Hollywood has produced some amazing combat films over the years. Let's be honest, millions of people all over the United States and millions of people around the world love to see a great military movie. There is something that touches each one of us when it comes to patriotic films. Maybe it is the adrenaline each of us feel when watching men and women put their lives on the line for others or maybe it is the sense of honor and courage that our men and women possess being displayed for everyone right there on the big screen. Maybe it is the timeless concept of the struggle between good and evil that touches the hearts and minds of each and every person watching. Whatever it is that makes these films so popular, it is evident that people of every race, color, background and nationality enjoy them and continue to want to spend their hard-earned money to go to the theaters and watch them.
I wouldn't be the first one, and probably not the last, to say that things don't always go the way that one has planned. One could can spend hours, days or even years coming up with a dream that they would like to come true and despite all that effort, it doesn’t always make it so. No matter how much someone has their heart set on something, reality may say otherwise. Other things don’t always come in the time frame that one had hoped they would. We always hear these phrases like “the best things come to those who wait” or “keep your eye on the prize” and we try to stay motivated hoping that things will eventually just work themselves out, but it isn’t as easy as it seems. Sometimes reality starts to eat away at us and that glimmer of hope begins to fade away a bit.
I just got done binge watching the new Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" this weekend. As someone who has spent a short amount of time in the film industry I can appreciate how well put together this series was and how they weren't afraid to cover such a controversial topic. As someone who has spent his life watching all sorts of movies and different television series over the years I thought this was a powerful and somewhat addicting new series that truly pulled the viewer in and enticed the viewer to want more. As a parent of three children, I had a somewhat different reaction to it.
Great news everyone! For those of you who haven't been following The Moleskin Diary's progress in the film festivals this year you'll be happy to know that it won the coveted Gold Remi Award at the Worldfest Houston 2017 film festival this past weekend. Zach Brown, Julia Voth and Hannah Stock had a chance to make the trip to Houston to enjoy the festival.
Sometimes I get so caught up in my daily life that I forget to stop every now and then, take a deep breath and just look around. This weekend I had some time in the morning so I decided to wake up a little bit earlier and take Gunny for a little walk, like I usually do, but this time I wasn't in a rush to go anywhere. Gunny and I walked down the road and just hung out for a little bit enjoying the views.
It looks as if this was a fantastic night! I didn't have the opportunity to attend this event but it looked fun. In Critical Condition was officially selected to NewFilmmakers New York for their Winter Showcase! The film was written, produced and directed by Jimmy Kelly and shot on Location in Winston-Salem, NC and Astoria, NY.
Great News!! The Moleskin Diary (Official Selection Feature Film 2017) has been accepted into its 2nd film festival, this time in Venice Beach, CA. The Other Venice Film Festival (OVFF ) bridges the community of Venice with the International Film Industry! The festival consists of competitive awards, obviously films, live music, art shows and what would a festival be without a few parties. I am so honored that I got to be a part of this film and grateful I got to work with so many talented artists.
The battle between North Carolina's smaller craft brewers and the larger wholesale distributors is boiling over and state politics are now again taking up some of the issues. I personally don't see why this is even an issue at all in 2017.
The Moleskin Diary has been selected to screen at this years WorldFest in Houston, TX and is nominated for a Remi award! The 50th Annual WorldFest-Houston, April 21-30, 2017. The oldest Indie Film Festival in the world!
The last few years have been similar, awards show after awards show that have pretty much the same exact movies nominated and the same handful of actors, producers, directors, etc. It's gotten to the point where if you watch one of them you can pretty much predict the rest. Even our "Indie Films" have been taken over by some big name celebrities, which in my humble opinion strays away from the original idea behind independent films.