I’m with Phil Headed to PPV; Breaks Doc Gets 3 Grants

Our distributor has informed me they pitched I’m with Phil to Dish Network and Comcast and both companies want to offer it on Pay Per View by hopefully the end of this month. Very excited to have the film available nationwide!!! Later we hope to get it available on iTunes, Amazon, and possibly Netflix.

The feature length historical documentary I am co-directing on the Breaks Interstate Park has now received a total of 3 grants (Ratcliffe Foundation – $5000, National Trust for Historic Preservation – $5000, Virginia Foundation for Humanities – $1500). Many University of Pikeville film and media art students have contributed heavily to this film project. We are nearing completion on the fine cut of the film and the score is in its final tweaking stages as well. It is being produced by Will MacMorran a faculty member/lecturer within the Blue Grass, Old Time, and Country Music program at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Among the talented musicians featured in the score are Aynsley Porchak, the 2015 Grand Master Fiddle Champion, and Jane MacMorran, a feature violinist for the award-winning PBS documentary film Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People. By the Fall we plan to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a celebrity narrator for the film to replace the temporary narrator track we currently have in there. Stay tuned for more updates on these exciting projects and thank you all for your support!

UPIKE U-Parodies Fall 2015

This week our Film & Media Arts program at UPIKE hosted our 2nd UPIKE U-Parodies event in partnership with the Office of Student Success.

uparodiesattendance  watching the films

This competitive screening featured parody films of movies and TV shows as created by UPIKE students.  The event was well attended; I think there were around 100 people there, and all the films got lots of laughs.  Below you can watch a parody of the Lord of the Rings that was created by my FMA 335 Digital Film Production class.