The summer film festival season has begun!

What a great festival week this is with two of my films being shown at three different festivals in three different countries!

“The Man Who Couldn’t Cry” still travels the world and stops off in London for the “London Shows International Film Festival”, next stop the “Swedish International Film Festival”, soon after the “Staunton International Film Festival” and  not to forgot the “Genre Celebration Festival.

And also my second film “Like A Summer Sonata” begins its journey after a successful premiere at the “Cannes Short Film Corner”. It will have its American premiere at the “New York State International Film Festival” and a few days after the Australian premiere will follow at the “Melbourne Indie Film Festival” and it will also be screened at the “Miami Independent Film Festival” in August!

And this is only the beginning of this year’s summer festival season: the “Venice Film Week”, the “New York Film Week”as well as the “Headline International Film Festival” and the “Toronto Film Week” are also coming up featuring my second film…more to come…

 

My first web series “The Secret of Berlin” has been successful as well and after it won the “Best Web Series Award” at the “TOFF- The Online Film Festival” earlier this year, another “Best Web Series Award” followed at the “DMOFF Film Festival” along with an “Honorable Mention Award” at the “Amarcord Arthouse Television and Video Fest”!

While my first two short films seem to enjoy travelling the word, I almost finished my mini-series called “Senses”, which will be released online later this year.

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And of course I have already started working on a new film project….stay tuned for my next blog post to find out more and  in the meantime have a look at this interview about “Like A Summer Sonata”, which was featured on http://www.wearemovingstories.com:

http://www.wearemovingstories.com/we-are-moving-stories-videos/2016/8/6/mindie-miami-independent-film-festival-like-a-summer-sonata

Thanks again to wearemovingstories.com for featuring my second short film!

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The summer film festival season has begun!

CANNES- here I come!

Cannes is calling! I will be in Cannes in two days thanks to my short film “Like A Summer Sonata”, which is part of the Cannes Short Film Corner 2016.

I thought before I step on the plane, it is a good time to recap the last few months and more importantly to take a sneak peak into the future- because there is a lot more to come!

“The Man Who Couldn’t Cry” was my first short and has been shown at numerous International film festivals in the last few months:

  • Sydney Indie Film Fest
    World Premiere
    Nomination Best Female and Male Lead
  • Los Angeles Cine Fest
  • Roma Cinema Doc Film Fest
  • Blow UP Arthouse Film Fest Chicago
  • Texas Ultimate Short Festival
    Winner “Best Of Festival”, Nomination Best Drama Short
  • Indie Film Fest Switzerland
  • Special Mention at Snowdance Independent Film Festival
  • Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival
  • Canada Shorts Film Festival
    Honorable Mention
  • The Royal Film Festival
  • Top Indie Film Awards 2016
    Best Actor, Nomination Best Short, Nomination Best Director
  • Staunton International Film Festival
  • London Shows International Film Festival
    At the same time my web series “The Secret of Berlin” was released and screened at the following festivals:
  • Miami Independent Film Festival
    World Premiere
  • TOFF- The Online Film Festival
    Best Web Series Award
  • IOWF- International Online Web Fest
  • Unrestricted Film Festival London

    In early 2016 my second short film “Like A Summer Sonata” was finished and selected to be part of the “Cannes Short Film Corner”. It will also be screened at the following festivals in 2016:

  • New York State International Film Festival
  • Venice Film Week
  • Headline International Film Festival
  • Toronto Film Week
  • New York Film Week    ….more to come….

Don’t forget to check out the official website of “Like A Summer Sonata”:

http://www.summersonata.info

Also “Lola wants to see the sea”, an experimental short film, which was shot and edited in one week only, is ready to hit the festivals and has just been selected for the “North American Film Awards 2016”.

And finally my first drama short with comedic elements “The Strangest Thing That Happened To Two Strangers”, which was shot in 2015 has been finished editing just a few days ago and I’m looking forward to find out where it is going to premiere.

Right now I’m working on a mini series called “Senses” which will be released online this year and I started preparations for my first feature film. As I mentioned before there is still a lot to come! Stay tuned for the next blog post about my adventures at the Cannes Film Festival!

 

For any questions or inquiries about the films, just send a message to:

nataliemacmahon@aol.com

And follow me on Vimeo:

https://vimeo.com/channels/nataliemacmahon

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/nataliemacmahon

or Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/natalie.macmahon

Looking forward to hearing from you or even better meeting you in Cannes!

And make sure you check out the Cannes edition of the “Daazo” magazine for European Independent films, which features “Like A Summer Sonata”:

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CANNES- here I come!

“The Strangest Thing That Happened To Two Strangers”

“The Strangest Thing That Happened To Two Strangers” tells the story of two strangers who keep seeing each other at the bus stop on the way to work every day and each of them gets obsessed with the idea that the other person can’t stand them.

They never talk, just look at each other, but both interpret the other persons behaviour so differently that their concern of not being liked or even being hated by another person makes it impossible for them to continue living.

“The Strangest Thing That Happened To Two Strangers” describes a situation we all know. We assume a lot, think we know what the other person is thinking, but most of us would never have the idea to simply ask the other person what’s really on their mind. This is my first short drama with comedic elements and it’s now ready to hit the festivals!

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I would like to thank Amber Palmer (DOP), Oliver Valente (Lead Actor) , Maria Cukorová (Music) for your help in making this film! And of course a special thanks to Ajdi Tartamella for designing the film poster!

