One Moment in Time you WISH you had been part of!

Good morning!

We couldn’t resist sharing this incredible video of a flash-mob in Som Sabadell, Spain. It all starts with a little girl giving a coin to a street musician; see what happens next!!

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How about that? The most heartening-thing was how into-it the gathering-crowd got, from the little girl on the light-pole, to the amazed man singing along! Truly nothing bridges people together universally as-much as movies and music….

 

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Have a Cuppa Cheer!

Hellooo everyone! Damon here – It’s been a long month of catching-up post-Red Dirt Film International Film Festival, and after a wonderful Thanksgiving, we’re ready to get back to some things here (as well as beginning a new year of work on Red Dirt!). We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and hope you’ll enjoy these few things that really touched us today:

First off, we have a very-moving story of the true holiday spirit in-action:

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And if you’ve never seen these guys play, be ready to be astounded by their heady arrangements of well-worn holiday tunes, whether you celebrate Christmas or not!

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O Come, Emmanuel:


In addition to the usual Christmastime traditions, I’ve been learning all-about Hanukkah this year, having purchased a menorah at a local Jewish Community Center. It was fun reading about so much history and tradition, and speaking with the rabbi about it – he was featured on the Oklahoma City paper the next day (Thanksgiving), shown lighting the downtown Feast of Lights candles!

What are your favourite introductions to the season?

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Red Dirt Film Festival: What I’ve learned…so far…

Hello all!

Damon and I have been working nearly around the clock to pull this film festival together! We have had WAY too much fun and a lot of laughs but there have been a few stressful moments too I will admit. I think I may look a little like this:

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 Actually, I look nothing like this…except the frazzled part.

Here are a few things I have learned so far:

  • Filmmakers amaze me.  Seriously.  They create stories that entertain, teach, lighten, and make me more aware.  I am in awe of them every day.  I have had the rare joy to talk to them all over the world and get a glimpse into their lives.  It is a special person with an innate talent to bring to life words on a page.
  • That I loathe bureaucracy.  I am a simple person who likes to just talk to the person in charge and line things up!  That’s why I’m here as a director of the festival…because I can get things planned, organized, and carried out!  I know that it’s not the 1950’s and I can’t just walk in and talk to my good friend in Mayberry who will help me and trust me to do my part but if I have to see one more form or talk to one more person who transfers me…well…you may hear me scream from here. (Luckily Damon is usually the one who handles such things!)

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  • That some people are born actors!  The list is long of amazing actors we have been fortunate to screen in the films!  Their talent is mind-blowing. Their directors are top-notch.  The end product of all of our films is a great collaborative effort of all involved.
  • I’ve learned a bit more what a producer does.  The only thing I knew before now was that they are listed in the credits right before the director.  (Pathetic lack of knowledge, I know!)  Now I see just how much they do!
  • That cinematography and great writing are what make me personally fall in love with a film.

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  • That it is really FUN to get mail from all over the globe!  Every day new packages are coming my way from ALL SEVEN CONTINENTS! I didn’t even know that people lived in Antarctica until I watched the amazing documentary.
  • That I LOVE foreign films!  There is something beautiful and endearing about foreign films to me.  I have been missing out on this for years!

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  • Those people who make and love films are kind of in a club, albeit, a very nice club that welcomes new people all the time.  Among these are our beloved jurors who have screened a myriad of films and who we owe a huge THANK YOU!
  • That we couldn’t have done this without a lot of help. We have had an outpouring of help and support from the community of Stillwater, Oklahoma!  We started this with a dream and a prayer and though it’s a small festival in its first year I believe it will grow by leaps and bounds! So many kind people and volunteers have had our back and have granted us their help with kindness and excitement!  Okies ROCK!

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  • That I love our charity event which supports local children.  Love. Love. Love.  Please get involved.  (Just a little note: There will be some fun things right before the Star Strut Charity Event which will involve Damon’s brother throwing a pie in Damon’s face and a chance to sign Damon’s body for a dollar!  Let’s cover him in fun colors of ink!

