a Batman Fan?
Special screening in Chicago
Dear Family and Friends-
I spent the month of June writing, producing,
directing and editing two short HD film projects.
Many of you helped me with both, and I am very
grateful and lucky for your support and contributions!
For those that are hearing about these for the
first time, I hope you all enjoy what we worked on.
You will need Quicktime to view both movies, so
make sure you have the most recent version
of Quicktime on your computer which can be gotten
The first one was a dream project for me... directing
an actual Batman "fanfilm" story set in the same
continuity as Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins"
and the upcoming movie of the year, "The Dark Knight",
which opens July 18th. My film, is titled:
"The Dark Knight Project". It's about two Gotham City high school
students Heather Nolan and Mikey Bale, as they
set out to be the first in Gotham City to capture video of the
masked vigilante known as the Batman for a documentary
When they unwittingly stumble into a dark alley
in an attempt to investigate suspicious activity, they
unexpectedly get their wish. The short
film is 12 minutes long, and acts as a bridge between the last
Batman movie, "Batman Begins" and the upcoming
"Dark Knight"... that is to say, this story precedes
the new film, so after you watch it, go see "The
Dark Knight" next week to see what happens next!
The film can be viewed at this link:
Youtube Teaser here:
I was very lucky to connect with a group of amazingly
talented and dedicated crew people
and actors here in Chicago to pull this off,
so I hope you all enjoy our efforts, and please share
the website link with friends when it will be
unveiled in a larger, hi-res format to the public for
FREE on Monday, July 14th, at the film's official
dedicated website: darkknightproject.com.
I produced it for several reasons... I needed
to get directing again, and I thought that this would be
the perfect timing to get some attention with
it since it is tied in to what is expected to be this years
movie phenomenon but more importantly, I'm also
a huge Batman fan (duh... who knew?) and since
I don't think Warner Brothers will ever give
me the opportunity to make a Batman movie, I decided to
do one myself.
With any luck, if I can get some buzz going with
the media, this short will help get me the visibility
needed to continue with my directing career and
get some feature film projects off the ground that I
am developing with my producing partner Zoe.
So please feel free to share the website link with
friends, and direct them to: darkknightproject.com.
I hope you all enjoy it, whether you're Batman
fans or not!
The second film was for the Chicago region 48
Hour Film Competition, in which my team and I wrote,
shot and edited a short 7 minute movie in 48
hours. We beat our deadline using the elements we were
assigned along with the genre we drew (sci-fi...
and the required elements consisting of an urn with
human remains in it, the line of dialogue "what
is the password", and a character with the name
"William Western" whose occupation is a repair
person). I'm very excited to share that our finished film,
"Clonely" (about a grieving man who clones his
dead wife but realizes you can't get back what you
thought you had), was chosen by judges as one
of the top films in the Chicago region!
It screens on Saturday, July 12th at the Portage
Theater with the other 14 winners (there were a total
of 30 teams competing) and we will be receiving
an award (although we don't know which one yet).
If you would like to come out for the screening,
here is the information:
"Best of Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Screening"
July 12th at the Portage Theater
4050 W. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago IL 60601
Cost $10 screening only, $15 for screening and
Start Time: 7pm (Tickets can be purchase a hour
before screening at theater)
Best of Films Awards Ceremony and Party (five
minutes from Portage Theater)
July 12th immediately after screening (approx
Nite Cap Lounge
5007 W. Irving Park
Chicago IL 60601
Cost $10 award ceremony only or $15 screening
and award ceremony
I hope you all enjoy the two films and feel free
to share them with others!
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