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12

Apr

ReelHeART will Host the Grand Finale Canadian Festival Premiere of GreasePaint.

2014 Official Selection ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival

2014 Official Selection ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival

This year, the ReelHeART International Film Festival will be celebrating 11 years of showcasing independent films from all over the globe.  This worldwide event is held every year in Toronto, Canada and has held true to it’s “anti-niche” mandate.  Every year, ReelHeART spotlights only the best in independent filmmaking from around the world.  They believe creative expression shouldn’t be limited by labels or borders, they feature films with ‘Real Guts’ and ‘Real Heart’.  When it comes to labels, ReelHeART has been called “The Filmmaker’s Film Festival”, “The Cool Film Festival” and the “The Filmmaker’s Bootcamp”.  As they put it, “Our niche is NO niche.”

GreasePaint will be screening at this year’s ReelHeART International Film Festival on Tuesday, July 07 at 7:00PM at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jackman Hall located at 317 Dundas Street West in Toronto.  This will be the Canadian festival premiere and final screening for the film in its festival circuit.

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.

 

01

Jul

GreasePaint is now available on DVD!

Box of GreasePaint DVDs

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17

Jun

GreasePaint Coming to DVD in July 2014

GreasePaint DVD Cover

GreasePaint DVD Cover

DANIEL ESPEUT’S DOCUMENTARY ‘GREASEPAINT’ WINS AWARDS AND IS SOON TO BE RELEASED COMMERCIALLY

Coming to DVD July 1 with On Demand Platforms in August 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 17, 2014) – Daniel Espeut, a graduate of Collins Hill High School, has produced and directed his first feature documentary film, GREASEPAINT, which has been acquired by Los Angeles-based Cinema Libre Studio and will be released nationwide on DVD via popular online retailers and at select brick-and-mortar outlets starting July 1, 2014.  The film has been an official selection of several high profile film festivals including the Sarasota Film Festival and has been the recipient of several award including: Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the Gwinnett Center International Film Festival, Linny and Beall Fowler Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the SouthSide Film Festival and Espeut is the first documentary filmmaker to win the Indie Auteur of the Year Award in the 15-year history of the Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival.

Espeut met Joey Thurmond, the subject of GREASEPAINT, when he was hired to make a promotional video for Nojoe’s Circus, an independent clown act that travels the fair and festival circuit on the east coast.  Thurmond was a former Atlanta area police officer, who followed his childhood dream of becoming a performer and had created a show with his wife Jamie and son Tyler.  Espeut was fascinated by Thurmond’s passion for the art and knowledge of clowning.  With Espeut’s second profession being a mobile DJ and MC, it amazed him how many similarities he saw in Thurmond’s profession.  The two performers decided it was time to make a film that shows the everyday life of a performing clown, in and out of makeup.  This would be the essential element to humanize the clown.

Espeut was interested in creating a piece of cinema that would help dispel the myth of “scary clowns.”

GREASEPAINT follows the Thurmond’s for an entire season as they struggle to build a family business in a tough economy.  Although a professional wrestler with World Championship Wrestling in an earlier part of his life, Thurmond and his family learn that clowning around is no easy business.  Without a hereditary claim to clowning—many circus performers learn the business from their parents—Joey and his family must work harder to market the show and develop the content in a way that connects with the audience so they return for more.  In the course of the film, Thurmond is faced with mounting bills, the constant pressure to put on a spectacle, and the challenges of raising a teenaged son.

Says Espeut, “Before I started this film, my perspective on clowns was that most people feared them.  In making the film I learned so much. Not only about the rich history and culture of clowning since the P.T. Barnum and Ringling Brothers’ days to modern day hobby clowning.  But, also how to tell a story, with the Thurmond family as the focal point, that helps to make clowns accessible and hence more lovable. The heritage of clowning in the US is fascinating, deep and rich.  After all, one of the most recognizable international brand icons is a clown (Ronald McDonald).”  To make the film, Espeut and his team filmed at several locations including the John and Mable Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida and  the International Clown Hall of Fame and Research in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

GREASEPAINT – OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS:  When Joey Thurmond, a former professional wrestler and rodeo cowboy, quits the police force to realize his dream of performing as a clown full time, he recruits his family and puts his life’s savings into the show.  However, pressures mount while on the road when his aerialist is threatened with deportation and the 24/7 schedule puts a strain on his relationship with his co-star and son.  Can Joey keep the NoJoe Clown Circus going until the end of the season?

The DVD includes bonus features: Deleted Scenes, Photo Gallery, Trailer, Interactive Menus

TECHNICAL DETAILS: USA | Documentary| Unrated | 84 mins | Directed by Daniel Espeut

DVD DETAILS:  CLS 1195| 881394119529 | SRP: $ 19.95

ABOUT CINEMA LIBRE: Cinema Libre Studio is a leader in distributing social-issue documentaries and features by passionate filmmakers.  Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Cinema Libre team has released over one hundred films including the Sundance Audience Award‐Winning FUEL, THE END OF POVERTY?, Rachid Bouchareb’s LONDON RIVER and Oliver Stone’s SOUTH OF THE BORDER. The studio is in pre-production on John Perkins’ best‐selling memoirs, CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN, into a major motion picture. For more information and updates, please visit: www.cinemalibrestudio.com| Updates | Facebook | Twitter .

For screener or interviews, please contact press@cinemalibrestudio.com, ph: 323-785-1585

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.