NEWSLETTER - Week of July 17, 2017

1 // IF YOU DO ONLY TWO THINGS THIS WEEK...

  • GET CONNECTED on SOCIAL MEDIA
    Last week, we were featuring Michael Abbott Jr., this week will feature Marc Menchaca and next week will be Lacy Marie Meyer.

    Be sure that you are connected to ALL these Ensemble Members on your social media accounts.
    • Michael Abbott Jr.: TWITTER @mykabit  //  INSTAGRAM deeznotdozenutz  //  FACEBOOK michael.j.abbott.7
    • Marc Menchaca: TWITTER @marcmenchaca  //  INSTAGRAM mgmenchaca  //  FACEBOOK marc.menchaca.5
    • Lacy Marie Meyer: TWITTER @lacymariemeyer //  INSTAGRAM lacemariem //  FACEBOOK lacy.m.meyer

While you're at it, why not post a little something from your account about each of them?

  • ARCHIVE CHALLENGE: THE LESSON, 2007
    This week, we are looking for any pictures or other materials from "The Lesson," our first production in 2007. Or any pictures from the now defunct Center Stage NY, where the production was mounted.
    Please submit all materials to:  thecollectivearchive@gmail.com
    Members can also upload photos any materials directly through the Member Portal.

 

2 // STAY UP-TO-DATE with MEMBER NEWS

  • Ensemble Member and Collective writer Brandon T. Snider is appearing at San Diego Comic-Con International July 20th through 23rd. He'll be signing an assortment of his most recent books as well as appearing on the "It's a Funny Story..." panel alongside Jay Chandrasekhar, Fred Van Lente, Liz Climo, Gini Koch and Gabe Hudson. They'll discuss the challenges of creating humor for a variety of audiences.
     
  • "Bottle Girl" written by Founding Members Brian Leider and Nick Marshall has been greenlit by MarVista Studios and will be filming in LA in September. Nick Marshall will appear in the role of Mickey.
     
  • A monologue from Ensemble Member and Collective writer Mark Borkowski's play THE HEAD HUNTER is now available in "The Best Men's Stage Monologues 2016" (Smith & Kraus). The play has been produced numerous times since its original production in 2000 at The Common Basis Theatre in NYC. Backstage hailed it "One of the best plays of the year!" Available in all drama bookstores and online HERE
     
  • "Second Chance" starring Ensemble Member Lacy Marie Meyer is now available on iTunes.
     
  • Ensemble Member Michael Abbott Jr. produced and starred in "In the Radiant City" which premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is now available for pre-order on iTunes (release date July 18th).
     
  • Ensemble Member Nina Mehta recorded an audio play, "Rebuttal" by Jyotsna Hariharan and produced by HarperAudio, which is available for a free download. The play was the 2016 Grand Prize winner of the HarperAudio radio drama contest. The contest is open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students and alumni of Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and the winner gets a publishing agreement with HarperCollins for an unabridged, multi-voice audio production. "Rebuttal" was published in Fall 2016.
     
  • Ensemble member Maggie Champagne will appear in the London premiere of the feature film "Diane" as part of Horror Channel FrightFest 2017, August 24–28. This year the festival will take place in two cinemas – the Cineworld Empire, Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema (PCC) Leicester Place. More info 

 

3 // COLLECTIVE NY FILMS - WHERE ARE WE NEXT?

  • "Quick Fix" will screen at Grauman's Chinese Theatre as part of the Oscar-qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival that runs Aug. 10-19. Program TBD.
     
  • "Uncle Silas" has been accepted into the Marietta International Film Festival in Marietta, GA (Atlanta metropolitan area) and will screen at the festival September 9-10. More updates as we get closer to the event.

 

4 // MEMBERSHIP - KEEP US IN THE LOOP

  • UPDATE YOUR SCHEDULE
    REMINDER - Membership is keeping track of your AVAILABILITY. Are you out of town filming? Away for the summer? 
    Please EMAIL YOUR SCHEDULE so we can share up-to-date availability for the company. Let us be able to tell writers, development and outside producers when you are/aren't available. Send to: collectivemembership@gmail.com
     
  • SUBMIT YOUR MEMBERSHIP MATERIALS
    Please submit your headshot, resume, other photos and requested material to Collectivemembership@gmail.com. We need everyone's cooperation so we can get our online presence up to date fast. 
     
