Cat Fly Film Festival 2019

Cat Fly Film Festival returned for its third year over the weekend of March 29th through the 31st. Previously, I worked behind-the-scenes in the production crew to insure the festival’s success, but instead attended this year as a filmmaker and guest. Two films that I worked on played on opening night; script development with Will Osigian of Trust Fall Productions for MY FATHER’S SHADOW, and Script Supervisor on Gunner Willis of dUMB Pictures’ comedy BUSTER BUSINESS.

The second day was Community Night, where my experimental sci-fi short film THE REPLICA RAID II premiered for the first time as the screening opener, with a special bumper at the end showcasing the project as “A Cat Fly Collaboration”. Somehow I managed to gather the attending crew for a group photo, captured by MOMHEART director Joe Naylor. That’s what being a Producer is all about.

The final screening on Sunday afternoon at the Fine Arts Theater was a double feature with Coki Productions projects GOOD HAIR and POP-POP IS DEAD, both of which I worked on in a producing capacity. We held a Q&A afterwards for attending cast and crew to share stories from set, which included Gunner Willis (Rory Bailey), Steve Spoon (Ranger Bailey), Brittany Jackson of craft services, myself as an Associate Producer, and ol’ Pop-Pop himself Blaque Fowler. The film will continue its festival run through the year before its eventual streaming debut.

Cat Fly has been a blessing in terms of sharing local film works with the greater Asheville film community, and friends in a celebratory environment. Asheville is full of talented flourishing artists, and it was an honor to be featured alongside them, including but not limited to my collaborators on THE REPLICA RAID II like lead actor Jeff Alexander, who was Cat Fly co-host with actor Drez Ryan, Braethun Bharathae-Lane who engineered the sound mix, composed the music, and operated sound at Cat Fly opening night, Gunner Willis who starred in POP-POP IS DEAD and upcoming short MOMHEART, and Cat Fly co-founders Brittany Jackson and Madeleine Richardson. Here’s to more events, memories, lessons, and films.

SUMMER IN THE CITY // short film

Last year, I had the pleasure of participating on the set of SUMMER IN THE CITY, a short film written by Eddy Gudakov and Adam Rudd about a young man taking care of his aging father in the loneliness of the country. The film stars actors Nico Sexton, Blaque Fowler, and Victoria Springer. SUMMER IN THE CITY was shot in late April 2015 at an old country home in Tryon, NC.

We were lucky to have an all-star crew onboard consisting of filmmakers MJ Slide (1st AD), Max Gudakov (DP and Editor), Justin Robinson (1st AC), Tyler Wade (Sound Recordist), Bessy Adut (Script Supervisor), and Latia Curtis (Makeup) with Production Assistants Chaz Scovel, Fray Forde, Peter Donahue and myself.

SUMMER IN THE CITY recently screened in Los Angeles over the weekend of August 12, 2016 at two prominent film festivals: an official selection at Marina del Rey and Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.