The DOUBLE AGENT short comedy film was written, directed and produced by myself, Ted Kendrick, for Aputure’s Light This Location contest, with Garin Wilson as Director of Photography, Absolute Grip. Co. on lighting, Rome Widenhouse as Editor, and various other volunteer crew. The short features Erich Reinhard as Jim Tackman, and Zach Echols and Tyler Buckner as the two gangsters. Although the film didn’t the win, DOUBLE AGENT is currently in consideration to play at multiple film festivals, which I hope to share more info soon. Despite uploading a version of the film online in November 2019, I asked composer, Tony Mozz, to revisit the first minute of music in an effort to strike more of a balance between the piano and dialogue, and create the new version, which is embedded below.
Jim Tackman is kidnapped by gangsters who suspect him to be a DOUBLE AGENT. The action comedy short film featured Erich Reinhard, Zach Echols, and Tyler Buckner, and was written, directed, and produced by myself Ted Kendrick. Garin Wilson was Director of Photography, Rome Widenhouse was editor, and original soundtrack was composed by Tony Mozz. The short was made for Aputure Tech’s #LightThisLocation international film challenge. Unfortunately the entry was not selected as a finalist, but I still greatly enjoyed the production process alongside Wilson’s Productions, Absolute Grip Co., and the rest of the cast and crew.
The challenge required that the short film be no more than 5 minutes in length, occur in a single location, and include the secret word “accent”, with bonus points awarded if the film used plenty of brand sponsored gear and equipment, and we certainly did as you will find in the behind-the-scenes video embedded below, edited by Garin Wilson with footage captured by videographer Steve Howard.
The Lighting Floor Plan was another final deliverable required by the competition. Erik Kitchens of Absolute Grip Co. was the Gaffer in charge of light design, and drew a rough lighting floor plan on the back of a script. The floor plan was recreated by Ted Kendrick in Adobe Photoshop with a consistent and intelligible color palette, naturally accomplished in the familiar Artificial Ink font style.
With DOUBLE AGENT now out of competition and already released online, Artificial Ink Creative will submit and send the film through the independent film festival circuit. The official poster is embedded below, designed by Ted Kendrick, and guaranteed to look even better after flaunting a few film festival laurels.
DOUBLE AGENT is a short comedy film that was written, directed, and produced by myself, Ted Kendrick, for an upcoming lighting contest by lightthislocation.com. Garin Wilson was the Director of Photography, and Eric Kitchens of Absolute Grip Co. facilitated the lighting plan as the Gaffer. Additional crew included Johan Taljaard as 1st AC, Micah Parsons as 2nd AC, Dalton Stout as Grip, Braethun Bharathae-Lane as Sound Recordist, Tony Mozz as Sound Mixer and Soundtrack, Rome Widenhouse as Editor, and Steve Howard on Behind the Scenes Videography.
The cast showcases Erich Reinhard as protagonist Jim Tackman with Zach Echols and Tyler Buckner as the antagonist gangsters Pat and Bob. The contest deadline is Monday, November 11th before DOUBLE AGENT is uploaded online for a round of voting. Afterwards, the plan is to share the short around to various film festivals before ultimately uploading it online to the Artificial Ink Creative YouTube channel. Check out some screenshots embedded below via Instagram in the meantime.
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 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.
GIVE AND TAKE is an upcoming feature film written and directed by Andrew Shearer, a Nicholl Fellowship winning writer, and Screenwriting instructor at the Asheville School of Film. Shearer recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Seed&Spark to fund and self-produce his film project, a comedy documentary mashup about a father in the middle of a divorce who kidnaps his own daughter to save her from making a huge mistake which would ruin her life, a mysterious act that would become the big topic of gossip in their small town community.
Wow, the support so far we’re getting for GIVE AND TAKE is incredible! Shout outs to Thomas McCoy, Nicole Lachance, and…
I had the pleasure of helping out on the film’s pre-production process, specifically drawing up multiple drafts of the total budget for both above and below the line expenses. The crowdfunding campaign has already surpassed its halfway mark, and I look forward to seeing it earn its funds and be actualized in the coming months. Watch Andrew Shearer’s video pitch for GIVE AND TAKE embedded below.
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.