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Milestones, April Screenings and Sneak Previews!

All Around Artsy Milestones

We have so many updates to make! First off, here's our new reel for 2018!:

We are celebrating All Around Artsy's second film to pass 1 million views on Youtube: "Wild Flowers," produced by the fashion eyewear company Massada Eyewear. Our film "Close to the Window" also just recently passed 1 million views on Miao Pai, a Chinese video platform. So exciting to have our work seen by so many people! 

The All Around Artsy Youtube channel officially passed 10,000 subscribers! It's so surreal to have this growing, supportive audience for my strange worlds & ideas... I'm so grateful and excited for the future. Cheers to dreamers, creators and chance-takers!


Period. Updates

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We have wrapped up on the production of Period. We are now getting everything prepared for it's film festival journey. I'm excited to announce that Aug&Ohr Medien, a film festival agency in Berlin, Germany, will be representing Period. for film festivals! Here is the official trailer for Period.:

This past weekend my composer Robert Gowan and I hosted a film & music collaboration panel at Cat Film Film Festival in Asheville, NC. During the panel we premiered the following behind the scenes short doc of our scoring process for Period.


April Screenings

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Here's a full list of all current All Around Artsy April screenings - I'll be in attendance of all of them except the screening on the 27th. Join me if you're around!:

4/6: "Fake Emma" @ Cat Fly Film Fest (Asheville, NC)

4/7: "You Help Me Fall Asleep" & "AVL Funk" @ Cat Fly Film Fest (Asheville, NC)

4/7: Various All Around Artsy films @ Weird Shorts Film Festival (Greenville, SC)

4/10: "Demon Pills" @ CFC's 9th Anniversary Celebration (Charlotte, NC)

4/15: "Demon Pills" @ Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival (Jim Thorpe, PA)

4/24: "You Help Me Fall Asleep" @ Films on Tap (Charlotte, NC)

4/25: "You Help Me Fall Asleep" & "AVL Funk" @ Music Video Asheville (Asheville, NC)

4/27: "AVL Funk" & "To and From" @ Carolina Short Film Showcase (North Charleston, SC)

4/29: "Demons Pills" & "To and From" @ OUTshine Film Festival (Miami, FL)

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Out Magazine Premiere of "Closet Made of Sheets"

Today is an amazing day! So excited to share with you the Out Magazine online premiere of my short film "Closet Made of Sheets." Check out the film and my interview which focuses a lot on identity and bisexual erasure in media. It's been a dream of mine to premiere a film through Out. You can find the article here.

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Secondly, this week I found out that three of my films (Closet Made of Sheets, Wild Flowers, and Demon Pills) are all official selections of CineKink which takes place in NYC from March 14th-18th. I just booked my plane tickets! NYC friends: please feel free to meet up with me at this sexuality-empowering film festival!

Speak out, share your truth, and be vulnerable. Life is crazy and beautiful and full of unexpected magic.

New Music Video & Film Fest Win!
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We did it! Last night the film "Fake Emma" that I co-created with Robert Gowan won Best Scripted Film at the 100 Words Film Festival in Charlotte, NC! We are so excited!

And then on Friday I released a new music video I directed for Ryan RnB Barber's song "AVL Funk." Read more here in the premiere release article put together by MountainXpress. Here's the video!

Other various updates:

"Closet Made of Sheets" screened this Saturday in Greenville, SC at the Reedy Reels Film Festival. October 28th we wrapped on the production of the music video I directed for Ian Ridenhour's "You Help Me Fall Asleep." Now in post. Screened "Adulthood," the film I co-directed with Abbey Sacks, at Cat Fly Film Fest on October 13th. "Fake Emma," the film I co-directed with Robert Gowan, screened as a part of the Left Overs Gallery Opening in Asheville, NC on October 14th and on the 20th as a part of CreativeMIDNIGHTS in Charlotte, NC.Both the music videos "Monsters" and "Dancing Children" I directed for Ian Ridenhour are official selections of Peak City International Film Festival taking place in Apex, NC November 17th-19th. 

 

3 Film Festivals - 3 Wins!
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Wowie zowie! What an incredible weekend. I had work screening at 3 different festivals and I won an award at each one! Can't believe it. "To and From" won Grenada Afterglow Film Festival's Best AfterTHOUGHT award as well as Best NC Short Film at North Carolina Family Film Festival. "Close to the Window," the documentary I made while in Paris as a collab with the beautiful & magical poet Sojourner Ahébée, won Best College Doc at All-American High School Film Festival. So happy and thankful to all my collaborators and to the fests for sharing my work!

"We Are the People" accepted into Cucalorus!
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"We Are the People"

Some amazing news! On top of "Closet Made of Sheets" getting accepted into Cucalorus Festival (my favorite film festival!) where it will have it's film festival premiere, I just found out that the music video I directed for VIA's song "We Are the People" has also been accepted into the fest where it will screen during their kick-ass party event called "Visual/Sound/Walls" - I was excited before... but now I'm ecstatic! Cannot wait to attend for my fourth year in November!

"Closet Made of Sheets" Film Festival Premiere and other announcements

Some film festival updates:

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"Closet Made of Sheets"

has been accepted as an early selection into my all time favorite film festival where it will be having it's film festival premiere: Cucalorus Festival - taking place from November 8-13 in Wilmington, NC. This will be my 4th year screening there! So much love for this festival. 

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"To and From" & "Close to the Window" 

have been accepted into the All-American High School Film Festival through their "Super Senior" Category taking place from October 6-8 in NYC. Also really love this festival! Won Best of Fest with "We're Okay" back in 2014! Wonderful memories...

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"Demon Pills" officially released + film fest updates

We are excited to officially release "Demon Pills" - winner of Runner Up for Best Film at the 48 Hour Film Project: New Orleans.

A lesbian couple welcome a demon into the mix to spice things up...

Hope you enjoy our shenanigans! 


We are also excited to announce that both "To and From" and our music video for Ian Ridenhour's "Dancing Children" are official selections at FilmSPARK which takes place September 15-17 at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, NC. 

"Demon Pills" wins Runner Up for Best Film

Had an incredibly fun time at the 48 Hour Film Project: New Orleans awards event on Saturday. Our film "Demon Pills" ended up winning Runner Up for Best Film along with Runner Up for Audience Choice in Group B, Best Sound Design, Best Special FX, and Best Use of Prop. Met many wonderful filmmakers and creators and had a lovely evening adventuring through New Orleans. Will be releasing the film shortly~ stay tuned!

"Demon Pills" gets 11 Nominations!

Our film "Demon Pills" that we created for the 48 Hour Film Project: New Orleans has been nominated for 11 categories including Best Film, Cinematography, Writing, Editing and Musical Score! The awards screening is being held this Saturday so I'll be road tripping back to New Orleans this weekend! So excited! And in case you haven't seen it, here's our trailer:

Film will be released in a few days!