Caroline of Virginia has been officially announced as an official selection of the 2014 Phnom Penh International Film Festival. This is a landmark event for me as a filmmaker as it is the first time my work will be seen outside of North America. I’m happy it was this particular film to make such an important achievement as it was the first film I made to get into a film festival to begin with and to be recognized with an award. It makes sense that it would continue to further my accolades.
Although I know the festival will be in September, I have not yet received the screening schedule so I do not know the exact date that COV will screen. I’m to understand the staffers there are working really hard on getting the scheduled locked and live, so stay tuned!
Hey all! The crew of Norcross Media was present at this year’s Manhattan Film Festival to support our film Caroline of Virginia. Below are some of the photos that were taken during the course of the week and on the day of the screening. While the festival is still going on and we’ll continue to attend and view the films, the bulk of the imagery has been shot.
Lauren Meley, Kristina Harris, Eric Norcross & Jan Major
Lauren Dickinson, Alice Waters , Lauren Meley, Mike Bukosky
Since my film Caroline of Virginia is an official selection of this year’s Manhattan Film Festival, I’ve opted in for a festival wide filmmakers pass and will be attending most of the events and screenings this week. My review for each day will be posted shortly thereafter. This is the first installment.
The Manhattan Film Festival‘s opening night party was attended by many if not most of this year’s selected filmmakers including my producer Jan Major,our lead actress Lauren Meley and yours truly. Most of the time it was filmmakers trying to get their peers to commit to each others screenings and I couldn’t help but to think the promise of attendance, on most of our parts, was BS especially since many people left advertising and other printed media behind.Without the reminder to go, there in lies the excuse to blow it off. Of course COV didn’t bring any of that stuff, we decided that the true supporters will be there and any the filmmakers who are truly interested in the work of their peers will attend the other screenings if they have the time.
With that said we did meet some interested and interesting people; the cast of a film called Dead Eye and a few filmmakers whom I previously interviewed for the NewFilmmakers New York Filmmaker Profiles series. Beyond that, it wasn’t much more than a mechanism for buying drinks (which I always avoid at all costs at work events) and meeting people who may or may not consider you a rival.
While it made for a good photo op, I’m hoping the events later in the week will prove to be more of what I was hoping for when we got into the festival. I’m also optimistic about the screenings, some of these films I’ve been wanting to see for some time and others I want to see again.
Hey all, I just wanted to put up the last of the NYC Premiere photos from the Caroline of Virginia screening with New Filmmakers New York on July 4th. Check them out below. The wait was due to developing time. I shot these on a disposable 35mm camera (yeah what!).
The Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Eileen O’Shea and Jan Major waiting before the show, outside the Anthology Film Archives
Actress Lauren Meley (Caroline), Actor Michael Scott Ross (The Musician), Producer Jan Major and Writer/Director Eric Norcross (me!)
Jan Major and Eileen O’Shea talking after the show.
I wanted to give a shout out to everyone who attended the debut of Caroline of Virginia at the New Filmmakers New York Shorts Series at Summer Fest last night – as we closed the shorts section, our 37 minute film received a great response. There are a few facts about the screening last night that I would like to share: first off, most of the attendees were in support or attended in curiosity of our little film and I’m very appreciative of that. Thank you. Hearing the sounds people make during the various scenes was reassuring that the emotions we were going for was a success, I feel we told the story we set out to tell.
Some of the feedback was unexpected and some of it was feedback I was looking to hear. Overall there were no negative comments and I assure you, some of the folks who attended would have been vocal of their dislike had they not been impressed. That’s why I made sure to invite them! One of my favorite comments was that I successfully made New York City a character in the story. This choked me up because NYC, to me, has always been an entity with its own life force and finding a mechanism for showing that life force to an audience, in the way that I deal with it every day, is gratifying. I love this town and I want other people to love it too.
Up to this point I have not been very vocal about my upcoming film “Caroline of Virginia” except to reference it in a few blogs (see “Filmmaking is Terrorism“) and the subtle release of the teaser trailer through online channels. This week I completed and released what I’m calling the featurette trailer. This is basically a regular trailer with various excerpts from the movie, intertwined and out of order, only with this I included interviews with the main cast as to their perceptions of the film while working on it and who their characters are. Lauren Meley, the lead actress playing Caroline in the film, talks about how she worked out the character and elaborates a bit on the plot and the other characters. Co-starMichael Scott Ross discusses the originality of the story.
You’ve probably noticed the festival portal by now (if you’re a reader of this blog or a frequent visitor to my website). If you’re not, here’s a brief copy and paste of the summary from my website:
When a deaf woman befriends a musician, she wakes up one morning
with the ability to hear. Although at first this comes as a blessing, she
realizes there’s a catch to her miracle and it’s all at the musician’s
This concept came to me in the winter of 2006, just weeks after the December 2005 NYC Transit Strike, which essentially left me stranded from commuting to my day job (at the time I was working for Virgin Entertainment Group). I spent many hours during those three days at my apartment in Brooklyn, learning sign language via the world wide web. After work resumed I had come up with the idea of a deaf woman, who is granted the ability to hear, under the condition that her love interest would give up his hearing at will. It’s a pretty crazy story and was amplified this summer when I decided to write her love interest as being a professional musician. I’m still in post-production of this film and expect it’s completion in January, at which point I will immediately begin sending screeners to as many festivals as I can afford. Additionally I am seeking to have public screenings in both NYC and Los Angeles within the year 2011 and want to use this blog as a forum for calling out anyone who’d be willing to help us out with that. Suggestions for movie theaters seeking original independently produced material or connections to people who know how to make these things happen. I’m all ears (no pun intended).
In the weeks following the new year, expect major progress with this film. This movie is different. I can’t tell you that with complete honesty. Nothing I’ve done rivals this and it only forces me to bring it up a notch the next time around. This film is personal, it is rich and it has the best actors I’ve ever worked with. If you’re interested in following the progress further, updates will be posted to the portal:http://www.ericnorcross.com/carolinevirginia.html and of course via my social networking pages/feeds which are all available through thewebsite.