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I could go on and on and on. I’m sure there will be a myriad of posts after the festival full of pictures and videos! We encourage everyone who attends to take pictures and short videos at the festival so we can make a video about the festival entire.  Send all pics/videos to us at reddirtfilmfestival@gmail.com

If you live nearby and want to see some amazing films from around the world…(some of them are premiering here and have never been seen by audiences before)…then come out to the Red Dirt Film Festival next weekend (October 25th and 26th) and join in the fun! Check out the website and order tickets in advance (they will be more expensive at the festival).

http://www.reddirtfilmfestival.org

And as always, I hope you are all having a marvelous day!

-Marisa

Red Dirt Film Festival 2013…get ready for some FUN!

Red Dirt International Film Festival October 25-26

People Watching Movie in Movie TheatreSo, we are pretty busy around here lately and we want to tell you a few things and answer some questions we have been receiving.  I will try to break them down into simple sections so if you are just looking for a specific thing you can scroll until you see it unless you want to read all of the surely awesome things that I shall expound upon through my keyboard to your screen.

What exactly IS an international film festival?

It’s a chance for independent (indie)  video-makers worldwide to submit their films so they can gain a wider audience.  At any given point festivals usually have multiple venues in close proximity running varied films; these are sometimes accompanied by the filmmaker to introduce the film and to answer questions and/or listen to comments afterward. There is usually a kick-off party and an awards ceremony that accompany the festival along with vendors, live music, etc.

Eggsotic Events Red Carpet with Chrome Stanchions 1What can I expect from Red Dirt’s first annual international film festival?

Well…a hell of a lot of fun! But I digress… We have films from all over the globe.  There will be some short films (5-70 minutes) and some feature length films (over 70 minutes) from all genres of film including: dramas, comedies, children’s films and much more! The locations will be primarily downtown Stillwater in many venues depending on the film. There will be a website up soon that will have detailed information and a schedule will be provided in October. We have a Red Dirt Film Festival facebook page up now.

We will have art, food, music, a charity event, character photo ops, an awards ceremony (there will be an audience choice award), panels and workshops about film and filmmaking, audience participation films (SO FUN),  and a few surprises (watch out for zombies- hint, hint), all open to the public.

Who can submit films?

Anyone!  You do NOT need to be a professional to submit your video.  If you have an awesome Youtube video or you want to shoot a short film that you shot on your iPhone then please do it! We also encourage kids and young adults to submit!  Be creative and have fun with it!  Go to this link to submit:

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The Charity Event: The STAR STRUT

It is important to us to give back to the community and this year we have chosen the Payne county chapter of  C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Since this is a charity that benefits children we wanted to do something in which all children and adults could get involved. We are hosting a wellness walk that is short enough for children and families to get involved and the STAR STRUT was born!  We will walk down Main Street in downtown Stillwater dressed up as our favorite “star” or character from a film, any film on Saturday, October 26th. (Time to be announced soon) Tickets will go on sale on our website for this event in September so keep watching and get involved in the fun while supporting a great cause!

Art on display

We will have a few gallery spaces in downtown businesses.  Bring your creations! Painting, sculptures, collage, drawings, etc. will be on display.  If you want to show off your art and perhaps even sell some pieces please email us at inspirehineheal (at) gmail to register. (free of charge)

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Panels/Workshops

This is an opportunity for the public to directly hear filmmakers discuss creative solutions they solve while working on their films. Workshops allow aspiring screenwriters/actors/filmmakers to bounce their own ideas off the seasoned pros of the festival.

Audience Participation Films

Have you ever experienced Rocky Horror Picture Show live or The Sound of Music with the entire audience encouraged to sing along and make us of well-timed props? We’ll be featuring a fun film or two and hope you will come out and get involved!  More info will be on our website.

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All of the information will be up on our soon-to-be website.  There will be day and weekend passes. Single screenings will be offered during the festival at the venue doors, but priority will be given to pass holders. ALSO…tickets for the STAR STRUT will be on sale very soon!

WANNA HELP?  Be a volunteer.  Get stuff.

If you want to help in any way with the festival please contact Damon and Marisa at inspireshineheal (at) gmail. There are privileges to our volunteers.  We are only taking a limited number so get with us soon!

We hope this helps answer some questions and makes you want to come out and support this year’s festival.

Feel free to “like” us on Facebook and continue to follow us on “ish” and watch for our website in September.

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Submit to us!!

