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The Book of Ruth is Now Streaming!

5 years in development, 2.5 years in the festival circuit, and now, 7.5 years later, The Book of Ruth is out there, streaming on Omeleto for all of you to enjoy for free!

Thank you to everyone who supported this journey. We hope you enjoy the film!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FILM


A Sweet Farewell (but not the end)

Yesterday was the final screening of The Book of Ruth.
 
After 2.5 years and more than 40 festivals big and small, I couldn’t have asked for a better send off than screening in front of about 50 people at the JCC in Indianapolis.
 
The reception was great, the conversation following – also great. The audience asked wonderful questions, and many approached me at the end.
 
A whole evening, almost 2 hours, dedicated to this 14 minutes long short.
 
I’m ready to close this chapter now, knowing that in 2 days the film will premiere on Omeleto and you’ll all be able to watch it and share it with whomever you wish (for free!)
 
Huge thanks to Diane, John and Mike Abrams, to Lev at the Indianapolis JCC, and to everyone who attended. It was a true pleasure.
 

Awards, casting news, and streaming announcements (oh my!)

A lot to share with you all!

First and foremost, I just came back from the wonderful SENE Film Festival, where But I’m a Shoe took home the Best Short Screenplay Award. What an honor! Thank you so much, SENE!

And as I returned from Rhode Island, this waited for me in the mail, courtesy of the South Dakota Film Festival which I sadly couldn’t attend, but The Book of Ruth won Best Narrative Short. 

Thank you for a gorgeous plaque! 


Back to the shoe, though, I’m beyond thrilled to announce casting for the leading role!

She played the Avatar, a (female, if you ask the townsfolk) sheriff, one among a group of people who were all the worst, a fortune teller, and so much more.

She’s also very good at MASH.

But now, Janet Varney is preparing for the biggest acting challenge of her career – a shoe.

Janet is a lovely human being and an insanely talented person, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to have her on board!


Last, but not least, after 2.5 years in the festival circuit, over 40 festivals, multiple awards and continents, it’s time to conclude our run. That doesn’t mean The Book of Ruth won’t screen again in-person in the future, but our festival run will be over on November 5th, in Indianapolis. 

So what’s next? 

Well, starting November 8th, the film will stream through Omeleto – the best platform out there for short films. They only accept films that have screened at Academy Award qualifying festivals (which we have!) or other very high level festivals. They certainly have multiple Oscar nominees on their platform, and their viewership is wonderful.

If you asked me what I want next for The Book of Ruth, it’s for it to be viewed by as many people as possible. And Omeleto is the place for that. It offers free access, and we can expect thousands of people to watch our story. It also means every single person who wanted to watch it and didn’t get the chance until now, will be able to in less than a month!

I’m very excited to let it out there into the world, and share it with all of you, at long last.

More details soon!


The Shoe is Making Waves

Hello all! 

Quite a busy time around here as we’re entering early stages of production for But I’m a Shoe.

Meanwhile, I was informed by the Austin Film Festival that Shoe was a 2nd rounder. Which means top 20% out of over 10K submissions. Hooray!

This morning I was also notified that Shoe is a finalist at the Rhode Island International Flickers’ Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Both these festivals are Academy Award qualifying festivals. So… yay!

Exciting casting news are coming very very soon. And when I say exciting, I mean VERY exciting. 

I’ve also  recently (finally!) launched an Instagram account for Grace Dragon Productions (which is a name I’ve been using and putting in credits for over a decade.) Feel free to follow here

Upcoming dates:

10/14-16: SENE FILM FESTIVAL – Cranston, RI – But I’m a Shoe is nominated for Best Screenplay.

11/5: ANN KATZ JEWISH BOOKS & ARTS FESTIVAL  – Indianapolis, Indiana – a special evening with The Book of Ruth. Click here for tickets.

Shana Tovah to one and all!


Best Supporting Actress Nomination at LadyFilmmakers

category: Ruth's

Thank you so much to the LadyFilmmakers Film Festival for this Best Supporting Actress in a Short nomination!

I’m truly honored to be considered!

We will be screening The Book of Ruth there THIS Sunday, 9/25, at 7.15 PM. There are still some tickets left for our block (18) so come one come all!


More awards! More Festivals!

Hello everyone,

Busy months ahead! 

I’m happy to report that The Book of Ruth has three (that I currently know of!) upcoming screenings between now and the end of the year! 

Every time I think the circuit is over for this one, there are some surprises! Thank you all for being with us for what looks like a 2.5 years in the festival circuit.

There are plans for the day after, and I’ll share in due time 🙂 I hope to be able to bring the film to as many of you as possible.

But before I talk about the upcoming screenings, I’m also happy to report I’ll be heading back to Cranston, RI in October for the wonderful Sene Film Festival, as But I’m a Shoe is nominated for Best Screenplay. A true honor. I’m moved by all the love that has already been shown to this script about a girl who turns herself into a shoe!

As for The Book of Ruth, first, you’ll be able to catch the film at the South Dakota Film Festival on 9/17. We were already informed that the film won Best Narrative Short and I’m beyond grateful! Sadly I won’t be able to attend the festival, but it looks like a wonderful program!

Next stop is Beverley Hills for the LadyFilmmaker Film Festival! The film will screen on 9/25 and I’ll do my very best to be there!

And then on 11/5 I will be in Indianapolis for the Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts. A whole evening dedicated to The Book of Ruth with 30-40 minutes Q&A to follow. I expect a lively conversation with Michael Abrams about representation, storytelling, and so much more!

If you’re in either of these events, come and say hi! All details about tickets and show times can be found here.

As always – more soon!