2020 Film Fest Follow Up

The “Cat Fly and Chill” livestream event from Cat Fly Film Fest ran from May 29th to the 31st. Ted Kendrick worked in extras casting and festival strategy on Kira Bursky’s BEAUTIFUL MESS short that played on opening night, as well as multiple projects on the second night including DOUBLE AGENT which was written and directed by Kendrick, who was also a producer on MOMHEART starring Gunner Willis and directed by Joe Naylor and Joe Pellegrino, and “Elevator Went” music video for the band Wyla which was directed by Rome Widenhouse. Artificial Ink Creative sponsored the event, which included the following funny promo spot that played on the third night, created by festival hosts Jeff Alexander and Drez Ryan.

Later in the summer, DOUBLE AGENT played at the Lanett City Film Festival in Alabama on Friday, August 14th, which also occurred in its first livestream format, considering the COVID crisis. Ted Kendrick was privileged to participate in a Q&A over a Zoom call to chat for half an hour with festival director Eric B. Wright. Though there may still be a $10 paywall, the festival is available to view online.

The ConCarolinas Short Film Festival touring screenings were unfortunately cancelled along with most comic book conventions in 2020 because, again, for the pandemic– but! The ConCarolinas programming team readjusted and scheduled a screening at the Knight Drive-In in Salisbury, NC. THE REPLICA RAID II was scheduled to play on Friday, September 11th from 8-12pm. Given that the short involves a car chase sequence, what better place to watch it than at a drive-in?

What better place to watch our car chase action short film #TheReplicaRaid♊️ than at a drive-in?

Posted by Artificial Ink Creative on Monday, July 13, 2020

Artificial Ink in 2020 Film Fests

During the COVID-19 pandemic, most film festivals are postponing their events or switching to an online streaming format. Artificial Ink Creative worked on a few creative projects that have recently been selected for screening in late May 2020, particularly Cat Fly Film Festival‘s “Cat Fly and Chill” event as well as ConCarolinas Short Film Festival, not to mention festival strategy work for other filmmakers.

“Cat Fly and Chill” is the latest event from Cat Fly Film Festival, originally intended as a three day screening in Asheville, North Carolina, though now rescheduled as an online streaming event. Ted Kendrick assisted Kira Bursky in extras casting and festival strategy for BEAUTIFUL MESS short film which plays on the first day, May 29th. The second day on May 30th will showcase multiple film projects produced by Ted Kendrick including the DOUBLE AGENT short film which was also written and directed by Kendrick, MOMHEART short film starring Gunner Willis and directed by Joe Naylor and Joe Pellegrino, as well as the “Elevator Went” music video for the Asheville based band Wyla which was directed by Rome Widenhouse.

THE REPLICA RAID II short film starring Jeff Alexander was written, directed, and produced by Ted Kendrick, and will play at the 2020 ConCarolinas Short Film Festival, which is traditionally paired with a comic and gaming convention in Charlotte, NC but will stream online this year in response to the pandemic. THE REPLICA RAID III final installment is in pre-production with the hope to film ASAP.

Follow both Cat Fly Film Fest and ConCarolinas Short Film Festival on social media for more information on the upcoming screening schedules, and tune in to the online livestreams at the end of May 2020 in an effort to support indie filmmaking.

BUSTER BUSINESS short film

BUSTER BUSINESS was a comedy short film written and directed by Gunner Willis, starring Corey Wavle, with cinematography by John Carrington. I participated as a Script Supervisor during its production in September 2017 at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, which is where I was first introduced to Gunner Willis, who would later star in the MOMHEART short film and POP-POP IS DEAD web-series which I both produced. Watch the full short film embedded below.

BUSTER BUSINESS originally premiered at Cat Fly Film Festival in March 2019 before it eventually dropped online in October 2019. The film ended up being a huge springboard for local networking in the area. Check out a behind-the-scenes photo below taken by Diana Valerie of MoXie Makeup and Hair with (from left to right) myself Ted Kendrick, director Gunner Willis, actor Corey Wavle, Art Director Clayton Tilley, and 1st AD MJ Slide all gathered around the video village monitor during the opening black and white “Big Business” commercial sequence.

MOMHEART premiere @ The Big Fancy

The MOMHEART short film directed by The Joes and produced by Artificial Ink Creative LLC premieres at The Big Fancy event hosted by Sly Grog Lounge in Asheville, NC on Saturday, July 6th. The festival is one night only with a $10 cover, and fancy dress code, however best interpreted, for a night to be remembered.

Posted by The Joes on Friday, June 21, 2019

The Big Fancy will also feature additional short films including another recent Artificial Ink Creative project THE REPLICA RAID II, and multiple album releases by local Asheville-based bands, some of whom contributed to the MOMHEART soundtrack such as Battery Powered Hooker Boots and Mike Anderson. Other musical acts will include Half-State, Lil’ Loswer and GLitch SLap, among others.

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Posted by Battery Powered Hooker Boots on Sunday, June 23, 2019

Additional shenanigans on site at Sly Grog Lounge will include breweries, CBD farmers from Clover who will set up a Dab Tent, retailers from Griftown Screen Printing, burlesque performances from Erin Trixi and Theresa Coggiola, live record cutting by American Vinyl, and “Live Food From Scratch” by La La Diabla.

