Move Out Clean Invited to Screen at VIFF 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vancouver, September 17, 2010
The short film Move Out Clean Directed by Vancouver filmmaker, Kelly-Ruth Mercier of Infinite Motion Pictures & Produced by Robyn Wiener of Synergy Cinema has been invited to screen at the Vancouver International Film Festival in the shorts program Fire with 7 other short films. From the description of VIFF’s program Fire is a purifying, masculine energy, connected to strong will and transformation. Fire both creates and destroys.
Starring Gemini nominated actor David Richmond-Peck as Jake (V, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Robson Arms, Fringe, and 2010), Alisen Down (Mysterious Ways, Stargate: SGU, Control Alt Delete) and Ben Cotton (Stargate: SGU, Stan Helsing, Riese, Harper’s Island).
Move Out Clean is about Jake, who as he cleans his apartment, comes to grim realizations about himself and his failed relationship. Geoff Inverarity‘s screenplay takes on Jake’s journey as he revisits his past and his mistakes. While he cannot save the relationship from it’s demise, the question arises, can Jake save himself?
Adding to the film’s artistic quality, is Rick Willoughby’s (Fireball, Civic Duty) Production Design and the beautiful cinematography of award winning Cinematographer David Geddes (Lie to Me, Red Riding Hood: The Tale Begins, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil) The film’s music was created by award winning Canadian composer, Christopher Nickel (Loaded Dice, Thirst), who creates Jake’s world with his inventive & compelling industrial score. The film’s story is ingeniously edited by award winning Editor, Luis Lam (The Devil You Know, About A Girl).
Move Out Clean was the awarded project chosen by The Motion Picture Industry Association & BC Film as the 2010 winning film. In December 2010, the film had it’s World Premiere at the Whistler International Film Festival.
Screening times for the film are Tuesday, October 11 at the Granville 7 Cinemas at 9:15 opm and Wednesday, October 12 at Cinemateque at 3:45 pm. Filmmakers will be in attendance for a short Q & A after the 93 minute program. To purchase tickets for the film, please visit the online program guide for the Vancouver International Film Festival.
For more information please contact Kelly-Ruth Mercier at firstname.lastname@example.org or Robyn Wiener at email@example.com
Official Film Festival Selections
LEO Rising for Move Out Clean
And the Leo goes to.. Congratulations to our editor, Luis Lam on winning and for his creative and insightful editing on the film!
Simona Atias of Script Simantics Joins Synergy Cinema
This fall, Synergy Cinema contracted Vancouver based Script Analyst/Story Editor Simona Atias of Script Simantics to the Synergy Cinema team. With her insight of films and her passion for storytelling, Simona is a welcome addition. If you would like to contract Simona directly regarding her company and to find out more about her services, please send her an email for more information.
The Real Poop:
Behind the Scenes EPK of The Money Pet
Award-Winning Actor Alan Cumming Joins
"The Money Pet"
Media Contact: Katherine Brodsky,
Random Minds PR
AWARD-WINNING ACTOR ALAN CUMMING JOINS THE MONEY PET
May 10, 2011
Vancouver, BC – Sometimes, fairy tales do come true. At least that’s the case for Vancouver filmmaker Gary Hawes whose short film, THE MONEY PET, has secured Tony Award-winning actor, Alan Cumming, as the narrator of the modern day re-imagining of Aesop’s The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs. The voice-over recording was completed today at Grammy Award Winning CDM Sound Studios in New York City, where Cumming is currently filming the CBS hit TV-series, The Good Wife. Cumming brings his distinctive, whimsical Scottish accent to this timeless tale.
Somewhat of a modern day Renaissance man, in addition to his work on The Good Wife, Alan Cumming has been awarded the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for the 1998 Broadway revival of Cabaret, starred in films such as X2: X-Men United and the Spy Kids trilogy, as well as writing and directing the indie film hit The Anniversary Party and even writing a novel entitled, Tommy’s Tale.
Filmmaker Gary Hawes feels extremely fortunate to have the acclaimed actor lend his creative talent to this short film:
“I’ve known Alan for 8 years now and I’m always overwhelmed with his generosity and willingness to support independent film. No matter how busy he is, he always makes time for projects he believes in.”
The Money Pet is the winner of Vancouver’s 2010 Hot Shots Screenplay Competition and is the story of a twenty-something slacker (Peter Benson) who discovers that his neglected pet dog can pass on currency with compounded interest. Soon the greedy pet owner puts his mutt to work, with dreams of infinite fortune ahead. But the consequences are bound to catch up sooner or later. Blending the classic theme of greed with the current setting of today’s economic climate, The Money Pet is a hilarious take on the age-old adage that warns us not to “Kill the Golden Goose.”
The Money Pet will begin its film circuit tour after it wraps post-production on May 24. It is produced by The Hot Shot Shorts Contest, The Celluloid Social Club, William F. White, Ameland Films Inc, Synergy Cinema Inc, and True Fiction Films.
