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by Katherine Yaksich

Our short film, Across the Pond, a finalist for Tropfest NY 2013, the world’s largest short film festival.

Last Saturday our film premiered in front of tens of thousands of people and it was an incredible, surreal, unforgettable experience. It will go down as one of my most memorable moments in NYC. Liev Schreiber was the host and some of the judges included Malcolm Gladwell and Academy Award winning producer, Fisher Stevens (The Cove). It was an honor to be a part of such a large festival and share the stage with a talented group of filmmakers. One of the highlights for me was meeting Malcolm Gladwell, my favorite author!

Tropfest NY! by Katherine Yaksich

Tonight our short narrative film, Across the Pond, will premiere at Tropfest NY, the world’s largest short film festival at Prospect Park. It will be hosted by Liev Schreiber and some of the judges include Malcolm Gladwell and Academy Award winning Producer Fisher Stevens (The Cove).

I just want to say how incredibly proud I am of our writer/director/producer, Jessica Thompson, and our producer, Carlo Velayo. The 3 of us began this filmmaking journey together over 3 years ago, when we set out to follow our dreams, make films, and tell meaningful stories together. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine us being on such a large stage, showing our film on the big screen to tens of thousands of people. I’m pretty sure Jess has dreamed about this moment ever since she was a kid, and for it to become a reality is so remarkable. There is so much beauty to be found in that. Carlo took a big leap of faith and moved to NYC months ago to pursue filmmaking full time. We started preproduction for Across the Pond before he even moved to NY, and I was actually in South Africa at the time. I’m practically crying thinking about how far we’ve come.

We have a team of incredibly talented, hard working dreamers, and I feel extremely lucky and fortunate to be a part of that. Last night, we had the opportunity to meet John Polson, the director of Tropfest who hand selects all the finalists, and he told us how much he enjoyed our film and our lead actor. It was a pretty special moment.

We hope you will join us tonight at Prospect Park to see our film on the big screen!

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