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 @
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 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 @


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 @ 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

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 @

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 @

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
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