Bret Wood's Efforts and Exploits

An updated guide to film and DVD work.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


R.I.P. Kelly Groucutt

Friday, February 06, 2009

Bret Gets Kinky

As briefly alluded to in a recent Facebook status report, my short film The Other Half will have its world premiere on Wednesday, February 25 in New York. The screening is at 9:00 pm at the Anthology Film Archives, as part of the CineKink Film Festival.

I'm proud to say, at this point, the film has a 100% festival acceptance rate! I'd better savor that feeling while I can.

If you're a New Yorker, you can purchase tickets (and peruse CineKink's other offerings) at the Official CineKink B-Side Website.

I was referred to them by Ray Privett, the brain behind the distribution collective Cinema Purgatorio. He pinpointed it as a cool, well-run festival with a loyal following, and a demographic that is... shall we say... not unsuited to my brand of filmmaking.

The festival is in its sixth year and, according to its mission statement: "Founded in 2003, CineKink is an organization that recognizes and encourages the positive depiction of sexuality and kink in film and television, most visibly through its annual film festival, CineKink NYC. Featuring a specially-selected program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality, with offerings drawn from both Hollywood and beyond, works presented by CineKink range from documentary to drama, camp comedy to hot porn, mildly spicy to quite explicit - and everything in between."

I only hope their audience doesn't find it too tame for their tastes.

I'm eager to check out CineKink -- still debating whether or not I'm going. Ordinarily I'd gladly put up the $150 -- but right now, every spare dollar goes in the filmmaking pot. If I'm really going to shoot a feature this summer, I gotta tighten the belt and make sacrifices.

I know... some cast and crew members might now be thinking, "I thought you told me this was NOT porn!" No, it's not porn, but you knew it wasn't the typical quirky Southern indie film the moment you pulled into that fleabag motel in Rome.

I've posted photos online, but realize I haven't shared the plotline, so here's the official story: "To evade the psychological cruelty of her disabled husband, a woman arranges a sexual tryst for him and a 'dancer' at a cheap motel."

EMBRACE THE ABJECT! Let's face it -- I don't make the same movies as everyone else -- and my work belongs in a festival that caters to, uh, unconventional tastes. I'm hoping that at CineKink, The Other Half will find an audience that appreciates its eclecticism.

The Other Half will be playing along with a feature film, MindFLESH.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Second Best Place to Live

Much has been happening lately -- and I am way overdue in my bloggery -- so give me a few posts in which to catch up. In the near future, I plan to talk about

1) The World premiere of my short film THE OTHER HALF (2/25)
2) My plans to shoot a feature film this summer: THE LITTLE DEATH.


The point of today's post is just to call attention to an article in the Winter 2009 issue of MovieMaker Magazine: "Best Places to Live in 2009: The 25 best cities in the U.S. to ride it out as an independent moviemaker this year."

Surprisingly, they chose Atlanta as #2 on the list.

It's not online yet, but I'm sure the good folks over at MM won't mind me plugging the article with a sample, since I'm quoted therein:

No offense to my L.A. friends -- I just thought a little snarkiness would help get me in print -- and whaddya know -- it worked! My quote is a little more coherent in its entirety, but I have no complaint about how it appears in the magazine. Here's the whole enchilada, for posterity:

Atlanta is full of artists eager to climb the filmmaking ladder but -- because it's Atlanta, where there's very little studio/network production and virtually no investors -- there are few rungs to grab hold of. As a result, the indie film scene is more like a human pyramid, where aspiring writers/directors/actors pool their talents and trade favors in order to make the kind of films that gets festival play and stand a shot at distribution. It's not unusual to see accomplished directors working as d.p.'s, actors dishing crafties, and producers painting sets.

If you're too proud to hold a boom... move to L.A.