The Andrew Buckner/ AWordofDreams Summer 2020 Short Film Festival – Films 13 and 14: “Andrew Buckner’s Big Screen Memories” (2020) and “The Man Who Fears the Rain” (2020)

By Andrew Buckner

The Andrew Buckner/ AWordofDreams Summer 2020 Short Film Festival concludes with the final pair of films in the 14-part series: “Andrew Buckner’s Big Screen Memories” (2020) and  “The Man Who Fears the Rain” (2020). Both are deeply introspective works that I wrote, produced, directed, scored and narrate. In “The Man Who Fears the Rain”, I even make a brief appearance. Both projects cost absolutely nothing to make. They were also filmed primarily in my backyard and with my phone.

As promised, the festival concludes with:

Film 13: Andrew Buckner’s Big Screen Memories 

Synopsis:

A 14-minute and 45-second documentary which focuses on director Buckner’s personal memories and admiration of the movie theater. The piece draws primarily on midnight movie and family experiences to describe the intimate connection he has to said place. It also describes how the recent cinema shutdowns due to Covid-19 have altered his feelings as a filmgoer.

Told with audio narration and using three bits of symbolic video bits, the endeavor is a truly unique project.

(Re)Search my Trash Review of the Film:

http://www.searchmytrash.com/cgi-bin/creditsb.pl?andrewbucknersbigscreenmemories(2020)

30-Second Trailer for the Film:

Film Still:

Additional Information:

Color.

Shot in June of 2020.

The Film in Full:

Film 14: “The Man Who Fears the Rain”

Synopsis:

A lone man ponders his fear of turbulent weather, namely rain, and wonders what it says about his inner-self.

10-Second Trailer for the Film:

Additional Information:

Color.

Runtime: 2 min. 14 sec.

Filmed in July of 2020.

The Film in Full:

* All films included in this festival were used with the kind permission of the directors themselves.

The Andrew Buckner/ AWordofDreams Summer 2020 Short Film Festival – Films 11 and 12: “Disregard the Vampire” (2016) and “The Impeccable” (2019)

By Andrew Buckner

The Andrew Buckner/ AWordofDreams Summer 2020 Short Film Festival continues with films 11 and 12 in the 14-part series: “Disregard the Vampire” (2016) and “The Impeccable” (2019). Both of these masterful and thought-provoking endeavors were directed by Mike Messier.

As promised, the online festival continues with:

Film 11: “Disregard the Vampire”

Synopsis:

A behind the scenes glimpse into what occurred during the recording of Mike Messier’s feature Distance From Avalon

Reviews for the Documentary:

AWordofDreams Review:

https://awordofdreams.com/2016/06/07/disregard-the-vampire-documentary-preview-review/

One Film Fan Review:

Short Film Documentary Review “Disregard the Vampire”

Mike Messier Web page/ Further Film Award Information:

Best Documentary Award from Shawna Shea Film Festival for Disregard the Vampire!

Additional Information:

Color.

Runtime: 39 min. 58 sec.

Not rated.

*Please note: You can find out about Messier in the “Writer/ Director Mike Messier Bio” section of “The Impeccable”. It is located at the bottom of this page.

*Cast and crew information can be found on the poster for the film above.

Film 12: “The Impeccable”

Synopsis: 

Rhode Island aristocrat Clarrisse, a sexy widow, is excited to introduce her younger stud boyfriend Henry to her visiting niece, Denise. Family secrets rise to the surface, threatening to divide the women permanently.  Fearing for his own future, Henry makes a stirring speech in an attempt to bring them all back together.

Writer/Director Mike Messier Bio: 

Mike Messier is a 34 Award winning Screenwriter, Director, TV host and producer.  As a feature film actor,  Mike has scenes with Meryl Streep & Elisabeth Shue in Hope Springs and Wesley Snipes & Cybill Shepherd (as her son) in Hard Luck, among others. The Messier Mantra TV show features Mike as an interviewer and host  Mike’s previous short film “The Nature of the Flame” premiered at RIIFF in 2015. To see many of these works, please visit  http://www.mikemessier.com

Additional Information:

Color.

Not rated.

Runtime: 22 min. 32 sec.

*The films included herein are used with the kind permission of the director himself.

The Andrew Buckner/ AWordofDreams Summer 2020 Short Film Festival- Films 7 and 8: “The Loner” (2019) and “Slow Burn” (2014)

By Andrew Buckner

The Andrew Buckner/ AWordofDreams Summer 2020 Short Film Festival continues with films 7 and 8 in the 14-part series: “The Loner” (2019), which was directed by Kris Salvi, and “Slow Burn” (2014). The latter was directed by Stephen Martin. Both projects are connected by being dramatic, credible, character-driven works. Moreover, they are also similarly notable for their intense tone and premises which revolve around crimes of the past.

