A DOUBLE DIP

It has been a really long time since I last updated this site. 20 months to be exact. A lot has happened since then. I started dating the love of my life. I made a second feature, a festival doc called NIC & JERRY GET OFF. I finished two awesome scripts. And I became the Director of Social Media & Submissions for the Orlando Film Festival. But sadly not much has been going on with the film this website is all about.

On August 16 2011, I posted STUCK LIKE CHUCK for free online. We had over 500 views in the first 24 hours, which was a huge accomplishment. But a short time later I pulled the video because of strong interest from a distribution company I was overly excited about. After being dragged out for over a year, I finally found out last month that the film was no longer being considered by the distributor and hadn’t been for months. During that time SLC just sat on my hard drive collecting digital dust. I have made many mistakes with this film but that was one of the biggest. I blame myself for waiting and holding out hope for a response I knew was never coming. This was a great disservice to the few fans of the film that are actually out there and any future fans waiting to discover it. I’m sure many felt I had given up on the film and in a way, I did. Now it’s time for me to right that wrong.

I am very proud to announce that STUCK LIKE CHUCK is once again available to watch absolutely for FREE. This time it is on Youtube & even better, there is no boring introduction with me rambling. In addition, I added a brand new section to this site that should interest some of you. I figured if I was rereleasing my film for free (and for good this time), I “mind’s well” (inside joke) make all the bonus features available for free as well. All 8+ hours of them are now on this site including a feature length making of, commentary by myself & Nic Baisley of FilmSnobbery.com, 30+ minutes of deleted scenes, and much more.

To everyone who has supported STUCK LIKE CHUCK or myself in the last 5+ years, I thank you from the bottom of my heart & hope you will stick with me. Please pass this along, share the film with some friends and keep the indie spirit alive!

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GET STUCK

4 years ago, I attended a screening of SUPERBAD the day it came out. Immediately after that screening, I was inspired. The film was a series of long conversations. The story had been done a million times. But it worked because the dialogue was brilliant and everyone could relate to the characters. I have been a fan of CLERKS. & Kevin Smith for years prior to this but something just clicked. It had gone mainstream. So I started thinking about what the simplest idea for a story could be that would showcase the characters and the dialogue. I immediately came up with the age old idea of people stuck in a room. I began to realize that this was actually something I could do so I started working on the idea. A week later I started writing the script. 6 months later we started shooting. A year and a half after that, we premiered at our first film festival and went home with Audience Choice Comedy. And now, exactly 4 years after the idea was born, it is being made available for free online. Watch it. Enjoy it. And get inspired!

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FREE CHUCK

Some of you may have seen my somewhat cryptic tweets and Facebook posts lately referring to August 17th. Well it’s about time I finally announce what happens in 2 weeks. Drumroll please…

On August 17th, I will be releasing STUCK LIKE CHUCK for FREE. FREE streaming. FREE download. AD-FREE! There are a lot of factors that led up to this decision but I won’t go into that just yet. For now, all you need to know is that if you haven’t had a chance to check out the film yet, you will be able to in just 2 short weeks!

Starting on the 17th, the film will be posted at StuckLikeChuck.com but the player is embeddable so hopefully it will be all over the place by the end of the day. Since no future DVD or Blu-Ray release is planned, nearly 10 hours of bonus features will also be made available to anyone who donates $1 or more at the official site.More details coming soon.

To celebrate the release of the film, I will be live-tweeting the film at 8 PM EST, 10 PM EST & Midnight EST. This has been a long time coming. In fact, August 17th, 2011 marks the 4 year anniversary of when I first came up with the idea for the film. This is huge news for me and hopefully you are excited as well.

To start things off, here is a brand new teaser trailer for the film…
http://vimeo.com/27224564

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And So It Begins… Again!

Two and a half years ago, I came up with an idea for my first feature film. Four months later, I began filming it. This was a massive undertaking, especially since I was pretty much the only person behind the camera. Many said it couldn’t be done or that I should at least wait until I had more money and finished film school. With practically no budget ($2500) but a hell of a lot of dedication, I made STUCK LIKE CHUCK.

After many amazing screenings, several rave reviews and a few very special awards, I’m doing it all over again. But this time, I need your help. I’ve created an IndieGoGo Page where people can donate money to help fund the film. In return, everyone who donates gets some awesome perks, which include soundtrack downloads, producer credits and even DVD copies of STUCK LIKE CHUCK.

