Military veteran and other Florida filmmakers’ works officially selected for West Texas festival

Iron Freedom Foundation photo for film A Devils River Story
Cameron Cushman’s films like ‘A Devils River Story’ illustrate the benefits of outdoor activities as therapeutic. (Snip: Iron Freedom Foundation)

The West Texas Film Festival announced Florida filmmakers’ works will be included in selections for the 2019 festival in Odessa Nov. 21-23. The festival, in its fourth year, showcases works that have the “pioneer spirit of filmmaking.” Among the Floridians whose works will be shown is a military veteran who is an enthusiastic outdoorsman and believes nature can be therapeutic. Continue reading “Military veteran and other Florida filmmakers’ works officially selected for West Texas festival”

Indie Gosnell film details real life horror story buried by politics

I learned about the case of Kermit Gosnell via social media. Most national media ignored it at first, until ignoring it became impossible. At least one legacy newspaper scribe ended up apologizing for calling the case a “local issue.” When I learned multi-award-winning actor Nick Searcy was involved in an effort to get a film made about America’s “biggest serial killer,” I knew I’d want to see it. What I learned continues to disturb me. Certain critics also disturb me—I wonder if some who opined even watched Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer.  Continue reading “Indie Gosnell film details real life horror story buried by politics”

Drive-In: ‘Kill’ film adds Ocala to screenings tour, with retro twist

Back in the day drive-in theaters were a favorite place for teenagers, for obvious reasons. In the small town where I grew up, the local drive-in was off limits for some of us teens. I went one time. Someone saw me and told my mother. Justice was swift and I was an adult before I went to a drive-in again. I didn’t know there was a drive-in close to Jacksonville until I got an email about the places Durden Godfrey’s I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday will screen. Continue reading “Drive-In: ‘Kill’ film adds Ocala to screenings tour, with retro twist”

Watch ‘Kill’ film and the psycho goes home with you

From Facebook page for "I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday"
From Facebook page for “I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday”

I finally got to watch the screener of Durden Godfrey’s film I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday. I had to watch it on devices other than our TV, so I hope to see it soon on a bigger screen.

I’d go so far as to say this is one of the best indie films I’ve seen. Before I write another word, I have to disclose something. Continue reading “Watch ‘Kill’ film and the psycho goes home with you”

Indie film a spectacular mix of drama, suspense, horror and dark comedy

By Jen Day Thompson

Left to right: Joseph Stearman, cast/played Pat Dorette; Jared Rush, Co-Creator and Executive Producer; Durden Godfrey, Creator and Director; William Bishop, Cinematographer and Producer; Simon Strickland, Sound. (Photo: Jen Day-Thompson)
Left to right: Joseph Stearman, cast(played Pat Dorette); Jared Rush, Co-Creator and Executive Producer; Durden Godfrey, Creator and Director; William Bishop, Cinematographer and Producer; Simon Strickland, Sound. (Photo: Jen Day-Thompson)

Durden Godfrey’s I Am Going To Kill Someone This Friday premiered in Jacksonville with a sold out, one-night-only event at the downtown Public Library on Thursday, August 9th, 2018.

For months, Facebook followers had seen teasers and promotional posts about the film, sparking interest, conversation and even a shout out from James Murray of television’s Impractical Jokers. Based on crowd response as the film ended Thursday, viewers were not disappointed.

Godfrey’s film premiere started with a red carpet pre-party and cocktails. Guests’ photos were made on the red carpet upon entering and everyone enjoyed drinks and conversation while waiting for the doors to open to the auditorium. There was an undeniable air of excitement from both guests and film crew.

Faneal Goldbold (left) and Jen Day Thompson
Actress and law enforcement expert Faneal Godbold (left) with Jennifer Day Thompson who covered the film premiere of ‘I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday.’ (Photo: Jen Day Thompson)

I had the pleasure of meeting cast member Faneal Godbold who played Detective Iago in the film. As she waited to view the final product for the very first time at the premiere she expressed hope and optimism that films like Godfrey’s would help bring the film industry to Jacksonville, a city that has historically shown support for the arts. Godbold also acted as an advisor for the film, based on her extensive field experience in law enforcement.

I Am Going To Kill Someone This Friday takes viewers into the mind of Robert Partridge, a husband, father and marketing executive who suffers from psychological disturbances. As many indie films do, the story takes viewers deeper than the characters on screen, sparking personal revelations and introspection. Elizabeth Baldree, a friend of executive producer Jared Rush, was expecting an eye-opening journey into the mind of a psychopath. Following the film, Baldree confirmed that the production did that and more, sparking personal questions and uncharted talking points.

Brian Mercurio (left) attended the film premiere with his wife Elizabeth Baldree. Jen Day Thompson is shown here with her husband David ( right).

With sponsors such as the Jacksonville Film Festival, Durden Godfrey’s motion picture is paving the way for the growing local film industry. The arts have a way of uniting communities, and Blu Fogarty aims to see that continue. As president and executive director of CORE Incorporated, a non-profit organization that helps needy and underprivileged communities, Fogarty believes in the healing nature of the arts.

Fogarty’s organization’s rock operetta production, The Bacchanal Carnival, travels to small towns and inner city communities, with all proceeds going towards production and the communities they visit. A friend of the makeup crew for Godfrey’s film, Fogarty got into the spirit of the evening with themed face paint.

Niki Logoreci, Jared Rush, Durden Godfrey
Left to right: Niki Logoreci, Jacksonville Film Festival Director; Jared Rush, Co-Creator, Co-Writer and Executive Producer; Durden Godfrey, Creator, Writer, Editor, Director (Photo: Jen Day-Thompson)

When the doors to the auditorium opened Thursday night, an usher reminded guests to take their time getting to their seats. That’s how packed the venue was for the premiere of I Am Going To Kill Someone This Friday. With a spectacular mix of drama, suspense, horror and dark comedy, reactions from the audience could be heard throughout the film. Thomas Siedle’s portrayal of Robert Partridge was unforgettable. Though I’d seen him making the rounds at the pre-party, it was hard to believe I was watching the same person on screen. The premiere event closed with a Q&A session with the crew and an after party hosted by The Volstead bar downtown.

Blu Fogarty
Blu Fogarty, associate of make up crew, ready for the film premiere. (Photo: Jen Day Thompson)

Godfrey’s film earned lengthy applause from the audience at the premiere and is sure to see continued acclaim upon its release. As a community, Jacksonville proved its commitment to and support for independent arts Thursday evening. Despite an NFL game and a baseball game downtown, Godfrey’s film drew a crowd that filled every seat.

As the local film industry continues to grow, if Godfrey’s film is a preview of things to come, we have much to look forward to.

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Follow Godfrey’s film online: www.IAmGoingToKillSomeoneThisFriday.com, at www.Facebook.com/KillSomeoneFriday and at www.GoFundMe.com/KillSomeone

For more information on CORE Incorporated please visit www.COREincorporated.org

To learn more about the author, visit Jen Day Thompson at The Crazy Daysies and at her blog Jen Inspired Living.