Seven Minutes to Closing Screens at BASH – Bay Area Shorts Film Festival

Had a fun time yesterday sharing Seven Minutes to Closing with the Bay Area community. Thank you to the programmers at BASH – Bay Area Shorts Film Festival and to everyone who came out.

Richard Turgeon’s “I Don’t Need You” Music Video

I had a great time helping produce and managing on-set sound duties for my friend Richard Turgeon‘s music video for “I Don’t Need You,” a track off his new album, “In Between Spaces.”

“Influenced by all things ridiculous—from Spinal Tap to The Room, Weird Science to Poison—the video tells the tale of two brothers’ vicious battle over their parents’ garage. It’s all there: action, comedy, drama, vulgarity, football, yoga, and some incredible stuntwork (wait for it).”

Watch the video below, then check out Richard’s entire album on Bandcamp, iTunes or Spotify.

The Boys Now Available Online

The Boys, a short film I wrote that was directed last year by Tanner Charnstrom, is now available to stream online. Tanner’s in Arizona and I’m in California, but thanks to the interwebs, we were able to meet and collaborate on this project.

In The Boys, two brothers decide to break out go the whirlpool of foster care when a pair of social workers come to collect and move them into a new home. It was inspired by the foster kids that I constantly saw come in and out of my aunt and uncle’s home while growing up, and their willingness to go to any lengths to find stability.

The film was accepted into three festivals and will hopefully get more screenings in the future. You can watch the film below.

Seven Minutes to Closing Accepted to BASH

Grateful to get word that Seven Minutes to Closing was officially selected for BASH – Bay Area Short Film Festival this Sunday, June 25 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco  (3117 16th Street).

Films start at 10:15 am and the festival will last approximately 4 hours. Come on out and help vote for Seven Minutes to Closing for BEST of the BAY!

Tickets will sell out fast and are available now.

Here’s the full festival line-up:

Daydreamer by Erin Zapcic
Dying Light by Kiersten Villanueva
El Ojo Malo by Cecelia Hutnick
Eye Love You by Nikiel Suchit
Franky’s Place by Cole Winokur
Hallucinalien by Davis Banta
Happyangrysad by Dave Brown
Inside by Rebecca Silvers
My Life Is A Dream by Brian Benson
One Way by Greg Tietz
Remembrance by Troy Campione
Scary Tales and Nursery Crimes: Chapter 1 – Lizzy Borden by Darva Campbell
Seven Minutes to Closing by Kim Nunley
Snowflakes by Michael Scordakis
The Cross Point by Melhik Hailu
The End of Doctor Hero by Jonathan P. Ritter
The Hit at 1700 by Shelly Russell
The Man Who Feared by Jehnovah Carlisle
The Painful Side of the Pillow by Darva Campbell
There’s Always a Way by Darryl Jones
#Victim 505 by Antwon Rollins
Whitney Chan & The Gang Of Death by Kerwin Berk

Date/Time for Seven Minutes to Closing Screening at 2017 Kansas City FilmFest

The 2017 Kansas City FilmFest has given Seven Minutes to Closing the honor of being alongside seven other shorts as part of the ‘Human Nature‘ block at Cinemark on the Plaza on Saturday, April 8 at 5:45pm.

Tickets are available now!

kansas city filmfest, seven minutes to closing

Here’s the line-up for the ‘Human Nature’ block:

Deer God – Tomorrow Mingtian
Old Guan, a native Oroqen hunter, goes into the woods to shoot “donkey deer” before his family leaves for America.

Bolos – Peche Roberts
The youthful folly of wanting to grow up too fast, as a girl and her little sister try to collect accoutrements from the once Wild West. The short/narrative music video is set to a reorganization of composer Antonín Dvořák’s popular 12th String Quartet. The piece, written on a visit to the United States in 1893, incorporates impressions of the country’s melting-pot folk music and its various ethnic influences. The film blends Cowboy Pop culture and Southwestern American Indian motifs and design. It was filmed on location in Panguitch (“Big Fish” in Paiute), Utah, an hour northwest of the famous Monument Valley.

Native – Stephen Kinigopolous
While on a ceremonial walkabout a young boy must defend his tribe against a mysterious force.

Msala (Son) – Joshua Herum
Showcasing a little-known tribe in north-east India called the Uchoi, this film follows the steps of a young boy in search of his father. The audience will experience a bit of traditional Uchoi culture and dress. This is the first time Kokborok, the native Uchoi language, will have been featured in an American film festival.

