Congratulations to Kiana Harris who took home the award for Best Actress at the annual Naperville Independent Film Festival for her starring turn as Jess in SEPARATION ANXIETY! It's always fantastic when talented people working on a project of yours are recognized for their contribution. Kiana was the first person I cast back when we were making the investment teaser. This was 2008 and I had the pleasure of directing her for a few days. She taught me a lot, as I had only directed for the stage until that point and I'm lucky to have had someone like her on board so early in the process. I had seen her previous film (GLASS CITY) earlier that year and on the way home from that screening turned to a friend of mine and said "that's her. That's Jess." When Cole Simon took the reigns for the feature so I could focus on the writing, we were pretty much in sync that Kiana would continue on as Jess. Her work helped shape what Jess became during the film's development -- this award is completely deserved. I'm so proud of her, and the entire cast & crew. We were also nominated for BEST FEATURE FILM, BEST DIRECTOR - Cole Simon, and BEST ACTOR - Tyler Sieple. You can visit http://www.naperfilmfest.org for full festival information.
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.
10 minute play hits Philadelphia in June
Courtesy of Luna Theater Company
Luna Theater Company presents their inaugural new play fest this summer with the Solstice Play Festival and I am thrilled to be involved. Got an email this week from their Literary Manager Jeremy Gable to invite my new 10-minute play, The Cosmonaut in Human Resources, to be part of this week of world premieres! Cosmonaut was developed in my MFA playwriting seminar this past Fall and I'm excited to have its first staging happen at Luna! Here's a line-up of the shows they're producing in this year's festival:
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.