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Podcast with Inwood Art Works

Hey all,

I’m not going to talk about what life has been like recently. Suffice it to say – I’m Israeli, and it’s been rough. Very rough.

In the midst of it all, I totally missed the fact that the podcast episode I recorded with Inwood Film Works (the wonderful org behind the Inwood Film Festival) came out 2 weeks ago.

There’s The Book of Ruth talk, a little bit on the progress of But I’m a Shoe, and general art and process discussion. It was a delight.

Listen here, or watch below:

Take care of yourself.

Chen


More views! More festivals! More shoes!

Happy March all!

First thing’s first – in 2 weeks time we will be filming But I’m a Shoe (or rather, the live action scenes of our mostly-animated film) in Texas. 

Insanely excited to film in Waco, surrounded by a community who have now supported my work for a couple of years. Many people in town became friends, and they’re welcoming us with open arms.

We’ve recorded Janet’s voice over a few weeks ago so that Andrew Dittman, our wonderful animator, can work in tandem with us. Here’s a short teaser which reveals pretty much nothing about the film. Is that how teasers work?

Stay tuned for more!


As of last night, The Book of Ruth has surpassed 100K views (!) on Omeleto. I love this film and proud of it, but I never dared to think we’ll see such numbers. Thank you to everyone who watched, and if you haven’t yet, it’s not too late


Speaking of our dear friend, Ruth, the film will play outside of competition at the Inwood Film Festival in late May. This is a very special one for me, because it’s in my own back yard. 

Whenever I think this specific journey is over, something like this happens! We’re honored to be a part!

If you’re in NY, come see us 🙂

 

That’s all for now, folks! But hey, things are quite busy around here what with the making of a movie in two weeks 😉

More soon!


Shoe Updates *** End of Year List at FNM

Hello all!

We’re 6 days away from the end of our crowdfunding campaign for But I’m a Shoethough I received requests for extension from multiple people who are recovering from all the holiday shopping, so we’ll see what we can do!

Meanwhile, if you’d like to support, feel free to visit our campaign page here.  

We’re very close to 50% of the goal, every little bit helps, and the perks are just so very cute!

Happy Shoe year from the team!

 


I’ve never been on a “Best of the Year” list before, but our lovely friends at the Friday Night Movie pod placed The Book of Ruth on their list.

Recording an episode with them earlier this year was so fun, and I’m grateful for both the opportunity to guest on their show, AND making it into their Best of 2022 list.

Bellow is the segment about TBOR, and click here to hear the entire episode. Especially enjoyable if you like to hear siblings bicker!

Happy new year!


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!