7th Arts Releasing picks up “al imam” Documentary

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve signed a distribution deal with 7th Art Releasing, a long-standing champion of documentary film. Congratulations to our team! Stay tuned for more exciting news ahead…

“al imam”
A documentary short
Directed by Omar Al Dakheel
Total Running Time: 18:48
Format: 1080p / 23.98

Rules of Seconds “the best new play that’s premiered in Los Angeles this year.”

“A PITCH BLACK COMEDY… a contemporary comedy of manners plunged into the savage psychosexual terrain of Neil LaBute.” — Bill Raden, LA Weekly
“SHREWD…TIMELY… the cast is stellar… witty writing… bitter humor and vivid monologues” — Jonas Schwartz, Theater Mania
“SUPERB… an intense, comedy drama, at once horrifying and humorous. The cast is extraordinary, playing it big and rendering vivid, indelible characters.” — Paul Myrvold,Theatre Notes
“DARKLY FUNNY… entertaining throughout, building to an exciting (and violent) climax… Pollono’s script is sharp and funny with quite a few tricks and reveals up its sleeve.” — Erin Conley, On Stage and Screen

11 tips for producing a Fringe show #hff14

HollywoodFringe_logoSo, you’ve registered for the Fringe. Congrats!  There is tons of amazing info in your Fringe guide and the lovely people who answer the support@hollywoodfringe.org email will be an invaluable resource.  In addition, here are some of the things that I learned from my experience producing a show for the Hollywood Fringe in 2013.  

1. Set a goal. Why are you participating in Fringe this time around? Filter all your show related decisions through that goal. When we put up Take Me to the Poorhouse, our goal was to put on a great show, win some awards and use this premiere of the show to gather ingredients for future marketing of the show (pull quotes from reviews, high quality photos and video of the performance) so that is where we focused our time and energy.

2. Rally the Troops: Take the time to put together a great team. It takes a village.

3. Make time for your show: Putting on a show takes a lot of time and energy. Make space for it in your life and be realistic about what you can achieve.

4. Create a great show: Take the time to workshop it, rehearse it thoroughly and get feedback.

5. Simplify Simplify Simplify. Simplify cues, simplify set, simplify costumes. You have very limited time to get in and out at festivals, be a simple, fast moving, well oiled machine.

6. Connect with your audience: general email blasts, FB events are only a small fraction of spreading the word about your show. Personal invitations either face to face, on the phone or via email are always the most effective. Budget time daily to do a manageable number (5-10, 20 if you’re a super-keener)

7. Participate in the festival: Go see people’s shows, hang out at Fringe Central, participate in online discussions, Twitter chats etc. follow the #HFF14 hashtag. Try comp swaps (trading free tickets) with other shows so you can support other artists without everyone going broke.

8. Be a Good Neighbor: take care of your venue, be courteous and helpful to the other shows in your space, be of service.

9. Take Cindy Marie Jenkin’s audience building workshops. Just do it. They’re great and really affordable.   More info HERE.

10. Document your process and get your cast and crew involved in sharing it on social media.

11. Have fun, pace yourself and get as much sleep as you can. Toward the end of June, you may be ready to face plant. Sleep changes everything.

Still have questions?
tweet them to me @Fentonova and be sure to include the #hff14 hashtag

Sara Fenton led the production team of Take Me To The Poorhouse at the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival.   The show won a Best of Fringe Extension and was extended twice, won Best International Show , and was nominated for both the Duende Distinction for excellence in acting and the Bitter Lemons Trailer Park Award for best trailer (watch it HERE).  TMTTPH went on to play  in NYC at the United Solo Festival & The Producers Club.  Plans to develop the project into a feature film and animated series are in the works.  

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Take Me to the Poorhouse
Written by: Liz Femi
Directed by: Jane Morris
Produced by: Sara Fenton, James Jolly, Adam Kern, Ochuwa Oghie, Hope Olaide Wilson
Original Music by: Fred Kaz
Sound Design by: Bill Jenkins

Sweaty Carpet HFF13 Awards

Take Me to the Poorhouse writer/star Liz Femi & Producer Sara Fenton accepting “Best International” at Hollywood Fringe Awards 2013.

Hollywood Fringe Producers Panel 3/25 | 7PM

Awards-in-quadrants-w-show-graphicAfter an award-winning, twice extended run of Take Me To The Poorhouse at last years Hollywood Fringe Festival, I’m back, speaking on a producers panel with some of the other #HFF13 “heavyweights, luminaries & over-achievers”.  Panel includes Chris Farah of Fancy: The Show, Michael Kass of Ceremony, Greg Crafts of Theatre Unleashed, Les Kurkendaal & Michael Shaw Fisher.

The panel is FREE, just RSVP here.  Click on “Buy Tickets” to reserve your spot.

If you’re not able to make it, follow the Fringe discussion on twitter. #HFF14

I will update this post with the YouTube stream of the panel once it is available.

 

A New Chapter: Starting Grad School at USC School of Cinematic Arts

I got in to USC!

I got in to USC!

I’m over the moon to be selected to attend USC’s Film Production MFA.
I start in Aug 2014 and am looking forward to further exploring directing and creative producing works I feel passionate about. I hope to one day create something on par with Across the Universe, using dance and music to tell a narrative.

Here is the work sample I submitted that helped me get in:

“Cupcakes” a short film by Sara Fenton from Sara Fenton on Vimeo.

Standing in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Courtyard between the George Lucas and the Steven Spielberg buildings.

Standing in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Courtyard between the George Lucas and the Steven Spielberg buildings.

If I don’t run a mile everyday, they’re going to give my $ to charity.

Practice something for 100 days.

Practice something for 100 days.

What is www.Giveit100.com?  Co-Created by Karen (who learned to dance in a year – see video below), it’s really a site founded around the premise that persistence and practice is the key to learning anything.  I’ve signed up to run/walk a mile every day for the next 100 days.  I’ve given the good folks at Give it 100 $100 or mine to hold on to.  Any day I do not post video evidence of me running or walking a mile, they give $1 of my $100 to charity. Click to see Me committing, on video!   I’m currently gearing up for my 2nd Give it 100 project which is to use my (soon to be) new GoPro Hero 3 Black to record something creative everyday.    I’d love it if you would check in on me, leave me words of encouragement etc HERE.

NYC brings success for Poorhouse

Poorhouse I HEART NY

Take Me To The Poorhouse by Liz Femi had its off-broadway premiere at the United Solo Festival and at the Producer’s Club.

As Leonard Cohen would say:

“First we take Manhattan… then we take Berlin”.  

Berlin would be cool, but we’re open to all options.  If you’re interested in bringing Take Me To The Poorhouse to your city, please contact the Poorhouse Team takemetothepoorhouseplay@gmail.com.

 

 

LOST GIRLS at Rogue Machine Theater

 

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John Pollono’s follow-up to the award-winning Small Engine Repair is playing now through Dec 16 at Rogue Machine Theater.

I was honored to be asked to assistant direct this beautiful play with a stellar cast.

http://www.roguemachinetheater.com

Everybody Dance! Performance Company

I’m thrilled to be directing the re-incarnation of the Everybody Dance! Performance Company.

We had our first show as part of DanceScape LA at Club Nokia.  Here are a few pics from that show.

Ms. Sara with her DanceScape ProgramBboy StanceRepresenting Everybody Dance!representing Everybody Dance!The young men of Company