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Hermosa Beach resident’s ‘Only in HelLA’ pokes fun of L.A. life, screening at local film festival

In the organic, lush, Pacific Northwest there is a budding film industry being raised by the nurturing and the tenacious artistic community, among them: Erin Galey; HollyShorts Alumni filmmaker, storyteller, pioneering business woman and avid whitewater kayaker.

After visiting Portland, Oregon, Galey knew she had found the perfect haven to plant roots for her production company, In The Flicker. Since moving to Portland from Los Angeles, this past year has been an eventful one for Galey: starting her own successful production company, produced a short, Points of Origin, developed a webseries with professional kayaker, Katrina Van Wijk, and started working on a future feature project.

What was your inspiration to start filmmaking?

To be honest, I’m not really sure. My mom found an old VHS tape recently on, which I had made some sort of short film with my sister and our friends in the summer of 1992. I remember being obsessed with my parent’s VHS camera around that time and recording lots of different stuff. The camera they owned recorded to a VCR, so you had to carry it around in a bag on your shoulder while operating the camera at the same time. I remember ending “scenes” with the “fade to white” button on the camera – classic!  

I’ve always written stories, since I was very young, and despite having a healthy interest in physics, astronomy, and sports, I ended up a Literature & Playwriting major in college. I have a huge collection of books I’ve carried around to all the different places I’ve lived - I mean, even my college textbooks. My parents think I’m crazy, but I guess the books are important to me. In college, my Dad gave me his father’s Honeywell Pentax AE-II and I became really interested in photography through it, just snapping pictures and odd little moments. I guess between the interest in cameras and storytelling, filmmaking was a natural fit.

The first time I realized I had to be in the film industry was on the set of Rollergirls, when I saw a huge production crew working together. The producers wanted to film me and put me in the story of the show, but I was more often dodging the cameras and saddling up to the crew being like, “How does that thing work?”,  "What does that person do?“


What are you working on right now?

About a year ago, I started a production company called In The Flicker based in Portland, Oregon, and we’ve had a lot of fantastic opportunities in our initial year. So being a business owner and producer has taken up a lot of my time, and probably will for a while – short form media is a great world to be in, especially in Portland.  We just sold Sahasi Chorito iTunes and Shorts International, and I’ll be traveling with the film back to Nepal this year in an educational collaboration with Empower Nepali Girls, a wonderful organization out of California. I’ll be a part of a "Girls Career Workshop” in Kathmandu, and also travel to the Everest region to screen the film and talk to girls about the dangers of trafficking. I hope to start work on the feature script this summer.

Tell me about the start of In The Flicker

I knew for a long time I wanted to start a production company. The name came from a passage in Heart of Darkness. I had no idea how everything was going to work out when I started - I had no clients, no partners, no idea how to run a business, but I figured I might as well give it a shot, otherwise I might not be telling the stories I want to tell. As time went on, pieces just seemed to come together either by people coming to us or us approaching them, and we have learned a lot just by trying things out.

Why Portland?

I’ve always been preoccupied with adventures and the outdoors - being outside is an integral part of my happiness. I’m an avid whitewater kayaker, so when I moved to White Salmon last year from Los Angeles, it was a really natural fit. If I’m not focused on a deadline, I try to spend my weekends on mountains, rivers, or somewhere in the fresh air getting after it. The funny thing is that I actually really didn’t like Portland when I first moved to the area - it seemed at first only full of hipsters and homeless people, but the city has really grown on me since I’ve gotten to know it. There is a thriving creative community here, not just in film, but in sports product, tech, advertising, design, innovation…  I have been inspired by the highly intellectual people I continue to meet here living active outdoor lives - Nat Geo explorers, professional athlete couples, writers and storytellers that work with huge brands in the area… There’s an endless amount of exploring very close by, and it seems to sustain a big community. I continue to discover great things both in and around the city.

Are you submitting anything to HollyShorts 2014?

Last year I produced a short by my co-producer at In The Flicker, and very good friend, Anya Leta, called Points of Origin. It stars Ankur Vikal, the villain from Slumdog Millionaire, and Tessa Thompson, who starred in a breakout film at Sundance this year called Dear White People. It was shot entirely on location in Mumbai, and we worked in post with many of the same people from Sahasi Chori, and achieved what I believe is a really special film.  I can’t wait to share it with the HollyShorts community!   



Holly Shorts Film Festival

We’re going to be getting AROUND next month with screenings in LA, Austin, Miami and NEW YORK! Stay tuned for times and films!

