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Sturgis Documentary Rides One Last Time During Museum’s Motorcycle Exhibit

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The world’s most famous motorcycle rally begins in August, but you can get there on Saturday, July 21st without even leaving Indiana.

The 2005 documentary "Why Sturgis?" plays one last time as part of the "Steel Ponies: Art and History of the Motorcycle" exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, IN.

The final showing of “Why Sturgis?” will be on Saturday, July 21, at 11am. Doors open at 10am; film and exhibit is free with price of museum admission. Indiana residents Martin Schliessmann and John Brune created the 89-minute movie about the history of Sturgis, South Dakota, and will introduce the film.

Sturgis, SD hosts the world's oldest and largest motorcycle rally, but it is also shares history with Native Americans, U.S. Army soldiers, agriculture, and our National Anthem. "Why Sturgis?" takes an unprecedented look at this rural Black Hills community, featuring the first complete biography of the town's namesake, as well as the rally’s beginnings, tourism economy, and an opportunity to see this small town of 7,000 residents who annually hosts 500,000 bikers.

A major part of the movie includes the first biography of town's namesake Col. Samuel D. Sturgis (a Civil War General and full Colonel of the 7th Cavalry at the time of Little Bighorn). Most people know of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer, but did you know that Sturgis was his boss at the time?

The heart of the documentary includes one of the last interviews with the late Pearl Hoel, known as “The First Lady of Sturgis” and rally co-founder in 1938. Other interviews include: Mayor of Sturgis; South Dakota Tourism Director; Fort Meade Museum historian/curator; sculptor and former Sturgis resident; Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club member; bikers; tourists; merchants and more.

“As Hoosiers, we are proud to have our production presented at our most spectacular museum on Western and Native American cultures,” says Schliessmann. “It is also a privilege to be part of this wonderful Steel Ponies exhibit and experience, as part of their special programming weekends once a month. We always hoped our film would be embraced in the museum environment as our movie helps bridge that western historical experience and motorcycle culture. The Eiteljorg staff has done an outstanding job putting together this Steel Ponies event.”

Schliessmann and Brune are currently working on a film documenting American wine history and our Indiana wineries to finalize in 2013.

Steel Ponies exhibit will continue to run through August 5, 2012. "Why Sturgis?" DVDs available for purchase at the museum store. Details of Steel Horse exhibition at and "Why Sturgis?" at


July 10th Indiana Filmmakers Network Indy meeting - Script Writing! & 48 Hour Film Project!

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The July meeting of the Indianapolis Indiana Filmmakers Network will be a roundtable discussion on Scripts and Script Writing. We encourage everyone who has experience writing scripts, selling scripts, and/or editing scripts to share their knowledge with those who might need a little help.

Just added to this meeting... Jim Walker from the 48 Hour Film Project will be joining us. He will answer all your questions about the upcoming contest.

We'll have a our usual casual networking and door prizes.

When: Tuesday July 10th 2012, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Where : Hamilton 16 IMAX, Hamilton Towne Center Noblesville IN.


Indiana Based Film, Billi & Theodore, Has Its World Premiere at the Indianapolis International Film Festival

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Billi & Theodore, a feature length dramatic comedy based in and filmed in Indianapolis and surrounding areas, will have its WORLD PREMIERE at the Indianapolis International Film Festival on Saturday, July 21st at 6:00pm with a cast and crew Q&A to follow. It will play again on Thursday, July 26th at 7:30pm.  This film showcases Hoosier talent as well as many beautiful Indiana locations.  

About Billi & Theodore

When aspiring puppeteer Billi joins her long lost best friend Theodore on a road trip to retrieve the remnants of his broken relationship, fate, mixed with a little bad luck, gives them the opportunity to rekindle what they once had.  Filmed in Indianapolis, Avon, Bloomington, Greenwood, Michigan City, and Martinsville, Indiana.  Written and directed by Indiana native and Indiana State University graduate Ronald Short.  Starring Jordan McRae (Spy Kids 4D), Travis Emery (Transmorfers), Tommy Martin (Cheery Point), Kristine Renee Farley (The Creepy Doll), Chris Curtis (A Time for the Heart), Suzanna Hartzell-Baird (The Big Idea), Joseph Poenisch, and Zachary Finch.

