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Awkward Endeavors - Directed by Derek Frey, Written by The Minor Prophets
AWKWARD ENDEAVORS Running Time: 8:42 Genre: Dramedy Reminiscent of Alexander Payne's About Schmidt and Patrice Leconte's The Man on the Train, Awkward Endeavors charts the intersecting lives of three lonely men as they struggle to close the gap between themselves and the rest of the world. Directed by DEREK FREY Written by THE MINOR PROPHETS Starring GIL DAMON, KATHLEEN KOZAK, STEVE KUZMICK, DAVID AMADIO, DESMOND FREY Fifteen years ago, The Minor Prophets and I convened to film our first collaboration, 4th and 99. It marked the beginning of a long and storied creative relationship. Today I’m proud to share our eighth effort, Awkward Endeavors. This short is based on a scene from a feature screenplay written by David Amadio, Gil Damon and Steve Kuzmick. Our original intent was to shoot the full-length film this past year, in and around our Delco roots, however the pandemic halted those plans. We opted for the next best thing and selected a sequence that showcased these lonely male leads and the bizarre relationships between them. A few special shout-outs – To Kathleen Kozak, for bringing the heart, soul and music to this project. To Nicole Py for joining the shoot after a last minute invitation, ensuring everyone looked fabulous. To Holly Kempf for her AMAZING poster design. And to Leah Gallo, for her patience through piano rehearsals with Des, filming in our home over the July 4th weekend, MULTIPLE viewings while in post-production and for your wonderful behind the scenes photography during the shoot (I’ll be posting photos in the coming days). The Minor Prophets and I are still eager to film the feature version of Awkward Endeavors, but until that day, I hope you enjoy this deep dish slice. Awards: Depth of Field International Film Festival – Award Winner - Excellence: Editing. Excellence: Direction. World Premiere Film Awards – Award Winner – Best Comedy and Best Editing Madcap Comedy International Film Festival - Awarded Best Film Top Shorts Winner Best Dark Comedy and Best Ensemble Best Shorts Competition – Award of Excellent Only the Best International Film Awards – Winner Best Ensemble, Best Poster, Best Comedy Virgin Spring Cinefest – Winner Best Comedy Short, Best Poster Rome International Movie Awards Winner - Best Dark Comedy, Best Ensemble, Best Young Actor Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards – Winner Best Supporting Actor (David Amadio), Nominated Best Director Vegas Movie Awards – Winner Best Ensemble, Best Editing, Best Comedy, CULT CRITIC MOVIE AWARDS - Winner Best Comedy Short, Best Editing, Best Director World Film Festival – Winner Best Ensemble, Best Director Indie Short, Best Dark Comedy The South Film and Arts Academy Festival – Winner Best Comedy Short Film Global Film Festival Awards – Los Angeles – Winner Best Ensemble, Best Comedy Short, Best Director Cannes World Film Festival – Best indie Short Director and Best Ensemble Independent Shorts Awards – Winner Best Ensemble, Best Comedy Short, Indie X Film Festival – Winner Best Ensemble OFFICIAL SELECTIONS and NOMINEES: 3rd Annual All The Laughs (ATL) Comedy Awards – Official Selection and Nominee Indie Eye Film Festival – Official Selection Philadelphia Independent Film Festival – Official Selection Seattle Film Festival - Official Selection Vancouver Movie Awards - Official Selection Prague Independent Film Festival Red Dirt Film Festival – Official Selection New York Movie Awards – Official Selection Short. Sweet. Film Fest. – Official Selection Indie Cinema Awards – Official Selection Laughing Dog Comedy Film Festival – Official Selection Madcap Comedy International Short Film Festival - Finalist The Black Panther International Short Film Festival – Semi-Finalist, Director: Quarter Finalist, Screenplay 2022 Short Film Slam: Round I, presented by The Madlab Post. Official Selection and Quarterfinalist Indie Short Fest – Nominated Best Ensemble, Honorable Mention Best Comedy,
PANGEA - Directed by Derek Frey, Song by Professor T & the East Side Shredders
