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Welcome to the blog for THREE-FIFTY, the hilarious, award-winning, comedy short film

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Welcome! to the trailer for short comedy THREE-FIFTY.  The story of a guy trying to weasel out of his late fees at the local video store.  The hilarious tale of late fees, privacy rights and just how much information about you is available at the touch of a button.

THREE-FIFTY (TRT 08:10) has screened at over 45 film festivals, including a special screening at Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner and special museum screenings in Boston and Los Angeles.   “Three-Fifty” has aired on television and cable as follows:
2010 – 2011 – NBC/Universal: Turkey, Cyprus, Greece
2009 – 2010 –  NBC/Universal: Italy, Poland
2008 – 2009 – Canal Plus: France, Switzerland
2008 – 2009 – Multi-TV Afrique: numerous territories in Africa

THREE-FIFTY is available now on DVD at this link: bit.ly/ThreeFiftyonDVD


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Oscar nominee Kathleen O’Rourke gets her “fancy toes” for Oscar night!

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Here’s Kathleen!

Who is Kathleen O’Rourke?
Kathleen O’Rourke is one of four Ireland natives who are Oscar nominees this weekend!
Kathleen is the creator/writer and hilarious voice behind
“Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty”
It’s a fractured fairytale guaranteed to leave you laughing until you cry.

Watch the entire film here.:  (6 mins.)

Melinda Augustina  Actress, Producer  (Tel) 310-228-8384
Reels/More information:
http://melindaaugustina.com
In America: See Melinda on SHOWTIME in “La La Land” w/Marc Wootten
In Europe: See Melinda in “Three-Fifty” in Spain, Poland and Italy. 

“…especially hilarious…” Backstage West

A big, green THANK YOU! to cast & crew of “Three-Fifty” for our EMA 2009 Green Seal!

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Environmental Media Associaton's 2009 GREEN SEAL
Environmental Media Associaton GREEN SEAL!

Many of you know that our short comedy “Three-Fifty” was originally conceived as a solar powered project.   The idealism at the time was to create a 100% solar film production – ha – an impossible feat in 2006 – especially for a 35mm night shoot.   Mission Adjustment:  as “sustainable” as possible.   We conducted over 8 hours of rehearsal in a solar powered building and on our set used a solar powered marine battery (in a Woody Wagon no less) to recharge batteries, cell phones and the night shoot’s very important coffee urn.  Add to this that “Three-Fifty” was originally developed and enjoyed a 6 week run live on stage in a 100% solar powered performing arts complex, and we most likely have the greenest short in town.    The technical part of our solar system, the solar panel, transformer and the Woody Wagon were donated to us by ABC Solar.  Thanks, ABC!

We applied for our Environmental Media Associaton’s GREEN SEAL and just received our official notice.  No matter the size or budget of your production or special event “going green” most likely won’t cost you any money, just a little extra thought and planning on the front end.  It costs you nothing to recycle.   Deep inside everyone really wants it.  So do it!  You’ll be thrilled with the results.
So, a big green “THANK YOU” to our producers, writer/director and cast & crew who participated in our recycling on the set and a big “THANK YOU” to our crew members who braved the big solar powered battery in the Woody Wagon to re-charge their batteries, cell phones, etc.  We appreciate your courage to step up and be first!  We also need to thank our great supporter of the solar perspective, a man who created one of the first 100% solar powered films, filmmaker Jack Bibbo.
Read more about EMA’s GREEN SEAL here: 
 http://www.ema-online.org/green-seal

Young Director’s Night at LACMA – Friday, March 6

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Happy to announce that comedy THREE-FIFTY will screen in Los Angeles at

LACMA Young Director's Night
LACMA Young Director’s Night

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) Young Director’s Night.
This most likely is Three-Fifty’s final screening in Los Angeles for a while, so we invite you to join us!
6pm – Wine by Kenwood and Hors douvers by Border Grill and Ciudad
7:30pm – screenings (120 min. with 15 minute intermission)
9:30 pm – brief words from the filmmakers
10:30 – dessert by Melissa’s, wine by Kenwood & award presentation

Tickets, additional films, address, parking instructions are here:
http://www.lacma.org/support/YDN.aspx

In attendance from Team THREE-FIFTY will be
Producers: Jesse Rivard & Melinda Augustina
Director of Photography:  Barry Norwood
Editor: Eric Grush
Actors: Melinda Augustina & Michael Angelo Stuno

Thanks to LACMA for their support of short films!  I attended for a friends film last year and it’s a great evening.

 

PHOTOS FROM OUR EVENING @LACMA

 

Editor Eric Grush, Dean Rosen, Producers Melinda Augustina and Jesse Rivard
THREE-FIFTY @LACMA – Editor Eric Grush, Dean Rosen, Producers Melinda Augustina and Jesse Rivard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melinda Augustina wearing earrings provided by Steve and Sabina Altinis from Tievoli Jewelers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melinda with the "Zombie Prom" crew!  Oh yeah!  LACMA Young Director's Night
Melinda with the “Zombie Prom” crew! Oh yeah!

 

LA Times – feature article on short film market

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LA Times article this morning features the Oscar nominated short films
and news that short films are popular again when screened together
and before a feature…
If you’re a fan of THREE-FIFTY, why not ask for it to be screened at your favorite theater before a feature? Read more…
http://www.calendarlive.com/movies/cl-ca-shorts10feb10,0,5896920.story

Video Schmideo — Thank you!

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A huge THANK YOU to Santa Barbara video store Video Schmideo — their staff loves THREE-FIFTY and has been playing it on their monitors during the run of the film festival.    Video Schmideo is located at  11 West Victoria Street in Santa Barbara (Victoria and State St.)   Phone is 805-564-4999  If you’re in Santa Barbara stop by and see their video rental options tell them “thank you!” and promise to always pay your late fees!  😉

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Street view

On our way … Santa Barbara Int’l Film Festival

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We’ll be in Santa Barbara today (around 3pm) tomorrow 1/25 and Saturday 1/26.  If you’re there, look for us and be sure to introduce yourself!  We love to meet our fans and future fans.    We are very excited to participate in this outstanding festival.  THREE-FIFTY screening schedule is as follows: 
SHORTS PROGRAM #3
Friday, Jan. 25 — 9:30 pm at the Center Stage Theater — 751 Paseo Nuevo in SB.
Thurs. Jan 31 — 12:30 pm Victoria Hall — 33 West Victoria Street in SB
Git yer directions here:  http://edhat.com/sbfilm08/theaters.cfm
Git yer tickets here: http://www.sbiff.org/tickets.html
We hope to see you there for appropriate/inapporpriate laughter and a screaming good time.
😉
Melinda

Three-Fifty screens at Beloit International Film Festival

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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

THREE-FIFTY says “Hello, world!”

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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…
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