Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Executive Producer Winners - You Picked 'Em!

I excited to announce that after an intense month of voting, Karen M. & Karen S. have been voted in as the Executive Producers for Nominated. That means that they will both receive an on-screen credit, as well as a listed credit on IMDB.com.

Speaking of which, we just got listed!! I'm really happy about it, because from all accounts I've read and heard, it's near impossible for an indie movie to get listed on IMDB while still in production. So, if you wanna see our listing on the premiere internet movie site, just click Nominated.

I'd like to thank the five finalists from our essay contest, and all of those who participated in the voting. It's always fun to include as many people as possible in our shenanigans. You can read all five of the essay entries on the Executive Producer page at our website. The winner is #2, with #3 coming in second place.

Oh yeah, by the way, we are now officially 2/3 completed with shooting!! Still chipping away. Feel free to also follow the movie's progress on Twitter at our Nominated page.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

We've Wrapped on 8 Days in Arnold, CA

We had a VERY productive 8 days of shooting up at the cabin location in Arnold. We shot 16 pages of the script in the first two days - incredible! To put that into perspective, a major studio production will average about 4 pages a day (if they are efficient).

We started the week with Carl Lumbly and Brian Degan Scott, and then had to take a break as Carl was called away to the new NBC TV show Trauma.

During the break we took the opportunity to put some locals to work as extras, shooting them in the neighborhood as they rake their pine needles. This is a constant source of work and exercise in Arnold, as the needles NEVER stop falling. The cool thing during that time was that a local reporter, Kate Gonzales of the Calaveras Enterprise, visited the set and wrote up a nice story. You can read all about The Nominated Top Story, as they have an online version of the paper.

Toward the end of the week we had Jette Newell, Soren Oliver and Julia Smyth join us for two days of great work and hilarious times. We had a lot of fun shooting the scenes with these fine actors, despite the sub-45 degree weather. There was a lot of quick taking off and putting back on of jackets and sweaters between takes.

So, we beat the snow for the most part, as 98% of the exteriors in Arnold have been taken care of. We will visit the mountains once or twice more, but only for 2 days at a time, and mostly indoors.

Next up for us are two days of shooting in the fabulous Backdoor Lounge in Fremont, CA. It's a small bar that will play the perfect double for a small-town mountain watering hole.

As a note, we are still looking for extras for the LA bar scene and the "red carpet" scene (both will be shot in the Bay Area).

Thanks for following along and supporting the cause. It's exciting to actually be shooting this thing, and always fun to hear your feedback and comments!


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

My Hometown Paper Writes Me Up

Howdy Everyone.

I was born in fabulous Fremont, California. Home to such notables as MC Hammer, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley. Heck, even the Quarter Pounder from McDonald's was invented in Fremont.

So, when the local Fremont newspaper, The Argus, came calling for an interview with me regarding the movie, I was honored and excited. If you'd like to give it a read, you can click to check out The Story. I think Matt Artz did a very nice job - and most of it is true!

As a side note (like this isn't really the reason for this whole thing), we've begun shooting the movie. we've just knocked out a few scenes here and there, but so far it's been a blast and the footage is terrific.

I hope to post a few scenes soon to give everyone a sneak peak, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Nominated Auditions: Callbacks at the San Francisco Digital School of Filmmaking

Mike Banks created this video from the
audition callbacks which took place
at the San Francisco School of
Digital Filmmaking

It looks like it was a lot of fun. I
wish I could have been there!

If you want to be a part of it, watch
for upcoming details on how to be an
extra in some of the bigger scenes.
Information will be coming soon to the
blog and website.

In the meantime.,.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fundraising for the Movie

Back in June, Mickey Monroe helped The Movie
Fundraising Cause by helping to promote
my Peace Within Recording
. Click the link for
details, and maybe even get yourself a copy.

Now I have a new way to assist Dan, and his Non-Profit
Educational Films of America which is sponsoring
the film.

I have published a children's story, and a portion of the
proceeds will be donated to his organization. To learn
more about it, visit CrushProofCar.com, and/or watch
the video below.

If you have any other ideas for cooperation and partnership,
feel free to contact Dan or myself, and let's see what we
can create! :-)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Brian Degan Scott Returns: SF Area Scenes to be shot soon!

Well, Brian Degan Scott has returned triumphantly from New York
City and the off Broadway showings of the play he was in:
Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party.

Below are several links and mentions in the press.

One that was particularly cool was from the NY Post which suggests
a possible comparison between the play and Urine Town. What you
may know is that Urine Town also showed during the NY Fringe Festival
and was picked up for an off-Broadway and then Broadway run.

Not too shabby. :-)

I am sure Dan wishes him and the cast well with
future possibilities, but after the film gets shot
first! (More details to come, as there will be filming
this month, and next.)

In the meantime, here's the press.
Congrats Brian!


New York Post

Village Voice Blog


NY Magazine


New York Times

Search and Find: Nominated the Movie

Just for the fun of it...
for those of you who
enjoy Search and Finds.

(Click on picture for larger
image to print.)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

All Wine, No Cheese!

We had a terrific fundraiser the other night at Fremont's best wine bar, Vida y Vino! Owner Audrey Scott (2nd from left in photo) was as gracious as ever and the crowd was fantastic.

