New York, New York
Oh Crappy Day has two screenings this month in the Empire State! As part of the Hudson Valley International Film Festival, Oh Crappy Day screened on Saturday, August 15, in the Monroe Arts & Civic Center. (Monroe is about an hour north of Manhattan.) The following weekend, we travel to Long Island for the 4th annual Westbury Short Music & Film Concert. This outdoor event starts at 6 PM on Friday, August 21, at the Ernesto Strada Piazza in Westbury. We're delighted that the concert poster incorporates the eye-catching photo of our lead actor, Jordan Estes, by Griffin Hart Davis!
By the way, our festival count now stands at fourteen! Next month, Oh Crappy Day will screen at three overlapping festivals: Action on Film, September 18-27; the Golden Door International Film Festival, September 24-27; and the inaugural Footcandle Film Festival, September 25-27. Then, in November, we have the Smoky Mountain Film Festival in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and the New Haven International Film Festival in Bethel, Connecticut!
Gone to Carolina
We had a great time at the Real to Reel Film Festival in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming -- especially Violet Arth Dukes of the Cleveland County Arts Council -- and the quality of the selected films was consistently high. We got to see some wonderful documentaries, including the heartbreaking Omo Child, the inspiring Resilient, and the funny, life-affirming OLD?! Plus, we got another chance to see one of our favorites from the Siouxland Film Festival in February: the dramatic short Birthday. We were even more impressed with this gem the second time around.
Two in One Day!
In the space of just a few hours, we learned that Oh Crappy Day has been selected for two more festivals! Our romantic comedy will be screening at the 16th annual Real to Reel Film Festival, scheduled for July 22-25 in Kings Mountain, North Carolina -- and the New Haven International Film Festival, scheduled for September 23-26 in Bethel, Connecticut. What a great way to start the summer!
Lucky Number 7!
We just made it into our seventh film festival! Oh Crappy Day will screen at the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival, scheduled for June 26-28.
On May 2, Oh Crappy Day won the award for Narrative Short (Comedy) at the first annual Longleaf Film Festival, right in our hometown of Raleigh. We were thrilled to share the experience with so many of our friends and neighbors -- a group that another local filmmaker dubbed the OCD "entourage." Some of those present were our assistant director, Duane Therriault; two of our cast members, Julianne Capps and Kristen McCabe; and several of our extras, including Michael and Shelley Carpenter, Diane Deresienski, Christine Milam, and Julie O'Carroll. Thanks to them and everyone else who showed their support at the North Carolina Museum of History!
Best Week Ever!
What a week we've had at Dagtype Films! On April 12, Oh Crappy Day won Best Plot Twist at the 2015 Granite State Film Festival in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Then, on April 18, Oh Crappy Day won two awards at two other festivals, nearly 2,000 miles apart! At the Milledgeville Film Festival in Milledgeville, Georgia, we won Best Sound Design -- thus recognizing the talent and creative perfectionism of our sound editor, Rich Walters. Peyton Lea, our cinematographer and editor, attended the festival, along with actress Julianne Capps, who accepted the award at the festival gala.
Later that night, WorldFest-Houston honored us with a Platinum Remi Award -- the highest level given at the festival, now in its 48th year. Those on hand to receive the Remi were our two leads, Jordan Estes and Jess Barbour; our assistant director, Duane Therriault; our producer, Steven P. Neilson; and our writer-director, Jon Lance Bacon. Thanks to all the members of the Dagtype Films family who traveled the festival circuit to support our film!