A MOTHER'S WILL has been added to the Strasburg Film Festival in Virginia and International Shorts Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia. Here is a new newspaper article about the short: https://www.su.edu/blog/2018/07/film-co-produced-by-shenandoah-faculty-in-film-festivals/www.su.edu/blog/2018/07/film-co-produced-by-shenandoah-faculty-in-film-festivals/
We are proud to announce that A MOTHER'S WILL has been named an official selection for COMPASSION FILM FESTIVAL in Carbondale, CO and ASHEVILLE FILM FESTIVAL in Asheville, NC!
A MOTHER'S WILL is a new short presented by A PLACE TO BE in association with VARLA DOGWOOD FILMS and THE MATTHEWS FAMILY. The short focuses on a mother starring in a rock opera based on her own son's suicide. She shares her story to enlighten others about the struggles teens face today and to prove it is never too late to reach out and get help.
Varla Dogwood Films begins production on HAMMERJACKS documentary. Film to focus on history and re-opening of legendary Baltimore music venue.
Aldie, VA (March 16, 2017) – Varla Dogwood Films – the fimmakers that produced the #1 Billboard-charting documentary CAN’T STOP THE SHOW: THE RETURN OF KIX for Loud & Proud Records in 2016 – has started production on a documentary about the Baltimore, MD music venue Hammerjacks.
Entitled ENCORE: THE HAMMERJACKS ROCKUMENTARY, the new film will memorialize the iconic rock club and chronicle the process of re-opening the venue. Extensive interviews will be included with Hammerjacks Entertainment Group partners Kevin Butler and Andy Hotchkiss. Musicians that played the club will also be interviewed, including Rachel Bolan (Skid Row), Jeff Pilson (Dokken/Foreigner), Brad Divens (Wrathchild America), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Johnny Dee (Britny Fox).
Varla Dogwood Films partner Steve Nerangis is the Executive Producer of the film and has personal memories of Hammerjacks. “As an intern at WHFS radio in the early ‘90s, I had many opportunities to visit the club both as a concert-goer and as a representative of the station,” Said Nerangis. “Hammerjacks was a premier venue. We met Hammerjacks Entertainment Group CEO Kevin Butler while making the KIX documentary. When he mentioned the idea of making a Hammerjacks documentary, we jumped at the opportunity.”
The film’s director, Andrea Sakellaropoulos, is impressed by the reach of the Hammerjacks brand. “Hammerjacks really is everywhere,” said Sakellaropoulos. “While we were filming the KIX documentary, we met musicians and fans across the country that had spent time at the club. The buzz about the re-opening is amazing, and we are honored to be able to tell the story of Hammerjacks both as it was and as it will be.”
Filming will continue through the late-2017 opening of the club, and the film is due to receive a limited theatrical release and wide Blu Ray release in early 2018. An indiegogo campaign will launch in April to support production.
In the coming weeks, VARLA DOGWOOD FILMS will announce three new music documentary projects. More details will be revealed soon, but interviews have recently been completed with members of Accept, Skid Row, Dokken and Foreigner, as well as with legendary record producers Tom Werman and Beau Hill.