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Filmshop Presents Unfinished Business by Reuben Hernandez

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This past spring season I was accepted as a member of the Filmshop collective, a supportive community of filmmakers that regularly collaborate, workshop, and provide constructive feedback on works in progress on a weekly basis. Filmshop members actively support each other to help bring each other’s projects to life. Filmmaking can sometimes feel isolating, so joining a likeminded community of creatives has been one of the best things for my professional growth. It has forced me to do more and work on passion projects more regularly. Each week we share a creative goal and try to hold each other accountable on a consistent basis. This has been one of my most productive seasons as a filmmaker, and being part of the Filmshop community is one of the best ways to get a film completed. There are a tremendous amount of resources available through Filmshop.

This upcoming Saturday, July 21st at 7 pm, is Filmshop's yearly showcase of short films at Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The latest film that I directed will screen this Saturday along with other Filmshop films on the big screen. Our film was written by Brady Evan Walker, and edited and colored by Patrice D. Bowman, so it is truly a collaborative Filmshop effort. Our lead, Jonathan Randell Silver, played the lead in a Sundance short film this year and it was a joy to work with him along with the rest of our cast and crew. Some behind the scenes photos are below. We look forward to sharing our new film with you on the big screen! Tickets can be purchased in advance here, and use code "Filmshop" for 20% off.

If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a Filmshop member, we are hosting an open house for prospective members tonight from 7 - 9 pm (Monday 7/16) at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP (30 John Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201) in Dumbo. Applications for the 2018 fall season are due next Monday, 7/23 and can be found here.

In other news, I am also in the middle of developing an exciting and immersive virtual reality project that I have workshopped at Filmshop. My team and I are currently applying for grants and will hopefully have some news to share soon. More on that later...

 BTS photo by Nikolai Basarich

BTS photo by Nikolai Basarich

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BTS photo by Nikolai Basarich

 BTS photo by Lars Fuchs

BTS photo by Lars Fuchs

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BTS photo by Lars Fuchs

BBC Travel - The tiny village hidden inside the Grand Canyon by Reuben Hernandez

I'm excited to share my first story for BBC Travel, featuring Supai, the most remote town in the lower 48 states. I hiked 40 miles carrying 50 pounds of gear for this story. It is best viewed on desktop rather than mobile. Enjoy!

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20180222-the-tiny-village-hidden-inside-the-grand-canyon

Maddie Wins Best Williamsburg Short Award by Reuben Hernandez

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 Maddie wins the Best Williamsburg Short Award

Maddie wins the Best Williamsburg Short Award

 The audience at the 11/16 screening of Maddie at the Wythe Hotel Cinema

The audience at the 11/16 screening of Maddie at the Wythe Hotel Cinema

 Neil LaBute and Gia Crovatin both won awards for their short film, Good Luck (in Farsi)

Neil LaBute and Gia Crovatin both won awards for their short film, Good Luck (in Farsi)

Maddie won the Best Williamsburg Short Award at the 8th Annual Williamsburg Independent Film Festival in Brooklyn, NY last week. This was a total shock and completely unexpected.

I want to thank my talented cast and crew for your tremendous hard work and dedication. Without you, this film never would have been possible. It has been quite a journey ever since we started production back in the summer of 2016. I'm so honored and grateful to share this award with you.

Overall I was really impressed with WillFilm. The programming was strong and the organizers did a wonderful job of making us feel welcome. It was also great to meet Neil LaBute, who won the Best Screenplay Award for his short film, Good Luck (in Farsi). I would highly recommend this film festival and look forward to coming back.

Maddie Premieres in Brooklyn Tonight by Reuben Hernandez

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Maddie premieres tonight in Brooklyn, in competition at the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival, where it all began for this project. Come out and support our talented cast and crew and share a drink with us. We hope to see you there!

Much Love,
Reuben

Thursday, 11/16, at 9:15 PM
Williamsburg Independent Film Festival
Wythe Hotel Cinema
80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here: https://willfilmtickets.brownpapertickets.com/

Interview with The Day Collective by Reuben Hernandez

Check out the full interview here

CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT MADDIE AND WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START THIS PROJECT?

Maddie is a narrative short film inspired by a life-altering personal experience I had in NYC, that I wrote, directed, and produced.

 

WITHOUT GIVING TOO MUCH AWAY, WHAT IS MADDIE ABOUT?

Maddie shows how certain events can alter the course of the rest of your life. It’s a very real, raw, and honest human story. The central protagonist in Maddie is a strong, yet complex female character.