I also created STUCKLIKECHUCKTOO.COM, which is full of information about the film and ways you can help. It also has some funny videos and even the first 18 pages of STUCK LIKE CHUCK TOO for your perusal. So please, play around on there for a little and help out in any way you can.

Thank you!

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Happy New Year!

I hope all your holidays were good. I know it has been a while since I posted but I am working on something big. I can’t reveal much but let’s just say, Stuck Like Chuck will soon be available for mass consumption. There’s even more huge news that will come with it so stay tuned. This will certainly be a good year!

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Stuck in New York

So I am back home and have been home for a little while now. The Orlando Film Festival was absolutely amazing. I would like to thank everyone who ran, attended or played at the festival because you made it such an awesome experience. From 3 AM pizza with new friends to a free adventure through Universal Studios Theme Park to standing out in the Plaza courtyard wearing a giant Stuck Like Chuck nametag, this was truly something special. I plan to go back next year and make attending this festival a tradition. I may have to. On the closing night of the festival, Dan Springen (the best fest director in the world) announced a very special award that was created this year due to one filmmaker’s outstanding indie spirit. I was a bit sad that the festival was coming to a close but winning this honor kept a smile on my face until 6 am, which is when I finally went to bed. To top it off, I was told that next year they might call the award the Jerry Cavallaro Independent Spirit Award! I seriously cannot recommend this festival more and I want to thank everyone there once again.

Shortly after returning from Orlando, we screened in NYC as part of NewFilmmakers. As of now, it was our last public screening of Stuck Like Chuck but we hope that changes soon. I have no problem openly admitting that we really did not have a good turnout at all. NewFilmmakers is notoriously known for relying heavily on the filmmakers for attendance and since I focused almost all my publicity on Orlando, we didn’t really have a shot. The good thing is that everyone who did attend seemed to really enjoy the film and I want to thank Barney of NewFilmmakers for programming us.

I am working on some cool things now that I hope to announce soon. Be sure to keepo checking out this site and be sure to tune in to www.filmsnobbery.com/live every Tuesday & Friday night at 10:30 PM EST!

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Stuck In Orlando

I know I have not updated this for a while. Sorry for keeping you all out of the loop…unless you are a fan of us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GetStuck) or Follow me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GetStuck) or watch www.filmsnobbery.com/live on Tuesday & Friday nights, in which case you know what is going on. I am currently at the Orlando Film Festival promotiing Stuck Like, which screens here this Friday at 10:50 PM. I will be hosting a Q & A after, and I am also posting daily updates from the festival. You can check them out on the Stuck Like Chuck home page. (www.stucklikechuck.com)

The festival officially starts in a few hours but it is so amazing already. The venue is beautiful and the whole area is awesome. And there are truly some awesome people running the show here. Everyone cares about film and the filmmakers. If you live in Orlando, come out and see some awesome films for free. Yes, for free. Every movie screens for free. But if you can afford it, get the VIP badge for $100 because it has amazing perks like access to all parties, VIP seating, free drinks, discounts at restaurants and even free passes to Universal Studios! And all the filmmakers get those perks plus more!

And when I get back to NYC, we screen on Wednesday November 11th at 9 PM in the anthology Film Archives as part of NewFilmmakers, with a reception at 7:15 in the theater lobby. This is going to be a fun 7 days!

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The Dan Fogler Show

This is a quick little update to let you all know about a cool new video I just posted. It’s called ‘The Dan Fogler Show’ and can be seen in the videos section of the Stuck Like Chuck website. I also embedded it below. Some of you may remember Dan Fogler from Balls of Fury, Good Luck Chuck and Fanboys. I interviewed him during the Tribeca Film Festival for his movie Hysterical Psycho and we have been in touch since. Recently, while at his studio, Dan had the idea for me to turn my camera on the two of us and discuss Stuck Like Chuck. This was completely impromptu and a lot of fun. I cut it to look like a bad community access TV talk show, because that’s basically what it is. Hope you enjoy it!

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NewFilmmakers + site updates

I know. I fucking suck at updating this website. I’m seriously great on Twitter though. That is now the best way to get updates about Stuck Like Chuck. So stalk me on there by following @GetStuck. I promise to update this site more. I might force myself to do some sort of weekly update thing but for now, here’s my latest post. It’s a big one.

