May 17, 2014
Hi film lovers,
I’m happy to debut this alumni blog with the latest good news about As High as the Sky, a smart and touching comedy about the way we’re shaped by the people in our lives. As High as the Sky‘s festival sweep culminated with the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 2013 Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. Prior to that, it won the same prize at the Palm Beach International Film Festival and Idyllwild CinemaFest, and also scored both the Jury and Audience Award at Sonoma Int’l Film Festival and won runner-up Jury prizes at Omaha Film Festival and Landlocked Film Festival.
Not surprisingly, Cinema Libre Studio released it on DVD May 6th, 2014, with streaming/VOD platforms to follow on June 6th. For those of you who haven’t had the joy of watching this movie yet, here’s the synopsis:
After being jilted by her fiancé, Margaret manages her loneliness by obsessively-compulsively organizing her perfect home. When her older sister and niece arrive unexpectedly, Margaret’s life is thrown into disarray. Although initially resistant to their bonding efforts, she slowly loosens up and learns a new definition of family. But just as she begins to embrace her new life, she discovers the truth behind the visit.
I would add that Caroline Fogarty (BIG LOVE, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) charms in the lead role, an initially rigid character who shows enough bewilderment, vulnerability and–eventually–bravery to earn the audience’s affection.
Director Nikki Braendlin says, “I am thrilled that Cinema Libre Studio picked us up; they focus on socially-conscious films so I feel that we’re in great company!” (That company includes the Oscar-nominated narrative Dust of Life and a variety of acclaimed documentaries.)
Before becoming a filmmaker, Braendlin worked in a group home for teenaged girls and ran Hear Me Roar Productions, an all-women’s theater company that did benefits for women’s and children’s organizations. Her screenplays have placed in several competitions, including those sponsored by Slamdance, the Austin Film Festival, the Page Awards and the Los Angeles International Women’s Film Festival. She’s now in development as a writer/director on a few feature film projects, so we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, you can order the DVD at www.cinemalibrestore.com, where Braendlin is currently the Featured Filmmaker. -VF
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