For more information and updates, visit The Money Pet on Facebook
The Money Pet wraps and heads into high gear with post production
Writer/Director, Gary Hawes funny script based on the fable, 'The goose that laid the golden egg' stars local talent Peter Benson, and features the talents of Alisen Down, Alistair Abell and of course Boomer, the dog. This 2 day shoot was funded partially by the contest producer, The Celluloid Social Club and generous donations from IndieGoGo. With some of Vancouver's finest talent on board, this film's production value is truly extrordinary for a film of this small budget size.
Keeping the bloody elements in line with 'BIND'
Setting the horror stage, Director/Screenwriter Dan Walton of Bind brings Robyn on board to Line Produce this horror feature. Cast Emanuelle Vaugier & Edward Furlong star. Slated to shoot late fall 2010
Synergy Cinema signs development deal with Telefilm Canada
Move Out Clean Wraps 4 Day Shoot
You Gotta Get Dirty Before You Can 'MOVE OUT CLEAN'
The prestigious MPPIA/Whistler Award offers the winner $10,000 in cash from MPPIA & $5,000 from BC Film as well as providing the production with up to $100,000 in donations via in-kind services from the MPPIA membership. Please stay updated for news on when this will be airing at the Whistler Film Festival.
Keeping it Real in 'Kits' - Lattes, Lululemon & Laughs
Set in the upscale neighbourhood of Kitsilano, Vancouver, Kits is about a group of 30 somethings that have reached a turning point in their life and are all experiencing a sort of 'mid-life crisis' based on the loss of their youth & the realities that go along with being an adult.
Former Camera Operator and film veteran of 15 years, Jim Garrison (Producer, Writer, Director) of The Wingman hired Robyn to Line Produce & Production Manage this 17 day Vancouver shot film. With an amazing cast of characters and local actors starring Peter Benson, Geoff Gustafson, Iris Paluly and Laura Wilson create a comedic foursome of modern day romance. Womanizer Jack (Peter Benson) coerces nice guy, but failing relationship counselor, Josh (Geoff Gustafson) to be his Wingman so he can get laid only to realize that the friendship with Josh is more important than his goal of seducing women.
Casting Director & Associate Producer, Jacqueline Steuart sifted through over 700 actors submissions for this ultra low, independent feature. With a cast of 30, Jacqueline assembled a wonderful ensemble cast that truly bring this funny script to life. With over 20 locations, 149 scenes, 117 pages and only 17 days to make this feature fly, the entire shoot was made possible by the talented cast and dedicated and professional crew who helped to make The Wingman.
"There is no doubt in my mind that the true spirit of independent film making is alive and well and thriving in Vancouver due to the tremendous support of the talented crews & cast, vendors and city support. We would never have been able to pull off this very challenging feature on our shoe string budget if it were not for all of the support we received. I'm grateful to be doing what I love and be in a city that supports our artists" (Robyn Wiener, Line Producer, The Wingman)
Amazon Falls - Keeping It All In Line
For a behind the scenes look at the making of this film, have a look at this featurette. For more information and to stay on top of the release date of this film, visit the Amazon Falls website.
Some Well Worn Shoes To Fill
"I'm honoured to be stepping into the position of President of this great organization and am committed to upholding the standards and integrity of WIFTV's past presidents that have graced this position over the past 20 years", says Robyn Wiener, who has served on the board for two years and was recently elected for another two year term.
It's a pleasure to have worked with such a dedicated committee whose focus on advocacy revitalized the organization and has paved the way for our new Executive. Our organization has such incredibly talented, committed and driven women and we are looking forward to working with and for our members this upcoming year".
For more information on Women in Film, please visit us at WIFTV
At the Leo Awards in May 2008 with Filmmaker, Robert Holbrook of
Official Film Festival Selections
MAR 2010- Another award!!! This time it's Best Northwest Film - Runner Up... from the Spokane International Film Festival.
March 2009 - Officially selected for the Newport Beach Film Festival (April 2009)
February 2009 - Officially selected for the Indie Spirit Film Festival (April 2009)
December 2008 - Officially selected for Victoria Film Festival (February 2009)
December 2008 - Officially selected at the Gabriola Film Festival
November 2008 - Officially selected for Spokane International Film Festival (February 2009)
October 24 2009 - Screens at Planet In Focus Film Festival in Toronto
October 3,4 2009 - Canadian Premiere Vancouver International Film Festival
August 8 2009 - US Premiere at Rhode Island International Film Festival
Wins & Nominations - My Inventions
March 2009 - RUNNER UP BEST NORTHWEST FILM at the Spokane International Film Festival
February 3, 2009 - WINNER BEST SHORT FILM at the Victoria Film Festival
August 10, 2008 - WINNER BEST EDITING Rhode Island International Film Festival (Tony Dean, Editor)
May 23, 2008 - LEO AWARDS NOMINANTED FOR: Best Overall Sound (Greg Stewart , Angelo Nicoloyannis, Dorian Pareis, Ruth Huddleston, Best Costume Design (Sandy Buck), Best Performance by a Male (Tygh Runyan)
Leo Awards 2005 - Accidental Kisses Music Video nominated for BEST MUSIC VIDEO; LEO WIN for BEST DIRECTOR, Robert Holbrook