Friday, April 12, 2013

"Dawn" is Now Online!

You can now watch Dawn online! Please feel free to share this with everyone. You can watch the film in HD here. Thank you for two excellent years.

Thank you to the AMAZING cast and crew. It would not have been possible without our small, yet extremely talented group. This film is for you guys.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

"Dawn" Online Release!

That's right. We are finally putting Dawn online for all of you to watch. The film will be available for streaming on Friday, April 12th on the Official Webpage, as well as the Facebook Page.

It has been a great ride working on Dawn. For most of you it started with our Kickstarter video, and for others it was watching it during our festival run, where we had the opportunity to meet tons of great people (and some crazy ones too). However, it all comes to an end next Friday with our online release.

Once again, I wanted to thank you all for your contributions, help, and support during the making of this film. It honestly could not have been accomplished if not for you all. This film is very special to me, and I owe it to you guys.

For future information on Dawn, please visit our Facebook page. For information on my future films, please visit Giant Step Films' website, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

Thank you again. I hope you enjoy the film as much as I enjoyed making it. See you next week.

-- Joshua Matthews

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Festival Updates!

Yea, I know, it's been forever since I've updated this blog... But I've been busy, I swear.  Here's what's been going on since we last chatted:

Dawn has been accepted into three festivals since the last time we talked:

It has already screened at the Montgomery Film Festival, where we were given awards for BEST DRAMA and the ALABAMA AWARD!  It's pretty cool to win at this festival.  My first short film, Vent, was selected at the first Montgomery Film Festival in 2009, where it won the DIRECTOR'S AWARD.  It was cool to revisit the festival with my last short film I made at SCAD.

We were also awarded a GOLDEN ACE AWARD at the Las Vegas International Film Festival this year!

We will be screening at the Central Florida Film Festival on Friday August 31st at 12:15pm, and again on Saturday September 1st at 5:15pm!  If you are close to Ocoee, Florida, go check out Dawn on the big screen!

The Tacoma Film Festival is playing from October 4th- 11th!  Screening times have not been announced yet, so I'll update you when they are... promise

Again, check out our website and Facebook page for more news!

That's about it.  Have a good day!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Big News!

I promised big news a couple of weeks ago, and here it is:

This is HUGE for Michael, as well as the rest of the cast and crew, as the awards were chosen by industry professionals. A lot of hard work is paying off. Congratulations, Mike! Very proud!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Overflow of "Dawn" Updates!

Hey, everyone!

Quick post tonight, because I have an early morning flight to catch.  So, here are the bullet points.  Sorry, no pictures this time.

  • Dawn was accepted into the Manhattan Film Festival this year!  This is pretty cool because (a) it's in New York, and (b) it's an Oscar qualifying film festival.  So, fingers crossed, okay?  We are screening June 28th at 2:00pm at The Producers' Club.  You can purchase your tickets here, if you want to go.  And you should want to go... because (a) it's New York, and (b) you helped make the film!
  • Screening times for the Foursite Film Festival in Ogden, Utah have been announced.  We are screening on  June 16th at 1:00pm at the Peery's Egyptian Theater. You can purchase your tickets here.
  •  Every year the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) host an awards ceremony for the best in Film and Television.  They call it the SCADemy Awards (cute, right?).  Dawn was lucky enough to have been nominated for eight awards including Best Narrative Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Original Score, and Best Actor for Boogie Dabney (The Carpenter)!  We are all very exited and humbled by these nominations.  If you would like to attend the award ceremony, it will be this Thursday (probably today, by the time this is posted) at 6:30pm at the Trustees Theater in downtown Savannah, Georgia.
  • Dawn was a finalist in this years USA Film Festival's National Short Film and Video Competition.  We were one of 50 finalists out of over 500-600 films.  That's pretty cool!
  • Dawn will be given an Honorable Mention at this year's Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival!  Also a cool honor.  We will not be screening at this festival, but it is still pretty cool to be recognized.  Still looking for that West Coast premiere!
  • I have mailed off all the Kickstarter Backers' DVDs and Posters!  If you have a Production Book coming to you, then it'll be a little bit longer.  But keep a lookout in the mail for the DVDs!  And let us know what you think of the film!
  • Got some really awesome news tonight about Dawn!  Can't wait to share it with you all!  Keep a look out!
  • Speaking of keeping a look out... "Like" our Facebook page.  It's a very easy way to keep up to date on all the Dawn news.  Hopefully, the good news will keep pouring in.
 That's it!  Thanks for checking in.

-- Joshua Matthews

Monday, April 30, 2012

Greenville Film Festival debriefing... and Utah?


Just got back from Greenville, and I am exhausted!  We had the incredible opportunity to screen Dawn at the first Greenville International Film Festival, and I couldn't have been more pleased with the event.  For their first year, Greenville put on a spectacular show, and I cannot wait to see what they have in store for future festivals.

Greenville, South Carolina

Dawn was screened twice at this festival, and both venues were unique and charming in their own ways.  First, we screened at the Coffee Underground.  This is a local (popular) coffee house in downtown Greenville, which had a screening room in the back of the building.  Very cool venue!

Our next screening was at Zen Greenville!  This is an elegant "space for hire" building that had a very cool vibe going on throughout the festival.  Stellar HD projection on 2 screens at once, and some nice chairs to lounge in while watching the film, I was grateful to have had the film screened at this venue.

