New York, NY, April 05, 2016 --(PR.com)-- Plaid Dog Productions proudly announces the world premiere of its maiden short film, Freebie, a romantic comedy written, directed, produced and starring actress Angela Atwood. The romantic comedy short will launch its premiere with a Gala Red Carpet Event followed by a screening to be held at Cinema Village, located at 22 East 12 Street in New York’s east village at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. Freebie will screen along with the feature film Tryst; a genre pairing of romance gone awry in the 10th Annual Manhattan Film Festival, one of Moviemaker Magazine's "top 50 coolest film festivals in the world." Admission for both films is $12.00. The event is open to the media and the general public. For interviews, information and reservations, contact Carol Howard by email CarolHowardPR@gmail.com or Plaid Dog Productions at 917-282-5243.
Atwood, a native of Missouri and graduate of the William Esper Studio, is an accomplished professional actress and card-carrying member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA, best known for work in various theatrical productions Off Broadway and featured TV roles on Comedy Central and The Onion Network, as well as numerous film appearances. She is the president of Plaid Dog LLC, producing original stories for film, theater, and the web. She wrote, directed, and produced Freebie, the Company’s first screenplay. Atwood stars in the short film, a romantic comedy which depicts the uncomfortable unraveling of a modern romantic situation opposite co-star Chris Beetem, fellow Esper graduate, familiar to audiences for his work as lawyer Mark Payne on Netflix’ Orange is the New Black, as Gena Rowland’s grandson in the film Grace and Glorie alongside Diane Lane, and Black Hawk Down, among other distinguished film and television appearances.
Freebie was awarded the prestigious Award of Recognition from The Accolade Global Film Competition for noteworthy performances by Ms. Atwood and Chris Beetem, exceptional cinematography, music, editing and sound. Angela Atwood joins the ranks of other high-profile Accolade winners of this internationally respected award including the Oscar-winning production of The Lady in Number Six by Malcolm Clarke; Dave Bossert of Disney for his short documentary, The Tunes Behind The Toons; Hollywood industry veteran Ron Howard for When You Find Me; and Zero, written by David Victori, produced by Oscar-Nominated and Emmy / BAFTA Winning Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Gladiator, The Martian) and Oscar- Nominated Michael and Fassbender (Inglourious Bastards, 12 Years a Slave, X Men).
Atwood assembled a top all-female production crew, including Director of Photography Lauretta Prevost, Assistant Director Jac Grady, gaffer Sarah Anderson and Assistant Camera Kristin Murphy. The rom-com mystery takes place as two lovers discover each other after-the-fact, seated across from one another at a NYC café.
“The entire 7-page conversation scene was shot from beginning to end on each take,” explained Atwood. “I wanted the characters’ built-up responses and momentary pregnant pauses to drive the comedy, romance, and awkwardness. Some of the most interesting things occur in silence, after all.”
“After leaving the Midwest I married, mothered, divorced, and dedicated myself to acting,” Atwood continued. “Now that I’m writing screenplays and producing, it feels like everything is coming together. It’s extremely satisfying, expressing my creative vision and collaborating with fellow NY artists.”
The premiere and Red Carpet Event for Freebie will be held at Cinema Village, at 22 East 12 Street at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. For more information, visit www.freebiethemovie.com, Manhattan Film Festival, contact Carol Howard at CarolHowardPR@gmail.com, or Plaid Dog Productions at 917-282-5243.
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