Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Rebel Pilgrim Announces New Movie Starring Rebecca St. James


June 15, 2011

Rebel Pilgrim Productions Announces New Romantic Comedy

Rebel Pilgrim Productions is an independent film production company with offices in Las Vegas, Nevada and Cincinnati, Ohio. The company announced today the production schedule for its fourth feature film in four years, a romantic comedy called A Strange Brand of Happy. Joe Boyd is the President of Rebel Pilgrim. “Slow and steady is our thing. We are building a filmmaking community in Cincinnati that can eventually compete with the big boys, but for now it’s all about doing the absolute best we can with what we have,” says Boyd.

The company aims to tell stories on film that also cause movie-goers to begin conversations about what Boyd calls, “the big questions of life.” Their latest project, Fenced Off, is slated to screen at film festivals later this year. Boyd says, “Fenced Off is an entertaining drama-slash-thriller about two men, one white and one black, who are both sure they are not prejudiced until the day they become neighbors. It’s about that little bit of racism still alive in the hearts of many of us who think we don’t struggle with it. Hopefully people will see it as a great story, but then leave the theater with something to talk about.”

The company’s next project aims to create another kind of conversation. A Strange Brand of Happy is a romantic comedy written and directed by Brad Wise, the writer/director of Fenced Off and Boyd’s creative partner. This movie stars Grammy-Award Winner Rebecca St. James as Joyce Heller, a single Christian life coach who falls for an agnostic client. “It’s a brilliantly funny script,” says Boyd. “But it also presses into issues of faith, hypocrisy and spiritual compatibility. Similarly to Fenced Off it shows that not everything is as simple as we want to make it. Relationships are complicated. Faith is complicated…and so is doubt.”

A Strange Brand of Happy is Rebel Pilgrim’s biggest project to date. It will shoot for four weeks in Cincinnati beginning August 15, 2011. Boyd says the movie has four studios interested in a theatrical release for 2012. “This movie is going to be bigger for us in many ways. It’s our biggest budget and longest shoot to date. We also anticipate it will be our first movie to have a significant run in theaters,” says Boyd.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Hitting The Nuts Movie Coming to Las Vegas


June 2, 2011

Hitting the Nuts Movie Coming to Las Vegas

Hitting The Nuts, the independent poker-themed comedy from Rebel Pilgrim Productions, is now an official selection of the Las Vegas Film Festival. The movie has enjoyed early buzz from the international poker community.

Jeff Madsen, the 2006 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, is one example of a notable fan of the movie. Madsen says, “Hitting the Nuts is without question the funniest poker movie ever made.  The film is committed to making fun of poker and the crazy personalities who love this great game, and that makes it fun to watch. I enjoyed every second of it! I can’t wait for it to screen in Las Vegas in July.”

The film, some five years in the making, will have its Las Vegas premiere on Saturday, July 16th at the Las Vegas Hilton as part of the Las Vegas Film Festival. Joe Boyd is the director and producer of the movie. “To say the least, we are excited to show Hitting the Nuts in Las Vegas. We’ve had thousands of inquiries from Vegas and expect a great showing. As fate would have it, the movie screens as the Main Event of the 2011 WSOP wraps up. It was meant to be,” says Boyd.

Thus far the movie has won an award in every festival it has entered, including Best Feature Film at both the 2010 Cincinnati Film Festival and the 2011 Derby City Film Festival. “This is and was always conceived as a laugh-out-loud farce comedy,” says Boyd. “It isn’t a typical film festival art flick, so the accolades have surprised all of us a little. It has been a great ride, though. We couldn’t be prouder of the critical success, but it’s really all about the comedy.”

Boyd is in negotiations for wider distribution with several distributers. Presently, DVDs may be purchased directly from the movie’s official site at www.hittingthenuts.com. Tickets are currently available for the Las Vegas Film Festival at www.lvfilmfest.com.

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