Dawn screening at Zen Greenville

At both venues, we had a great screening, great audience, and great questions after the film! We also received a short, but very cool, review from Paul Hyde at The Greenville News about the film!  Check it out here!  In case you can't read it from the site, here you go:
“Dawn.” Joshua Matthews’ superb short film is about a young carpenter who hides a fugitive from justice at his isolated farmhouse in 19th century Kentucky. 
Filmed in sepia tones, this beautifully photographed movie has the lyrical texture and unexpected violence of an early Cormac McCarthy novel.

Matthews, who graduated recently from the Savannah [College] of Art and Design, is a filmmaker to follow in the future. No surprise, Matthews’ “Dawn” recently was accepted by the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
As always, I was able to spend time with some awesome people in Greenville!  Pikey Holderedge (a local filmmaker who attended SCAD with me) had his film Madly Unto Eternity screened at the festival as well, so he was able to show me around town throughout the event.  I was also able to meet fellow filmmaker Andrew Disney, whose film Searching for Sonny opened the festival.  He is also a Fort Worth native, and just so happens to know the guys from Shut up and Prance.  If you've been following these blogs, then you know I met them at the Macon Film Festival this past February!  I also ran into some people I met at the Charleston International Film Festival as well, including Tina McCard (CIFF) and Barret Burlage, whose film Wrench played at GVIFF.  His film My Sister Sam played at CIFF earlier this month.  Great meeting back up with both of them.

Tina, Alfonso, Joshua, Holley, & Pikey at GVIFF

Then there was Alfonso!  Alfonso is from Italy, and not only was GVIFF his first American film festival, but Greenville was his first visit to America!  His film Eros e Thanatos won the Best Short Film award this year, and I can't be mad.  It was terrific film!  I had the pleasure of spending a good bit of time with Alfonso, and was entertained not only by his film, but by his magic tricks and musical abilities as well.  I was also witness to his first ever Waffle House experience.  So proud...

Alfonso wins Best Short Film

So overall, the Greenville International Film Festival was a great experience.  Thank you, Miguel Berg, for putting on a great festival!

Joshua, Miguel, Alfonso, & Pikey hanging with the Owner of Ray's

And I received more good news while staying up in Greenville!

Dawn has been accepted into the Foursite Film Festival in Layton, Utah!  The festival screens June 13th - 16th!  Very excited about this!  I'll pass more information along once I receive it.

Thanks for the continued support!  Till next time.

-- Joshua

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Charleston, Greenville, and Cannes!


It's been awhile since I've updated, and I'm sorry for that.  It's been a busy time for for the film and myself.  But I'm back now, so let's get you all updated on what's happening with Dawn!

I just got back from the Charleston International Film Festival the other day, and man was it a blast!  Great films, great friends, and great parties!   Dawn wasn't scheduled to play until the final day of the festival, so I had all week to promote the film.  With the help of some good friends (both old and new), we handed out tons of our festival postcards all around downtown Charleston!

Look for these at a festival near you!
The hard work paid off, because we had a packed house at the Cinebarre Theater!  It was about as good as a screening as you can get.  We were able to show the audience our BluRay copy, and it was beautiful!  Michael Lloyd's cinematography was shown true justice to the crowd, and they seemed to love it.  Afterwards, the festival offered a Q&A session.  I was joined by many members from the Dawn crew who were in attendance, including Boogie Dabney, Daniel Jones, Frank Ponce, David Walton Smith, and Crystal Ann Ghanem.  This was a great experience for me, because not only were 90% of the questions geared towards the Dawn crew, but the questions asked were well thought out, asking me to interpret my insight and thoughts about the story's themes and character's motivations.  This was, with out a doubt, my favorite part of the festival.  I loved seeing a crowd enjoy the film we all put so much work into!

Crowd during Q&A!
I already miss Charleston, and the great people I met!  So thank you, John Barnhardt (Director of ABC's "Born to Explore"), Tripp Adams (Tout Talent Agency), Tina McCard & Gabrielle Schecker (CIFF), and many more.  Meeting people like you all is what makes going to festivals a necessity.

Dawn crew after amazing screening at the Cinebarre!

But the fun doesn't stop now.  Next week I'll be driving down to the Greenville International Film Festival!  This is the first festival for Greenville International, and they are already doing a great job.  Very excited to see what they have in store for everyone, and what films they selected for their first year. 

I know that two great films will be playing along side Dawn.  That is Pikey Holdredge's Madly Unto Eternity and Colin Levy's The Secret Number, which just so happen to have won Best Short Film at the CIFF this past Sunday.  I'm looking forward to catching these films again next week, and hanging out with both Pikey and Madly's co-star Adam Bailey (also Dawn's First Assistant Director), who will also be attending the festival.

Please go to GVIFF's official website and check out the films they have lined up!  You can also purchase tickets to Dawn and other films through their site, or you can just click here.  Hope to see you there!

Watch Dawn Thursday, April 26th & Friday, April 27th!

I have one more thing to tell you all before I let you go.  Dawn has been accepted into the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival!  We are all extremely happy about having this opportunity to showcase Dawn at the worlds largest film festival!  

Festival de Cannes -- May 16th-27th

So let me give you a little information on the Short Film Corner.  This part of the Cannes Film Festival is set up to help the filmmakers of shorts network with other filmmakers and showcase their work.  Dawn will be placed in Cannes' Digital Film Library, and will be available for screening at any time during the festival by distributors, industry professionals, and festival pass holders.  And although this part of the festival is not in competition, there are a few grants that will be awarded by both companies and filmmakers who are in support of the short film industry.  Now if only we can find the money to fly to France!

So there you go!  You are now all updated on Dawn.  Hopefully, we will continue to receive good news about the film, so we can share even more with you down the road.

Thank you for your continued support,

Joshua Matthews