 

WHAT IS PERSONALLY MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU ABOUT THIS FILM?

The film is a very personal story that is close to my heart, and was inspired by actual events that I witnessed firsthand. The process of creating the film has been very therapeutic and taught me that anything is possible because making this film was an uphill battle most of the time. Bringing this project to life has really empowered me as a storyteller and filmmaker.

Maddie Screens at NewFilmmakers New York by Reuben Hernandez

 BTS Photo by Jen Trahan

BTS Photo by Jen Trahan

Maddie will screen at NewFilmmakers New York in the East Village next week:

Wednesday, 11/15, at 6 PM
Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
Tickets are $7 (purchase at the box office) and include all screenings that night

Maddie trailer: 
https://reubenhernandez.com/maddie-trailer

Thanks for all your support and we hope to see you there.

Marina del Rey Film Festival by Reuben Hernandez

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Thank you, Los Angeles and the Marina del Rey Film Festival. That was an incredibly special and unforgettable experience sharing my film, Maddie, with you on the big screen. A big thank you to everyone that came out and supported our film. I'm forever grateful and look forward to doing it again soon!

Tomorrow Maddie Premieres in LA by Reuben Hernandez

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Tomorrow Maddie premieres in LA in competition at the Marina del Rey Film Festival and I'll be in attendance doing a Q&A afterwards. I just realized this is the first time one of my films will be projected on the big screen in Los Angeles. I grew up in Southern California, attended university in LA, and had no idea back then that I would become a filmmaker. Thanks for all your support and I hope to see you there!

AMC Classic Marina Marketplace
Wednesday, Oct 4th at 6:00 PM
Q&A afterwards by yours truly

Trailer: https://reubenhernandez.com/maddie-trailer
Tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sixth-annual-marina-del-rey-film-festival-tickets-37866102532

Maddie LA Premiere by Reuben Hernandez

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I'm so excited for the LA premiere of my film Maddie next week at the Marina del Rey Film Festival. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into this film and many of you know that this is a very important, personal story that is near and dear to my heart. Please come out and support our talented cast and crew. We look forward to sharing it on the big screen out west and hope to see you there.

Trailer: https://reubenhernandez.com/maddie-trailer
Tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sixth-annual-marina-del-rey-film-festival-tickets-37866102532

AMC Classic Marina Marketplace
Wednesday, Oct 4th at 6:00 PM
Q&A afterwards by yours truly

BTS photos by Jen Trahan and Andrew Klein

Maddie Wins an Award of Merit by Reuben Hernandez

My film Maddie recently won an Award of Merit at the One-Reeler Short Film Competition and will have its LA premiere in competition at the Marina del Rey Film Festival.

Maddie will screen at the AMC theatre in Marina del Rey in October. Stay tuned for screening info and we look forward to sharing it on the big screen out west.

Maddie Film World Premiere by Katherine Yaksich

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Maddie premieres tonight at Landmark Sunshine Cinema and I can hardly believe it.

Looking back at BTS photos from Day 1, I can’t help but get emotional. So much of this project felt like an uphill battle, and I can’t thank my talented cast and crew enough for all of their hard work and dedication.

Thank you all and see you tonight!

BTS Photos by Andrew Klein and Jen Trahan

(at Landmark Sunshine Cinema)

Maddie Trailer by Katherine Yaksich

Maddie World Premiere

I’m excited to announce that my short film, Maddie, will have its world premiere at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Tuesday, May 30th, at 9:55 pm in competition at the NY International Short Film Festival.

Tickets (Maddie screens in program 3): nyshortsfest.com/ny/content.asp?PageID=10

Our cast and crew did a remarkable job on this film and we can’t wait to share it with you on the big screen. We hope to see you there!

Cheers,
Reuben

Beauty, Balance, and Grace by Katherine Yaksich

I’m excited to share this short I directed featuring JR and some NYC Ballet dancers. Thanks for watching and be sure to check out the NYC Ballet on stage.

Official Selection 2016 Paris Short Film Festival

A film by Reuben Hernandez

Featuring JR, Lauren Lovette, Megan Johnson, Taylor Stanley, and Craig Hall
Produced by Marc Azoulay
Additional cinematography by Frank Maldonado
Set photography by Jen Trahan
Music by I Am Lightyear

That's a Wrap! by Katherine Yaksich

That’s a wrap! The cast and crew absolutely crushed it beyond all expectations. We can’t wait to share this film and bring it out into the world. Stay tuned…

PS Whoever invented the Easyrig is a genius! You saved my back

#maddieshortfilm

Photo by Andrew Klein

(at New York, New York)

Tomorrow by Katherine Yaksich

There are so many emotions running through my head right now, mainly of relief and excitement. I just received an email from the NYC Mayor’s office of Film that my shooting permit has been approved for a very exciting stunt sequence that we will film tomorrow. I literally screamed with uncontrollable joy into the phone while talking to my friend Evan. Sorry about that Evan! Long story short, I’ll be directing a narrative short film starting tomorrow that I’ve written and have been working on since March.

