Jack of the Red Hearts @ YouTube

First off, I had no idea that there is a place called YouTube Space LA. It's cool. 

They hosted an event this evening there for Jack of the Red Hearts, the movie that I shot some of the stills for (pardon my poor writing skills...it's late). It was also an event for the Bentonville Film Festival which was co-founded by Geena Davis to further her the work she does at her Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Jack of the Red Hearts won the Grand Jury Prize at last year's inaugural BFF, which included a theatrical release with AMC Theaters and a television deal with Lifetime!

When I walked into the YouTube Space LA, I was thrilled to see a huge lightbox above the reception counter with the photograph I shot...

The second thrill was watching the movie. I was only onset for the first four or five days of the production so even though I had read the awesome script written by Jennifer Deaton, I had no idea how the film would turn out. Well, it turned out great - it's touching, thoughtful and funny. The acting was great all around and Taylor Richardson was particularly amazing, playing the difficult role of Glory, a young autistic child.

My next thrill after the screening when all these film industry heavy hitters took to the stage and sat under the photograph that I shot for the panel discussion. Yes, I took a photo of that too so I could introduce you to them.

From L to R: Actress Geena Davis (Oscar® Winner for The Accidental Tourist), screenwriter Phyllis Nagy (Oscar® Nominated this year for Carol), director/screenwriter Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen and Twilight), the Executive at Lifetime (sorry I didn't catch her name), screenwriter Jennifer Deaton (JOTRH), producer Lucy Mukerjee-Brown (JOTRH), actress Famke Janssen (JOTRH), director Janet Grillo (JOTRH) and moderator Sharon Waxman (CEO of The Wrap). And my photograph of Taylor Richardson above them.

Then there was my fourth thrill - is it even possible to have four thrills in one evening? - watching the people sitting in the rows in front of me shooting there own photographs of the panel and including the photograph I shot in their frames.

Jack of the Red Hearts is screening at several AMC Theaters across the United States beginning tomorrow, Friday February 26th. Please go out and see it this weekend to support this wonderful independent film so it doesn't close on March 3rd. I'll be going to the 6:15pm show tomorrow night at the AMC Burbank with the screenwriter, Jennifer Deaton and her lovely wife Erika...and I do believe there is going to be a Q&A after the screening. If you're in the LA area please join us!

Jack of the Red Hearts Trailer

Yay! The JOTRH trailer has just made its exclusive debut on Entertainment Weekly! Check it out and see when and where you can see Jack of the Red Hearts in a theater! 

It was a year and a half ago that I shot some of the production stills for the independent feature, Jack of the Red Hearts. While the movie was getting all kinds of awards on the festival circuit, I was honored that the production chose to use a photograph I took of Taylor Richardson on the poster.


I'm very pleased that AMC is using it for the theatrical release. I might be the only person on the project that hasn't seen the film yet. There have been some screenings I was invited to but each time I was on the opposite coast. So you will see me at one of these theaters.

The movie stars AnnaSophia Robb (Carrie Diaries), Famke Janssen (X-Men), Taylor Richardson (Annie (on Broadway)), Israel Broussard (The Bling Ring) and Scott Cohen (Allegiance). If you're close to any of these locations, please support independent filmmaking and see Jack of the Red Hearts in a theater! The release date is February 26, 2016.

Atlanta – Sugarloaf 18
Boston – Boston Common 19
Chicago – River East 21
Chicago – South Barrington 30
Dallas – Stonebriar 24
Dallas – Firewheel 18
Denver – Highlands Ranch 24
Denver – Westminster Promenade
Houston – Studio 30
Kansas City – Town Center 20
Los Angeles – Burbank 8
Los Angeles – Orange 30
Miami – Sunset 24
Minneapolis – Southdale 16
New York – Palisades 21
New York – Empire 25
Orlando – Disney 24
Phoenix – Deer Valley 17
Philadelphia – Neshaminy 24
Pittsburgh – Waterfront 22
San Diego – Fashion Valley 18
San Francisco – Metreon 16
Seattle – Alderwood 16
Tampa – Veterans 24
Washington DC – Hoffman 22