Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Russells review 'The Lionshare'

Tom and Mary Russell, husband and wife filmmakers and prolific twitterers, have written what I think is the best review of the movie yet. They, more than anyone else so far, hit the nail exactly on the had with their read of the film (at least in terms of what I was conscious of trying to do). An excerpt:
But every once in a while, there’s a film that packs its 65 minutes with ideas, explored fully yet obliquely– a film that makes you wish there was another half-hour to look forward to, yet leaves you feeling satisfied. One such film, peering a few decades back, was 1967’s The Firemen’s Ball, the delightful sociological comedy that is still one of Milos Forman’s best films. Another is Josh Bernhard’s The Lionshare.
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I do not make this comparison lightly; to my mind, the two films have more in common than the slim running time. Both films are comedies that explore sociological phenomenon with a light but occasionally biting touch; both come at their respective subjects a little sideways, making points in such an oblique and organic way that they don’t feel like points at all, that they only register on a subconscious level– which ensures that the films will last beyond the current sociological climate, that they have things to say about life when their subjects have been regaled to relics.
The comparison to Milos Forman’s The Fireman’s Ball is quite humbling. Read the whole review here, and check out more of their film criticism on twitter: @tomandmary.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

HHM Fest Screening Dates

The Hell’s Half Mile Film and Music Festival website has posted the screening schedule. The Lionshare will be showing
Friday, October 2
9:00 pm
Masonic Temple
700 N. Madison Ave
Bay City, MI 48708
and
Saturday, October 3
6:00 pm
State Theater
913 Washington Ave.
Bay City, MI 48708
They’re showing the movie at a Masonic Temple?  Awesome.

Friday, September 11, 2009

IMDb: Some kind of milestone

The movie is as real as it was an hour ago.  But on a whim I decided to check if our IMDb submission had gone through, and, lo and behold:
As part of a generation that has relied on IMDb to tell us, well, basically everything about movies, back in the days before it was owned by amazon.com or whatever their relationship is now, this is kind of a big deal to me.  I realize it’s a little thing, but this, strangely, makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something just as much if not more than anything else that’s happened so far.

'The Lionshare' at HHM Film & Music Festival

I’ve just been notified via email that we’ve been accepted to the Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival in Bay City, Michigan. From their website:

HHM Fest is more than an event for those who simply appreciate film and music.  It’s a grassroots effort to develop a community that participates in the arts.  The festival idea developed from a “wouldn’t it be great…” conversation, into “we can do it” action.  We hope our actions will inspire others to develop new arts and culture opportunities in our community.
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It’s our 4th year of fighting for independent film and live original music, and we have one “hell” of a line up of features, docs, shorts, animated, student and foreign language films. Plus, a Saturday night of music at the old Masonic Temple with bands Oh My God (Chicago), Baby Teeth (Chicago) and Champions of Breakfast (Detroit).
Help us fight for independent film and music.  Plan to attend HHM Fest-4 October 1-4, 2009.  For information on advance ticket and pass sales please contact info@hhmfest.com.
Sounds good to me!  Doubtful we will be in attendance, but it’d be pretty cool…we’ll see what happens. 

Monday, September 7, 2009

Lionshare Trailer

In what I can only describe as an inexcusable omission, until now I have not created a trailer for the movie.  We have a poster, a DVD, reviews, promotional stills, but no trailer.  I can only say that I had some difficulty getting something together that I was happy with, and that I am dumb. But I’ve finally come up with something I think works pretty well, so without further ado: