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Comedy Film Short is the Hot Ticket at Summer Film Festivals — Owning Mahowny Scribe, Maurice Chauvet










Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 12, 2007

Screenwriter and now director, Maurice Chauvet has an enviable film festival schedule this summer with his comedic short film and has barely enough time to do laundry between festivals.

Chauvet, best known for the screenplay adaptation of the film Owning Mahowny (Sony Classics, 2003) and to live theater audiences as playwright, has a side-splitting comedy short film on the 2007 film festival circuit — “Three-Fifty.”

Recognize that number? It’s the classic charge for video late fees. Chauvet delivers the hilarious story of a guy who tries to weasel out of his late fees at the local video store only to discover their database has access to intimate details of his past — and his future. Backstage West called the stage version “screamingly funny” and “especially hilarious” and audience squeals at the film festivals agree.

Making its world-premiere this April in Aspen, Colorado at the Aspen ShortsFest, comedy “Three-Fifty” was one of only 12 American films accepted into the prestigious festival. Indie Wire called it one of the two notable American films at the fest. Two weeks later, Nashville audiences were laughing it up at the Nashville International Film Festival and one week after that, comedy “Three-Fifty” had its Los Angeles premiere at Silver Lake Film Festival

The short comedy’s next film festivals:

July 12    Dances With Films, Los Angeles, CA

July 28    Napa/Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival, Napa, CA

August 4    Dallas Video Festival, Dallas, Texas

August 10 Hermosa Shorts Film Festival, Hermosa Beach, CA

“We’ve found our audience and are having a great time building our fan base,” said writer/director Maurice Chauvet. “To take a comedy out into the world and hear people laugh and enjoy the film is what it’s all about. We got to make EXACTLY the film we wanted to make and that is a priceless experience.”

Chauvet used the actors who created the roles on stage for the short film: Evin Grensted, Michael Angelo Stuno, Melinda Augustina.

About Writer/Director Maurice Chauvet: Maurice Chauvet received a Genie Award nomination for best adapted screenplay for Owning Mahowny (Sony Classics, 2003). He has written feature films for 20th Century Fox and Nickelodeon/Paramount. Maurice is a founding member of the Venice, CA-based theatre group Apartment A and is the company’s Co-Artistic Director. His produced plays include The Thing in the Corner, Ascension, A Safe Distance (Ovation Award nominee, best world premiere play, Backstage West Critics list), Sunday Morning, Suicide Sam, All Night Radio, Bobby Zero, The Chess Game and Wild Kingdom. Chauvet is repped by William Morris Agency

Trailer, Photos, Chauvet interview available at: http://www.myspace.com/threefiftythemovie

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