For more updates, check out the Official Facebook Page of “The Strangest Thing That Happened To Two Strangers”:

https://www.facebook.com/The-Strangest-Thing-103093910036884/

 

 

 

 

“The Strangest Thing That Happened To Two Strangers”

New Short Film “Lola Wants To See The Sea”

“Lola” likes to get into cars with strangers- to get away, to take a risk and do something unexpected, dangerous and exciting. Every time “Lola” meets someone new, she makes up a story and identity, but most of the time, she calls herself “Lola” and tells them that she wants to see the sea. Hitchhiking has become her hobby and taking a risk her passion. “Lola” likes to meet strangers or does she really just want to get to know herself? She doesn’t know, she doesn’t even know who she really is.

“Lola wants to see the sea” was only shoot three weeks ago and is already finished and ready to hit the festivals! I had an idea in mind- a story of a girl who likes hitchhiking for different reasons, but mainly to get to know herself. I knew she would be called “Lola” and I knew that her world looks abstract, not very realistic, which is why I used projections as a background. These projections also represent the possibility that everything could just be in her imagination- maybe she made up the whole story- maybe not. It’s up to the audience to find their own interpretation. The sea has a symbolic aspect for me. It represents her longing for something that isn’t there and the constant sound of rain is symbolic for her sadness that she can’t explain.

“Lola wants to see the sea” is a melancholic, experimental drama, which describes an internal conflict of a young woman in only five minutes. With the help of the music of experienced musician Jamie St. Clair it became the story I had in mind- a little melancholic story with a lot of meaning and different possible interpretations.

I’m looking forward to sharing my new film with a big international audience and can’t wait to find out where “Lola” is going to premiere! If you are curious as well, don’t forget to follow “Lola” on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/lolawantstoseethesea/timeline

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“Lola wants to see the sea” has already been selected for the “North American Film Awards” 2016!

 

 

New Short Film “Lola Wants To See The Sea”

“Like A Summer Sonata” will be part of the “Cannes Short Film Corner 2016”!

My new short film “Like A Summer Sonata” goes to Cannes! It will be part of the Cannes Short Film Corner 2016 and as if that is not exciting enough it will also be my first time at the Cannes Film Festival! I really can’t wait!

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“Like A Summer Sonata” was just finished editing and hasn’t been shown anywhere yet, but already got a good response from some International Festivals:

More to come!

Feel free to watch the trailer and stay tuned for more exciting news!

 

And don’t forget to follow “Like A Summer Sonata” on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Like-A-Summer-Sonata-1436062823366861/?fref=ts

And check out the official website:

http://www.summersonata.info

 

 

 

“Like A Summer Sonata” will be part of the “Cannes Short Film Corner 2016”!

Short Film”Silent Night” World Premiere At “ShortFest International”!

Winter is not over yet, at least not on the big screen! My Christmas themed drama “Silent Night” will have it’s world premiere in two weeks at the “ShortFest International”! You can watch the trailer right here:

On Christmas Eve everything seems to go wrong for Nova and one lie leads to another. Will she be able to get out of this uncomfortable situation? “Silent Night” is a Christmas themed drama with comedic elements set in Berlin with only three characters, which makes the story an intense love triangle with a holiday spirit and a few funny and awkward moments.

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I would like to thank everyone who was involved: talented actors Franz Frickel and Dirk Sikorski who also co-wrote the script with me, Luis Cerritelli who recorded the sound and our creative musicians Annema Langmoen (also singer of the title song) as well as Morten Rognskog and Oeyvind Harv who composed and recorded the sound track of “Silent Night”.

Feel free to follow “Silent Night” on Facebook to get all festival updates:

https://www.facebook.com/Silent-Night-1097767656902354/

And stay tuned for upcoming projects! In three weeks my first new film in 2016 “Lola wants to see the sea” will be shot! More information coming soon!

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Short Film”Silent Night” World Premiere At “ShortFest International”!

2016-Off to a good start!!!

Happy New Year! 2016 sounds very futuristic to me. I once worked on a film that was supposed to be set in the future- back then the future was 2017- which feels a bit weird now that 2016 has started!

Anyway I hope you had a great New Years Eve! Well, I really can’t complain…

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Usually my New Years resolution is always that the New Year should even be better than the old one. So far it worked pretty well, so I’m going to stick with it! 2015 has been pretty good, so I really can’t wait for 2016 to start!

And it starts well already! My web series “The Secret of Berlin” which has just been show at the Miami Independent Film Festival is now part of the “TOFF- The Online Film Festival” and you can vote for it right here:

http://www.theonlinefilmfest.com/the-secret-of-berlin-by-natalie-macmahon-toff-jan-2016/

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My new film ” Like A Summer Sonata” will premiere this year at an international festival! Where? Well, that’s still a secret, but the trailer will be shown at the “Barcelona Planet Film Festival”!

“The Man Who Couldn’t Cry” will also be shown at more festivals this year starting with the “Hong Kong Art house Film Festival”, the “Meters International Film Festival”, the “Blow Up Art house International Film Festival” and it just got an honourable mention at the “Canada Shorts Film Festival”.

And because 2016 is even going to be better than 2015, there is more to come…another short film I worked on last year “The Strangest Thing That Happened To Two Strangers” is almost finished and “Silent Night” will have it’s premiere in 2016 as well. My mini series “Senses” will have an online premiere this summer and at the moment I’m preparing a new film called “Lola wants to see the sea”. Stay tuned for many exciting news in 2016!

It keeps getting better!

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2016-Off to a good start!!!