I've been meaning to sit down and write this post for awhile, but I guess I was waiting for the euphoria to dissipate so I could sit back and write a real account of our trip to the Woodstock Film Festival. The euphoria didn't vanish, but time has marched on and I thought it was time to share the details of our trip.
The Woodstock Film Festival is an incredible festival --I may be biased!-- in upstate New York, which that champions films that are "fiercely independent". This year's festival took place October 15th - 19th and screened 30 narrative feature films. I had never been to this festival before, let alone to upstate New York, so this was a particularly special trip. I could not wait for Bread and Butter to have its festival premiere!
Our days were packed. In addition to all of the screenings, panels and parties, we spent a lot of time in the filmmakers lounge, meeting the staff and filmmakers who make this festival so special. We also paired with the local bakery, Bread Alone, to give out bread and butter and promote our film (Bread and Butter, get it?). All of this excitement culminated in our two incredible screenings: Saturday 10/18 at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck and Sunday 10/19 at Bearsville Theater in Woodstock (the final screening of the festival!). It was touching to see how engaged audiences were with our film and to hear strangers discussing details from the movie. I seriously cannot wait for the film to reach more audiences!
All in all, Woodstock was a magical week for the whole Bread and Butter team. I am so proud of our team and so incredibly grateful that we could be a part of the festival.
For the second year in a row, the Squaresville gang was honored with award nominations at the IAWTV Awards in Las Vegas. That's the International Academy of Web Television, in case you were wondering! It was great to see many of our favorite friends in the web world as well as meet some new ones. In the picture on the left I'm with some of my favorite ladies in New Media: Kylie Sparks, Stephanie Thorpe, Kristen Nedopak, Alexis Boozer. We had a blast! And, if that wasn't enough, we were really excited to bring home the award for "Best Returning Series". Go Squaresville!
In addition to the awards, I spoke on two panels at the New Media Expo. The first panel was on Webseries: Creation to Monetization and had a wealth of talented panelists working in webseries (Jimmy Wong, Kim Evey, Matt Enlow, Scott Brown and Shilpi Roy). The next panel was on Working with Unions and focused on how to utilize the various unions (SAG/AFTRA, DGA, WGA, PGA, etc) when making your own webseries.
Also, pro tip: If you are in Las Vegas, do yourself a favor and check out the Pinball Hall of Fame. Seriously, guys. They have so many awesome machines from all different eras. You can thank me later.
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