Director Biography – Eric Dyson (APPY DAYS)

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A native Angeleno, Eric Dyson has been immersed in film & television his entire life. While studying at Brooks Institute of Photography, Eric spent a lot of hours working in the world of musical theater. After graduation, his first job was with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. “One of my most memorable experiences was running a video camera while Steven used toy dinosaurs to map out shots for Jurassic Park. ” Not long after, he became a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600. As a member of local 600, Eric has over 40,000 hours of on set experience. With credits that include A Wrinkle In Time, Snowfall and Crazy Ex Girlfriend to name a few. During his many years of camera work, Eric has developed a keen eye for what it takes to build a scene with strong visuals; all the while mastering the art of working inter-departmentally to get the day’s work completed.

Eric’s directing credits include short films, music videos, trailers and documentary work.

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Short Film: APPY DAYS, 20min, USA, Comedy/Family

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“If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” goes bad. Randy finds an app to solve his families mobile technology distraction problem.

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Director Biography – Caitlin Dahl (THE GET TOGETHER)

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Caitlin Dahl was born in Toronto, Canada to a sisterhood of strong talented artists. She attended Ryerson University and has since written, produced and directed three short films, a documentary film and countless music videos.

Caitlin got her start as a lead editor on Tim McGraw’s videos “Suspicions”, “Southern Voice” and McGraw and Def Leppard’s “Nine Lives”. Following the release of the videos, Caitlin was invited on Tim McGraw’s North American 2008 tour to shoot and edit for documentary purposes. Upon her return to Los Angeles, Caitlin and her twin sister Melinda formed their Production Company Dahlhouse Productions where Caitlin has been the head writer, director and producer of the film and television division. Their most notable clients include: Guess, Guess by Marciano, G by Guess, Sexy Hair and Bosley Professional Strength.

Her short film “White Picket Fence”, premiered at the Dances With Films Festival, where it won an Honorable Mention for Best Short Film. Her latest short film “Grown-Ups” recently premiered at the Los Angeles Independent Filmmakers Showcase in May of 2017 and won a total of ten awards in the festival circuit.

Caitlin began her career as an actress and has since appeared in numerous commercials, films and television productions, including, Nip/Tuck (FX), House M.D. (FOX), and American Horror Story (FX). She also sings and plays lead guitar in her band The Dahls with her sister Melinda.

Caitlin is married to Executive Producer/Writer, Danny Smith on “Family Guy”. They have two children together, Waylon and Adelaide.

Director Statement

I wrote “The Get Together” after I was invited to screen my last short film “Grown-Ups” at the prestigious and Oscar qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival. I was so inspired by what I saw on opening night that I threw away the other short film script I was working on and opted to really challenge myself and write something I could visualize being shown on opening night of the festival next year. I dug deep within myself, wrote from my own experiences, and came up with a funny, farcical piece about two couples coming together for a dinner party to help plan a wedding for their children. Once gathered, the two couples gradually expose their own marital problems, as well as a growing enchantment with each other’s partners. All of their insecurities and human foibles soon come to the surface, and all of this is exacerbated by the fact that they have unwittingly and accidently eaten fudge that has been laced with edible marijuana – which of course results in confusion, hilarity and absurdity.

I want to tell this story to explore the many issues of marriage – its value, its relevance, and the question of its sustainability. My parents’ generation were the first to question the validity and the need for marriage (the film “The Graduate” comes to mind), and for many people my age, the idea of a lifetime of monogamy flies in the face of the basic human desire for variety and adventure. As best as we try, it seems so many of us are always looking for something more – or at least different.

Director Biography – Christopher Mack (HOPE IS FRENCH)

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Chris Mack is a Paris based acting coach. He directs and writes plays and films in Paris, where he resides. Directing credits include, The Race of the Ark Tattoo, Paris Doll, Seventy Scenes of Halloween, and The Varian Fry Project.

