Putting the final touches on the project, Madeleine Richardson and I generated a poster for BEATERS, our short film which premiered on the opening night of the Cat Fly Film Festival. The film was written and directed by Rome Widenhouse, and stars Cat Wityk, Erich Reinhard, and Brian Bost. BEATERS and its poster can be found on IMDb, and the film is available to watch in its entirety for free on Vimeo.
My IMDb page is starting to fill out. I kid you not, my StarMeter once fell below a million. I felt like a pro. I have a screenshot somewhere to prove it, I swear.
Artificial Ink began as a clever domain name that was too expensive to maintain and way ahead of its time (http://artificial.ink). It soon turned into my business identity which I’d write on my invoices to look cool. Later it became the title of my blog. Now it is the brand of my Vimeo channel. The name has stuck around.
BEATERS and THE REPLICA RAID are both available for streaming via Vimeo.
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BEATERS is a southern gothic short film about a young girl who escapes into fantasy when her father violently reacts to the reappearance of her long lost uncle. The film was directed by Rome Widenhouse with leading actors Cat Wityk, Erich Reinhard, and Brian Bost. It premiered at the Cat Fly Film Festival in Asheville, NC on March 31st to a sold out audience. Find the film embedded below via Vimeo:
Previous blog posts referred to this short film as “Project Scrambled Eggs,” because the short was originally titled OUT OF THE FRYING PAN, then CLUNKER, before the final title BEATERS, named for the junked out cars in the film, but also for the producing process. We really had to beat this film into finality as we approached the deadline, but lightning-fast composer Adam Mullen and sound mixing guru Tony Mozz were able to smooth the rough edges just in time for the premiere.
Cat Fly Film Fest held its inaugural event over April Fools weekend in Asheville, North Carolina. The festival was an immense success, not only because it was a wonderful event for networking with other emerging filmmakers, but because it sold out all three nights! I know how hard the founders– Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, Keeley Turner, and Cat Wityk– worked to make the festival such a meaningful and memorable event, so the hype was all well deserved!
Opening Night presented a slew of dramatic shorts such as THE SMOKE TRILOGY which was co-directed by MJ Slide and GOOD HAIR’s own Catherine Dee Holly as well as BEATERS which I produced and Rome Widenhouse directed. The rest of the lineup was filled out by Asheville based filmmakers Kira Burksy, Katie Damien, Kendra Warren, Ryan DuVal, Wayne Wandering, and Amplified Media‘s Jared Kay.
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The Asheville School of Film was gracious enough to allow us to host a workshop in their classroom space on Saturday morning which was led by myself and the aforementioned MJ Slide and Catherine Dee Holly. We talked about how to produce short films on a tight budget, focusing on the legal and logistical aspects of the production process that you simply can’t skimp out on no matter how large or small your budget, specifically how to strategize for indie films below or around $10,000 which is considered ultra-low budget by SAG-AFTRA standards.
Comedy Night was an absolute blast, especially with standup from Asheville locals Cory Thompson and Minori Hinds as well as Atlanta’s own Dedrick Flynn and Fray Forde, both primary actors in GOOD HAIR which screened later that night under the COMEDY & CURLS umbrella. The first film was my directorial debut THE REPLICA RAID, starring Jeff Alexander who hosted the event. Multiple web-series were also showcased, including Stefan Liner’s WHEN FACT MET FICTION which also starred Jeff Alexander across from Rebekah Babelay, and Andrew Vasco’s TRANSPLANTING, a series about a woman who adjusts to Asheville after moving from New York. Keeley Turner and Katie Damien also played comedic shorts.
The Filmmakers’ Brunch on Sunday morning was one of the more heartwarming and intimate affairs of the entire weekend. It was a pleasure to casually hang out over breakfast and mimosas with all the amazing creative people pictured above. I could list everyone in the photo, but I bet if I allow a few years, many of these faces will become very well known as the filmmakers and artists they strive to be.
The entire weekend was simply amazing, and it was all thanks to the talented team pictured above, especially the founders. None of this would have happened without their coordinated efforts and talents for marketing and event planning, as well as everyone who volunteered their time as festival staff. If the Asheville community didn’t want a classy film festival that honored local talent before, they surely recognize now that it was a niche that needed to be filled. Here’s to next year!
Cat Fly Indie Film Fest is an upcoming short showcase launching its inaugural event in Asheville, North Carolina on April Fool’s weekend 2017. Brittany Jackson is the Festival Director with the expert programming team of Madeleine Richardson, Catherine Wityk, and Keeley Turner. Intended initially as a vehicle for screening recent projects, Cat Fly has expanded to include the broader creative community.
Image by Madeleine Richardson
A handful of shorts that I participated on will screen at the festival, including my own writing / directing premiere of THE REPLICA RAID starring Jeff Alexander. BEATERS is also set to play of which I was the Producer, Sound Recordist, and Script Consultant, previously referred to anonymously on my blog as Project Scrambled Eggs. GOOD HAIR THE MOVIE which I produced with leading actors Kat Dee Holly and Fray Forde will also headline the second night of the event.