April 2, 2009
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“Teal Optical” short film premieres this weekend at Crossroads!
Jackson, MS — The first narrative short film by Clay Hardwick will premiere at Crossroads Film Festival this weekend and begin a brief screening tour. Hardwick is a former Crossroads Film Festival winner of the Ruma Award (Most Promising Mississippi Filmmaker) and Best Music Video Award.
Nearly a year ago a small crew of young filmmakers, artists, and actors gathered at One To One Studios in the Millsaps Arts District to enter into an exotic world of their own. Production for “Teal Optical” began by building an entire set made out of found materials: planks, plants, and abandoned television screens. Where indie concerts are now held on a weekly basis at One To One, there existed a completely new world where Teal, the main character, encounters unusual creatures who inhabit this world.
“Teal Optical” tells the story of a young girl who loses her sister to a careless driver. Her family does not even sympathize and in an emotional state, Teal runs away from her reality to find herself lost in an unusual forest. Here she meets creatures who speak in another language and help her find her way through the forest. It is a celebration in the forest and they discover what magic music holds as Teal finds her happiness deep in the woods.
“When we shot the film, I told the creatures to speak in a different language – not Spanish or German, but an intelligent form of gibberish. They all nailed it and then we subtitled it in post. It really makes you feel like you’ve been placed into a different and new world.” – Clay Hardwick, writer and director.
The entire film was shot and produced in central Mississippi by Mississippians. Featured in the film are Elizabeth Boteler (Teal), Matt Doman, Charles Orr, Heather Thurgood, Luke Bertram, and many other talented actors. The film was written and directed by Clay Hardwick, assisted by Morgan Welch. Daniel Guaquata coproduced the film and was the foley artist as well as musician for the soundtrack. Music by Animal Collective is featured during the opening credits.
Join much of the cast and crew at the 2009 Crossroads Film Festival this Saturday night, April 4th at Parkway Place Theatre in Flowood, MS at 9pm. The film will screen with other shorts on Screen B. For more information and to purchase tickets go to: http://www.crossroadsfilmfestival.com
Please visit www.TealOptical.com for more information about the short film.
Through April and May, the film will be screening at select sites in Mississippi and around the South. The first will be at One to One Studios. Check the web site for dates and times. All screenings will be free (except for Crossroads) with donations encouraged. Also look for the official “Teal Optical” DVD soon including other works by the cast and crew of “Teal Optical.” You can purchase this through the web site for $10.
“Teal Optical” – A short narrative film