HollyShorts Film Festival Rocks Hollywood

Interview: "Last I Heard" Director Dave Rodriguez

This Friday night, CAROLINE AND JACKIE premieres in Los Angeles!   We’ll all be at the 7PM showing. Come on down and join us before, during, and after the screening:  
  When : Friday, May 31st @ 7PM-on  Where :   Downtown Independent     251 S. Main St.  Los Angeles, CA 90012   (  GoogleMap  )  (  Download iCal Event  )   Buy Tickets   
 Thank you so very much to so many of you who have supported this film over literally the 2+ past years we’ve been making it.     It goes without saying as so many of you are filmmakers yourself, but a movie like this would have been in no way possible without your personal support and commitment.  It’s been you continually choosing to share this movie with your friends, family, and co-workers, that has kept it alive and breathing.  Every time you’ve told someone about this film, and in turn they’ve told another, you have personally impacted it in a dramatic way.   So many special little movies get lost in the shuffle each and every year, so I can’t begin to express how grateful I am to you all for continuing to spread the word. Please know you’ve done an amazing thing, and that you are personally responsible for Caroline and Jackie being in theaters and it having the very wide VOD exposure it’s been lucky enough to enjoy.   Thank you for your help, and know sincerely that things like telling someone about the film, or writing a kind review, or even adding it to your   Netflix save queue  , make a huge personal impact on not only this film, but our ability to make another.     I hope very much to see you this Friday night, both at the screening and wherever we end up after!   ACC   ************************ 
   NY TIMES   - It captures the awkwardness, loneliness and unacknowledged desperation that haunt us all but that are particularly poignant when seen among attractive 30-somethings. 
   THE WALL STREET JOURNAL   - Visually polished and emotionally raw. I absolutely love the film.  
   VARIETY   - Displaying nerves of steel and a generous heart, helmer Adam Christian Clark takes a lot of chances with “Caroline and Jackie,” a tale of troubled sisters that keeps the viewer off balance throughout before delivering a payoff that serves as both catharsis and absolution.   
   HOLLYWOOD REPORTER   - Their relationship will ring true for many viewers, and Clark’s intelligent handling of it should elicit good word-of-mouth at arthouses.   
 NY MAGAZINE - Top-Notch! 
   VILLAGE VOICE   - Sounds like family to us.   
   REUTERS   - The plot is complex, the performances brilliant. First-time director Adam Christian Clark has made a compelling film.   
   GENE SHALIT’S MOUSTACHE   - It’s the first time in awhile that a scripted, dramatic film was able to play with my senses; the way CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS did, in documentary form.  
   View the Trailer!   
 If not in Los Angles, we’re now a VOD rental on:   iTunes   (US & CAN), Microsoft (US & CAN), Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Dish Network, Shaw, Cogeco, Rogers, MTS Allstream, Brainstorm Media (TVN), Indemand (Xfinity), Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Content Media (Sony US & CAN), YouTube (US & CAN), and Vudu. 
 And lastly you can pre-reserve the movie now on   Netfix  .  
 And always for more info,   check out the website  .

This Friday night, CAROLINE AND JACKIE premieres in Los Angeles!

We’ll all be at the 7PM showing. Come on down and join us before, during, and after the screening:

When: Friday, May 31st @ 7PM-on
WhereDowntown Independent 
251 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(GoogleMap)
(Download iCal Event)
Buy Tickets

Thank you so very much to so many of you who have supported this film over literally the 2+ past years we’ve been making it.  

It goes without saying as so many of you are filmmakers yourself, but a movie like this would have been in no way possible without your personal support and commitment.  It’s been you continually choosing to share this movie with your friends, family, and co-workers, that has kept it alive and breathing.  Every time you’ve told someone about this film, and in turn they’ve told another, you have personally impacted it in a dramatic way.

So many special little movies get lost in the shuffle each and every year, so I can’t begin to express how grateful I am to you all for continuing to spread the word. Please know you’ve done an amazing thing, and that you are personally responsible for Caroline and Jackie being in theaters and it having the very wide VOD exposure it’s been lucky enough to enjoy.

Thank you for your help, and know sincerely that things like telling someone about the film, or writing a kind review, or even adding it to your Netflix save queue, make a huge personal impact on not only this film, but our ability to make another.  

I hope very much to see you this Friday night, both at the screening and wherever we end up after!

