It all started when Sir Brendon Fogle swung his mighty monetary blade powered by his faith in indie film towards the direction of two castles of cinematic screening. It continued when Sir Ben Gerber unfurled his formidable financial flail towards a third, believing we have a fighting chance of breaking in and earning a rightful seat in the screening house beside others like us.

This sounds a lot more violent than it actually is, I know, but it makes for a more dramatic intro that way.

So, just what the heck am I talking about?

Team Cerise has officially launched a Crusade (much more righteous and positively charged than the originals, I promise) to get Josh Kermes and his story into as many film festivals across the globe as possible. But, as many of you know, the cost of being a contender is not free (except in some exceptional cases––hats off to EgoFest and Flyway Film Festival), and usually runs anywhere from $15 to $100 or more for short films.

That’s why we’re reaching out to YOU for help.

How it Works
On the Cerise website, there’s a link for “Sponsor a Festival” under the “Support Cerise” tab, which shows an updated list of film festivals and their earlybird deadlines (only on very rare occasions or for certain festivals will I submit to regular or late deadlines). Any Cerise squires (supporters) who want to become Film Festival Crusaders (sponsors) can click the fancy “Donate” button and tell us which festival(s) they would like to foot the bill for.

What You Get
In return, you’ll get a shout out on Facebook and Twitter AND a hip Cerise sticker designed by local Jersey City artist Matt Caputo.

So please consider becoming one of Cerise’s Knights in Shining Armor and come to this short film’s aid by sponsoring a film festival in your area, or in general, today.

A little update on the Cerise front regarding the official Cerise website, film festivals, and our February screening in CT.

FIRST AND FOREMOST, welcome to the official Cerise website! It’s up and running all thanks to the Dynamic Duo of Marinell Montales and Ben Gerber. Take a grand tour of the page. Check back regularly for updates, screening info, free swag, and other cool things.

And from here on out, when you type in http://www.cerisemovie.com, you’ll be directed here. You can still easily access our Facebook Page from the “News” or “Connect” pages, or by Googling “Cerise Movie” and of course, just typing in http://www.facebook.com/cerisemovie.

I’VE SAID IT BEFORE, BUT I’LL SAY IT AGAIN: Cerise is officially finished! I know, I know…you’re probably like, “but Trig, wasn’t it finished in December since it, y’know, previewed in The Big Apple?!” Well, yes and no. I wanted more work done on the audio of the film so that it would sound even better, louder and clearer for our audience and festival directors, and thanks to our new “Sultan of Sound Design” Sonam Gray, that’s now a sweeter sounding reality.

IN OTHER NEWS: We’ve submitted Cerise to the following film festivals:

  • Bermuda International Film Festival
  • SF Shorts (San Francisco International Festival of Short Films)
  • Downtown NYC Short Film Festival
  • EgoFest
  • New Mexico International Film Festival
  • Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival
  • Aspen Shortsfest
  • Palm Springs International Shortfest

So far, we’ve been rejected by one festival (gotta get that first one out of the way early on, y’know!).

BUT… We’ve also received our first acceptance! Cerise will be screening at EgoFest 2011 in Brainerd, MN. EgoFest is a film festival dedicated to showcasing great short films, and it’s headed by pal and champion of indie film Phil Holbrook.

EgoFest gets underway the weekend of March 18 and 19. More information will be posted once we’ve got it.

I’ll also be submitting to the following festivals in the weeks ahead:

  • Flyway Film Festival
  • Hollywood Shorts
  • Chicago International Film Festival
  • Chicago Reel Shorts Festival

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! If you happen to be in Danbury, Connecticut, or feel like taking a little road trip, join Marinell and I on Sunday, February 27, 2011 as Cerise screens alongside two other shorts and a feature-length film as part of Film Snobbery’s new screening series at the Palace Theatre.

For more information, click here.

More updates soon to come, so stay tuned, and keep livin’ la vida Cerise!

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Kermes [kur-meez]
noun – a red dye formerly prepared from the dried bodies of the females of a scale insect, Kermes ilices, which lives on small, evergreen oaks of the Mediterranean region. (from Dictionary.com)