‘Ello everyone, and Happy August! Just a short update about upcoming screenings, our Third Crusade and our six month “Official Rejection” update!

Festival Recap: NewFilmmakers NY
On July 6th, Cerise screened to a very receptive audience (gotta love those NYC crowds!) at the Anthology Film Archives as part of NewFilmmakers NY’s Summer Screening Series. Plenty of supporters came out for our quirky little tale of Josh Kermes and the word that took him down, including two of our IndieGoGo funders––Ralph Greco, whom I’d had the pleasure of meeting for the first time that night, and David S. Mitchell, the man who designed the popular iPhone/Android app Dave’s Tiles.

Lots of great conversation about film, acting, and life followed at the fabulous Heartbreak Restaurant. After all, it’s partly about seeing Cerise, but it’s also partly about spending time with friends and supporters who always push you to be the best you can be.

Where Will Cerise Screen Next?
If you’ve yet to see Cerise, our next screening will be happening during the 2nd Annual New York City International Film Festival from August 15th – August 25th. We should know the exact day and time Cerise will screen within the next week or so, so please check the Facebook page or our “Screenings” tab for updated information.

LA or Bust!
may also (finally!) be screening in Los Angeles all thanks to FirstGlance Film Festival’s Bill Ostroff and his “Show Us Ur Shorts” screening series (with a very special thanks to my good friend John Paul Rice, who’s been keeping his eyes peeled for any chance for Cerise to be shown in LA.)

More information on that when it’s available.

Georgia Peaches and Jersey Cherries…
And in September, Cerise screens at Rome International Film Festival (in Rome, Georgia, not Rome, Italy!) Again, more information coming soon!

Fought Well and (Almost) Won
The Third Crusade for Cerise has been our most monumental yet! So many wonderful people have been sponsoring film festival submissions and supporting our short film via Facebook and Twitter. And, we’ve got a limited-time incentive for anyone who sponsors the final three festivals––your own DVD copy of Cerise!

Check out our “Sponsor a Festival” page and find out which festivals still need your support and help us put an end to this amazing crusade!

The “Official Rejection” List
With every “Official Selection” Cerise gets, there undoubtedly must come an “Official Rejection” (a title borrowed from Paul Osborne’s documentary). So after six months of submissions, a very fair amount of “Official Selection” laurels, a trip to Cannes, three nominations and one win, I’ve decided it’s time to show off our rejections:

  • New Mexico International Film Festival
  • Aspen Shortsfest
  • American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes
  • Cannes Independent Film Festival
  • deadCENTER Film Festival
  • Zero Film Festival – London
  • NYC PictureStart Film Festival
  • Palm Springs International ShortFest
  • Maui Film Festival
  • Melbourne International Film Festival
  • Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival
  • HollyShorts Film Festival
  • SF Shorts: San Francisco International Festival of Short Films
  • Albuquerque Film Festival
  • New Zealand International Film Festival
  • Los Angeles United Film Festival
  • Tulsa United Film Festival
  • Academy Alumni Film Festival

As with anything good, there always comes something not-so-good. But rest assured, there are a ton of festivals to go, and miles to go before Team Cerise sleeps, and many more “Official Selections” paving the road ahead!

IndieGoGo Funders L-O-V-E Cerise!
Lots of Cerise’s $50+ IndieGoGo funders have received their DVD copies of the film in the mail and we’ve been getting some great responses. If you’ve watched Cerise and enjoyed it, please share that love on our Facebook page and on our IMDb page in the form of a “Review” since it’d be great to know what you think in a line or two (or a half a page, if you feel so inclined!)

If you haven’t received your DVD copy, it’s most likely because I don’t have a shipping address to send it to, so please be in touch via email (cerisemovie@gmail.com) and I’ll send you out a copy right away.

That’s all for now. Enjoy August, everyone, and I’ll hope to see some of you at New York City International Film Festival this month!

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