ACC

************************

NY TIMES - It captures the awkwardness, loneliness and unacknowledged desperation that haunt us all but that are particularly poignant when seen among attractive 30-somethings.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - Visually polished and emotionally raw. I absolutely love the film. 

VARIETY - Displaying nerves of steel and a generous heart, helmer Adam Christian Clark takes a lot of chances with “Caroline and Jackie,” a tale of troubled sisters that keeps the viewer off balance throughout before delivering a payoff that serves as both catharsis and absolution.  

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - Their relationship will ring true for many viewers, and Clark’s intelligent handling of it should elicit good word-of-mouth at arthouses.  

NY MAGAZINE - Top-Notch!

VILLAGE VOICE - Sounds like family to us.  

REUTERS - The plot is complex, the performances brilliant. First-time director Adam Christian Clark has made a compelling film.  

GENE SHALIT’S MOUSTACHE - It’s the first time in awhile that a scripted, dramatic film was able to play with my senses; the way CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS did, in documentary form. 

View the Trailer!

If not in Los Angles, we’re now a VOD rental on: iTunes (US & CAN), Microsoft (US & CAN), Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Dish Network, Shaw, Cogeco, Rogers, MTS Allstream, Brainstorm Media (TVN), Indemand (Xfinity), Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Content Media (Sony US & CAN), YouTube (US & CAN), and Vudu.

And lastly you can pre-reserve the movie now on Netfix

And always for more info, check out the website.

HollyShorts Alumni News:

HollyShorts Alumni Success  Continues.
Amontillado - A Short Film

HollyShorts Alumni, Ryan Leeder, is working his magic again. This time with his new short film, AMONTILLADO. A film about friendship and revenge. Click on the link below to find out more and even get involved…

 http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/amontillado-a-short-film

HollyShorts Alumni and Winner Michael Le Han Ramps Up Peppercorn Chronicles Feature

 

Congrats to HollyShorts alumni and 2010 Best Short Film Winner Michael Le Han (“Mrs. Peppercorn’s Magical Reading Room”). His new epic teen fantasy feature “The Peppercorn Chronicles” is headed to big screen and he’s lined up a star-studded cast with Jodelle Ferland, Noah Ringer, and Michael Eklund. More details and Variety link below. 

British filmmaker Mike Le Han (MLH) has attached three high-profile leads for his epic teen indie feature THE PEPPERCORN CHRONICLES, a script loosely based on Le Han and his wife/creative collaborator Helen Le Han’s award-winning fantasy short film Mrs. Peppercorn’s Magical Reading Room. MLH and his UK-based production partners Black Lake LFP have attached Jodelle Ferland (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Silent Hill), Noah Ringer (Cowboys & Aliens, The Last Airbender), and Michael Ecklund (The Call) as leads for the project.

MLH co-wrote THE PEPPERCORN CHRONICLES script with Helen and sold the franchise rights in late 2011 to acclaimed UK crime author Martina Cole’s production company Black Lake LFP who will produce alongside MLH and Martina Cole will executive produce. Cole is the author of 19 best-selling novels set in London which include ‘The Ladykiller’, 'The Take’ which was adapted into a television drama series starring Tom Hardy and her latest 'The Life’. MLH and Cole hope THE PEPPERCORN CHRONICLES film can spawn a trilogy.

THE PEPPERCORN CHRONICLES is a teen fantasy story in the vein of Twilight and Harry Potter that follows Eloise a teenage girl who moves to Black Lake with her parents. After meeting Sam Libby the local bakery owner’s son, Eloise discovers dark secrets that slowly reveal she could be the key to saving humanity.

May 31st   , HollyShorts Monthly Screening returns to the Showbiz Store in Los Angeles.   
        
 Our monthly screening series highlights an eclectic mix of shorts films, as well as Q&A’s with the filmmakers, an open bar throughout the night and our famous raffle with great prizes from our sponsors such as Showbiz Software, Final Draft, Jungle Software and more.   
 Audiences at each screening get to choose their favorite film and the film with the most votes gets entered into the prestigious august festival held at the TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood,   August 15th-25th  .   
 Recent screenings in Los Angeles have been a sell-out, so we encourage securing your tickets at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment. Advanced tickets are now available to both screening.    
 So come join us for a night of free drinks, networking and great short films.  Click the Photo to purchase Tickets!     
 L.A Screening:-   
  The Leading Man   
  Traffic School - The Musical   
  The Body Shop   
  The Wheel   
  The Violinist   
  5 Second Films   
  Battle Of The Jazz Guitarist   
  Meeting David Waugh   
  Black Box   
  Ameila   
  Can I Go Viral?    
  Plus More..   
   http://hollyshortsatshowbizapr26-es2005.eventbrite.com/?rank=1    

 Showbiz Store, 500 S Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049.

