Hey guys, I’m back for another week of updates. I have some good and bad news to share, but first I’d like to follow-up on last week’s post regarding submitting HH to a film festivals. After looking at this website, I think that one of our best bets would be to submit to the Film Festival of Columbus, which has a submission deadline of April 19th. This allows for more time to tweak HH, should we need to.
Moving onto the bad and good news—it doesn’t seem that the Bachelor on the Hill will not be happening. However, as the saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens. In lieu of the miniseries, I’ll be working on a screenplay that is centered around a teenager who lives in an intentional community that starts to see through the facade of the community, and seeks to escape it. The topic of intentional communities is of special interest to me as it’s been a topic that I’ve examined in another one of my classes where we study utopias in antiquity and how utopic ideas of antiquity have been applied to modern day. While it’s clear that many of these communities set out to create an ideal environment/community, there are many examples where such intentions have gone astray. In working on this project, I’ll be looking at the Jonestown community, as well as a French intentional community of the 1800s called the Icarian. As for visual references, I’ll be looking at Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (2012) and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village (2004). I’m excited for this opportunity, and look forward to providing more updates.