A Taste of BFE

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BFE Preview Card

Like Pavlov’s Dog, whenever we see that green MPAA ratings card, we know we’re about to get a treat and today is no different. So, without further adieu, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, a sneak peak into the world of BFE:

BFE trailer from Shawn Telford on Vimeo.

*WARNING: MAY CONTAIN GUNS, DRUGS, SEX, VIOLENCE & TRUE LOVE

BFE comes home to Seattle

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It gives me great pleasure to announce that my debut feature film BFE will have it’s West Coast premier at the 40th Annual Seattle International Film Festival, where they’re already calling it ‘a stunning debut.’

I, for one, am beside myself and can’t wait to share this film with my hometown and filmmaking community.

Be forewarned, however, as BFE will screen only twice during the whole festival. Both screenings at the historic Harvard Exit on Capital Hill.

Monday June 2, 9:00PM
Tuesday June 3, 4:00PM

If you plan on attending, please purchase tickets in advance. You can do so here. SIFF screenings have been known to sell out.

I leave you with the festival’s recap of the film, which they describe in this way:

“In his debut feature, Seattle filmmaker Shawn Telford examines the helpless existence of four different individuals living in a small town dominated by drugs and brutality, and their lasting desire to mold their lives into something more meaningful. In an attempt to escape the reality of his failing health, we get to know Grampa (Wally Dalton), who, with his grandson Ian, embarks on an adventure full of shady deals and risk taking. Along the way, they encounter several friends—some new and some old—who are each grappling with bad decisions and with the relentless monotony that comes from living in an insular small town. One of those friends is Ellie, a troubled teenager searching for love and salvation in her relationship with Zack, a young romantic whose future hinges on how he reacts to temptation. While Ellie, Zack, Grampa, Ian and their comrades have all had very different life experiences, they still have one distinct commonality: They all need to get out of BFE.”

BFE wins Special Jury Prize in Florida

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SFF Special Jury

My debut film BFE made it’s world premier at the 16th annual Sarasota Film Festival where it also won a Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble. Congratulations to the all-Seattle cast & crew. I’m so proud of our film!

Short write up on Indiewire detailing all of Sarasota’s winning films

Sarasota Film Festival welcomes BFE

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Ellie and Josie walk along the tracks

It’s a great pleasure to announce that BFE, my feature length filmmaking debut, will make it’s world premier at the Sarasota Film Festival in sunny and warm Sarasota Florida.

BFE will screen twice in Sarasota.

April 8 @ 6:15PM
April 9 @ 6:45PM

Indiewire made the full announcement earlier this week.

It’s also a pleasure to announce that BFE will be in competition for the Independent Visions Award:

The Independent Visions Competition, an established platform for the discovery of new American filmmaking talent, features BFE by Shawn Telford (World Premiere), BIG IN JAPAN by John Jeffcoat, I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS by Leah Meyerehoff, JOY KEVIN by Caleb Johnson (WORLD PREMIERE), MEMPHIS by Tim Sutton, SOMETHING, ANYTHING by Paul Harrill (WORLD PREMIERE), THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY by Josephine Decker (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE), and WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE by James Clauer (WORLD PREMIERE). The festival’s Factory 25 will present Independent Visions Award, with the winner of this award presented with a first look distribution offer from Factory 25.

“The Sarasota Film Festival continues to shine a national and international spotlight on our community,” said Sarasota Film Festival Board President Mark Famiglio. “The success of the festival is built upon the support of our sponsors, our community partners, and our audiences. We look forward to another outstanding year of world class films and events that showcase what is best about Sarasota.”

“We have worked diligently to create a balanced and exciting program that reflects the state of the art of film,” said Sarasota Film Festival Director Tom Hall. “We are very excited to bring these films and filmmakers to our audiences and to continue to create a vital platform for movies that, we hope, can have a positive impact on our community and in the national cinematic conversation.”

Congratulations to the cast & crew. I couldn’t have done it without you. And in your honor, I shall dust off my speedo, hit the beach and drink Mai Tai’s before every screening. Not only is it the right thing to do, it’s also the BFE thing to do.

BFE Poster

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They say it's quiet out in the country... They don't know shit.

They say it’s quiet out in the country… They don’t know shit.

If you’ve not already ‘liked’ BFE on Facebook, please do so as this will allow you to track our progress, get news, pics, updates and secrets as we venture out into the festival world. By the way, we’re still waiting to hear which festival will host our world premier. Some possible candidates include: Rotterdam Film Festival, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca and SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival.)

In the meantime, we wanted to be sure that you saw our poster and to also let you know that a very limited run of digital prints will be autographed by some of the cast, framed and available for sale. Proceeds from this sale will go towards paying for the DCP (digital cinema package) which is basically the very fancy and specially formatted hard-drive that will allow movie theaters around the world to screen the movie. That’s the good news. The bad news is that DCP costs approximately $3,000.

The digital prints of the BFE poster will be made on a nice, heavy stock paper. They are approximately 11×17 and framed in black. They will cost $75 and will look most excellent hanging on the wall of your living room, gallery, garage or wherever you hang fine artwork!

