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October 12, 2016

HCFF Fall 2016: Houston Comedy Film Festival Official Selections & Awards

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016

HCFF Fall 2016 Official Selections
  • “A Bumpy Ride”Directed by Chang Shu
  • “A Toast” Directed by Sam Casey
  • “Business Trip”Directed by Anthony
    Dillon
  • “Complimentary Breakfast” Directed
    by Conner Keesling
  • “Doomsday Ready’ Directed by Mark
    Jackson
  • “Doucheahoilcs” Directed by Sean
    McCarthy
  • “Dr. Sunshine’s Office – Episode 5:
    Dysfunction” Directed by Joel Salaysay
  • “El Audífono (The Earpiece)”
    Directed by Samuel Quiles Palop
  • “Exit Survey” Directed by Thom Harp
  • “Fair Games”Directed by Grant Moore
  • “Fanny Pack” Directed by Uttera
    Singh
  • “Gynecologist: The Musical”
    Directed by Andy Byrd
  • “Honey Pot” Directed by Merve Tekin
  • “Invisible Men Invade Earth”
    Directed by David Davis
  • “Marigolds” Directed by Jillian
    Acreman
  • “McClane” Directed by Stanley
    Sievers
  • “NAMCAR Night Race” Music Video
    Directed by Lance Khazei
  • “Ninja Kitchen” Directed by Yishan
    Lin
  • “Notorious Corn”Directed by Mallory
    Grolleau
  • “Now’s A Bad Time” Directed by
    Michael Oberst
  • “Only Wanna Party” Directed by
    Brian Kohne
  • “One Champion” Directed by JohnMark
    Triplett
  • “Smooth Moves” Directed by Chris
    Beauchamp & Cris Seppola-Podsada
  • “The Bitters Truth” Directed by
    Trey Huguley & Andrew Porter
  • “The Box Boy” Directed by Jesse
    Salazar III
  • “The Cinephiles” Directed by Gonzalo
    Ladines & Bruno Alvarado
  • “The Driving Seat” Directed by Phil
    Lowe
  • “The Focus Group” Directed by
    Heather Fink
  • “The Government is Watching”
    Directed by Skyler Smith & David Nobles
  • “The Party Pooper” Directed by Kurt
    Schneider
HCFF Fall 2016 Screenplays
  • “Actors Anonymous” written by
    Marilyn Swick
  • “Bad Weather” wrtten by Troy Graham
  • “Deli Takeout (Pilot Episode of
    Brooklyn Deli)” written by Jim Norman
  • “God’s Psychiatrist” written by
    Stephen M. Hunt
  • “The Poor Man’s Agent” written by Tyler Cochran – Download Screenplay
  • “Jaguars” written by Adrienne Dawes
  • “Kites” written by Derrick Ferguson
  • “Princess Pussy” written by Renee
    Sevier
  • “Sweet Therapy” written by Laura
    Koons
  • “The Day The Earth Stood Awkwardly”
    written by Troy Graham
  • “The End” written by Kelly Jean
    Karma

Nominations for “Most Original Concept”

  • “A Toast” Directed by Sam Casey
  • “Business Trip” Directed by Anthony Dillon
  • “Invisible Men Invade Earth” Directed by David DavisWinner!
  • “Exit Survey” Directed by Thom Harp
  • “The Box Boy” Directed by Jesse Salazar III

Nominations for “Best Animated Comedy Film”

  • “Notorious Corn” Directed by Mallory Grolleau
  • “A Bumpy Ride” Directed by Chang Shu – Winner!

Nominations for “Best Comedy Short Film”

  • “Gynecologyst: The Musical” Directed by Andy Byrd
  • “Exit Survey” Directed by Thom Harp – Winner!
  • “Marigolds” Directed by Jillian Acreman
  • “Doucheaholics” Directed by Sean McCarthy
  • “Now’s a Bad Time” Directed by Michael Oberst

Nominations for “Best Micro Comedy Short Film”

  • “Business Trip” Directed by Anthony Dillon
  • “The Cinephiles” Directed by Gonzalo Ladines and Bruno Alvarado
  • “McClane” Directed by Stanley Sievers
  • “The Box Boy” Directed by Jesse Salazar III – Winner!
  • “Now’s a Bad Time” Directed by Michael Oberst

Nominations for “Funniest Music Video”

  • “One Champion” Directed by JohnMark Triplett
  • “NAMCAR Night Race” Directed by Lance Khazei – Winner!
  • “Only Wanna Party” Directed by Brian Kohne
  • “The Government is Watching” Directed by Skyler Smith

Nominations for Best Cinematography

  • “Business Trip” DP Anoop Lokkur
  • “El Audifono” DP Marc Milo – Winner!
  • “The Cinephiles” DP Cesar Vallejos Cheng
  • “Doucheaholics” DP Mikul Eriksson
  • “The Driving Seat” DP Adrian Brown

Nominations for Best Editing

  • “NAMCAR” Edited by Alan Wagner – Winner!
  • “McClane” Editing by Stanley Sievers
  • “Ninja Kitchen” Edited by Yishan Lin
  • “Doucheaholics” Edited by Dustin Strocchia
  • “The Cinephiles” Edited by Chino Pinto

