The film has streamed from 2 film festivals, RiverRun Film Festival (Winton-Salem, NC) and the Midwest Independent Film Festival (Chicago, IL). Through Facebook Ads and Instagram Ads tracking, the film’s trailers received 53,800 views across Instagram and Facebook (Boosting the trailer via Instagram was the cheapest option to get the most views) and 21 paid […]
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Click It. (PSST, press the button on the left or the coming soon on the trailer) Stream It. Laugh. $5. Tell a friend. Streaming from the Midwest Independent Film Festival from June 7 (Midnight) til June 30. If you’re too late for the fun, wait until My Friend’s Rubber Ducky gets into another film festival and the duck […]
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Are you in Chicago on JUNE 7? Do you have friend’s in Chicago on JUNE 7? Tell them about this wonderful screening on Tuesday, JUNE 7. Here is the info and an extended trailer. If you’re not in Chicago, there will be a special surprise for you from the unicorn and rubber ducky at midnight […]
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As an ultra low budget film, we believe you have to fight for the film’s survival. The distributors don’t value the small indie and I understand why. How do you monetize an ultra low budget SAG film with no actors, a good story, and good acting. No one seems to know the answer to this […]
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What are film festivals and why do they exist? I don’t really know. The film festival circuit is a strange world that comes in all shapes and sizes. You apply, wait, hope you get in, and move on. In the US, it’s always a crap shoot based off what’s currently trending, the politics of your […]
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I was a young film school student at Ohio University in the wonderful town of Athens. I made a short called Chicle and little did I know what would happen next. There was no duck in the short film. We just brought a rubber duck along to witness our first major film festival. It was […]
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I grew up playing soccer with Michael Deller. Little did we know what the future might bring… Eventually, Mike and I went to college, lived life, played in bands, made shorts, and we reunited in New York. Mike plays for The Budos Band, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, and writes other fun songs in his free […]
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Because WEED is HUGE right now. And I’m pretty sure it’s been HUGE since the dawn of man. On a serious note, WEED is so HUGE it’s disrupting TAX CODES. After my first feature film, Postales, I wanted to write like their was no tomorrow. So I went to work on 3 scripts. One of […]
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The mysteries of tai chi begin with it’s history. It was founded by a Daoist monk, Chang San-Feng (Zhang SanFeng). This monk lived for 200 years and was either born in 960 CE or in 1247 CE. In his lifetime he became one of the Taoist Immortals. In the process, he created internal martial arts […]
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In My Friend’s Rubber Ducky, the main characters listen to self-help tapes from Guru Harinana. The Guru is inspired by Alan Watts and his lectures. And the name Harinana come from a good friend’s childhood, Hari Ailinani. His mom would call out to him, “Harinana, Harinana…it’s time for dinner.” Later, I’d learn the meaning of Harinana, “Hari, my dear baby boy.”
Thank you mothers everywhere for the endearing nicknames. Enjoy the good thoughts from Alan Watts.
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I really like casting. It’s a fun, stressful puzzle of actor combinations. The hope is each actor fits into the fabric of the story and the world. And then with the given schedule, try to get every ounce of performance and exploration of the world when the cameras are rolling. (And hope the film gods […]
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As the final moments of post production settle and we shift into finishing the film, I’m excited to stop working on the film and start celebrating the journey to find an audience. On a low budget film, it’s difficult to have a surplus of resources to allocate to all the needs of production. One resource, […]
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Here is a good way to use rubber duckies from the United Kingdom. In Luxemburg the rubber ducks are used for pure sport, no charity. Music as the rubber ducks race down a canal, hoping for first prize. You can hear Katy Perry playing, it’s good duck racing music. In the US, we use the […]
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We started finding the locations around Pilsen, walking the streets to find nice exteriors. The goal is to use locations within a 5 block radius of the house we’re filming in. I think it’s possible. Pilsen is also known as Little Village, the heart of the Mexican Community in Chicago. The streets are perfect. Some […]
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As a young film student at Ohio University, I and a handful of others loaned a fellow M.F.A. student money to make a film. He never paid us back. This story is inspired by the idea of justice and getting our money back. As a filmmaker, I wanted to write a story that can be shot […]
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As the long journey to make My Friend’s Rubber Ducky begins, we started thinking about other films that’ve used rubber ducks in their story. The most popular is the 1978 film, The Convoy, starring Kris Kristofferson as a truck driving hero with the call sign, “Rubber Duck.” Enjoy the trailer as the journey continues to […]
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We’ve found our actors. Matt Miller, an amazingly talented Chicago-based director of theatre, commercials, and films, helped us out with casting. (Thank you Matt. :-)) We’ve started skype rehearsals and some basic scene work with the script. Our goal is to have the cast practice over skype until we can meet in person and then […]
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Along the film festival circuit, we heard some very discouraging facts. Of every first time feature filmmaker, only 25% will make their second feature film. Of every second time feature filmmaker, only 10% will make their third feature film. I was curious about these facts…So I went to work…I went to help produce, shoot, and […]
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