That’s what she said. Sorry, couldn’t help myself. Anyway, a lot has happened since my last update. I have been meeting with distributors and trying to get this film some kind of release. So far, I’m still looking. If you head over to the new “For Distributors” section you can see some of my selling points and learn a little more about the film. I’ve also been submitting the film to a lot more critics and I’ve updated the site with some more reviews that we’ve gotten. Last month I posted the “Tina Fey” clip from the film and I also posted a video of alternate takes to compliment it. I finally updated the videos page on here to include them

On August 17th, Stuck Like Chuck turned 2 years old. As I wrote at full length last August 17th on the film’s Myspace, I got the idea for the film after watching Superbad. I stayed up nearly the entire night after coming home from the movie and the next morning John and Julie Spend the Night Together was born. Obviously some changes were made (very soon after) but that was the birth of what became Stuck Like Chuck. Ironically and completely unplanned, I finished the first draft for a meta quasi-sequel called Stuck Like Chuck Too this August 17th. The idea is that Stuck Like Chuck was a movie and this “sequel” is a mockumentary that follows Jerry, Joe, Patrick and Jocelyn as they take their film to one of the biggest film festivals in the world. I absolutely love the script and feel it is a much more mature and better-crafted script than Stuck Like Chuck was. No sophomore slump here. I would love to start filming this right away but that is just not the case. Hopefully I will get to make it soon though. (Also somewhat ironic, a few months ago I met the very awesome Greg Mottola who directed Superbad and told him how it inspred SLC. He took a copy and promised to watch it when he finished working on his next film Paul. I can’t wait to hear his thoughts on the film.)

The biggest update to the site is in the Screening section. Stuck Like Chuck was recently accepted into NewFilmmakers. It will be screening at 9 PM on November 11th in NYC. Check out our screenings page for more info. We are waiting to hear back from a bunch of other festivals also and I will be sure to update this site as soon as I hear from them. In all honesty, 2 festivals rejected us this week, which of course stings, but it was their loss. Here’s hoping we get some good news soon.

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SINY Film Festival

The SINY Film Festival was awesome. ‘Stuck Like Chuck’ took home the Audience Choice Comedy award, which was a great surprise for us. A big thank you to everyone who came to our screenings and voted for the film. The video below is a short clip, which features my acceptance speech. Check it out and we will meet up after the jump.

Hopefully you watched the video above before reading this. (If not, what the hell? It’s only 50 seconds) I carried my pocket cam with me the whole festival so I of course filmed a bit of the awards ceremony. When they said ‘Stuck Like Chuck’ was the winner, I decided to take my camera with me. It got huge laughs and also allowed me to capture the awesome moment on film for all of you.

Besides winning Audience Choice, the screenings themselves were fantastic. It’s always fascinating to hear a crowd reacting to the film because people tend to laugh at different parts. The first screening went great and I was told we had the biggest turnout of any film in the time slot. The second screening was even better with a bigger crowd and more laughs. Both Q & A’s were filmed and I will probably do something with them eventually.

There were a lot of other awesome things that happened at SINY in addition to the screenings and the award. On Saturday, there was a very cool filmmaker party at Joseph Naso’s house. (Naso is a Staten Island based producer known for his movies with Steven Seagal) This party definitely made up for the terrible “Celebrity” party that took place the night before. I won’t go into details on it because it is the one aspect of the festival I didn’t like, but everyone else seemed to enjoy it.

Another great thing about the festival was the many filmmaker connections made with fellow writers, directors and actors. I got to hang out with a lot of very cool people and many of them live on Staten Island. Hopefully we will all be able to keep in touch because it would definitely be great to work with some of them. In addition to meeting some locals, I finally got to meet The Film Snob, Nic Baisley, in person. He was the first web-crit to review the film and he has been one of our biggest cheerleaders since. If you haven’t yet, head over to www.filmsnobbery.com and check out his site.

I’d like to end off by mentioning something that is somewhat non-festival related. On the first day of the festival, I left early in order to attend a concert in NYC by The Scenic. This band is featured on the SLC soundtrack and they are great live. I taped some of the show (although I F’d up the audio, which I am mad at myself for doing) but I did get footage of their shout-out to the film in the middle of their set.

Overall, last weekend was quite amazing. I want to thank everyone at the SINY Film festival and again everyone who attended. And for any filmmakers out there wondering, you should definitely submit to next year’s festival. While there are a few things they need work on (getting more press is #1), the festival has a lot of heart and a lot of great people supporting it. I look forward to attending next year, hopefully with another film screening there!

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