A music video directed by Derek Frey TAGLINE: A breakup 225 million years in the making. SYNOPSIS: Witness the mechanisms of a massive supercontinental breakup within one man’s daydream around the world and through the ages. Song by Trever Veilleux/Professor T And The East Side Shredders Produced by Derek Frey Co-Producer/Assistant Director: Valery Richardson Cinematography by Derek Frey Edited by Derek Frey Hair/Makeup: Douglas Wayman Choreographer: Dori Yamada Stage Lighting: Ari Bassett Electrician: Damien Stack Technical Advisor: Rob Abe Wardrobe: Marilyn Foster Pangea Ball: Heidi Veilleux Props/SFX: Carmen Richardson, Diana Gilmore, Nathan Lux, Stanislaw Stack A Lazer Film Production Starring: Trever Veilleux, Joshua Timmons, Mayumi Long Featuring: Dustin Kniedl, Gonzo, Heather Sexton, Iris Seaton, Madalyn Munoz, RaVani Flood, Noam Akiba-Hajim, Payton-Dayne Meyer, Zach Var Tectonic Plate Dancers: Bernard-Benjamin Villa, Dori Yamada, James Imai, Jerome Doerger, Mana Hoopai, Marisa Miyashiro, Valery Richardson Special Thanks: Marilyn Foster, Rob Abe, Heidi & Paisley Veilleux, Kahiku & Keawe Troy, Lynn Richardson, Lee Dombroski, & The UHH Theatre Filmed in Hilo, Hawaii “Pangea” Written by Trever Veilleux ©2017 published by Paisley Moon Songs Musical arrangements by THE EAST SIDE SHREDDERS: Trever "Professor T" Veilleux: electric guitar Josh Timmons: trumpet & vocals Mayumi Long: vocals Sean Kenny: drums & percussion Gonzo: bass Wendell Ing: keyboards Payton Meyer: tenor saxophone Heather Sexton: alto saxophone Vince D'angelo: trombone RaVani Flood: vocals Lilinoe Kauahikaua: vocals Recorded by Rob Abe, at The Spider House, Volcano Hawaii Mixed & Mastered by Ben Simpson, at NerdCave Studios, Hermon Maine Album available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/professor-t-and-the-eastside-shredders/id1247025221 DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT: It was clear upon my first listen of Trever Veilleux’s fantastic album, Professor T and the East Side Shredders, that PANGEA was the standout track. I knew Trever was keen to have a music video for the song. I also understood that doing this song justice would be a huge undertaking, simply because of the epic feel that the track conveys. I wanted the video to match the richness, scale and emotion of the song, while also showcasing the incredible live talent that makes up this Big Island band. Planning the shoot for PANGEA began last August, with filming taking place over two nights at the University of Hawaii at Hilo in January. As with every shoot I’ve experienced in Hawaii, it was a complete blast of creativity and insanity, with so many memorable moments. I’ve been editing away steadily since February with things really coming together over the last month, strangely timed with the spectacular eruption of Kilauea. We rented a house on Kapoho Bay while on the Big Island for the Pangea shoot. That property was covered by lava in June. My previous project on the Big Island was the film GREEN LAKE. The lake was evaporated by Pele a week prior. I’m still trying to make sense of it all, and knowing the beauty that has been erased in Puna is much to bear. I do know that PANGEA was a labor of love and I can’t thank everyone enough for their hard work and dedication to this project. I hope this video serves as a positive distraction to the hardship and heartbreak many are experiencing on the Big Island. FESTIVALS & AWARDS American Tracks Music Awards Winner: BEST MALE PERFORMER (Joshua Timmons) Calcutta International Cult Film Festival Winner: BEST PERFORMING ARTS (Derek Frey) Outstanding Achievement: MUSIC VIDEO (Derek Frey) Cult Critic Movie Awards Winner: BEST MUSIC VIDEO (Derek Frey) Outstanding Achievement: PERFORMING ARTS, EDITING (Derek Frey) Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival Winner: BEST DIRECTOR – MUSIC VIDEO (Derek Frey) Independent Shorts Awards Silver Award Winner: BEST MUSIC VIDEO (Derek Frey) LA Shorts Awards Diamond Award Winner: BEST MUSIC VIDEO (Derek Frey), BEST EDITING (Derek Frey) London X4 Short Film Festival Honorable Mention Los Angeles Film Awards Winner: BEST EDITING (Derek Frey) Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards Winner: BEST DIRECTOR – MUSIC VIDEO (Derek Frey) Top Shorts Film Festival Winner: BEST MUSIC VIDEO (Derek Frey) Honorable Mention: EDITING (Derek Frey) Virgin Spring Cinefest Gold Award Winner: BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Derek Frey), BEST EDITING (Derek Frey), BEST PERFORMING ARTS Silver Award Winner: BEST MUSIC VIDEO (Derek Frey) Official Selections: Best Shorts Competition Freedom Shorts XVIII The IndieFEST Film Awards KAPOW Intergalactic Film Festival Lake View International Film Festival Made In Hawaii Film Festival The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards Rome Independent Prisma Awards
KILL THE ENGINE - Directed by Derek Frey
