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Ingenue Screening at the River Bend Film Festival

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Multi-award winning, Indiana-owned film company, Karmic Courage Productions, will be showing their 14th film INGENUE at the River Bend Film Festival April 6 at 1pm.

Ingénue is a family friendly feature-film about a married couple who finds a human analog in their basement. The Analog appears to be a woman of the age of 20 but in reality she is a clone with the intelligence of a toddler. After being blackmailed by big business, the couple takes on the task to raise this analog and teach her what it means to be human. Written/Directed/Produced by Noblesville's own, Kate Chaplin.

South Bend connections are actors: Melissa Chapman (Fang), Craig Lemons (Sand Castles) and Simona Ciarlo (Sand Castles). Producer Amy Pauszek and Director of Photography, Dylan Cashbaugh also have family in South Bend.
Ingénue will show as part of the 4 day festival on Saturday, April 6th at 1pm. At 10am on Sunday writer/director Kate Chaplin will be giving a talk entitled "Why so few female directors" and at 4pm Kate and Producer Amy Pauszek will be on a producers panel. DVD's of the film will be available for purchase as well as the book Ingénue: Portrait of the Film including the full screenplay, production stories and photos. Tickets available at
Ingénue was filmed in Noblesville, Carmel, Indianapolis, and Avon.

More info including, trailer, opening title sequence, production stills and character introductions on
More information about the River Bend Film Festival can be found at



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On March 30th at 6:30PM, Tommy Martin brings an exclusive screening experience of Versa Studios Media’ film “Cheery Point” to his hometown at the Clinton Community Recreation Center.

In the film, Martin plays the lead character Joshua Barrett, a young man conditioned into a life free from pain whose poignant journey into the discovery of emotions rests at the heart of the entire film.

Cheery Point’s condensed summary is as follows:
“Set in an alternate 2017 America, Cheery Point is an independent sci-fi feature film about a group of characters who strive to find meaning in their lives after the government enforces the administration of a new drug called Torpase. After being weaned by the last priest known in existence, Joshua Barrett (Tommy Martin) must decide if he will return to the society he knows or will join his captor's resistance of ‘springers’—those who show emotion openly.”

Principally shot in Louisville, KY, “Cheery Point” features cast/crew, locations, and resources all across the Midwest, including Chicago and Indiana locations such as Alexandria and Muncie. Other principle cast includes Amy Hunt, Richard Hackel, Louie Lawless, Kyle Dal Santo, and Jennifer Wilkins.

It sold out at its first screening through Apex theatres in Louisville to a 200 seat crowd within a week through social media alone, culminating in a standing ovation.

Versa owner Kenneth Stevenson remarks on the upcoming event, “Versa Studios Media is excited to bring the film’s third exclusive screening to a town that obviously supports and appreciates the talent of an individual like Tommy. We join you in celebration of his unique talents and success as well as those of the entire cast and crew.”

Several other “hoosier” cast and crew members will also be present. All are welcome to a meet and greet session following the film. A Q&A, as well as poster/merchandise signings, will also occur.

This movie is NOT YET RATED, but the film’s producers maintain that there is Action Violence, suggestive content, and some mild language, so parents: be aware. Tickets will soon be available at the Clinton Community Recreation Center for $6.

A portion of the proceeds will go to Nathan's Playroom. Their services currently include toy-based care packages, as well as the development of a pilot program for an in-facility toy room at a local children’s hospital. Future plans include creating a network for online peer-to-peer support for the siblings being served.



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South Bend, Indiana –The 5th Annual River Bend Film Festival will be held April 3 – 6, 2013 at three different venues in South Bend. The four-day event is sponsored by Mid America Filmmakers and Downtown South Bend, and is made possible by an Indiana Arts grant. Over fifty local, national and international independent films in a wide variety of genres will be shown throughout the festival.

The kick-off screening is Wednesday, April 3 from 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at Merriman’s Playhouse at 1211 Mishawaka Ave. South Bend, IN 46615 with short films and concluding with Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home, a documentary revealing the origins of a resourceful community that over generations has brought together more than 1,000 Central European Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors under one roof.

The Thursday night screening is 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. in room 1001 in Weikamp Hall at Indiana University South Bend and sponsored by the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts.  See some exciting work by the college’s New Media students, plus a variety of shorts and the feature Shot By Shot - The Magic of Moviemaking, the captivating story of a student filmmaker at Boston's Emerson College who is working laboriously on his thesis project - a short dramatic motion picture.