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Things have been dark around here lately as we’ve been gearing up for the film festival! We’re SO happy that it’s happening, thanks to your support; we appreciate all those who donated, and for all the volunteers who’ve come forward.

We’ll soon have an official site set-up, linked to this blog through the film fest banner, but for now, we want to draw your attention to our new submission portal below this paragraph; please encourage every filmmaker you know to submit to us. Click it!

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The Cavalry = YOU!!

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Hello all!!

Damon here with a call-to-action! We have two days left in our Kickstarter campaign to make the Red Dirt International Film Festival a reality (formerly FILMish). So far we’re at 67% of our goal.

thermoThe truth is, if we can get 50 people to each pledge $10 (about the cost of a festival event ticket), then we’re in! Or only 25 to pledge $20…The key is that there’s a short number of people needed to be our angels of this campaign, and you can be one of them! All levels of pledges receive great rewards (i.e. – I get video-recorded pies to-the-face with donors’ names on them, you get free festival tickets, awesome behind-the-scenes fest footage, exclusive party access, et cetera). This is a one-time drive to establish our permanent festival legitimacy with the festival clearinghouse, Withoutabox, and once we’re in we’ll be able to make this an annual tradition!

If you’ve ever purchased something on Amazon, you’ll find it even-easier to donate to our cause! And considering you can donate as-little as a $1, there is nothing to stop you from taking the length of a song to help us in this final push to bring more culture, education, charity, and fun to central Oklahoma and the arts world in-general! So don’t wait, expecting someone else to jump-in; good karma is waiting for you!

Check out this front-page article from last Friday’s local paper, the Stillwater NewsPress providing coverage about the campaign, and don’t forget to “like” Red Dirt on Facebook for regular-updates!

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newsAlso, be sure to check out the Payne County CASA website; they’re the organisation we’re donating 100% of our Fun-Run marathon proceeds to! CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate, is a nonprofit organization advocating for the best interest of abused and neglected children involved in the court system. We can think of no better local cause to contribute to during the course of the Red Dirt Festival!!

CASAFrom Damon and Marisa, THANK YOU ALL for your support in making this a REALITY!

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Top 100 movie quotes of all time…how many do you know?

Announcing: Red Dirt International Film Festival!

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Most people like movies; we all have our favorites: the films that touch our hearts, scare us and make us jump, take us on far away adventures, make us feel like we are powerful and super-hero quality, and make us think in a different way than we did before.

We are excited to bring a film festival to Stillwater, Oklahoma on October 25-26, 2013!  It will include:

  • Independent films (some never viewed by audiences before)
  • Classic films
  • MUSIC!
  • Food
  • Awards ceremony
  • A fun run for charity
  • Workshops/Panel discussions
  • Parties

We hope you will help us make this happen by donating to the cause on our Kickstarter page. We’ve already had just over 100 “likes” on our Red Dirt Facebook page, and already $200 pledged towards our $1,525 goal, within 10 days remaining to find the funds. If you’ve never given to a Kickstarter cause before, please check it out! We offer some pretty tempting rewards for your charity (pies in the face for Damon? Special-access tickets?).

Now…seriously…how many of these movies have you seen?