Running Time: 10:20 Genre: Dramedy Synopsis: Three broken men decide to kill themselves by carbon monoxide poisoning, but the group suicide is foiled when the vehicle of their demise fails to start. Tagline: No Idling Directed by Derek Frey Written by The Minor Prophets Starring Gil Damon, Steve Kuzmick, David Amadio Cinematography by Derek Frey Music Composed & Performed by Matt Amadio Editing by Derek Frey Key Makeup Artist: Loren McCarthy First Assistant Director: Brian E. Smith Filmed on location in Chester County, Pennsylvania Special Thanks: Holly Kempf Keller, Valery Richardson, Leah Gallo, Brian E. Smith, Milkboy the Studio A Lazer Film Production FESTIVALS & AWARDS Best Shorts Competition AWARD OF MERIT Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest Nominated: Best Screenplay CKF International Film Festival Winner: 2ND BEST FILM OF THE MONTH Erie International Film Festival Nominated: Best Comedy The European Independent Film Award Diamond Award: BEST DIRECTOR (Derek Frey), BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Derek Frey), BEST EDITING (Derek Frey) Gold Award: BEST SHORT FILM (Derek Frey), BEST SCORE (Matt Amadio) Freedom Shorts XVII BEST ENSEMBLE CAST Global Film Festival Awards BEST COMEDY, BEST DIRECTOR (Derek Frey), BEST SOUND DESIGN Honorable Mention: ENSEMBLE CAST (Gil Damon, Steve Kuzmick, David Amadio), CINEMATOGRAPHY (Derek Frey) Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Fest BEST COMEDY/DRAMEDY SHORT Independent Shorts Awards Gold Award: BEST DARK COMEDY SHORT, BEST DIRECTOR (Derek Frey), BEST ENSEMBLE (Gil Damon, David Amadio, Steve Kuzmick), BEST EDITING (Derek Frey), SOUND DESIGN (Derek Frey) Silver Award: BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (Matt Amadio) Bronze Award: BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Derek Frey) International Independent Film Awards Gold Winner: CINEMATOGRAPHY (Derek Frey), DIRECTING (Derek Frey), NARRATIVE SHORT, ORIGINAL SCORE (Matt Amadio) Silver Winner: EDITING (Derek Frey), SCREENPLAY (Gil Damon, David Amadio, Steve Kuzmick), SOUND DESIGN/EDITING (Derek Frey) LA Shorts Awards Diamond Award: BEST OF THE FEST, BEST DIRECTOR (Derek Frey), BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Derek Frey), BEST SCORE (Matt Amadio), BEST SCREENPLAY (Gil Damon, David Amadio, Steve Kuzmick), BEST EDITING (Derek Frey) Largo Film Awards Nominated: Best Director Laugh Or Die Comedy Fest BEST SOUND (Derek Frey) Nominated: Best Short (Derek Frey), Best Cinematography (Derek Frey) Loch Ness Film Fest Nominated: Nessie Award for Best Comedy London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival Honorable Mention Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards BEST COMEDY/DRAMEDY, BEST DIRECTOR (Derek Frey), BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE (Matt Amadio) Mindfield Film Festival: Albuquerque Diamond Award: BEST SHORT FILM, BEST DIRECTOR (Derek Frey), BEST EDITING (Derek Frey), BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Derek Frey), BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (Matt Amadio) Mindfield Film Festival: Los Angeles Winner: BEST COMEDY Diamond Award: BEST DIRECTOR (Derek Frey) Platinum Award: BEST SCORE (Matt Amadio) Gold Award: BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Derek Frey) Mountain of Laughs Comedy Festival Nominated: Best Story (Gil Damon, Steve Kuzmick, David Amadio) NYC Indie Film Awards Platinum Award: BEST DIRECTOR (Derek Frey) Diamond Award: BEST SHORT FILM, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Derek Frey), BEST SCORE (Matt Amadio), BEST EDITING (Derek Frey) Silver Award: BEST SCREENPLAY (Gil Damon, David Amadio, Steve Kuzmick) Short Stop International Film Festival BEST OF THE FEST, BEST SCREENPLAY (Gil Damon, David Amadio, Steve Kuzmick) Nominated: Best Director (Derek Frey) Silly Shorts Film Festival Special Mention Top Shorts Online Film Festival BEST DARK COMEDY, BEST SOUND DESIGN (Matt Amadio & Derek Frey), Honorable Mention: EDITING (Derek Frey) Virgin Spring Cinefest Gold Award: BEST DIRECTOR (Derek Frey), BEST EDITING (Derek Frey) Silver Award: BEST SHORT FILM, BEST MUSIC SCORE (Matt Amadio) Honorable Mention: CINEMATOGRAPHY (Derek Frey), SOUND DESIGN (Derek Frey) OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: ACME Comedy Film Night ARFF Amsterdam Black Bear Film Festival Brightside Tavern Shorts Film Festival Calcutta International Cult Film Festival – FINALIST: Best Short Film Chicago Comedy Film Festival Delco Film Festival Elgin Short Film Festival Feel The Reel International Film Festival Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival Hollywood Just4Shorts Competition – FINALIST Hollywood Screenings Film Festival – FINALIST Independent Film Night at the Newtown Theatre Jersey Shore Film Festival KAPOW Intergalactic Film Festival Kerry Film Festival Lake View International Film Festival Lancaster International Short Film Festival Long Island Film Festival Los Angeles CineFest – SEMI-FINALIST Lucky Strike Film Festival Newark International Film Festival Over The Fence Comedy Film Festival Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival Philly TV Festival Reading Film Fest
The Killers - HERE WITH ME - Behind the Scenes by Derek Frey
