THE NESTING DOLL Film Festival Fund
It's time to take the show on the road! We're raising funds for film festival submissions and we'd love your support. Please watch the 5 minute video up top, read about the project below and pass it on. : )
Short trailer for a short film.
My name is Jeffrey Palmer and I am the director of the short dramatic thesis film THE NESTING DOLL, a film about one family's story of memory loss and memory lane.
The film addresses themes of Alzheimer’s, the fragility of brotherly bonds, the power of nostalgia, and the struggles and strains of caring for an aging parent. It features Rob DiNinni, Johnny Halloran, Katharine Sterling and Kirsten Salpini, all talented actors and stage performers working in New England.
The cast (L to R) Rob DiNinni, Katharine Sterling, Johnny Halloran, Kirsten Salpini
Production took place early May of 2017 as part of the MFA program in Cinema and Media Production at Boston University, where I earned my masters degree with a focus in Directing.
It's now January 2018 and I'm pleased to announce that the film is done --yes!-- but the work continues as we prepare to submit THE NESTING DOLL to film festivals across the states and around the world.
Promoting and marketing a film can be just about as daunting, and exciting, as making the film itself. Our film’s producer Jamie Companeschi and I decided early on that if we were going to ask folks to contribute in some way, we would wait until we had a finished product to offer. As the film's team leader, I must say that we definitely have a wonderful movie to share with you!
Film festivals are a fantastic way to put all of our hard work on screen in front of live audiences hungry for this sort of story. Because submission fees and costs of necessary materials add up, we're hoping to offset those expenses by reaching out to our network of family, friends and fans for a little boost in funding.
Anyone who contributes, no matter the amount, will receive a private link with a password to view the film digitally at home or on your computer. The running time is 12:30 minutes and I can earnestly make a guarantee that the story delivers, the performances shine, and the production quality is "Like you see in the movies."
And to keep things fun, I will also be posting some additional perks - comic books, trinkets from the film, video updates - throughout the campaign.
We hope you will share this information with your friends and followers on social media using the links on this page. Please use the hashtag #TheNestingDollMovie when posting.
(L to R) Ellen Lee, Zachary Dripps, Michael MacDuff
On behalf of the cast and crew, THANK YOU in advance for your interest and support! We apprecaite your generosity.
Yours in cinema,
Jeffrey Palmer, MFA
Director "The Nesting Doll"
How about them apples, folks?? I didn't know I'd be back so soon with another update, but here you go. :)
The Nesting Doll took 1st Place Film at the $2 Film Festival out of New York, NY. Don't let the name of the event fool you into thinking it was aimed at cheap films or low-rent filmmakers. (Although yes, it was nice the fee was a good value) I know firsthand that submissions came in from around the globe and the calibre of work was high.
If you're on Facebook, be sure to add a like, a share, and even a comment on their wall. Facebook.com/The2DollarFilmFest
Also please save the images attached and add them to your social media posts!
Thanks again for believing in our little film. It's making its way...
The Nesting Doll recently screened at the Down East Flick Fest in Greenville, North Carolina and to my surprise took 3rd place for Best Drama Short. Link below to their website. Jeff [hearts] DEFF.
Also, I just got word that TND is an Official Selection at the Full Bloom Film Festival down in Statesville, North Carolina, which is one of those growing festivals getting more street cred in the filmmaking circles. I'm really psyched that we're involved with this one. More info about that event at http://fullbloomfilmfestival.com
You're welcome to save the attached images and share on social media.
Thank you again for being a part of this film's journey. We're just getting going!
Hope this finds you all doing well and enjoying the summer.
I wanted to check in and share a few bits of news - two "firsts" for The Nesting Doll.
Our film won its first award, taking Best Short at the 15 Minutes of Fame Film Festival down in Palm Bay, Florida. They were celebrating their 10th anniversary as a festival and we get to celebrate with them.
Additionally, we were accepted into our first New England festival by way of The Massachusetts Independent Film Festival which takes place the weekend of August 24-26 in the Boston area. I will be attending that event to represent our film and see many others.
Did anyone catch the trailer for the feature film What They Had? It's along the same theme and tone of The Nesting Doll, but with way more money behind it. Check it out and let me know what you think. Could The Nesting Doll become a feature as well? https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1kBGxsyp__o
With any luck I'll have more news to share by fall, but until then, take care!
Yours in film,
It's been a while since I posted an update. Was waiting to share some good news with everyone.
We crossed the 50% funded benchmark thanks to everyone who has contributed and the most recent donation from Rachel Shepardson. Thank you! If this is as far as we get I will be pleased as punch.
Additionally, we received some nice news from a few film festivals that The Nesting Doll is an official selection. I've updated our posters and video thumbnails with the attached image to reflect our status. You're welcome to share and pass it around.
I hope you all are doing well and I'll circle back with more news as it trickles in.