Cat Fly Film Fest 2018

Cat Fly Indie Film Festival returned for its 2nd annual event over the weekend of April 6th to 8th where short films from across the Southeast were showcased in a non-competitive, networking atmosphere in some of Asheville’s best venues.

Opening night was a red carpet affair at the Asheville Masonic Temple with catered hors d’oeuvres, photos by the step and repeat, and a selected program of dramatic narrative shorts including SIDES by Trust Fall Productions, FAKE EMMA by All Around Artsy, SHOWER by dUMB, and the 48 Hour Film Project favorite CUDDLED.

Photography by Joe Pellegrino

Posted by Cat Fly Film Fest on Sunday, April 15, 2018

 

Community night was hosted at The Mothlight in West Asheville where Cat Fly played works focused on experimental elements, in addition to traditional genres like horror shorts and music videos. UNBEARING by Jennifer Trudrung and Aiden Weaver was a highlight. DALLAS music video by dUMB won the audience choice award, but CROAK by Matt Barrett of Calamity Effects won the crowd reaction.

Day 2 of our weekend festival!
Photography by Joe Pellegrino and Joe Naylor

Posted by Cat Fly Film Fest on Monday, April 16, 2018

 

Closing night of Cat Fly was held at Grail Moviehouse with a focus on documentary storytelling. The audience choice award was received by Michael Arcos for THIS MY FAVORITE MURAL. I was personally lucky enough to win a gift certificate for studio space at the Asheville School of Film, one of Cat Fly’s amazing sponsors.

Photography by Joe Pellegrino

Posted by Cat Fly Film Fest on Thursday, April 19, 2018

 

While the main events were incredible, Cat Fly also featured two workshops, one examining the relationship between music and film, while the other reflected on failure in art, and the steps necessary keep sets safe. Sunday morning also had Andie Morgenlander, filmmaker behind POLISHED, lead a session of Cat Fly yoga. Festival founders Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, and Cat Wityk outdid themselves in what I hope becomes a tradition for the Asheville film community.

2nd Annual Cat Fly Film Fest

Cat Fly Film Festival is preparing for its second annual event over the weekend of April 6-8th. Another incredible lineup of narrative short films and documentaries, all created by filmmakers in the Southeast, have been selected to screen at three exceptional venues in Asheville. Tickets are on sale now, and they do sell out!

I don’t have any shorts that I personally spearheaded in the lineup this year, though I was an Associate Producer and Sound Recordist on SIDES by Will Osigian and Trust Fall Productions. I am also assisting the festival’s directors– Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, and Cat Wityk– in an administrative capacity where I help plan the event and logistics in Cat Fly’s new status as a Nonprofit organization.

AS ONE FLESH screener

AS ONE FLESH is a psychological horror short written and directed by J.W. Naylor, Madeleine Richardson as Director of Photography, with an original soundtrack by Tony Mozz, and produced by myself. The film stars Jeff Alexander, Victoria Rae, Franklin Lovingood, and James Martin. It was created entirely in Asheville, NC.

After Nic’s marriage falls apart, he seeks solace in the faith he once lost. The film premiered at Cat Fly Halloween Film Fest in Asheville, NC on October 13th to a sold out audience.  Find the short film at Artificial Ink and embedded below via Vimeo:

 

CAT FLY HALLOWEEN 2017

Cat Fly Halloween was held on Friday, October 13th at UpCountry Brewing in West Asheville, North Carolina. The event sold out days in advance, and was a wonderful follow up to last spring’s inaugural Cat Fly Indie Film Festival, which was founded and curated by Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, and Cat Wityk. UpCountry Brewing hosted the screening in their tasting room, and provided a special craft beer for the event, the Cat Fly Witches Brew, a blonde ale infused with cinnamon.

These photos are from the step-and-repeat at the entrance of Cat Fly Halloween. Feel free to tag yourself and your friends and share around!

