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New festivals alert!

I’m beyond excited to announce the The Book of Ruth is an official selection of the Topaz Film Festival by Women in Film Dallas in September, The Breckenridge Film Festival (A USA Today top 20 Film Festival) in September, and the The Joyce Forum Short Film Festival (Part of the San Diego International Jewish Film Festival) in October.

We’re delight to head (virtually!) into these incredible cities and share our movie with the audiences there!

All info about upcoming screenings and tickets can be found on the film’s website.

Can’t wait to see you all!


The Book of Ruth World Premiere details

Our world premiere is tomorrow!

This is both exciting and somewhat trailblazing, as deadCenter is one of the first film festivals to go online due to COVID19!

The premiere will take place on June 11th, at 10AM, followed by a pre-recorded Q&A featuring Becca, myself, and the other filmmakers on our slate. You can see the full slate here.

The film will remain available for ticket holders for the entire duration of the festival (6/21!)

Passes can be purchased here. They’ll give you access to all the festival’s events. That said, tickets to individual events will become available on June 11th, so it is totally possible to only watch our slate.

For all upcoming screenings visit our screenings page. 

Please share with friends and family whom you think might be interested ?


The Book of Ruth – World Premiere and Interviews

Hello all! A quick one this time around.

The Book of Ruth‘s world premiere will take place on June 11th at the deadCenter Film Festival, one of MovieMaker Magazine’s top 50 festivals.

The bad news is that it was moved online due to COVID-19, so we don’t get to celebrate in person (which is smart!) but the good news is – since it’s online, anyone can attend! No matter where you are, you can join our celebratory premiere! We’d love to have you!

For passes, visit the deadCenter Film Festival website

Here‘s a lovely Q&A I’ve done with Audere Magazine. Read one read all!

Here‘s a short introduction video with our friends at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival where we’ll screen next! (Another MovieMaker Magazine top 50 festival!)

More soon!


Official poster and festival announcements!

Hello everyone. We do hope this update finds you well and that you and all your loved ones are safe and healthy. Times are crazy at the moment, and it’s clear that almost every aspect of life will be effected by this crisis for a while to come. Same goes for the film industry. 

We’ve been submitting the film to festivals for the last few months, and we’re waiting to hear back from a lot. The festivals, of course, also suffered a blow by the pandemic, with some cancelling altogether, some postponing, and some moving on-lline. There are pros and cons to each course of action, but since everything is a precedent, it’s very hard to gauge the meaning of it all, not just for our movie, but for other creators who were looking forward to releasing films this year.

That said, we do have a few exciting updates! First of all, today marks a year since we shot The Book of Ruth. Time does fly! We figured this would be a nice opportunity to check in, and share with you, the people without whom we wouldn’t have been here, our official poster for the very first time!

 

 

But that’s not all! We have been accepted to multiple festivals, and we’re looking forward to share the film with the masses! 🙂 We launched a screenings page on our website, where we’ll also list any future events.

 

The festivals:

deadCenter Film Festival in OKC, OK, June 11-14, one of MovieMaker Magazine’s top 50 festivals in the last few years. This festival has been moved to an online format due to the Coronavirus. Which might mean people from all over can attend virtually. Details to follow.

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival in Dubuque, Iowa. This festival is set (as of now) to take place between June 17-21.

BZN International Film Festival in Bozeman, Montana. The festival is set to take place August 27-30. 

And that’s it! Hopefully we’ll have some more good news soon.

Stay safe, everyone!


At long last – The book of Ruth updates!

Hello all!

Fear not, this place, as is its owner, are very much still active!

Unfortunately, it takes years and then some more months to make a film!

But a couple of days ago, after 4.5 years in the making, we finally completed The Book of Ruth. 

Every year, on Jan 1st, I said to myself “maybe this is the year it’ll finally happen. Let it be the year it finally happens!” So imagine the feeling of knowing that 3 days before the end of the year, nay, the decade, a project I spent half of the decade developing is finally completed.

