Jerry Pippin Presents
Coverage of the 2004 Bare Bones International Film Festival
BARE BONES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2004
for a list of all of the winners at this years festival.
Photos from the Festival
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BARE BONES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2004
From: The Founders of the 5th (April 19-25th) Annual Bare Bones International
Film Festival, Shironbutterfly & Oscar Ray.
CHARLES NEDWIN "NED" HOCKMAN AKA "HOLLYWOOD" HOCKMAN (at
right in photo above) is the recipient of this
year's Bare Bones Trailblazer and Living Legend Award for all of his tireless
work in motion pictures and his role in creating the next generation of
filmmakers major and minor in the State of Oklahoma and around the world.
Tuesday, April 22nd 6:00 pm
ShadowWood Mall Cinema-401 W. Broadway-Downtown Muskogee
A special screening of "Stark Fear", 1960 B & W movie produced and directed
by Ned Hockman, shot on location in Oklahoma and Arkansas with Hollywood Actress
Beverly Garland, was a movie drama, before it's time and has spawned the many
"fear" type movies that have come later.
Thursday, April 22, 5;30 pm
Muskogee's Chamber of Commerce & City of Muskogee Welcomes Filmmakers
Outdoor Block Party & Business After Hours- 3rd & Broadway Streets
Salute to Ned Hockman and acknowledgement of special guests by the Mayor of
Muskogee Hershell McBride.
Food, Entertainment and Movies start at 8:00 pm
A Special short Documentary on the Life & Times of Ned Hockman as seen
through the eyes of his student, John Meyer, Jr. will be shown along with
several short films that highlight this years film festival. Film Noir,
Comedies, Drama, Documentaries, Animation, Student Filmmakers and the world
premiere of the first recipient of the Bare Bones "Shoot 'n OK" Greenlight
Project, a short comedy "Male-2-Order" featuring Jeanne Baker, a Tulsa resident,
funded by Darkwood Film Arts Institute.
More movie descriptions and schedules on our website.
On Festival Closing day, Sunday, April 25th 3:00-5:00 pm, the final
opportunity to pay tribute to Oklahoma's Living Legend Honoree during the Bare
Bones Awards Gala at the Roxy Theatre-220 W. Okmulgee Ave-Downtown Muskogee, OK.
We hope that you will come out and show your support and help us to make
Thursday and/or Sunday events a very special one for our own Charles Nedwin
Shironbutterfly & Oscar Ray
401 W. Broadway, Suite 308 Muskogee, OK 74401
This year we are planning a bigger and better celebration of the Art &
Business of Independent Moviemaking, April 19-25, 2004 in Muskogee, OK.
CLICK HERE for Promos and information from the 2004
Bare Bones has been dubbed the "World’s Friendliest Film Festival" by it’s
alumni. This is evidenced by it’s down-home, feel appreciated-family approach.
From arrival to departure, it’s a non-stop array of truly independent movies,
roundtables, panel discussions, interviews on radio and TV talk shows, hands-on
demonstrations, tours, parties, receptions and a glamorous Awards Gala that
makes you wonder why the Bare Bones motto is "No Frills-No Waste". Actually this
motto is referring to movie productions with budgets less than a million
The Bare Bones Independent Film Festival have gained an international
reputation for championing the hypenate-autueur. This is the person who is
willing to use any means necessary to get his/her movie made; thus assuming many
production positions, i.e. writer-director, actor-producer combinations, then
assuming roles as music supervisor, editor, cinematographer, production
designer, actor/actress, to name a few. The coveted Bonehead Award is presented
during the Awards Gala featuring entertainers, awards presenters, showcases and
reception. The mantra for the Bonehead is "We the indie filmmaker, left to fend
for ourselves, have done so much with so little, for so long, that we are now
qualified to do anything with nothing."