The making of HERE WITH ME - Behind The Scenes by Derek Frey. Song by The Killers. Released: 2013 Featuring Tim Burton, Craig Roberts, Winona Ryder and The Killers. Blackpool, a faded seaside town affectionately known to Brits as ‘the Vegas of the North’, is the unlikely location of the new Tim Burton-directed music video for The Killers. LBB’s Laura Swinton caught up with producers of the promo, Hannah Cooper and Derek Frey, to find out about working with Burton to bring his waxy, wonky love story to life. LBB> Why was Blackpool the perfect location for the video? DF> Tim selected Blackpool because it is a place very personal to his association with The Killers. He first saw the band perform live at the Blackpool Winter Garden in 2006. During that same visit he stopped by Louis Tussaud's Waxworks where he saw a wax figure of Winona Ryder. When the band approached him about ‘Here With Me’ it was an obvious choice of setting. LBB> The British seaside vibe seems quite removed from Tim’s typical ‘American Gothic’ flavour and also the source of inspiration, 1935 horror movie ‘Mad Love’ – how did you go about making Blackpool fit Tim’s world? DF> Blackpool actually has many traits that typify Tim's aesthetic. Most of his projects over the last ten years have been filmed in the UK, including Alice in Wonderland and Sweeney Todd, both of which are set in the UK and include seaside locations. Blackpool has a very non-descript, yet haunted feel. Filming in November provided a very desolate feel which heightened the emotional impact of the video. LBB> Who did you work with to design and create the wax models? DF> Tim's office turned to Legacy Effects (formerly the Stan Winston Studios) who provided a foam head of Winona created for the film Edward Scissorhands. The foam head was handed over to Krystan Mallet, who served as Prosthetics Makeup Supervisor on Dark Shadows. Time was very limited but Krystan and his team were able to create the highly detailed wax head and place it onto a mannequin body over a few days. LBB> Why was rising British actor Craig Roberts perfect for the role and what did he bring to the final project? DF> Tim reviewed available talent with his long-time casting director Susie Figgis. Although Tim was not familiar with Craig's work, his photo made an instant impression. Originally Tim considered the male lead to be an older character. As soon as Craig came into the picture, it was clear that working with someone younger was the way to go. Craig portrays the quintessential Tim Burton loner with ease and perfection. LBB> A night shot in the ‘Vegas of the North’ must have been pretty tricky – what was the most challenging aspect of the production? DF> The majority of night shooting was contained to the Blackpool Pleasure Beach which had closed for the season just a week prior to filming. This made the filming process relatively easy. The most challenging aspect of the production was the preparation time for the shoot. Things came together extremely quickly in the days leading up to the shoot and the limited time allotted to film made for a long couple of days and nights. HC> I agree with Derek, the biggest challenge was the short prep time. However the teams at The Pleasure Beach and Blackpool Tower were really helpful, as were those at Marketing Blackpool. I think we all appreciated what a great production this was to work on, and the whole team worked together to make it happen. LBB> It’s not the first time that th1ng and th2ng have collaborated with Tim Burton (e.g. title sequences for Dark Shadows, Sweeney Todd and more). How has that relationship evolved and why do you think you work so well together? HC> It’s an absolute pleasure for th1ng and th2ng to work with Tim and his team. I'd say the relationship has developed quite organically. We have expertise working in titles design and so we created some titles for Tim's films, but we also have expertise in music video production. When these skills were required, we were very happy to oblige. LBB> You also worked with Tom Bird - what was his contribution to the project? HC> Tom Bird, as Creative Director, for Universal and Mercury, was, without doubt, one of the lynch pins for me on this project. He worked incredibly hard, liaising between production, the record companies in the USA and the UK as well as the band and the management. As we mentioned, the prep time was very short, and without his energy, I am certain we would not have been in as good a position as we were. Tom fully understands and appreciates the production process. He also works with th2ng as a director, under the name Secret Agent. He and I have worked together on many projects, including shooting Tom Jones and the Gavin and Stacey cast in the actual Las Vegas for Comic Relief - a great experience!
