Monday, July 26, 2010

Best Laid Plans: The Gasp List: Part 1

I have gratefully surrounded myself with good friends. They are loyal, funny, smart, fun and... honest. Many of you know my good friend, Alicia - who also happens to be my boss at On the Leesh Productions. Alicia and I have had a surprisingly easy time navigating the sometimes uncomfortable waters of a friend/boss relationship. We both have a work voice and a friend voice, and have keen ears to which is being used when. So it was to my surprise when, during a "friend conversation" Boss Alicia came out and commanded that I cease... gasping.

Yes, you've read that correctly. She commanded that I cease gasping. Now, I'm sure you're not surprised that I'm a gasper. Most who know me know that I have a flare for drama at times, and have had the occasion to react to something with a slight intake of breath... a gasp, if you will. Call it my dramatic outlet.

Back to the story at hand. One evening, Alicia and I were discussing I can't remember what, when she pointed to a long movie line that went around the corner. In reaction to said long line, I gasped.

After said gasp, Alicia promptly announced that she and I were in dire need of a gasp-appropriateness discussion. Apparently a long movie line is not gasp worthy and my throwing inhalations around like such cheap trash has brought on Alicia's ire.

About one week later, I received an email with the following subject line: THE GASP LIST. The body of the email contained two lists: Gasp Worthy and Not Gasp Worthy.

If you, like me, have a dramatic flare for things... I present you with Part 1 of your Gasp List Guide from my boss/friend combo, Alicia.

THE GASP LIST, Part 1 (written by Alicia, for Julie)

1. if i walk out of my office with stigmata

2. if you woke up pregnant tomorrow (i get to gasp)

3. if Russell Crowe comes out of the closet

4. if your dog, Dyna-Dog starts speaking Arabic

5. if your cat, Olivia runs up a $5,000 pay-per-porn charge on your cable box

6. if while sky diving with me, my shoot doesn't open

7. if Labron James announces that he moved to miami to join the ballet

8. setting eyebrows on fire

9. seeing Baryshnikov fall out of a pirouette

10. finding out Santa is not real

THE NOT GASP WORTHY LIST, Part 1 (by Alicia, written for Julie)

1. traffic

2. not getting the right salad dressing

3. out of toilet paper

4. hearing Bad Romance four times in one-hour on the radio

5. seeing R-Patz

( i will however allow a gasp if you see r-pats, coach mark wahlberg, george clooney, leo, riggins and paul newman (circa exodus) all playing basketball as skins against the harlem globetrotters (yes even the fictional characters and the dead guy must be present to warrant a full gasp)

6. burning toast

7. a run in your panty hose

8. learning that it's a small world is not running - it always gets backed up

( i will however allow a gasp if the only working ride were the wed way people mover)

9. if i pee my pants on Kingda Ka - have you seen that ride?

10. if you meet the real life Cullens (no one would believe you, so don't waste a gasp)

Milestone is Twelve

We are proud to announce that Milestone has made it into twelve film festivals!

This short film is finishing out it's festival year and we're excited to say that it has made its way across the country!

Here'a the list:
The Miami Short Film Festival 2009.
The Victoria Film Festival 2010.
The Durango Independent Film Festival 2010
The Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival 2010
The Women's International Film Festival 2010 in Miami
NYC Downtown Short Film Festival's Audience Choice Sreenings
The Method Fest 2010
The Berkshire International Film Festival 2010
The NYC Downtown Short Film Festival 2010
The New Jersey International Film Festival 2010
The Long Island International Film Expo 2010
The Albuquerque Film Festival 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Two More Festivals for Milestone

OTL's short comedy, Milestone, is making its way to two festivals that have a strong connection with the filmmaker, Julie Tortorici.

First up is the New Jersey International Film Festival, which screens their movies at Julie's Alma Mater, Rutgers University. Then the film heads to Long Island, where she was born and raised, and will screen at the Long Island International Film Expo.

We're so excited to bring Milestone to both areas and hope you'll join us at the screening!

Monday, March 15, 2010

MILESTONE Has Passed the Test!

After receiving high marks in the Downtown Short Film Festival's Audience Choice Screenings, we've made it through to the final round! Join us on Friday, April 30th at 8P for a screening of Milestone at the Duo Theater. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: Downtown Short Film Festival 2010.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Going back to the Berkshires!

Milestone is headed to Massachusetts and the Berkshire International Film Festival! This is one of our favorite festivals and we're so proud that we're headed back there again!

The community really comes out for this fest and the surrounding area is really beautiful. So, if you're in the area, or looking for a nice weekend getaway, check them out and go see Milestone! The Berkshire International Film Festival

Monday, March 1, 2010

Milestone and Kung Pow Wow

We are proud to announce that TWO of OTL's short films: Kung Pow Wow and Milestone have been accepted into 2010's Method Fest in Calabasas, CA. This festival showcases breakout acting performances and we're honored to have both casts from each movie represented.

Check out more info at: The Method Fest.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Reel Women Love Milestone

We wanted to pass on the word that the Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival has accepted our short comedy, Milestone into their 2010 festival!

This will be a Los Angeles premiere! If you're in LA, be sure to check this fest out!

The Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival.