Nominated for four awards at the annual Naperville festival including BEST FEATURE FILM, BEST DIRECTOR - Cole Simon, BEST ACTOR - Tyler Sieple, and BEST ACTRESS - Kiana Harris, you can catch the Naperville Premiere at 7pm on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. Visit http://www.naperfilmfest.org for full festival information, tickets, and directions. The festival runs eight days from the 15-22 of September. With its proximity to Chicago (the current artistic base of Glass City Films), several members of the production team plan to attend a second screening on Thursday, September 20.
I love the speed of technology and communications. Today, I was in rehearsal for Midnight Madness here at Ohio University when I get a text from my finacee. She asks me if I've seen the Facebook page for Glass City Films. I hadn't. So on a break, I check it out -- figuring that if she's telling me to look it up, something is going on with my film "Separation Anxiety" -- and sure enough... I see a post that says: Just learned that "Separation Anxiety" won Best Drama at the River Bend Film Festival! Congrats to director Cole Simon, writer Jeremy Sony, and the entire cast and crew, and a huge thanks to the incredibly hospitable RBFF team for a great weekend. Woo hoo! So, of course, I'm all WOO and HOO as well.
Following the happy txting back to my beloved, I txt some similar congratulatory notes to Cole Simon and John Klein, two talented men that willed this film into existence by their sheer enthusiasm (and a ton of hard work).
Here they are (John, left; Cole, center) with Mike Molenda at the Glass City Films merch table at the River Bend Film Festival last weekend.
Cole txts me back and turns out he found out from me. Let's do that math. River Bend posts the award announcement --> GCF's press wunderkinds push the news to Facebook --> My fiancee sees the posts and alerts me via txt --> I am overjoyed and txt my director and producer --> My director, working a busy day in Chicago gets the awesome news. All of this happens very quickly.
Considering how often Cole was able to txt and surprise me with happy news about our film, I was glad to return the favor. So proud of the whole GCF team. I think I'll have to watch the film this weekend again to celebrate.
Cole Simon (Director) and myself.
This weekend, I'm in Alexandria, Virginia for the Alexandria Film Festival to see a screening of my film "Separation Anxiety." In case you didn't know, I wrote the screenplay for the film based on my own play of the same title. In attendance this weekend: my girlfriend Laila, and my friend and Director of "Sep," Mr. Cole Simon. I'll keep this quick, but let me touch on the highlights.