Countdown until the premiere of P.S.

Starring Mathew Montalvo as MikeFolks, 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!

Has it been awhile since you’ve had a fun and psycho-dramatic night? Well that’s what you get when you combine the creepily fantastic writing abilities of Rick Gawel of Herbivore Productions, with the beautifully haunting ambiance of Jason Williams‘s score, with the exceptional apparel design and eye of Caroline Borucki, and the raw purity of Hubert Neal Jr‘s drawings.

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.

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P.S. Trailer

Video

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.

P.S. Script Finished

Over the past few months film maker Rick Gawel (of Herbivore Productions) and I have worked hard on developing a new script. The script is finally done and has been copyrighted. The script is for an original short film titled P.S. which will be shot this spring.

P.S. is a psychodrama about a new tenant to an apartment building that grows suspicious of his elderly next door neighbor who only communicates to him by leaving him bizarre notes at his door. As the story unfolds, his paranoia grows about who this mysterious woman is and why she continues to pursue him.

In the weeks to come more details on the cast and crew will be revealed.

Uptown

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.

New Film for 2012

Herbivore Productions logo by Chris Tyre

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.

2011 has been a very busy year for Herbivore Production which debuted 3 films this year including The Mockingbird, You Are What You Eat, and How Deep Is The Rabbit Hole? which played at the Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival earlier this month. For more info on Herbivore Productions check out herbivoreproductions.com and follow us on Twitter @HerbivorePro.