Posted by: michellemuldoon | August 20, 2019

Nominations Galore!

So appreciative of the recognition Last Stand to Nowhere is receiving.

CITY OF ANGELS WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL:
Screening: August 28th, 2019

AUSTIN REVOLUTION FILM FESTIVAL:
Screening: September 7th, 2019

THE WILD BUNCH FILM FESTIVAL
Screening: October 4th, 2019

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Posted by: michellemuldoon | August 8, 2019

Festival Update

You can find Last Stand to Nowhere at the following Festivals over the next two months.

Posted by: michellemuldoon | July 8, 2019

Last Stand to Nowhere at CIFF19

Last Stand to Nowhere had a wonderful screening at the Covellite International Film Festival but not surprised, because this festival and the town of Butte, Montana are a hidden gem of the festival circuit. The people are friendly and welcoming, the venues great and the after parties always lively. It’s a festival that is always on my submission list and it should be on yours, as well.

This year was especially sweet as the film received the Achievement in Short Form Filmmaking Award. A huge thank you goes out to Festival Directors Brian Boyd and Don Andrews for running yet another successful festival.

I always leave trying to figure out how to get back to this town and festival the next year!

 

Posted by: michellemuldoon | April 15, 2019

Last Stand to Nowhere Poster

Felice House is most famous for her Re-Western Art Exhibit and her ability to bring real women to life on canvas in some of the most iconic roles in Western Film.  We could not be more grateful to Felice for agreeing to bring our set images to life on our poster for Last Stand to Nowhere.

The poster is inspired by the poster for the 1957 Gunfight at the OK Corral starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. Felice used set photographs from Mavreen David and Michelle Lamberson to inspire the final poster you see today. The lettering was created by hand by fellow Austin artist, Ken Manthei, and Isabelle Swiderski of Vancouver-based Seven25 handled the typography.

The poster represents the efforts of so many individuals, and truly represents my belief that women in roles other than Saloon Prostitute and Chaste Farm Wife makes is what will help catapult Westerns into a more prominent position in the twenty-first century.

The Western has become a sort of modern mythology and like most mythologies, women have been an afterthought. Hopefully, our project can prove that change in how we tell Westerns would be a good thing.

Posted by: michellemuldoon | March 28, 2019

Last Stand to Nowhere Festival Update

What a month for festival acceptances this has been. On the heels of Last Stand to Nowhere‘s acceptance to the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival, we received news that we received an official selection status for the first quarter with the Genre Celebration Festival in Tokyo. The film also garnered nominations for Best Western Short and Best Actress for Julie Lynn Mortensen. A week after that, we received word that Last Stand will be screening at the Bechdel Film Festival in Akron, Ohio.

Regarding Artemis, we’ve got great news. We’ve received two screening times. We screen on Saturday, April 27th at 4:15 and April 28th at 4:20. They must like us!

If this his how March is going to run, I’m excited to see what the rest of the spring and summer will look like.

Posted by: michellemuldoon | February 27, 2019

Artemis Women in Action Film Festival

Last Stand to Nowhere has received its first film festival acceptance. What’s even more exciting is that it was also the first response due on our submission list.  We’re all hoping this is the sign of a good festival run to follow.

Artemis Women in Action Film Festival is the perfect festival for us. It’s a festival that celebrates female action and empowerment films. You could say, they are “our people”. The festival takes place from April 25 – 28th inclusive. We haven’t received our screening time and date yet, but will post as soon as we receive it.

If you’re in Los Angeles, and in the Santa Monica area in particular, I hope you’ll come out and support the festival, and our film.

Posted by: michellemuldoon | January 4, 2019

Last Stand to Nowhere Teaser

We made a Western Film and we did it with a community of donors and sponsors who trusted and supported us to make Last Stand to Nowhere happen. As a filmmaker I have never experienced that level of kindness and generosity before. And I will forever be grateful for it.

To our crowdfunders and social media community, thank you for everything you have done. To our sponsors — Thunderbird Fast Draw Club, Orchard Film Studios, Stetson, Legacy Liquor Store, Sharpe Sound Studios, Encore Post and Matrix Production Services — a huge thank you. Independent Film doesn’t happen without the support of members of the film community and businesses that support the arts. You have been our heroes.

