KALISPELL (2018)A brand new feature film, a western, will be coming soon! More information to come when pre-production begins!
CUDDLE (2014)Official Selection 2015 Buffalo/Niagara Film Festival, Buffalo, NY
Official Selection 2014 Y'Allywood Film Festival, Atlanta, GA
Acquired for Distribution / Released December 1, 2015 Across Multiple Platforms
From award winning filmmaker Jason O'Brien comes a brand new documentary chronicling a unique and revolutionary movement taking place around the world. For years, people have been getting together at cuddle parties, where non-sexual physical touch can be practiced and explored within a safe and innocent setting. In a couple of cities, and most recently, in Madison, Wisconsin, new businesses are opening and facing huge controversy to offer one-on-one snuggling sessions for paying customers ... again, in a completely safe and non-sexual environment. In each of these instances, the misperceptions and misunderstandings of others have caused controversy, and have sometimes made it difficult for people to see the benefits that these services & events can provide, and it ends up dealing so much with how we view touch in America and how the lines have blurred between compassion and sex. Can these movements succeed and allow others to see how finding ways to get back to our most basic human needs could actually be a positive step forward for our society? Or will these movements face too much misunderstanding and founder? This new documentary explores it all.
Features the new original song, Close, performed by Aaron Zimmer! (check out www.aaronzimmer.com)
For more, visit the website at www.thecuddlemovie.com!
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THE OTHER SIDE OF LAUGHTER (2014)Official Selection 2015 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, Birmingham, AL
Adapted from the book of the same name written by Janet Robinson, this new short film contains one of the novel's best early sequences, showing the bonds that are developing and have already been in place between four Southern women, while teasing the path that certain revelations will take in the larger story. The Other Side of Laughter tells the story of Emily Cooper, who has been kicked out of her life. Once a member of one of Georgia's wealthiest and most highly esteemed political families, she is now left with nothing. How does that happen? Two reasons: the manipulative tactics of a powerful family and Emily's inability to fight for herself. In walks Camilla Baldwin. Camilla's cousin, Sally Sewell, found Emily through the church grapevine and asked her to come live with them on the family estate in LaGrange. Tired of Sally bringing home every poor sap down on their luck, Camilla is none too happy at first. But when she finds out who the new boarder's ex-father-in-law is, she is hell-bent on seeking revenge, not only for Emily but for herself as well. Sally wonders if her cousin will use her lawyer or her shotgun to exact such revenge, but Camilla decides that good old fashioned blackmail will do just fine. Meanwhile, fellow boarder and divorcee, Lindley Clark, bonds with Emily, hoping to uncover the secrets she is hiding. The Other Side of Laughter was filmed in Prattville, AL over a single weekend in June 2014. While 3 of the actresses were all local to Alabama, one (Lisa Sims) drove all the way from North Carolina to play the role of Lindley. The screenplay was written by Janet Robinson and Jason O'Brien, adapted from the book by Janet. The film, a co-production with Dragonfly Press, was directed by Jason and Janet. The film stars Leslie Blackwell, Kim Priolo, Lisa Sims, and Lynne Taunton.
View the complete film online with Vimeo On Demand at www.vimeo.com/ondemand/theothersideoflaughter!