THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE TWO YEARS OF INTERACTIVES A SUCCESS!
(The Film Courage Interactives have ceased –
but the memories live on here).
The Film Courage Interactive is a two-part event. The beginning will contain a film screening with Director’s Q&A. The second part involves an in-depth discussion among fellow filmmakers/actors/writers and the like on upcoming projects, the current state of independent film and epiphanies about the business. The goal of the Film Courage Interactive is to build an appetite for independent film and bring artists together in a collaborative setting.
As of January 2012, we have hosted 24 Film Courage Interactives and screened over 60 feature and short films.
PRIOR FILM COURAGE INTERACTIVES
Monday, January 30, 2012
Written and Directed Felix Martiz
THE TERRAIN (short)
Written and Directed Brian Durkin
EN PASSANT (short)
by Craig Wilson
Synopsis for The Terrain (short):
After returning from war, two soldiers are recruited into a covert mission in Los Angeles and must decide how much of themselves they will leave on this new battlefield.
The film was written, directed, and produced by Brian Durkin. Additional producers include Todd Cattell, Vivian Lee and Matthew Blanco. It stars Todd Cattell, Marisa Petroro, Brian Durkin, Brian Burnett, Sarena Khan, and Chris Stanley. The film was shot by DP Casey Feldt.
MONDAY November 28, 2011
MISSING PIECES (feature)
written and directed by Kenton Bartlett
written and directed by Jonathan Schiefer
written and directed by Kenton Bartlett
written and directed by Jonathan Schiefer
Synopsis for Missing Pieces (feature):
This is a story about a man who’s lost everything and his misguided attempts to put it back together. Missing Pieces is an emotional enigma about love and lonelinessand a kidnapping. David (Mark Boone Jr.) tries again and again to win back the love of his life, Delia (Melora Walters), but she’s not having it. As the situation turns hopeless, David concocts a master scheme that will surely win her back and turn it around. Through interwoven, poignant vignettes, this multi-plot tale unfolds and untangles into a truly unique and heartfelt love story about finding hope when all is lost.
MONDAY October 24, 2011 CERISE and (test screening) TILT
Directed by Phil Holbrook (TILT)
Written/Directed by John T. Trigonis (CERISE)
SYNOPSIS FOR CERISE: Former National Spelling Bee champ is haunted by the word that took him down. The grammatical world of former six-time National Spelling Bee champ Josh Kermes is thrown into disarray when the director of the tutoring center he works for hires a new writing tutor, Shivam Shah, who also happens to be the person who won the spelling bee Josh had lost 20 years ago. Chaos and competition ensue up, down, and diagonally in this short quirky dramedy, culminating in the ultimate showdown. It’s man against word: Will Josh finally overcome the word that took him down?
THE GREAT INTERVENTION
Monday September 26, 2011 – The Great Intervention
Written and Directed by Stephen Moramarco
Steve Moramarco, a single, unemployed 40-something Man-Child, thinks he has finally been discovered by a documentary film crew after years of languishing in obscurity.
A few minutes into the film, we discover that it is his parents who are behind this, in an attempt to collect evidence for a Life Intervention.
We follow Steve, his parents, his best friend and his former girlfriends as they all lurch towards the day that will forever after be known as The Great Intervention.
Actor/Writer/Director Stephen Moramarco raised $5,000 on Kickstarter for the project and immediately began filming. The picture was on time and on budget.
There was no script, just a detailed outline. Actors improvised within a structured scenario. Most of the scenes in the film were done in one take.
Monday August 29, 2011 – The Way He Makes Them Feel:
A Michael Jackson Fan Documentary
Written and Directed by Joelle Arqueros, Todd Lampe
and ErinRose Widner
Written and Directed by Sean Hackett
Produced by Tim & Mary Larson
Co-produced by Tomas Deckaj and Josh Shelton
Story and Directed by Leonard Zelig
Produced by Javier Perez-Karam, Roberto Alcazar
and Mario Domina
A raw display of human behavior when one confronts the possibility of death.
Written and Directed by John Rangel
Produced by John Rangel and Juan Diego Ramirez
In 2005, RICK TORRES quickly becomes one of the most successful realtors in his company with the help of his girlfriend TERESA. As the sales pile up, Rick is quick to leave Teresa for a luxurious condo in the South Loop, Chicago’s emerging neighborhood. Rick soon meets and falls hard for CYNTHIA, a recent transplant to the city. But it is now 2007 and the real estate market plummets, affecting not only Rick’s sales but his relationship with Cynthia as well. Rick finds he could now lose everything he worked so hard for.
