Saturday, September 4, 2010

Indie film Calvin Marshall On Demand

I doubt this is my final word on this movie but I promise that day is coming soon.  Calvin Marshall is now officially on pay-per-view.  This little indie comedy I've been sporadically writing about for the past year and a half was shot on 35mm and is finally available to watch in the comfort of your own homes.

CM's a funny and bittersweet look at childhood dreams trying to survive the merciless hierarchy of sports.  It's a narrative that is mostly about some good people in a small town -- but it does feature some exciting junior college baseball, volleyball, softball, little league, air-hockey, billiards, street basketball, darts, skee-ball and amateur bowling.  You can get the movie on most platforms so check your local cable provider.

Our cast includes: 

Alex Frost (Elephant, Drillbit Taylor)
Michelle Lombardo (Entourage, Californication)
Steve Zahn (Rescue Dawn, Saving Silverman)
Diedrich Bader (Office Space)
Darwin Barney (Chicago Cubs!)
Jane Adams (Eternal Sunshine, Hung)
Andrew Wilson (Bottle Rocket)
Abraham Benrubi (ER)
Cynthia Watros (Lost)
Josh Fadem (30 Rock, Reno 911)
Catherine E. Coulson (Eraserhead, Twin Peaks)
Rosie Thomas  (Sub Pop Records!)
Jeremy Sumpter (Peter Pan, Friday Night Lights)

The street date for our DVD and BLU-RAY is September 21st.  It has tons of extras and can be purchased directly from the filmmakers.

This NEW YORKER REVIEW  beautifully summarizes my intent all along, even when it was a screenplay we pitched to reluctant, potential producers and financiers.  You can imagine how gratifying it is to see this review in one of America's best and most resilient magazines.

Thanks for reading and for your support.  

Friday, August 20, 2010

Calvin Marshall on VOD and iTunes in September

Here's a 30 second spot to promote the Calvin Marshall soundtrack and forthcoming VOD/DVD/BLU-RAY release. To support the filmmakers, you can pre-order a limited edition merchandise bundle right from the CALVIN MARSHALL WEBSITE. Merci! -Gary

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"Lost Sight of their Original Goals"

Tom Bernard of Sony Pictures Classics makes an excellent point in a recent keynote address to the filmmaking community.

"As a group you need to reach out to all these organizations that say they are there to help indie filmmakers and urge them to come up with programs and resources to empower filmmakers with the information and tools to guide your films through the marketplace.  These organizations spend so much time looking for nonprofit grants they have lost sight of the original goals established when they were formed.  IFP, Sundance, F.I.N.D.,  Women in Film, DGA, etc., should all have mentor programs, data on deals, fees and feedback on sales agents, PR companies and distributors as well as programs that can explain the different distribution opportunities – the pluses, the minuses and the financials. They should create courses that can be taught at colleges that deal with and explain all these issues."

In terms of getting our film CALVIN MARSHALL produced and released over the past 4 years -- all of these organizations (and many more) have been completely irrelevant in our journey from pre-production through distribution.  

I know I don't speak for everyone, but I believe the system is not only a racket, but it's broken and won't be fixed any time soon.  Money drives 99.9% of any decision making which greatly effects the world's most expensive art form.  Any kind of altruism or mentorship in the independent film business is as difficult to find as financing.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Calvin Marshall opens in Grants Pass, Oregon

Tomorrow at Southgate Cinemas.  Stadium Seating.  Fri (5/21): (2:15, 4:40) 7:05, 9:30  Sat (5/22): (11:50, 2:15, 4:40) 7:05, 9:30  Sun (5/23): (11:50, 2:15, 4:40) 7:05, 9:30  Mon (5/24): (4:40) 7:05, 9:30  Tue (5/25): (4:40) 7:05, 9:30  Wed (5/26): (4:40) 7:05, 9:30

Monday, May 17, 2010

David Lynch

Sure he might draw from the same well, but his commitment to emotional truth keeps each new film fresh, funny and moving.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Calvin on Netflix

Place Calvin Marshall IN YOUR QUEUE right now.  DVD out September 21st.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Official Trailer on

Calvin Marshall has been held over by Coming Attractions and will play another week at the Varsity Theater.  See it this week on the big screen if you're in the Rogue Valley.  More dates to be announced soon.