While the old barriers to distribution have been knocked down by streaming, the process is still complex and demanding. I opted to go with Nelson-Madison Films/Indie Rights for streaming distribution. While I have experience with theatrical distribution, in my judgment the smartest play was to work with Indie Rights to facilitate the deals with Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and the other meaningful platforms. The jury is still out on the “box office” performance of ROWS. Thus far I give Indie Rights good grades, and their extensive network and experience is very helpful. But the thing to know about distribution at this level is that the filmmakers could work 24/7 for months or years in promoting the film via social media. If you don’t have the budget to hire social media marketing staff, you have to do it yourself, and there are only so many hours in a day.

ROWS is kind of a weird film, and those who are expecting traditional horror tropes will probably be disappointed. Those who are open to the oddball construction of the film, and don’t have pre-conceived notions, are likely to dig it. In any case, I can say that this was the most gratifying and fulfilling filmmaking experience I have had, and I look forward very much to our next micro-budget endeavor.

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Posted on November 3rd, 2017 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Today take a look at the trailer for the indie rom com, Fast Romance. From Indie Rights Movies and director Carter Ferguson, Fast Romance follows the stories of seven people in Glasgow who are looking for love through speed dating and they get much more than they all bargained for. The movie stars Jo Freer, William Ruane, Derek Munn, Neo Akram, Dave Anderson, Jennifer Bates, Suzanne Bonnar, and Robert Buchanan, and is available to watch on Amazon Prime for free. If you don’t have Prime, the indie is also available for purchase.



We had the pleasure of talking to writer/director/producer David W. Warfield about ROWS for our Indie Film Series The 5Ws and How (the interview will be hitting the site next week). In the meantime, check out the trailer for the fantasy/psychological horror flick that was inspired by Grimm’s tales. You can purchase the movie here.

You can also check out these other films to rent/buy online…


Posted on October 7th, 2017 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Last year we had the please of talking with director Jeff Orgill of Boppin’ at the Glue Factory (See: The 5Ws and How: Boppin’ at the Glue Factory). If you have not seen the satire yet, it follows a drug-addled nurse who lands a job in a ramshackle convalescent home, where he develops a mutually enabling relationship with jazz saxophone-playing resident. The movie “explores the relationship between addiction, friendship and co-dependency.” Watch the trailer above, then check out the flick on Amazon.

Check out these other films to rent/buy online…

Mile High HorrorEvery October in Denver Colorado is the Mile High Horror Film Festival. A festival that celebrates short indie horror flicks. The festival has taken 10 of their best pieces and have released them as an anthology feature film. Thanks to Indie Rights Movies, you can watch them for free online!

Description: TEN great short films curated by Tim Schultz… including: The Table, directed by Shane Free: Friends buy what looks to be an antique table before discovering it has a far more sinister purpose. Velvet Road, directed by L. Gustavo Cooper: In the racially charged South of the 1960’s the black population of a small town is blamed for the spread of a virulent plague… A Little Off the Top, directed by Adam O’Brien: A hair stylist and his long lost, famous client reunite for a styling session down memory lane with unpleasant consequences for one of them. White Room, directed by Chris Chitaroni: Like many youngsters, Cindy believed there was something ominous lurking within her closet. Unfortunately she was right. Bunny Boy, directed by Brandon LaGanke: When a young child walks home from school he encounters a strange-looking man in a full bunny costume laying in his back yard. The man is not moving and appears to be dead. Instead of fleeing, the child is intrigued and engages in a silent conversation. Little does he know, the man is not dead. On the contrary, he’s quite alive. Nursery Crimes, directed by L. Whyte: Rhymes with murder. Certified: In 1950’s rural America, a postman’s first day takes a terrifying turn when a precocious young girl tells him of her family’s horrible tragedy. Incubator, directed by Jimmy Weber: A young man wakes up in a bathtub full of ice and blood only to discover his problems have just begun. You’ve heard the urban legend… this is worse.

Check out the short movies for free on the Indie Rights Movies YouTube page and come back and let us know which of the movies are your favorite!

Also, you can check out these horror movies online…


SHIFTED

It has been a while since we have spotlighted an indie film that you can watch online. Today we’re taking a look at an indie crime flick from Indie Rights Movies, SHIFTED. Directed by Michael Madison, the film stars Madison, Jill Wagner, Jeris Poindexter, Frankie Ray, and Vanessa Johansson.

Official Description: SHIFTED is a crime drama about a young man stranded in Los Angeles, who is forced to re-evaluate his life, while hunted by a corrupt, ex-employer.

Check out the crime film for free on YouTube, then come back and let us know what you think in the comments!

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