About Short Pictures Independent

Short Pictures Independent, LLC is a motion picture production company focusing on developing and producing independent films providing a new perspective on everyday lives through artistic portrayals with an authentic voice.  Indiana native, Ronald Short, the owner and operator of SPI Productions, has produced many award winning short films, public service announcements, and music videos; some of which received awards from the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters.  Billi & Theodore is his first feature length film.  Short Pictures Independent is currently located out of Austin, Texas.

World Premiere will be at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in the Toby Theatre, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN, 46208. Saturday, July 21st at 6:00pm. Second screening will be at the Earth House Collective downtown, 237 N. East Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46202. Thursday, July 26th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10.00 at the door or can be purchased online at:

For more info, visit the film's official site at or contact us.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 08:47

"Zombie Fairytale Theater - the Webseries" Casting Call

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We are currently looking for cast for our second episode of "Zombie Fairytale Theater - the Webseries".
"ZFT" is the series that asks - why NOT put zombies into fables? Could be fun!
These are short episodes, 1-4 minutes each, NO dialogue, shot in one to two days. Our second episode will be "Cinderella", and those interested should contact Tara e., series creator and director, at Please have a headshot, resume, and (if available) actor's reel ready when contacting.
The process won't be like regular auditions - if interested, we will contact the actor by phone to make our final decision. There will be no driving to an audition location.
To learn more about our little web-venture, you can find us here:
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Award Winning Zom Com BEVERLY LANE Now Available To Rent For Only $1.99!!

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Critically acclaimed & award winning zom com Beverly Lane is now available for rental at for only $1.99! The film will also be re-released on DVD for only $7.99! Beverly Lane is ready to repopulate your computer screen & DVD collection with zombies, fate circles & a hilarious ensemble cast!

Beverly Lane follows a local metal company as they celebrate the retirement of their longtime boss with a "Coney Island" themed party. Bored & angry, the workers find themselves stuck with clowns, a magician, a mime, and one very sick barbershop singer. Then all hell breaks loose...literally!

Stuck between zombies and a sideshow, the workers must learn to survive with each other or die trying.

Rent the film here:

Beverly Lane is available at for only $7.99 plus shipping & handling! Bonus Features on the DVD include deleted bits, outtakes, trailers & a commentary track featuring Joshua Hull (Writer, Director), Jim Dougherty (DP, Editor & Producer), Matt Rich (Producer, "the Mime") & Noah East ("Andy").

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Follow the film on Twitter to stay updated: @beverlylanefilm


Crew Call, For the Film Ingenue

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We are looking for crew for the upcoming Kate Chaplin Blockbuster feature Ingenue

About the film :

"Ingenue is an amazing family-friendly feature film about a married couple that finds a human analog (clone) in their basement and is blackmailed by the Alliance Clone Corporation to raise her and teach her what it means to be human."
(source: Date: 5-15-2012)

This will be by e-mail in/phone only at the moment(as real life is really hectic atm)

We are looking for the following positions:

Grip/Gaffer/AC - hired by DP - we will take resume' and forward them to the DP
Production Designer
Script Supervisor
Sound Mixer weekdays - we have equipment yes we do :)
Boom op
Make Up/Hair artists
Behind the scenes team - need to have own equipment and be able to edit.
PA's 2 per day. (can be for the 11 days entirely) We will be offer internship opportunities/ credit for internship programs at all qualifying university's.
IF interested have your program coordinator contact Joshua Wooten at ( You will get credit for the film , a copy for your reels and Experience!!!!)

Please put the name of the film and the Job you are interested in in the subject line of the email. and a copy of your cv/resume attached or in the body.