Many of the cast members showed up, including co-star and veteran of TV & Film, Carl Lumbly. Carl was greeted by a throng of fans, and he proceeded to "hold court" for the next two hours. The best, and most excited fan was one of the waiters at Vida, who promptly told Carl that his girlfriend had just given him all 4 seasons of Alias on DVD. He had just watched them all, and couldn't believe that Dixon (Carl's character name) was in the wine bar! He was thrilled to get an autograph, and a picture on his phone, which he immediately sent to his girlfriend.

The movie gained many new supporters who are excited to follow along as we charge headlong into shooting in three weeks. Events like this really underscore the grass-roots effort we are employing to get the movie produced, and we are so grateful to everyone who has helped out.

Other notables in attendance were Fremont City Councilman Bill Harrison, and cast members Greg Cala, Ken Newman, Gary Neil, Julia Smyth & Mark Flores (the last 2 not in photo). The movie's star, Brian Degan Scott was absent only because he is currently in New York performing in the hilarious hit play Abe Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party.

We have great momentum, but need to continue to push to meet our budget goals. As always, you can donate to the film by going to the Nominated Sponsor Page (nominatedthemovie.com/donate.htm). We have non-profit sponsorship, so this is a charitable contribution and a write-off! Every little bit helps, so please be encouraged by the fact that even small contributions count.

Lastly, when we move the production to Arnold, CA at the end of September, we are hoping to get a generous soul to donate their RV or 5th wheel trailer as a make-up and actors resting area. It would not need to be driven the entire time, but merely parked at the location. If you're willing, just email me at dan@nominatedthemovie.com - it's also a charitable contribution.

Thanks again to everyone!! We'll be filming more soon, so check back regularly for footage and other updates.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Executive Producer Essay Contest is off and running, with some great submissions so far.

Here are three of the top contenders:

1) Vindictive? Superficial? Seeking validation? -- A Sleazeball? What do you take me for? A Director?! I know making an independent movie is an uphill battle. But becoming an Executive Producer? Gravy. (All you need is cash.

2) Listen, Sleazeball - if anyone deserves a free ride on your gravy train to success, it's obviously me. Not to sound vindictive, but if you don't think I'm Executive Producer material, then you can take your superficial promises of IMDB credits and shove them where the glimmer of validation doesn't shine!

3) I am not vindictive. My interest is not superficial. I will give you validation. No, I am not a sleazeball. My appreciation of your work, beyond all stated above, is gravy.

The Contest:
In just 50 words, tell why you should be an Executive Producer for the film. The catch, you must include these 5 words in your pitch:
Vindictive, Superficial, Validation, Sleazeball, Gravy
This title is name only - Don't worry, there's no work required by you!

To submit your choice words & to see the rules, etc, visit:

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

More of the Interview Dan Pavlik & Brian Degan Scott

The last video had a small portion of my total interview
with Dan and Brian. Because I thought some people
might be interested in more of our time together, the
video below is only our interview, without any Hollywood
outside shots. Enjoy!

To listen to interview via podcaat
left click below. To save, right click
Dan Pavlik and Brian Degan Scott Hollywood Interview

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Location: Arnold, CA

Likely in September, Nominated will be filming
for approximately two weeks in Arnold, California.

It might be interesting for you to see a little
more about the town this film will be shooting in,
so here is a link to Arnold's Business
Association Site

Here is Wikipedia's Entry on Arnold. Soon it
can be amended to include the fact that an
independent feature film was shot there. :-)

If you know of anyone who lives anywhere near, or
even in, the area who might want to, or can, help
please tell them to write Dan at Info @ Nominated.com.

More news coming soon!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Nominated The Movie in Hollywood

A couple of nights ago I met with Dan and Brian in Hollywood.
This video is a 10-minute blip of the time spent, as promised.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Road Trip: Dan and Brian in the Los Angeles Area

As I write this, Dan and Brian are in the Los Angeles
area getting ready to meet with a potential actress
for a role in the film. She is someone you may know -
Erin Moran. Hopefully by the next blog entry you
will know if she will be taking a part in the film as
Cole's mom (Dana).

Last night I met up with Dan and Brian in Hollywood,
and while they were having some fun shooting some
video, I was shooting them. I was using a Flip
Camcorder (which is pretty awesome and portable,

I will edit the video at some point. I was hoping it
wouldn't be as much of a process as the radio show
was but now, LOL, I am not so sure.

I had a lot of fun with them, and am fairly certain the
official set will be just as easy going and fun as last
night was. By the way, there will be a large scene that
Dan will be filming in the San Francisco area that will
require a number of people with non-speaking parts.
If you are in that area, check back soon for more
details on how to possibly participate.

In the meantime, here a couple of pics to whet your
appetite, and for you to enjoy. :-)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Movie Cast

After some intense auditions, and callbacks, the movie has been cast.