Nominations for Best Original Music

  • “A Bumpy Ride” by Corey Wallace 
  • “The Government is Watching” by Sizzle 
  • “Gynecologist: The Musical” by Andy Byrd – Winner!
  • “Party Pooper” by Gabriel Sayre 
  • “The Government is Watching” Directed by Skyler Smith

Nominations for Best Actress

  • Elizabeth O’Callaghant in “Business Trip”
  • Maria Alfonsa Rosso in “El Audifono”
  • Kim Shaw in “Exit Survey”- Winner!
  • Janie Dee in “The Driving Seat”
  • Sara Benincasa in “The Focus Group”

Nominations for Best Actor

  • Patrick Shivers in “Party Pooper”
  • Nick Bezmaterny in “McClane”
  • Bradley James Duffy in “Dr. Sunshine’s Office: Episode 5 Dysfunction”
  • Kyle Holsinger in “Fair Games”
  • Ryan O’Toole in “Marigolds”- Winner!

Nominations for Best Supporting Actress

  • Jamie Taylor in “Dr. Sunshine’s Office: Episode 5 Dysfunction”
  • Abby Webb in “Smooth Moves”
  • Elizabeth Mitchell in “Doucheaholics”
  • Kristy Lussier in “Gynecologist: The Musical”
  • Brianna Oppenheimer in “Honey Pot”- Winner!

Nominations for Best Supporting Actor

  • Jesse Salazar IV in “The Box Boy”- Winner!
  • Wlliam Woods in “McClane”
  • Blake Cooper Griffin in “Exit Survey”
  • Kenneth Wayne Bradley in “The Bitters Truth” 
  • Guy F. Wicke in Ninja Kitchen

Nominations for Single Funniest Moment

  • “Business Trip” Directed by Anthony Dillon – Winner!
  • “Now’s a Bad Time” Directed by Michael Oberst
  • “Dr. Sunshine” Directed by Joel Salaysay
  • “A Toast” Directed by Sam Casey
  • “Exit Survey” Directed by Thom Harp

Nominations for Best Texas Film

  • “The Box Boy” Directed by Jesse Salazar III 
  • “A Toast” Directed by Sam Casey 
  • “Invisible Men Invade Earth” Directed by David Davis 
  • “The Bitters Truth” Directed by Trey Huguley & Andrew Porter – Winner!
  • “Fair Games” Directed by Grant Moore

Nominations for Best Director

  • “Doucheaholics” Directed by Sean McCarthy
  • “Fair Games” Directed by Grant Moore
  • “Gynecologyst: The Musical” Directed by Andy Byrd – Winner!
  • “McClane” Directed by Stanley Sievers
  • “The Box Boy” Directed by Jesse Salazar III

Nominations for Best Ensemble Cast

  • “McClane”
  • “Now’s a Bad Time”
  • “Doucheaholics”
  • “Ninja Kitchen”
  • “The Bitters Truth” – Winner!
Nominations for “Best Comedy Screenplay”
  • “The Poor Man’s Agent” written by Tyler Cochran – Download Screenplay
  • “The Day The Earth Stood Awkwardly” written by Troy Graham
  • “Kites” written by Derrick Ferguson – Download Screenplay
  • “Sweet Therapy” written by Laura Koons – Winner!
  • “Actors Anonymous” written by Marilyn Swick
October 11, 2016

“The Party Pooper” Official Selection of the Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016

A man is forced to go number two at a party and discovers that there is no toilet paper in the bathroom.
Director Kurt Schneider
Kurt Schneider is a Director and a Producer at Eightfold Creative. Kurt graduated from Michigan State University with two separate degrees in film and business marketing. As a young child filmmaking became one of Kurt’s biggest hobbies. He is known for his sense of humor and comedic timing which translates directly into many of his films. Kurt is also known for his empathy and his ability to relate to others. This has allowed him to have great success in the cause marketing arena. During his time at Michigan State University, Kurt was a scholarship athlete on the Track and Field team. He was a 2-time All-American in the decathlon and was academic All-Conference.
October 11, 2016

“McClane” Official Selection of the Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016

Website
When a renegade cop employs unconventional methods, does the end justify the means?
Director Stanley Sievers
Director:

Stanley Sievers is a writer/director based in Chicago, IL. Previously, his short “Billy Goat” was nominated for best short under five minutes at Austin Comedy Film Festival. He directs shorts with his sketch group, PVRTY WOLF. Combined, the members of PVRTY WOLF have training at renowned Chicago comedy theaters iO Chicago, Annoyance Theater, and Second City as well as Columbia College Chicago. Stanley’s favorite thing to do is write/direct comedy and make his friends laugh.

Director Statement
McClane was born out of my love/hate for the “rogue cop” stereotype that’s ever so prevalent in movies & tv today. On one hand, I love to watch action packed scenes where one person is throwing everything to the wind and following their instincts. On the other hand, I couldn’t help but imagine what that would look like in real life. Directing McClane helped me find the inherent comedy in that idea.