GOD CAME 'ROUND (Directed by Derek Frey, Starring Deep Roy & Aiko Horiuchi)
A short film/music video produced & directed by Derek Frey SYNOPSIS: Down on his luck flower seller Sandeep (Deep Roy) pines to make a connection with the girl of his dreams. Song by Trever Veilleux/Professor T And The East Side Shredders Cinematography: Derek Frey Editing: Derek Frey Asst Director: Valery Richardson Makeup: Malwina Suwinska Stills: Leah Gallo Starring: Deep Roy, Aiko Horiuchi, Giulia Rivolta, Valery Richardson, Leah Gallo, Glen Mexted, Malcolm Davis Comedy FF of America BEST SHORT & ACTOR Cult Critic Awards BEST POSTER The European Ind Film Award BEST MUSIC VIDEO Glendale Intl BEST MUSIC VIDEO Global FF Awards HM: ACTOR Global Music Awards BEST MUSIC VIDEO & ORIGINALITY Hollywood Ind. Filmmaker Awards & Fests BEST MUSIC VIDEO Hollywood Now Award of Excellence Honolulu Film Awards Gold Kahuna Award Independent Shorts BEST SONG, ACTOR, EDITING & MUSIC VIDEO HM: DIRECTOR, CINEMATOGRAPHY IndieFEST Film Awards BEST ACTOR & MUSIC VIDEO LA Shorts Awards BEST MUSIC VIDEO, DIRECTOR, CINEMATOGRAPHY, SCORE, ACTOR Logcinema BEST PHOTOGRAPHY London Eye Intl BEST MUSIC VIDEO London Ind. Film Awards BEST SHORT & ACTOR London X4 FF BEST MUSIC VIDEO London-Worldwide Honorable Mention Mexico Intl Silver Palm Mindfield Albuquerque BEST MUSIC VIDEO, DIRECTOR, ACTOR, CINEMATOGRAPHY, EDITING Mindfield LA BEST DIRECTOR & MUSIC VIDEO Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards BEST MUSIC VIDEO NYC Indie Film Awards BEST DIRECTOR, MUSIC VIDEO, CINEMATOGRAPHY, ACTOR, EDITING One-Reeler BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY & AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Prague Independent BEST MUSIC VIDEO Snowdance Film Awards BEST MUSIC VIDEO South Film & Arts Academy BEST MUSIC VIDEO & ACTOR Top Shorts BEST ROMANTIC COMEDY & ACTOR Virgin Spring Cinefest BEST MUSIC VIDEO SELECTIONS: Austin Spotlight Bare Bones Boston Galactic Stars Bristol Ind FF Cardiff Mini Cleveland Comic Con Comics In Film Edinburgh Indie FilmQuest FirstGlance Garden State Golden Door Intl FF HollyShorts FF Hollywood Intl Moving Pictures Hollywood Screenings Hollywood Verge Indie Fest USA Iron Mule Irvine FF KAPOW FF LA CineFest LA Film Awards Los Angeles Independent FF New York State Intl Palm Springs Intl Comedy Fest Philadelphia Ind Film Awards Philadelphia Ind FF Philadelphia Unnamed Pittsburgh Independent Planet 9 Romance FF Rome Prisma Rome Intl Seal Beach Short & Sweet SHORT to the Point DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT: I was excited to receive a copy of Trever Veilleux’s album Professor T and the East Side Shredders just prior to a flight home to Philadelphia. I’ve known Trever since 2001, after watching his band, Technical Difficulties, perform in Hawaii. I introduced myself, and many music videos, films and adventures later, it’s a collaboration that continues to inspire me. Listening to the new album I found it to be a brilliant and sweeping journey through an array of musical genres. The track God Came ‘Round spawned an instant vision for a music video. Inventive lyrics involving aliens, ghosts and leprechauns encapsulated many of the paranormal elements I find fascinating and are commonplace in my creations. Deep Roy came to mind because I knew he had the range to play multiple characters. We met in 2001 on the set of Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, where Deep played several simian roles. We last collaborated in 2012 on the award-winning Ballad of Sandeep. Considering Deep appeared in Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who and played all 165 Oompa Loompas in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I knew he was the man for the job. I expected logistics to pose a challenge with Deep in LA and me working on a project in London. However, the day after I conceived the idea, Deep emailed to let me know he would be in London for the summer. I asked if he would be up for being in the film and he responded with an immediate yes. In God Came ‘Round Deep’s roles requiring many costume changes – a Venetian rose seller, an alien invader, a ghost, a leprechaun and God. I thought it made perfect sense to have actress Aiko Horiuchi play the female lead, as I met her through Trever’s band when they played the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory premiere in London in 2005. (Aiko played the Tokyo Candy Shopkeeper and went on to play the terrifying Kayako in an installment of The Grudge.) Let’s say the opportunity to tell an unrequited love story between an Oompa Loompa and the Grudge was one I couldn’t miss. Filmed over one day and three nights around Camden Town, Primrose Hill and Belsize Park, God Came ‘Round was a blast to shoot. Everything went according to plan due to the cast and crew of creative friends. I owe Deep Roy an enormous amount of gratitude for being game for anything I threw at him or on him. A big thanks to Trever Veilleux for creating such a poetic song and allowing me the freedom to interpret God Came ‘Round. Enjoy!
