Oct 242011

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Award-Winning Drama Makes Its Canadian Debut; JuneBug Films’ “Planting Melvin” Screens at ReelHeART International Film Festival

Menlo Park, CA (PRWEB) June 20, 2006

Since making its debut at the prestigious Cinequest Film Festival last year, “Planting Melvin” has won acclaim — and awards — for its positive depiction of women and promotion of female empowerment. Toronto filmgoers will have their first opportunity to see the award-winning drama when “Planting Melvin” makes its Canadian debut during the ReelHeART International Film Festival, June 19-24, 2006.

The film screens on June 21 at 9:15 p.m. at Innis Town Hall at Innis College, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Ave. For ticket information, visit http://www.reelheart.org.

“Planting Melvin” focuses on the lives of two seemingly opposite characters: Billie, a beautiful socialite dealing with the physical and emotional effects of an abusive marriage; and Melvin, a dying World War II vet with secrets of his own. This unlikely friendship becomes their safe harbor as they confront their individual issues and learn—together —one of life’s most difficult lessons … letting go.

As the film’s writer, director and producer, Kari Nevil of California-based JuneBug Films, is thrilled with the positive response “Planting Melvin” has received from audiences at film festivals across the country.

“Because JuneBug is an all-female film company, we are especially committed to the positive representation of women and empowering them to find a better life for themselves and their children,” Nevil said. “The fact that the film has been so well received by audiences says a lot about the progress we’re making in our society toward the advancement of women. And we are very excited about bringing our film to Toronto and sharing our message as part of ReelHeART.”

In addition to praise from audiences, “Planting Melvin” has won acclaim from advocacy groups and arts organizations including its recent selection by the National Film Review Board of Canada for “representing anti-violence against women and children in an international way.”

“Planting Melvin,” starring Irene Bedard (Smoke Signals), Yvette Freeman (ER), Alma Martinez (Born in East LA), Don Most (Happy Days), Hal Robinson (Paulie) and Richard Van Vleet (All My Children), screens on June 21 at 9:15 p.m. at Innis Town Hall at Innis College, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Ave. For ticket information, visit http://www.reelheart.org.

JuneBug Films was founded by Kari Nevil in 1990. She ran the company out of her purple house in San Francisco before the group moved into American Zoetrope with Francis Coppola. Today, JuneBug Films operates out of Menlo Park with a team of L.A. and San Francisco-based collaborators that provide filmed entertainment in the form of narrative features, documentaries, short films, music videos and corporate films.

JuneBug Films has created features including “At Risk” (Vince Vaughn’s first feature), “Your Guardian” and “Planting Melvin.” The company’s recent film, “Car Stories” – their first foray into documentary films – is currently making the rounds of independent film festivals, generating buzz and gathering fans from Florida to California. JuneBug is working to make “Car Stories” an episodic series.

For more information, please visit http://www.junebugfilms.com.


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Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) April 13, 2006

The Milwaukee Short Film Festival is seeking submissions for its eighth annual edition. The festival is an award-winning, one-day event June 4, 2006. The final entry deadline is April 22, 2006.

“Following the success of last year’s festival, our first year screening international films, we are looking forward to receiving even more exciting submissions from an even wider range of filmmakers,” says founder Ross Bigley. “We are particularly eager to view the outstanding student and Wisconsin submissions as the festival was initially established to support these filmmakers with a considerable cash prize.”

The Milwaukee Short Film Festival grand prize, a $ 1,000 cash award, recognizes a film that best embodies the spirit of independent filmmaking. The competition is open to short films and videos of all genres including animation. To be eligible for screening, entries must be under 20 minutes in length.

The Milwaukee Short Film Festival is a competitive festival with multiple distinct awards, including recognition for acting, directing and cinematography. A popular Audience Award encourages the crowd to be actively engaged in the screening and festival atmosphere.

Film submission guidelines and forms are available at www.dirtyjobfilms.com/filmfest.asp. The 2005 Milwaukee Short Film Festival was an exciting year – screening shorts from across the U.S. and multiple foreign countries along with staples from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. MSFF was even recognized in MovieMaker Magazine’s Winter 2006 issue as the Best Local Shorts Festival. MSFF is a presentation of Milwaukee production companies, Dirty Job Films and Old Skool Productions, and is funded by local sponsorship. A local festival with an international reach, MSFF is organized and run by Milwaukee filmmakers to give greater exposure to emerging independent and student filmmakers.

Media Contact:

Laura Belliveau, MarCom Director

414-477-0572 (Milwaukee)

The Milwaukee Short Film Festival is organized by local filmmakers to provide greater exposure to emerging independent and student filmmakers. MSFF is a project of Old Skool Productions and Dirty Job Films. For further information, contact us at http://www.dirtyjobfilms.com/filmfest.asp.


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The Short Film Network Brings Award-Winning Short Films to Mainstream Audiences Around the World

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 6, 2006 -–

The Short Film Network (SFN), a cooperative organization dedicated to the international promotion and distribution of short films, announces its public launch to bring acclaimed short films to audiences around the world.

What is a short film? Short films are considered by many to be an avant-garde art form, typically ranging between 5 and 40 minutes in length. These films have typically served as a platform to showcase cutting edge talent, ideas and filmmaking techniques. From an experimental heyday in the 1960s and 1970s to a moribund period in the 1990s, short films are showing signs of a major revival in the art world.

