November 11, 2014
A long long time ago…well actually not that long ago. This past August I was honored to be asked to perform in the silent film What a Pool Believes by producer of the film, good friend, and fellow New Yorker, Meighann Athene Helene. The director and writer (among other credits) of the film, Ted Mills, coincidentally is also a good friend whom I have had the pleasure of working with prior on some creative endeavors. Initially, What a Pool Believes was created to be entered in the 2014 UCSB Arts & Lectures DIY Silent Film Contest. In late August, the news was released that the film won first prize. The fact that part of the “glory” was that the film be played during the Sunken Gardens Summer Movie Series at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse preceding one of my favorite films, Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, was by far enough of a perk or prize for me.
However, not only has What a Pool Believes achieved its initial award it set out to claim, but it has now received International recognition. Since August, the film has been entered in a plethora of film festivals/contests (I speculate by Meighann), and just yesterday graciously received The Audience Choice Award at the PSSST! Festival nijemog filma/PSSST! Silent Film Festival in Croatia after premiering at the festival the previous Thursday. PSSST! only delivers two awards, and out of over 100 submissions, What a Pool Believes received one of them. Big things are happening! Congratulations and Thank Yous to all involved in making this production possible and bringing it to life! What a Pool Believes may be silent, but it’s recognition is being heard worldwide.
[Watch the film, view behind the scenes photos, and check out press below]