And So It Begins!
On Sunday, February 24, we start filming our Oh Crappy Day feature! The film shoot runs through Thursday, March 14, all around Raleigh. After more than a year in pre-production, it all comes down to three weeks. We're so excited to bring this important story to life!
Your Memories in Our Movie!
Would you like your wedding memories to be part of a feature film? For two of the scenes in Oh Crappy Day, our upcoming romantic comedy feature, we need video footage of brides and grooms at their wedding receptions. We’re looking, specifically, for two types of footage: the couple dancing, and the bride feeding the groom a piece of wedding cake. If we use your video in the completed film, you and your videographer will receive a “Thank You” in the end credits, along with admission to the local premiere in Raleigh. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the second year in a row, Steve is hosting the awards ceremony for the Longleaf Film Festival in downtown Raleigh. The festival, now in its fourth year, runs May 11-12 at the North Carolina Museum of History.
Golden Gate Memories
We were proud to screen Oh Crappy Day in San Francisco, at the 24th annual conference of the International OCD Foundation. We had a large, appreciative audience for the screening -- and for Lance's presentation on depictions of OCD in the movies. Best of all, we got to meet people from all around the world who treat and/or live with various kinds of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and the knowledge that we gained will guide us as we proceed with the feature-length version of Oh Crappy Day.
Getting the Band Back Together
We're delighted to announce that we've started pre-production on the feature-length version of our award-winning short, Oh Crappy Day. We plan to begin filming in February 2019, right here in Raleigh! Our talented lead actors, Jordan Estes and Jess Barbour, will reprise their roles as Jared and Katie. We'll need all the support we can get, so stay tuned for updates, casting calls, etc.
On Our Way to the City by the Bay!
We’ve been invited to screen Oh Crappy Day at the annual conference of the International OCD Foundation, this July in San Francisco! We're incredibly honored to be sharing our film and its positive portrayal of individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder. The screening starts at 8 PM on opening night, July 6, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. Following the screening, writer-director Jon Lance Bacon will discuss other cinematic depictions of OCD -- ranging from silent films to "Mommie Dearest" and "The Aviator."
Night at the Museum
Steve had the honor of hosting the awards ceremony at the 3rd annual Longleaf Film Festival, held at the North Carolina Museum of History on May 13. Along with Sally Causey Bloom, the festival director, he honored dozens of filmmakers with a “Tar Heel Tie-In.” Later on, he congratulated Kelly Creedon, the “Made-in-NC” winner for her wonderful documentary, “In This World,” and awarded the prize for Narrative Short (Best Drama) to our friend Andrew Huggins, director of “Four Pies.” Many thanks to Sally and her colleagues at the museum, as well as dedicated volunteers like Cassandra Bennett!
Grand (Festival) Finale
At the 2017 Las Cruces International Film Festival, Oh Crappy Day made its last stop on the festival circuit. New Mexico was a great place to complete our OCD journey, which started more than two years ago. When we first screened at the Siouxland International Film Festival in February 2015, we never imagined that our little romantic comedy would play at 37 different venues and win 11 awards. Thanks to everyone who joined us on our journey — and everyone we met along the way!
Kudos for the Asbury Short Film Concert
Some 200 people attended the Asbury Short Film Concert, ably hosted by Steve Neilson on March 3rd. The First Friday event, which we co-sponsored with the Longleaf Film Festival, featured several Oscar-winning shorts, along with music by local band Castle Wild. We were delighted to see fellow North Carolina filmmakers like Catherine Trail and Andrew Huggins, who drove up from Charlotte to represent their intense period drama, "Civil." Many thanks to Doug LeClaire, director of Asbury Shorts, as well as Sally Bloom and Joel Rhodes from the North Carolina Museum of History. We're already working on plans for next year!
Coming Soon: Asbury Short Film Concert!
The prestigious Asbury Short Film Concert is coming to North Carolina for the first time ever, and we're co-sponsoring the March 3rd event with the Longleaf Film Festival. The concert, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary, features Oh Crappy Day and other award-winning shorts (including Oscar winners) from across the country. Steve will be hosting, and Castle Wild will be performing, so come join us at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh!
Oh Crappy Day Goes Online!
Oh Crappy Day is now available on Amazon! You can watch it for free (with ads) or buy it for just $1.99. You can also watch it on discover.film for free!
"Best" and Bristol
On First Friday, October 7, Oh Crappy Day returned to the North Carolina Museum of History for the "Best of Longleaf" celebration. We were proud to join nine other shorts from the first two years of the Longleaf Film Festival -- and to catch up with our fellow filmmakers, including (left to right) Ted Richardson and Randy Lewis of "The Last Barn Dance," Meredith Sause of "Keepsake," and Sally Bloom, festival director.
Later this month, we'll be heading to the PUSH! Film Festival in Bristol, on the border of Tennessee and Virginia. What's more, Oh Crappy Day has been nominated for Best Short Film!
We had a great time at the filmSPARK 2016 Kickoff in downtown Cary, North Carolina. Thanks to Robert Walters, Konrad Arnold, and a lively audience at The Cary Theater!
Oh Crappy Day has been selected for the 16th annual Kansas International Film Festival in Overland Park, just outside of Kansas City -- the birthplace of our writer-director! The festival runs November 4-10 at the Glenwood Arts Theatre.