Cat – Eric Lindstrom
CAT follows a young woman on a walkabout of sorts. She struggles with the visions and voices in her head, wrestles with god, discovers friendship and transforms the way she sees herself. The film’s haltingly quiet visual style conjures the character’s psychotic episodes, against the backdrop of breathtaking Oregon sites. Putting a sympathetic face to schizophrenia, ultimately, CAT is a story of acceptance and hope.

Adherence – Mav Bloc
Over the course of one day in an inpatient psychiatric ward, we witness the intertwined stories of a man on the verge of discharge, an Orthodox Jewish woman whose newborns have strained her marriage, and a man whose treatment at the hands of the mental health system has devastating consequences.

Seven Minutes to Closing – April Abeyta
Two strangers connect in the final minutes before an asteroid impacts and destroys earth.

Promise – Tian Xie
Deep in Yunnan, China, simple peasant parents have raised a smart boy. But life for the family has become impossible financially, so the parents take jobs in a distant city. Promising to return on the new year, they leave their only son to live on his own. Loneliness sets in and the boy stumbles upon a lost piglet. He raises the pig as a member of his family. As the new year gets closer, the boy is forced to make a difficult choice: sell the pig and make a special dinner for parents , or keep his best and only friend.

Hope you can make it!

The Boys Accepted to 2017 Arizona Student Film Festival

Last year I was blessed with the opportunity to collaborate with budding director Tanner Charnstrom. I was pumped to get word that The Boys, about two teen brothers deciding they’ve had enough of being tossed around by the whirlpool of foster care, has been accepted to the 2017 Arizona Student Film Festival and will screen as part of the Phoenix Film Festival on April 8 at 9am at Harkins/Scottsdale/101. If you’re in AZ, go check out Tanner’s great work!

the boys, short film

Seven Minutes to Closing selected for 2017 Kansas City FilmFest

I am excited to announce that Seven Minutes to Closing has been officially selected for screening in the 2017 Kansas City FilmFest, held at the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza April 5-9, 2017. Information on the actual date and time of the film’s screening coming soon. So proud of the team!

Being accepted into the Kansas City FilmFest is particularly special, because it was at a Kansas City Women in Film and TV event at the festival last year that the script for Seven Minutes to Closing was awarded the Audience Choice Award. Hopefully I’ll be able to head out to KC again next month to enjoy the festival, as well as have another experience with burnt ends.

Thank you Kansas City FilmFest!

Seven Minutes to Closing has been accepted to the 2017 Kansas City FilmFest.

Seven Minutes to Closing on REELYDOPE Radio

Seven Minutes to Closing director April Abeyta and I had the opportunity to join Dap on a recent episode of the Bay Area-based media and culture podcast, REELYDOPE Radio.

In the first half, April and I discuss our our respective writing/filmmaking backgrounds, how we came about developing the script, and the film’s production process itself. In the second half of the show, Dap tosses harder questions our way and we dive into indie filmmaking.

Stick to the end to find out some special tidbits about the social habits of trees and our favorite films.

Presenting the Latest Still of ‘Seven Minutes to Closing’

Today I’m excited to present the second official film still of Seven Minutes to Closing. The image features Sayo (Noreen Lee) struggling to digest the news of the planet’s upcoming demise.

Seven Minutes to Closing is a short film about two strangers meeting and connecting in the final minutes before an asteroid impacts and destroys earth.

The film was written and produced by me. Directed by April Abeyta. Produced by Ephraim Walker. It features Trestin George (Fruitvale Station, Murder in the First) and Noreen Lee (Steve Jobs, The Purple Onion).

We’re currently raising funds to help with production and distribution. In exchange for contributions, we’re offering streams and downloads of the film, copies of the script, and an invitation to a private screening. Please consider contributing to our film. We have just 13 days left in our campaing.

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Latest on ‘Seven Minutes to Closing’

This morning I’m excited to share that Seven Minutes to Closing is completely finished! We locked the film on Monday and promptly submitted it to several festivals. There are several more festivals we’ll be submitting the film to over the coming months. You know the festival game can be treacherous, so we’ll see what happens.

Today, I’d like to share the Seven Minutes to Closing official movie poster, designed by Rachel Proctor. Also, below you’ll find the film’s first official still.

Lastly, there are but 18 days left in the Seven Minutes to Closing Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. We’re steadily making progress and are very thankful for everyone who has donated or helped spread the word about the campaign. If you’re interested in helping us produce this movie, please visit our campaign page. Our goal is to get to 50% funded by the end of this week. Thank you!