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Awards

12

Oct

Chagrin Documentary Film Fest Gives GreasePaint an Emerging Filmmaker Honorable Mention Award.

GreasePaint wins an Emerging Filmmaker Honorable Mention Award at the 2014 5th Annual Chagrin Documentary Film Festival.

GreasePaint wins an Emerging Filmmaker Honorable Mention Award at the 2014 5th Annual Chagrin Documentary Film Festival.

GreasePaint was entered into the “First Film” category at the 5th Annual Chagrin Documentary Film Festival.  Films in this category can be eligible for the festival’s “Emerging Filmmaker” award.  This award is given to a documentary film of any length which is the director’s first documentary film.  GreasePaint is Daniel Espeut’s first film and had been officially nominated for the “Emerging Filmmaker” award.  After two successful screenings, the film took home an Honorable Mention Award!

07

Aug

International Audience Votes Daniel Espeut as Best Director

GreasePaint wins "Best Director Documentary Feature" at the 2014 2nd Annual Costa Rica International Documentary Film Festival.

GreasePaint wins “Best Director Documentary Feature” at the 2014 2nd Annual Costa Rica International Documentary Film Festival.

On July 20th, GreasePaint had it’s first festival premiere outside of the United States in the beautiful country of Costa Rica.  The Central American premiere was held in the town of Montezuma, which is located near the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula.  The film’s director, Daniel Espeut, attended the Costa Rica International Documentary Film Festival with his wife Laura, where GreasePaint was the closing night film.  The film had been recently acquired by Cinema Libre Studio in Hollywood and was released on DVD on July 1st.  The winners of the festival have been announced and GreasePaint has won for “Best Director Documentary Feature”.  Once he heard the news, Mr. Espeut said, “I couldn’t be considered the best director without having the best cast and crew.”

01

Aug

GreasePaint Heads Back to Florida for DocMiami 2014!

2014 Official Selection DocMiami Florida Documentary Film Festival

2014 Official Selection DocMiami Florida Documentary Film Festival

 

GreasePaint will be screening at the 4th Annual DocMiami Florida Documentary Film Festival.  The screening will take place on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 12:25pm in the Maple Room at the Sugar Sand Park located at 300 South Military Trail, Boca Raton, Florida 33486.

23

Jul

Chagrin Documentary Film Festival Officially Selects GreasePaint

2014 Official Selection Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

2014 Official Selection Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

GreasePaint has been officially selected for the 5th Annual Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, which will held October 8th-12th, 2014.  The film’s Ohio festival premiere will be happening the spectacular city of Chagrin Falls.  Director Daniel Espeut, the film’s main star Joey Thurmond and one of the film’s interviewees, Ohio-based clown Jeff Potts, will be in attendance.  “I was so inspired by the story behind this festival,” says Espeut.  The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is dedicated to David Ponce, a Chagrin Falls High School Alumnus and filmmaker who was inspired to tell the story of Sparrow Village, an aids orphanage in Johannesburg, South Africa in a documentary entitled The Lost Sparrows of Roodepoort.  David was battling leukemia and succumbed in 2006 before his film could be completed.  With the help of his friend Brock Carter and Chapman University/Dodge College of Film Assistant Dean Michael Kowalski, The Lost Sparrows of Roodepoort was completed and has become an award winning documentary.  Ponce’s production company, Fevered Dreams Productions, has become a nonprofit organization dedicated to allowing talented filmmakers to tell their unique stories.  GreasePaint will be screened Thursday, October 9th at 5:15 pm at South Franklin Circle located at 16575 South Franklin Street, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022 and Saturday, October 11th at 3:15 pm at Chagrin Falls Township Hall located at 87 North Main Street, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022.

 

15

Jun

GreasePaint Wins with SouthSide Audience!

GreasePaint wins the Linny and Beall Fowler Audience Award for Best Feature Film.

GreasePaint wins the Linny and Beall Fowler Audience Award for Best Feature Film.

GreasePaint screened at the 11th Annual SouthSide Film Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  Glenn Koehler, the SSFF director, stated, “This year we have amassed what I believe to be one of the most outstanding line-ups of films we’ve had since I joined the organization.”  Mr. Koehler and his selection committee brought GreasePaint to Bethlehem along with many films that screened at major film festivals.  7 of the films screened at the Sundance Film Festival, 3 films screened at the Festival de Cannes and there were many films that screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and SXSW.  We were so honored to just be selected amongst these great films, but that was just the beginning.

