Monday, January 30, 2017

'Deaners' adventure to Louisville International Festival of Film!

A little overdue, but here's an update on the World Premiere of 'Deaners'! 

‘Deaners’, our short documentary on the fans of James Dean, was shot in Fairmount, Indiana in 2015 during the annual James Dean Festival. It had its ‘World Premiere’ (first screening open to the public) a little over a year later on Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Louisville International Festival of film

Hundreds of films were submitted to this Louisville film festival, and it was an honor to have ‘Deaners’ selected to be a part of it! Actor Conrad Bachmann (from episodics, features, and over 400 commercials since the ‘60s) originally wanted to create a ‘Cannes for Kentucky’ in Louisville, his hometown. This 8th annual film festival was held at the Galt House Hotel (overlooking the Ohio River). 

With Phil Keoghan
Amongst notable special guests were Phil Keoghan (host of ‘Amazing Race’) who shared his feature length documentary, ‘Le Ride’ and I was also very fortunate to have met Florence Henderson (Carol Brady from ‘The Brady Bunch’) who had passed on just a little over a month later. She was in attendance for the film
With Florence Henderson
festival and she also had received a Kentucky Legends of Fame induction.  "Here's a story...of a lovely lady"...that I had caught on camera phone myself when she was receiving her induction...

Florence Henderson receiving induction to Kentucky Legends of Fame

There were parties, dinners, seminars for filmmakers, and more over the 3-day festival during Oct. 13th-15th.

Interviewed on red carpet
The audience who had witnessed ‘Deaners’ offered up an excited applause after it had finished, and each had made a point to shake my hand with a ‘Congratulations’ or ‘Thank you’ for the creation of the film. Some had let me know that they hadn’t heard of the James Dean festival before, and were very intrigued. 

Later in the eve, one filmmaker (who teaches film students) caught up with me and let me know he wanted to eventually share the film with his class as a good example in this type of
Posing as jockeys with a family who loved the film 
documentary filmmaking. Also a family (who came to visit their son who is currently attending the University of Louisville) had wanted to get a family photo with me. They were very complimentary of the film. This all felt good after all of the hard work that had been put into ‘Deaners’ and I’m proud of the finished product, along with all those who’ve helped to make the film happen...credits here

We are currently still in film festival season, waiting for notifications from others that 'Deaners' has been submitted to. This will take us through towards the end of 2017. We’ll announce in a few sites (below) the when/where of screenings if selected, of course! Please follow along. We'd love your support with just a 'like', 'follow', or bookmark:


1.  (our website with much more information, teaser trailer, photos, credits of those who’ve helped or took part in it, and more).
2. (our facebook page for the film with regular updates).
3.     Instagram: deaners_the_movie  (our Instagram page for the film with regular updates).
4.     Teaser Trailer also here on YouTube

Stay tuned for other ways to see the film down the road. Thanks again for your support!

David Garry

Producer / Director of ‘Deaners’
Stuffed Whale Productions 

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