  • All membership updates need to be sent in by the Tuesday EOD deadline. If you do not submit by then it will go on the following week's newsletter (unless the date makes it obsolete). Members please report updates and "book out" by sending an email to collectivemembership@gmail.com
     
  • See a calendar of Member events outside The Collective, PLUS Member recommendations for things to do and see. View the External Events Calendar

 

5 // GET SOME FACE TIME

  • The Collective Membership Committee weekly meeting is Mondays from 6-7pm, prior to the Monday session, in the Collective office. The doors are always open for any Member to participate. Ask questions, complain, compliment, give feedback, get more information about Collective activities, process, procedures, etc. -- anything. Check in with us.

 

6 // HAVE NEWS? LET US KNOW.

Deadline: Tuesdays, end of day

  • COMMITTEES! 
    • Communicate!
    • DON'T FORGET TO SEND US YOUR NEWS SO EVERYONE IS IN THE KNOW!
  • MEMBERS: 
    • If you have updates, news, a show or event to announce, or a question to pose to the larger group of company members, please submit your requests each week by end of day Tuesday (latest) for possible inclusion in the weekly newsletter. (Not all information submitted will appear in the newsletter.)
  • Member updates are curated by the Membership Committee, and not all updates submitted will appear in the newsletter.

 

Upcoming Dates:

Friday 7.21.17: Watch Ensemble Member Marc Menchaca in the new series "OZARK" on NETFLIX

Monday 7.24.17 - COMPANY MEETING

  • SPECIAL SESSION with EARLIER START TIME! Please arrive 30 MIN early so we can set up and start promptly at 7:40PM
  • 7:40-9PM - Acting and Development Session 
  • 9-10PM - IMPORTANT MEETING WITH COMPANY MEMBERS

NEWSLETTER - Week of June 26, 2017

1 // ACTION NEEDED

  • STOCK THE ARCHIVES! 
    Over the Holiday search your photos and computers...we need materials and you are the only ones who can help! 

    Please submit any and all photos, reviews, programs, etc. of past productions, events such as fundraisers, Monday nights and even just photos and such from hanging out after Monday nights.

    Please submit all materials to:  thecollectivearchive@gmail.com

 

2 // STAY UP-TO-DATE with COLLECTIVE NY FILMS

  • FESTIVAL UPDATE

    CONGRATULATIONS to Ensemble Member Sayra Player who won Best Actress (Short Film) for "Uncle Silas" at the Soho International Film Festival.
     
  • TAKE ACTION: FIND A SCRIPT!

    Call for Submissions!
    Members Chris Beetem (director "Park Slope Minstrel Show") and Nick Marshall (producer "Quick Fix") are looking for full-length screenplays in the genre of "psychological thriller" for a film funding opportunity they have. Email CollectiveNYFilms@gmail.com if you have any scripts to submit. Looking for economical scripts that take place in minimal locations.

 

3 // MEMBERSHIP - STAY INVOLVED

  • UPDATE YOUR SCHEDULE

    REMINDER - Membership is keeping track of your AVAILABILITY. Are you out of town filming? Away for the summer? 
    Please EMAIL YOUR SCHEDULE so we can share up-to-date availability for the company. Let us be able to tell writers, development and outside producers when you are/aren't available. Send to: collectivemembership@gmail.com
     
  • SUBMIT YOUR MEMBERSHIP MATERIALS

    Please submit your headshot, resume, other photos and requested material to Collectivemembership@gmail.com. We need everyone's cooperation so we can get our online presence up to date fast. 
     
  • All membership updates need to be sent in by the Tuesday EOD deadline. If you do not submit by then it will go on the following week's newsletter (unless the date makes it obsolete). Members please report updates and "book out" by sending an email to collectivemembership@gmail.com
     
  • See a calendar of Member events outside The Collective, PLUS Member recommendations for things to do and see. View the External Events Calendar

 

4 // THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX and GET SOME FACE TIME

  • SPACE...HELP!!!

    What alternative spaces could we use for performances? Email IDEAS to: thecollective9@gmail.com.

  • The Collective Membership Committee weekly meeting is Mondays from 6-7pm, prior to the Monday session, in the Collective office. The doors are always open for any Member to participate. Ask questions, complain, compliment, give feedback, get more information about Collective activities, process, procedures, etc. -- anything. Check in with us.

 

5 // HAVE NEWS? LET US KNOW.

Deadline: Tuesdays, end of day

  • COMMITTEES! 
    • Communicate!
    • DON'T FORGET TO SEND US YOUR NEWS SO EVERYONE IS IN THE KNOW!
  • MEMBERS: 
    • If you have updates, news, a show or event to announce, or a question to pose to the larger group of company members, please submit your requests each week by end of day Tuesday (latest) for possible inclusion in the weekly newsletter. (Not all information submitted will appear in the newsletter.)
  • Member updates are curated by the Membership Committee, and not all updates submitted will appear in the newsletter.

