After a successful screening last week at the Hayworth, Disco was singled out from over a thousand submissions to receive the awards of Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Charlie Rowe at the Los Angeles New Wave IFF!
First of all, it’s brilliant for me to see any member of the cast win an award, they are all so amazing and so deserving of accolades that it’s great to see them being recognised. Charlie’s performance as Greg is a crucial element to the film and he pulls it off with panache and confidence; aside from that, his hair in the film is super 90’s awesomeness. So a massive congratulations to him!
I’d also just like to say a huge thanks to LANWIFF, festival director Jazz Smollett and the festival jury for the Best Screenplay award. It means a great deal as myself and James, along with our execs Rebecca, Kate and Gill, worked on the script tirelessly in the months leading up to the shoot. So it’s really nice to have that aspect singled out as worth commending.
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Disco has been selected at the Jecheon International Music and Film Festival in Korea where it will have it’s Asian premiere! It will play among several other features and shorts with a focus on music. This means a great deal to me because music is really important in my work and especially in Disco. Aside from this, Mixtape played at JIMFF last year, so once again it’s great to return with the follow up.
All these factors really make it a special screening for the film, plus the fact that JIMFF has some of the most picturesque and beautiful outdoor film screenings in the world.
Wooooo! More great news for Disco, we have the film’s fourth official selection in the US, it will play in competition as part of the World Shorts Category at this year’s Little Rock Film Festival. Named as one of the top 25 film festivals in the world by MovieMaker Magazine, the festival takes place in Little Rock, Arkansas from the 1st to the 5th of June and has a brilliant line up, many of which are films that played really well at Sundance and Nashville.
In the feature category it’s great to see Ron Eyal’s film ‘Stranger Things’ make the cut, which was co-directed with his wife Eleanor Burk. I had the pleasure of meeting Ron in Nashville so I was really happy to see that on the list. ‘Jess + Moss’ was also selected, another of my highlights from the NFF.
This selection is particularly special for me as my previous film ‘Mixtape’ played at Little Rock last year and it means a lot to be able to return with ‘Disco’, especially as it’s a follow up of sorts. So, with that in mind, I’d just like to thank the shorts programmers and everyone at Little Rock for supporting the film.
ADIOS FOR NOW
Disco screens tomorrow night at 9.15 local time as part of the L.A. New Wave IFF. It will play as part of a block of shorts at The Hayworth Theater on Wilshere Blvd and tickets are 11 bucks each. It’s great to be playing in L.A. especially in such a cool old movie theater, unfortunately I can’t make it over there but I’ll find out how the film goes down and fill you in…