Please let me know if interested and thanks once again for your support.

Cheers,
Shawn

I forgot to mention that we’ve got a website coming soon too. You can swing by and take a gander at the construction if you’re into that sort of thing. It’s called BFEmovie.com

Jim loves trains

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I like to play with trains.

I like to play with trains.

This new commercial for the Washington State Lottery is getting a lot of play during football games.

Every time it airs, my phone blows up and my Facebook wall overheats with action.

To see for yourself, click here.

BFE gets a nod from Paris

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Michael Tully, Tommy Oliver, Leigh Meyerhoff, Shawn Telford and Jaffe Zinn on a terrace in Paris.

Michael Tully, Tommy Oliver, Leigh Meyerhoff, Shawn Telford and Jaffe Zinn on a terrace in Paris.

BFE brings home a Special Mention from the Champs-Elysées Film Festival in Paris France.

For its second edition within the Champs-Elysées Film Festival in Paris, US in Progress presented five selected feature films, currently in post-production, to forty potential buyers, distributors, festivals and European producers. It was the first time any of the selected films were presented to the European market. Movies that were featured at recent US in Progress events have gone on to be selected for festivals such as Sundance 2013, the Berlinale 2013, SXSW 2013 and Tribeca 2013.

The films in progress selected this year were:

BFE by Shawn Telford
CHILDREN by Jaffe Zinn
PING PONG SUMMER by Michael Tully
I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS by Leah Meyerhoff
1982 by Tommy Oliver

MORE ON THE 2013 THE CHAMPS-ÉLYEÉES FILM FESTIVAL

After the success of its first edition and the 15,000 spectators it drew, the Champs-Elysées Film Festival which was created by producer, distributor and cinema owner Sophie Dulac is back for a second year. The festival takes place from June 12th to 18th under the co-presidency of French actor Olivier Martinez and French actress/producer Julie Gayet, with the same ambition as last year: making the Champs-Elysées the meeting place for a popular, festive and cultural event around the cinema.

BFE in Gay Paree!

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Arc de Triomphe

Ladies and gentlemen,

Today, we got some very good news: BFE is one of five American films selected to participate in the US in Progress program, a part of the Champs Elysées Film Festival in Paris, on June 13-16 2013.

During the festival, we’ll screen the unfinished film to an audience of European distributors. The hope is that someone will buy the film and/or help us raise the money to finish the film properly. Although we have a rough draft of the film, there’s still post-production audio, color correction and a slew of other bits and pieces to tidy up, not to mention fine tuning the edit, which we are working on presently, in other words, we’re adding music, sound effects, titles and subtitles, as well as experimenting with pacing, scene structures, adding and subtracting dialogue, etc.

As it stands, it’s not perfect but it’s getting close!

The US in Progress initiative is a joint initiative between the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, the Champs-Elysées Film Festival in Paris and Black Rabbit Film, helmed by Adeline Monzier. The objective of US in Progress is to present American independent films in their post-production phase to potential European buyers in order to encourage their distribution and broadcast across Europe.

The other films selected include Michael Tully’s “Ping Pong Summer,” Tommy Oliver’s “1982,” Leigh Meyerhoff’s “I Believe in Unicorns,” and “Children” by Jaffe Zinn (also from Idaho).

BFE in the C-A-N

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We got this.


After working a blitzkrieg of eight straight 12-hour days, sandwiched between many sleepless nights, it’s fair to say that everyone involved in BFE took the next two weeks to recover. Myself especially.

It’s now safe to say that we’ve got this one… IN THE CAN!

That’s very good news.

Now for the bad news.

Ha, ha, there is no bad news.

Now that we’ve recovered, it’s time to once again begin the tireless work of working on the movie. Although here’s a little secret, we’ve already synched the audio files to the video files so that we can watch all the pieces of the movie with sound and make decisions as to which pieces can and will go in the final version of the film. And we’ve transcoded the raw files into the appropriate files to be edited. So, everything needed for the next stage of the filmmaking process is ready to go.

By the way, that process is called post-production and that includes such tasks as editing the film, adjusting the color, massaging the audio, rerecording some dialogue, adding music, adding sound effects and much, much more.

To put it in football terms… it’s fourth quarter, first down and BFE is on it’s own 10 yard line. Now they’ve got to move the ball to the other end of the field, or at least within field goal range! And score a touchdown.

It all comes down to this!

Cheers,
Shawn

The Making of B.F.E.

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Well, I’m at it again: swinging for the fences; reaching for the stars; aiming for the moon; jumping over the edge. Pick your metaphor.

I’m making a feature length film based on my last short “The Last Virgin” that had a lot of success both in Seattle and San Francisco where it premiered.

The new project is called “B.F.E.,” and it’s my biggest undertaking yet. Basically, I’m taking “The Last Virgin” and am expanding it into a longer, full-length, distributable movie with more characters, more scenes and more drama!

I’m hoping to raise $15,000 and have enlisted the crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter to help me.

If you’re reading this, chances are, you’re a big supporter of the arts and like to hear about exciting, new, upcoming projects. More importantly, you’re a big supporter of me. And I really appreciate that!