POP-POP IS DEAD by Coki Productions, which began as a 60 minute dramatic comedy feature film, is now available to stream online with Vimeo in an updated web-series format that chops the feature into four episodes running about 15 minutes each. The film premiered in August 2018 at the Buckhead Theater in Atlanta, and enjoyed a successful festival run over the year with screenings at LA Comedy Film Festival, Winter Film Awards in New York City, and a special encore event at Cat Fly Film Festival 2019. Binge watch the entire web-series now!
POP-POP IS DEAD screened on Tuesday, February 19th at the Winter Film Awards in New York City at the Village Cinema in the Lower East Side. As an Associate Producer, I flew up to the festival to represent the film, and was joined at the screening by camera operator Josh Roberts. Coki Productions had me take over their Instagram profile page @cokiproductions to post stories from the festival. View my own NYC story posts from my personal Instagram profile @ted.kendrick.
After the screening, I was invited on stage for a Q&A segment alongside fellow filmmaker Lorena Colmenares, a New York based writer and director from Venezuela, at WFA with her black and white cult drama NINE KNOTS. Mister Fitzgerald was the MC, who asked questions about inspiration, easter eggs, and process before opening the floor up to the audience. It was a pleasure to represent Coki Productions at the Winter Film Awards, and I hope to attend again someday.
POP-POP IS DEAD is a southern comedy feature film by Coki Productions, starring Catherine Dee Holly and Fray Forde as millennial couple, Layla and Desi, who return to Layla’s hometown of Gaffney, South Carolina to mourn the loss of family patriarch “Pop Pop.” As the couple struggles to survive three days with Layla’s dysfunctional Southern family, they quickly come to learn that funerals ain’t fun.
The film premiered to a sold out audience of over 600 attendees at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia on August 29th. The event included film, stand-up comedy, improv, and music acts from a diverse selection of Atlanta’s top creative artists like comedians Hank Denson, Lace Larrabee, and Jarod Harris, and musical acts The High Divers and Babe Club by the film’s composer Corey Campbell.
I previously had the pleasure of working with Coki Productions on the GOOD HAIR short film which went on to be selected by Kevin Hart to play at the prestigious Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. I joined POP-POP IS DEAD as an Associate Producer where I’m handling the film festival strategy and submission process. Any festival where the film is screened feels like a personal victory.
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Congratulations to the Cast & Crew of Pop-Pop is Dead! We will be having our West Coast Premiere at the @lacomedyfest Friday November 16th, 9:30pm! Tickets are $10 ahead of time! Click the link in our bio to purchase your ticket! 🌵🌾❤️ . . . . . #poppopisdead #cokiproductions #lacomedy #lacomedyfestival #losangeles #comedy #film #filmmakers #lol #screening #filmfestival #filmfest #westcoast #lapremiere #laevents #movie #atlanta #south #southcarolina #georgiafilm #californiafilm #lafilmfestival #lafilmmaker
POP-POP IS DEAD enjoyed its west coast premiere on November 16th at the Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival, which was perfect since Kat and Fray had recently moved to LA for work opportunities, and GOOD HAIR had screened there in 2017, making Coki Productions festival alumni. I was proud they could attend so soon after the move, and get their feet wet with the LA film and comedy communities.
GOOD HAIR played at the Iron Mule Comedy Short Film Festival in New York City on March 7th at the Alamo Drafthouse. When I pushed GOOD HAIR through the festival circuit last year, a few of the events were scheduled so far in advance that I nearly forgot about Iron Mule, but it was a welcome surprise to be programmed. Iron Mule looked like a wonderful event, and I wish we could have attended!
#GOOD #HAIR [will be #screening at the #Iron #Mule #Short #Comedy #Film #Festival on Wednesday, March 7th, 7pm] . . #Written by: Fray Forde. #Directed by: Catherine Dee Holly . . About the film: A #conditioner #bottle spawns a day-long #argument of the day for #couple. . . . . . . . . . #FilmFestival #Brooklyn #NewYork #America
After enjoying an extended run on the festival circuit over the last year, notably at the Catalina Film Festival and Just For Laughs in Montreal as a guest of Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, GOOD HAIR has settled on a home for its online distribution. The romantic comedy short film is now available for free streaming on Amazon Video.
Kat Dee Holly and Fray Forde are currently forging ahead on their latest venture, FAMILY TRADITION, a short independent film about a delightfully dysfunctional family, set in Holly’s home of Gaffney, South Carolina. Coki Productions, previously known as Good Hair Entertainment, is currently undergoing a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise production funds. Please consider making a donation.