GREEN LAKE - A Hawaiian Horror Directed by Derek Frey
Industry hasn’t destroyed all the sacred spaces in the world. In Hawai'i pockets of magic still exist. And so do those that protect them. GREEN LAKE draws inspiration not only from the beauty and mysticism of Hawaii, but also from B-horror/monster movies, The Twilight Zone and The X-Files. It's a micro-budget Creature from the Black Lagoon meets Picnic at Hanging Rock. DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT I am fascinated with the supernatural aspect to Hawai’i and the tales found in Glen Grant’s Obake Files. I also love horror films and in 2010 created a short on the Big Island: The Curse of the Sacred Stone. It was a horror/comedy that lightly depicted the implications of disturbing sacred land when an unsuspecting tourist removes a lava rock from a sacred site. I still felt the impulse to create more of a straightforward horror film on the Big Island. Since my first visit to Hawai'i in 2001, I had heard about Green Lake, an unspoiled fresh body of water located in a crater within a mountainous rainforest in Kapoho. Green Lake is the larger of only two lakes in Hawaii. Allegedly Jacques Cousteau conducted a diving expedition in the 1970’s and couldn’t find the bottom. We don’t know if this is true, but one thing is certain, the towering walls of the crater make the lake seem bottomless. Discussion of Green Lake is almost one of urban legend. The fact is many people who live in Hawai’i have never visited the lake, though the land manager is very inviting and enthusiastic about the lake and its surrounding land. My first visit to Green Lake, a few years ago, was incredibly inspiring. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. Accompanying that beauty is a deep and powerful mystical vibe. This place demands that you respect it and it feels like there are protective energies present. During that initial visit a group of us ventured onto the lake via a small paddleboat and our first jump into the water was met with excitement, exhilaration and downright fear. The water is dark and though we know there are no snakes or predators to fear in Hawai’i it certainly feels as though something lurks below. From that visit the seed for a film was firmly established and I returned the next year with the Green Lake script in hand. Thus began a grueling 9 day shoot, pulling upon friends from the Big Island to play the roles and double as crew. Our core group of 6 played multiple roles in front of and behind the camera, weathering the elements, without sleep to the point of exhaustion and mental breakdown - all for the sake of creating. Green Lake was my mini-Apocalypse Now. It was the most challenging shoot I’ve ever been part of but also the most rewarding and I’m so proud of the result. Green Lake is more than your typical horror film, it’s a warning to everyone that we must maintain our balance with and respect nature or face the consequences. A special mention must be expressed to the wonderful music that accompanies the film. Big Island bands Technical Difficulties and Delight Talkies provide songs written specifically for the film. Matthew Reid’s terrific original score is more than I could have ever hoped for. Enjoy the swim and remember “Horror Dwells Deep”! AWARDS American Grindhouse BEST CULT CREATURE Best Shorts MERIT AWARD Crimson Screen Nom: Short, Director Dazed 4 Horror BEST SHORT F.A.S.H. Nom: Best Short Hollywood & Beyond BEST SHORT FILM Hollywood Intl Moving Pictures BEST DIRECTOR, SHORT, SCORE, EDITING, SOUND Honolulu Film Awards GOLD KAHUNA: BEST SHORT Horror Hotel Honorable Mention IndieFEST BEST SHORT, SCORE, SOUND, EDITING, ACTRESS, SONG, MAKEUP, CINEMATOGRAPHY Lake View Intl Best Director LA Shorts Awards BEST OF THE FEST, DIRECTOR, CINEMATOGRAPHY, ACTRESS, MAKEUP, SCREENPLAY, LIGHTING LA CineFest BEST POSTER Nom: Score, Song LA Horror Comp BEST SHORT, DIRECTOR, SCORE, ACTRESS, LIGHTING, CINEMATOGRAPHY LA Independent FF Awards BEST HORROR, ORIGINAL SONG NYC Indie Film Awards BEST SHORT, DIRECTOR, ACTRESS, CINEMATOGRAPHY, SCORE, EDITING Prague Independent BEST SCORE Nom: Short, Horror RIP Horror Nom: Short, Cinematography, Score Roswell Nom: Cinematography Shiver Intl BEST CULT/WEIRD/EXPERIMENTAL FILM, CREATURE Spotlight Horror Film Awards GOLD AWARD Terror FF BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Nom: Score, Editing, Screenplay United Intl AWARD OF MERIT Virgin Spring Cinefest BEST SHORT FILM, EDITING, CINEMATOGRAPHY, ACTRESS HM SCORE SELECTIONS Big Island FF Bloodstained Indie Diabolical Horror FEARnyc Fright Night Grindhouse Planet Halloween Intl Harrisburg-Hershey Hollywood Dead Hollywood Horror Fest Hollywood Screenings Horrorvision Hot Springs Intl Horror Indie Horror Lost Sanity Made In Hawaii FF Motor City Nightmares Intl NEPA Horror Russian Intl Horror Film Awards Scare-A-Con StarGate Galactic Intl Sci-Fi Fantasy & Horror Swapping Dead Taupo Halloween
MOTEL PROVIDENCE - Directed by Derek Frey - Written by & Starring The Minor Prophets
