Wednesday, November 09, 2016

South Texas Underground Film Festival #STUFF2016

Our short documentary "The Texas Sun" will screen at South Texas Underground Film Festival in Corpus Christi, Texas at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 12th.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

13 Seconds


Sometimes film festivals are great!

You might get in and screen your film. Sometimes you don't get in, but at least you get the sense that they gave your film the appropriate consideration. Not every film is really for every festival. It's supposed to be hard to get in, honestly.

Then, every once in a while, you run into a festival that maybe doesn't take their responsibility seriously. At all.

I entered a fest a while back during their "earlybird entry" period. I paid the entry fee and submitted the film, and waited. The final submission deadline went past. I waited. And waited. They changed the announcement date. Okay, that happens. They changed it again. Whatever. Then ... the third announcement date came and went. Sometimes fests postpone. It happens.

It occurred to me: had they looked at our film a few times? Were we in consideration at all? Or had they judged it out, and it was now just sitting in the "no thank you" stack? Since Vimeo lets you see viewing stats, and since I had submitted a specific version of the film to the fest, I could easily see when they had viewed it.

It turned out that for TEN MONTHS they had never looked at the film. Ten months. (Keep in mind: some fests have no submission fees. There's no reason to scold them -- they clearly are just trying to have a film fest, not to profit from filmmakers. This one, however, charged a submission fee.)

I checked again a few days later and found that the day after the currently-listed "announcement date" they did watch our film. On a phone, they viewed the first 13 seconds of the film. 13 seconds. On a phone.

Don't get me wrong: I have received plenty of "no thanks!" emails from film festivals. That's fine. You send your film, they consider it. They choose to show it, they choose not to. The odds are, usually, against you. So I'm not mad when I don't get into a fest. That's fine.

Viewing a film for 13 seconds on a phone after your planned announcement date, however, doesn't seem like a great programming strategy.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

West Texas Film Festival



Our short documentary "The Texas Sun" will screen at the West Texas Film Festival in Odessa, Texas on Saturday, October 15 at 1 p.m.

You can purchase tickets here.

The festival is held over three days:

Enjoy over 40 Films from 13 Countries in 3 Days!!!
The West Texas Film Festival Invites you to Odessa for our inaugural film festival.

Thurs October 13th: Join us for a good old fashioned spaghetti dinner, a cash bar, a block of short films from the US, Italy and a classic Spaghetti Western in the lovely Rose Building of downtown Odessa!!

Friday October 14th: Join for a full day of shorts and features and the Globe Theatre on the OC campus and at the Rose Building. Filmmaker Q and A's and workshops will also be offered throughout the day.

Saturday October 15th: Another day of full programming, festival awards and a special invitation you won't want to miss out on from local film maker Billy Pon.

Details about our films and events are at : www.westtexasfilm.org


Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Artcroft Film and Video Festival



Our short documentary "The Texas Sun" will screen at Artcroft Film and Video Festival in Millersburg, Kentucky.

The screening, in a program called "The Nature of Art," will take place on Sunday, September 11th at 1 p.m. The description given for our film is:  
A playful, humorous documentary about artists talking about the heat and light of the sun shining over Texas, as they create work in the heat and light of the sun shining over Texas.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Dry screens at FilmFest 52



My 60-second film "Dry" screened at FilmFest52 on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

FilmFest52 is produced by the organizers of Connecticut Film Festival (CTFF) and The Bethel Film Festival (BFF) in partnership with The Bethel Cinema.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

"Self Portrait" Screens in France



Self Portrait, Robert Moran, Downtown Los Angeles (directed by Robert Moran, produced by Anne LaBarbera and Ted Fisher) will screen on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Festival International Entr'2 Marches in Cannes, France.
"Organized in parallel with the Cannes Festival (11 - 22 May 2016), the Festival treats and develops the theme of handicap through the production and making of short films (less than 26 minutes, subtitled in French): whether fiction, reporting, documentaries, communication films, workshop films or amateur audiovisual attempts, they are selected and then entered in the competition. All types of handicap are addressed: mental, auditory, visual, motor, psychic, autism...."

