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#CapeHouseMovie: Casting Call!

19 Mar

Hey friends,

We are having a reading of The Cape House next Saturday, March 28, from 6pm to 9pm, around Union Square in Manhattan.

We are looking for local actors willing to volunteer their time to help us hear the script, but it will be a chance to read for the parts, as we will be casting them in the near-ish future.

Here are short descriptions of the characters.

Jack: 12, anxious, still plays with action figures and has a strong fantasy life. His parents’ relationship has made him sensitive and very aware, but he is unable to process how he feels and deal with the anger arising from a situation over which he has no control.

Dad: 35 – 42 born and raised Bostonian, hard working, emotionally repressed. He had a son a bit before he was ready, but has adapted to the role fairly well. He is prone to anger, but is also gentle and shows a lot compassion, he does not want to separate from Mom.

If you know anyone who would fit these parts well, please get in touch with me. You can e-mail me at liam@liambillingham.com, or find me on twitter @liamgbillingham.

Thank you!

-Liam

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Understanding The Work: Kurosawa and ‘The Cape House.’

5 Mar

Hey all,

Last week, I delivered a new draft of The Cape House to my producer Carolyn, and we are gearing up to start raising funds.

This got me thinking: I have to direct this thing.

Of course I’ve known that all along, but suddenly it’s becoming very real.

I’ve always viewed The Cape House as something of a thriller, believe it or not. A thriller about understanding your parents and understanding yourself. But I figured it would be a hard thing to do: how to make something so domestic and small feel thrilling?

Then I saw this.


Kurosawa uses composition, shape, and subtle performance to racket up tension, and clarify storytelling. No one has done it better. The second I saw this video, I e-mailed it to Carolyn and said ‘we need to show this to our potential DPs.’

But there’s also something deeper about this video, and how it relates to my life and my first feature film.

One of my first exposures to foreign cinema came at the public library in my hometown of Duxbury, Massachusetts. One summer, when I was about 15, they were screening Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai on an August night. My family was actually on the Cape that weekend, but my mother had to come home, and I asked her to drop me off at the library so I could watch the film.

It was an incredible experience. Watching the film made me realize how influential Kurosawa was. I recognized shots from Star Wars, Saving Private Ryan, and many more films I loved as a teenager.

After the film, there was a discussion about the significance of the film. It was my first exposure to cinephiles, and I was in heaven.

There’s no doubt that was a defining moment, and that Kurosawa is, as for many, an important figure in my life. That this video appeared around the same time I started picturing my film in my head feels pretty significant.

Coincidentially, High and Low, one of Mr. Kurosawa’s best films, is screening at MOMI this weekend. Check it out if you can. It’s amazing.

See you all soon.

Best,
Liam.

Screening with IndieWorks and building Community.

27 Mar

Discover Shorts. Find an Audience. Build the Community.’ – IndieWorks slogan.

As many of you have noticed, I’ve been reposting this link a lot. My film Future Perfect is in the running to be the 10th film in IndieWorks ‘Best of Fest’ competition running next week. IndieWorks is put together by a collection of filmmakers called Congested Cat. I’ve gotten to know them through different projects and by attending their screenings. I think what they are doing has great potential in the feature of film distribution and screening.

ImageMe and a couple of other cool filmmakers talking about their films back in January.

For years, success in filmmaking meant being in lots of festivals. While festivals are still the best way to get attention for your film (and to get it sold), it’s getting harder and harder to get into festivals. Just yesterday, Future Perfect was rejected from an Asian American focused festival in California. In their e-mail, they told me they had over 400 films to choose from. It’s hard to stand out in that situation.

So what is the best way to stand out in today’s world of Indie and micro-budget film? I think it’s simple. Community. Congested Cat is building one. They screen films free of charge or submission fee, and they pick good films. They ask that someone from the production attend the screening. It becomes about a shared experience, equivalent to an author giving a talk or a poet reading their work. They also get wonderful organizations like Seed&Spark involved. Seed&Spark is a crowdfunding and distribution company that’s helping filmmakers get their work out AND make money. Kind of a miracle. If you haven’t yet, check them out now.

This is not the only event of this kind to offer Future Perfect a spot. Portsmouth Short Film Night will be screening the film in May, and we are in talks with a film night in Portland, Oregon to screen this summer. All of these events are organized by filmmakers. I can’t think of a higher compliment for my film than having it be part of growing a community.

I’m really grateful that IndieWorks chose to screen the film back in January, and to be able to potentially come back and be included in their ‘Best of Fest’ is pretty wonderful.  I hope you’ll go check it out on April 3, and in the meantime, watch the films! You can vote for ‘Future Perfect’ by typing in the title and your e-mail address in the link below. I’d be grateful for your support.

Check out Congested Cat and vote HERE!

Thanks so much.

Best,
Liam