Chris teaches/has taught acting for stage and screen for Blanche Salant, EICAR, Les Ateliers du Sudden, Bilingual Acting Workshop, New York Film Academy Paris, and Paris Meisner Studio, as well as for episodes of some TV series, like the French series, The Bureau Des Legends.

Chris is also a Paris-based voiceover artist. He does voiceovers for numerous documentaries, commercials and films.

Director Statement

Inspired by Schrödinger’s Cat, Hope is French is a cat-in-a-box tale. Like Erwin Schrödinger, we ask, Is the cat alive or not alive? Only our cat’s name is Hope. And Hope is French…

Everyone has had a bad hair day. A day where, no matter how well it starts, we can be emotionally destroyed in moments by things out of our control. These moments, and our reactions to them, are incredibly tragic, but also darned funny. With the gift of time we can look back at the worst problems with laughter. The human spirit is so great that we will do anything to keep on going. There is always hope. This film is about those horrible (and funny) moments.

What choices does Polly make in the face of her romantic Paris gone mad? Especially when she is obliged to navigate the French people and the language? Hope is funnier with a French accent (where the French don’t know how to pronounce the “h”). Language problems make Polly’s plight even worse.

France was the home of Sartre, de Beauvoir, and it was the adopted home of Samuel Beckett. “Heavy Thinkers.” But it’s also the backdrop for beautiful and schmaltzy romantic films, like An American in Paris. A city full of existential dread, but also of love and light and the French joy of life. C’est comme ca (it’s like that) is an acceptance of life, good and bad. Don’t forget that the French say “merde” for “break a leg,” because to them, stepping on shit is lucky. France is a country of contradictions. This is why we chose Paris as the backdrop for Polly’s story. It’s like life. Sometimes you step on the shit, and ‘c’est comme ca.”

So the themes of this comic short film include hope, charm and also existential despair. We try to convey these themes stylistically and visually through our shots, colors, and design choices. Cinematographically, our film pays homage to contradictory France, and French kitsch. Polly’s world is real, but colorful, contradictory, and improbable. Like France. We hope you like her story.

Short Film: HOPE IS FRENCH, 15min., France, Comedy/Relationships

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Ever have a bad hair day? Where you should’ve stayed in bed? In Paris, city of lights and rain, Polly, an American in Paris, struggles with clogged toilets, heartbreak, STDs, bad therapy, a handgun surprise, mastering the French subjunctive and the police. But there’s always Hope. The cat. But can even Hope survive?

  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Hope is French
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Dark Comedy, France
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 12, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    France
  • Film Language:
    English, French
  • Shooting Format:
    MIRRORLESS CAMERA Sony A7RIII
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: SIRI WITH A VENGEANCE, 5min., Norway, Comedy/Thriller

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Shawn is held has to play a game of survival, after Siri hacks into his Android phone to seek revenge for not using her anymore.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Comedy, Satire
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 15, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Norway
  • Country of Filming:
    Norway
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35
  • Film Color:
    Color

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HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: July 2019 Comedy FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST ROMANCE FILM: TURN IT AROUND

BEST COMEDY FILM: THE VICTORY OF CHARITY

BEST PERFORMANCES: TURN IT AROUND

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: THE GLORIOUS PEANUT

BEST MUSIC: YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY

THEME: Unique Love

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterJOE, 20min., USA, Romance

festival posterTEN MINUTES TOPS, 6min, France, Comedy

festival posterTHE GLORIOUS PEANUT, 18min., Belgium, Comedy

festival posterYOU DRIVE ME CRAZY, 8min. USA, Comedy/Thriller

festival posterTURN IT AROUND, 9min., Netherlands, Romance

festival posterTHE VICTORY OF CHARITY, 24min., Austria, Comedy

The theme of the July 2019 Comedy & Romance Feedback Film Festival in Toronto was “Different types of love”.

Each film was about a character or situation with love in a unique sort of way.

The 18th event of the Toronto festivals in 2019.

20 more festivals to go in Toronto this year.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo