Last Saturday, Merri and I attending the screening of “The Passageway” at The Colony Film Festival. We even had the chance to answer questions after the movie, and we received a lot of positive feedback from the audience.

I left before the awards ceremony while Merri agreed to stay as our representative. On the way home I got a wonderful call.

The Passageway was awarded Best Feature and Best of Fest! We are all incredibly excited about the news and hoping for more good things to come.

Ohio University made out very well at The Colony Film Fest. Our Friends at “Camelittle” won Best Animation and the film school thesis “The Poetry Machine” walked away with Best Student Short.


EDIT(10/13/11): We will be screening at 6:30 pm on Saturday, 10/15/2011.  Tickets for the day are $10!  Hope you can make it.


Some very exciting news came to us today.  We have been accepted to the Colony Film Festival in Marietta Ohio.  At this time we don’t really have any more information on what day or time it will screen.  We do know that the dates for the festival are October 14-15, 2011 @ The Mid Ohio Valley Players Theatre (across from the Colony Theatre).

Tickets are $10/Day or $15/Festival

As we find out more information, we will post it here!



From the crew of The Passageway, we wanted to thank everyone who came to the screening on June 5.  It is an incredibly rewarding experience to see so many people come to support us after months of hard work.  At this point, we are looking to do a small festival circuit and soon to have it online for everyone to see.  Again THANK YOU for your support!

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Student film to premiere

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Photo Caption: A scene from the OU student film “Passageway.”

Students from Ohio University’s School of Media Arts and Studies will premiere their newest full-length feature film, “The Passageway,” at 2 p.m. Sunday in OU’s Memorial Auditorium.
After the success of the school’s previous film, “Trailerpark,” according to a news release, many students and even the faculty in School of Media Arts and Studies doubted that less than two years later the school would produce another feature-length film.

“I originally intended to maybe do a feature film every four years, but this opportunity came up and I felt that we once again had the right combination of student talent and temperament,” Fredrick Lewis, associate professor and head of the video production sequence, said in the release.

The film is based on the semi-autobiographical play, “Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver,” by OU playwriting program alumna Merri Biechler.

According to the film’s online synopsis, “The film focuses on Mae, a struggling young actress who loses both of her parents to cancer. Peggy, her kind, peacemaker mother, dies of cancer in 1995. Six years later, Mae is left to take care of her father, Al. Unlike Peggy, Al does not handle the treatment with any sort of grace and Mae struggles with her role as his caregiver.

“Throughout the story, Mae works to accept her mother’s death while dealing with a less than compassionate doctor, Al’s obsession with a sci-fi television show, and the constant struggle to find a middle ground with her father.”

Among those who were supportive of the film, the release said, were a number of generous donors, including the American Cancer Society (ACS), which gave $5,000 to the production.To ensure educational accuracy, the OU College of Osteopathic Medicine not only contributed financially to the film, but also with their professional expertise.

Tracy Marx, associate chair and assistant professor of family medicine, served as a medical consultant. Among Marx’s specialties is palliative, or end-of-life, care.

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I was recently the guest on the local news program Newswatch. Check out my interview here:

Newswatch, May 31, 2011

The interview starts 13 minutes into the program.

-David Jeffries

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