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Tongie Nomie

January 28, 2014

Tongal is hosting an inaugural awards celebration (The Tongies) to recognize the outstanding creative work completed by Tongalers in 2013… and our Olay “Read My Face” commercial has been nominated for a “Best Broadcast Spot” Tongie! Congratulations to the cast and crew!

The nominations were made by the Tongal staff, but the winners are determined by public voting, which concludes on Monday February 3rd. To cast your ballot, 1) go here, 2) create a Tongal account (free and painless),  3) click your picks before Monday.

If the invitation — a viewfinder with hip slides re: event deets — is any indication of what to expect at the Tongie party, I see some classy ‘n sassy fun in our future.

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“140” Takes Bronze Palm Award at Mexico Int’l Film Fest

May 23, 2011

This weekend “140” was awarded the Bronze Palm Award by the Mexico International Film Festival. I directed one of the 140 segments of this feature film which was comprised of 140 second segments filmed by 140 directors AT THE SAME TIME from around the world. Irish filmmaker Frank Kelly conceived of the Twitter-inspired concept, organized the massive endeavor and edited the film. Congrats to all the “140” filmmakers!

Jury Member for Heartland Film Festival

June 3, 2009

I’m a Crystal Heart Award jury member for this year’s Heartland Film Festival!

A few years ago, my film Queen of Cactus Cove screened at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis (see pics below).  I loved this fest because they treat their filmmakers like stars, generate major media exposure (I did a TV and radio interview while there!) and throw a black-tie awards gala with 2500 guests at which I accepted a gorgeous award for Queen from Judy Stewart (James Stewart’s daughter) in front of the huge crowd and on two jumbotrons.  Just thinking about it makes me nervous all over again.  

Heartland stands out in my mind as one of the few fests that spawned  lasting, wonderful friendships.  It was there that I bonded with Frank Kelly.  Our films played in the same HFF program!  Now Frank is spearheading the 140 project which I’m participating in later this month.  It’s also because of Heartland that I met the hilarious guys behind A Man Named Pearl and my favorite tea connoisseur Joel Nassan.

Tonight I’m having dinner with the other LA jury members and Jeff Sparks, the director of the Heartland Film Festival who invited me to join the jury.  Heartland hugs are required.

Seth Wins a Spirit Award!

February 22, 2009

CONGRATULATIONS to Seth Caplan on the John Cassavettes Award given to him, his co-producer Scoot McNairy, and his his director/writer Alex Holdridge for In Search of a Midnight Kiss at the 2009 Independent Spirt Awards last night! 

Alex Holdridge, Sara Simmonds, Scoot McNairy, Seth Caplan


I’ve been a fan of their film since my first viewing, and I’ve been a fan of Seth’s since the second day of AFI. Lucky for me, I think he’s also a fan of mine.  He’s currently producing my documentary about four-time Olympic skier Casey Puckett, Appointment in Vancouver.

KLS in The Hollywood Reporter

September 18, 2008

After The Kitty Landers Show received two big wins (Best Family Pilot, Best Actress) at the NYTVF, we got some mini coverage when The Hollywood Reporter did a winners roundup!  

Here’s the scoop from September 17th issue:

‘Teachers’ gets apple at NYTVF
Fest celebrates independent TV programming
By Paul J. Gough

NEW YORK — Several comedy pilots were among the big winners Wednesday at the fourth annual New York Television Festival, which celebrates independent TV programming.

“Teachers,” a sitcom about a teacher at a suburban public school, received the 2008 NYTVF People’s Choice Award. The pilot from Jim Garvey starred “American Idol” finalist Constantine Maroulis along with Katherine Holland, Sarah Litzinger and Noah Starr. It was voted upon by festival attendees.

Winning the Fox-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest was “Selling Hell,” Mike Maloney’s creation about a divorced couple who has to work in marketing in Hell. Maloney will receive $25,000 and a Fox development deal.

“Below the Law,” about two brothers who have to wait to get into the police academy, won for best comedy pilot. It was created by Dan Levy and Steve Basilone of Los Angeles. “Hit Factor,” about three actors who moonlight as hit men in Hollywood, won for best drama pilot.

It was created by Jamie Rosenblatt and Neil Hopkins of L.A.

The winners were picked among 36 pilots.

Other honors included:
Best family pilot: “The Kitty Landers Show,” created by Chris Potocki, Regina Taufen and Anna Christopher (Venice, Calif.); best nonscripted pilot: “The Road,” created by Frank Mosca and Mike DeStefano (Bronx, N.Y.); best animation pilot: “Tickle Me Silly,” created by Miguel Martinez-Joffe (Jersey City, N.J.); best Web series pilot: “The Prisoner,” created by Karin Williams (New York).

Also winning awards were Nick Offerman, best actor for “The Department”; Taufen, best actress for “Kitty Landers“; Timothy Nash, Hayden Grubb and Lucas Crandles, best writing for “Wentworth and Buxbury”; Jon Pivko, best directing for “Triboro”; and Bill Rampley, best nonscripted host/star for “Bill Rampley’s Southern Comfort.”

The Outside the Box Award went to “Food Party,” a cooking show.

The Hollywood Reporter was among the festival sponsors.


Kitty Landers Wins!

September 17, 2008

The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) awards The Kitty Landers Show Best Family Pilot and Best Actress (Regina Taufen) at the Awards Ceremony on September 17, 2008.  Kitty was the only pilot to receive multiple awards.  

The NYTVF Awards presented by NYTVF, Procter & Gamble Productions, FOX Television Network and People’s Choice acknowledges the best independent television pilot shows and comedy scripts… like The Kitty Landers Show!

NBC Comedy Short Cuts

September 16, 2008

As one of seven semi-finalists from hundreds of nationwide submissions to the NBC Comedy Short Cuts festival,  The Break Up screened in NYC for a packed audience of film lovers and industry in September 2008.  

Side note:  NBC Comedy Short Cuts is a unique showcase of short, comedic films and videos produced with a culturally diverse production team, cast, or theme. NBC Universal uses this festival as a pipeline for uncovering and developing diverse talent in front of and behind the camera. 

It was The Break Up‘s best screening to date.  No.  Joke.  Why?  Because:

  1. The audience was the loudest crowd – in the best way – that I’ve ever encountered.  They literally screamed, laughed, hooted, cackled and gasped their way through the 6 minutes and 40 seconds of our film.  
  2. Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and NBC Universal Television Studio and easy-on-the-eyes wunderkind with a Rico Sauve ‘tude, kicked off the event.
  3.  The festival flew out Katy Sullivan (plays the unbreak-up-able ‘Rachel’) for the evening, and  we sat side-by-side soaking in every minute of it.

A couple days later Kitty Landers won two awards from NYTVF.  It was a great week.

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