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.

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.

THE REPLICA RAID II production wrap

THE REPLICA RAID II wrapped principle photography on Saturday, July 7th. We were lucky to have the same overcast weather as the first day of shooting on May 20th, so the continuity of the film should remain in act, despite production being a month and a half apart. I don’t recommend approaching filmmaking that way, but when you are working with a limited budget and crew,  sometimes you must succumb to strict scheduling. We redid some minor car sequences, and then the fun stuff we didn’t get to try last time: playing with colored photography smoke, and handbrake sliding a car into a cul-de-sac. Over and over again. For both.

The short is currently in post, where it is being edited by Madeleine Richardson, also the 1st AD on set. THE REPLICA RAID II is a sequel to my experimental short film THE REPLICA RAID which was filmed in fall 2016, and released in spring 2017, and in itself, a project that I reworked from a concept I first attempted in college.

Check out the screenshots below for a preview of what we captured on July 7th, and follow @Artificial.Ink.Creative on Instagram for more behind-the-scenes.

5% wins 48HFP award!

Team Cat Fly attended the 2018 Asheville 48 Hour Film Project awards ceremony on July 11th in recognition for the short film 5%, which won Best Use of Character, thanks to the spirited portrayal by Daniel Ballard for Brad Pasteur, insurance agent.

Cat Fly also received nominations for Best Directing, honoring the film’s director Madeleine Richardson, as well as a nomination for Best Cinematography, which highlights the artistic eye of our Director of Photography, Brittany Jackson.

Photo by: Kristen Bryant

Posted by Asheville 48 Hour Film Project on Tuesday, July 17, 2018

 

COMPASSION part 1 production

COMPASSION is a short film anthology in three parts, written and directed by Jeff Corpening, and produced by Corpening Media. Betsy Cardwell and myself joined Jeff as Producers, and have been diligently working to produce this anthology over the last six months. Part 1 entered and wrapped production on Saturday, June 23rd where we filmed in Asheville, North Carolina.

On set today with an amazing crew! #compassionmovie #avlfilm #ncfilm

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The day was hot and long, but we successfully captured everything we needed. We had an excellent crew, including the lead actor Victor Hough, Madeleine (1st AD), David Craig (DP), Sam Schumate (1st AC), Brittany Jackson (2nd AC), Robert Gowan (Sound Recordist), Kira Bursky (VFX Supervisor), Sam Zeilender (PA), Askar McMahon (PA), Sophie Berry (BTS photographer), and our gravel transportation team of Jonah Goldwag, Phil Koch, Daniel Ballard, and Mark Sundara.

An amazing day yesterday on our #compassionmovie here in #asheville – so much talent!

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COMPASSION Part 1: “Knowledge” is now in post-production. Part 2: “Empathy” and Part 3: “Action” are both next on the slate, and will be produced over the upcoming year.

5% // 48 Hour Film Project 2018

Team Cat Fly participated in the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project once again, and produced 5%, a sci-fi short film about a girl who experiences a brain injury, and uses her memory insurance. Our competition required three elements that all teams must incorporate into the film: 1) character: Brad or Brianna Pasteur, Insurance Agent, 2) line: “You forgot something.”, and 3) prop: a dollar bill. You will find that these elements highly informed the plot of our film.

5% starred Cat Wityk, Jeff Alexander, Josh Payne, Dana Seals, and Daniel Ballard as Brad Pasteur, Insurance Agent. Our team included Madeleine Richardson (Writer / Director), Brittany Jackson (Dir. of Photography), Sam Shumate (1st AC / Color Correction), myself Ted Kendrick (Writer / Producer), with Laura Hackett (Writer), Mark Sundara (Locations Manager / Producer), Kenny Stempien (Sound Recordist), Rachel Summers (Art Director), Kat Skinner (PA), Hamish Horton (Editor), Galen Stickels (Soundtrack Composer), and Ted Marks (Sound Engineer).

Go behind the scenes with team Cat Fly for the 2018 Asheville 48 Hour Film Project. // ?: Daniel Ballard and Mark P Sundara

Posted by Artificial Ink Creative on Wednesday, June 20, 2018

 

Special thanks to locations AC Hotel, Asheville Pinball Museum, Battery Park Book Exchange, the Flatiron Building, and World Coffee, as well as Asheville School of Film, The Actor’s Center, Cory the Gardener, dUMB, Takeout Central, and The Joes, just for being awesome. The Asheville 48HFP awards ceremony will be held on July 11th at the Fine Arts Theater, and I don’t mean to boast, but Cat Fly expects a few award nominations because our movie was just that good.

