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Avarice has successfully hit the comic conventions, and now it’s playing at its first film festival. Avarice will be part of On Location: Memphis International Film Festival, and it will be showing at 11:30 am Saturday, April 27, 2013 along with several other shorts selected for the festival.

For more information about the festival, the location, and tickets, click here.

It’s the first time Avarice will be shown in a theater, and it will be a personal first for me as well. If you haven’t seen the film yet, it’s a great opportunity to come check it out along with some other shorts in the festival. Plus, you will be able to see the director geeking out about finally seeing this film on a big screen. You can make fun of me. It’s a win-win.

Hope to see you all there!

I don’t know if there is anyone else out there who is somewhat perturbed that all the movie rental stores have closed. Honestly, I was part of the reason for it as well because I only used Blockbuster as a last resort since Redbox and Netflix were so much cheaper.

But what do you do when you want to watch an older movie that Redbox doesn’t carry? You can order it from Netflix and wait 3 days for it to arrive, which is not always preferable in our “instant” cultural mindset, or you could buy it and hope that you didn’t waste $15 on a movie that sucks.

I’m starting to really miss movie rental stores! Continue Reading…

UPDATE: The contest is now closed. We will announce winners shortly.

2xBlues!

Wow! Anime Blues was a whirlwind of awesome. The vibe there was completely different from any other con we’ve been to and the staff made us feel extra welcome.

This past weekend we played a little game called Cosplay Bingo, and it was a smashing success. We couldn’t keep bingo sheets on our table longer than a few hours. We don’t want the fun to stop just yet, so we’re going to kick off one more contest! Continue Reading…

Jim Allman, co-founder of Memphis arts community Continuum, joins us again this week for part II of How I’m Damned & What I’m Doing About It.

If you missed part I, it’s right here.

Let me lie down in peace and let me rise up again in peace. – Krias Shema

A Second Look

There are many who experience an identity that doesn’t easily reconcile and often appears at odds with itself. Take for instance the protagonist in Chaim Potok’s “My Name is Asher Lev”. An artist in an orthodox Jewish home overseen by a zealous, over bearing and un-approving father, Asher is also the pupil of an atheist painter. A damned identity, if I’ve ever seen one. Continue Reading…

Planning on attending Anime Blues 2012 in Memphis? Like anime, cosplay, and anime themed cosplay? Well, well, well! Do we have a treat for you!

We’re always blown away by the costumes we see on the Con circuit, so taking a cue from the success of our MidSouthCon Costume Contest, we want to play Cosplay Bingo with you, and this time there are a few prizes to be won.

This is how it’ll work:

  • Click here and print your bingo sheet (or visit our booth at Anime Blues).
  • Find cosplay costumers at Anime Blues, snap a picture, and mark off their corresponding tiles on your bingo sheet.
  • Get a row of five (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) and you may be a lucky winner!
  • Bring your completed sheet (and photographic evidence) to our booth at Anime Blues.
  • The first three lucky winners get an exclusive digital download of our upcoming short film Avarice (Available Fall 2012).

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This week we’re joined by Continuum co-founder Jim Allman. I’ve had many mind-bending conversations with the man and I’m excited he agreed to share something on our pokey blog.

Now, pay attention to Jim or I’ll block your IP address so you can’t complain about my low opinion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

…my identity, which I am damned with. – Nick Hornby, sculptor

The Trouble with Identity

“My name is Asher Lev, the Asher Lev, about whom you have read…” So begins the book by Chaim Potok, a book of self-identity, credulity and personal and communal tragedy in the face of family and tradition. Asher is a boy damned by his identity, a Jew from an aristocratic Hasid family, but also an artist. Asher represents two traditions embroiled in conflict—each rejecting the other. Continue Reading…

Today is a special treat for me, because I get to introduce you to my friend and collaborator Kent Smith. I met Kent through Continuum Arts and we’ve been itching to work together on a film ever since.

Kent’s passion for film and musical sensibilities are the perfect combination of ninja and secret agent. When Rachel Taylor pitched Avarice to me, I knew it was the perfect project for Kent to score. Don’t believe me? I asked him some probing questions below, read on and see for yourself:

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When I moved back to Memphis in 2006 I was chomping at the bit to start shooting. Since I was inexperienced, I needed guinea pigs. I turned to my roommate’s band, Hey Heidi-Rae, and pitched to them a music video concept they gladly agreed to.

For grins, I dusted the resulting video off recently for a local music video festival. Despite the circumstances it was shot under, I don’t think we did half-bad. Enjoy Back to the Blackboard and read on to see what I learned from the experience:


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Fantasy films are so much fun to create and watch, but so freaking expensive! I had no idea my imagination was going to cost so much money when I was writing Avarice, but once we sat down to really think about what we needed to sell this world, I started thinking that maybe creativity was overrated.

However, I quickly learned that creativity is not just about coming up with new and interesting ideas. It’s also about how to make those ideas into a reality. Here are some cost efficient ways to turn your imagination into a world you can share with others. Continue Reading…

This is a guest post by writer/director Jessica Powers. You can follow her exploits at powersinfilm.com.

There is no step-by-step process to the fame and fortune of a “successful” filmmaker.

Does that surprise you? Have you surfed by expecting a surefire equation for becoming a successful filmmaker? I tried that, right after my college graduation. I sought advice, scoured the web, and tried to cobble together something that resembled a plan so that my family would stop giving me that “useless degree” look. Continue Reading…