The other day, I was notified that I won Best Actor in a Feature Film for Unspoken by the New York Independent Cinema Awards.
Also, Unspoken won the award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature.
I'm incredibly proud of this little movie that could, and having our work recognized by a New York City based festival that specializes in small budget passion projects is a great honor.
Their website can be found here (although the site looks like it needs to be updated):
The festival describes itself as:
Connected to the New York Independent Cinema Awards, the New York Arts and Cinema magazine is featuring Unspoken; linked here:
The list of all winners is linked here:
At the moment, I don't have any information about screening or viewing schedules. As soon as I have that information, I'll be sure to share.
The completion of any project brings a sense of anxiety over whether or not the project will find an audience. During this past year with all the sadness and dread over the pandemic and being under lockdown, one of the bright spots is seeing Unspoken accepted into a variety of festivals. Although still unable to attend festivals in person, seeing the work connect to people has been comforting and encouraging.
One of the gratifications of acting is the sense of camaraderie that develops while performing. That feeling of fulfillment can be instantaneous while on stage with a cast or be created slowly over time with a crew while filming.
The past year has been difficult for a multitude of reasons. Although minor in comparison, the lack of opportunity to perform, create and interact with others directly in person has added to the unease.
Having Unspoken be accepted into these festivals has been a nice reminder of the great times I had filming. Also, the festivals have a been a great way to reconnect with the cast and crew to laugh and enjoy the recognition together. One of the positives of the past year has been a reinforcement of those bonds created during our shared experience.
If anything, the last year under quarantine has reinforced the desire to stay active and keep creating, even if conditions and budgets are less than ideal. Hopefully, my friends and I will be able to have a quick start once we return to normalcy.