MOTEL PROVIDENCE Running Time: 9 Minutes Genre: Dramedy Synopsis: A cheating counselor working out of a sleazy motel room tests the boundaries of his own advice after a client's startling revelation. Tagline: There is a guide in the affairs of men. Where the wandering eye comes to rest. Starring DAVID AMADIO, STEVE KUZMICK & GIL DAMON Directed by DEREK FREY Written by THE MINOR PROPHETS (DAVID AMADIO, STEVE KUZMICK & GIL DAMON) Featuring the Song: MY LOVE IT GROWS IN THE SUMMER by Klebe and Davis. Cinematography by DEREK FREY Edited by DEREK FREY MOTEL PROVIDENCE marks my fifth collaboration with Philadelphia's premiere comedy troupe, The Minor Prophets. Over the past seven years we've explored themes ranging from father and son strife, workplace outsourcing, cross labor line friendships and faux Americana patriotism. All of these subjects present a unique comedic spectrum of middle class life in the United States. The Minor Prophets and I agreed to shoot our latest new short film over the Easter holiday weekend in 2014. My visits to the Philadelphia suburbs, where I grew up, are usually limited to holidays, so we've learned to maximize the limited time we have to collaborate. When they sent me the script for MOTEL PROVIDENCE I found it a welcome change up on the heels of our award winning short, SKY BLUE COLLAR. SKY BLUE COLLAR was slight on dialogue, big on visual gags and accompanied by a pulse pounding soundtrack. MOTEL PROVIDENCE is quite the opposite - with plenty of dialogue to chew on, which necessitated a straightforward approach to capturing it. This was a new kind of challenge for me because of the subtle balance of the comedy. I was most excited about The Minor Prophets having the opportunity to really unleash their acting chops. The Minor Prophet filmography is full of colorful characters under the guise of makeup, wigs and wardrobe. In MOTEL PROVIDENCE we shed all of that but maintain the obscure social commentary one would expect from a Minor Prophets/Derek Frey production. The subject of adultery combined with solid performances, clean cinematography and slick editing places MOTEL PROVIDENCE firmly in the "dramedy" realm. It's a place The Minor Prophets and I spend most of our time and I hope you enjoy. The genesis: Motel Providence began as a live sketch entitled "The Cheating Counselor," which the Minor Prophets performed as part of their 2011 stage show Fade to Yellow. The sketch opens with a short commercial advertising the counselor's services, and concludes with a musical number, "Miles From Infidelity," a song written by the Prophets' alter egos, the Positive Dudes, and meant as a warm-hearted critique of the adultery industry. Because of its restless dialogue and heavier, more dramatic moments, "The Cheating Counselor" didn't generate big laughs, prompting the troupe to reconsider it as a short film, one in which they could slow the pace of conversation and rightly balance the humor with the heartache. After adding another page of dialogue to increase the tension, and revising the ending for a more visceral punchline, the Prophets had a script for Motel Providence—the first-ever film adaptation of one of their live bits. REVIEW by Vhairi Slaven of MOVIESCRAMBLE: Pennsylvianian Derek Frey more famous for producing Tim Burton movies collaborates here with the Minor Prophets, an award winning troupe of film makers, actors and musicians. Confident and assured, “Motel Providence” is a tongue in cheek skit. Festivals & Awards: Documentary, Short, Comedy ~ International Film Festival. WINNER - BEST PICTURE & DIRECTOR & BEST EDITING Average Superstar Films - A Night Of Short Films XII - Philadelphia - WINNER - BEST COMEDY Filmmaker of the Year Film Festival - Platinum Award - Best Director Honolulu Film Awards - WINNER - ALOHA AWARD Media Film Festival - Awarded Best Comedy World Film Awards - Winner - Best Director - International Film Mexico International Film Festival- WINNER -GOLDEN PALM Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest - Nominated for BEST COMEDY, BEST DIRECTOR OF A COMEDY and BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (Steve Kuzmick) West Chester Film Festival - Nominated BEST PENNSYLVANIA FILMMAKER Loch Ness Film Festival - Nominated for Best Comedy International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema ~ London - Nominated for BEST DIRECTOR and BEST EDTING Los Angeles Film Review - BEST DIRECTOR - Honorable Mention Official Selections: IndieFest Film Awards Best Shorts Competition Hollywood Reel Independent F.F. Indie Fest USA Film & Music F.F. Albuquerque International F.F. Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival Los Angeles Comedy Festival Garden State F.F. Fort Meyers Beach F.F. Sunscreen Film Festival Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival Laughing Devil Short F.F. Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards Access Code Short F.F. International Movie Awards Firstglance F.F. - Philly Chicago Comedy F.F.
