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Another Screening for Ten for Grandpa!

On May 19th, Doug and Patrick from the Chop Wood team headed to the Cantor Film Center in Greenwich Village to attend a sold out screening of “Ten for Grandpa,” as part of “New York Shorts: Films Made In and About our City.”  During Doug’s Q&A session he fielded dozens of questions from the packed house.  After the screening, everyone continued to Amber, a West Village staple, for the after party to cap off a great night.

Behind the Scenes at the Ragu Shoot

Here’s a look into the shoot we recently completed with Ragu and Nick @ Nite!


Alan Cumming to Star in Lower East Side Indie, “Dwelling”

NEW YORK, NY, Feb, 2010- Alan Cumming just celebrated the launch of “Dwelling,” his latest independent feature project. A thriller inspired by true events, “Dwelling” is set in a Lower East Side apartment building where a vicious landlord plots to murder his rent-stabilized tenants. Shooting is set to commence in June, and Cumming will executive produce and star as Dorian, a philandering painter and long-time resident in the building. Introducing “Dwelling” as “an indigenous New York movie,” Cumming declared himself “a true Lower East Side boy” and praised the script’s depiction of his adopted hometown. Danai Gurira (“The Visitor”, “3 Backyards”) was also in attendance, and is set to play Stella, the polygamous second wife of the building’s superintendent.

“Dwelling” will be helmed by writer/director Doug Karr (“Ten for Grandpa”, Sundance ’09) and producers Katie Mustard, Edward Boyce and Jamie Proctor, for the production company Chop Wood Carry Water. Jonathan Gray is production counsel; Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee will cast the film.



Ragu

CWCW heralded in the New Year with an impressive three-day shoot for RAGU and Nick @ Nite. Filming with two RED cameras, director Edward Boyce and executive producer Doug Karr lead a crew of 40 in producing 15 broadcast spots for television and online. The shoot took place at the beautiful HOME studios in Union Square, New York City, and features a talented group of actors portraying a family with an appetite for RAGU. Matriarch Michelle Concha brings a bright enthusiasm in guiding her family through tutorials on making the most of RAGU products. Steve Reich played the clueless Dad, who defers to his wife’s kitchen expertise. And Joelle Rosen and Dane Centiceros play Jennie and Max, children with big imaginations, musical ambitions, and a love for their mother’s cooking.

With elaborate dolly and jib shots on a two-camera RED setup, Boyce and Karr recruited a top-notch production team to guarantee a high-level product. Producer Katie Mustard and production supervisor Jamie Proctor brought a wealth of experience to the project, as well as production designer Amanda Ford and director of photography Doug Emmett. Navigating hundreds of complex shots with a limited production schedule, the Nick @ Nite/ RAGU campaign went off without a hitch.


48 Film Festivals!

Ten for Grandpa has been accepted into 48 festivals around the globe! Click here for the complete list.

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38 Film Festivals!

Ten for Grandpa has just been accepted into its 38th festival! Click here for the complete list.


More Awards!

Ten for Grandpa has been honored with three additional awards!

Best Editing – Strasbourg International Film Festival

Best Director – HollyShorts Film Festival

Jury Award for Best Film – TriMedia Film Festival


Chop Wood at the Los Angeles Film Festival

We just got back from the Los Angeles Film Festival where Ten for Grandpa had it’s LA premier. Apart from fantastic screenings, we had dozens of meetings, made some good headway with our feature film projects, and even squeezed in a little surfing in Santa Monica.

Doug Karr & Co. at the Los Angeles Film Festival

Chop Wood at the Los Angeles Film Festival

[June 29, 2009]


Stephen Colbert

Chop Wood helped The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and DonorsChoose.org hold a live edit multi-camera HD press event which gave Stephen Colbert a fleeting chance to go back to high school.

[May 13, 2009]


Ten for Grandpa in 18 Film Festivals and Counting

Ten for Grandpa has been accepted into a total of eighteen festivals including Seattle Film Festival, CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, and many more!

[May 1, 2009]


Aspen Shortsfest 2009

Ten for Grandpa just won a Special Jury Recognition Award at Aspen Shortsfest 2009!

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[April 6, 2009]


Nick @ Nite

Having completed Lopezadrine and Whole Lotta Lopez, we’re now working on our third broadcast campaign for Nick @ Nite.

[March 2, 2009]


More Fests!

Ten for Grandpa” has been officially selected to screen at the Stinkwater! International Short Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest!, RiverRun International Film Festival, and Sarasota Film Festival!

[February 27, 2009]


Back from Sundance

We’re back from Sundance, where “Ten for Grandpa” received a tremendous response. Our producers Heather and Eddie blogged about our adventures here , here, and here.

[Jan 26, 2009]


Sundance!

Chop Wood Carry Water is overjoyed to announce that our short film “Ten for Grandpa” has been accepted into the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by Doug, produced by Eddie, and co-produced by Jamie. Thanks to Eli for the great trailer, our amazing cast and crew, and our partners at Torch-Head!

[December 8, 2008]


Eye in the Sky

Eddie and Doug did their first Manhattan helicopter shoot, filming from the sky for a collaboration with Real Estate Arts.

[October 28, 2008]


Vitamin Water

We just produced and shot (and will edit) a series of Internet videos for Vitaminwater.

[October 15, 2008]


Entertainment Tonight!

Our broadcast spot for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation starring Jamie Lee Curtis debuted on Entertainment Tonight.

[September 9, 2008]


Sonya Kitchell Video Shoot

We just wrapped production on Sonya Kitchell’s newest music video: “Here to There”. Directed by Eddie, produced by Doug and Jamie, shot by Guy Godfree and edited by Eli. Thanks to Sonya, Velour and our amazing crew!

 

[August 20, 2008]


Sonya Kitchell’s “Every Drop”

We’ve completed editorial on Sonya Kitchell’s “Every Drop” video. Up next we’re producing and directing Sonya’s “Here to There” video in late August. We’ll shoot in August, once she’s finished touring with Herbie Hancock in support of his Grammy Award-winning album “River: The Joni Letters”.

[July 28, 2008]


Rustic Overtones

We directed a great little video for Rustic Overtones.

[March 5, 2008]


Jamie Lee Curtis

We finished editing a PSA for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, starring Jamie Lee Curtis.

[July 25, 2008]


The Philharmonic and Gary Hustwit

We’ve been shooting the New York Philharmonic for a project directed by Gary Hustwit (“Helvetica”). Filming on stage in the middle of a symphony orchestra is an awesome perk.

[July 16, 2008]


Mark Kondracki

The score for our Bravo! short “Ten For Grandpa” is complete. Thanks to composer Mark Kondracki for his rich, orchestral composition.

[June 19, 2008]