Two in One!
Oh Crappy Day received two awards this month! First, we tied for a first-place Friday Evening Audience Award at the Media Film Festival in Media, Pennsylvania. Then, we won Best Comedy Short at the SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival in Providence, Rhode Island. We continue to be honored and energized by all the recognition we've enjoyed!
Additionally, Oh Crappy Day was part of the opening-night lineup at the Chattanooga Film Festival -- otherwise known as the Sundance of the South. We were thrilled to be reunited with our two leads, Jess Barbour and Jordan Estes!
A Win in Wilmington
Oh Crappy Day won Best Comedy at the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival, held in Wilmington, North Carolina! This makes nine awards in all for "the little film that could." Also during the festival, we met some talented Triangle filmmakers who'll be working with us on the feature-length version of Oh Crappy Day.
Oh Crappy Day hit a major milestone on the festival circuit: our first screening in Europe! We attended the Finow Film & Script Festival in Eberswalde, Germany, located northeast of Berlin. Oh Crappy Day is truly international now!
Oh Happy New Year!
What a great way to kick off 2016! Oh Crappy Day has been selected for two more festivals: the SoCal Independent Film Festival in Huntington Beach, California, and the Chattanooga Film Festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee! (The first is scheduled for February 10-15, while the second runs from March 31 to April 3.) This brings our festival count to 25!
What a Weekend!
We started the month with three screenings on three consecutive days, culminating in our eighth award! On Friday, November 6, Jordan Estes represented Oh Crappy Day at the Ojai Film Festival in Ojai, California. On Saturday, November 7, we screened at the Alexandria Film Festival in Alexandria, Virginia, with Lance and Steve participating in a lively Q&A session. On Sunday, November 8, we screened at the Smoky Mountain Film Festival in Gatlinburg, Tennessee -- where the score by David Wimbish won for Best Music!
Oh Crappy Day won two prizes at the Red Hook Film Festival in Brooklyn: the People's Choice Award for Best Director and the People's Choice Award for Best Film!
We had a great time at the festival, thanks largely to the wonderful Jess Barbour, our guide through the wilds of Brooklyn. Daniel Durning, the Red Hook director, created a casual, congenial atmosphere, featuring a lively Q&A session. Several of our friends from Golden Door -- including Bob Celli, Laura Delano, Don Downie, and Stacie Capone -- came out to support Oh Crappy Day. And the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) was the perfect festival venue, with lots of incredible artwork -- not to mention some stunning views of New York Harbor!
Since the first of the month, our festival total has jumped to twenty-one! Oh Crappy Day has been selected for three festivals on successive weekends: the Alexandria Film Festival, November 5-8, in Alexandria, Virginia; ITSA Film Festival, November 13-15, in Sonora, California; and the Carrboro Film Festival, November 21-22, in Carrboro, North Carolina. The last event makes four festivals in our home state!
Coming Full Circle
We are proud to announce that Oh Crappy Day will screen at the 9th annual Red Hook Film Festival, October 17-18. This holds special meaning for us because Red Hook is the section of Brooklyn where Steve's family lived after immigrating from Sicily in the 1890s.
From Coast to Coast
The last week in September was a whirlwind for the Dagtype Films family, with OCD screenings from the West Coast to the East. Our leads, Jordan Estes and Jess Barbour, rocked the red carpet at Action on Film in Monrovia, California -- where they met the Emmy-winning actress Doris Roberts from "Everybody Loves Raymond." Our assistant director, Duane Therriault, represented Dagtype Films at the inaugural Footcandle Film Festival in Hickory, North Carolina, where OCD received an enthusiastic response. (The director of another film called our short "a bit of poetry.") In Jersey City, New Jersey, Lance and Steve attended the Golden Door International Film Festival -- held at the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre, a movie palace built in 1929. There, we got to connect with talented filmmakers like Christine Sherwood and reconnect with friends like casting director Donna McKenna. And on the last day of the month, OCD played as part of the Mixed & Matched Shorts Program, sponsored by FilmFest52, in Bethel, Connecticut. Whew!
Two More Festivals!
Oh Crappy Day has been selected for the 10th annual Orlando Film Festival, October 21-25, in Orlando, Florida, and the 16th annual Ojai Film Festival, November 5-12, in Ojai, California. This brings our festival total to seventeen!
New York, New York
Oh Crappy Day had 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, OCD traveled to Long Island for the 4th annual Westbury Short Music & Film Concert. This outdoor event took place on Friday, August 21, at the Ernesto Strada Piazza in Westbury. To our delight, the concert poster incorporated the eye-catching photo of our lead actor, Jordan Estes, by Griffin Hart Davis!
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 November 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!
Follow the OCD Journey!
Where It All Began...
Watch Our Trailers for the Original OCD Short!
Check Out Our Interview on "Local Film Talk"
Meet Our Leads!
Jess Barbour and Jordan Estes play "Katie" and "Jared" in Oh Crappy Day, the story of a guy with major OCD, on a blind date with the girl of his dreams.
An essay by writer-director Jon Lance Bacon now appears in a collection published by the Modern Language Association. His essay, "Restoring Connections: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Wise Blood," discusses representations of returning World War II veterans in films of the late 1940s and early 1950s, relating these films to the 1952 novel Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor.