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DRIFT (2010) NOW FREE ONLINE! / Short Time Only

My award-winning 32-minute short, DRIFT, was chosen to compete in this year’s FirstGlance Film Festival Short Online Contest! For the next five weeks (March 25 thru May 13, 2011) you can watch it on the web and (hopefully) vote it 5 stars!

Free registration is required for viewing AND you must vote on 3 different films for any of your votes to be counted. I apologize about that weird rule, but I suppose it’s meant to balance things out. Regardless, I would love it if you checked it out!

Click below to register, watch, and vote!
3 Votes Required for Your Votes to Count!

DRIFT Trailer.
DRIFT Teaser.

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More DRIFT news!

DRIFT movie poster

 

DRIFT will have its World Premiere this weekend, at Washington, DC’s REEL Independent Film Festival & Extravaganza! Check the schedule for Saturday and Sunday screening times!

The Chicago Premiere and Press Screening will take place next month, on November 21, at the fantastic Portage Theater.

Visit DriftFilm.com for the latest updates!

(Poster design by Tim Swezy. Photography by Joshua Lopatin.)

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…more details forthcoming!

“DRIFT”: A Short Film by Jim Vendiola

I have been extremely busy, folks: I’m making a movie!

We start shooting this Sunday, 3/28/10.

Check out the Teaser, and consider showing your support of indie filmmaking, by making a donation (or helping to spread the word)!

Join the Facebook page!

Wish me luck,
Jim

Repose en Paix, Monsieur Rohmer

A pioneer of the Nouvelle Vague, Eric Rohmer has passed away at age 89 (link via NYT).

“Never the Sinner: The Leopold and Loeb Story” closes Aug. 2!

6 more shows left, Chicagoland folks! Come check it out — you won’t be disappointed!

“A video projection on the back wall provides back-story using authentic 1920s Chicago film reels spliced with footage of the actors themselves. The production value of these clips alone is worth the price of admission.” –Christopher McCabe

“It’s Rashid’s design team…with stunning, gray-scale costumes from Liz Hoffman and eerily opulent filmic backdrops by Jim Vendiola—whose stark vision unites the evening into a gorgeous, coherent whole.” –TimeOut Chicago

“Film designer Jim Vendiola’s  integration of found footage from the era and new work created for the production gives the show extra depth.” –Newcity Stage

“Jim Vendiola’s grainy videography cunningly splices together shots of period newspaper headlines with fleeting interludes of Popp and Hays’ characters gliding blissfully through the University of Chicago campus, caught in a folie a deux that neither they nor we can fully comprehend, but that leaves us with an aching sense of waste.” –Chicago Tribune

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“Sita Sings the Blues” Free to Watch Online; Donations accepted

Opening credits of Paley's "Sita Sings the Blues"

After she spent three years working on her film, animator Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues could not be released, due to licensing issues with music used throughout the piece. It’s now available online; Paley ended up paying the whopping $50,000 in copyright fees by way of a loan, which now remains largely unrepaid.

You can read more about Paley’s copyright struggle, and hear her thoughts on our “permission culture,” at QuestionCopyright.org (where you can also donate to help repay the loan).

You can watch/download Paley’s entire film online at Thirteen.org.