October 8, 2016

“Honey Pot” Official Selection of the Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016

Summary: “After picking up a dippy blonde on the side of the road, Frank; a lonely yet affable livestock inseminator, throws caution to the wind by using his professional skills for a more pleasurable pursuit.”

Director Merve Tekin

Merve Tekin, the director, is born and
raised in Istanbul/Turkey. She is working in film/TV industry for 14
years. She has shot TV shows in New York and mostly in her original
country Turkey. She directed 600 episodes of TV show which is sold to
22 countries all over the world. She has shot a feature documentary
about the big riot in Turkey in 2013 which is in post production
process. After shooting this documentary, she moved to Los Angeles to
study film.

October 8, 2016

“Fanny Pack” Official Selection of the Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016

Summary: “Fanny Pack is a comedy about a young Indian-American woman who wants to follow her dreams, and a fanny pack clad Indian father who chases his daughter through an airport hoping that she will follow his.”

Actor Brian George

Starring Brian George (Big Bang Theory, Seinfeld), “Fanny Pack” is a fun film about the ridiculous double standard of the TSA and the challenges that minorities face when trying to get through security at the airport.

Director Utter Singh
Drama has always been a part of Uttera
Singh’s life. On the day she was born in the city of Indore, India,
her mother was hit by a firecracker. That fiery spirit is still very
much alive in her. After attending her parents school and dashing
their dreams of her becoming a teacher, Uttera moved to New york to
pursue a degree in Journalism and Theatre Arts from Adelphi
University. While she loved the craft of acting, she soon realized
she wasn’t being offered roles that she found challenging. She
decided to take matters into her own hands, and applied to USC’s
School of Cinematic Arts. She recently graduated with a degree in
writing and directing. Uttera divides her time between india and Los
Angeles and enjoys having adventures and writing about them.

October 8, 2016

“Fair Games” Official Selection of the Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016

Harold attempts to save his failing relationship by dragging his girlfriend to the fair. The couple gets a lot more than they bargained for when they’re mistaken for mob informants and kidnapped. The couple will have to use their wits to escape, if they ever realize they’re in danger!

Grant Moore, Director

Grant Moore is an award-winning filmmaker hailing from Dallas, Texas. Grant graduated with a B.S. in Film-Television-Digital Media from Texas Christian University and is currently earning his MFA in Directing at Chapman University in Orange, CA. Grant enjoys making people laugh and making his mother second guess her parenting skills through his art.

October 8, 2016

“Focus Group” Official Selection of the Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016

Depressed, unemployed Sara, 34, gets a very mysterious invitation that leads to a life-changing offer.

Heather Fink

Dutch-American filmmaker Heather Fink came to filmmaking from comedy. She has been making funny videos since she was a kid, growing up in a small town in New Jersey. She started performing standup comedy in NYC in 2005, and continued making funny videos, doing improv, and sketch comedy. In 2009 she began NYU’s Grad Film program as Writer/Director. As a filmmaker she’s directed top comedy talents, including Hannibal Buress, Zach Cregger, Angela Trimbur, Will Hines, Kevin Allison, Sara Benincasa, Curtis Gwinn, Bobby Tisdale, Slovin and Allen, and Ann Carr. Before entering NYU’s Graduate Film Program as writer/director, she was educated at GWU in Philosophy, Politics, and Law, as well as training in theatre and the arts. Her upcoming MFA thesis film, “Inside You,” is her feature debut. Heather and “The Focus Group” writer/star Sara Benincasa have collaborated on various projects for eight years.

October 8, 2016

“The Driving Seat” Official Selection of the Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016

One Saturday morning, a middle aged couple decide to make love in their car in the driveway to put a spark back in their marriage – only to find it has rather the opposite effect…

Phil Lowe

Director:
Phil Lowe has a twin background in creative arts and business psychology: after reading English at Cambridge University, he trained as an actor at The Drama Studio London, and worked as a writer and performer in young people’s theatre, and in radio comedy for the BBC and Capital Radio. He also holds an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from London University and an MA in Screenwriting from the University of the Arts London. Much of his writing work draws on his business background: he has co-authored two business books and was co-deviser and writer of seven series of The Board Game for BBC Radio 4. He has featured as a business expert on BBC Breakfast (BBC1) Today (Radio 4) and Newstalk (Radio 5 Live) and is a leadership consultant for a number of international companies. Phil is the author of two novels, The Mouth of the Fleet and Dying to Be Famous. He is currently developing a touring comedy theatre show and several scripts for the screen, including the dark RomCom Get Happy! which won the Grand Prize for comedy in the New York Screenplay contest.

Director Statement

I like to use comedy as a vehicle to get audiences to engage with themes that are more substantial than they might have expected; they think they’re watching a comedy, then on their way home find themselves having a serious discussion about what they’ve seen. This film started as a fairly light comic premise – a middle aged couple deciding to have sex in their car – but as I worked on the script, and then rehearsed with the actors, we found that we were exploring something quite fundamental about long term relationships. I hope that audiences will also find it equally funny and thought provoking.

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