The end of year as we know it 11-12/04: The Cine-Magic/Milkhouse
program The Found
Footage Festival continues to enjoy sell-out crowds and invitations
to screen at numerous venues. In other news Cine-Magic has shot several
scenes for the upcoming Packer
Rap. Look for an involved web-based
campaign to promote this mysterious project soon. Joe and Nick of Milkhouse
eagerly await a MN. performance from Larry Pierce in January '05, the
subject of their documentary project Dirty
Country. Geoff Haas has been working with Kinostadt
Films on a
documentary project focusing on Midwestern horror film legend Bill
Rebane. Even as Cine-Magic continues to seemingly splinter we've all
got a number of projects going on. We're looking forward to another
great year of Cine-Magicalness in 2005.
||Cine-Magic on the Train 09/04: The
Cine-Magic short film Saving
Human Lives was selected to screen as part of a public art installation
along the new Minneapolis Light Rail line. The installation consists
of several kiosks with hand-cranked viewers that play
locally made short films. We are pleased to have this screening opportunity
and especially enjoy the money. We have allocated the funds we received
toward our long-dormant project, Packer
Look out Wisconsin Film Festival-here we come!
||Summer 2004 06-08/04 : In
the spring of 2004 Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher kicked off The
Found Footage Festival in NYC. This is a joint project we've started
with our friends at Milkhouse Productions. We brought this event to the
Twin Cities on July 27th at the Bryant
Lake Bowl to an enthusiastic sold-out crowd. This project is really
taking off so look for future screening cities and dates. Otherwise
we turned three in May and got turned down for some Interpol video contest,
but they got over 500 entries! What
do you think?
Galore 03-05/04 : Saving
Human Lives screened as part of the Cucalorus festival
of independent film in Wilmington, NC in late March. In other festival
'N Fuel was screened at the Syracuse
International film and video
festival in Syracuse, NY in May. Gas
'N Fuel also enjoyed a proper
Wisconsin premiere at the Wisconsin
Film Festival in Madison, WI. in April.
to Austin, TX.
03/04 : The
Day Robert DeNiro Met James Caan was selected to screen as part
of the midnight shorts program at the South
By Southwest film festival in March 2004. Cine-Magic staffers attended
the event and report a modest audience reaction to the film, with the
unpleasant exception of the film lover who stated "that
the film-thanks for the impromptu review. Despite this set back we
were pleased to note that John
Stamos had to sit through the film. Also
a number of folks whose opinions we respect (and who are NOT inclined
to blurt out "that sucked" during a screening) told us that
they enjoyed the film, so "miracle all better". We need love
too you know?
Larry Pierce 01/04: Cine-Magic's
own Joe Pickett and Cine-Magic collaborator Nick Prueher have begun work
on an exciting new documentary project. The film titled Dirty
on foul-mouthed country singer Larry Pierce (pictured)
and his life, career and eventual journey to the bright lights of Las
Vegas. Learn more about our partner company Milkhouse Productions and
the new project here.
Wrap Up 12/03
: In late 2003
we shot a handful of low budget commercial spots for various clients.
We were able to cast Cine-Magic regulars (Harry Brar and Frankie
Thiele) in the spots and we look forward to sharing them with you once
they are finished. As the year ended we had interest from a few film
festivals, an appearance on local cable access and
even an invitation to send an audition tape for a cable TV show
pilot (this was to be a prospective new filmmaking
reality show for Bravo, which it seems,
has been scrapped for another season of Project Greenlight-oh
well. Perhaps we'll post some clips from our demo tape someday).
Coast screening and Midwest misunderstanding 11/03: The
Leagues Under The Industry has invited Saving
Human Lives back
for another screening at the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles (Nov.
28 & 29). We thought that Saving Human Lives was also going to screen
at the Milwaukee
Int'l Film Festival, but they must have forgotten about
us. No hard feelings and we are really sorry about the obnoxious e-mail
we accidentally sent. We love Milwaukee, but will understand if you think
we are jerks.
||Wild Rose and Wobegon 10/03: Gas
'N Fuel hit the road again in October playing at the first ever Wild
Rose and Lake
Wobegon Film Festivals. At the Wild Rose (Des Moines, IA) Gas 'N
Fuel earned four honorable mentions (whatever
those are, we'll take them). And at Lake Wobegon (Sauk Center, MN) Gas
'N Fuel took the audience award for best short film!
We'd like to see these festivals continue to grow and hope they will have
us back again.
||Return to The Central Standard 09/03: Cine-Magic
was pleased to have two films screened as part of The 2003 Central
Standard Film Festival. Gas N' Fuel finally had a proper Twin
Cities public debut and The Day Robert DeNiro Met James
debuted at the festival. Thanks to everyone who came out to the sold
||Saving Finnish Lives 09/03: We
are pleased to announce that Saving
Human Lives has been invited to screen
as part of the Helsinki
International Film Festival (AKA Love & Anarchy)
in September 2003. Unfortunately no Cine-Magic staffers
could attend the festival in Finland.
conquest 08/03: Saving
Human Lives was screened
in Cleveland, OH. in August as part of the 20,000
Leagues Under The Industry film festival. Saving Human Lives also
screened as part of the Great
Plains Film Festival in Lincoln, NE. in early August. Additionally Gas
N' Fuel won the Riot & Panic Award
for most enthusiastic audience response at the Bearded
Child film Festival in Grand Rapids, MN in early August.
||G'N'F in Michigan & New
York 06-07/03:The Cine-Magic short film Gas
'N Fuel was screened in competition at the Waterfront
Film Festival in
Saugatuck, MI. (June 12-15). Gas N' Fuel was also screened as part
of the Projected
Shorts Short Film Festival held in New York, NY. (August
TWO! 05/03: In celebration of our second anniversary
the Cine-Magic group hosted the Independent
Feature Project's Cinema Lounge
event on Wednesday May 21st at the Bryant
Lake Bowl. The group screened
clips from the first two years of Cine-Magic, and performed host duties "adequately".
Thanks to everyone who attended the event.
some 04-05/03: The Cine-Magic short film Gas
'N Fuel was selected as a finalist in the 25th Annual USA
Film Festival. Unfortunately
we were not invited to screen the film in Dallas as part of the big event.
On a brighter note Gas 'N Fuel won the Curry Original
Filmmaker Award at
the Light Plays Tricks short film festival in Kingston, Ontario in late
||Home town screening
04/03: The Cine-Magic short film Saving Human
Lives was screened at the Minneapolis/St.
Paul International Film Festival on
Monday April 14th as part of a MN Shorts Collection. The screening took
place at the one and only Oak
Festival - BEST NARRATIVE SHORT! 03/03: Saving
Human Lives continues to score on the festival circuit, as it was selected "Best
Narrative Short Film" at the 2003 Wisconsin
Film Festival. The entire
Cine-Magic group attended the festival in Madison, WI.
||SXSW!! 03/03: We are very excited to announce that Gas
N' Fuel was selected
to screen in competition as part of the 2003 South
By Southwest film festival
held in Austin, TX. Cine-Magic staffers were in Texas for the screening
and report an enthusiastic audience response at all the screenings.
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