Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Flicks To Fix Christchurch
Flicks To Fix Christchurch
Hi folks,
Hope you're all well.
I've a bit to get through, so please excuse me if I launch straight into it.


As you all know , Christchurch has been devastated.
Hundreds are out of jobs , homes , normal way of life.

I know everyone has been super supportive to our Cantabrian friends already and I am loath to ask
folks to dip their hand in their pocket again , but - boy , do they need all the help they can get.

So here's what I've organized.

On Friday the 8th of April at approx 8pm , Wanaka Film Trust , with the kind help of the Paradiso cinema, will have a movie night.
We have a great line up of movies to entertain you for a few hours.

U.S. filmmaker Ari Gold , has given me permission to screen his funny and sweet , award winning ,air drumming comedy , 
Adventures Of Power starring Ari Gold himself , Adrian Grenier (star of Entourage), Mike McKean (David St. Hubbins of Spinal Tap amongst many many other great things),
Jane Lynch (Glee) and a host of other great people.

Opening act GOOD GIRL

Another sneak peak at a still from my new #shortfilm called #... on TwitpicGood Girl  is a short film I shot in Feb of this year.
Written , shot and edited etc in Wanaka in a week, with local actresses Hannah Steven & Charlotte Gardiner . 
This film has been directly affected by the Feb 22nd quake as Carmel Courtney who was writing and recording the musical score for the film lives in London Street in Lyttelton 
and who hasn't been able to finish the score yet due to access to her studio etc being affected by the damage.
This version has a temporary score for this screening.


The Other Marty is a hilarious black comedy made by Ian Lawton , an old friend of mine from Ireland.
Ian spent some time in Christchurch about 10 years ago and when he heard what had happened there , he jumped at the chance to do anything he could to help out a city that he holds dear.
Ian is currently at work writing his first feature film.

The Attackmen is a 2007 short film from Wanaka based ,American director and Wanaka Film Trust pal Topher Straus .
A slick looking film looking at two high school seniors from different religious traditions who come to realize, as a life-changing game nears, that their parents' values aren't the same as their own.

Entry to Flicks To Fix ChCH is by donation - 
In order to do the best we can to raise the much needed cash for Chch - we are recommending a suggested minimum donation of $15
Of course, you may donate more if you can!

100% of entry donation will go to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal - ( Paradiso have been kind enough to offer to host at no cost!)

So, come to the movies on Friday 8th of April - For the price of 1 normal movie ticket , you get to see 45ish mins of short film and a 90 min feature film!!!

Oh, and if you want to ask any of the filmmaker any questions and have them answer them on the big screen , on Friday - email me those questions NOW! ( wanakafilm @ gmail . com )


Cheers Folks!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Participants are needed for the Wanaka Workshop!

Hi folks, 
If you act fast , you can be part of this awesome event!
Want the chance to have, Wanaka's own Tim Pierce or Greg von Heraud Parker mentor you?
Then check out the info below and get involved! - Places are limited and it's real soon so read on and get involved!!



The Inspiring Stories Trust – Capturing New Zealand’s Most Inspiring Stories
Inspiring Stories is a new, innovative New Zealand charity kick-starting a nationwide project that support's young Kiwi's to harnesses the power of storytelling through filmmaking and creative digital media for a better world. 

Participants are needed for the Wanaka Workshop!

Inspiring Stories is calling for applications from interested young filmmakers, changemakers and industry professionals interested in volunteering their services for the Wanaka Workshop. This will be held in collaboration with the ReGeneration Youth Jam Event.

Date: 14th March 2011

Time: 10-5pm (1 full day)

Location: Lake Wanaka Centre, 89 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Inspiring Stories is an innovative new national project that aims to spark a series of inspirational short film productions by connecting up young filmmakers with young Kiwi's making a difference. From March to July we're convening a series of two-day intensive workshops for young Kiwi's aged 13-26. The workshops are being held in every region, and focus on effective storytelling and documentary filmmaking. Participants learn core skills through a range of exercises, and develop a project of which they then go on over an 8-week period beyond the workshop to produce a short 2-4 minute film about an inspirational young person in their community.

To find out more, and apply for the workshops, go to

The dates for each regional workshop are as follows:

Greymouth :: March 8th & 9th
Wanaka :: March 14th
Invercargill :: March 17th & 18th
Dunedin :: March 24th & 25th
Christchurch :: March 29th & 30th
Blenheim :: April 5th & 6th


Palmerston North :: May 10th & 11th
Taranaki :: May 17th & 18th
Waikato :: May 25th & 26th
Auckland :: May 31st & June 1st
Whangarei :: June 11th & 12th
Rotorua :: June 14th & 15th
Gisborne :: June 21st & 22nd
Hawkes Bay :: June 28th & 29th
Wellington :: July 5th & 6th

For more information, please contact Laura Madden 021 442 285 or Guy Ryan on 021 243 9869

Please don't hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions.