Posts Tagged ‘Frank Kelly’

“140” Project is now on Vimeo

February 17, 2012

“140” is now free to view and download on Vimeo.

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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!

My One Hundred and Forty Seconds in 2009

July 13, 2010

Last summer, I was asked to be one of the directors to contribute to Frank Kelly’s groundbreaking project “140.”  Inspired by mass communication’s newest crush Twitter, “140” was made when 140 people in 140 locations around the world shoot 140 seconds of what connects them to their home. The result – a feature length documentary of poignant moments captured around the world at the same time.

On the date we all simultaneously filmed, I was inspired by my horoscope(s) for the day.  My 140 seconds is now available for viewing here!

As you’d suspect (and as the conceit behind “140” suggests), this all seems so connected… I’m in the midst of directing three awesome branded webseries and just yesterday Twittered about Kickstarter’s film fest of web-financed films it has subsided.  The creator/curator of “140”, Frank Kelly, whom I met and befriended at a film festival three years ago, wrote a piece for Moving Picture magazine in May. An excerpt from that article sums up what I’m getting at: “This kind of Web 2.0 community filmmaking is a new way to make films, and perhaps we will see a different kind of film emerge. I think this is what lies at the heart of Web 2.0. We can find collaborators. We can develop ideas 1,000 miles apart.”

It is a difficult time to be a filmmaker for a the gobs of reasons my colleagues love to remind each other of, but let’s admit it, it’s an exciting time too.  Considering how many and how much I love the films created in the U.S. in the 1970’s as well as the plethora of renowned directors who emerged during (and possibly because of) that revolutionary time (in cinema history),  I have often wondered with awe what it must have been like to be a filmmaker then.  Perhaps one day, filmmakers will look back on these days and wonder the same thing.

140 DVD

June 22, 2010

Looks like the “140” DVD must be coming out soon if the DVD jacket has been made! I look forward to seeing how the segment I directed worked into the film as a whole.  So far I like how an image from my contribution made it on the poster and now on the jacket! Check it out bottom left; it’s the shell with a fortune cookie fortune.

140 Screens in Denver then at Hatch

April 28, 2010

TOMORROW: Screening of 140 (the twitter-inspired film; 140 segment directors, I was one)at the Denver Film Society in the Starz Film Centre on Thurs April 29th 7pm. If you’re nearby, pop over and see the film and say ‘hi’ to the film’s organizer, Frank Kelly, a super nice dude who flew in from Ireland to go to the screening.  Mention my name and he’ll be super, super nice.

After Denver, Frank will be going to Montana for a TBC screening in Bozeman in association with Hatch Fest (who held the preview screening of the rough cut back in October). All systems go!

There is still time to support 140 at kickstarter before Frank’s self-imposed deadline of May 1!

Support 140: The Film

April 20, 2010

Last June, 140 filmmakers in 140 locations simultaneously each filmed 140 seconds of “whatever they felt connected them to their home.” Frank Kelly organized the twitter-inspired production and edited the pieces together into a feature film. There was NO budget and Frank has never met or spoken to 90% of the filmmakers. This was all about the internet connecting us, baby. Frank finished the film just a few months ago. Congrats, Frank and the 140-team!

I contributed my 140 seconds to the project and got one of my images on the poster. (Shell with paper fortune, bottom left.)

On the eve of 140’s world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival (4/23, 8pm, Edwards Island 6 Theaters, Newport Beach, CA), we’re raising money to print DVDs, make screening tapes, and pay for festival entry fees. Frank has set the deadline of May 1 to reach his target or he won’t use a penny of the money… even if he’s almost to the goal. Badass guy, huh?

Click HERE to watch the 140 trailer or support the film!

“140” Poster

March 3, 2010

I'm the shell with the fortune.

Check out “140‘s” new poster! What’s even cooler is that an image from the segment I directed made it onto the design. The shell with the fortune reading “but you’ll need to put on a happy face” on the bottom left is from the 140 seconds I contributed to the project.

“140” is a feature length film conceived by Frank Kelly, who I met at a film festival many years ago. Last spring, he organized 140 filmmakers to film 140 seconds that show the connection between the filmmakers and what they call home. Frank edited together the 140 segments from around the world into a cohesive film. I can’t wait to see the final film.

“140” Premieres

October 6, 2009

140_logo_FK“140” had a special preview screening this week at Hatchfest in Bozeman, MT.  I believe this has something to do with Frank (the organizer of the project) being married to a Bozeman-ian. (BTW – I was there when these two sweethearts met at Heartland Film Fest ’06!)

Frank edited 140 and is close to a final-final-final cut.  There’s murmurs of officially premiering in as innovative manner as we shoot — 140 screenings on the same day, possibly in late November.  From red carpet affairs to in fireside viewings in the coziness of our own homes.

Totally confused because you don’t remember wtf “140” is? I understand.  Here’s its crib sheet:

  • On June 21, 2009, 140 filmmakers in 140 different locations simultaneously shot 140 seconds of footage.
  • The objective: to demonstrate the connections between the filmmakers and the places they call home.
  • Inspired by the micro-blogging site Twitter.com (and its 140 character limit for its messages),
  • 140 is an experimental documentary that brings together the talents of these 140 filmmakers in 30 countries on 5 continents.
  • The range of filmmakers is diverse, ranging from students to seasoned industry professionals, from bare-bones indie filmmakers to successful Hollywood directors.
  • The unique footage that tells their stories has been assembled into a eature length (85 min)montage of poignant visual moments – the exact same moments captured all across our planet.

