December 11, 2020

How Quarantine Actually Helped Us Get a Theatrical Release

We finished our movie, then COVID hit. But we didn’t let that stop us!

Releasing your feature film theatrically is something many independent filmmakers, including myself, have dreamed about since they started making films.

I’ve been very fortunate to have a career as a working writer/producer/director whose work can be seen on cable TV and streaming platforms. But I had never quite reached that perceived pinnacle of success as a filmmaker that I had always wanted—having a movie I directed on the big screen!

In the fall of 2018, I directed The Never List from a beautiful screenplay by Ariadne Shaffer that I hoped would help me reach that milestone. I had optioned the screenplay in 2015 with hopes of getting it made with a much bigger budget. I chose this project because of the story. I thought the premise of a “goody goody” teen girl who decides to honor her late best friend’s memory by completing a list of naughty things they swore they’d never do was unique, inspiring, and had a lot of heart.

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Source: NoFilmSchool