The following is the cast of characters, and their "live" counterparts:

Mickey: Brian Degan Scott
Cole: Ryan Calavano
Dana: Donna Dahrouge or Erin Moran
Ray: Carl Lumbly
Blake: Ken Newman
Pastor Paul: Soren Oliver
Aurora: Julia Smith
Jamie: Jette Newell
Vince: Greg Cala
Paintballer: Eli Kramer
Paintballer: Mark Flores
Vicky: Maria Skorobogatov
Nicky: Melissa Lucas
Female Reporter: Stephanie Basco
Darla: Susi Damilano
Jasmine: Sina Eiden

You can see more about these fine (and talented!)
folks at the Nominated Cast Page. Be sure to
move your mouse around on the page, and see
which names have links, and visit the "More" page
as well.

In future blog entries, the plan is for us to share
more about the cast so you can get to know them

Stay tuned.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party

Back on June 11th, I shared about Brian Degan Scott's
appearance in New York City in August
, and said I
would post when there were more details.

Well, details are here!
Get info on dates and buy tickets for
Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party

Below is the trailer for the play.

If you get to watch, consider coming back here,
and sharing your experience, and what you thought
in the comments. Thanks!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Meeting the "Big Time" Director

I got a chance to sit in on a screening of the new film "Funny People", which stars Adam Sandler. It was written, directed and produced by Judd Apatow. Judd is in the midst of the hottest producing streak in Hollywood right now, with such hits as Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Superbad and I Love You Man. The screening was in front of the first "regular" audience, so Judd was in attendance to take questions and get feedback from the group. Here's what I took away from that event:

1. The work just begins once a movie is shot. There's a ton of PR and travel that must be done when a movie is released.

2. There are still some very nice people in Hollywood. Judd is a legitimate star, and he could not have been a more generous person with his time.

3. Nothing beats a really good story - which "Funny People" is. The best acting and directing in the world cannot cover up a bad story.

4. Comedy and emotion are a great combination. That is why I'm so excited about my story! When you can make 'em laugh and cry in the same movie, you've got something.

So, I'm more fired up than ever about making a movie. We just finished casting and we have an outstanding group of actors. I think they're gonna help me become a big time director. I'll tell you all about them next post!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

"Local" Press heating up for the Production

As we draw closer to the actual shooting (especially in the Arnold, CA location), the excitement and support grows. I've been getting many calls from local shops, Realtors and residents asking how they can lend a hand to the movie - and I thank you all for the offers! The easiest way for individuals to contribute is to enter the Executive Producer Essay Contest - it's fun, cheap and might get you a big fat movie credit!

Speaking of individuals, I'd like to publicly thank Elizabeth Alraune for all the help she had given this project. If you get a chance, you should check out her writing project called Letters of Love. She's a talented writer and great friend to know!

Lastly, we just got a write-up in a newspaper up in Arnold. The Calaveras Enterprise is doing two stories on the project, and how we are including local residents & businesses. You can read the complete story of Nominated in Arnold, which is hot-off-the-presses today.


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Having some fun with Social Media

As you know, Nominated the Movie uses Twitter actively.
Dan Pavlik is great at knock off videos,
and wanted to have some fun with Twitter.

They have a video that you can view
that is on their homepage when you
are not logged in.

If you view it, you will see just
how good this video is!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mickey Monroe Finds Work!

Since Mickey seemed like he wanted to help me
announce my new Peace Within recording, he
made this commercial for me.

It's not quite what I had in mind, but I admire
the attempt. Sales of this recording will help
benefit Educational Films of America, the
non profit that Dan set up. Please consider taking
a look at the page linked and see if it might
be for you, and perhaps someone (or several
"someones") you know. It's only $1, it should help
with feeling more peaceful, and it helps support a
great cause.

please click here for more info & to order
For fun, you can also
take a survey
about what you think of
Mickey Monroe as a Spokesperson. :-)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Nominated Auditions and Request to Spread the Word!

(On Left Brian Degan Scott/On Right Dan Pavlik)

This week Dan Pavlik, the writer/director of Nominated, will be holding auditions for the film. He has had to arrange for a second day of auditions, and sadly has had to turn people away.

Dan would love to see everyone, but it's just not possible. For a person in that position, it certainly is a good problem to have.

Should he not be able to find what he needs during the two days of auditions, there will be other possibilities to pursue. So, if by some chance you aren't scheduled for any of the upcoming auditions, stay in touch, as you never know.

Working in conjunction with J.E. Talent, a San Francisco based talent agency that has been helping with the administration of the casting process, and feeling like he has many talented people to choose from, Dan is certain he'll get some really great fits for the roles.

While I'd love to be there during the process, I won't be able to, however, Dan is likely to have some behind the scenes footage, and maybe some pics, to share afterward that you and I will both be able to see. :-)

One role that won't be auditioned those two days is that of "film sponsor." You can help to get this movie made without an audition by going to the Nominated Sponsor Page, and submitting your 150x150 advertisement. As the momentum builds, there will be more traffic to the site, and you will have the benefit of all of those who come after you. Plus you get to be a part of, and contribute to, something pretty special.

Ok I am biased but, once you get to know these guys, you will be, too. (Listen to interviews with Dan Pavlik and Ken Newman, available now in the right column of this blog. Next week I will interview Brian Degan Scott)

Other bigger advertising/sponsor opportunities still remain, and Dan is being just as creative in that regard as he is in his filmmaking, so if you are interested, or know of someone who could be, click here to "tell a friend"

Last but not least, ALL help is welcome, even if it is just spreading the word. Please share with people what is going on with the movie. You never know who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone's aunt's, cousin's son that could really benefit from being a part of this somehow, even if it is just for him to spread the word to his best friend's sister's mother's best friend of 20 years who happens to work for a big studio that would love to talk to Dan about this film, and others already simmering...and he would have you to thank for it. Wouldn't that be special? (so saith the Church Lady).

