AU PAIR, KANSAS had a lovely screening at the Oslo lgbt film festival (Skieve Filmer) last month. Bard and his crew did a great job of taking care of me when I visited (and luckily bought me some beers, which were really, really expensive there–my first $15 beer.) Haavard and Anne were there and many in the audience even stood up and applauded at the end of the movie. Haavard and I were also interviewed on the national tv show GOOD MORNING, NORWAY. And the poster schedule displayed in front of the theater had a picture of Traci Lords in her first major movie, CRY BABY.
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AU PAIR, KANSAS was just announced as winner of the Emerging Artist Award for Best Men’s Feature at the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival! It screens this Friday and Saturday in Durham, NC. Woohoo. So keyed that someone outside of big cities likes this subtle, heartfelt film set in small town American (take that NYC and LA!)
It’s the second of three reviews, so scroll down to the AU PAIR, KANSAS review by George Heymont.
Alas, another close, but no banana effort last Sunday at the awards banquet for the Action on Film Festival, where JT (okay–I) got runner-up (strangely, the winner was seated at the same table I was at. I didn’t see his movie, but everyone at the table was cheering so apparently it was good.) The picture shown here is JT (okay–me) getting the AMC Heartland Narrative feature film award at the KC FilmFest a couple months ago (world premiere of AU PAIR, KANSAS.) Very happy to have the film get recognized at Action on Film. Best part of the whole festival, a guy came up to me and said he normally wouldn’t have watched a movie like AU PAIR, KANSAS, but that his girlfriend starred in the short that played before it, so he stayed and watched APK. He then told me he’d been going to film festivals for three years, and that AU PAIR, KANSAS was his favorite film he’d ever seen at a film festival! Who needs awards when you get reviews like that!
Marco’s amazing cinematography on AU PAIR, KANSAS was honored with runner-up award at the Action on Film Festival this past weekend. So keyed that Marco got recognized (and the judges would have seen just the dvd version. The movie is beautiful in high def/HDCAM) in the first festival the movie has screened in that has a cinematography award. A couple people have told me the images are the most beautiful they’ve ever seen of Kansas in a movie!
Last night had a wonderful screening of AU PAIR, KANSAS in Pasadena, CA, as part of the Action on Film Festival. Cast members Peter, Gavin, Britt, Cher present, as well as DP Marco, singer/writer Ariana, producer Catherine, were all there (many seeing the film for the first time.) Very responsive crowd. Next up, black tie awards dinner on July 30th, maybe we’ll win some more awards! Here’s a pic of producer Catherine McCabe and writer/director JT O’Neal getting interviewed on the red carpet!
Traci Lords and Haavard Lilleheie were just nominated for best actress and best actor in a feature film at the Action on Film Festival, 2011. AU PAIR, KANSAS will screen on Tuesday, July 26th at 8 PM at Regency Academy Theaters, 1003 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA. So keyed that these two great actors have been recognized. Also, Marco Fargnoli got nominated for best cinematography and JT O’Neal for best director, but no one really cares about DPs, or directors, so there’s no pictures of them. Very excited that the movie is getting recognized.
Named one of the top 25 film festival worth the entry fee (!), Action on Film Festival shows not only action films, but cool little indies, like AU PAIR, KANSAS, which will screen at the Academy Cinemas, Tuesday, July 26th, at 8 pm. 1003 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA, 91106. It may be a small theater, so get your tickets earlier.