Thank you, New Jersey!!!
You have chosen – wisely. We know New Jersey folks have been waiting patiently for the premiere of “the one” – that one great film – the film to solve all of the problems of our current times. THREE-FIFTY is not that film but it’s in your festival anyway. Yeah! Trust us, screening THREE-FIFTY will take the Garden State and it’s Film Festival to new heights of, ummm – well, insanity and laughter. This movie will complete you.
The Garden State Film Festival will screen THREE-FIFTY sometime between April 2 – 5. Check here for specific day and time updates.
The artistic philosophy of the Garden State Film Festival is rooted in the celebration of the independent film genre and the creation of a forum where local and other independent filmmakers can exhibit their work. We would be those “others”.
Since 2003, such industry notables such as Glenn Close, Frank Vincent, Batman producer Michael Uslan, Austin Pendleton, Kurtwood Smith, James Gandolfini, Budd Schulberg and others have lent their support. And now, those celebrities can say they’ve supported the same festival that screened Maurice Chauvet’s THREE-FIFTY — that hilarious tale of late fees, privacy rights and the easy availability of deeply personal details of your life. We know they’ve been waiting to be included in the same paragraph with us.
So here I am, Katherine Cowell, sophomore film student from Northwestern University, driving across some of the flattest, coldest country I’ve ever seen with my best friend and roommate, Classics major Amy Lather. I’ve convinced her that this is going to be really fun, and she is resigned to see if it will be. About seven tolls, two hours and three repeats of our roadtrip mix later, we arrive at our hotel on what appears to be the largest street in Beloit, ready to check in, meet people, and see some movies.
In fact, I am here to represent “Three-Fifty”, written and directed by Maurice Chauvet. The film was produced by Jesse Rivard and Melinda Augustina and stars Melinda Augustina, Michael Angelo Stuno and Evan Grensted. It is a really funny little short about the dangers of attempting to weasel out of petty late fees at your local video store—and the virtues of remaining a faithful customer there. I have no idea at what sort of venue we will be viewing this and the other festival shorts, whether I will be expected to answer any questions, or whether I will be able to make any cool friends here, but I’m prepared for anything. On my shirtfront I’m proudly wearing my promotional pin (Amy too)—“That’ll be Three-Fifty”, it says.
First, we head over to pick up our press packets. No problem. After that, a couple wearing passes in the lobby stops us. Somehow my thought is “Uh-oh. They’re on to me…they know I’m just a student, clearly not a filmmaker… they’re going to take away my pass, my pin and kick me out…” but they only want to say hello and chat about the festival. Wow! That was a surprise. Unfortunately, we have to dash off so as not to miss the “Three-Fifty” screening at O’Halaran’s. We sit for a few minutes in the frozen parking lot, studying our maps…(is that it? Is it in a bar—could we be so lucky?)
Suds O’Halaran’s is packed to the gills and only getting fuller as we file in, a good half-hour early. The biggest section of the room is set up with a screen and projector, and every seat is taken…everyone is enthusiastic and excited to see this particularly fun part of the festival: The “R” rated comedy shorts. We commence chatting up everyone that files past, touting our pins and dealing out the cute little post cards that promote “Three-Fifty” (“the must see comedy short for this weekend!”)—everyone is very supportive, and Melinda Augustina and Maurice Chauvet should be household names by the end of the night.
We take a seat at the bar, the better to make friends and observe the audience reaction. The mounted TVs that might have usually played football games simultaneously play the films so that everyone can see. As soon as the show starts, the packed bar becomes as quiet as a theater.
All the shorts are entertaining, some more than others. While many are goofy or clever comedies, such as “Equal Opportunity”, directed by Howard Duy Vu, in which a group of coworkers uses only quick-witted stereotypes to refer to one another, “Three-Fifty” (which comes on near the end of the shorts) has the crowd paying rapt attention to its sly humor and smart, fast-paced dialogue. This film is not a one-joke comedy, and takes some thought, which puts it in a slightly different genre than most of the films playing tonight. The audience responds well with smiles and laughter throughout.
The comedies were all hilarious and, well—short. Somehow, a couple of hours pass and low and behold, we do make some friends. A cute, young (ish) Stella Artois representative happens to be sitting right next to us during the films. Stella Artois is giving support to the film festival this year, so he has come in to Beloit to enjoy the show and promote his beverage. Katherine and Amy must investigate, and as we still have a lot of promotional post cards to pass out and people to chat with, we leave to discuss the films we’ve just seen with our new friends. At the restaurant in the Fairfield Inn, we grab some snacks and meet some more film enthusiasts, including the executive director of the BIFF, Rod Beaudoin, who was nice enough to chat for a few minutes and receive a promotional postcard.
