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New Media Film Festival: Comedy “Three-Fifty” screens in New Media Film Festival in San Francisco

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New Media Film Festival Saturday, Nov. 5 in San Francisco!

New Media Film Festival in San Francisco is scheduled for Nov. 5 in San Francisco!  We have BIG thanks to Susan Johnston, her screening assistants and sponsors of The New Media Film Festival for scheduling comedy “Three-Fifty” for Saturday, November 5 in San Francisco.

With over 45 international film festivals and three years on television in Europe and it’s first year on television in Asia, we’re thrilled that “Three-Fifty” will be screening in San Francisco

New Media Film Festival brings the Best in New Media-  “What’s New, What’s Next…”  Honoring Stories Worth Telling in all media that are innovative, imaginative and inspirational. Stories that can make you laugh, cry, think & go beyond the ordinary.

New Media Film Festival intersects the interactivity of new technologies & formats for Media & Cinema with global consciousness. A festival where we Honor Stories Worth Telling that are created by people of All Ages-All Cultures-All Media.

Culture Rehab called it “Sundance for the Facebook Crowd.”

“Three-Fifty” producers, Power Hungry Productions, works in new media on a daily basis building  social media presence and new media style videos for their small and medium sized business clients.   We are thrilled that New Media Film Festival can see the enduring entertainment value of short comedy “Three-Fifty”.

Visit “Three-Fifty” Facebook Fan Page and LIKE us (really like us).  On the Facebook Fan Page you can read more about this little film that has made it’s way around the world and read comments and notes from our awesome fans.

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“Three-Fifty” next festival stops? Lithuania’s Vilnius Comedy Festival

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Lithuania is home of Vilnius Film Festival and this year Vilnius decided to          create Vilnius Comedy Film Festival and take the laughs out to the people.  “Three-Fifty” will screen in three (3) Lithuania cities in the next few weeks.   Which cities? So glad you asked.  Here is a map of the cities so you can follow along…

Lithuania has special significance for me (Melinda Augustina) as my first college level acting professor was from Lithuania.  He came to America as a young child when his family was fleeing Europe in WWII.  His name was Joseph Daubenas.  He was TOUGH — we were hopelessy naive.  We loved him and realized (somewhat) how lucky we were for him to have chosen to teach in Kansas City for a few years while working on his PhD.   He had studied and taught at American Academy of Dramatic Arts and acted and directed in New York for many years working a lot with Harold Clurman and orignating some roles Off-Broadway.   In one article Daubenas was called a “Tasmanian Devil” by a reporter who watched him direct a rehearsal in New York City. (Tasmania is pretty far from Lithuania, but it’s still a fun reference.)   One of his television roles was as a Mad Scientist — and that he was.

We are honored that “Three-Fifty” will screen in Lithuania and enjoying this great lesson that energy eventually returns from where it came.   And so we sign off with the Lithuanian National Anthem and photos of their beautiful country. Thank you, Lithuania.  😉  http://bit.ly/1aERfs

Garden State Film Festival, April 2 – 5

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Thank you, New Jersey!!!

garden-state-film-festival2You 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.

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!

 

Short comedy THREE-FIFTY Australian Premieremicahel

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Friends and fans, thank you so much for your continued support!  Thank you for your referrals and for sending us more friends, fans and festivals.  We appreciate it!

Heart of Gold Int'l Film Festival
Heart of Gold Int

Three-Fifty continues to get requests for screenings…so stay tuned for the details.  
Our Australian Premiere is set March 25-29 – Heart of Gold Film Festival  Gympie, Queensland, Australia Check out their beautiful festival trailer: http://www.heartofgold.com.au/

Just For Laughs — Montreal

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Three-Fifty just screened last night at the “JUST FOR LAUGHS” Comedy Festival in Montreal
As part of the EAT MY SHORTS section #3 — you can see the link here — scroll down and you’ll see  THREE-FIFTY is in Eat My Shorts #3, the first film.
http://web2.hahaha.com/microsite/FilmEn/EatMyShorts#q3

As the premiere film event of the Just For Laughs Festival presented by Videotron which attracts over 2 million visitors and over 1,000 industry members each summer, The Just For Laughs Film Festival showcases one of the world’s largest selection of comedy shorts.   You can read more about the Just For Laughs Film Festival here:
http://web2.hahaha.com/microsite/FilmEn/About

We can’t say enough great things about Jon Rondeau and everyone at Just for Laughs… they were the ones who made sure “Three-Fifty” had special screenings at the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner and we appreciate every minute of their work to help us share “Three-Fifty” with the world.  THANK YOU!!!  Besides — who can’t love a company whose website address is http://hahaha.com   ???

Beloit Int’l Film Festival – the word from Katherine

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Katherine, Amy and new friends at Beloit Int’l Film FestivalWisconsin in mid-January is a frozen tundra, but the little town of Beloit and its charming film festival are warm enough to help a visitor forget the sub-zero temperatures.

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!