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!

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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!

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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.

You can keep up with film by signing up for our newsletter, or you can follow along via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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!


Crowdfunding for ‘Seven Minutes to Closing’

As you may be aware, I am in the midst of producing a new short film called Seven Minutes to Closing. It’s a project I’ve dedicated myself to this year and a story I’m highly passionate about, mostly because it’s a human connection story I feel is needed at this time.

Seven Minutes to Closing is about two strangers connecting in the final minutes before an asteroid impacts and destroys earth. It’s a story about how the need for human connection, especially during traumatic circumstances, overcomes the social and cultural differences that otherwise keep people apart.

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We’re nearly finished with the film. Color grading and visual effects are all set, and we’re just finalizing the sound mix. We’re on schedule to complete the movie by the end of this week, which is right on time for several film festival submission dates.

Last week we launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in an effort to raise the funds necessary to make the vision for this film a reality. So far we’re 28% funded! If you’re able and willing, please consider contributing to our campaign.

I’m so thankful for the support and am excited to share with you the film!

‘Seven Minutes to Closing’ Website Launched!

I’m happy to share that SEVEN MINUTES TO CLOSING‘s website has been launched! On the site, you can learn more about our cast and crew and sign up for our newsletter to keep up with the latest.

SEVEN MINUTES TO CLOSING is a short film about two strangers meeting in the final minutes before an asteroid impacts and destroys earth. It’s a story about how the need for human connection, especially during traumatic circumstances, trumps the social and cultural differences that otherwise keep people apart.

The film features Trestin George (FRUITVALE STATION, OLDE E, FIG), Noreen Lee (THE PURPLE ONION, STEVE JOBS) and newcomer Luke Myers.

I’m the writer on the project and am co-producing the film with Ephraim Walker, who worked as a Consulting Producer on the indie hit FRUITVALE STATION and was recently named President of Production at the independent production and distribution company D Street Pictures.

We finished shooting the short film last month and are in the midst of post-production. A rough cut is finished and we’ve been meeting with sound designers and color correctionists.

You can also follow SEVEN MINUTES TO CLOSING on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Here’s a link to take you right to the newsletter sign-up page.


New Film in the Works: Seven Minutes to Closing

FullSizeRender 23I’m overjoyed to share that my script SEVEN MINUTES TO CLOSING is being produced! We’re got our cast and *most of* our crew and are shooting the short film this month in the Bay Area.

About a year ago, I wrote a short script about two strangers connecting in the final minutes before an asteroid destroys earth. It examines how the need for human connection during traumatic circumstances trumps social and cultural differences that typically keep people apart.

The script won 2nd Place at the 2015 California Film Awards, was a Semifinalist in both the Screencraft Short Film Production Fund and the 2016 BlueCat Screenplay Contest. Most recently, it was named one of three finalists in the Kansas City Women in Film and TV Screenplay Competition and won the Audience Choice Prize following the live reading at the Kansas City FilmFest.

The film will feature Trestin George (FRUITVALE STATION, OLDE E), Noreen Lee (STEVE JOBS, THE PURPLE ONION), and newcomer Luke Myers. It will be directed by April Abeyta.

You can keep up with SEVEN MINUTES TO CLOSING via the film’s Facebook page and on Twitter.

“Artist of the Month” at Above the Line Artistry

So grateful to Above the Line Artistry for singling me out to be their June spotlight artist.

Above the Line Artistry is a group of filmmaking and screenwriting professionals that was established to encourage collaboration, mentorship and to help push projects forward.

As the group’s “Artist of the Month” for June, I answered a handful of questions about what I’m currently working on, my creative process, the tools I use when I’m creating and what and who I find inspiring. You can check out the post here.

Thank you Samantha Kolesnik and Vaness Wright, the administrators of the group, for highlighting my work and creative process.
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