This will probably be one of my biggest projects to date. I’ve never worked so hard before in my entire life, and have enjoyed and learned immensely every step along the way.

I haven’t come this far by myself. I owe tremendous thanks and gratitude to my talented cast and crew, and every single person near and far that has helped in some form or another along the way. I could never do this without you. I sincerely love and thank you all (literal tear, tear).

We will do our best to do this story justice, and hopefully bring it to the big screen somewhere near you in 2017. Wish us luck and send us good vibes, we’ll need it :)

Gotta run and make a movie…

Peace and Love,
Reuben

ANTARCTICA | Brooklyn Short Film Festival by Katherine Yaksich

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ANTARCTICA | Brooklyn Short Film Festival

I’m excited to announce my film, Antarctica, will be screening at the Brooklyn Short Film Festival next Thursday, June 16th at 7:30 pm at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! The programmers tell us the screening will definitely sell out so be sure to get your tickets early.

Tix/info:
https://brooklynshorts.ticketleap.com/2016-brooklyn-short-film-festival-b/

Trailer:
https://vimeo.com/161488191

I hope to see you there!

Warmly,
Reuben

making a movie by Katherine Yaksich

I’m 3 months into making my short film, knee deep in preproduction with casting, meetings, trying to coordinate a complicated stunt on the streets of NYC, and a whole list of other things. I’m all in pouring my heart and soul into this project, switched to 7 day workweeks, and forget to eat lunch sometimes. Despite feeling overwhelmed and alone at times, I also feel empowered and able to bring this project to life in a beautiful and compelling way. So many people have been supportive, generous, and willing to help, even strangers (friends of friends of friends of friends of friends, etc.) that don’t even know me. I can’t thank you enough. And I’m learning something new and growing every moment along the way. I absolutely love it and I’m beyond grateful.

I’m blown away by the hundreds of actors that have responded to my casting call. Thank you! I wish I could audition every single one of you, but that is impossible. The amount of talent/passion/dedication/hard work out there is truly remarkable. Keep kicking ass. You inspire me.

I have high hopes for this film and am working towards completing it in time for the Sundance Film Festival deadline in September. If all goes to plan, principle photography should commence in 3-4 weeks (OMG!)!!

Shit is getting real, real fast. Stay tuned folks…

Much Love,
Reuben

by Katherine Yaksich

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Paris Short Film Festival

I had a blast premiering my film, Beauty, Balance, and Grace, at the Paris Short Film Festival. It was truly a memorable and special experience to share my film on the big screen at such a historical cinema in Paris. And some of my friends from California even made it out to the screening! It was wonderful to connect with the other filmmakers and watch their inspiring and moving films. It was well worth coming out and I hope to be back soon. I definitely walked away feeling inspired and empowered to create.

I’m currently in preproduction for a film I hope to shoot before leaving for Berlin this summer, and will be submitting to festivals in 2017. Stay tuned…

All My Best,

Reuben

Beauty, Balance, and Grace Paris Premiere by Katherine Yaksich

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Greetings from Paris!

Tonight is the premiere of my film #beautybalanceandgrace at the Paris Short Film Festival at 10 pm at the historic theatre and cinema, in Room 1 of the arthouse cinema Reflet Medicis on 3 Rue Champollion in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, and I hope to see you there!

Info: http://www.psff.eu/

#paris🇫🇷.

(at Paris, France)

Beauty, Balance, and Grace Trailer by Katherine Yaksich

BEAUTY, BALANCE, AND GRACE Trailer

Check out the trailer for my short film, Beauty, Balance, and Grace premiering at the Paris Short Film Festival this Thursday, 5/5, at 10 pm: http://www.psff.eu/ 

I’m excited to take this film out into the world and hope to see you at the screening! Please invite any friends in Paris :)

A film by Reuben Hernandez
Featuring JR, Lauren Lovette, Megan Johnson, Taylor Stanley, and Craig Hall
Produced by Marc Azoulay
Additional cinematography by Frank Maldonado
Set photography by Jen Trahan
Music by I Am Lightyear