To keep up with the progress of “140,” check out Frank’s blog.

140 Seconds in My House

July 8, 2009

A few weeks ago I filmed my 140 seconds at the designated time (8pm gmt on June 21) for the 140 PROJECT. Frank Kelly, the project’s overseer, has instructed all 140 filmmakers NOT to publish/post/exhibit their segments before the film’s release.  Fair enough.

But I’m really happy with my concept and with what I shot to actualize the idea!  I think it’s okay to describe what I shot, right?  As we all know, there is a big difference in discussing a film and seeing a film.  Plus, I’m going to omit the MAJOR thread (heck, let’s go with ‘rope’) that tied my whole segment together.  Though you may be able to figure the rope out if you check out my previous posts on this topic…

Here were Frank’s instructions to us filmmakers:

You must capture what it is that connects you to you home in 140 seconds. What is special about where you live, that lifts you, inspires you, connects you to that place.

stairs – climb every day.
pics frineds – still but alive. moments make the whole
hidden in trees – behind me always the foundation
skylight – looking up for divine inspiration or escaping in frustration
shell – the places we will go but always come home
buddha  – looking over me, knowing calmness in me.
message board – life. the messages in the mess.
the view – present, now, staticc, always changing, thing the same

I started with my stairs. They lead from my bedroom to the top floor where my office and ‘daytime’ world is. I climb these stairs every day and they take me to the places that I my work. Climb, climb, climb. Always.

Next, we passed a wall of photos of my friends and family.  The pictures are frozen moments yet they are so alive in my memory and heart.  These photos of good times combine to make the whole: I have a lot of amazing people in my life that love me.

We venture into my office where a mural of beechwood trees silently presides behind my desk.  My mom painted the mural.  She’s always got my back.

Look up to the skylight. I do it all the time when battling writer’s block, procrastination, and too few hours in the day.  One day I’d like a personal assistant to drop through that skylight.  Or divine inspiration.

We glide over to the shell on the bookcase.  It was given to me by someone special and reminds me of all the places we went and that we could’ve gone, but in the end there’s no place like home.

Hey Buddha!  He’s hanging by the fountain on the patio.  He watches over me.  So calm and knowing.  Reminds me that I can be that way too.  Especially if I don’t have too many Diet Cokes.

There’s the kitchen message board full of wedding invites, snapshots from last weekend, coupons, a grocery list, a magazine cutout of Marlon Brando, a funny post-it note left by my friend Tarik, and many other random things.  This is a mess but this is life… and there is a message in the mess.

Finally, the view from my kitchen sink.  Every day I look out this window. It opens up to Glendale and the mountains beyond.  Every morning the view is slightly different – different sun, different clouds, different cars, different energy.  The only constant is that the view is ALWAYS in the present.  It’s about right now and right here.

And then my 140 seconds were over. The only thing left to do was to cut the tape.

“140 Project” Shoots this Sunday

June 16, 2009

On June 21 at 8pm (gmt) (that’s 1pm in LA) I will shoot a feature.140_logo_FK

Say what?!?!

A few months ago I accepted Frank Kelly‘s invitation to participate in his 140 Project. Frank is a talented and very innovative Irish filmmaker who I met at the Heartland Film Festival in 2006 when our short films (his Emily’s Song; mine Queen of Cactus Cove) screened together.  I’m thrilled to be a part of his newest endeavor.  Here’s the concept:

  1. 140 filmmakers
  2. 140 locations
  3. 140 seconds

Not clear yet? I thought so.  Here’s the concept in Frank’s words:

This project is about connection. How the Internet connects us. How twitter presents a unique way to be a part of someone’s life as it happens. I want you to capture what connects you to the place you live: The landscapes, cityscapes, the way the wind blows through the trees by your house, the way cars screech down the highway, the way a lover sleeps, or even makes toast, the smile of your child or grandmother… whatever it may be. What is special about your home? Your job is to capture that in 140 seconds. So be prepared.

140 of us are going to shoot on Sunday at the same exact minute – signaled by Frank’s Twitter tweet. Which means I have to get on Twitter… but that’s another posting.  When we are done shooting 140 seconds, we send the UNCUT footage to Frank.  He will edit all of the material into a “feature length visual dedication to our cities, our homes, this vision and the 140 seconds that connected all of us while creating this piece.”

I know what I’m going to shoot.  It involves the Sunday newspaper, a little arts and crafts, and destiny. Ooh, la, la.  I’ll report back on how it goes next week.

Interesting sidenote:  As the word on 140 has spread, interest has increased.  Zach Helm has joined the project. Zach wrote Stranger than Fiction (Dustin Hoffman, Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson) and wrote/directed Mr. Magorium’s Magical Emporium.

For more on this exciting project, check out the awesome press Frank has been generating for us and the project (Niiiice Frank!):

“Twitter, The Movie: Director Frank Kelly Talks 140 (Paste Magazine)

“Kelly Preps New Short Film & Twitter Doc” (The Irish Film & Television Network website)



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