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Quote Movie Year
1. Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. Gone With the Wind 1939
2. I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse. The Godfather 1972
3. You don’t understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am. On the Waterfront 1954
4. Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore. The Wizard of Oz 1939
5. Here’s looking at you, kid. Casablanca 1942
6. Go ahead, make my day. Sudden Impact 1983
7. All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up. Sunset Blvd. 1950
8. May the Force be with you. Star Wars 1977
9. Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night. All About Eve 1950
10. You talking to me? Taxi Driver 1976
11. What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Cool Hand Luke 1967
12. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. Apocalypse Now 1979
13. Love means never having to say you’re sorry. Love Story 1970
14. The stuff that dreams are made of. The Maltese Falcon 1941
15. E.T. phone home. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 1982
16. They call me Mister Tibbs! In the Heat of the Night 1967
17. Rosebud. Citizen Kane 1941
18. Made it, Ma! Top of the world! White Heat 1949
19. I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore! Network 1976
20. Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Casablanca 1942
21. A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. The Silence of the Lambs 1991
22. Bond. James Bond. Dr. No 1962
23. There’s no place like home. The Wizard of Oz 1939
24. I am big! It’s the pictures that got small. Sunset Blvd. 1950
25. Show me the money! Jerry Maguire 1996
26. Why don’t you come up sometime and see me? She Done Him Wrong 1933
27. I’m walking here! I’m walking here! Midnight Cowboy 1969
28. Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.’ Casablanca 1942
29. You can’t handle the truth! A Few Good Men 1992
30. I want to be alone. Grand Hotel 1932
31. After all, tomorrow is another day! Gone With the Wind 1939
32. Round up the usual suspects. Casablanca 1942
33. I’ll have what she’s having. When Harry Met Sally 1989
34. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow. To Have and Have Not 1944
35. You’re gonna need a bigger boat. Jaws 1975
36. Badges? We ain’t got no badges! We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinking badges! The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948
37. I’ll be back. The Terminator 1984
38. Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. The Pride of the Yankees 1942
39. If you build it, he will come. Field of Dreams 1989
40. Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. Forrest Gump 1994
41. We rob banks. Bonnie and Clyde 1967
42. Plastics. The Graduate 1967
43. We’ll always have Paris. Casablanca 1942
44. I see dead people. The Sixth Sense 1999
45. Stella! Hey, Stella! A Streetcar Named Desire 1951
46. Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars. Now, Voyager 1942
47. Shane. Shane. Come back! Shane 1953
48. Well, nobody’s perfect. Some Like It Hot 1959
49. It’s alive! It’s alive! Frankenstein 1931
50. Houston, we have a problem. Apollo 13 1995
51. You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk? Dirty Harry 1971
52. You had me at “hello.” Jerry Maguire 1996
53. One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know. Animal Crackers 1930
54. There’s no crying in baseball! A League of Their Own 1992
55. La-dee-da, la-dee-da. Annie Hall 1977
56. A boy’s best friend is his mother. Psycho 1960
57. Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Wall Street 1987
58. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. The Godfather II 1974
59. As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again. Gone With the Wind 1939
60. Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into! Sons of the Desert 1933
61. Say “hello” to my little friend! Scarface 1983
62. What a dump. Beyond the Forest 1949
63. Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you? The Graduate 1967
64. Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room! Dr. Strangelove 1964
65. Elementary, my dear Watson. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1929
66. Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape. Planet of the Apes 1968
67. Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine. Casablanca 1942
68. Here’s Johnny! The Shining 1980
69. They’re here! Poltergeist 1982
70. Is it safe? Marathon Man 1976
71. Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet! The Jazz Singer 1927
72. No wire hangers, ever! Mommie Dearest 1981
73. Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico? Little Caesar 1930
74. Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown. Chinatown 1974
75. I have always depended on the kindness of strangers. A Streetcar Named Desire 1951
76. Hasta la vista, baby. Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991
77. Soylent Green is people! Soylent Green 1973
78. Open the pod bay doors, HAL. 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968
79. Striker: Surely you can’t be serious. Airplane! 1980
Rumack: I am serious…and don’t call me Shirley.
80. Yo, Adrian! Rocky 1976
81. Hello, gorgeous. Funny Girl 1968
82. Toga! Toga! National Lampoon’s Animal House 1978
83. Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make. Dracula 1931
84. Oh, no, it wasn’t the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast. King Kong 1933
85. My precious. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers 2002
86. Attica! Attica! Dog Day Afternoon 1975
87. Sawyer, you’re going out a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star! 42nd Street 1933
88. Listen to me, mister. You’re my knight in shining armor. Don’t you forget it. You’re going to get back on that horse, and I’m going to be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we’re gonna go, go, go! On Golden Pond 1981
89. Tell ’em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper. Knute Rockne All American 1940
90. A martini. Shaken, not stirred. Goldfinger 1964
91. Who’s on first. The Naughty Nineties 1945
92. Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac…It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! Caddyshack 1980
93. Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death! Auntie Mame 1958
94. I feel the need – the need for speed! Top Gun 1986
95. Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary. Dead Poets Society 1989
96. Snap out of it! Moonstruck 1987
97. My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you. Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942
98. Nobody puts Baby in a corner. Dirty Dancing 1987
99. I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too! The Wizard of Oz 1939
100. I’m king of the world! Titanic 1997