THE REPLICA RAID II // production

THE REPLICA RAID II short film went into production on Sunday, May 20th, 2018, and everything was going on schedule until the infamous WNC summer rain interrupted the afternoon. Despite the setback, the sequel to my 2017 experimental project THE REPLICA RAID took some big steps towards actualization. We have a second day of production set for July where we will create the final elements.

The day would not have been a success without my excellent crew, particularly Thomas Goddard (Dir. of Photography), Cat Wityk (Line Producer), Madeleine Richardson (1st AD), Brittany Jackson (1st AC), Braethun Bharathae-Lane (Sound), Ethan Saut (Stunt Driver), Haley Martin (Location Manager), Betsabe Fregoso Lee and Joey Lee with Peak of the Mountain Productions (Drone Operators), and Production Assistants: Daniel Ballard, Erich Reinhard, and Garin Wilson of Wilson’s Productions who captured the amazing behind-the-scenes photos below.

Be on the lookout for more about THE REPLICA RAID II over the next few months, and you never know…maybe we’ll see THE REPLICA RAID III sometime in 2019.

THE REPLICA RAID II // pre-production

I am currently in pre-production on my first sequel film. When all is said and done, THE REPLICA RAID II short will be written, directed, and produced by yours truly. If you recall the first installment, THE REPLICA RAID involves an art thief wrapped up in a time loop situation. The shorts serve as filmmaking experiments, especially with their lack of diegetic sound, all created artificially through foley recording.

Jeff Alexander will be reprising his role as the prime thief. My crew will consist of Thomas Goddard as Director of Photography, with additional cinematography by Joey Lee and Betsabe Fregoso Lee. Madeleine Richardson will serve as Editor, Daniel Henry with the stunt car and body double, Braethun Bharathae-Lane as boom op, and an original soundtrack composed by Robert Gowan of Wasted Wine.

cul-de-sac of nothin’ #culdesac #deadend #nowhere #tiremarks #thereplicaraid

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I have found a beautiful, dead end cul-de-sac as a shooting location in Candler, NC. Production is set for Sunday, May 20th, with post-production over the summer.

Cat Fly Film Fest 2018

Cat Fly Indie Film Festival returned for its 2nd annual event over the weekend of April 6th to 8th where short films from across the Southeast were showcased in a non-competitive, networking atmosphere in some of Asheville’s best venues.

Opening night was a red carpet affair at the Asheville Masonic Temple with catered hors d’oeuvres, photos by the step and repeat, and a selected program of dramatic narrative shorts including SIDES by Trust Fall Productions, FAKE EMMA by All Around Artsy, SHOWER by dUMB, and the 48 Hour Film Project favorite CUDDLED.

Photography by Joe Pellegrino

Posted by Cat Fly Film Fest on Sunday, April 15, 2018

 

Community night was hosted at The Mothlight in West Asheville where Cat Fly played works focused on experimental elements, in addition to traditional genres like horror shorts and music videos. UNBEARING by Jennifer Trudrung and Aiden Weaver was a highlight. DALLAS music video by dUMB won the audience choice award, but CROAK by Matt Barrett of Calamity Effects won the crowd reaction.

Day 2 of our weekend festival!
Photography by Joe Pellegrino and Joe Naylor

Posted by Cat Fly Film Fest on Monday, April 16, 2018

 

Closing night of Cat Fly was held at Grail Moviehouse with a focus on documentary storytelling. The audience choice award was received by Michael Arcos for THIS MY FAVORITE MURAL. I was personally lucky enough to win a gift certificate for studio space at the Asheville School of Film, one of Cat Fly’s amazing sponsors.

Photography by Joe Pellegrino

Posted by Cat Fly Film Fest on Thursday, April 19, 2018

 

While the main events were incredible, Cat Fly also featured two workshops, one examining the relationship between music and film, while the other reflected on failure in art, and the steps necessary keep sets safe. Sunday morning also had Andie Morgenlander, filmmaker behind POLISHED, lead a session of Cat Fly yoga. Festival founders Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, and Cat Wityk outdid themselves in what I hope becomes a tradition for the Asheville film community.