GOOD HAIR has enjoyed a successful and varied festival run this year, playing from regional roadshows, online channels, to international venues. Over the coming months, the film will be featured at the Catalina Film Festival in Los Angeles on September 30th, and the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis mid-October.
It’s going down like the Catalina Wine Mixer! If you’re in California on September 30th, take a ferry over to Catalina and check out our film at the Catalina Film Festival!
I am sure everyone involved is immensely proud of the work we accomplished by bringing Fray Forde and Kat Dee Holly’s romantic comedy to life, excited to be a part of such prestigious short film festivals, and lucky to have maintained a steady screening schedule this summer. I never expected the short film to take off the way it did. It surely isn’t slowing down anytime soon, and I shouldn’t be surprised.
GOOD HAIR was recently honored by being selected as a Top 20 finalist in the Just For Laughs comedy film festival, hosted by world famous comedian Kevin Hart and his upcoming LOL Network in association with Lionsgate. Voting is currently underway to identify the Top 5 films, which will go onto another round of voting to determine the final winner, who will receive a development deal with LOL Network to create a brand new comedy TV series! Go to contest.laughoutloud.com to watch the film and vote every day this week by inputting your email address(es)!
WE GOT INTO JUST FOR LAUGHS AND KEVIN HART WANTS TO BUY OUR MOVIE!! That’s because Good Hair The Movie is officially a top 20 finalist in the world’s biggest comedy festival Just for Laughs! If we win, based on YOUR votes, not only will our film be shown at Just for Laughs followed by a Q&A with Kevin Hart, but we will get a development deal with Lionsgate and Kevin’s brand new Laugh Out Loud network. What does that mean? That means you can watch the movie for free online RIGHT NOW for the next couple weeks and you can vote for us to win!! So please, please, please go vote for us at contest.laughoutloud.com. You can vote once a day so if you can, please do! #jfl35 #justforlaughs #eatmyshorts #goodhairthemovie #goodhairentertainment #goodhairent #kevinhart #filmfestival #movies #comedy
Kevin Hart isn’t the only celebrity comedian showing support for GOOD HAIR. Rory Scovel also plugged the film and contest on Twitter. Scovel recently released his first Netflix special titled RORY SCOVEL TRIES STAND-UP FOR THE FIRST TIME which featured a cameo from GOOD HAIR’s Fray Forde. Scovel and Forde go way back to Greenville, SC where both launched their comedy careers. Rory’s brother Chaz, also a talented comic, was our Key PA on the set of GOOD HAIR.
@roryscovel voted for #goodhairthemovie & you should too! Make sure to VOTE DAILY with as many email addresses as you know! Let’s win this for Atlanta! . . . . #goodhairent #goodhairentertainment #filmfestival #jfl35 #eatmyshorts #justforlaughs #atlanta #atl #atlantacollective #atlantafilms #filmmaker #comedian #comedy #kevinhart #roryscovel #follow
Although Montreal’s Just For Laughs is the largest festival we’ve had the pleasure of participating in, GOOD HAIR had its presence felt at a number of other events this month, including the Atlanta Shortsfest on July 7th, another Comedy & Curls roadshow at the Tin Roof in Charleston on July 8th where the film was featured in the local FOX news station and Charleston City Paper, as well as the upcoming ACME Comedy Film Nights in Los Angeles, California on July 22nd, and that’s just July!
#Charleston • Comedy & Curls• Saturday July 8th• 8pm• Tin Roof West Ashley• Tix in BIO ^ . . . . #comedy #film #charlestonsc #charlestonstyle #charlestonstrong #charlestoncharm #charlestonmusic #comedyandcurls #goodhairthemovie #charlestoncitypaper #event #standup #shortfilm #romcom #movie #filmmaker
GOOD HAIR shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, so be on the lookout for more screenings near you, notably at the Comedy & Curls roadshow in Austin, Texas on July 13th at the New Movement Theater, and the San Antonio Film Festival on August 4th. Don’t forget to continue voting for GOOD HAIR in Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud contest here: contest.laughoutloud.com. Thanks for the support!
GOOD HAIR THE MOVIE recently screened at Films on Tap, the sixth event of its kind in Charlotte, North Carolina, which was hosted by comedian Blayr Nias in the tasting room of Birdsong Brewing Company. Each film was paired with a beer, and samples were passed around to the audience between screenings. GOOD HAIR was paired with the Doin’ Thyme Springtime Ale because of the couple’s transition from the winter into the springtime of their relationship, and Khi is doin’ time in the doghouse with Frankie for most of the movie. At least that’s our take on it.
