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Award Winning Feature Film SPEAK NOW to Screen at 2014 Atlanta Film Festival

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Award Winning Feature Film SPEAK NOW to Screen at 2014 Atlanta Film Festival

Improvised feature film "Speak Now" will be screened at the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival that takes place from March 28-April 8. The film is the first feature film for Writer Erin Cardillo and Director Noah Harald. "Speak Now" is a ground breaking experiment in narrative filmmaking. Filming lasted only three days with all dialogue being improvised by the actors. The project was the result of significant collaboration between Cardillo and Harald that involved greater planning than most films.

"The tendency with an improvised film is to just show up and make it all happen on that day, but the truth is that I prepared more for this film than on any other scripted film I've worked," said Director Noah Harald.

"We couldn't use focus marks, so I walked throughout the set with my DP, Dave McGrory, and discussed every possible space where the actors could move in, and we blocked it all out and created a shot list from that. We shot it more in a documentary style, actually, so the actors had freedom on set within a certain space. We had two cameras with one camera on each actor."

"Speak Now" is a romantic dramedy about a group of high school friends reuniting for a wedding. Setting aside their personal dramas to support the union of Tommy and Anna was the intention of the wedding guests, but as the night unfolds old offenses and newly mounting scandal plunge the group back into a pool of high school drama.

The cast of the film includes Kristin Ariza, Caitlin Baunoch, Rachel Kathryn Bell, Alissa Dean, Jason Drumwright, Jayme Lynn Evans, Eric Goldrich, Rane Jameson, Jon Klaft, Rosie Mattia, Abby Miller, S.E. Perry, Rosanna Rizutto, Russell Taylor, Joe Towne, Erika Ward, and Christina Zamora. The film has already received critical acclaim at the 2013 Austin Film Festival and screenings are expected nationwide in the next few months.

About "Speak Now"

"Speak Now" is an improvisational feature film shot on location in Los Angeles over the course of three days. "Speak Now" won the Audience Award for movies in the WRITE/REC programming slate at the 2013 Austin Film Festival. Directed by Noah Harald and written by Erin Cardillo the movie is set for North American digital release in April 2014. Theatrical screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C. and on demand through Tugg.com. you can follow "Speak Now" on their website, http://www.speaknowfilm.com, http://www.facebook.com/SpeakNowFilm, and @SpeakNowFilm on twitter.

About Atlanta Film Festival

Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) is an Academy Award qualifying, international film festival held in Atlanta, Georgia. Started in 1976 and occurring every Spring, the festival shows a diverse range of independent films, including genre films such as horror and sci-fi. Since 2008, the festival has presented the Pink Peach, which is awarded to the best LGBTQ film as chosen by the Pink Peach jury. The Accountant won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2002 after qualifying at the 2001 Atlanta Film Festival. The film festival can be followed @atlfilm365.


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