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.
I participated in my second 48 Hour Film Project from Friday, June 16th through Sunday, June 18th. The event is held nationally in dozens of participating cities, and Asheville in particular had 22 teams this year. Each team had 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film. Team Cat Fly, composed of filmmakers who participated in the Cat Fly Film Festival, entered the comedy / mystery short IT’S MY PARTY.
Team Cat Fly’s crew comprised of myself Ted Kendrick (Writer / Producer / 1st AD), Ryan DuVal (Director / Writer), Joe Naylor (Writer / Script Supervisor), Paul Rouse (Writer / Sound), Brittany Jackson (EP / 2nd AC), Madeleine Richardson (EP / Editor), Keeley Turner (EP / DP), Isabel Ferber (Art), Thomas Goddard (2nd Unit DP / Color Correction), Zeke MacMillan (Sound), and Tony Mozz (Sound Engineer).
Many local actors featured in shorts that screened at the Cat Fly Film Festival also starred in IT’S MY PARTY, such as Jeff Alexander, Elizabeth Babelay, Rebekah Babelay, Nick Biggs, Cameron Gregg, Caitlin Koenig, Franklin Lovingood, James Martin, Victoria Rae, Drez Ryan, Kendra Warren and Cat Wityk as hypochondriac Paula Wilhelm, the character all teams were required to use, our only fictitious name.
Original music was written for the film, including the diarrhea diddy “I’m Waiting” by singer/songwriter Kendra Warren, which utilized the line all teams needed as the song title and main chorus, as well as the synth-wave dance groove “Mystery Machine” by Tony Mozz, who also lent his expert ears for the sound mixing.
Madeleine Richardson was the primary editor, and powered through the process for over 30 hours straight. She got started as soon as there was footage available, and locked picture by Sunday afternoon. Thomas Goddard provided his services for color correction, and Tony Mozz speedily mixed the entire film together at the final hour, always facing down the most impossible tasks, only for the exporting to put us behind deadline, disqualifying us from awards aside from audience choice. Disappointing end to the weekend, but the event is always a learning experience.
The 48 Hour Film Project screened at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company on Tuesday, June 20th and Wednesday, June 21st, both days at 7pm and 10pm ET, hosted and produced by Bruce Sales of 2BruceStudio. The audience seemed to really enjoy our film, and I found the others in competition to be just as entertaining. It’s always a fun game to identify the required elements in each short film, such as character (Paula Wilhelm, hypochondriac), prop (chair), and line (“I’m waiting”). Team Cat Fly’s entry IT’S MY PARTY will be released online in the near future.
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.
Last month, I came onboard as a producer on GOOD HAIR, a comedy about the millennial romantic experience. GOOD HAIR stars Catherine Dee Holly, an educating artist at both the Alliance Theatre and True Colors Theatre who has been featured in Comedy Central’s WORKAHOLICS, and comedian / actor Fray Forde who was part of the principal cast in the Atlanta based web-series QUARTER LIFE*, and has shared the stage with Hannibal Buress, Eric Andre, and TJ Miller.
GOOD HAIR involves an empty conditioner bottle which spawns what appears to be argument of the day for couple Frankie and Khi. After the argument, Khi seeks advice from his best friend Elijah, and attempts to remedy the situation with a romantic gesture for Frankie. Meanwhile, a conversation with Charlotte, Frankie’s best friend and Elijah’s wife, ignites Frankie’s existential crisis. GOOD HAIR explores a millennial long term relationship and the split ends along the way.
Image by Andrew Bradford
I initially provided constructive story and dialogue feedback where a few of my joke ideas found their way into the final script. In my notes, I suggested product placement could be beneficial for the conditioner bottle, so it wouldn’t be necessary to hide any labels while shooting. We secured a local Atlanta brand of conditioner called Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils, courtesy of the House of Cheatham.
We were also lucky to have an amazing crew, as seen below, including Andrew Bradford (Director of Photography), Corey Wavle (1st AC), Will McBride (1st AD) Thomas Propst (Sound), Morgan Moore (Grip), Jason Carroll (Gaffer), Erin Hodges (Scripty), Chaz Scovel (Crafty), and an amazing team of production assistants: Nina Publico, Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, Cat Wityk, and Keeley Turner.
Image by Andrew Bradford
GOOD HAIR is currently in post, expected to be completed by February 2017 with a premiere event at Highwire Comedy on Friday, February 10th in Atlanta, Georgia.