As promised, the festival continues with:

Film 7: “The Loner”

Summary:

Frank Rizzo is an over the hill hit-man and soldier who is trying to redeem himself. All the while, he is haunted by the murder of a close friend from years ago.

Cast and Crew Information:

Writer/Director: Kris Salvi

Cast: Marc Powers, Dustin Teuber, Kate Eppers, Craig Capone And Samantha Webb

Run Time: 31:52

Director Statement: “This film is done in a docudrama style. Filmed very gritty to represent the lifestyle of this mobster’s life. ‘The Loner’ is a look inside the everyday life of a working class Gangster and the pain that follows him throughout that world.”

The film can be viewed in full at the Facebook page for the short. It can be found here.

Film 8: “Slow Burn”

Tag line/ Summary:

A father struggles with the release of his son’s murderer from prison. Revenge is a given….seeing it through is not.

Cast and crew information can be found on the above poster for the film.

Contact Stephen on Instagram:

Stephenmartin11.11

Additional Information:

Black and white.

Run Time: 19 min. 30 sec.

“Slow Burn” was an official selection of the Woods Hole Film Festival 2015.

It won the Audience Award at the Southeast New England Film, Music and Arts Festival.

*The films included herein are included with the kind permission of the filmmakers.

The Andrew Buckner/ AWordofDreams Summer 2020 Short Film Festival- Films 5 and 6: “A Rock Feels No Pain” (2020) and “Spice” (2018)

By Andrew Buckner

The Andrew Buckner/ AWordofDreams Summer 2020 Short Film Festival continues with films 5 and 6 of the 14-part series: “A Rock Feels No Pain” (2020), directed by Gabrielle Rosson and Kris Salvi, and “Spice” (2018). The latter was directed by Lawrence Butchbinder. Both shorts are again connected by the genre of Comedy, as was the case with the former pair of brief films. Moreover, they are both hilarious and uniquely heartfelt.

As promised, the online festival continues with:

Film 5: “A Rock Feels No Pain”

Summary:

A Rock Feels No Pain (2020)

Quarantine feels like a life sentence to Jimmy, until he learns to do the time on his own terms.

Not Rated | 8 min |Short, Comedy

About The Directors:

Gabrielle Rosson & Kris Salvi live, work, and make art in Massachusetts, and have collaborated on a number of projects since meeting in 2019.

Salvi is known for his writing, directing, and acting in independent films such as “I Am A Rain Dog,” “Gutterbug,” “Odd Men Out,” “Deja Vu’ers,” “Strawberry Lane,” “The Loner,” “Cleaner,” “You’re On The Air,” and “Salvation,”—among many others. When he isn’t making movies, he’s writing and conducting research for future productions.

Rosson began her filmmaking career as a student at Bridgewater State University where she wrote, directed, and produced her first award-winning short, “Get Up Eight,” as part of a larger effort to raise awareness about addiction and recovery. Since then, she has written, directed, produced, and acted in a number of independent shorts, including “Salvation,” “Kill Me In The Moonlight,” and “Being Kris Salvi.” Her next film, an homage to 1930s Hollywood called “Dessert,” begins principal photography this Fall. 

Directors Statement:

“A Rock Feels No Pain” was conceived during quarantine and was filmed in one day using the principals of social distancing. It was tremendous fun to work with lead actor Justin Thibault, and we are very proud of the final product. We hope it provides a little relief during these trying times! Enjoy 🙂

Film 6: “Spice”

Summary:

“Spice” (2018) is an award-winning comedy from Shoot the Moon Films, about a married couple (Steve Blackwood and Pamela Morgan) who hope to spice things up in the bedroom. This 12-minute short packs in great humor, heart-felt moments, and leaves you wanting more!

Cast and crew information:

Written by David Susman

Produced by Curtis Reid

Directed by Jeffrey Buchbinder

Links to further information on the film:

IMDB page:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5341518/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2&fbclid=IwAR1tRiNegHzUH-2kuXKcQP74so1yVLUrbRKj_vlGlmBTP7TB9t0v9xoEDI8

Shoot the Moon Films Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/shootthemoonfilms

Facebook Page for “Spice”:

https://www.facebook.com/SpiceFilm

*All films included in this festival are shown in full with the kind permission of those involved with the film itself.