Friday, August 16, 2013
Last week I went to the Spectrum to see “Elysium.” I know, not very indie but I liked the director’s first film, “District 9.” Anyway, as I left the theater a man I did not know greeted me. He walked up and asked if I was the host of the program on PBS that shows local short films? I was surprised but said yes and we shook hands.
I’m not complaining here, but the whole television hosting deal is really, really surreal, especially now that I have a different day job besides working at WMHT. If you could imagine working as a carpenter for 51 weeks a years and for one week you are a chef. That is kind of the feeling I have. During that one week (actually three shooting days) I stand in front of hot lights and a green screen and do my best to read the teleprompter (*SPOILER). It’s all very Twilight Zone with some Truman Show mixed in.
So, when someone comes up to me actually saying they saw me on the television it is always surprising. Usually I hear second hand from my wife or mother that so and so saw me. The gentleman at the Spectrum said he liked the variety of films shown and inquired if the series was broadcast outside the Capital Region. We spoke for a few seconds and he was on his way, leaving me under the basking glow of neon marquee, thinking people are watching! They’re really watching!
Friday, July 26, 2013
Remember DVDs? You know those things that look like compact discs but play movies. They were big right around Y2K.
Anyway, some DVDs had secret bonus material, like behind-the-scenes footage on the disc. Usually there was an additional icon on the DVD menu that would lead you to these stashed-away cinema treasures. These extras became known as “easter eggs” and if you were a good Cinefile, you knew which DVDs had them, what they were and where to find them on the disc.
Why am I telling you this? Well, I’m about to drop an easter egg for all you folks who are reading this blog! Ready?
TvFILM’s season six official call for entries starts October 1st! This is currently need-to-know, James Bond-level information, so you’re now in some pretty exclusive company! Check back for all the info, get to work and we’ll see you in the fall!
Monday, June 17, 2013
Ok, it’s almost here, the premiere of TvFILM season five. Below you’ll find a convenient schedule of the what, who, and when for our new season.
Fade up on season five:
June 16, 2013 at 10:30pm
Her Telling Heart – Heidi Elizabeth
Edgar Allan Poeʼs timeless chiller The Tell-Tale Heart gets a feminist perspective and a suspenseful new twist in this short film from award-winning director Eli Meissner.
Secret Chamber - Jason van Staveren
This film is a short re-seeing of the design and spending flaws of a bureaucratic system. A lost room below the SUNY Albany campus is imagined as a secret chamber, and its accessibility considered on different terms.
Random Acts of Kindness - Joe Glickman
An upbeat short, with a 'Happy-Go-Lucky' feel to it, this film highlights the happiness that random acts of kindness bring to people of all ages and genders.
June 23, 2013 at 10:30pm
Save The Date – Mike Feurstein
In this short comedy, two women make a bad date worse before they discover the secret behind some well-timed advice.
quit job. press play - Nathan Meltz
A story of labor in three parts, told in a dada collage-meets-stop motion animation style. Technology’s influence on the institutions of school, war, and the factory are explored through the use of robotic characters that struggle to escape jobs that threaten to bore, brainwash, and kill them.
June 30, 2013 at 10:30PM
Un Baiser - Kevin Craig West and Sabeen Pervez
Enlisting the help of a porous celebrity, a determined man relentlessly pesters a beautiful woman for one kiss.
Bobby Undead - Mark Fiske and John Glenn
This mockumentary follows the story of Bobby and his close loved ones. In a terrible accident, Bobby ingested some strange virus that has killed him and taken over his body, extensively turning him into a zombie.
July 7, 2013 at 10:30pm
Howard Stoner/Urban Farmer - Anthony Salamone
This short film is truly a collision of two passions: baking bread and the growing of grain. You can’t have one without the other.
day snow| night snow - Marty Hardin
A look at snow fall, in daylight and at night, and the transformation of the world on which it falls.
More Than Hair – Dorothy Davila
The story of Dorothy Davila and her hair. Diagnosed at 18, but noticing its effects much earlier, alopecia has infiltrated every aspect of her life, even dance. However, through these hardships she proves she is more than just hair.
July 14, 2013 at 10:30pm
The Notebook - Scott Danni
In a small town, on a quiet homestead, you never know who you may have breakfast with.
Space Nurses - Mike Feurstein
A young boy uses his special gift to try to repair a family divide, but everyone needs something extra from the stars before their heart light fades away.
DxONE - Dan Masucci
A family experiences ups and downs while coming to terms with their son's diagnosis with type 1 diabetes.
July 21, 2013 at 10:30pm
Black Creek - John W. Yost
After his release from prison, Josh tries to convince his family to move from this universe to the next through quantum suicide. Unfortunately his sacrifice does nothing but shatter his family.
Rappin' for Godot - Stephen Blauweiss and Gilles Malkine
The elusive humorists Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine present the breakthrough play of Samuel Beckett, as it might be performed by a hapless pair of academic rappers. The entire three-hour play is condensed into four minutes of nonstop hip-hop, with no intermission.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Five years ago TvFILM started it’s mission. It is hard to believe that TvFILM Guy (you know, the dude with the television set on his head) has survived in the cutthroat business of primetime television. Right now, we’re in the midst of our current call for entries. So, let’s get that out of the way right now, send us your short film or tell someone to send us their film. OK, back to reminiscing – it’s June 2008 and your local public television broadcaster, WMHT is about to premiere a new program that will feature local and regionally-made, independent short films and interview the filmmakers who created them.
Fast forward 58 short films and 74 filmmakers later, we’re set to premiere a new season Sunday, June 23rd at 10:30pm. The success of TvFILM can be attributed to two main factors. The first is the amazing independent filmmaking talent we have in our region. Each season the short films, filmmakers, actors, musicians and various other artisans is amazing. Everyone seems to be talking about Nano tech but Upstate independent film is the best-kept secret this side of the Mississippi! Don’t tell those folks in Austin. The second factor is you, the audience. Television programs only work when there is someone there to watch. So, not only do we have talented artists but we also have an audience that appreciates their work. Of course, local independent film goes well beyond TvFILM but we’re a good microcosm of what’s happening. And it doesn’t hurt you don’t have to leave your couch.
Monday, February 18, 2013
TvFILM Season FIVE premieres this June! As always, we’re going to bring you everything AND the kitchen sink that is Upstate independent film but, big but….
You guessed it – this is part of the equation where you put the P in public television and submit your jaw-droppingly amazing film! Your cinematic masterpiece that you poured your blood, sweat, tears and bank account into deserves so much more then just a mere You Tube posting.
Submit. Watch. DVR (yes, I’m using it as a verb). Re-Watch. Create.