We had the pleasure of screening Good Hair to a PACKED house in Charlotte, NC last night apart of @filmsontapclt. We had our whole good crew in the building and can’t wait to come back to Charlotte! . . . #filmmaker #director #writer #actor #goodhair #goodhairday #goodhairthemovie #filmsontap #charlotte #charlottenc #comedy #filmmaker #filmmaking #northcarolina #cocaine
I traveled to Charlotte with Brittany Jackson and Madeleine Richardson, two of the founders of the Cat Fly Film Festival, as well as Jeff Alexander, leading actor in THE REPLICA RAID short, WHEN FACT MET FICTION web-series, and recent OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY film with Jennifer Anniston and Jason Bateman. At the event, we all reconnected with members of the GOOD HAIR THE MOVIE crew such as Andrew Bradford (DP), Thomas Propst (Sound), Cocaine (the puppy), and writers / directors / leading actors / power duo Catherine Dee Holly and Fray Forde.
We couldn’t ask for a better TEAM! ✊🏽 . . . . #filmsontap #filmsontapclt #letsgetreeldrunk #goodhair #goodhairthemovie #goodhairent #goodhairentertainment #writer #director #producer #dp #cinematography #charlotte #atlanta #atl #clt #greenville #sc #comedyandcurls #comedy #standup #film #shortfilm #filmfestival #filmfest
As visitors to Charlotte, we were amazed that nothing like Films on Tap currently exists in Asheville, NC, which has a plethora of potential venues for such an event. After all, Asheville held the “Beer City, USA” title for so many years and draws countless tourism to the city every year for its craft beer culture. With a little luck, I bet we see something like Films on Tap happen in Asheville soon enough.
GOOD HAIR THE MOVIE has been selling out in advance for every screening so far, starting with the COMEDY & CURLS premiere in Atlanta, Georgia on 2/10 at the Highwire Comedy Co., follow up show on 2/27 at Highland Ballroom, and just most recently the Asheville, North Carolina screening at the Cat Fly Film Festival. Since we expect a similar turnout at the upcoming roadshow events, it would be wise to secure your tickets early! COMEDY & CURLS is touring in the following cities:
4/15: Savannah, GA
4/17: Athens, GA
4/21: Columbia, SC
4/23: Charlotte, NC
4/24: Films on Tap @ Charlotte, NC
4/28: Greenville, SC
5/6: Knoxville, TN
5/27: Charleston, SC
6/24: Memphis, TN
7/13: Austin, TX
GOOD HAIR movie tour dates! Mark your calendars for Comedy & Curls: a night of superb humor followed by the hit romantic comedy short directed by, written by, and starring @catherinedholly and @frayforde . . . . . #film #goodhair #comedyandcurls #movie #festival #filmfestival #catflyfilmfestival #ontour #goodhairthemovie #comedy #curls #girl #beautiful #photography #filmmaking #music #boy
GOOD HAIR is also slated to screen at the Films on Tap event in Charlotte, NC on Monday 4/24, conveniently one day after the COMEDY & CURLS event in the same city. Birdsong Brewing Co. is hosting Films on Tap this season, and a wonderful witbier called Doin’ Thyme has been selected to pair with the film in order show the characters’ transition from the winter of their relationship into the springtime. The programmers were nothing but supportive when we met at the pairing, and I am excited for an event that promotes two of my favorite things: film and beer!
Our producer @ted.kendrick and our sound mixer @official_sexythomas picked the perfect beer to pair with #goodhairthemovie for Films on Taps in Charlotte, NC on April 24th. Also, if you’re in Charlotte the day before, check out our show Comedy & Curls at Peace Pipe on April 23rd!! #goodhair #filmsontap #charlotte #charlottenc #charlottefilm #charlottecomedy #comedy #standup #film #writer #director #actor #producer #northcarolina #peacepipe #beer #cocaine
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.
@catflyfilmfest weekend #workshop on #producing #shortfilms on a #tightbudget with @catherinedholly and @mj_slide at #sponsor @ashevilleschooloffilm with photos from @jessicadestroyer and @threeregionnc #thesmoketrilogy @goodhair.ent #filmfestival #producers #teaching #greenscreen #budgets #directors #actors #film #moviemagic #catfly
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!