The main festival takes place at the lower level of the Century Center on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6.  It opens Friday night from 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., starting with an introduction by keynote speakers, Hollywood producers John Baldecchi and Kathleen Haase, who have worked on films such as Conan, The Mexican, Detroit Rock City, and Affliction. Following a wide variety of short films, the evening showcases the locally produced Everglades of the North, which explores the diverse ecology, illustrates the astonishing history, and unveils the controversial saga of the Grand Kankakee Marsh.

Saturday’s daytime events run from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. where two simultaneous screening rooms assure there is always something amazing to be seen.  This year the festival presents Kids Shorts at 10 a.m. with films by and for children, followed by a puppet presentation by the incredible Roz Puppets. Indianapolis filmmaker Kate Chaplin will present her feature Ingenue and lead a morning workshop on women in filmmaking. IU South Bend New Media students will also have a display of video art and Mid America Filmmakers is hosting movie swag give-aways throughout the weekend.

During Saturday morning and afternoon, festival-goers will have the opportunity to learn more about filmmaking, fundraising, make-up effects, and puppetry.  Baldecchi and Haase, along with several other filmmakers, will be part of a Producers Panel and answer questions regarding their experiences in regional and Hollywood productions.

Saturday night’s program is 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. and begins with our awards ceremony, with presentations for best films and screenplays. This is followed by the feature Odd Thomas starring Willem Dafoe and Anton Yelchin with a Q&A with Baldecchi who produced it. The evening concludes with an array of excellent short films.

Wednesday (7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.)  - $10 regular, $8 student/senior
(Limited ticket, purchase ahead online)
Thursday (7 p.m. – 10:30  p.m.) - $5 regular/student/senior
Friday (7 p.m. – 10:30  p.m.)  - $10 regular, $8 student/senior
Saturday (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) - $5 regular, $4 student/senior
Saturday (12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) - $10 regular, $8 student/senior
Saturday (7 p.m. – 11 p.m.) - $10 regular, $8 student/senior
Saturday Day Pass (9 a.m. – 11 p.m.) - $20 regular, $18 student/senior
Weekend Pass (Friday 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.) - $30 regular, $25 student/senior
Saturday Morning Family Pass (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) - $20 (families up
to 6 members)

For detailed information regarding the festival schedule, listings and
description of films, workshops, and purchasing tickets please visit
the website at

Last Updated on Friday, 08 March 2013 20:58

The Throbbit - Raising Funds

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SOUTH BEND, INDIANA – Award-winning independent film company
Richardson Productions has 10 days remaining for the online
fundraising campaign for our 12th feature-length film entitled “The
Throbbit,” a parody of the wildly popular Hobbit franchise.  We also
produced “The Dork of the
Rings,” which screened worldwide at film festivals and fantasy conventions.

The production, which has an all-volunteer cast and crew, is offering
levels starting at $5.00 which will help with the costs of making the
film: sets, costumes, puppets, make-up, on-set meals, marketing, and
more. In exchange for contributions, backers receive signed DVDs and
posters, digital downloads movies and music, credits in the film, and
pieces of memorabilia.  We have launched our “Throbstarter” (like
Kickstarter) campaign on our website at and hope
to reach $3,500 or more by March 1, 2013. Filming takes place this
summer and
the finished film will be released in 2015.

We are also pleased to announce that London based film actor Kiran
Shah has once again joined our cast and signed on as an Associate
Producer. Kiran recently acted in “The Hobbit”, “The Chronicles of
Narnia” and “The Lord of The Rings.” Other films include “Legend”,
“Titanic”, “Return of the Jedi” and more. He starred as Dumpy the
Houseschmuck in our recent film “Harvey Putter and the Ridiculous

For questions contact us at and visit our
website at


The 2013 Gen Con Film Festival Call for Entries

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Call for entries for the 2013 Gen Con Indy Film Festival is now open!

Gen Con 2013 will be held August 15th-18th at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Gen Con is the world's largest gaming convention with over 41,000 unique attendees last year.

Gen Con Indy Film Festival is now an IMDb Qualifying Festival, granting all eligible film submissions a fast-tracked title page on Once again we are partnering with to make the submission process as painless as possible.

We spotlight films and web series from around the world.
There are three categories for submissions Feature Films, Short Films, and Series. Please read the description of each category carefully before submitting. The Gen Con Indy Film Festival focuses on genres that appeal to our gaming attendees. These include, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Horror, Gaming, Thriller, or anything geek friendly. We welcome Comedies, Dramas, Live Action, Animated, and Documentaries. Cash Prizes will be awarded in the categories of Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, and Best Series. Filmmakers are encouraged to attend and participate in the many film related panels and discussions during the festival.

