No Spring Break Here

A couple of quick updates on some projects we’ve been talking about in recent weeks…  CDI’s co-production RENOVATION has been progressing in post-production since we wrapped in Yuma, AZ back in November.  Check out the trailer that just went live today!  More will be added to the site soon, but this is a great first look.

autumn leaves and empty bench from FIGURE IN THE FOREST

A glimpse at FIGURE IN THE FOREST

CDI is also happy to announce an official first-look deal for CDI’s domestic distribution through Triumphant Entertainment. On a related front, we recently got the official street date for the wide DVD release of FIGURE IN THE FOREST (Aug. 10) and HEAVEN’S NEIGHBORS (Aug. 27) — mark your calendars!  FIGURE IN THE FOREST will also be playing again on TBN: March 16, 2-3:30 a.m.  (EST).  Yes, that’s right, we said A.M.  For those of you on EST like we are in Michigan, you might need to bust out the TiVo or set an alarm if you’re not a night owl.

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FIGURE IN THE FOREST

HEAVEN’S NEIGHBORS

Filming continues to progress on LOCKED IN A ROOM, a co-production with At Risk Entertainment. It’s been an exciting experience shooting in our own backyard again.  We’re looking forward to more Michigan productions and staying close to home whenever we can.

New Releases

DJ Perry & Dean Teaster in HEAVEN'S NEIGHBORS

DJ Perry & Dean Teaster in HEAVEN'S NEIGHBORS

Another announcement. . . Two dramas from the CDI vault will get a wide DVD release. FIGURE IN THE FOREST and HEAVEN’S NEIGHBORS will have US distribution via Triumphant Entertainment International through their E1 output. They released BLOOD TIES and AN ORDINARY KILLER in Oct. 09. FIGURE has started to find an audience after being licensed to TBN last year but this will be the 1st wide DVD release for the two films.  Look for new websites, trailers and a July release for the two films.

Mary Jo Cuppone as Rita James in FIGURE IN THE FOREST

Mary Jo Cuppone as Rita James in FIGURE IN THE FOREST

In an odd coincidence in timing earlier this week, our own Dean Teaster met a fan who found FIGURE and watches the film regularly to help her cope with the loss of her own child.  That’s some powerful feedback!  While dramas might not be an easy genre for filmmakers to get into the marketplace early in their careers, they are often more satisfying to produce.  Congratulations to all the artists associated with those two films. In particular, big congrats to Jeff Kennedy who directed them both and is slated to direct WILD MICHIGAN this year.

What? Did we just say WILD MICHIGAN?  Yes, we did, but we’re not going to say more right now.  After the negative turn of events when we were ready to go into production in the fall of 2008, we’re not going to say too much too soon.  However, we are making progress in getting legs back under this film and hope to make a formal announcement sometime before the middle of the year.

In other news, CDI co-production LOCKED IN A ROOM is rolling camera!  RENOVATION has been quietly progressing in post and after seeing the rough trailer and the color correct tests we are sure the finished trailer and new website will be worth the wait. Our doc film OUTSIDE THE WIRE has had Tony Hornus hard at work on voice over.

Part of the CDI team will be on the set of LOCKED IN A ROOM tonight, so it’s time to get ready for that.  Enjoy your weekend and thanks for checking in with CDI.

Celebrating Independence

It’s a good time for independent film!  Two CDI projects, HEAVEN’S NEIGHBORS and FIGURE IN THE FOREST, are now available on Amazon VOD through their partnership with IndieFlix.  [Note: if you’re not running Flash Player 10, Amazon VOD provides a quick and easy link to upgade.]

An Ordinary KillerTriumphant Entertainment, the parent company of Triumphant Pictures and its newly launched genre division Gutter Films, recently acquired domestic rights to AN ORDINARY KILLER.  This true-crime drama  is slated for limited theatrical release during the 3rd Quarter of 2009 with a 4th Quarter DVD release through Triumphant’s New York based partner, E1 Entertainment.  You can even add AN ORDINARY KILLER as your friend on MySpace.  (And while you’re at it, you can add CDI too!)

But it’s also been a sad time as the entertainment industry mourns the loss of two of its great stars along with the rest of the world.  To say that Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson each made such great contributions is an understatement.  While we take these moments to reflect again on how momentary this life can be, let’s take in the celebrations and fireworks of the upcoming holiday in a true spirit of gratitude for our independence and all it brings.

Wishing you a safe and happy 4th of July…