MONDAY APRIL 25, 2011 – ONCE & FOR ALL
Written and Directed by Cory Reeder
SYNOPSIS: Rather than conventional devices, the film uses popular music as the catalyst to tell the story and utilize the film’s major theme: “Actions speak louder than words.” The film is not a musical filled with dancing and singing ala “Moulin Rouge” or “Mamma Mia,” but more in the vein of Pink Floyd’s, “The Wall.” The music accompanies the film and acts as a rhythmic and lyrical guide for the audience to witness the emotions the characters feel and act upon. In between the songs, you learn more about the two main characters, HIM & HER, by viewing personal moments from their home movies. You learn what instigates the demise of their relationship, how they celebrated happier times, and what made their relationship so special.
MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011 – WORLD FULL OF NOTHING
Written/Directed/Produced by Jesse Pomeroy
Also Produced by Markus Innocenti
In the midst of a rash of copycat suicides, filmed by the victims and later posted on the Internet, a young girl reaches out in her own video blog for help in understanding the chaos of the world around her. Her videos pique the interest of a pedophile and an FBI agent who hunts Internet predators as both set out to find the girl, perhaps before it’s too late.
Directed/Produced by Elizabeth Lawrence, Produced by
Warner Boutin, Edited Elizabeth Ross
Website: Learn more about the film ROLL OUT, COWBOY
Watch the trailer to the film ROLL OUT, COWBOY
ROLL OUT, COWBOY is a feature-length documentary about 39 year-old Chris ‘Sandman’ Sand, a rappin’ cowboy from Dunn Center, North Dakota who struggles with his art, fame, paying the bills, and other conflicts, while traveling the country during the 2008 Presidential election.
December 13, 2010 – Cinefist, Cinema Speakeasy, and Film Courage Present the documentary film RIDE THE DIVIDE
Watch the trailer to the film RIDE THE DIVIDE
Karen Worden of Film Courage catches up with Mike Dion and Hunter Weeks after the screening/party, once things quieted down…
SYNOPSIS: A small group of adventurous mountain bikers attempt to race the longest mountain bike route in the world traversing over 2700 miles along the Rocky Mountains from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border.
November 29, 2010 – PARADISE RECOVERED
Written by Andie Redwine and Directed by Storme Wood
SYNOPSIS: A devout young woman learns about faith, living, and love from a surprising source.
October 25, 2010 – COLD STORAGE
Written by Tony Elwood and Mark Kimray
Directed by Tony Elwood
Cold Storage is an award-winning thriller directed/co-written by Tony Elwood and produced by Paul Barrett. It stars Nick Searcy (FX’s Justified/The Dead Girl), Joelle Carter (FX’s Justified/American Pie 2), Matt Keeslar (Waiting for Guffman/The Last Days of Disco), Sean Bridgers (Deadwood), and many more. The chilling, beautifully shot feature exhibits young Melissa Adams after a fatal car accident, where she is discovered by Clyde Mercer, a simple-minded mountain hermit. He takes her lifeless body back to his cabin, high in the mountains of Tennessee. Then he nurtures her as if she was alive, and in his mind – she is.
Watch the trailer to the film COLD STORAGE
Produced by Todd Hickey and Kirk Ledger
Directed by Todd Hickey
Takedowns and Falls exhibits a group of Pennsylvania teens and their relationships within a high school wrestling team on a journey to attain a state championship. It chronicles a season of the Central Dauphin Rams in Harrisburg, PA and highlights the sacrifice of its athletes, the commitment of their families and the dedication of its coaches. Inspired by their love of the sport and their coaches, this group of teens grows up before our eyes, in an attempt to over achieve and do the impossible. Takedowns and Falls explores themes of humility, family, friendship and teamwork via individual and team efforts to win a state title. The film transcends the sport, becoming a story about people over coming odds, and will appeal to a wide audience. Takedowns and Falls is Spellbound meets Friday Night Lights for high school wrestling, taking place in the U.S. Mecca for the sport.