Photo cred: Michelle Graston

Posted by Cat Fly Film Fest on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

One of the films that I recently produced, AS ONE FLESH, played with an array of other horror and thriller shorts from across North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and the Southeast region. Additional cast and crew also attended, such as writer and director Joe Naylor, cinematographer Madeleine Richardson, lead actor Jeff Alexander, supporting actors Franklin Lovingood and James Martin, soundtrack composer and sound engineer Tony Mozz, lighting tech Brittany Jackson, editor Thomas Goddard, and makeup artist Ashton Helton, just to name a few, many of whom were also volunteers or programming staff for Cat Fly. I couldn’t have been more excited to share the night with such an awesome gathering of filmmakers.

clips from Cat Fly Halloween #catflyhalloween2017 #catfly #catflyordie #catflyfilmfest #indiefilm #avlfilm #ncfilm

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SIDES short film

Trust Fall Productions recently released SIDES, a dramatic short film about two best friends on opposite camps of the Civil War. SIDES was written, directed, shot, and edited by Will Osigian, stars Jeff Alexander and Drez Ryan, and produced by Ryan Hand and myself as an Associate Producer with Brittany Jackson and Wesley Osigian as Production Assistants. Brittany and I also managed the sound recording.

Watch the full film above, check out the poster below, and keep an eye out for the film’s presence in the festival circuit over the next few months, along with much more upcoming content from Trust Fall Productions as they continue to expand.

BUSTER BUSINESS short film

Over the first weekend of September, Brittany and I traveled to Greenville, South Carolina to work on BUSTER BUSINESS, a comedy short film in the vein of Charlie Chaplin and Pixar, where a quirky man named Buster interviews for a job at Big Business. The film was written and directed by Gunner Willis and Corey Wavle, who also stars as the lead Buster, with Zach Robinson and MJ Slide as Producers.

Day one took place entirely on a sound stage at Anderson College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. In the photo below, Gunner Willis directs the corporate extras who work at Big Business as an anonymous mob of black ties and briefcases. MJ Slide looks on as the 1st AD, keeping the production safe and on schedule. The rail across the room was the dolly track, which was used for many moving shots.

Corey Wavle played Buster as a timid but quick witted man with a Kurt Cobain hairstyle and taste for vintage clothes. He enters the lions’ den, totally out of his element, but when faced with unpredictable obstacles and impossible questions, Buster turns his troubles into his advantages. I was not familiar with Wavle’s acting, but knew him previously from his work as a 1st AC on GOOD HAIR THE MOVIE. Gunner Willis, the Director, is a working actor himself, who has appeared in minor roles on Netflix’s OZARK and HBO’s VICE PRINCIPALS television series.

The remainder of the crew on BUSTER BUSINESS was a total pleasure to work with, and involved John Carrington (DP), Kyle Vines (1st AC), Levi Milinar (2nd AC), Thomas Propst (Sound Mixer), Rob Leonard (Boom Op), Shane McMullin (Gaffer), Diana Valerie (Makeup / Hair), Carol Flack (Wardrobe), Clayton Tilley (Production Designer), Rachel Summers (Art Design), Jamie Condon (Key Grip), Micah Taylor (Swing Grip), Tommy Schwendler (Grip), Ben Wallace (Grip), Jon Stegenga (Grip), Nina Publico (PA), Elizabeth Paige (PA), and Brittany Jackson (PA) with BTS photos by Elizabeth Kabakjian and Jordan Hawkins. Supporting actors also included Russ Wood, Joe Wilson, Bruce Green, Debbie Goodwin, Rishik Patel, and Jared Buchholz.

We did it. And I couldn’t be more exhausted or proud. #BusterBusiness 📸 – @jzhawkins

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As the Script Supervisor, I worked closely with the Director, Gunner Willis, to note each take for script consistency as well as any visual incongruities. I kept a running log of notes which should serve as an important resource for the Editor, so they may anticipate any problems with a performance or production error in advance, and know exactly which take was best received. As one of the few people on set who actively watched the monitor for each take, I feel lucky to have such an inside perspective on how hilariously beautiful this film will be once it’s finished.

Be on the lookout for more info on BUSTER BUSINESS over the next few months as they enter post production and beyond. I expect the entire film will be completed by the end of the year with a slew of film festival screenings starting in early 2018.