 

Upcoming Dates:

Monday 7.3.17 - NO SESSION

HAVE A GREAT 4TH OF JULY!

NEWSLETTER - Week of June 19, 2017

1 // MAKE SOME MOVES THIS WEEK

  • Are you connected to ALL of our members on Social Media? 
  • Have you sent in ALL your MEMBERSHIP materials? If not we need them ASAP!
  • Is there anything you need help with? OR Who can you reach out to this week?

 

2 // STAY UP-TO-DATE with COLLECTIVE NY FILMS

  • FESTIVAL UPDATES

"Turtleface"
"Turtleface" was a finalist for best short at the Cape Fear Film Festival in Wilmington, NC.  
 

"Uncle Silas" 
Thank you to everyone for the big showing at the Soho screening. The organizers and lot of filmmakers are very interested in our company as a result. Those that attended the opening night party met several writers interested in submitting work to us. 

"Uncle Silas" won best short at the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This was a New Mexico Film Commission festival. Member and Silas Co-Director/Producer Rebecca Brillhart was on site and made many contacts interested in incentivizing productions to come film in New Mexico.
 

  • CollectiveNY Films Committee News 

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!
    Members Chris Beetem (director "Park Slope Minstrel Show") and Nick Marhsall (producer "Quick Fix") are looking for full lengths screenplays in the genre of "Psychological Thriller" for a film funding opportunity they have. Email CollectiveNYFilms@gmail.com if you have any scripts to submit. Looking for economical scripts that take place in minimal locations.

 

3 // KEEP UP with MEMBER UPDATES

  • Ensemble Member Laith Nakli is back in Texas wrapping up the National Geographic Series "The Long Road Home." The series co-stars frequent C:10 attendee, Michael Kelly and May Calamawy who appeared in our November "We the People" series. 
  • IMPORTANT
    • SCHEDULE YOUR MEMBERSHIP MEETING!
      • Please Email Collectivemembership@gmail.com to schedule your Membership meeting if you have not yet had one. 
      • We want to wrap up final meetings between 5-7pm this Monday. Your meeting is imperative to understand how the re-organization works and to be fully included on the website re-launch.
  • All membership updates need to be sent in by the Tuesday EOD deadline. If you do not submit by then it will go on the following week's newsletter (unless the date makes it obsolete). Members please report updates and "book out" by sending an email to collectivemembership@gmail.com

  • See a calendar of Member events outside The Collective, PLUS Member recommendations for things to do and see. View the External Events Calendar

 

4 // THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX and GET SOME FACE TIME

  • SPACE...HELP!!!

    We LOST OUR SPACE FOR C:10.5.
    • WE WONT HAVE A C:10 UNLESS WE HAVE A SPACE TO DO IT
    • We are looking for a new venue for our C:10.5 production this Fall. 
    • If you have any leads on theaters or other non-traditional spaces that could be used...
      • The C:10 Production Team (Ava, Brian H., David J., Sayra and Robert) will have information about which spaces have already been contacted, and can follow up with any new leads. 
      • Email thecollective9@gmail.com.
  • The Collective Membership Committee weekly meeting is Mondays from 6-7pm, prior to the Monday session, in the Collective office. The doors are always open for any Member to participate. Ask questions, complain, compliment, give feedback, get more information about Collective activities, process, procedures, etc. -- anything. Check in with us.

 

5 // HAVE NEWS? LET US KNOW.

Deadline: Tuesdays, end of day

  • COMMITTEES! 
    • Communicate!
    • DON'T FORGET TO SEND US YOUR NEWS SO EVERYONE IS IN THE KNOW!
  • MEMBERS: 
    • If you have updates, news, a show or event to announce, or a question to pose to the larger group of company members, please submit your requests each week by end of day Tuesday (latest) for possible inclusion in the weekly newsletter. (Not all information submitted will appear in the newsletter.)
  • Member updates are curated by the Membership Committee, and not all updates submitted will appear in the newsletter.

 

Upcoming Dates:

TBD

NEWSLETTER - Week of June 12, 2017

1 // GET SOCIAL for "SILAS"

See details in Film Section below about attending the screening of "Uncle Silas" this Saturday at SIFF in New York. In preparation, please take these simple steps now on social media:

  • Check that you are connected to and/or following Ensemble Member Sayra Player on your social media accounts (instagram/sayraplayerbrodie, facebook/Sayra Player, twitter/@sayraplayer)
  • Direct your friends and followers to the Facebook event which can be found at the top of The Collective page. Ask them to respond as "Going" regardless if they can actually make it.
  • Share the event on your own page. When you do, add your own blurb about members of the cast/creative team, how it started as a C:10 play, etc.
  • Include hashtags in your posts: #unclesilasfilm #soho8 #collectivenyfilms and mention/link to SOHO International Film Festival NYC (SOHOFilmFest)

 

2 // STAY UP-TO-DATE with COLLECTIVE NY FILMS

  • This past weekend "Uncle Silas" brought home the Jury prize for Best Short at the Albuquerque International Film & Music Experience with special guests T Bone Burnett, Jeff Bridges and Wes Studi in attendance.