May 31st, HollyShorts Monthly Screening returns to the Showbiz Store in Los Angeles. 


Our monthly screening series highlights an eclectic mix of shorts films, as well as Q&A’s with the filmmakers, an open bar throughout the night and our famous raffle with great prizes from our sponsors such as Showbiz Software, Final Draft, Jungle Software and more.

Audiences at each screening get to choose their favorite film and the film with the most votes gets entered into the prestigious august festival held at the TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, August 15th-25th.

Recent screenings in Los Angeles have been a sell-out, so we encourage securing your tickets at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment. Advanced tickets are now available to both screening.

So come join us for a night of free drinks, networking and great short films. Click the Photo to purchase Tickets!


L.A Screening:-

The Leading Man 
Traffic School - The Musical 
The Body Shop 
The Wheel 
The Violinist 
5 Second Films 
Battle Of The Jazz Guitarist 
Meeting David Waugh 
Black Box 
Ameila 
Can I Go Viral?

Plus More.. 
Showbiz Store, 500 S Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049.

Festival Questions

Dearest Filmmakers,
We here at HollyShorts have a question for you:
Let's say hypothetically that you were accepted into 7 of the 10 festivals you applied to. (Firstly- Congratulations! Hypothetically of course!)
One of those festivals had a stipulation that you had to premiere your film at their festival only and that by screening elsewhere prior to that particular festival, you would no longer be eligible for the festival or "in competition."
What would make you feel it was worth forgoing all the other opportunities (not to mention the numerous submission fees you spent) to screen for this one fest? When you would have 6 other opportunities for your project to be seen?
Let us know you're out there and your thoughts if you get a minute.
You can even Tweet us @hollyshorts or shoot us an email to Nicole@hollyshorts.com if your answer is longer that 140 characters.
Disclaimer:HollyShorts is PRO Filmmakers having the right to screen prior to our festival. We are happy to have your project premiere but it is NOT a requirement.

Adam Christian Clark’s Feature Film-    
  Caroline And Jackie   
  Synopisis:   
 On a celebratory birthday trip, Caroline visits her sister, Jackie, and her boyfriend. What starts out as a fun evening with close friends quickly goes askew. Caroline and the group attempt to support Jackie for an apparent illness—though it’s unclear who really needs the most help. 

  
  NEW YORK  - join us in the West Village at the  QUAD Cinemas  from 5/3-5/9. Showtimes are at   1:00-2:45-4:30-6:15-8:00-10:00 .  
 If in  LOS ANGELES  - join us     starting  Friday, May 31st , at the  Downtown Independent ! 

 If elsewhere or if you prefer to see it at home, check that box below your television.  Starting this Friday  we’ll be a  VOD  download on: Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Dish Network, Shaw, Cogeco, Rogers, MTS Allstream, Brainstorm Media (TVN), Indemand (Xfinity), Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, iTunes (US & CAN), Microsoft (US & CAN), Content Media (Sony US & CAN), YouTube (US & CAN), and Vudu. 
  And lastly you can pre-reserve the movie now on  Netfix

Adam Christian Clark’s Feature Film-

Caroline And Jackie

Synopisis:

On a celebratory birthday trip, Caroline visits her sister, Jackie, and her boyfriend. What starts out as a fun evening with close friends quickly goes askew. Caroline and the group attempt to support Jackie for an apparent illness—though it’s unclear who really needs the most help.

NEW YORK - join us in the West Village at the QUAD Cinemas from 5/3-5/9. Showtimes are at 1:00-2:45-4:30-6:15-8:00-10:00.

If in LOS ANGELES - join us starting Friday, May 31st, at the Downtown Independent!

If elsewhere or if you prefer to see it at home, check that box below your television. Starting this Friday we’ll be a VOD download on: Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Dish Network, Shaw, Cogeco, Rogers, MTS Allstream, Brainstorm Media (TVN), Indemand (Xfinity), Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, iTunes (US & CAN), Microsoft (US & CAN), Content Media (Sony US & CAN), YouTube (US & CAN), and Vudu.

And lastly you can pre-reserve the movie now on Netfix