Our shooting scheduled is as follows and ***subject to change***

June 21-24 (Thursday-Sunday)
June 28-July 1 (Thursday-Sunday)
July 6 (half day)- July 8  (Friday-Sunday)
Hours 8am-8pm ish will go later as needed (Housing and Transportation will Not provided.)
We will be shooting in the Indianapolis/Noblesville Area for the most part but again ***subject to change***
Craft Services will be provided

PA's inquiries go to Josh Wooten(
Everyone else go to email

Info on the film


Indianapolis native Adam Bailey directs independent feature film

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. June 21, 2012 – Showing emotion or “springing” means a certain death–at least for Joshua Barrett and the people of Cheery Point. From Indianapolis native and writer/director Adam Bailey comes a sci-fi dystopian film about the human condition and the nature of pain called Cheery Point.

Bailey’s love of filmmaking began while he was attending Lutheran High School of Indianapolis. He began making videos for YouTube using video game characters recorded onto the computer and editing them together. Eventually he made a series out of it. Bailey decided to attend Ball State University to pursue a career in filmmaking. He first got involved with Cheery Point when he was asked by executive producer and Louisville native Kenneth Stevenson to help write the script.

“Kenny (Stevenson) approached me with an idea, and I really latched onto the concept and story of the film,” said Bailey. “He could see that I loved and understood the themes that were involved in it and asked me to direct the project. I’m glad he did, because it’s been the most rewarding time of my life. I’m extremely grateful to have been a part of the experience and honored to be the director.”

Stevenson and Bailey co-wrote Cheery Point with friends James Monroe Treakle and Allison Flood. They have witnessed their ideas come to life over the course of the last year.

"Adam and I are very blessed to have been given the opportunity to bring such an amazing and diverse cast and crew together for the sake of filmmaking,” said Stevenson. “Taking calculated risks, networking and many sleepless nights are quickly paying off to create a film we are truly excited about. We hope that this will be a game changing film for many people's careers and will surprise viewers with its uncompromising attention to detail despite its shoestring budget."

Tentatively set to release in August, the cast and crew of Cheery Point have been hard at work for the last five months filming in central Indiana, northern Kentucky and the greater Chicago area. The crew wrapped up its final week of filming recently in Lawrenceburg, Ky.

The film Features rising independent film stars Tommy Martin (Billi and Theodore) and Amy Hunt (The Club). Stevenson hopes to premiere the film in a local Louisville theatre, however no location has been decided on yet. It will also be entered into several independent film festivals.

The plot of Cheery Point is how citizens of the United States were convinced by their government in the late 1960s to conform to a new welfare program. It stipulated that the newly created drug "Torpase" was essential for everyday living. Torpase eliminates all psychological and physical pain by delivery of an insulin-like pump on the abdomen, and as a result people simply exist without the need or knowledge of art, religion or emotional empathy toward each other in any regard.

Joshua Barrett (Tommy Martin) lives in this dystopian society in the year 2017. Citizens of Cheery Point are punished by death for feeling emotion, referred to as “springing.” Joshua goes about his daily routine as a photographer for Brotzky’s Media until Albert, the last priest of the Roman Catholic Church, captures him. Albert enlightens Joshua to the point of emotional awareness and a fuller understanding of the world around him. This film grapples with the timeless questions: what is life worth? Is it worth living at all?

The Cheery Point crew is now in the final phase of the movie-making experience: post-production. Frequent updates will be posted on the Cheery Point website as well as its Facebook and Twitter accounts until the film is complete.

The cast and crew of Cheery Point also invite everyone to participate in their filmmaking adventure. Additional funding is needed in order to enter Cheery Point into many different film festivals upon its completion. To participate in this campaign or for more information about the film please visit