VAMPIRES KISS & BLOOD INSIDE by Witching Hour, Directed by Derek Frey
Vampires Kiss & Blood Inside by Witching Hour Three young women conjure up a Vampiress Queen in an abandoned cemetery. Their naive deeds unleash a horrific series of events. Can townspeople aided by Van Helsing (Tim Burton) himself hault this evil before it spreads throughout all of Victorian England? Directed by Derek Frey Starring: Yusura Bush Watcher, Tim Burton, Valery Richardson, Sabrina Lecordier, Leah Gallo, Benoit Moranne, Malcolm Davis, Chris Nuttall, Aiko Horiuchi, Glen Mexted, Dave Dore, Holly Kempf Keller, Gary Keller, Jack Taylor, Kirsty Squibb, Malwina Suwinska. Edited by Derek Frey Cinematography by Derek Frey Director's Comments I always wanted to create a gothic, period piece Vampire film set to music and have been friends with UK based Goth-Rockers, Witching Hour for close to 8 years. We spoke frequently about working together but it wasn't until the release of there latest album, Raven, in 2011 that the time seemed ripe to create something. Witching Hour's music draws inspiration heavily from Hammers Horror films, of which I am a great fan. Pre-production began in October of 2011 with filming taking place in December. The approach was to create a short film, more than a music video. We were honored to have Tim Burton join the cast in a cameo as "Van Helsing". As another fan of Hammer Horror, I think he enjoyed walking in the footsteps of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. REVIEW by Richard Trejo of Trulydisturbing.com: If you crave 80′s goth rock and love yourself some vampires then the next film is right up your alley. We started off Day 2 with one of the most unique horror shorts shot in two parts set to the music of UK Goth rockers Witching Hour. “VAMPIRES KISS/BLOOD INSIDE” is Produced and Directed By Derek Frey with a cast starring Yusura Bush Watcher, Valery Richardson, Sabrina Lecordier, Leah Gallo, Benoit Moranne, Chris Nuttall, Glen Mexted, Malcolm Davis, and Tim Burton as Van Helsing. That’s right folks the Edward Scissorhands man himself makes a cameo as the famous Vampire hunter. The film is shot as a music video with the music providing the pacing of the film. The film follows 3 women who wish to invoke the powers of the vampire goddess. I found the imagery to be almost dream-like heavily infused with the sexuality that vampires used to be associated with. With recent vampire adaptations falling short of portraying true vampire nature it is refreshing to see that Derek still respects the vampire genre and this film is a direct reflection of that. All the way till the very end of the film you are entertained and you’ll be left with the sultry tunes of Witching Hour for hours to come. Check out Witching Hour music on Itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/raven/id475496514
THE BALLAD OF SANDEEP - A Short Film Starring Deep Roy, Written by The Minor Prophets, Directed by Derek Frey
The Ballad of Sandeep is an award winning comedic short film starring the illustrious and magnanimous Deep Roy (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Eastbound and Down). It's written by and co-starring The Minor Prophets and directed by Derek Frey. The Ballad of Sandeep is the tragicomic story of computer programmer Sandeep Majumdar: slave, clown, hero. The Ballad of Sandeep was filmed in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. *A feature film version of THE BALLAD OF SANDEEP is currently in development.* http://www.theballadofsandeep.com/ BEST FEATURETTE - 2011 Vegas Cinefest. BEST DIRECTOR OF A SHORT FILM - Derek Frey - Independent FIlm Quarterly and New Media Festival BEST DIRECTOR - Derek Frey - International Film Festival of Spirituality, Religion, Visionary BEST COMEDY SHORT - 2011 Mockfest BEST SHORT FILM - 2012 Freestyle Film Exhibition BEST WRITING - The Minor Prophets - 2011 Mockfest BEST SCREENPLAY - The Minor Prophets - International Film Festival of Spirituality, Religion, Visionary BEST ACTOR - Deep Roy - The Sunset International Film Festival - Los Angeles BEST ACTOR - Deep Roy - The 2011 Colorado Film Festival BEST ACTOR - Deep Roy - International Film Festival of Spirituality, Religion, Visionary BEST COMEDY SHORT - 2011 Jersey Shore Film Festival BEST SCORE - 2013 International Film Festival For Spirituality - Religion - Visionaey AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - 2012 Best Shorts Competition AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - 2012 RINCON International Film Festival - Puerto Rico AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - 2012 International Film Festival For Peace, Inspiration, Equality AWARD OF MERIT - Lead Actor Deep Roy - 2012 Best Shorts Competition AWARD OF MERIT - Accolade Film Festival HONORABLE MENTION - 10th annual DIY Film Festival BRONZE AWARD WINNER - 2012 Prestige Film Awards FINALIST - International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration & Equality SEMI-FINALIST - NEXT TV Film Festival VOTED 1 OF THE TOP 3 SHORT FILMS - SIlicon Valley Film Festival FINALIST - Moondance International Film Festival Official Selections: Albuquerque Film Festival, The Other Venice Film Festival, Twin Cities Film Festival, Atlanta Short Fest, Rumschpringe Film Festival, New York Hell's Kitchen Film Festival, Lucerne International Film Festival, The OffShoot Film Festival and the Independent Film Quarterly Film & New Media Festival in NYC, Mockfest Film Fest, Irvine International Film Festival, Big Easy International Film & Music Festival, India International Film Festival - Tampa Bay, Winter Film Awards - NYC, New Hope Film Festival, Big Island Film Festival - Hawaii, Workers Unite Film Festival, International Freethought Film Festival, Costa Rica International Film Festival. Starring DEEP ROY, GIL DAMON, DAVID AMADIO, STEVE KUZMICK, BRIAN GILLIN, BUD DAMON Written/ Screenplay by THE MINOR PROPHETS ( DAVID AMADIO, GIL DAMON, STEVE KUZMICK, BRIAN GILLIN) Directed and Produced by DEREK FREY Music by MIKE HIGHAM and ANDY RICHARDS The Ballad of Sandeep Theme Song by MATT AMADIO & DAVID AMADIO Edited by DEREK FREY Synopsis: When his IT job is outsourced to Bangalore, Indian-born Sandeep Majumdar finds himself unemployed for the first time in eighteen years. In an attempt to get his old job back, he sets up a remote access in his apartment, tricking his former company into believing that he is really working from India. His performance is so impressive that the boss of the company-the same man who fired him two months prior-requests an interview with Sandeep to discuss a big promotion. News Article on The Ballad of Sandeep: http://bigislandweekly.com/ae/and-the-winners-are-2.html
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