Saturday, October 2nd, you have one more chance to see Hope for a Thorn in Florida! We’ll be playing the first Clearwater Film Festival. We’re thrilled to be a part of Clearwater’s inaugural year!

The screening is at 3:00 and tickets are just under $10. To buy them, visit Clearwater Film Festival tickets (We are Program 29).

The festival runs from September 29 – October 3. The screening is at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater (405 Cleveland St, Clearwater, FL 33755).

To learn more, check out the fest’s website.


The Central Florida Future recently did an article about me.

Read it here.


We’ve updated our Photos page with a new album for the Gasparilla screening, afterparty, and awards ceremony.

Be sure to check it out, especially if you were there!


Did you miss our sold-out screening at Gasparilla? You have another chance to see Hope for a Thorn in Tampa Bay!

We’ve been accepted into the Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Pete! The fest runs April 14 – 18 and we’ll let you know as soon as we have more details about the screening.

This year’s festival features workshops by actor Patrick Wilson, the head writer of That ’70s Show, and the producers of the X-Men series and Napoleon Dynamite.

We will also be participating in a marketing partnership with Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL.  Andrew Kenneth Gay (who happened to be Hope’s line producer) has assigned his class the task of marketing four of the films at Sunscreen. We’re excited for the opportunity and looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

See the full lineup at

About the Festival
The Sunscreen Film Festival, now in its fifth year, is an annual film festival hosted by the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society, a Florida not for profit Corporation. The primary goal of the film festival is to encourage the creation, production, and exhibition of independent film in Florida through its educational programs and public screenings, thereby increasing awareness and support of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset.


We won the Audience Award for Narrative Feature at Gasparilla’s Awards Ceremony Sunday night! We are so grateful to everyone who came out and voted highly for us and are honored to have won this award.

Here are a few pictures from the Awards Ceremony at Tampa Theatre.

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We had a terrific screening today! Sold-out theater, great audience, and a Q&A with me, producer Jay Delaney, and actors Pat Fisher, Sarah Grace Ackerman, and Michael Ray Davis.

Much thanks to GIFF, Cinebistro (fantastic venue!), and everyone who came out today!

When we’re back in Chicago, we’ll update the Photos section with lots of pictures from the screening and afterparty, but here are a few in the meantime.


A shorter version of last week’s article by Steve Persall appears in the print version of today’s St. Pete Times (Tampa Bay and State section), along with a still from the film, as part of his festival coverage. If you live in the area, be sure to pick up a copy.

Read the online version.


Tomorrow, Friday March 19 at 1:30pm, director Erin Kitzinger will be on Michelle Wargo’s Heartscape show on Heartbeat Radio.

Hear us talk about Hope for a Thorn and filmmaking streaming live at


The final tickets have been sold for Saturday’s 1pm screening at the Gasparilla International Film Festival in Tampa.

If you still want to try to make it, show up at the theatre 15 minutes early. Any tickets not picked up by that time will be given to those waiting.

If you miss it, check back here in a few days for some news…. (vague hint of another upcoming screening? Perhaps…)


If you’re planning on attending the Gasparilla screening (which we sincerely hope you are!), we strongly suggest you buying tickets in advance, like now.

We are down to the final 17 tickets with 5 days still to go. Furthermore, when you buy a ticket, you actually reserve a particular seat, so to avoid sitting by a stranger and waving at your friend across the theater, you might want to go ahead and get them now.

This is going to be a terrific screening, as well as your chance to talk with the actors, me, producer Jay Delaney, and lots of other people too, so you don’t want to miss it. So come one, come all (well, come 17 of you)!

Buy tickets here. They’re $10 apiece. Please be in your seat at least 15 minutes in advance.

Can’t wait to see you there!