It’s official as of March 12th: Ocmulgee National Monument is now Ocmulgee Mounds National Park! Thanks to Natural Resources Management Act S. 47 and the successful efforts of many groups, nearby wetland and wildlife areas will be preserved as the site is expanded from 700 to 2800 acres. Chief James R. Floyd of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation lauded the signing of the bill into law: “The land that had our Mvskoke presence…will never be developed or looted and that’s significant. Now we can go home and know that where we once lived for hundreds of years will always be protected.” http://www.mcn-nsn.gov/muscogee-creek-nation-ocmulgee-national-park-expansion-nears-victory/
The Emergence is a new sci-fi action drama set in the future that features a Muscogee (Creek) sister and brother as central characters. In its shorter, TV pilot version, it has been a recent selection of the L’Age D’Or International Film Festival (winning Best TV Pilot or Series), the Indie Visions International Film Festival (Finalist), The Beyond Earth Film Festival, and the Thinking Hat Fiction Challenge.
Lexington Blue is going home to Kentucky for the 5th Annual UPIKE Film & Media Arts Festival. The screenplay has been tentatively scheduled for a stage reading on Saturday, April 6th at 3:30.
Update 4/8: Lexington Blue was chosen as Best Feature Script at the awards ceremony on April 6th. Deborah Novak’s documentary Andre Van Damme and the Story of the Charleston Ballet won for Best Professional Film, and Dale Farmer’s musical Mountain Minor won the prestigious Spirit of the Mountains Award, which was presented by former Kentucky Governor Paul E. Patton. Congrats to Deborah and Dale and the other winners and nominees, and many thanks to Andrew Reed and his team for their hard work and hospitality. Also a special shout-out to Shane Hall for his camerawork.
“Don-John’s Disappointed Mam” is an Official Selection to the Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Bare Bones is a mecca for independent filmmakers and will be celebrating its 20th year. Props and accolades to festival directors Shironbutterfly and Oscar Ray.
BEST COMEDY SHORT SCREENPLAY NOMINEES
DON JOHN’S DISAPPOINTED MAM written by MICHAEL VINCENT MONTGOMERY
SQUEEZE BOX written by JULIE MAIN
WHERE’S HOLLY written by CHAD HENNINGER
Update 4/28: And the winning script is Chad Henninger’s “Where’s Holly.” Congratulations to Chad!
Punker and Prophet reached the semi-finals of the Fifteenth Annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest, which this year received over 1600 entries. The winner, chosen by Francis Ford Coppola, was Kendra Arimoto’s Starshine and Clay: https://www.zoetrope.com/contests/screenplays-2018/
Given the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, it’s a miracle that this year’s FINDECOIN festival will take place at all. Director Argenis Herrera Sánchez is an art hero, and I am honored to serve as a juror.
As Alaska continues to recover from a 7.0 magnitude earthquake and violent aftershocks, it is good to see nature still making preparations for the holidays. These images of a decorative rose-hip overlay on a tree and ice-drop tinsel are courtesy of author and photographer Molly J. Montgomery.