Seriously, it so much easier to help than people realize. The little things add up. So even if you don't think you can help financially, or feel that sponsoring would benefit you, just letting someone else know about what's going on is perfect.

Happy Father's Day to those fathers out there - and in particular Dan, Brian, and Ken. May some beautiful and amazing things happen between now and Father's Day 2010!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Nominated Audition Date Scheduled

Audition Date: June 25th
Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: San Francisco
Click here for
updated role list & downloadable sides
where you will find additional
information about the
roles and process.

Oh, and btw, here is another entry
for the Executive Producer Contest:

Listen, Sleazeball - if anyone deserves a
free ride on your gravy train to success,
it's obviously me. Not to sound vindictive,
but if you don't think I'm Executive
Producer material, then you can take
your superficial promises of IMDB credits
and shove them where the glimmer of
validation doesn't shine!

(Executive Producer Essay Contest)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

It's All About Brian Degan Scott

"...'Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party'...
is an...ambitious mashup of burlesque anarchy,
elaborate narrative intrigue, serious
sociopolitical themes and campy dance interludes.
Plus sheer gamesmanship -- the audience votes
each night to determine the three-part show's
performance order. It shouldn't all hold together.
Yet somehow this frequently ingenious, hilarious
contraption does."
- Dennis Harvey, Variety

Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party, the critically
acclaimed play written by Aaron Loeb, was performed
in San Francisco last November through January and has
now been selected for a run at the New York
International Fringe Festival (Fringe Festival Website)
from the 15th until the 31st of August.

So...What does this have to do with the movie Nominated?

It just so happens that this play also has a major role in
moving the filming of Nominated from August to September
because one of its actors - Brian Degan Scott - is also
a key actor in Nominated. Well, ahem, the *star,* really.
And, since Brian, like the rest of us, has yet to figure out
how to clone himself, he can't be in two places at once.

The yearly festival, showcasing hundreds of performances
from around the world, has produced many Off Broadway
hits including Urine Town (which subsequently moved to
Broadway and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards),
Dog Sees God, Charlie Victor Romeo and the musical
adaptation of Debbie Does Dallas (for more Fringe success
stories go to FringeNYC Success).

The exact dates and venue specifics for Abraham Lincoln's
Big Gay Dance Party have yet to be established, but as
soon as the details are known, I'll post them here, in
case you will be able to go see Brian perform in NYC.

According to Dan (for first time readers, the writer and
director) Brian performing Off Broadway is an exciting
development, and allows more time for pre-production and
creative fund raising for the budget - which includes the
Executive Producer Essay Contest. (Have YOU entered yet?)

And since this entry seems to be all about Mr. Scott,
(I certainly hope it won't go to his head) remember
that he will also be a guest on World of Perspective
with Elizabeth Alraune (yours truly) on
the 30th of the month. See the right sidebar for
details, and to listen. You will have a chance to
call in and speak with him, and if you miss it live,
you can come back afterward, and download the podcast.

If you would like to learn more about the play, here are
a few links to visit:

Fringe Festival Website

Variety Review

SF Chronicle Review

Broadway Worldcom Review

Chad Jones Theatre Dogs Review

Goldstar Events

Yelp.com Audience Review

Rah! Rah! Shish, Boom, Bah!
Go Brian, Go!

PS If You'd like to buy tickets, go to this page.
(They're only $15!)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Dan Pavlik & Ken Newman Get Validated

There are The Tonys and there are The Oscars. There is also another
prestigious award that isn't heard of much outside of the industry
that is recognized by it, and that award is The Telly.

According to their site, "The Telly Awards honor the very best local,
regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well
as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the
Web. Since 1978, our mission has been to strengthen the visual
arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity.
The 29th Annual Telly Awards received over 14,000 entries from
all 50 states and 5 continents."

Interestingly, one of the reasons they invite people to submit
their work is to "Receive validation for a job well done." I pick that
particular one because that has been one of the words -
VALIDATION - that is very much associated with this film and
its story, as well as the story of the writer/director, Dan Pavlik.

How fitting as this film is gearing up for production that a work
that was directed by Dan and co-written by Dan and Ken Newman,
and featured Ken as an actor in the short, were just notified that
they won the Telly Silver Award - their highest honor. Not only
did they win one award, they won 3 in the categories of
Corporate Training, Use of Humor, and Copywriting.

(These awards are in addition to the 5 other Dan has won in
previous years).

One must consider, even if briefly, even if just in good humor, that
this must be a good sign that two people involved in this project
have been recognized - validated - by an organization that is as
highly regarded as the Tellys (at least you could feign a little
excitement, perhaps?)

In all seriousness, I think Dan and Ken deserve *APPLAUSE.*
It truly is awesome news, and hopefully you are beginning to
see why I am so excited about helping out where I can. Perhaps
it'll spur you on, too? Dan still needs all the help he can get.
Very few works of art are completed without some help, and
some with a lot of help!