Audition Notice: Rebound Girl

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What: Feature Film Auditions
When: June 25 and July 2, 2012
What time: 6 PM
Where: Morty’s Comedy Club, 3625 E 96th Street, Indianapolis.
Paul is living the American Nightmare--sexless marriage, thankless job, and mind-numbing contentment. Not since "Bridesmaids" has Love and Marriage (and Poop) been this funny. When his wife insists on a divorce...and their house...and all this "things"...and his self-respect, Paul is forced into a life on his own after years of co-dependency.  A chance encounter introduces him to Kate, a quirky inventor who understands Paul and believes as he does; The toilet paper holder is overrated, the clitoris is a myth, and that your dreams and your circumstances are two different things. When Paul realizes that Kate is the Woman of his Dreams (His WMD), she insists that she will not be his Rebound Girl, that only time and discomfort will tell if Paul is truly ready to commit again. To prove she is not just a transition, Kate insists Paul go where most dread to tread. He must enter a world that chills men's bones. He must look Evil, Irrationality, and Borderline Personality Disorders in the face and walk through them to come out a better man on the other side. To prove his love and commitment, Paul must enter the world....of DATING.
All parts are available. We’re looking for fresh faces. Needs all types, all ages, both genders. Production is scheduled for late July-Sept. For cast list and descriptions, and to submit yourself for an audition, please visit: Please fill out the on-line form under “CASTING” tab before auditions, then arrive at Morty's Comedy Club located at 3625 E 96th Street, Indianapolis, Monday June 25 or July 2 at 6:00 p.m.  Please bring your most current head shot and resume, if you have one.  If you do not have a head shot, please provide a recent photo.
For more information, please email Mia at, .

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 June 2012 20:21

World Premiere of SPIRIT STALKERS

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"Sly, ironic, surprising and ultimately really scary as hell. Not your run-of-the-mill slice and dice horror flick."

VICTOR MILLER writer of “Friday the 13th”


The Award Winning Big Biting Pig Productions is pleased to announce the release of their latest film SPIRIT STALKERS, on June 16th 2012.


Following up on the success of their previous movies HELL IS FULL & THE CREEPY DOLL, Big Biting Pig Productions is releasing a movie for Ghost Story Enthusiasts everywhere!

If you are fan of shows like Ghost Hunters or Ghost Adventures, you will love SPIRIT STALKERS!

If you are fan of good old fashioned Ghost Stories, you will love SPIRIT STALKERS!


SPIRIT STALKERS writer & director Steve Hudgins describes the movie as “a mix between the modern popularity of paranormal investigative shows and the classic ghost stories that so many of us grew up with.”


The World Premiere of SPIRIT STALKERS will take place on June 16th, 2012 at Byrnes Auditorium in Madisonville, KY. Doors open at 5:30pm Central Time. The Movie starts at 7:00pm Central Time. Tickets are $10 each and the price of admission includes a FREE Spirit Stalkers DVD! The World Wide DVD release will be announced shortly after the Premiere.


View the Spirit Stalkers Trailer here:


More information about the World Premiere of Spirit Stalkers & Big Biting Pig Productions can be found at the Spirit Stalkers web page:



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Carmel, IN - May 8, 2012 21-year old Carmel resident, Alex Hall, has written an original screenplay called Methods of Revolution. The feature length movie will be cast and shot this summer in Indiana.

Hall says he will release the movie online in November 2012—for free.  He states, “The movie has a very powerful message about my generation. I want anyone who wants to see the movie to have access to it.”

Hall will not receive any income from the movie. He has already secured the equipment and is raising funds for the remaining production expenses for actors, sets/locations, and other production costs through, a crowd-funding platform for creative projects.

Recently, one of his written works, Jadusable, an interactive online story, gained over 6 million views. Hall’s production, Normal, was a winner at The Indianapolis 48 Hour Film Project, earning Best Screenplay, Best Male Lead and Best Music.

Methods of Revolution follows four graduating students in their early 20s as they reach a similar realization about their lives:  they feel like they aren’t living up to their potential. As their lives push them towards a path they never expected, the four begin a life-changing journey to find a greater purpose in life.

Pundits say Generation Y has sought refuge in apathy—with sophisticated technology and media tools at their disposal, and an obsession with pop culture. Other perspectives portray young adults emerging in the 21st century facing  staggering student debt, a world economy turned upside down, and expectation after expectation to fill. Methods of Revolution aims to show another side to this equation and works to inspire a generation at large.

Find out more about Methods of Revolution at:


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