CAT FLY HALLOWEEN Film Festival

Cat Fly Film Festival is returning on Friday, October 13th for a special Halloween screening event! For one night only, Cat Fly will be screening recent horror and thriller short films from the best independent filmmakers in the Southeast region! The location of the event will be officially announced within the next few weeks.

Submissions are open through October 1st, currently underway via FilmFreeway. I’m planning to play AS ONE FLESH, the horror short I produced which was written and directed by Joe Naylor, and stars local acting talent Jeff Alexander, Victoria Rae, Franklin Lovingood, and James Martin. Cat Fly founders Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, and Cat Wityk were all involved on set, so it should be a shoe-in for the schedule, providing post production is completed in time.

AS ONE FLESH production wrap

AS ONE FLESH wrapped production on Sunday, August 20th after only two days of principle photography. The horror short involves themes of marriage and religion. I’ve been producing the film which was written and directed by Joe Naylor, and stars Jeff Alexander, Victoria Rae, Franklin Lovingood, and James Martin.

Additional crew includes Madeleine Richardson (DP), Brittany Jackson (1st AC), Ashton Helton (Art/Makeup), Cat Wityk (Script Supervisor), Ryan DuVal (1st AD), Chelsey Radford (Art PA), and David Weiss (Sound). Tony Mozz will be scoring an original soundtrack, and providing the sound mix once the film is picture locked.

The second day of the shoot was almost entirely in the bathroom, aside from some minor exterior shots. Despite the tight space, effort to dodge reflections in the mirror, and intense scene content, we managed to successfully complete the day. Now we just need to push the film through post production, so it will be ready in time to screen at the upcoming Cat Fly Halloween event on October 13th.

indirectly directing #asoneflesh #shortfilm #filmmaking #movies #production #notpooping #bathroom #candid #horror

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SIDES by Trust Fall Productions

Early in the morning of July 4th, with a call time of 5am, Brittany Jackson and I celebrated Independence Day in an unusual way by joining Trust Fall Productions on the shoot of their upcoming short film SIDES, which was directed by Will Osigian, produced by Ryan Hand, and starred best friends Jeff Alexander and Drez Ryan.

That’s a wrap!! We had such an amazing cast and crew! We cannot thank them enough! Stay tune for more updates about SIDES!

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SIDES tells the story of two soldiers, Charles and Jim, who serve on opposing forces of the Civil War, despite their history of friendship. In a moment of respite from battle, Charles and Jim catch up by creekside, and chat like a single day hasn’t passed. Though Charles suggests he’s fighting for the states’ right to choose, Jim explains that Black Americans like him are fighting for the right to have rights.

More work with my bro @jeff_shakespeare #actor #film

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Jeff and Drez work together quite often, particularly in Team Cat Fly’s recent entry in the 48 Hour Film Project entitled IT’S MY PARTY, and the Asheville based web-series WHEN FACT MET FICTION, but always relish the opportunity to do so again. Both were recently cast in the upcoming MR. MERCEDES TV series, starring Mary Louise Parker (WEEDS), based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King.

I was a sound recordist on this shoot, and operated the boom pole while Brittany managed the recording levels on Drez’s lavalier microphone. We also assisted with a blood splatter sequence per the video above, but allowed opportunity to adjust elements in post-production with green screen technology as a contingency plan.

Here is a sneak peak of our next project Sides! The story of two friends on opposite sides of the Civil War.

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SIDES is currently in post-production, and going through the initial round of edits with an expected total runtime of 4 minutes, allowing for plenty of programming possibility at festivals all around the country, especially with a subject matter so topical in contemporary conversation, despite its historical setting. All the best stories use allegory like that to relay messages pertaining to modern social issues.

IT’S MY PARTY screener

IT’S MY PARTY was Team Cat Fly’s entry in the 2017 edition of the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project. The film was directed by Ryan DuVal, produced by myself, exec. produced by Cat Fly founders Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, Keeley Turner, and Cat Wityk, and starred actors Jeff Alexander, Elizabeth Babelay, Rebekah Babelay, Nick Biggs, Cameron Gregg, Caitlin Koenig, Franklin Lovingood, James Martin, Victoria Rae, Drez Ryan, and Kendra Warren. Watch the film below.