If you are so excited now you want to help, write Dan at
Info at Nominatedthemovie.com. I am sure he'd love to hear
from you!

Don't have the ability to help personally? How about helping
to sponsor the film by promoting yourself? Check out the
Nominated sponsor page.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Top 10 Reasons to Enter the Executive Producer Essay Contest

Here are the top ten reasons Dan Pavlik believes
you should enter the Executive Producer Essay Contest:

#10. Winning will look great on a college entrance application.
#9. If you ever wanted to meet Barry Williams, this will help.
#8. Better than spending 29 bucks of useless twitter tools.
#7. You'll get a movie credit without the usual nude scene.
#6. Where else can you use the word sleazeball and not refer to a lawyer?
#5. The search for what to put on your tombstone is over.
#4. If you go to Sundance, it's one hell of a pickup line.
#3. If you don't, I'll send @TheExpert out to work you over.
#2. You can show your parents you DID amount to something!

and the #1 reason you should enter the Executive Producer Essay Contest:

Two words: casting couch

With all that, why wait a second longer?
The Executive Producer Essay Contest

To further inspire you, here is another entry:

Although some people think only a sleazeball
would run an essay contest to fund his film...
I think it's f**** brilliant. It would be just
gravy to get the superficial validation of
another IMDB credit.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

First "Essay" Arrives! When Can We Expect YOURS?

Recently, "Director Dan" announced a new contest.

In just 50 words, tell why you should be an
Executive Producer for the film. The catch,
besides the 50 character limit, use the words

Some have told me they're not entering the
contest because they don't "do essays."

Perhaps consider that it's really just a
couple of sentences. Maybe it will make
it easier to take a stab at it. Most essays
you have to make up in totality...in this case,
you already have 5 of the words to work with.
One Tenth of your work is already done for you!

Others have said it's not for them. Yes,
the winner will get IMDB credit, and perhaps
for some it will mean more than for others.

However, wouldn't it be really cool to see
a movie in a movie theater with your name in
the credits on a large screen?

Some may also be swayed in terms of making
the payment. Please know that you can use
your credit card, without having a Paypal
account. In addition, you can now submit
your entry via mail, if you would prefer
to send a check.

This is likely the first time that a
contest of this type has been held. Wouldn't
it be fun to get in on it? This might be
a movie for the history books. You never
know when history will be made, and then
it's too late to be a part of it.

Ok..so that might be a little much...but
you never really do know, you know?

Still not sure?

Here's the first submission.

Perhaps it'll inspire you:

Tony promised me the lead in “Gravy Danger”
but the sleazeball reneged and gave the
role to Marvin Aday. I meant to deliver
only a superficial cut to his groin, but
friends now call him “Toni.” An Executive
Producer credit will provide validation
that I’m not a vindictive human being.

To submit your choice words,
to see the rules, etc,

...this might be your gravy train...
...this might give you validation...
...this might wow your superficial friends...
...this might show that sleazeball
in your life a thing or two...
...if you don't enter, and your friend does,
and wins, you might consider being vindictive.
Do you really want to risk that happening?...

What are you waiting for?

Have fun!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Press Release: Unique, Creative, First of its Kind Contest - Who Wants to be an Executive Producer?

Feel free to pass this information along!
How Do You Fund an Independent Film? One Essay at a time...

Contact: Elizabeth Alraune
Phone: 818-584-1965
Email: info @ nominatedthemovie.com
Twitter: @JoLoPe

Fremont, CA, May 30, 2009

Dan Pavlik is a video producer by day, script writer by night, and lately, mostly a fundraiser. He spends the bulk of his time working to secure funds for his critically acclaimed comedy script, Nominated. He recently held an auction, and is currently running two other promotions - one with wine, the other with coffee. A couple of days ago he unveiled an essay contest with the prize being the title of Executive Producer on his film. All of this is a means to an end, which is raising $200,000.00 to cover the movie’s budget.

The script, which Pavlik co-wrote with writing partner David Baptist of Pleasanton, was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as being in the top 5 percent of 5,262 amateur scripts submitted to their 2008 Nicholl Fellowship for Screenwriting. The comedy was also selected as a semi-finalist in the 2009 Cinestory Screenwriting Awards, the winner of which will be announced later this year.

Bolstering Pavlik’s confidence in his material, many well-known actors have also expressed interest in the script, including Carl Lumbly of the TV show Alias. Carl recently signed on to play a supporting role in the movie. Other actors who have read the script include Willie Aames, Mariel Hemingway, and Brian Copeland of KGO Radio. Pavlik is also actively pursuing Dan Aykroyd to play a role.

So, with all this support, you’d think funding would be a slam dunk, right? Not the case. With a tough economic climate and a barren credit market, Pavlik has turned to what he calls “micro-funding” opportunities. He started a campaign called the “Coffee Challenge” which asks supporters to give up one Starbucks beverage and donate that money to the Nominated cause, and even enrolled his daughter, Sophia, to aid in the effort creating a video that can currently be seen on YouTube. Additionally, a local wine bar, Vida y Vino, is running a promotion all summer which donates a 25% of the proceeds from their “Director’s Cut Wine Flight” to the project.