Early Bird submissions begin January 11th 2013. During this early submission period there is a substantial discount on the submission fee. Once accepted, Filmmakers will receive up to 5 4-Day passes to Gen Con and will be invited to participate in our panel discussions. This is a great way to reach your target audiences.

Early-Bird deadline is February 6th 2013.
Final deadline is April 30th 2013.

For more information please check out the following URLs.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 January 2013 13:33

RENDEZVOUS CASTING CALL DATE: December 22nd, 2012 & December 23rd, 2012

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This film will be shot mainly in the Indianapolis area. This short film will be 15-20 minutes long. We cannot compensate the actors and actresses, other than being credited in the film. The film be shot late December and throughout January. As students, we will try our best to match our schedule with the actors and actresses.


The film begins with Tom receiving a phone call from his distraught girlfriend, Whitney.  She is investigating a witness testimony for the Chicago DA to take down South Side mobsters that are providing government-unions with a racket.    Leaving an interrogation her partner is shot and she escapes by putting herself in as much distance between her and the mob.  Not trusting the Chicago police, Whitney begs Tom for his help - he gives her instructions  to hideout in a family farmhouse in northern Indiana.  This leaves Tom no choice but to drive  I-65 as fast as he can to ensure her safety.



· Male

· Mid-Twenties to early thirties

· Any ethnicity

· Strong or slender physique

Has a technical background, is jovial, and an introvert by nature. He is a planner and holds good nature in general.


· Female

· Mid-Twenties to early thirties

· White

· Slender and petite

Exudes intelligence and has a bubbly personality. A hopeless romantic who searches for the fate in everything. First priority is to grow professionally before settling down.


· Male

· Late twenties to early forties

· Any ethnicity

Ominous looking character that will stop at nothing to get the job done.


· Female

· 19-24 yrs old

· Any ethnicity

College girl. Energetic, High Maintenance, and somewhat of a valley girl.


· Male

· 19-24 yrs old

· Any ethnicity

College student.


· Male

· 19-24 yrs old

· Any ethnicity

Slightly nerdy college student.


DATE: Saturday, Dec. 22


· IT School of Informatics

· 535 W. Michigan St. Indianapolis, IN 46202

· Rm. 358

TIME: 10:00am – 1:00pm

DATE: Sunday, Dec. 23


· IT School of Informatics

· 535 W. Michigan St. Indianapolis, IN 46202

· Rm. 358

TIME: 5:00 – 7:00 pm


IMPA Launches Organizational Fundraiser on Indiegogo

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Fundraising efforts will help secure 501(c)(6) status and cover general start-up costs
INDIANAPOLIS, IND.—The Indiana Media Production Alliance (IMPA), an alliance of film and media professionals working together to promote the film and multimedia industry through the support of tax incentives and pro-industry legislation in the state of Indiana, has launched a fundraising campaign through the crowdfunding website

With a fundraising goal of $1,200, this campaign will enable the IMPA to cover its basic organizational costs, so it can prepare to lobby the Indiana state legislature and accept donations for those lobbying efforts. This campaign, which will run through April 15, 2013, will ensure the IMPA is on a solid legal foundation and will be able to represent the film and multimedia industry in the state of Indiana for many years to come.

The funds will go towards the initial organizing of the IMPA, including:
•Registration fee for Not for Profit 501(c)6 status •Registration fee for federal EIN number
•Website hosting and registration
•General start-up costs

Donate to the IMPS Organizational Fund:

Other Ways You Can Help
•Sign up for the IMPA mailing list by emailing or visiting the website at
•Like the IMPA on Facebook or follow on Twitter (@IndianaMediaOrg)
•Ask a friend or business to support the IMPA

What Happens Next
Once the Indiegogo fundraising campaign goal has been collected, the IMPA will launch a second, all-encompassing Indiegogo campaign to pay for costs to author proposed legislation for tax incentives and begin lobbying efforts for the 2014 state legislative session.

“The IMPA is dedicated to a continuing involvement in promoting the film and multimedia industry in Indiana,” says Glenn Pratt, President of the IMPA.


Zombies! Puppets! Musicals! Oh My!

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Filmmakers Daniel Grzeskowiak and James Burzelic teamed up to make “Misfit Heights”, a feature film about childhood
memories destroyed by zombies. Misfit Heights is a film about an apartment building populated by puppets who have to
struggle for survival when a mad scientist’s plan to rule the world with an army of undead goes awry. It’s up to the last few
survivors to fight their way into his secret lab and try to put an end to his evil plan before they become zombies, or the building’s
superintendant returns from vacation and evicts them.

