Revolting selected for festival (10/24/11).  We've been accepted into the 2011 Wanderings Film Festival, a one-day event held November 5 in Huntsville, Alabama.  Revolting screens at 2 p.m.

Revolting selected for competition (9/16/11).  We've been accepted into the 2011 St. Regis Film Festival, running September 23 & 24 in Warsaw, Indiana (near Fort Wayne).  Revolting screens on Saturday the 24th at approximately 7 p.m.

Public screening at IMC Film Festival (9/14/11).  Revolting will be showing at the Independent Media Center Film Festival in Urbana, Illinois on Thursday, Sep. 15, at 8:30 p.m.  Actor Bill Kephart will introduce the film.  All festival screenings are free to the public.

Revolting wins at Route 66 Festival (7/25/11).  Revolting has won Best Illinois Feature at the 2011 Route 66 International Film Festival, to be held September 16-18, 2011 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, Illinois.  Revolting will screen opening night (Friday the 16th) at 6:30 p.m., with a Gala following.  The awards ceremony is Sunday the 18th.  And congratulations to local filmmakers and friends Joe Taylor, whose short In Vino Veritas won Best Illinois Short; and Mike Trippiedi, whose feature drama Amber Rose will be shown at the Festival. 

Festival passes and individual tickets are available for online purchase from the Hoogland Center website.

Revolting wins at Chicago Festival (11/8/10).  Revolting has won Best Comedy Feature at the 2010 Illinois International Film Festival, held Nov. 5-7 in Chicago.  Cast were present for the screening of Revolting on Nov. 5 with Q&A afterward, and again for the awards presentation on Nov. 7.  And congratulations to Thomas Nicol, a fellow member of Champaign Movie Makers, for winning Best Animated short for his film It's a Penguinful Life.  THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

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Revolting selected for competition (9/28/10).  We've been accepted into the 2010 Illinois International Film Festival, running November 5-7 in Chicago.  Revolting will screen on Friday, Nov. 5, at 8:00 pm at the Viaduct Theatre in Chicago.  Cast and crew will be present for the screening and a Q&A afterward.  Please join us!

2010 SCREENING SCHEDULE -- You have several opportunities to see Revolting in a theater setting in East-Central Illinois, the region where it was filmed.  DVDs of the movie will be available for sale at all of these venues:

  • The Public Premiere of Revolting will be Saturday, August 14, 2010, at 8 pm at the Kathryn Randolph Theater (home of the Red Mask Players), 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL (MAP).  Admission is $5, with proceeds going to Red Mask.  We're pleased to premiere Revolting at the theater where much of it was shot -- one of the oldest community theaters in Illinois, and a second home to many involved in the film.

  • The following weekend -- Friday, August 20, and Saturday, August 21, at 8 pm -- we'll have screenings at the historic Fischer Theatre, 158-164 N. Vermilion St. in Danville (MAP).  Admission is $5.  See the film in the theater where Dick and Jerry Van Dyke, Gene Hackman, and Bobby Short watched movies while growing up in Danville.

  • In September, you can see the film on the BIG-big screen at the Art Theater, the premier venue for independent cinema in the Champaign/Urbana area.  Showings are Saturday, September 25 at 3 pm and 10 pm; and Sunday, September 26 at 12 Noon.  The Art is located at 126 W. Church St. in Champaign, IL (Directions).  Ticket prices are posted on the Art's website.

  • In October, catch the film at wonderful Sleepy Creek Vineyards on Saturday, October 23, at 8 pm.  Sleepy Creek is located in Oakwood, IL (Directions).  Admission is $5.  We're pleased to once again show the movie at the venue where it premiered to cast and crew on May 22.

Done! (5/15/10).  The final cut took longer than expected to finish, particularly the sound mix.  The only step remaining is authoring the DVD, but the film itself is done.  A screening for cast and crew will be held May 22, followed by public screenings in Danville and Urbana-Champaign this summer, and submission to festivals this year and next.

By the Numbers
Running time: 81 minutes
Raw footage: 30 hrs.
Number of computer files: 18,000+
Total storage used: 900 gigabytes
Brain cells fried completing this project: ???

Final Cut editing continues (1/21/10).  The fine-tuning goes on...and on...  Feedback from rough-cut screenings indicated a key relationship in the story was ambiguous, so in December we filmed a new scene to address this.  Also, a bunch of inserts have been shot and additional music (by Classical composers Erik Satie and G.B. Pescetti) has been recorded.  Still aiming for a Spring premiere...

Screenings held (10/22/09).  The rough cut was screened for the cast and crew on 10/10, followed by a screening on 10/21 at the University of Illinois campus, hosted by Champaign Movie Makers.  The feedback received was helpful andwill be used in editing the final cut.

Rough Cut finished (9/19/09).  It clocked in at 86 minutes, very close to the projected 90-minute running time.  A screening will be held soon for cast and crew before work on the final cut begins.  Thanks, everyone, for your patience! 

Editing continues (5/17/09).  After seven weeks, 43 of the 105 scenes have been edited.  Backing up the project recently, I was struck by the sheer number of elements comprising the picture and sound: 13,100 files filling 650 gigabytes...

Editing begins (3/28/09).  Editing of the rough cut has begun.  We produced about 25 hours of dailies for a planned 90-minute film.  The first sequence I edited was coincidentally one of the first we filmed, Scenes 63-69, shot at Kickapoo State Park last October.

(Almost) In the Can (3/16/09).  Rescheduled scenes and reshoots occupied much of February and March.  There is now only one major scene remaining to be filmed, plus several minor insert shots.  

Commercial News story about the production (11/13/08).

EXTRAS NEEDED ON 11/16.  A scene scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 16 at the Kathryn Randolph Theater will require lots of extras to play theater patrons.  Please contact me ( if you are interested in appearing.

Shooting continues (11/7/08).  Now about halfway through principal photography...

Shooting begins (10/6/08).  Production began the evening of Oct. 3 with a music recording session at Danville Area Community College; five musicians recorded the Largo from J.S. Bach's Harpsichord Concerto No. 5, which will be used in several scenes.  On Oct. 4, exteriors were filmed, and on Oct. 5, interiors were filmed.

In Rehearsal (9/9/08).  After several days of auditions in August, the following actors were cast in lead roles:

Jeff: Bill Kephart
Penelope/Tanya: Julia Megan Sullivan
Frederick/Blaine: Eric Sizemore
Janice/Gwen: Leslie Boedicker
Susan: Sharon Tipsword

A read-through was held with the core cast on September 6 and rehearsals are under way.

Casting in progress (8/25/08).  Auditions were held on August 17 and 23, but there are still a few more actors to read.

Preproduction continues (7/9/08).  The schedule being mapped out calls for technical and screen tests in August, rehearsals in September, and filming in October and November.

Third draft screenplay completed (4/28/08).  Running 93 pages, it's the same length as the second draft, but with a number of deletions and additions, plus lots of scene repositioning to improve the flow.

Second draft completed (3/18/08).  At 93 pages it's much tighter than the 120-page first draft, and closer to the film's projected 90-minute running time.

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