To make a film independent of studio support and funding (especially in this environment) Pavlik is "encouraged" to be creative. He just unveiled his latest endeavor, which he hopes will go “viral” on the internet. It’s called The Executive Producer Essay Contest, and it gives contestants fifty words or less to explain why they should be the movie’s Executive Producer. There is one catch; each essay must include five words supplied by Pavlik: vindictive, superficial, validation, sleazeball, and gravy. That, and a $25 entrance fee, is all it takes to be in the running for the on-screen credit as Executive Producer. Along with the title, the winner also receives IMDB.com credit, one not easily come by.

The project is slated to shoot in the fall of this year, in locations spread around the Bay Area, as well as in Arnold, California. Pavlik and his team are furiously casting actors, securing locations, and aligning resources, all while promoting his film and essay contest on places like Twitter, Facebook, and Craigslist.

Movie Site:
Essay Contest:
Coffee Challenge:
Twitter page:

Contact Information:
Elizabeth Alraune
Email: info @ nominatedthemovie.com


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Podcast from Nominated the Party is Online!

If you would like to hear what was happening behind the scenes
at the party for Nominated, or hear what people have to say
about Dan Pavlik behind closed doors, this recording is for you.

I interviewed several people from the party that included
friends, family, and those who have worked with Dan. It was
a wild ride!

To listen and/or download the .mp3, click here.

If you have any difficulty with the file, please let me know.
Not sure how I will be able to help, but I will give it my best
shot! (Contact me at info @ jolope.com or find me on Twitter).

Feel free to leave comments about the show, the movie, Dan,
etc. with this blog entry.

My hope is that you will get to know Dan better through listening
to the show, as well as those who stand behind him and his work,
as well as become acquainted with a few of those crazy enough
to jump into the independent film pool with him.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Thank You, Party Video, and Guest Interviews Coming Soon

Well, the party is over.

What a tremendous effort from all who contributed to the food, the decorations, the entertainment. There are so many to thank for their efforts on behalf of Dan Pavlik, and the film.

I am sure Dan (or "Danny," as many who have known him for a while call him) is trying to recuperate after all of the planning that went into it. The organization was flawless and, in the process of interviewing several guests at the party for World of Perspective Radio Show, I found out just why it is that Dan is so good at planning parties (it is apparently no secret to those who know him).

I am working on editing the interviews, and once it is completed, a player will be posted on this page as well as on the movie site, so you can listen and get some insight into those involved with Dan and the project. No one person can ever do anything on his own. If those who stand behind Dan are any indication of how successful this film will be - it is clear to me that it will you will soon be seeing the amazing Nominated in a theater near you.

I came away with the idea that to know Dan Pavlik, is to want to support Dan Pavlik. He has a community of people around him that have known him for years. Not only have they been around, they're there to support him with this dream. The support is in no small part due to the fact that it seems that Dan is the type of person who is supportive and loyal to those in his life. It is unlike anything I have ever seen before, and was impressive and amazing to be around.

In the meantime, below are two videos that I took at the party of two scenes from the movie acted out by actors at the party. They aren't as good as the ones I am certain that Dan had taken. However, until they're up, you can still get a sense of the scenes by viewing these.

If you have any difficulty viewing these videos, please visit GotStressGetRelief.com

You can also see some pics of the event thanks to Dave Cowan on Flickr. If you attended the event, and would like to share your pictures with the readers of the blog, please let me or Dan know where to link to, or forward them, and we can post.

If you missed the party, and would like to donate, you can go here. In addition, the Nominated site also has a sponsor page. You can get yourself listed there. By helping Dan and the film, you can help yourself. We are looking at creating as much value as possible for those who want to help this project, so if you're interested, I hope you'll jump in!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Did anyone say PARTY? Nominated the Movie Launch Party May 16

In a little less than 2 weeks, Nominated the Movie will be having its
movie launch party.
Date: Saturday, May 16
Time: 6:30-11:00
Location: Fremont Community Center @ Lake Elizabeth

The purpose of the party (besides having fun) is to
- Show off some of the cast
- Promote and thank sponsors
- Create awareness of the project
- Increase production budget
- Gather momentum

To that end, there will be entertainment, an auction, and
who knows what else the director, Dan Pavlik will have up
his sleeve? In addition, I will be there, covering the
event for my World of Perspective Radio Show. I have ideas
of what I want to include and cover, however, if you have
any suggestions (or are interested in any particular aspect)
please let me know, and I will see what I can do to
incorporate it (email me at info @ jolope.com).

At the auction there will be some very cool things. Just
so you can see for yourself at the end of this entry you
will see a list of of the available items.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend, wants
more details, would like to donate an item for auction
(tax deductible!), or want to help in some other way,
please email info @ nominatedthemovie.com.

