Colleen's thoughts on writing, directing and coaching, and her unique take on life itself!

Friday, February 05, 2010

TWT Foreign distribution is underway!

Spotlight Pictures represents our film THE WHOLE TRUTH starring Elisabeth Röhm, Sean Patrick Flanery and Eric Roberts for distribution in all nations excluding the US and Canada!

We're proud to be associated with them - they're top professionals.

You can see their trailer and artwork for TWT here.

Domestic (US and Canada) distribution begins soon!

News as it happens!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

On to distribution!

I'm back in Bad Animals' Sound Studio today, putting the ultra finishing touches on the new cut of THE WHOLE TRUTH with sound editor Dave Howe, preparing it for two screenings we're holding for distributors and their representatives in theaters next Tuesday afternoon in Burbank and evening in Beverly Hills.

It appears at this point we'll have a good turnout. Quality distributors will be represented - and the most shocking news is how many studios are sending reps, when most studios have done away with their indie film departments or simply kissed them off.

Several of the film's stars will be on hand to chat after the film is screened. At least one surprise guest star will be there; she's not associated with the film, but she's gracing us with her presence for moral and critical support. I'll take photos.

After we finish our work in the sound studio today, "screeners" of the film will be made to show those who cannot come to the screening - or the bosses of those who are there, if they have an interest in picking up the film.

Screeners are always scary to me because they are often viewed on (smaller) TV screens and although they are made on DVD formats, they are made with a very degraded picture quality - ultra-low resolution - which is near hideous compared to the splendid look on the big screen - and the way the film will appear when its DVD is created.

Two reasons for this: the most important is that it can't be pirated, the second is that the word "screener" pops up here and there so whoever watches it will know that it's not intended for sale or normal entertainment, only to be screened by an official film festival viewer or distributor/rep.

Screeners won't be made available until the end of next week; we hope to seal the deal with a distributor within two days of the screening - before screeners will be available.

Veteran screeners know the low quality is part of the viewing package - others do not and wonder about it, which is why we're advised not to show screeners to anyone other than those for whom it's intended.

The new poster is also printed up for distributors to see as they enter the theaters at which we're screening the film so they can be prepared for what they're about to see.

As excited and proud as I am of this new cut, I'm keeping my expectations to a minimum. As much as I love and am in love with this film, I can only hope others will be, too - but it's like introducing your incredible fiancee to your friends.

You're madly in love with her - hoping, praying they love her at first sight - but in fact because she's so unique, they may need a moment or two to get to get to know her so they will love her as much as you do!

My assistant Aaron has a motto: "Ya never know."

So true.

Especially when it comes to comedy.

I'll give you the blow by blow of the distribution process after the screening next week - and explain why I asked our producer Larry Estes to invite some folks in the movie biz not ordinarily asked to attend these events. I'm really intrigued to see if/how it works out!

Wish us luck!

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

LIFE AS ART - my first narrative film

This is the first completed narrative film I produced, wrote and directed.

At that time, my story telling background was primarily in news (newspaper, magazine, radio and TV) and documentary films.

It's about a guy - Todd Ellington - who devotes his life to his art - at the expense of everything else.

As we're mesmerized by watching him prepare to perform his art, we also see life go on without him; we watch life pass him by. Todd appears to be oblivious to this.

Despite his dedication and sacrifice to enhance his talent, perfect his skills and (especially) develop his facial features and expressions - those who watch him "perform" completely miss what he wants them to see most. What he is desperate for them to see!

In short, no matter how much he worked to have the audience experience what he prepared to show them? They miss it. They're looking everywhere else at everything else instead.

LIFE AS ART was an official selection of the Seattle International Film Festival and shown 'round the world, independently and in film festivals - it also enjoyed the honor of being screened with the Swedish comedy classic THE APPLE WAR at a local Seattle theater during its rare run.

Starring Kevin Wilde, the amazing score is composed and performed by Ben Hippen. I wrote the song, "Art is Forever."

Director of photography is Lon Magdich. It was shot on 16mm film.

The Rainy States film festival reviewer wrote: "Kenneth Branagh takes more than three hours to explain Hamlet's angst; director Colleen Patrick takes a mere 13 and a half minutes."

Because of its length, it's shown here in two segments. Credits are always part of my films - so there's something new for you to see until the very last frame.



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Friday, July 17, 2009

WALLS - my silent film in English and French

It's about the real and imagined walls we create between ourselves and others - preventing us from getting what we want.

Starring Kevin Wilde, the incredible score is by Evan Schiller.

Shot on 16mm film; director of photography is Lon Magdich. I produced, wrote and directed.

It's 8:31 minutes; the credits are always part of my films to the very last frame.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009


Friday, July 10, 2009

The Key Trailer for THE WHOLE TRUTH!

The screwball story of a gifted acting coach who pays dearly for using her skills to help criminals become so symptathetic to juries they're aquitted!

Starring Elisabeth Röhm, Sean Patrick Flanery, Rick Overton, John Fugelsang, Kristina Lilley, Pisay Pao and Eric Roberts.

It's on its way to a screening for distributors soon - so far everyone invited is coming!

To be perfectly honest - distributorship representatives almost always attend screenings of a new film so they won't miss out or have a competitor pick up a film that might do well.

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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Sure, making a film is hard work - but!

Eric Roberts tells why THE WHOLE TRUTH was so much fun for him!

Kristina Lilley speaks to her millions of Spanish speaking fans - and translates for English speakers. THE WHOLE TRUTH is Kristina's first English speaking film role; as you can hear for yourself, she speaks both Spanish and English without an accent!

The last behind the scenes interview honors to be posted online for THE WHOLE TRUTH go to Rick Overton and John Fugelsang! There will be more on the bonus DVD - which hopefully won't be out for a long time (after the theatrical release!). Stay tuned for more news following the screening for distributors in LA soon!

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Superstar in Spanish speaking nations Kristina Lilley

She plays Detective Winslow in THE WHOLE TRUTH - talks about working with me as an acting coach!

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Rick Overton and John Fuglesang can handle THE WHOLE TRUTH!

Two American comic geniuses in the cast of THE WHOLE TRUTH share what the film is about.

Rick ("Uri Standinoff") and John ("prosecutor Jordan Smith") are frequent guests on The Stephanie Miller Show and are in constant demand for their stand up performances. John recently completed the run of his acclaimed one man show, ALL THE WRONG REASONS, in London.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Eric Roberts talks about playing his hil-arious role


I love casting actors against type - but *only* if they're great actors.

And that certainly describes Eric!

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