  • IMPORTANT - "Uncle Silas" will screen at SIFF this Saturday: We are asking as many members as possible show up to Cinema Village this Saturday!!! 

    We need you to help us win the audience award! It would be great to win this award two years in a row!

  • This Saturday, June 17th at 11am at Cinema Village East (189 2nd Ave) as a part of Soho International Film Festival. To buy tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soho8-shorts-mercer-street-series-tickets-34761893760
    • We want a big group gathering to happen for this screening. "Turtleface" won best short at this festival last year and we would love to have a big Collective presence and take a group photo on their red carpet. Stay tuned for details. 
  • "Turtleface" will screen at the Cape Fear international Film Festival on Friday, June 16th at 5:30 pm in Wilmington, NC. It will appear in the Blue Water Shorts Program and has been named a finalist in the best short competition. Nick Basta and Ensemble Member Khalil Muhammad will be on hand to represent The CollectiveNY and CollectiveNY Films
  • CollectiveNY Films is looking for full length feature scripts in the horror/psychological thriller genre. It would be to capitalize on an opportunity with a joint production company to make the film. To be clear we are looking for a high end concept script, not trashy horror, that would require the same level of process/workshop, same quality of acting that goes into all of our shorts. If you have a script or know of any you would like to pass on, please email it to CollectiveNYfilms@gmail.com and cc: Chris Beetem at chrisbeetem@gmail.com.

 

3 // KEEP UP with MEMBER UPDATES

  • Ensemble Member Mark Borkowski returns as Ted Barnes in the just released Season 5 of "House of Cards."  
  • Ensemble Member Michael Abbott Jr.'s feature "In The Radiant City" premieres at the LA Film Festival this Friday. 
  • Spread the word - All of SEASON 4 of "Inside Amy Schumer" is now available on Amazon. Season 4 features our Ensemble Members Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Chris Beetem, Francis Benhamou, Karen Chamberlain, Maggie Champagne, Booker Garrett, Robert Z Grant, Swann Gruen, Brian Hotaling, Mike Houston, Rock Kohli, Lacy Marie Meyer, Khalil Muhammad, Laith Nakli, John Norwell, Sayra Player, Joan Porter, JB Roté, Brandon T. Snider, and Casey Webb.
  • Ensemble Members Amy Schumer and Kevin Kane raised 25,000 dollars for Everytown for Gun Safety on "Celebrity Family Feud." Everytown proposes common sense gun legislation that both sides can agree on in order to reduce gun violence. Everytown partnered with "Inside Amy Schumer" on Season 4. 
  • HAVE YOU HAD YOUR MEMBERSHIP MEETING? 
    • If you haven't had your meeting with membership please reach out to schedule it. We want to move forward with rebranding/website relaunch! We can't do that until we meet with everyone. 
  • All membership updates need to be sent in by the Tuesday EOD deadline. If you do not submit by then it will go on the following week's newsletter (unless the date makes it obsolete). Members please report updates and "book out" by sending an email to collectivemembership@gmail.com

  • See a calendar of Member events outside The Collective, PLUS Member recommendations for things to do and see. View the External Events Calendar

 

4 // THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX and GET SOME FACE TIME

  • SPACE...HELP!!!

    We LOST OUR SPACE FOR C:10.5.
    • WE WONT HAVE A C:10 UNLESS WE HAVE A SPACE TO DO IT
    • We are looking for a new venue for our C:10.5 production this Fall. 
    • If you have any leads on theaters or other non-traditional spaces that could be used...
      • The C:10 Production Team (Ava, Brian H., David J., Sayra and Robert) will have information about which spaces have already been contacted, and can follow up with any new leads. 
      • Email thecollective9@gmail.com.
  • The Collective Membership Committee weekly meeting is Mondays from 6-7pm, prior to the Monday session, in the Collective office. The doors are always open for any Member to participate. Ask questions, complain, compliment, give feedback, get more information about Collective activities, process, procedures, etc. -- anything. Check in with us.

 

5 // HAVE NEWS? LET US KNOW.

