Busy little Bees . . . & A's: We're finally ready to send our latest baby, our pride and joy, into the world.

Today is a very big, important day for us, and this month is going to be huge!

In a couple of days we find out if we were selected to be put on the www.FilmRacing.com page. On May 9th and 10th we took part in a 24 hour film contest. At 10pm on Friday the 9th we received a theme and action that we had to include in our film; Sharing & Washing A Window. From then until 10pm on Saturday the 10th we had to write, cast, find locations, gather costumes and props, shoot, edit, and deliver the project. We shot mostly in and around Woodinville and edited in North Seattle. Once the film was completed, or in our case, if we had under 20 minutes to deliver it, we then had to rush to the Diesel store in the heart of Downtown on Pike. We made it with one minute to spare, and that's no joke. As we drove Downtown we counted away precious seconds, hoping our hard work would not be in vain.

On Wednesday, May the 14th at approx. 9:30pm, we premiered our film at The Egyptian on Broadway; our favorite theater in all the land. We all had the big glory moment: saw our names on the screen. Brandon and I got to go up on stage at the theater to speak about the film. Afterwards we listened for buzz from the audience and we were definitely mentioned among several groups. That not only is good for us in a word-of-mouth way, but everyone got to vote for 3 0f 18 films and anywhere from a few to 7 or so will be posted online in the next couple of days. If we make an appearance we would greatly appreciate your vote to help us grab up the Online Audience Award.

Before we get to the film I would like to mention those involved:

Ace Cox . . . . . . . Writer/Director/Supporting Actress/Make-up/Story By

Brandon Cox . . . . . . . Director Of Photography/Editor

Andy Heye . . . . . . . Sound Design & Editing/Supporting Actor/Story By

(Dennis) James Hardin . . . . . . . Lead Actor/Story By

Seth McGinnis . . . . . . . Original Score By

Mami Shimada . . . . . . . Very Special, Important Thank You & A Big Hug

So, here are the films:

The first one is a DIRECTOR'S CUT. We spiffed it up in the weeks since the screening adding some fun things we'd discussed as a group but did not have licensing for. So please excuse our bad licensing manners . . .

"SMEAR": The Director's Cut

Here is the real McCoy; the one we put it all on the line for and we will be judged for numerous awards based on the impression this film makes on the judges and audiences (fro the screening and online).

Please enjoy greatly. Thank you.

"SMEAR": Theatrical Release

Here is Brandon's latest wonderful art piece that I am very proud of. He pieced this together in barely a few hours from footage taken about one year ago in the back alleys of he Belltown area. I'm deeply in love with French New Wave cinema and he made this to me that side of his filmmaking and editing abilities. I think it's so great! It's a little video love letter.

Please excuse us again for our bad licensing manners. As part of the love letter he included some of my favorite music; some of it fits and some of it makes itself fit because it is charming. Very much like some of my favorite people. The first piece of music is 'La Vie En Rose' by the late Edith Piaf and the second piece of music is a Daniel Johnston song called 'Devil Town' covered by Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes -my personal favorite musician/band.

So, here is what we lovingly named it:

"Back Alley Journey To La Nouvelle Vague of Cinema" Back Alley Journey To The French Wave of Cinema)

Finally, here is a clip that only exists for Nuutti. It is nothing special or of particular interest to anyone else because it simply will not make sense.

Nuutti, My Darling,

The kitchen is very open and overlooks major parts of the downstairs. As you can see, the downstairs bathroom is rather dark. The first upstairs one has two sinks; I don't know if that was ever part of anything you'd envisioned or thought about, but . . . then obviously I would straighten that up and make it a blank slate for you. It sounded like that's the general direction you wanted the bathroom to go in. Blank and empty so the audience can focus on Paisley and reflect on the inner emptiness that exists in the character. Is that about right? Then the last bathroom is very bright, like I'd said, and it's not so much white either. So there are those. I'm also assuming that the bathroom location be congruent with the kitchen in that they be the same general age. So if the kitchen is newer and modern, the bathroom wouldn't make sense being something like the one in our apartment where we are shooting the water divider stuff. Is that also something along the lines of what you were thinking?

On another note: It seems Vaughn really wants to meet you. (I'm so sorry; like I'd said, I'm getting pretty tired and I still feel terrible.)

"Vaughn's House Tour: Presented by Ace"

That one makes me laugh. How stupid.

Well Nuutti, that's that for this afternoon. I need to sleep a little; next up I'll send you fun audition posting layouts & examples; let me know if you put something else onto YouTube; I'll be looking forward to it. :)

Thank you all for visiting. As usual, your business is very much appreciated.

Take care!

<3 Ace

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