Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Refreshed!: A Springtime Pine Heart Update

The past few months have been busy for Courtney Sandifer and the Pine Heart Productions crew. Here are a few updates.

In April, Courtney directed the short film "Restorative Justice", produced by Corky and Elda Loesch of Loesch Productions. The 3-day shoot started at an old, local, out-of-commission (reportedly haunted) prison in Sugar Land, TX and ended at an apartment in The Woodlands, TX. Robert Reese of ITH Productions shot the short dramatic piece, using his Sony FS700 and Prime Lens kit. "Restorative Justice" stars Michelle Elaine and Tom Long, and also features Houston area talent, Janell Peyton, Michael Humphrey, Jordan Ogletree and Howard Calvert. Currently, the short is being edited by John DeJesus, but the finished product should be ready for festivals and screenings by mid-summer.

May 3-5, Courtney attended Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas, Texas to promote the feature comedy "Haunted Trailer". The movie, which Courtney produced and did production design, was selected to screen at the festival and did so to a supportive crowd of a few hundred fans. The weekend was a success for the production, as they are busy preparing for distribution later this summer. 

The Haunted Trailer team, Courtney and Director Chuck Norfolk, also joined their horror friends in a celebration of local indie films at a "Spring Scream" at Outlaw Dave's Worldwide Headquarters in Houston on May 18. This included radio interviews all around (AM 950), including a call-in from California by star Ron Jeremy, and lots screaming by "scream queens".

Pine Heart's documentary project "So, My Mom is an Armwrestler" is still rolling along as well. Michele has competed in both the Arkansas and Texas State Tournaments without Courtney tagging along, and began practicing with a group she found in her home town. The mother-daughter bouts will resume soon, however. This Saturday, June 1st at 7PM, the Houston Armwrestling Association and Outlaw Dave's present an amateur armwrestling tournament, almost exactly a year to the date after our first "comeback" tournament. Houston area friends are encouraged to attend - Outlaw Dave's is located near I-10 at Washington: 6502 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

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