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March 2015 - Filmstigator

Michael Curtis


March 15, 2015

‘GIFT’ Screens at NewFilmmakers LA

March 15, 2015 | By | No Comments



We are pleased to announce that ‘GIFT’ has been invited to screen as part of the NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Festival on April 27th & AT&T Center in downtown Los Angeles.  Our film will screen in the first short program beginning at 6:15 pm.  However, a reception and red carpet open to the public begins around 5:30.

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AT&T Center
1139 S. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Parking Available At:
1133 S. Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Admittance to the NFMLA event is only $5 pre-sale or $7 at the door per program. We also provide all-night access passes which include admission to all programs and open bar throughout the evening for only $15.

The screenings are open to the public and there is no need to RSVP. They recommend that tickets are pre-purchased at as the event normally sells out.


5:30pm – Press / Red Carpet check-in

5:45pm – Pre-reception

6:15pm – Short Film Program #1
• Esperáme – dir. Jeffrey DeChausse
• The Girlfriend Game – dir. Armen Antranikian
• The Passenger – dir. Eduardo Cantarino
• Gift – dir. Michael Curtis

7:30pm – Audience Q&A with the Short Film Program #1 Filmmakers. Following the Q&A will be a bar reception during the Short Film Program #2.

8:00pm – Short Film Program #2 – Celebrating Brit Week
• I’m in the Corner with the Bluebells – dir. Ako Mitchell
• Across Time I Cry – dir. Robertino Fonseca; prod. Julia Clancy
• Madeleine Makes a Man – dir. Michelle Boley
• Anemone – dir. Maureen Zalloum

9:10pm – Audience Q&A with the Short Film Program #2 Filmmakers. Following the Q&A will be a bar reception during the Feature Film Program.

9:45pm – Short Film Program #3 – Celebrating Brit Week
• Roadside – dir. Tim Wildgoose
• Stalemate – dir. Ben Kay-Coles
• Perfect State – dir. Tim Mackenzie-Smith
• The Trouble Downstairs – dir. Casey Nimmer
• Anita’s Birthday Wish – dir. Talisa Oberoi

10:55pm – Audience Q&A with the Short Film Program #3 Filmmaker. Following the Q&A will be a bar reception.









Michael Curtis


March 11, 2015

Best Short Screenplay Award

March 11, 2015 | By | One Comment


Auspicious Beginnings

I have good news to share today!  Matthew from Toronto’s WILDsound Writer’s Festival informed me that the Gravel Heart script has been awarded 2015 Best Short Screenplay and will receive a staged reading with professional actors in front of a live audience later this month.  Thanks, Matt!

It’s always nice to “win” something, of course, but I don’t value awards in and of themselves. Sometimes they can be a barometer of sorts that at least something about a project is resonating with people. So it’s great to hear that the next slated project is connecting in some small way with audiences – at least so far. And hopefully our team can continue to build on that throughout production and editing.

Still Tweaking

The screenplay for Gravel Heart continues to evolve as our project team forms and the script gets honed and prepped for production.  We will augment the reading in Toronto with a staged workshop reading of our own here in Georgia – also scheduled for this month. I feel our last film, Gift, could have been stronger if I’d workshopped the screenplay with actors before filming. So that’s what we plan to do with all new screenplays going forward whenever possible.  I was tweaking the script and removing superfluous dialogue as recently as this morning.

But I’m happy the screenplay is getting out there and that festivals are responding to it.

I am still keenly interested in finding some producers in the Atlanta area or the southeast to help bring this film to fruition.  I’d like to launch a crowdfunding campaign this summer, and there’ll be lots of work to do around that.  If you’d like to be a member of the funding team, please get in touch and be a part of grassroots indie filmmaking in the southeast.




Michael Curtis


March 7, 2015

Filmstigator Selects New Film Project

March 7, 2015 | By | No Comments

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GIFT, the inaugural Filmstigator project, has been successful – screening at almost a dozen film festivals in the US & Europe as of this writing.  The film has been invited to screen next month in Los Angeles as part of NewFilmmakers LA.

While we’re pleased with how our first film has done thus far, we want to keep moving forward with new films that challenge our collective.  That’s why we’re excited to announce the next Filmstigator project:  a short called Gravel Heart.

We encourage anyone interested in working in independent film to contact us and get involved. Some of the GIFT  team will undoubtedly return to work on Gravel Heart, but we also expect many new faces on this production.

We are looking for producers, production assistants, members of the sound and camera teams, lighting crew, fight choreographers, animal trainers (canines), crowdfunding gurus, location scouts, props masters, caterers, and a number of other positions.  So if you want to get involved in independent filmmaking in Georgia, this is your chance.

We will be workshopping the Gravel Heart script with actors in Milledgeville this month to make final screenplay tweaks before moving directly into pre-production.

Principal photography is loosely slated to begin in October 2015.  A crowdfunding campaign is planned for this summer.  There are many ways to engage and take ownership of various parts of this film, so we encourage you to step up and take on this new project with us.

A few things about the Gravel Heart story…

Logline:   A 14-year-old puts his life in jeopardy when he confronts a neighbor for killing his dog.


Based on actual events, Gravel Heart is a gritty coming of age story exploring loss and the limits of retribution.  We plan to film in rural and semi-rural locations as close to Atlanta as possible.

Tentative plan is to shoot the film in 4K on a Canon C500.

The film requires a 4-person cast and extras.  Actors interested in auditioning should contact us immediately.  We will also put out a general casting call online.

Are you interested in being a part of this project?  Contact us today for more information.  And please sign up here on the site so you’ll get email blasts when we crew up in late summer for filming.  So much needs to be done prior to that, however. So don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a passion for indie filmmaking.