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January 17, 2004



    2 LOCAL CASTING CALLS!
    TOO PRODUCTIONS
    ENIGMA


...from the January 9th, 2004 edition:
    TOO PRODUCTIONS/COFFEEHOUSE FILM FEST OFF TO A GREAT START


...from the January 1st, 2004 edition:
    TOO PRODUCTIONS & COFFEEHOUSE FILM REVIEWS
    INDIE SLATE MAGAZINE SEEKS YOUR INPUT
    ONE HAPPY MOVIE UPDATE
    EYEFUL FILMS WILL HOST YOUR FILMS
    MIFF HAPPY NEW YEAR WISHES
    SAINTS & SINNERS 4 WINNERS


TOO PRODUCTIONS CASTING CALL

We're looking for an older man to play an 80+ year old Italian mobster for a short we're filming based on a Ferdie Pacheco short story. He gave us full permission to film it, but the lead role is the old man and our actor just backed out due to scheduling problems. The story kicks ass. It'll take about 2 days to shoot.

If you know of anyone, have them contact me, Paul Guzzo, at paulguzzo@hotmail.com


ENIGMA PRODUCTIONS CASTING CALL

Enigma Films Casting Call for "All Hallows Eve"

Enigma Films is opening a casting call for a horror anthology film entitled 'All Hallows Eve' that is preparing to go into pre-production. Several local actors and actresses will be needed to fill the starring roles in the three separate segments and also several extras will be needed for the main wrap around as well. A description of the various looks they are looking for are below.

SEGMENT 1:
1 FEMALE:
(20 to 35) Very attractive with a great body.
1 MALE: (20 TO 35) Muscular build, rugged looks.

SEGMENT 2:
1 FEMALE:
(25 to 45) Attractive with a well toned body.
1 MALE: (30 to 50) Undetermined look.
1 FEMALE: (30 to 50) Undetermined look.
2 MALES: (30 to 45) Paramedic types.

SEGMENT 3:
3 FEMALES:
(17 to 25) Very pretty with nice bodies.
3 MALES: (17 to 25) Handsome and athletic builds.
5 MALES: (20 to 50) Zombies.
3 FEMALES: (20 to 50) Zombies.

WRAP AROUND:
4 MALES:
(20 to 50) Party goers. Undetermined look.
5 FEMALES: (20 to 50) Party goers. Undetermined look.

Please send pics, headshots and contact info via email for first contact.

Rick Danford
rick@renegadefilms.net



TOO PRODUCTIONS & COFFEEHOUSE FILM REVIEWS JANUARY 8th MEETING

On January 8th, 2004, I attended the first film fest put on by Peter and Paul Guzzo of Too Productions at the Romeo Coffeehouse in Ybor City. (In an earlier edition of this newspage, this event was listed as their second fest. It was later explained that an informal get-together in December of 2003, initially thought of as the "first" Coffeehouse Film Review by Paul Guzzo, was later decided to be a little too informal and unpromoted to count as the "first". So, the meeting documented below is now revised, for historical and official purposes, as the first official CFR.) I met up with many interesting filmmakers and saw some terrific films. What follows is a picture-essay on my experience.

At the Romeo Coffeehouse, 1515 7th Avenue in Ybor City, filmmakers can gather and show films and discuss experiences. I attended the January 8th show, agreed to be the first of its kind. Pictured above, from left: "Filthy" director and PCR staff writer, Andy Lalino discusses the independent film scene with colleagues Andrew Allan (Sunshinola Pictures), and Eddie Sturgeon (award-winning sound designer).Grouped around the main table, from left: Lee (lost his last name), Debi Moore (came with Steve Barton), Andy Lalino (way in the back, smiling), Simon Lynx (foreground, scowling), Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton himself, and Chris Woods. Chris and Simon's film "To Live is To Die" closed the show. Afterwards, Steve called on the group to organize the local film scene better than the relatively ineffective FMPTA.
2 film fans I met hangin' out close to the table where I was turned out to be big supporters of Chris and Simon's ICON Film Studios. On left ("Mac Geek" shirt) is Scott Maiden, on the right, Craig Leitschuh (pronounced: Let-chew). Anyway guys, very cool of you to show up and be counted. Maybe catch up with you at next month's show and chat some more.Here I stand with two of the newest movers and shakers of the local film scene (goofy facial expressions notwithstanding), the heads of Too Productions. Flanking yours truly on extreme left is Peter Guzzo (director of "A Joyce Story" crewed by our own Terence Nuzum), and on extreme right, Pete's brother Paul. Pete was very busy with technical things and I didn't get a chance to talk with him all that much, but Paul and I chewed the fat about a great many things.
All this is made possible by the generous donation of time and space by the Romeo family, owners of the 1515 Coffeehouse. Note that their name is pronounced "RO-me-oh", not "Ro-MAY-oh", as I first thought.

From left, Walter, Sara, and daughter Chloe graciously stop for a picture between customers at the bustling coffee shop.

Walter had a furniture business in Ybor before he began renovations on 1515 7th Avenue to realize his Coffeehouse dream. We're glad he did! Continued good luck to the Romeo family and to the Guzzos on the Coffeehouse Film Review Series.


ALL FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENTS WERE FIRST POSTED JANUARY 1. THEY WILL REMAIN UP UNTIL MONTH'S END.

Nolan,
Would LOVE your help in promoting our event:

TOO Productions presents Coffeehouse Film Reviews every second Thursday of the month from 8 10 p.m. at Studio 1515, located at 1515 Seventh Avenue in Ybor City in Tampa, Fl. Coffeehouse Film Reviews showcases independent films made by local filmmakers. The next Coffeehouse Film Review will be on Thursday, January 8, 2004.