Donations for May 16th Auction (click links for further info)

1. 3 bedroom Great Bear Luxury Condo in the Village at North Star
2. Dillon for a week! and Pacific Grove for a weekend
3. 2 nights mid week off season at Dillon Beachnest. ($650.00 value)
4. 49er football signed by Roger Craig
5. Jonathan Cheechoo signed hockey puck - Sharks
6. Visual Image Salon - $200 gift basket
7. Visual Image Salon – (4) $25 gift cards www.visualimagesalon.com
8. Jay James Wine Dinner for 8 at Massimo’s
9. Door Hanging – Vintage Carpentry
10. EMC Retrospect Back up and Recovery Software – $1500
11. Monica Thomas (esthetician) gift certificate
12. Julie Pavlik haircut & Color
13. Hall of Fame pitcher - Jim Catfish Hunter signed baseball
14. 4 Nights at (3 Bed/2 Bath) Cabin in Arnold, CA
15. Over-sized radio flyer – $199.00
16. Executive Producer on-screen credit – priceless
17. SVRG Tickets for 2
18. Sunol Valley golf & cart for 4
19. 2 Nights at Peppermill Reno (Italian Villa Room)
20. Livermore Wine tasting for 30
21. Wine Tasting for 20 at Vida Y Vino
22. 3 session of Hypnosis with Elizabeth Alraune
23. Stevenot Wine Basket (4) bottles of 2006 Chardonnay
24. (2) 11x14 custom portrait – Kim Moran (starting bid 50.00 unmatted)
25. (4) A’s Tickets & Parking Pass $125 value
26. (2) Great America Amusement Park Day Passes

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

It's About More Than "Just" Making a Movie

When Dan Pavlik was considering his options,
one that he came to as a father,
was a no-brainer.

How could he do something that
incorporated what he loved
(movie making), and make a difference?

The result is the Not for Profit
Educational Films of America.

It is an organization that he has
set up to support those who want to
make films. What is different
about how he approaches it,
over what is in the world already,
is the idea that there are
aspiring, talented filmmakers
who have difficulties in creating
their visions, due to not having
access to costly filmmaking equipment.

The way that "for profit"
companies work is counterproductive
to the creative risks that sometimes
need to be taken to have a worthy
project see the light of day.

A for profit company wants to see
certain things, often including a
proven track record. And how does
one get a proven track record
in a field laden with significant

In the "for profit" world,
worthy projects often are left unmade
because there isn't any support to
get them made. That is where
Educational Films of America comes in.

Since the organization is set up
as a Not for Profit, it doesn't need
to see the same bottom lines as a
for profit company would need to see.
It is then able to take calculated
risks based on different criteria.

In addition, it approaches the process
differently. Instead of funding a
project in its totality, the resources
of the organization provide the source
of equipment, as well as the support
structure to get the word out.

Other film non profit organizations
often support the documentary style of
filmmaking, and Dan thought it was time
for an organization to support the kind
of movies that we see more commonly
see in our homes and movie theaters.
After all, they have a great potential
to impact our culture, our tomorrow,
and our children.

Educational Films of America has a
specific intention, help movie makers
make the kind of movies that address
common societal themes such as diversity,
substance abuse, tolerance, and education
in a way that can inform and educate in
a medium that we appreciate and give
much of our time and attention to.

By supporting the movie Nominated,
you will be supporting more than just
the making of a film that has been
recognized by the Academy that award
the Academy Awards, you will be supporting
more than just a comedy by a great guy,
you will be supporting other filmmakers
who believe that they can tell a tale
that is worthy for us to hear, and can
make a difference for us and those we
care about.

The great thing is that every little
bit helps...so you can donate any
amount that works for you. And,
if it also works for you, because the
organization is a not-for-profit,
your donations are tax-deductible.

Another great thing? Anyone who
donates to this project will have an
opportunity to be put into
a drawing, and might win a great prize.
More details on that part to come.

If you know anyone who could
use the help, would be interested
in knowing more about the film,
Educational Films of America, or
want to know more about how to help,
contact Dan Pavlik, by email at
info at nominatedthemovie.com.

To donate you can go HERE.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Twitter Partnership is Born

Dan Pavlik a/k/a @nominated on Twitter is a friend
of Ken Newman a/k/a @kennewman on Twitter. Ken
Newman and Elizabeth Alraune a/k/a @Jolope on Twitter,
"met" and Elizabeth invited him to be on her radio show,
World of Perspective Radio. Ken graciously accepted,
and at the same time, introduced her to Dan Pavlik,
the writer/director of Nominated (a film that Ken will
have a role in). In turn, Elizabeth invited Dan to
also be on her radio show. Got that?

Elizabeth - that would be me actually - became a quick
fan of both Ken and Dan. And, just like any fan, I
wanted to know what I could do to help the project.
I thought for sure that it was a BIG movie, and why in
the world would Dan want or need my help. However, I
came to find out that while the project deserves to be
a BIG movie, it is actually one of many that is small,
independent, and in need of some assistance, well, maybe
a lot of assistance.

So...just like any good virtual friend would do, I
stepped up to see what I could do to help. It just so
happens I have my own blog, and like to write, as well
as have a few other talents that might be helpful to
see two people that I admire (as well as others I may
come to admire - as good folk tend to gravitate to one
another) succeed at a worthy venture.

We all need help day to day, and even more so when
reaching for the things that are outside of the realm
of our daily experience. I am happy to help in any way
I can and, just like a friendship of any type, the
best reward is to get to do something you love while
benefiting something worthy of expression. It's also
why I have my radio show.  Lots of people have worthy
expressions, and need a way to get them out, and we
all have our strengths. In my opinion, we all need
to do as much as we can to help another.

