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Short film “Kiss My Ashes Goodbye” wins another first place

The short film that Hank Ebert and I made — “Kiss My Ashes Goodbye” — won another prize in the Bike Shorts Film Festival. (Also should point out that Chris Shepard did the music soundtrack, which was surely key to its victory, as well).

In early May, we won the audience vote at the initial Roanoke showing. On Saturday, May 30, we also won the audience vote at the Blacksburg showing. That was something of a surprise, since neither of us were in attendance and we’d done nothing, literally, nothing, to drum up support there.

Another film won the audience prize at the Lynchburg showing, so that means we took two out of three!

The film stars Blair Peyton as the bike messenger, Chris Shepard as the bike messenger company chieftain, Marianne Ebert as the funeral home attendant, Stephen Glassbrenner as thief one, Hannah Whitt as the woman with car trouble, Lincoln Humphry as thief two, Martha Weeks Boswell as the woman who requested the delivery, and Maggie Bryant and Alden Bryant as the two children.

I also have these photos from the making of KISS MY ASHES GOODBYE.

And here’s a list of the other films that Hank and I have done: Read the rest of this entry »

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Short film “Kiss My Ashes Goodbye” wins audience prize at Bike Shorts Film Festival

Each year for the past several years now, Salem filmmaker Hank Ebert and I have made a short film for the annual Bike Shorts Film Festival — short films about bicycles.

On Friday night, we won the audience vote at the Roanoke showing.

The 13 entries came from all over — some local to our corner of Virginia, but also some from Canada, Israel and Hong Kong. The judges picked one from Vancouver as their winner. The audience chose ours.

Here ’tis!

The film stars Blair Peyton as the bike messenger, Chris Shepard as the bike messenger company chieftain, Marianne Ebert as the funeral home attendant, Stephen Glassbrenner as thief one, Hannah Whitt as the woman with car trouble, Lincoln Humphry as thief two, Martha Weeks Boswell as the woman who requested the delivery, and Maggie Bryant and Alden Bryant as the two children.

Next up: There are showings (and more audience votes) in Lynchburg on May 7 and Blacksburg on May 30. And there’s also a prize for the most number of You Tube views in May, so start watching!

I also have these photos from the making of KISS MY ASHES GOODBYE.

And here’s a list of the other films that Hank and I have done: Read the rest of this entry »

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Photos from short film “Kiss My Ashes Goodbye”

Once again, filmmaker Hank Ebert and I have collaborated on a short film for the Bike Shorts film festival which is pretty much what you think it is — short films about bicycles. I’ll post the video once the festival happens on May 1, but here are some shots from the shoot:

Hank Ebert.

Hank Ebert.

Chris Shepard (foreground) as manager of Acme Bike Messengers and Blair Peyton as his incompetent employee.

Chris Shepard (foreground) as manager of Acme Bike Messengers and Blair Peyton as his incompetent employee.

More photos below: Read the rest of this entry »

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“Unwanted” takes second place at Waynesboro Film Festival

The short film “Unwanted” that Hank Ebert and I put together for the Bike Shorts Festival recently took second place in the audience vote at the Waynesboro Film Festival in Waynesboro, Virginia.

We also took second at the audience vote at the bike festival, too. We are the kings of second place!

* Background on the Bike Shorts Film Festival and other films Hank and I have done

* Still photos from the filming of “Unwanted”

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Video: The short film “Unwanted” in the Bike Shorts Film Festival

Just about every year, Salem filmmaker Hank Ebert and I collaborate on a short film. The past two years, it’s been an entry in the local edition of the Bike Shorts Film Festival — short films about bicycles.

This year’s entry was “Unwanted.”

The cast includes Kelly Anglim, Charlie Boswell, Martha Boswell, Noah Jones, Nancy Lawrence, Gary Reid, Blair Peyton, Chad Snyder, Ana Uotinen, Lauren Uotinen and Katerina Yancey. Here’s the result.

We didn’t win the judges’ prize; that went to a wonderful documentary that a London-based filmmaker made about bicycles in Cuba. Hard to beat that! We didn’t win the audience vote in Roanoke, either. That went to a film that was 17 minutes long (even though the rules said 10 minutes). But I’m told we did come in second.

Here are some still photos from the filming, which was done in March.

If you’d like to check out our previous efforts, they’re here:

In the past, we’ve done:
* “My Kid Could Paint That” for a festival at the Grandin Theatre in 2009
* “Back to the Future” for a Sweded film festival in the 2012 Marginal Arts Festival.
* “The Secret Lives of Goldfish” for the 2013 Bike Shorts Festival (behind-the-scenes photos here.)

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