Our new friends were eager to get out to the Disco Paradiso VIP party, and while we protested that we really should be getting back, we drove over to meet them at the Eclipse Center, “just for a minute”.
After a wonderful night of getting to know the coolest filmies in Beloit, and meeting all the warm-hearted people of this charming town, we unfortunately had to wake up to the fact that we were students, students with homework, and it was Sunday. After a brief but impassioned reenactment of “Dude, where’s my car”, a very friendly Beloit limo driver kindly picked us up at our hotel and deposited us at my car free of charge. The Beloit police are apparently as nice as the limo driver, the staff at the hotel, all the guests, the film enthusiasts, Rod Beaudoin, the representatives of Stella Artois, Melinda Augustina, and everyone else in this adorable town…and did not give me a ticket for being parked in two-hour parking over night. So, sad that we couldn’t stay longer and positive that we would come back as soon as we could, the film student and the Classics major drove back to Chicago, where no one wants to meet you, no taxi (much less limo!) ride is free, and the cops will always always give you a parking ticket—or more likely, tow your car.
We had a great time, and thank you to Beloit, the Beloit International Film Festival, Melinda, and everyone else. We’ll certainly be back next year, as Beloit is like having a mini Sundance in your backyard. What an awesome experience for a sophomore film student!
Beloit’s the coolest!
One can’t be everywhere, can one? Being at the film festivals is just always an inspiring experience. We have three festivals to prepare for this month, so I can’t make it out to Beloit, and we are very happy to report we may have a snappy intern from Northwestern Film and Television school attending for us to do some promoting. Stay tuned! We’ll give you the details as they arrive. Remember to check out Beloit Int’l Film Festival website… http://www.beloitfilmfest.com
Our comedy, short film THREE-FIFTY will screen in Beloit Wisconsin at the Beloit International Film Festival… January 17 – 20. Festival Operations Director, Greg Girard saw THREE-FIFTY in Milwaukee and phoned us from the road on his drive back to Beloit. “We love it! We want you in Beloit. I just sent you an email, but I wanted to talk to you in person!” he said. “Ok!” I replied, “Sure! Beloit! Sounds great. Where is Beloit?”
Beloit is Beloit, Wisconsin. Moviemaker Magazinecalled Beloit International Film Festival “the next big thing” and a “must-attend event.”
I made many trips to Wisconsin when I lived and worked in Chicago, IL. The train ride is beautiful and I’m sure the January landscape will bring beautiful snowy sights to anyone who attends. We’ll have a THREE-FIFTY supporter there in person who can share the stories of the making of THREE-FIFTY with you.
We want to say a personal “THANK YOU!” to Greg Girard, Operations Director and Rod Beaudoin, Executive Director of Beloit Int’l Film Festival for seeing the value and humor in THREE-FIFTY. You have great taste. We are honored to be chosen for this outstanding festival and send wishes of great success for Beloit Int’l Film Festival 2008. Thank you, Thank you. Remember, almost everything you want to know about THREE-FIFTY is at www.threefiftythemovie.com and then there are more photos, slide shows, video clips at www.myspace.com/threefiftythemovie
Welcome to the most current news on the hilarious, comedy, short film THREE-FIFTY. The film was written and Directed by Maurice Chauvet (Owning Mahowny 2003, Sony Classics). You can read more about Maurice here — http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0995925/
THREE-FIFTY is winner of three festival awards in 2007, screened at 14 film festivals in 2007 and is already slated for three (3) film festivals in 2008.
We’re happy to say welcome. We’re very proud of our little film and we want you to enjoy the THREE-FIFTY party around the world. Join us at any of our upcoming festivals, we want to meet you.
Wear your “That’ll be THREE-FIFTY” button proudly and let us know when you’re in the house. Don’t have your THREE-FIFTY button yet? Send us a regular ol’ #10 SASE (60 cents) and we’ll ship one right out to you.
Shout out loud at the end of the THREE-FIFTY screenings you attend and laugh it up when you’re in the theater.
Be ready to purchase your own copy of THREE-FIFTY (available for purchase in 2008) We’re kickin’ butt and taking names and we’re glad to have you around.
See the trailer, the full press kit, more details at www.threefiftythemovie.com
We appreciate your support and enthusiasm and look forward to meeting you in person!
Two of our 3 awards in 2007are right here…# 3 is the Taos Shortz People’s Choice award…Anup should be finishing that laurel any day now…