The Bare Bones International Film Festival provides the backdrop for an
intimate experience for filmmakers, cast and crew to network with each other and
festival goers. The movie screenings are an eclectic array of films representing
the full spectrum of INDIEWOOD: student films, documentaries, animations,
experimentals, narratives, shorts, mini, features, music videos, actor
monologues, TV productions, screenplay readings. Additional festival events
include a Youth Film Project, with guest-filmmakers interacting with elementary,
middle and high school students, promoting Behind-The-Scenes aspects of
moviemaking. Local tours around Northeastern Oklahoma are also scheduled during
the festival to showcase the diversity of locations talent and crew, with a
film-friendly attitude to encourage out-of-state filmmaker-guests to consider
Oklahoma as their indie production destination.
The festival is now in it’s 5th year, and have saluted numerous Indie
Trailblazers such as Robert Rodriguez, Rick Schmidt, Lt. Governor Mary Fallin,
Wes Studi, Annette O’Toole, Mario Avila, Orville Baldridge, OTFC org , Valerie
Red-Horse, Jerry Pippin, Ian Skorodin, Jackson Burns, John Wooley, Allena
Brackin, and Clu Gulager. Why? Because we must honor those who dared to pave the
way for others. We are now accepting nominations for the 2004 Indie Trailblazer
Thus far, Ned Hockman, retired University of Oklahoma Professor, Director,
Motion Picture Production, School of Journalism & Communication has been
Entries are accepted on VHS or DVD for screening and judging until January
31, 2004 at the low rates of $40 feature-length (60 minutes/pages or more), $35
mini-feature (31-59 minutes/pages), an $30 shorts (30 minutes or less). $15
Movie Trailers (up to 5 minutes) Late fees of $15 will be applied after that
date. All original formats of 35mm, 16mm, 8mm, DV, Mini-DV, HD, and Video are
accepted on DVD or S-VHS for festival screening. More details on rules can be
found on website:
Persons interested in volunteering during the festival may sign-up by sending
an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org For more info, call 918-391-1313.
Mark your calendar to attend the 5th Annual Bare Bones International
Independent Film Festival & Movie-Biz Conference, April 19-25, 2004 in Muskogee,
"The World's Friendliest Film Festivals" Where the IndieFilmmakers are
An unexpected encounter with mysterious stranger changes the life of
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A Movie by Don Boner
Order the DVD Now . Losers Lounge accepted by 2004 Bare Bones International
Independent Film Festival being held April 19-25, 2004.
Eric Haines and JP Nickels
Bare Bones participant to document festival participation
Pittsburgh --- Five Cent Productions, LLC, the Pittsburgh-based,
independent film company whose award-winning screwball comedy, ³Why We Had To
Kill Bitch,² has been accepted for screening by the fifth annual Bare Bones
International Film Festival in Muskogee, will document its participation in
the festival with a documentary titled ³The Road to Muskogee.²
³Essentially, we¹re making a movie to promote the fact that we¹ve made a
movie that¹s in a major film festival,² said producer, director and
screenwriter John-Paul Nickel.
Five Cent Productions began shooting ³The Road to Muskogee² on Monday April
5th at the first rehearsal for their Oklahoma Gas Money Fund Raiser. Filming
continued at the fund raiser on Tuesday, April 12th at The Rex Theater in
While at the Bare Bones festival, Five Cent Productions will film ³Team
Bitch¹s shameless self-promoting all over the town of Muskogee, the April 23rd
screening of ³Why We Had To Kill Bitch at the Roxy Theatre and most of the
events at the Bare Bones Film Festivals,² said Nickel.
In addition to its participation at the Bare Bones International Film
Festival, Five Cent Productions will shoot a 5-minute promotional film for
Bacone College. ³Bacone selected us to shoot the promo in exchange for
covering our hotel stay for the week we¹re in Oklahoma,² says Nickel. ³Bacone
does not have an Audio/Video department and they¹d like a to have a nicely put
together promotional video about the college to present to the board to say,
ŒThis is why we need a Film Program.¹ ²
Information about the screening of ³Why We Had To Kill Bitch² at the Bare
Bones festival is in the press release below. More information about the Bare
Bones International Film Festival is available at www.barebones.uni.cc. More
information about ³Why We Had To Kill Bitch² and Five Cent Productions, LLC is
available by phoning 412.719.9999 or by visiting the web site at
Why We Had To Kill Bitch
the feel good family comedy
Winner: BEST FEATURE LENGTH COMEDY, MPC Fall Film Festival
"...Nickel and cohorts simply make it near impossible not
to like this film."
