A blog about movies and the Sturbridge area, including The Brookfields, Brimfield, Charlton, Holland, Wales, and Spencer as well as adjacent towns.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Help local indie film making-vote in the Openfilm contest!


Even slight involvement with indie film making brings the knowledge that cash is not lush in the genre. Well there is a contest going on that can provide some filthy lucre to starving movie projects.

At Open Film, an online video platform for filmmakers and film festivals and short films contests, you have a chance to support local film makers trying to make the movie. They are holding a contest, the 2nd Get it made competition.

There are a couple of films with some local connections that are in the competition. Light of Knowing is being filmed in various New England venues, including the Sturbridge area, with a lot of great local actors. It is a spiritual thriller inspired by the mystical book, the Cloud of unknowing. More information on its facebook page.

The director of Light of Knowing is John Hartman. He has made other movies in this area. He is not native, but is based locally. One short movie he made elsewhere is Secession Path. A civil war psycho drama with no little amount of John’s expressionism thrown in. He and his producer, Zee Zarbock would like to make the full version. Secession Path is also in the contest. We in Massachusetts can hope some of it could be filmed here as we have a lot of old and rustic scenery that would fit the bill. The Civil War re-enactors are around here, unfortunately they are mostly bluecoats and too few rebs.

If you want to vote for Secession Path go here.

If you want to vote for Light of Knowing go here.

You can watch and then vote for both. Registration is required, but it is no big thing. So help out the starving indie film maker.



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