Tuesday, April 21, 2009

April Court 13 E-mail update

Below is our monthly e-mail update that we recently sent out. If you regularly read the blog, you may already know much of the information contained in it.

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Apologies for the long hiatus! Especially since there have been a lot
of exciting things going on in the Court 13 empire since our last
update.... For instance!:

*In January, Benh and playwright Lucy Alibar were two of 12
screenwriters selected to take part in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab
in Utah, where they workshopped Court 13’s first feature film script
tentatively titled “BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD,” which they are
currently co-writing. The Lab gave them the opportunity to receive
mentorship from some of the industry's top screenwriters. Variety
Magazine covered Benh's trip to the lab in this nice little blurb:

*In February, much of Court 13 moved back to Louisiana to start work
on the early stages of the feature film. Part of this process
involved the launching of The Court 13 School- an after-school acting
and moviemaking class for New Orleans area children. Each of the 20
kids in the class will be featured in “Beasts of the Southern Wild."
The classes aim both to prepare them for acting in and and being on
the set of a feature film, as well as allow them to collaboratively
make their own short movie in the process. Our first classes started
last week.

*"GLORY AT SEA" has also continued its barnstorming of the film
festival circuit. In the last month the film won:

* Best Narrative Short Film at the Cinequest Film Festival in San
Jose, California

* Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the Florida Film
Festival in Orlando, Florida

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Finally, we also wanted to take this opportunity to ask for your help with one of Court 13’s closest partners. For those of you not yet acquainted with Rooftop Films, it is a truly unique non-profit organization that works year-round not only to plan for its spectacular summer festival, but also to serve as an unparalleled resource to filmmakers, film fans, and the New York film community in general. The Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund gave the first grant to "Glory at Sea," without which it is likely we would have never made the film. Rooftop was also the first organization to jump to Benh’s aid after his terrible accident last year, and was at the forefront of the fundraising effort to help pay Benh’s medical bills.

If you value the work done by Court 13 or are as passionate as we are
about fostering and expanding the community of independent film, please
consider making a donation to Rooftop Films. (And yes, it's tax


Thanks, always, for your support,


Court 13

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