- Daniel Wible, Film Threat
"Silly film. Entertaining ensemble cast. Love the camera
- Dances With Films International Film Festival
"The name alone makes the movie worth seeing!"
- Steve Opsanic, President of The Great Lakes Independent
"Bitch is a visual treat. Viewers need to pay close
attention to what happens on the sidelines as well as the main action."
- Wayne Wise Pulp Magazine
"Stunts like smuggling Canadians over the border and lacing
children’s ice cream with marijuana ... shed light on the moronic
misadventures of the licentious characters ... The background story is almost
like a film of its own..."
- Daniel J. Stasiewski, A&E Editor The Behrend Beacon
Pittsburgh --- Why We Had To Kill Bitch, the award-winning screwball comedy
from Pittsburgh-based, independent film production Five Cent Productions, LLC,
has been accepted for screening by the fifth annual Bare Bones International
Film Festival in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The festival runs April 19-25, 2004. The
screening of Why We Had To Kill Bitch is scheduled for Friday, April, 23rd at
Midnight in The Roxy Theatre.
Why We Had To Kill Bitch has been shown at several truly wonderful
festivals, but this is by far the largest, most prestigious festival we¹ve
been accepted into yet, said producer, director and screenwriter John-Paul
Nickel, ³The Festival Magazine is mailed to over two hundred agencies as well
as independent and studio acquisition and distribution executives for movies
and television in an attempt to get as many possible representatives to
DADBOT: THE MOVIE
Dearborn, Mich. — Brandon Will never considered himself a
He’s been a filmmaker "gonnabe"
since being introduced to video production in 1997 as a sophomore at
Dearborn High School.
Dadbot: The Movie, Will’s first feature-length movie, is
set to premiere on Saturday, April 24th at the Bare Bones International Film
Festival in Oklahoma.
With a defiant, subversive twist on the sci-fi family comedy
genre, Dadbot is
the result of Will’s goal to make a movie that is unique and entertaining. It
is the tale of a somewhat quirky eccentric robot scientist/ single father/
bigot and the adventures surrounding his death and apparent re-birth into his
latest robotic creation.
"I am one of the many people excited about the new advances in
digital moviemaking," Will said. "This is the second time I have made this
particular movie as a feature and I am finally proud of it and confident in
Official Site (FLASH with trailers)
“A genuinely involving story, effortlessly told and undeniably effecting by the
time it arrives at its unlikley conclusion... Heffernan’s a damn smart writer
and EXPIRATION is the exciting start to what should be an exciting career.” -
Ain’t it Cool News
“The textured, painterly digital video cinematography is downright gorgeous
at times; coupled with the haunting, ethereal score by Jon Day and the
rhythmic editing, EXPIRATION often achieves a beautiful sense of poetry.