While Dan does what he can to get the project moving
forward, you will likely find me here, helping him put
a voice on his activities...kinda like a multi-media
documentary, if you will.

I invite you to check me out, say hey, and/or if the
spirit moves you, get involved in this project. It
has good vibes all round.

Have a great day!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Press Release: Dan Pavlik on World of Perspective Radio

Feel free to pass this information along!
How Do You Make A Dream Come True? Make A Movie About It.

Contact: Elizabeth Alraune
Phone: 818-584-1965
Email: info @ jolope.com
Twitter: @JoLoPe

Los Angeles, CA, April 6, 2009

Dan Pavlik, Director, Producer, and Writer of the film Nominated, will be a guest on World-of-Perspective-Radio.com on BlogTalkRadio.com on April 16, 2009 at 6PT/9ET.

Dan has been a professional video producer for 14 years. By most measures, he has had a successful career, and yet he is risking what he has worked for by diving into the shark infested waters of independent film with the idea of a movie that he dreamt about two and a half years ago.

While he will be sharing his story, everyone has a "thing" that they wish they could do, might do, wouldda, shouldda, couldda done. As Dan says, “I may be the director of this film, however, I am also in the role of Director of my own life, just as we all are.” He notes that in the current economy, especially, it is important to see possibilities in spite of closed doors. In the world of film he, as the director, makes choices to make the best film possible, "and the choices I make aren't always advised, popular, and are sometimes risky. There are parallels to how I am in my life." We all have the possibility to direct our own lives, and he will be discussing the risks that he is taking in the context of having a life lived that is true to himself in spite of seeming obstacles.

Elizabeth Alraune, host of World-of-Perspective-Radio.com, welcomes Dan as a guest amidst a line up of other shows from an eclectic group of guests which have included Janet Thornburg (numerologist), Patrick Mathieu (The Bar Code Guy), and Greg Mooers (Life Camp). Ken Newman, who will be in the role of Blake Dunbar in the film also spent some time on the show recently talking about how important humor is EVERY day, and how living for the weekend is like living only 2/7 of your life.

About Nominated

This independent film will be shot in August 2009 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Pavlik is in talks with and/or seeking the talents of Dan Aykroyd, Mariel Hemingway, Willie Ames, Carl Lumbly, Brian Degan Scott, Brian Copeland, and Ken Newman. For more information about the film, visit NominatedTheMovie.com and/or Twitter.com/Nominated

About World-of-Perspective-Radio.com

Hosted by Elizabeth Alraune, this show has been airing since 2008. It is a show that has a premise of providing a humane and sympathetic view of the things that matter. Shows normally air live with a call in format, and past shows are available in the Archives for online listening or podcast download through ITunes. For more information, visit World-of-Perspective-Radio.com.

Contact Information:
Elizabeth Alraune
World of Perspective Radio


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Our First "Corporate" Sponsor and Press

Finally! A local business has stepped up to sponsor the project. Vida Y Vino, a local wine bar & bistro has started a wine promo that will help to generate funds and attention for the movie.
The ever-so-generous Audrey Scott, owner of VyV, came up with the idea to sell a "flight of wine" and have a portion of each sale go toward our cause. The flight consists of four glasses of wine, from the Coppola Winery no less, and will run all summer until we shoot in August!
This is such a unique and cool idea, that it was covered in the Examiner. com by Tony Rodriguez; http://www.examiner.com/x-706-East-Bay-Literary-Examiner~y2009m4d4-Come-Support-A-Local-LiteraryCinematic-Endeavor
If you get a chance, go down to the wine bar and say hello to Audrey and enjoy "The Director's Cut" fight of wine. For more info on Vida Y Vino, http://www.vidayvino.com/

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Putting the "Fun" Back in Fundraising

Working hard to gather auction items for our big launch party and fundraising extravaganza. I've had some really cool - and generous - donations uh... well... donated. Shannon and Gary Gilkison graciously gave a private wine tasting to a winery in Santa Cruz, for 30 people! Patti Twain came forward with a backup & recovery software package worth $1500. Awesome. Monica and Jay James have donated something that I believe is priceless, a private dinner for eight with Jay. Jay is a Master Sommelier. One of only 171 in the world! Pretty incredible. So, we'll partner with a restaurant to put on an unforgettable evening for 8 lucky wine nuts.
If you have any cool items, gift certificates, or services to donate, just contact me at sppro@aol.com. Thanks to everyone!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Movie Teaser Coming Soon!

We shot footage for a new movie teaser that will be up on the website in the next two days.
We got some great help from Brian Danker, an SFPD Officer and great actor.
Brian had a nice scene in Milk, in which he played opposite Academy Award winner Sean Penn.
I think we will find a role for Brian in Nominated!

Also had a few donation trickle in. thanks to everyone who is contributing to the cause!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

We're off to the races!
The website is up and live and we just set the date for a big fund raiser - May 16th!

In fact, we just got our first two donations; a $100 cash donation, very nice, and some gift certificates from Visual Image Salon in Fremont. THANK YOU!! Not bad for one day's work! The gift certificate and other donation will be for the silent auction we have at the May "launch party".

We WILL shoot in August of 2009 for 28 days. There will be 16 days shot in the SF Bay Area, and 12 days shot up in Arnold, California.