It is an expose on humanity that transcends the mat and captures life-lessons that all people can share and learn from. Audiences will witness the characters go about their days, their lives captured and portrayed honestly, on and off the mat, and finding the parallels between the two.
Watch the trailer to the film TAKEDOWNS AND FALLS
Written and Directed by Azariah Gunn
Trey Dice (known as Dice Man) is a successful tour musician living the lavish lifestyle he always dreamed about–while Isis Steele, his former love, struggles to overcome their failed relationship in the wake of Trey’s newfound notoriety and success. One quiet night in The City, Trey has a chance encounter with Luiz Crawls, a guilt-ridden jazz legend whose career has long since plummeted after the loss of his wife. Tormented by self-blame and desperate to free himself from emotional captivity, Luiz seizes his opportunity for redemption; forcing Trey to face hidden truths that will alter the course of his life’s journey forever.
September 13, 2010 – MOTHER OF INVENTION
Written by Joseph M. Petrick and Directed by
Andrew Boswer and Joseph M. Petrick
Written and Directed by Tod Lancaster
SYNOPSIS: Shooting April is a raw, disturbing depiction of three young guys from the YouTube Generation. To this brave new generation – and for Truman, Weasel and Doug in particular – the video camera is king. From arguments to pranks to death-defying stunts, they record it all. Even the sexual conquests of the group’s alpha male, Truman, become little more than fodder for the video camera. Then Truman’s sexual advances are rebuffed by a girl he had considered easy prey: a shy teenager named April, who genuinely likes Truman but isn’t ready to take it to the next level. Truman strong-arms the others into accepting a wager: either he convinces April to have sex with him or he owes them each a hundred bucks. With his reputation on the line, Truman has no intention whatsoever of taking "no" for an answer.
Shooting April cast and filmmakers interview with Mingle Media’s
Damian Pelliccone at the event
Written and Directed by Edgar Michael Bravo
ONE HOUR FANTASY GIRL is a compelling coming-of-age drama that is like no other film of its kind. Boldly honest and thought provoking, the film introduces audiences to the world of a twenty-year-old fantasy girl: Becky Lewis, who escaped an abusive alcoholic mother at the age of 15 and has been surviving on her own in Los Angeles ever since.
Having always struggled for money, Becky becomes business partners with Chi Trang, an aspiring musician, who convinces her to work as a fantasy girl who acts out any fantasy a guy wants as long as no sex is involved and is 100% legal. She immediately gains two frequent customers, Roger and Bobby, who end up sending Becky on an unexpected ride of her life in a web of deceit, betrayal and murder that forces her to give up her own happiness. Shaken and bruised, yet determined to make it, Becky pushes forward hoping to earn enough money to invest in real estate and make the big bucks. Her journey leads her to find an unlikely ally who, for a moment, gives her the break shes never had.
Watch the trailer to the film ONE HOUR FANTASY GIRL
Written and Directed by Archie Gips
Watch the trailer to the film CHLOE & KEITH’S WEDDING
Written and Directed by Thomas Verrette
Watch the trailer to the film I AM THE BLUEBIRD
Written by Nathan Cole and Directed by Ely Mennin
The Waterhole is the story of Miller (Patrick J. Adams), who when his small-town world begins rapidly changing around him, takes refuge in a local dive bar recently purchased by his best friend.
A NEW TOMORROW is a mockumentary that skewers the Christian Right, lampoons dysfunctional Democrats, takes aim at the War in Iraq, caricatures the Bush Administration and pokes fun at how Americans vote.
directed by Mike Pasley
THE STEVIE WONDERSHOW is a dark comedy about STEVIE, a self-conscious man who secretly creates audacious home videos of himself. when one of his videos is discovered by KING, a manipulative co-worker, STEVIE reluctantly becomes a reality TV star. KING becomes obsessed with sabotaging STEVIE’S success at all costs and things quickly spiral out of control as STEVIE sees the dark side of human nature.
January 25th, 2010 – EUGENE directed by Jake Barsha
A friendless bachelor who’s confused about his sexuality, Eugene (Stuart G. Bennett) struggles to find someone decent to love him. While battling his inner demons, the miserable loner tries to help a troubled young couple, which leads to jealousy and intolerable pain. This disturbing character study, writer-director Jake Barsha’s debut feature, co-stars Ryan Reyes as a drug-addicted hustler and Megan Lee Ethridge as his beautiful girlfriend.