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.

Featured Films in Cat Fly 2019

Cat Fly Film Festival returns for its third annual event in Asheville, North Carolina from March 29th to 31st, which will see a few selected film projects played over the weekend created by myself, Ted Kendrick, along with works from friends and collaborators across the Southeast. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the Cat Fly website. Please say hello and chat if we cross paths at the festival!

Artificial Ink Creative will premiere THE REPLICA RAID II on Saturday, March 30th at 6pm, which opens Community Night at New Belgium Brewing as a Cat Fly Collaboration project. The film was written and directed by Ted Kendrick, and stars Jeff Alexander as a bewildered art thief, with Thomas Goddard as Director of Photography, and Braethun Bharathae-Lane on sound mixing and soundtrack.

I worked in the early development and pre-production of MY FATHER’S SHADOW short film by Will Osigian of Trust Fall Productions, and assisted as Script Supervisor on BUSTER BUSINESS, directed by Gunner Willis and Corey Wavle of dUMB. Both of these films are scheduled to play on Friday, March 29th during the Opening Night screening at the Asheville Masonic Temple. I was also an Associate Producer on POP-POP IS DEAD by Coki Productions which is the feature film showcase playing on Sunday, March 31st, 4pm at the Asheville Fine Arts Theater.

MOMHEART production wrap

MOMHEART short film directed by The Joes (Joe Naylor and Joe Pellegrino) wrapped production on Saturday, February 16th. We filmed a few pick-up scenes left from the previous production last December 1st to 3rd, starting at an apartment complex before moving to a park location in West Asheville for a gory grilling sequence. Gunner Willis (Netflix’s OZARK, HBO’s VICE PRINCIPALS, and POP-POP IS DEAD) is Gavin, a childlike man who turns to a shady family rental service to fill the void in his heart left from never knowing real family.

The second shoot crew had The Joes as co-directors, Madeleine Richardson as 1st AD, Aaron Shirley as Director of Photography, Ted Kendrick as Producer, Braethun Bharathae-Lane as Sound, John Morse as PA, with Jeffrey DeCristofaro and Herbert Ellis as the two Goons, and introduces and features George Romero as Francisco. MOMHEART has wrapped principal photography, and now enters post-production.

MOMHEART production

The MOMHEART short film went into production from December 1st to 3rd in Asheville, North Carolina. Artificial Ink Creative produced the dark comedy with The Joes directing duo of Joe Naylor and Joe Pellegrino. Our three days of filming passed by quickly and ultimately went unfinished. Another pick-up day has been scheduled for February to complete the project, and capture the final scenes.

The film stars Gunner Willis (actor native to Greenville, SC with credits in Netflix’s OZARK, HBO’s VICE PRINCIPALS, and POP-POP IS DEAD) as Gavin, a childlike and impressionable man, who moves into his first apartment. He has never known the love of a real family since losing his mother at an early age so he reluctantly turns to FamNi Inc., a shady family rental service, to fill the void in his longing heart.

Additional cast included Asheville acting staples such as Jennifer Trudrung, Jeffrey DeCristofaro, Franklin Lovingood and Lauren Davis, as well as newcomers Delroy Hartley, George Romero, and Herbert Ellis. Our crew was led by Madeleine Richardson as 1st AD, and an excellent camera department including Aaron Shirley and Rome Widenhouse. We were also joined by Braethun Bharathae-Lane (Sound), Mark Sundara (Stunt Coordinator), John Lauterbach (Makeup/Effects), Colston Byrd of Battery Powered Hooker Boots (Art Director), John Elder (Grip), with Rebekah Babelay and Nick Belvin as Production Assistants, among others.

Expect more news and information pertaining to the MOMHEART short film in the coming months throughout 2019, and for now, enjoy all of the behind-the-scenes photography captured by Marisa Muldoon during the initial days of production.

MOMHEART crowdfunding campaign

Lately I’ve been producing independent film projects like the comedy feature POP-POP IS DEAD by Coki Productions, which recently made its film festival debut on November 16th at the LA Comedy Film Festival, and the MOMHEART short film entering production from December 1st-3rd in Asheville, North Carolina.

MOMHEART is a dark comedy with sci-fi elements about an impressionable and childlike man named Gavin, who moves into his very first apartment. He has never known the love of a real family since losing his mother at an early age so he reluctantly turns to FamNi Inc., a shady family rental service, to fill the void in his heart. The film stars Gunner Willis (Netflix’s OZARK, HBO’s VICE PRINCIPALS), and is written and directed by filmmaking duo The Joes, Joe Naylor and Joe Pellegrino.

At the moment, we are gathering our resources, and aim to raise a modest $2000 for production– so close to the goal! –and currently accepting donations over Indiegogo: (https://igg.me/at/Momheart/x). If you can’t donate, you can support our efforts by sharing the campaign over social media. The Joes and I appreciate any measure of support in spreading the word and gathering an audience.

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.