Please check out our Teaser for the project and stay tuned for updates as our festival run develops.

 

Posted by: michellemuldoon | July 9, 2018

Ms. In the Biz

Photo by Mavreen David Photography

Last Stand to Nowhere is currently in post-production.  While we are slowly inching towards finishing the film, I’m proud to share my first interview of this phase in production courtesy of Ms In The Biz.

I had the chance to discuss the film and why I chose to make it with actor/writer Taylor Hastings.

Taylor made the interview an easy discussion, and I am most appreciative of that. Sometimes it’s hard to talk about your project, but when your passionate about it, and the interviewer knows how to navigate that passion, it becomes an easy experience.

My thanks to Taylor and to Ms In the Biz for the wonderful article and experience.

Last Stand to Nowhere Ms In The Biz Interview.

Photo by WendyD Photography

Posted by: michellemuldoon | May 21, 2018

Westerns Rule

Or should I say, women in westerns rule. I know it’s been a long time since I blogged, but I was distracted. Who knew that this particular distraction would take a year and a half of my life before the camera would roll. I’m not sure if LAST STAND TO NOWHERE has been a passion or an obsession, but either way it resulted to four days in Pitt Meadows, BC with some of the most inspiring, kind, generous, talented, decent humans I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with.

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Photo by Michelle Lamberson

As long as it took to get to this stage, the speed at which it moved from December 2017 on was exhilarating. Joining the already established cast of Maja Aro, Frances Flanagan, Chelah Horsdal, Jenn MacLean-Angus, Julie Lynn Mortensen, and Johannah Newmarch were Catherine Lonsdale, Luvia Petersen and Sadie Silcock. Lini Evans came on at the eleventh hour to make our saloon complete with a saloon singer.

For three days our cast endured high heat in heavy clothing to make something special. The generous souls of the Thunderbird Fast Draw Club provided instruction and gun wrangling services so that our showdown would look as it should.

The camaraderie on set was astounding. The amount of people I have to thank has been extensive and I’ve spent the last two weeks on the Last Stand to Nowhere social media channels making sure I did so.  You are all brilliant!

This is what I’ve learned from the people on the shoot, and from the shoot itself:

  • Women want this kind of content. We all want this. Why? Because media is not satisfying the market. To paraphrase one woman on Facebook, Godless gave us one glorious episode. It’s time for change.
  • When we all come to a project because we believe in it, the experience can be transcendent. It’s been two weeks, and I’m still hearing from cast and crew how special the shoot was.
  • Patience is beautiful and don’t forget to breathe. Eight years ago I discovered that the saying, Patience is a Virtue, was not the correct translation of the ancient Arab proverb. The correct one is, Patience is Beautiful. And in hot weather on long days, I learned to take a deep breath and remember to keep it beautiful.
  • Vancouver will step to the plate when you need them. My thanks are eternal to our sponsors Matrix Production Services, Thunderbird Fast Draw Club, and Orchard Film Studios because without them, we wouldn’t have a film. I would also like to thanks Golden Eagles Farms and Renee Bella. Without them, we would never have been able to afford a location. These people made film happen. Let me say this again, these people made film happen!
  • Anything is possible when you have a producing team like we had; Maja Aro, Victoria Angell, Frances Flanagan, and Shannon Kaplun. When I was at my most stressed, or vexed, or impatient, they were there; unwavering, kind, patient, supportive.

We are now looking to get our huge 8K files transcoded and into the editing suite. From there, the list of things that needs to get done is staggering, but that’s okay. We have footage in the can, and that footage looks glorious.

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Photo by Mavreen David

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

Posted by: michellemuldoon | January 3, 2018

Scottish Independent Film Festival

What a fabulous way to start the new year. My thanks to everyone at the Scottish Independent Film Festival for recognizing Birthday Blues with a Special Commendation for Best Scottish Screenplay.

I’m Scottish born, as is my father, and it means a great deal to be recognized by the land of my birth.

I hope to submit to the festival again next year, and hopefully, make the trek across the pond and meet the wonderful people behind the festival.

Birthday Blues Logline:
Deep-seeded family secrets bubble to the surface in quiet, creepy suburbia when the focus of a birthday party is found face down in his own backyard pool.

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