Heffernan is a natural-born filmmaker...I bet we'll see more from him and the
other talented people involved in this production in the future. And we'll be
amazed.” - Flipside Movies
“Breathtaking Cinema... Leagues better than 90% of films churned out by
respected Hollywood professionals...EXPIRATION exudes raw talent on both sides
of the lens and serves as an unwitting document to the purity of vision
embodied by artists at the beginnings of their careers, before fame and
fortune have affected their judgment and creative output.” - Film Quips Online
“Probably the best Canadian movie of 2003... If EXPIRATION is the future of
digital video filmmaking, count me in and get me a front row seat. I want to
be a part of the future.... Heffernan’s direction is second to none...One of
the best inexperienced casts you’ll ever witness. The performance by Janet
Lane is enough to make you fall in love with movies all over again..” -
“With its artistic camera shots and almost dreamlike atmosphere, Expiration
boasts a unique cinematic style.. It's refreshing to see such excellent work
from a relatively unknown group of actors... Most importantly, Expiration
introduces us an impressive new filmmaker in Gavin Heffernan.” - Reel Talk
In an era when so many up-and-coming filmmakers are playing it safe, Gavin
Heffernan should be applauded... Clearly inspired by directors like Fellini,
Polanski, and Paul Thomas Anderson, Heffernan turns Expiration into a
memorable and undeniably captivating visceral experience. - Reel Film Reviews
“Refreshingly, this is a film which centres on people rather than powder;
on love rather than sex, using inner strength as opposed to sporadic outbursts
of bloody violence; a credit to the literate script and some outstanding
performances from a team of professionals and amateurs. A quietly large
achievement, and one that deserves your attention.” - The Spinning Image
“A surprisingly entertaining film...Heffernan should thank his lucky stars
that he's blessed with such a stellar cast of unknowns. You could watch 100
films produced on moderate budget and never run across this kind of cast.” -
“Hypnotically entertaining....Heffernan's work on Expiration demonstrates
the true potential of digital filmmaking. The overall look is quite
impressive, rivaling that of many traditionally filmed Hollywood
productions....featuring some of the best principle and ensemble performances
of any movie this year, independent or otherwise.” - A.J.’s Movie Reviews
“An intriguing web of a movie with a cast so skilled that it’s impossible
to tell the rookies from the pros. This is indie filmmaking the way it’s meant
to be - unique, clever, nothing like you’d get from the Hollywood machine.” -
“Made with lots of care and more than a little talent, EXPIRATION should
garner respect from other big-time wannabes. More than that, it's an
exceptional film that really deserves professional attention. These filmmakers
don't need 'encouragement' - all of the creatives at work here are ready for
bigger things.” - DVD Savant
“Janet Lane and Denise DePass both exhibit real star power....Energy and
enthusiasm flow naturally from Heffernan’s palpable youthful exuberance, and
his mastery of camera technique and pacing are even more astonishing...they
seem to be the work of someone twice his age. Someone in Hollywood take note:
this is the guy you want to hire.” - Mixed Reviews
“A surprisingly potent independent feature that’s intelligent without being
pretentious, visually confident without showing off and hip without sweating
it.“- Montreal Film Journal
“Fabulous..This is a film that will not be forgotten, it will reside in
your subconscious and conscious minds for the rest of your life.” - Linear
ALL THE BEER IN BARLEYVILLE HAS MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEARED. NOW THE TOWN IS
IN COMPLETE AND UTTER CHAOS.
Beer Muscles is a 90-minute comedy about a town that is totally devoted to
beer. When an evil wine mogul destroys all the beer in Barleyville, it's up to
a super-powered bartender and his slacker buddy to get beer back.
Beer Muscles was shot on mini-DV, with a budget of under $5,000. Filming
took place in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. and lasted from May 2002 to
October, 2002, with postproduction and editing lasting until September, 2003.
Beer Muscles recently won the 2004 B-Movie Merit Award, and will screen at
the Atlanta Comicon Film Festival on April 17, 2004. We are still seeking
I am a 25-year-old filmmaker (writer, director, producer, actor), who has
been making films for 8 years. I am a graduate of Columbia College Chicago,
with a degree in film. This is the first feature film from my Chicago based
production company, Balls Productions. I also produced the short film,
Stanley, which screened at Tromadance 2002. Other Balls Productions titles
include Lethal Injection and A Day in the Life of Danny. Balls Productions
specializes in low-budget, high entertainment movies, for real people.
Stars of Beer Muscles include Bill Booker, Matt McGuire, Carmen Jessee,
Jessee Dunstan, and Mark Zimmerman. Director of Photography was Brad Davison.
Screenwriter Doug Phillips of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, a two-time finalist
in the Screenplay competition of the Bare Bones Film Festival, will attend
this year's Festival in Muskogee, April 19-25. His 2004 Finalist entry is "Mr.
Almost," a romantic comedy. His 2002 Finalist entry was "Lost Boundaries," a
Western adventure based on a true story. On Saturday, April 24, he will
direct, and will play roles in, live readings of 15-page excerpts from both
scripts. Oklahoma actors and actresses will play the remainder of the roles.
The two readings will be presented back-to-back, beginning at 1:00 PM at the
Muskogee Civic Center Cinema, Room B.
In addition to screenwriting, Mr. Phillips is a singer-songwriter, a
fiction and nonfiction writer, a staff film critic for a large website, a
stage actor (credits include "The Happiest Millionaire" and "Calamity Jane"),
and an occasional film actor. He has a credited role in the 2001 Indie flick
"Hollywood, Wisconsin," directed by Ted Roesgen. He worked as an uncredited
extra in the Disney film "Mr. 3000" starring Bernie Mac, to be released later
this year. For a "day job," he works as a Medical Technologist in a hospital
Anyone interested in Mr. Phillips' available screenplays may contact him at
email@example.com for more
|Laurie Lee Goretski|
"There is no escaping what you cannot understand"
An EMP Production
Nominated for Best Soundtrack + Best Thriller
I am the director
of "13 Seconds," a new independent horror film that has recently played to
sold out audiences at many film festivals. Douglas Preston, best-selling
author of The Relic, declared it a "terrifying film, startling, riveting, with
a marvelous and completely unpredictable twist at the end." We were awarded
Best Independent Feature at this year's Calgary International Horror Film
Festival. We were also awarded Best Horror Feature at the New York Independent
International Film Festival. And we were awarded by Ramsey Campbell at this
year's Fantastic Festival of Films.
We will be having our Oklahoma premiere at the Bare Bones International
Film Festival this Saturday, April 24th at 9:30 P.M. Please stop by to meet
the cast and crew.
For more info on us, here is our web address:
To download the trailer, please check out
CLICK HERE to listen
as Jerry talks with Oscar and Shiron "Butterfly" Ray about their movie
company and the movies they have made in Oklahoma.
to listen to part two of the interview.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2003 FESTIVAL
Director Shironbutterfly Ray is shown here (center) with two of
the 2002 festival participants. One of highlights this year was the filming of
the "Great Train Robbery." This was the fourth year
for the event and some major film makers attended this year.
CONTACT: Shironbutterfly Ray
Oklahoma filmmakers truly turned the tide in this years' film festival.
Midwest City Filmmaker, Brett Bower (Star Crossed) was one of three independent
filmmakers nominated for the festival's highest awards, Auteur of The Year, that
goes to the filmmaker who performs the most jobs with the lowest budget and the
highest production values. The other two nominees were Marc Anthony Massimei (The
Shape of Evil) from San Diego, CA and Skip Swink (Everything's
Gary Sievers of Tulsa, attended with his fellow production members
from Hollywood with their Indie feature, LA MARIA, on which he was the
Kenneth Robinson of Bartlesville, directed his screenplay, Deadly
Reality, in a live staged reading.
Ford Austin of Oklahoma City, now living in Hollywood, returned to
screen the World Premiere of his short narrative drama, Soiree during the festival.
Native Oklahoman Madison Miller and her production teammates now living in
Santa Monica, returned to show off their Oklahoma roots with Southern
Hospitality, a feature action/adventure shot on location around the Canadian
River in Southern Oklahoma.
Joel McClaskey of Stillwater premiered his short comedy, Who Gets The
Enid residents Diana Kettle and Tim Eck showed off their latest
music video featuring the folk rock singer GREY. His music was featured
during the Welcome reception for Filmmakers and during the Awards
Newcomers, Carl and Vivian Adams, of Tulsa made their moviemaking debut
with a short comedy, Like A Lady.
Student filmmakers, Adam Ropp-NSU-Tahlequah (Last Conversation), Matt
Sexton-Cameron University (Dumb Game), Crystal Campbell (OU-Norman), Kimi
Loera-Cameron University (A Historical Moment Captured in Bronze), Jonathan
Payne-Rose State College (Jazzman) joined film students from west and east
Pete Sleeper of Edmond, OK (Aussies in the Workplace) presented a
workshop (How to Create Buzz for Bare Bones Movies).