"The 7th Edition of the International Festival Entr'2 Marches, will take place from Sunday 15 to Friday 20 May 2016 in the projection room located 45 rue de Mimont, kindly loaned by the Town of Cannes and equipped with facilities which make it easily accessible to people with reduced mobility (MRP), as well as to any other public in a situation of handicap: subtitles of films in French and for most of them in English, audiodescription, magnetic loop, presentation of the sessions in French Sign Language (FSL) by the film director and President of the Association « Sourd M├ętrage » Olivier MARCHAL, simultaneous subtitling of the discussions.... 

"From the 250 to 400 films received each year from about fifty countries, 39 short films of 13 different nationalities make up the official selection of the International Festival Entr'2 Marches 2016."
We are very honored to be an Official Selection. The film is short (just three minutes) but carries an important message.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Texas Sun at Hill Country Film Festival #HCFF



Come and see it.

My short documentary "The Texas Sun" will screen at the Hill Country Film Festival on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 5:15 p.m.

BLOCK 13
Documentary Short Films 
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 29, 2016
Time: 5:15 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available.

Check out the full 2016 program.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Interurban



Just got back from the Interurban Film Festival. Screened The Texas Sun on Saturday.

The Rialto Theatre is classic -- it goes back to 1920. Denison is also great, and was hosting an arts festival, so we strolled Main Street in between blocks of films.

I was interviewed about the festival and about "The Texas Sun" by the Herald Democrat:

Interurban Film Festival offers rewarding experience to viewers, filmmakers
Filmmaker Ted Fisher submitted his six-minute documentary “The Texas Sun.” Because his love for film making has taken him and his family around the country, he said the sun was noticeably different in Texas and thought it would be interesting to see what others thought about the fiery ball in the sky.

“When we came to Texas, we noticed that the sun itself was a little different than we were used to living in other states and that we had a different relationship with it. We would walk and it was more intense in some places so we started thinking of it as a person,” Fisher said. “The documentary has a lot of people talking about their relationship with the Texas sun as if it’s a friend or maybe more than a friend and their loves and hates about the sun.”
 Read the rest of the article, written by Kim Burdi, here:

http://heralddemocrat.com/news/local/interurban-film-festival-offers-rewarding-experience-viewers-filmmakers

Saturday, March 26, 2016

"Dry" Screens at the Miniature Film Festival



My 60-second, 100-word film "Dry" will screen in Vancouver at the Miniature Film Festival on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

The festival is all about 60-second films:
The Miniature Film Festival is exactly what it sounds like - a small celebration of small films. We want to acknowledge and promote filmmakers who make one-minute micro short films. We definitely aren't trying to pass ourselves off as a bigger festival because we are not big at all. We are a new start-up festival that wants to help create a community for tiny films and the ingenious filmmakers who make them - a miniature festival for miniature films!

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Texas Sun at Thin Line Film Festival



My short documentary The Texas Sun screened Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Thin Line Film Festival. It was great to attend the festival, and the screening went well.

As far as I know, no one was hurt when the letter "L" fell off the sign.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Thin Line 2016


At the Campus Theater during Thin Line Film Festival, Thursday, February 18, 2016.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Texas Sun at Thin Line Film Fest #ThinLineFest



My short documentary "The Texas Sun" will screen at Thin Line Film Festival on Sunday, February 21st at 4:15 p.m. at Campus Theater.

It is paired with the feature film "Voyagers Without a Trace." You can get tickets for both films right now. And you probably should. (It might sell out.)

Several members of the cast will be at the screening ... so put on sunscreen and come see it.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Upcoming Screening: Picture This Film Festival


Our short documentary Self Portrait, Robert Moran, Downtown Los Angeles will screen at the Picture This Film Festival on Wednesday, March 16th in the morning session.

The festival will be held at Calgary SCOPE Society, Calgary, Alberta, Canada from the 16th to the 19th of March 2016.
The film is directed by Robert Moran, photographed by Anne LaBarbera, and edited by me. The film's logline is: "Robert Moran, a bi-racial filmmaker diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, discusses work, life, and Los Angeles."

Saturday, January 02, 2016

2016 Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase



My six-minute documentary "The Texas Sun" will screen at the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase, July 14 - 17, 2016. The festival posted a note on the early Official Selection films last night.