Although this festival is considered non-competitive, last year SSFF introduced the Linny and Beall Fowler Audience Awards in honor of the Fowlers and their financial support to the SSFF through the Fowler Family Foundation.  Each year, one of these prestigious awards is given to the favorite short film and favorite feature film as voted by the audience.  Even with such a stacked program of films, the SouthSide audience has spoken.  It was announced at the festival’s closing night party that GreasePaint won the Linny and Beall Fowler Audience Award for Best Feature!  Not only are we so honored to receive this award, being chosen over films that screened at major festivals, but we are happy to share this award with The Bachelor Weekend, an irish comedy directed by John Butler that screened at Tribeca.

12

Jun

Clown Doc is Going Back to Cali

2014 Official Selection Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival

2014 Official Selection Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival

GreasePaint will be having its United States West Coast Premiere at the 2nd Annual Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles, California.  We will be one of over 60 films, predominantly by new filmmakers, in 4 days of screenings and programs celebrating independent filmmaking.  The festival has been considered one of the top 10 destination film festivals in the world.  We are so thrilled to be screening at the Edgemar Center for the Arts on Sunday, July 13th 2014 at 12:30 pm.  GreasePaint was one of the first films selected for its category.  The film’s director and producer, Daniel Espeut, will be in attendance for a Q&A session following the screening.

31

May

Costa Rica will Host the First International Premiere of GreasePaint

2014 Official Selection Costa Rica International Documentary Film Festival

2014 Official Selection Costa Rica International Documentary Film Festival

GreasePaint will be screening outside the United States for the first time in beautiful Costa Rica!  The film’s Central American premiere will happen during the 2nd Annual Costa Rica International Documentary Film Festival (Costa Rica DocuFest).  The Sano Banano Village Hotel, located in the town of Montezuma, will be the venue for the 2014 edition of this festival.  This film festival will bring together many passionate stories of the human experience from around the world to the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula.  GreasePaint will be screening at the hotel on Sunday, July 20th, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

13

May

GreasePaint is Headed to SouthSide

2014 Official Selection SouthSide Film Festival

2014 Official Selection SouthSide Film Festival

GreasePaint has been officially selected to be a part of the 11th Annual SouthSide Film Festival.  Their mission and objective is to promote the art of the independent filmmaker. The festival is run by the SouthSide Film Institute (SSFI).  Based in the strong arts and business community of South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, this grass-roots organization is run by volunteers and will be presenting this year’s annual SouthSide Film Festival from June 10th – June 14th, 2014.

We are extremely honored to be selected for this festival knowing that the jury consists of such a wide variety of individuals.  Consisting of film buffs who only give it a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down”, to a few people who have worked on films, the jury has people of varying backgrounds.  This is very important to us since we are trying to convey this misunderstood art of clowning to a general audience.  The examples they give (a deli owner, a librarian, a retired minister, etc.) are a true reflection of the film-going community rather than the circus and clown fans who would already be interested in our film.

After we were notified of our invitation from Glenn Koehler, the festival’s director, They offered FREE HOUSING to our director if he attends the festival.  They definitely know how to make filmmakers feel welcome.  This is actually our first non-competitive festival we will be attending.  They only have the ability to select a very low percentage of films submitted, so our “Official Selection” is an award in itself.  Furthermore, the jury selects films of all lengths, budget, years of production and genres purely based on storytelling.  Being a local production, budget and star power, amongst many other superficial factors have zero weight in their selection process.

GreasePaint will be screening at Broughal Middle School located at 114 West Morton Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015.  The first screening is Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 at 5:20 pm and the second screening is Saturday, June 14th, 2014 at 1:20 pm.

05

May

Flagship City Gives a Nomination to GreasePaint

GreasePaint has been nominated for "Best Feature Film" at the 2014 1st Annual Flagship City International Film Festival.

GreasePaint has been nominated for “Best Feature Film” at the 2014 1st Annual Flagship City International Film Festival.

On Sunday, May 4th, 2014, GreasePaint screened at the 1st Annual Flagship City International Film Festival, which was held at the Bayfront Convention Center in Eire, Pennsylvania. This would be the film’s Pennsylvania premiere, among only about 20 other films that were selected for this festival.  GreasePaint brought home a nomination for “Best Feature Film”.

19

Apr

GreasePaint is an Official Selection of the 1st Annual Flagship City International Film Festival

2014 Official Selection Flagship City International Film Festival

2014 Official Selection Flagship City International Film Festival

GreasePaint will be having it’s Pennsylvania premiere at the 1st Annual Flagship City International Film Festival.  We are 1 of the only 22 total films selected to be a part of the inaugural year of this festival formed by Greg Ropp and John Walkiewicz.  This festival was formed for the indie filmmaker and we are so happy to be one of the first features to be screened at this festival.  GreasePaint will be screening in the city of Erie, Pennsylvania at the Bayfront Convention Center at 12:00pm on May 4th, 2014.