Deadline: Tuesdays, end of day

  • COMMITTEES! 
    • Communicate!
    • DON'T FORGET TO SEND US YOUR NEWS SO EVERYONE IS IN THE KNOW!
  • MEMBERS: 
    • If you have updates, news, a show or event to announce, or a question to pose to the larger group of company members, please submit your requests each week by end of day Tuesday (latest) for possible inclusion in the weekly newsletter. (Not all information submitted will appear in the newsletter.)
  • Member updates are curated by the Membership Committee, and not all updates submitted will appear in the newsletter.

 

Upcoming Dates:

(Ticket links to film festivals are in Film Section above)

6/17 "Uncle Silas" at the 2017 Soho International Film Festival @ 11am "Mercer Street" block

6/15-17 "Turtleface" at Cape Fear Film Festival -- Wilmington, NC

NEWSLETTER - Week of June 5, 2017

1 // KEEP UP with MEMBER UPDATES

  • Ensemble Member Michael Abbott Jr. Executive Produced and plays the lead in the film "In The Radiant City."  It is playing at the Seattle International Film Festival through June 10th. The Orchard is distributing the film and it will be released in July. It is written and directed by Rachel Lambert and produced by Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter," "Midnight Special," "Loving".) Ticket link here:  https://www.siff.net/festival/in-the-radiant-city  
  • Ensemble Member Mike Houston will appear on Season 5 of "Orange is the New Black" that debuts on Netflix Friday, June 9th. Keep a look out for good reviews and press. Forward to Mike and general membership so we can keep on top of promotion. 
  • HAVE YOU HAD YOUR MEMBERSHIP MEETING? 
    • If you haven't had your meeting with membership please reach out to schedule it. We want to move forward with rebranding/website relaunch! We can't do that until we meet with everyone. 
  • All membership updates need to be sent in by the Tuesday EOD deadline. If you do not submit by then it will go on the following week's newsletter. (unless the date makes it obsolete)

  • See a calendar of Member events outside The Collective, PLUS Member recommendations for things to do and see. View the External Events Calendar

 

2 // STAY UP-TO-DATE with COLLECTIVE NY FILMS

  • Ensemble Member and Artistic Director Kevin Kane ("Uncle Silas") won BEST MALE ACTOR of the Auckland International Film Festival, which includes all films. (Shorts and Features) http://www.aiff.co.nz/winners.html

  • "Uncle Silas" will screen at the following Festivals in the next few weeks:  
    • SOHO International Film Festival (NYC): June 17, 1100am  at Village East Cinema (also here in NYC). TICKETS: http://bit.ly/SOHO8_UncleSilas_MercerStreetSeries
      • We are trying to make a big group gathering happen for this screening. Turtleface won best short at this festival last year and we would love to have a big Collective presence and take a group photo on their red carpet. Stay tuned for Details. 

 

3 // THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX and GET SOME FACE TIME

  • SPACE...HELP!!!

    We LOST OUR SPACE FOR C:10.5.
    • WE WONT HAVE A C:10 UNLESS WE HAVE A SPACE TO DO IT
    • We are looking for a new venue for our C:10.5 production this Fall. 
    • If you have any leads on theaters or other non-traditional spaces that could be used...
      • The C:10 Production Team (Ava, Brian H., David J., Sayra and Robert) will have information about which spaces have already been contacted, and can follow up with any new leads. 
      • Email thecollective9@gmail.com.
  • The Collective Membership Committee weekly meeting is Mondays from 6-7pm, prior to the Monday session, in the Collective office. The doors are always open for any Member to participate. Ask questions, complain, compliment, give feedback, get more information about Collective activities, process, procedures, etc. -- anything. Check in with us.

 

4 // HAVE NEWS? LET US KNOW.

Deadline: Tuesdays, end of day

  • COMMITTEES! 
    • Communicate!
    • DON'T FORGET TO SEND US YOUR NEWS SO EVERYONE IS IN THE KNOW!
  • MEMBERS: 
    • If you have updates, news, a show or event to announce, or a question to pose to the larger group of company members, please submit your requests each week by end of day Tuesday (latest) for possible inclusion in the weekly newsletter. (Not all information submitted will appear in the newsletter.)
  • Member updates are curated by the Membership Committee, and not all updates submitted will appear in the newsletter.

 

Upcoming Dates:


(Ticket links to film festivals are in Film Section above)

6/9 "Uncle Silas" -- Albuquerque Film and Media Experience, Kimo Theater in Albuquerque, NM @ 5:15pm

6/17 "Uncle Silas" at the 2017 Soho International Film Festival @ 11am "Mercer Street" block

6/15-17 "Turtleface" at Cape Fear Film Festival -- Wilmington, NC