Folks, it’s been long while since there was an update on “P.S.” and a new blog post. I know. But there has been a lot of activity in the background. Months of editing, evaluating, frustration, joy, and more editing. But things are finally coming together and it gives me great pleasure to announce the premiere of “P.S.” in Chicago, the city in which it was filmed.
The amazing talents of so many gifted creatives came together to make this production possible. If you are in the Chicago area, mark Friday, September 6th on the calendar. The premiere will be at 8pm at the Patio Theater located at Irving Park Rd. and Austin Ave. in Chicago. It should a fun, eerie, psycho-dramatic night!
Let’s not forget the acting. You’ll laugh nervously and shake unwittingly after following the bizarre and twisted journey that Mike (Mathew Montalvo) and Pam (Joette Waters), two seemingly different neighbors, take you on. Then there’s Gen (Rachel Mazza), Artie (Marcus Forman), and Maria (Susaan Jamshidi) who all dial it in, swaying the mood pendulum from dark to humorous to frustratingly intriguing throughout the course of the film. With so many adjectives, can all of this possibly be true? I guess you’ll have to come out and see for yourself.
Let’s kick off the first post of 2013 with a trailer shall we… This is the trailer for “P.S.” a short film I’ve been working on in association with Herbivore Productions. It’s a psychodrama that uses Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood as its backdrop. The neighborhood is best described by Slightly Insulting Chicago Posters as “Roaring twenties charm meets psych ward with no walls”. For a full synopsis of the film click here.
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Of course, no post of mine is complete without referencing typography in some capacity. The typeface used in the trailer is called DK Formosa designed by David Kerkhoff. It’s a beautiful, handwritten-style font which is in reference to the notes that Pam “Boo Radley” leaves at Mike’s backdoor. But I don’t want to reveal too much about the film just yet! For more fonts designed by David Kerkhoff visit his page on dafont.com.
And in case you were wondering, the eerie sketches of Mike were drawn by Belizian artist Hubert Neal Jr. More posts on “P.S.” in the months to come. But in the meantime enjoy the trailer and feel free to leave me your thoughts and feedback.
If you happened to be in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago this evening there is a good chance that I filmed you! Today was Day 1 of filming for PS. Rick and I are still hard at work on writing the script, however we’ve established that the setting will be Uptown. What better to do on a warm October night than to shoot flashing neon lights, passersby, and folks being arrested? (Hopefully that wasn’t you.)
PS. There’s something serene about sirens and drunken chatter.
I’m excited to officially announce that the pre-production of a new short film by Herbivore Productions has begun. The film is titled PS. Earlier this month Rick Gawel, founder and producer for Herbivore Productions, and I began writing the script. We will begin shooting the film this fall and plan to premiere it next summer at a venue to be named in Chicago. This will be the first film that I will have directed for Herbivore Productions. More details on PS and its cast in the weeks to come.
I, like many other photographers, love street photography. I too, like many photographers, have been asked by security to stop shooting when on or near private property. A few years ago, London put into place a bizarre law preventing photography in particular places as part of their Terrorist Act. Over the summer, the London Street Photography Festival produced a film entitled, “Stand Your Ground” which directly addresses shooting in public/private spaces on the streets of London and how the law handles it.
As a street photographer myself (who lived in London briefly), I love this short documentary. I’d encourage photographers and world travelers alike to check it out.
Here’s the synopsis… “On Tuesday 21 June 2011 six photographers were assigned different areas of the City to photograph. Some used tripods, some went hand held, one set up a 5 x 4. All were instructed to keep to public land and photograph the area as they would on a normal day. The event aimed to test the policing of public and private space by private security firms and their reaction to photographers. All six photographers were stopped on at least one occasion. Three encounters led to police action. This is what happened.”