We needed 8 months to finish it they way we wanted. Get that perfect score, the coloring process, taking this tiny shot out, adding that one. Tweaking is hard, but here we are, on the other side. 

I owe thanks to many family members, friends, colleagues, and kind strangers who helped throughout this journey and I truly can not wait to share it with all of you!

I’ll keep you posted about screenings and others news, and I’ll also keep you posted about whatever it is I’ll tell myself on this upcoming Jan 1st. Which will probably be the answer to the questions – what’s next? 

Happy new year everyone! More soon!

 


And sometimes…

category: Ruth's

You try to make a movie for 4 years and suddenly it’s made!

Well, not so suddenly and not without help.

(with our DP, Natalia Bougadellis, right before the very first take)

We wrapped principal photography for Ruth’s (actually, it’s The Book of Ruth now! I haven’t updated you in a minute!) exactly a week ago, and I’ve been doing a million little things since then (including launching an entirely new website for the film. coming real soon!) but I also just needed a little break. 

This thing has been floating in my head for 4 years, requiring all sorts of levels of practical and emotional energy, and the last few months were really on a high gear. The minute our campaign on Seed&Spark ended we finalized casting and went right into a 2.5 months long pre-production process. 

Insane amount of work is usually my comfort zone but it also means I was on a bit of an auto-pilot, no time to really absorb what was happening, and here we are, a week after we wrapped, and it’s no longer “will this movie ever happen?” or “when this movie will finally happen?” It’s happened. It’s happening (we’re not done just yet! There’s this thing called post-production…) And I find myself in the position of not wondering about it being made anymore, and it’s weird, and exhilarating, and very confusing!

(Becca giving Monica, Aleksander and myself some notes between takes)

So that’s why it took me a few days to write, but this started to feel like negligence, so here I am, to tell you that with all the hardships along the way, sometimes it’s about timing, sometimes it’s about finding the right people, and sometimes it’s about both.

Indeed, finding the right people isn’t always easy and often means finding some wrong people first, but maybe it’s the right set of people who also create the right timing, and boy did I have a bunch of right people, at long last. 

Mostly women, many queer, many immigrants, or in other words, 100% my brand. 

(First Assistant Camera Melanie St. Clair, Producer Caitlin Gold, and Natalia and Becca whom you met in previous pictures!)

I have so much gratitude in my heart for my crew. Becca, who joined this journey a little over a year ago and has been an incredible creative partner ever since, Caitlin, our fearless producer who swooped in right after a mini-crisis and made it all happen for us, Chris, my dialect coach who spent the months leading up to this shoot in sessions with me and then graced us with his presence on set, and a whole group of people (now on IMDB!) who gave this movie its life. 

And then there’s our leading lady, the legend that is Tovah Feldshuh, who has been involved in this project for over two years and was a big part of its evolution. She made the schedule work, and she was gracious enough to accommodate our needs which even included a rehearsal at her lovely home. If the above glimpse of her wasn’t enough, here’s another one.

I also want to thank Vicki, our very kind host, who let us in into her magical home which was exactly what we were looking for and I’m still thanking our lucky stars that we found her and that she was lovely. 

Lastly, I really do have to thank my incredible family who’s always so supportive from so far away. It’s quite bittersweet, but there’s just no way I could’ve been here, literally and figuratively, without them and there won’t be a movie without them, and I love them very much. 

I’m very curious to experience the last leg of this journey. Naturally, I’ve been in front of the camera the whole time, so there’s this excitement in the sense of re-discovering the work we did from a whole new perspective. I’ve learned so much from this process, and I intend on keeping doing so. And I want to thank my team again, and all of you who followed and contributed, who made it possible for this thing to happen, and by extension allowed me to learn and evolve and improve my craft so that hopefully I can keep telling stories in the future.

More updates sooner rather than later I hope!

Cheers,

Chen

Pics in this post by Photojuice Photography