So often a beginning filmmaker is never able to get his or her film into a festival, so no one outside of their friends or family ever sees the movie. Coffeehouse Film Reviews offers an outlet for a number of people to view the film and give the filmmaker constructive criticism on it. Coffeehouse Film Reviews promises your film will be shown!

TOO Productions feels that there are very few, if any, outlets in the local area for local independent filmmakers to showcase their films. Hopefully, this monthly event will provide that outlet for everyone, from experienced local independent filmmakers to local college and high school filmmakers experimenting with film production for the first time.

Studio 1515 is owned and operated by Walter and Sarah Romeo, who opened the coffeehouse in order to provide local artists a place to gather and share their art. Coffeehouse Film Reviews is another way to provide a showcase to local artists.

TOO Productions is looking for film submissions for future events. For more information on the event or for information on how to submit a film, email tooprod@hotmail.com or paulguzzo@hotmail.com. All genres of films are accepted feature length, shorts, documentaries, comedy, horror, love, art, drama, foreign language, experimental etc. No pornography!

Paul Guzzo
TOO Productions

I've also heard from ICON Film Studios that their film "To Live Is To Die", reviewed in PCR# 194, will be at the January 8th show. Save me a seat, I'll be there! Little behind-the-scenes info: our own Terence Nuzum worked with the Guzzo brothers on the independent feature "A Joyce Story". ---Nolan


Hi Nolan,
Hope your Holidays are going well. Just to keep you updated with our progress for "One Happy Movie". We are set to kick off a 10-city tour of the movie (newly- edited version with superior audio) and one of those cities will be Tampa at the Madstone Theater on January 28th at 8pm.

The film is also being featured in Today Magazine, Young Money Magazine, and Markee Magazine this coming January and February (2004). It looks like an Associated Press story is as along the way.

If you would like to attend the Tampa screening, please let me know so I can add you to our guest list. (Consider me there!--N)

Happy Holidays!

Sincerely,
Aaron Mighty
One Happy Movie


Hello Nolan -
I just dropped in at crazedfanboy.com. Looks like you have a lot of fun with the site! From your Florida Filmmakers Update page, it appears you stay on top of many items of interest for indie moviemakers. We would appreciate your posting notice of this opportunity which might interest those seeking national exposure for their work.

Indie Slate Magazine is a seven-year old, nationally distributed bi-monthly print publication which covers the craft and business of independent film, video & digital media. Our primary focus is the grassroots indie movement.

In addition to being sold at Books-A -Million, Borders, Barnes & Noble, Tower, Hastings, and independent newsstands, complimentary copies of Indie Slate are distributed to key industry execs in L.A. & NYC and at festivals, film schools,conferences and other industry events.

We are currently seeking the following:

-- for the 'Production Slate' section: listings for indie projects in development, preproduction and production. Listings are free to producers and directors, and many include calls for cast, crew, equipment, etc. Details at http://www.indieslate.com/generic.html?pid=5.

-- for the 'Reel Life: Adventures in Moviemaking' section: articles written by moviemakers themselves (or others close to the source) about their experiences making, marketing, selling, distributing their project(s). Reel Life Writer Guidelines at http://www.indieslate.com/generic25.html.

-- all queries to editor@indieslate.com.

We appreciate your help in getting the word out to Florida indies and look forward to having them represented in the pages of Indie Slate!

Best regards,

Maureen Herzog
Editor/Co-Publisher
Indie Slate Magazine & www.indieslate.com
832.593.0405


Nolan,
We are a film hosting venue on the internet dedicated to the independent and amateur filmmaker. We would like to offer a link on our website to yours in return for the same. http://www.eyefulfilms.com/

We charge $4.95/month per film. Ask about our group deals and student discounts.

Eyeful FilmsIf you're interested, our sister company, Eyeful Websites, offers great web hossting services that start at $7.95/month.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Jon Carlisle
Owner
Eyeful Films
carlisle@eyefulfilms.com


The Melbourne Film Festival






Terry Cronin!, program chairman, MIFF 2004
Melbourne, Florida, USA
Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival & publisher of Students of the Unusual


Saints & Sinners 4

THE WINNERS OF THE SAINTS AND SINNERS 4 FILM FESTIVAL...

Due to an editorial oversight on my part, I never did post the winners of the Renegade Film Festival, Saints & Sinners 4, on this update page, although they were posted on Nolan's Pop Culture Review #194 along with reviews of the films involved. I apologize for any inconvenience this caused. So, for anyone finding this page via search engine (or whatever), the winners of the S&S 4 Film Fest, held December 6, 2003 were:

Saints: (Drama/comedy/documentary)
Best Film: ANT MUZAK
Best Director: Ben Gregor, ANT MUZAK
Best Actor: J.D. Sutton, FARMER MCALLISTER'S THINKIN' MACHINE
Best Actress: Peg O'Keef, FARMER MCALLISTER'S THINKIN' MACHINE
Best Sound: Ruth Barret and Ruskin Williamson, ANT MUZAK
Best Cinematography: Fred Zara & Kurt Howland, INSIDE-OUT

Sinners: (Horror/lurid)
Best Film: THE GHOULS
Best Director: Rafael Gomez, ROBBERY 101
Best Actor: Michael Bailey Smith, BLOODSHOT
Best Actress: Dawn Smith, BEHIND THE NINE
Best Sound: Dietrich Johnston, BLOODSHOT
Best Cinematography: Marie Chao, BLOODSHOT



Got any indie news you'd like posted here? Send it in to either Crazedfanboy1@aol.com or nolan@crazedfanboy.com, and I'll get it up ASAP!

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