If you missed the Coney Island Film Festival screening of Speed of Fencing, come for the NY finale at the Big Apple Film Festival! Tickets go on sale October 15th, so don’t miss out! I’m super excited for this screening in Tribeca and think it will be the best one yet. The festival tour of the film is winding down so I’m honored to have been accepted to BAFF.

About the festival: Each year, the Big Apple Film Society will host the Big Apple Film Festival. The festival will screen a variety of specially selected film from the New York City independent film community, as well as additional selections from across the country and around the world. The festival includes New York City premieres, interactive panel discussions with industry professionals from the New York City film community, honorary award presentations to individuals who have played an influential role in independent filmmaking in the New York City area, networking parties and events, as well as a closing night awards ceremony in which awards will be presented for achievement in filmmaking, screenwriting and acting.


Home to featured fencing star, Lauren Willock, Speed of Fencing is coming to Louisville, KY! When investigating festivals to apply to, I tried to select the hometown of each of the fencers who participated in the shoot. And who doesn’t want to stay at the Galt House for the 10th time! (We used to have a lot of fencing tournaments in Louisville and that was the spot to stay.)

Speed of Fencing was accepted to the On The Edge Film category and will be screened at 4pm on October 5th at the Galt House, C. Ford Room.

About LIFF:
Louisville’s International Festival of Film (LIFF) is committed to screening artistic films not usually presented through commercial venues, giving independent filmmakers a place to showcase their work. The proceeds of the Festival will be used by the LFAI to help fund education efforts focused on training the filmmakers of tomorrow in Metro Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

In addition to film screenings, the festival will host a variety of seminars, events and parties designed to provide Kentuckians and industry visitors alike the opportunity to become involved in the future of the Film Industry in Kentucky. We believe that an annual festival will promote Kentucky and Metro Louisville as a destination point for film production drenched in hospitality, arts and culture.


Check it out! Another acceptance!

The All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival takes place on November 9-11, 2012. I received a very nice phone message about my acceptance and love the idea of a sports themed film festival. As luck would have it, there is a national tournament that very same weekend in Virginia Beach, VA so it looks unlikely that I will be able to attend.

About the Festival (from their website)
Whether it is a dramatic or comedic piece, we want screenwriters and filmmakers to share their great stories in regards to the world of sports. We felt that creating this festival would give the many sports fanatics out there an outlet for their love of competition. We ask you, the filmmaker, to only submit films that the plot centers around the competition or competitor. We will respectfully decline films that just have a competition scene in them that isn’t pivotal to the story or character.

Some people have asked us to define “sports.” Well, we want to include any subject matter that deals with mental and physical competition for the sake of winning a prize (and not killing anyone along the way to do it). So we’re ready to watch and read any stories from auto racing to badminton and spelling bees to chess.



What a great weekend! I had a really fun time at the Coney Island Film Festival. Not only did I see some good films, I rode bumper cars, saw burlesque shows, drank whiskey out of someone’s nose (it was sterile, don’t worry), and ran into friends from the Indie Spirit Film Festival! Anything goes in Coney Island and it’s all about embracing this amazing culture they’ve preserved through the Coney Island USA, a non-profit arts preservation society. Thanks Coney Island!


A little fun with swords 😀
“The Warrior Chief” is actually putting it OUT of the sword-swallower’s mouth.


My first sold out screening!Image

Get ready New York…Speed of Fencing is coming to Coney Island! Get your tickets in advance for the September 22, 7pm Saturday screening of Speed of Fencing!

Purchase them here: http://shop.coneyisland.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=1525

There’s also a Facebook page create by the festival for that night’s screening: https://www.facebook.com/events/380733711995991/

And if you can’t get enough, check out my Indie Spirit Film Festival pal David Spaltro’s amazing feature film, Things I Don’t Understand, on Sunday at 5pm: http://www.coneyislandfilmfestival.com/programs12/program15.htm

I had a GREAT time at the Tampa Bay Independents’ Film Festival this past weekend. Lucy Griggs, the festival’s director, did a phenomenal job and was my new best friend. I met many wonderful filmmakers from the Tampa Bay area as well as fans of films.

The opening movie, a Keanu Reeves produced documentary called Side By Side, was one of my favorites. It discusses the history of film and its new competitor: the digital era. As an editor, I was especially interested in the past process of my career and happy to be part of the future of my medium (although they did neglect to discuss the impact of indie documentaries). Another feature documentary I enjoyed was Nothing Like Chocolate, for bringing awareness to child labor issues surrounding the chocolate industry. My favorite narrative feature was Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life for it’s child-like, magical adventure through New York City. This film was very well produced and reminded me a lot of Big (with Tom Hanks) not only because of the fortune teller in Coney Island element, but for it’s sense of wonder and discovery. Several shorts were also very impressive, including A Little Push, The Lone Warrior, Venus vs Mars, Pathways, Heads Up, and Vibrations.

Congrats to all of the filmmakers and thank you Tampa!


It’s finally here! I’m off to the Tampa Bay International Film Festival today and couldn’t be more excited! Click on the image and play the trailer to catch a glimpse of some of the films showing (including Speed of Fencing!)

The schedule is jam packed with amazing films. Speed of Fencing will be playing on Saturday at 6:30pm in the Short Program, Screening #13. A full schedule can be found here: http://independentsfilmfest.com/ under the Events tab. See you there!

Speed of Fencing is playing in New York again! Recently, Speed of Fencing has been accepted to the Coney Island Film Festival. I’ve always wanted to attend this festival (plus, I’ve never been to Coney Island), so I’m really excited! 🙂 When the final schedule is up I’ll include all the details. But for now, put the weekend of September 21-23, 2012 in your calendars.

After an amazing two weeks of Olympic sports, the US Fencing team walked away with it’s first medal in women’s epee. BRONZE!!! I can’t say how proud I am of the team and for being part of it throughout this quad. It was even more special to be in the audience cheering for them. Congrats to Maya Lawrence, Susie Scanlan, Kelley and Courtney Hurley.

Team USA also had fourth places in Men’s Epee, Women’s Saber, and Men’s Foil. Further evidence that our country is one of the top program for fencing in the world. Congrats to you all!

And congratulations to all our of fencers, athletes, coaches, supporters, and referees for taking part in a wonderful Olympic Games. You did a great job, London…now on to Rio 2016!