Recognized Across the Country
Reading, Pennsylvania (Tuesday, October 26, 2004) The last time we visited our merry band of movie makers, they were being presented with the "Best Narrative Feature" award from the Zoinks! Film Festival located in Boston, MA. Let's check in to see what they've been up to since then, shall we?
Two Festivals, Two Awards, One Weekend...
Tulsa, Oklahoma (Saturday, October 16, 2004) The Bare Bones Film Festival, a four-day celebration of film featuring acting workshops, technical demonstrations, and live script readings, awards "Townies" the "Grand Jury Selection" in the "Youth Oriented Feature" category. For more information on The Bare Bones Film Festival, visit script2screenfest.tripod.com.
Berkeley, California (Sunday, October 17, 2004) Founded in 1990, the Berkeley Video and Film Festival was created as a way to "challenge and confront our notions of 'electronic cinema.' During their 2004 offering, "Townies" was awarded the "Award of Excellence" in the "Comedy" category.
The North American Tour Continues!
Manteca, California — The Delta Film Festival, a "showcase and competition of independent feature length and short films, with a special focus on digital film processing" has chosen "Townies" as an official selection with a screening scheduled for Saturday, November 6, 2004 at 2:20 p.m. Pacific Time on Screen 2.
Charlotte, North Carolina — The Southern Exposure Film Festival (being held November 20th and 21st) recently accepted "Townies" as an official selection for their 2004 event. Official screening time and location to be announced.
New York, New York — Start spreading the news, "Townies" has been selected into "New York City's Premiere Film Festival", The 2004 Big Apple Film Festival. This annual event, presented by the Anthology Film Archives, is a two-day salute to independent films from all over the world. This year's festival is expected to draw celebrities and film industry representatives. The festival takes place December 17th and 18th — an official screening time has yet to be announced.
"Things have been incredible the past couple of weeks," said Producer Robert Trate. "The entire festival tour has been a great experience. We've been meeting other filmmakers and getting some great feedback... and, the awards we've been receiving are just the icing on the cake."
"We've been so busy that I don't have time to eat, sleep, or sometimes breathe," explained Director/Producer Brett Bagenstose. "Have you ever tried to give up breathing? It's not cool."
Shopping cart bowling, varied defecation techniques, and furniture with pornographic pasts are just a few of the sensitive subjects touched upon in this emotional tour de force. "Townies" is the tale of pizza delivery peon Jake Slate, a seven-year college student who is coming to a crossroads in his life. Down one path lies an internship with a Fortune 500 conglomerate and the money, prestige, and comfy chairs that go with it. And down the other, his friends since birth who are going nowhere and having a grand time doing it.