Wild & Scenic Film Festival Update: BEE will be shown on Saturday January 14, 2012 at the Vets Hall and on Sunday January 15 at Masons. Both screenings are in the afternoon. And here’s what the festival says: “We highly recommend that if you would like to see a particular film, please plan on arriving early at the theatre it’s showing at, and before the start of that session of films.” Details here:
Producer Emma Hitzke will be talking about Women in filmmaking and “BEE” tomorrow Monday November 28, 2011 on the radio. Listen to her live on KVMR (89.5 FM) or on the Web at 8:00 pm PST. Or you can catch the Podcast later on the same Website. http://kvmr.org/index.html
I’m now in post-production and I’m so excited to have Daniel Raj Koobir edit BEE. The features and shorts he edited went to the Sundance Film Festival, to the Berlin International Film Festival, to IFC Films, etc… He has a great sense for film narrative.
We just wrapped three days of a fantastic shoot for the short film BEE. It went really well, and I enjoyed every moment of this creative process. Actually, I was so absorbed, I didn’t even take one single picture of the set. But the others have. I will share some photos soon. The cast and crew (16 people) were fantastic. We ended up the 3 days feeling “WOW, we’ve done something great.” Thanks again to all of you who worked on this project!!!
Louie Alegria will play the role of the sheriff Sam. I’m thrilled: he’s an excellent actor who had a great chemistry going on during the call back session with the other actors who will be in “BEE”. It was amazing to see this happening in front of my eyes. I expect it will be the same on screen. Check his bio on iMDB:
Breeda Wool will play the role of Christine, the young entomologist. I met her at Sundance ‘11 when she was supporting the excellent short film “AWOL” directed by Deb Shoval. Breeda had one of the lead roles in it. She’s very impressive on screen. To find out about her other films, please check her iMDB page:
Another reason to be happy: Frank Ashmore will play Ed the beekeeper. He really stood out in the auditions I did. He’s very talented, and I’m sure you’ve seen him on the large screen or the small screen. Check his bio on iMDB:
I just had 2 days casting session in Los Angeles. I worked with the casting director Balyndah Bumpus from “Bump It Casting.” About 400 actors sent their headshot and resume for the parts of Sam, Ed and Mario. I ended up seeing about 60 actors on the first day and then made a call back session with a few actors and the lead actress. It was amazing to see the characters come to life through excellent acting. Some of the scenes were in Spanish.
I’m really glad I worked with Balyndah: the process was really smooth and I was able to identify amazing professional actors. I really recommend using a casting director even for a short film. Getting excellent actors is key.
“I finished writing the script for “Bee” and I’m very, very happy about the story. Phil Ferriere, (http://philferriere.com/) was the script consultant. He’s a Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist! Pretty amazing guy.”—
I’m also very excited JB Dunckel will score the short film “Bee”. He co-wrote music for films like “Virgin Suicide” or “Lost in Translation.” Did I mention he’s very talented? (Click on the photo for the IMDb page.)