Feet to Festivals

Tucker – One of the talented film extras in Feet.

Making a film is like giving birth…then after giving birth your newborn infant is immediately sent off to dozens and dozens of groups of strangers whose job it is to look your baby over, decide whether it is worthy of being seen in public and give it a thumbs up or a thumbs down.

Yep, we’re talking about the world of independent film festivals.

Our first baby – Feet – has been officially in distribution to film festivals since January of this year. It’s a long process with a lot of entry fees and months of waiting involved. At this mid-year point of 2017 we do not know when, where or if Feet will be screening at any of our chosen festivals. We’ve grown more patient over these past six months and will most likely need to develop thick skins to endure the inevitable rejection that comes with putting your art out into the world.

But that’s okay 🙂

Because odds are we will get some good news too. And with that good news will come big announcements and parties and travel with friends and the camaraderie with our cast and crew that we enjoy so much. PLUS we’ll be meeting new people at the festivals, both filmmakers and film lovers, and that sounds exciting.

We are so looking forward to having a drink at the bar with everyone after watching Feet on a big screen. Thoughts of those future moments keep us motivated to continue looking for great festivals and sending in those submissions. With any luck, we’ll be  inviting you all to the first screening soon!

Orchard Arts Festival 2015

Had a great time at the annual Orchard Arts Festival put on by the South Westminster Arts Group (SWAG) this past weekend!

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Spent some time communing with nature and other artists, as well as patrons of the arts who came by and bought some of Terri’s handmade pottery and/or signed up for our book giveaway!

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As the summer dwindles away, we here at Knowhere Media are excited for cooler weather and afternoons spent relaxing in coffee shops and bookstores. We’ll be holding some book signings in Denver and beyond very soon.  We’ve dubbed these get togethers “Author’s Cups” because we’re bringing along some of Terri’s hand thrown coffee mugs as well as our latest paperbacks. Look for more information as the leaves begin to fall and we all get in the mood to curl up with a good book and a steaming cup of coffee…

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Bottoms up!

Darci

Bodragaz “Symphony” Video

Recently, we had a really cool opportunity to shoot some video unlike any we’ve ever shot before. The guys in the heavy metal band, Bodragaz, were seeking a high contrast, smoke filled, head banging kind of look for their new video and we were happy to pull out all the stops for them. This is what happened…

Two things:

First…filming heavy metal rock bands doing their thing is now high on our list of “fun things about being a filmmaker”. Serious attitude and all of that smoke! It really was a blast.

Second…the dedication these guys have for their music and their art was invigorating to be around. We’re glad the footage turned out for them and hope the world digs the video!

Rock On!

– Darci

Why Robert Downey Jr. Will Never Work with Me

RDJThe other day, Robert Downey Jr. made a statement about how he has no desire to work on indie films because of the lack of professionalism and talent, the extra hard work involved and the general mediocrity of the end product. I’m not usually too over the top worried about what Hollywood types say regarding those of us on the outer realms of film success, but for some reason this little news bite totally irked me. Like, bugged me to the point that I had to walk around and rant about it to my friends and family and, God help me, argue about it on Facebook.

The question I kept coming back to after these sometimes heated discussions was, “Why?” Why do I care? It’s not like I had some fantasy worked up in my head of RDJ agreeing to act in one of my films. What’s the big deal? He wasn’t pointing his $75Millionayear finger directly at me and saying “You suck.”

Or was he?

The time, effort and money indie filmmakers put into creating their films is GIGANTIMOUS (real urban dictionary word, Google it) relative to the amount of time, effort and money that they have available to them. To flippantly brush all of our efforts aside and tell us that we’re wasting our time…and his…felt personal and more than just a little mean.

After all, we’ve stuck with RDJ as a whole. He’s a bit of a darling among most of the artistic filmmakers that I know, despite the fact that he’s churning out over hyped comic book movies like there’s some kind of world shortage…which there’s not. For him to tell us that most of us are “inexperienced and lame” was his honest opinion and one that ripped away at the veil of polite disdain Hollywood has for the indie artist, exposing something we indie folks don’t like to admit.

We’re not one of them.

One of our unspoken fears is now out in the open, in black and white, for everyone to see. We no longer have to wonder what many of those we’ve idolized for years are saying when we’re not in the room, which is almost always, because we never get the VIP pass. Now we know. Most of us, not all of us, but most of us, are somewhat of a joke to the Hollywood elite. They don’t look at us and envy or admire our small attempts at being filmmakers. They really don’t look at us at all.

So, what to do with this knowledge?

I, for one, am done ranting. I hold no ill will towards RDJ as a person, although I will probably be less likely to praise his acting talent with as much gushing adoration as I have in the past. That may be petty, but I never claimed to be perfect. And I’m not going to pay money to see any of the multiple Avenger movies barreling our way in the near future. However, to be totally honest, I probably wouldn’t have gone to see them anyway.

I guess all I can do is stick to my current path, making movies with as much care and cash that I can pull together. I’ll be as professional and talented as I know how to be and, with any luck, I may be part of something that turns out to be pretty good. Then, one day, when RDJ and I are at the same party, he for Avengers 15 and me for my little-movie-that-could, and he turns to me and says “Your movie was, at best, mediocre”, I will be able to look him straight in the eye, with the confidence that making your own movie in your own way gives you, and say, “Ditto.”

– Darci

Out of Knowhere: A Blog About Our Blog

This is our blog. It’s called, Out of Knowhere. We thought this was a catchy name and knew that we needed to have some place to put news, articles, thoughts, release information, etc. on our website. Also, websites are just supposed to have blogs and we, as artists, are supposed to have something to say…so…here it is.

With any luck, we’ll be posting a lot of exciting news about the success of Knowhere Media books and films AND the resulting celebratory parties, making everyone we know jealous beyond belief.

However, we have a lot of other ideas for this blog that have nothing to do with luck or making people jealous. They have more to do with the vast number of talented indie artists that we know and love who don’t get the kind of recognition on the interweb that they deserve.

So, Gentle Reader (yep, you get a pet name), this blog post is to let you know that our blog will…someday very soon…we hope to get it going sooner rather than later…start highlighting the hard working, free spirited, creative individuals who inspire us.

Boom. First blog post complete.