“Short films are as popular as ever. We get over 4,000 shorts submissions each year and we screen less than 100,” said Mike Plante, Short Film Programmer at the Sundance Film Festival. “North America is behind Europe in terms of distributing shorts and supporting short filmmakers. Hopefully, new avenues will open up as making shorts becomes easier and cheaper.”

Enter the Short Film Network, a new distribution channel and community with one purpose: to expose general audiences to cutting edge short films while providing exposure for deserving filmmakers.

“The accessibility of talent and equipment has created a boom in short film production but most of these films are never seen beyond festivals and private screenings,” said John Montague, Founder of the SFN. “Very few of the great short films receive the exposure and praise that they deserve.”

The initial programs offered by the SFN include:

Exposure: Short Stories on Film – a monthly series of short film compilations that are sent on DVDs to subscribers via direct mail

The Short Film Academy – a community of interest for short film enthusiasts with a variety of members-only services and benefits

The Short Film Awards – an annual event that will provide significant praise and financial awards for short films and their filmmakers

More information, including a trailer with cuts from the films featured on the Exposure compilations, is available at www.ShortFilmNetwork.com.

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit their short films to SFN, both new and old, for consideration. Information regarding terms and guidelines for submissions is available on the SFN Web site.

About the Short Film Network

The Short Film Network (SFN) is a cooperative organization dedicated to provide exposure and praise for independent filmmakers through distribution and promotion of short films to broad audiences, worldwide. The programs of the SFN include the Exposure: Short Stories on Film compilations on DVD, the Short Film Academy, and the annual Short Film Awards. For more information, go to www.ShortFilmNetwork.com or call (866) 989-FILM.

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San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 16, 2004 -

AtomFilms and CustomFlix today announced that for the first-time, short film fans can peruse the award-winning AtomFilms collection online, select their favorite films, and order a customized DVD. This new capability is made possible with today’s release of the AtomFilms Custom DVD Store (www.CustomFlix.com/atomfilms), powered by CustomFlix’s Build-Your-Own DVD™ service.

The CustomFlix Build-Your-Own DVD service is a major step forward in the distribution of on-demand entertainment. It is the first service that enables users to select the specific independent films they want and enjoy a custom compilation of the content in a high-quality DVD format. AtomFilms fans can also build and personalize their short film DVD collection to send as unique gifts this holiday season.

AtomFilms is the perfect partner for the CustomFlix launch, providing a large audience and an extensive selection of high-quality films. In the summer of 2004, AtomFilms (www.atomfilms.com) was the most visited movie-site on the Internet (Nielsen, July 2004). At launch, over 125 of the most popular AtomFilms shorts will be available through the CustomFlix Build-Your-Own service, making this the largest DVD distribution program in the 6-year history of AtomFilms.

The available films represent all genres — comedy, action, drama, animation, and more. The collection includes film festival award winners, Academy Award nominees, innovative filmmaking talent, and well-known stars including Amanda Peet, Neve Campbell, and David Alan Grier.

“Millions of viewers come to AtomFilms to discover the world’s best short film and animation,” said AtomFilms VP of Marketing, Scott Roesch. “Now thanks to CustomFlixÂ’s Build-Your-Own DVD service, our viewers can select their favorite shorts and enjoy them anywhere – from their living room to an airplane.”

“AtomFilms offers the most prestigious collection of short film available online today,” said David T. Huerta, VP Strategic and Business Development. “Our partnership unlocks a powerful combination: award-winning content, the reach of the Internet, the appeal of DVD, and the power of giving consumers a choice. Together AtomFilms and CustomFlix are changing the way people experience short films.”

Pricing and Availability

The CustomFlix Build-Your-Own DVD service is available today at http://www.CustomFlix.com/AtomFilms. Visitors can create a personalized DVD compilation of AtomFilms short films by simply clicking to select their favorite clips.

Buyers can choose up to 10 clips or a total of 90 minutes of footage onto one DVD. Each video clip can be up to a maximum of 30 minutes in duration. The discÂ’s content and packaging is personalized based on the selected films

DVDs are sold for $ 19.95. Once a buyer selects the clips for their compilation, CustomFlix produces professional full-color shelf-ready DVDs on-demand and fulfills directly to the customer.

About AtomFilms

AtomFilms is where the Web goes to watch movies. Its award-winning Web site (www.atomfilms.com) offers on-demand viewing of a diverse and distinguished catalog of over 1,000 shorts in every genre, enabling new and innovative artists to reach millions of viewers worldwide. Based in San Francisco, CA, AtomFilms is a service of digital entertainment leader AtomShockwave Corp. For more information, please visit www.atomfilms.com and www.atomshockwave.com.

About CustomFlix

CustomFlix Labs, Inc., the pioneers of on-demand video publishing, is democratizing film distribution to help independent filmmakers, video makers, educators, and content owners make their programs available to a worldwide audience. The CustomFlix Build-Your-Own DVD service extends the flexibility of the companyÂ’s on-demand DVD publishing and fulfillment services, to deliver revolutionary new ways to easily and affordably distribute video programs on DVD. The company also offers traditional DVD Duplication, DVD Replication, and DVD Production services. For more information, please visit www.CustomFlix.com.

Media Contacts:

AtomFilms Contact:

Elisa Greene

AtomShockwave Corp.

(415) 503-2490


CustomFlix Contact:

John Geyer

CustomFlix Labs Inc.

(831) 457-5907


AtomFilms is a trademark of AtomShockwave, CustomFlix and CustomFlix Build-Your-Own DVD are trademarks of CustomFlix Labs, Inc. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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