Daniel and James will self distribute the film on May 1, 2013, but need help to cover the costs of distribution. They
launched a 30 day kickstarter campaign on February 11, 2013 to raise the $5,000 needed to release the film digitally and physically.
The money will go to the submission of Misfit Heights to iTunes, Hulu, and DVD duplication.

Misfit Heights has been accepted in this year Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo and has been submitted to the
GenCon Film Festival, San Diego International Comic-ˇCon, and the Wet Your Pants Comedy Film Fest. “We’re excited
about all of these. The conventions will help us get the word out about our film, and the Wet Your Pants Film Festival is a
non-ˇprofit raising money for the Indianapolis kidney cancer foundation.”

The film attended the GenCon Film Festival in 2012 and received excellent audience and critical response. “When we
mentioned we made a puppet zombie musical people’s first response would be ‘That’s awesome!’ Then they would ask where
they can buy it.” Daniel said. “We had several hundred people see the film, and at GenCon, that’s almost unheard of for a first
time film. We wanted to create a film most gamers, college students, and our friends would enjoy. We had a very good response
from our target market, especially when the two best friends were singing while one of them was killing the other one. It’s a
great song. We submitted to several other festivals, but it’s time to start working on releasing it.”

Omaha resident and producer Daniel was watching television with friends when he turned and said
“What if a zombie apocalypse broke out on a puppet film?” They started writing. They also found their puppet designers
David Ray Preston Jr., Jonathan Kidder, and Dicapria. Mr. Preston’s resume includes several animation series including
“King of the Hill.” Puppeteer Kidder trained with Henson Company veterans.

Production was recorded without sound. Post-ˇproduction started in Los Angeles where their director now resides. James
Burzelic brought in voice actors, including anime star Cristina Valenzuela and pod cast guru Sean “Day 9” Plott. USC’s Sound
designer Fionnegan Justus Murphy worked on putting it all together with emerging composer Jamison Stokdyk. The musical
numbers were masterfully written by Daniel Bullock, singer for the band The Scarring Party

Updates on “Misfit Heights” can be followed on facebook ( or the film’s website
( Trailers can also be seen on the films website. For more information, contact:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 22:30


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SOUTH BEND, INDIANA – Award-winning independent film company
Richardson Productions is holding auditions for our 12th
feature-length film entitled “The Throbbit,” a parody of the wildly
popular Hobbit franchise.  We also produced “The Dork of the Rings,”
which screened worldwide at film festivals and fantasy conventions.

We are seeking male and female actors and extras ages 10 to 80. A
detailed list of character descriptions and information on the
production can be found at All roles are
voluntary and this is a non-union film. We also accept video
submissions for actors who cannot make our audition dates. If you
simply want to be an extra, e-mail us several photos of yourself to with the subject line “EXTRA” and we’ll keep you
posted – no need to attend auditions,

We are also pleased to announce that London based film actor Kiran
Shah has once again joined our cast. Kiran recently acted in “The
Hobbit”, “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “The Lord of The Rings.” Other
films include “Legend”, “Titanic”, “Return of the Jedi” and more. He
starred as Dumpy the Houseschmuck in our recent film “Harvey Putter
and the Ridiculous Premise.”

Open auditions will be held at the Fun F/X megastore over three
Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on January 19 & 26 and February
2, 2013.  The store is located at 5610 N. Grape Road Mishawaka, IN.
between Old Country Buffet and JoAnn Fabrics.

No preparation is necessary, although some scenes are available on our
website to look over.

For questions contact us at Visit our website
for answers to most questions at


2012 IFN Holiday Party

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IFN Holiday Party

December 11th 7:00pm -11:00pm

Cambria Suites 13500 Tegler Drive, Noblesville, IN
Exit 210 off I-69 (old Exit 10) across from the Hamilton Town Center

The Indiana Filmmakers Network will host this year’s Holiday Party at the Cambria Suites in Noblesville, located at Exit 210 off I-69 (old Exit 10) across from the Hamilton Town Center. Last year’s party had around 150 attendees. We expect an even larger turnout this year. There will be door prizes for all attendees, while supplies last, first come first served. Also a drawing for some very special prizes for our members. Appetizers will be provided by IFN. A cash bar will also be available. This event is open to anyone who has an interest in film.

Please join us for night of networking and celebrating another great year of Indiana filmmaking!

SPONSORS:Sony Creative Software, Footage Firm, Videoblocks, Boris, Noise Industries, Red Giant, Digital Film Tools, Smart Sound, Gen Arts.
Many more to be announced!


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