Liability, a short film written and directed by our very own, Travis Aitken, has been accepted into the Laughing Devil Comedy Festival in Long Island. Liability has also shown at the Iron Mule Comedy Festival of New York, New York; The Short. Sweet. Film Fest of Ohio City, Ohio; Tallgrass Film Festival of Whichita, Kansas; and the Dallas VideoFest 27 of Dallas, Texas.
In just under six minutes, LIABILITY is an existential joy ride that gleefully tests the audience’s ability to effectively suspend disbelief. The result is part satire of the independent filmmaker’s ego and absurdest tribute to movie making banality of decades past.
Today we say goodbye to our first set of offices and begin the big move to our new facility.
We are moving into a temporary space for approximately two months while our new facility undergoes construction. Our first office served us well and we will miss it; especially our way cool, old, walk-in vault. But, we have outgrown that space and it’s time to think bigger. As 2014 comes to a close, and we go into the new year, we look forward to this next chapter and fresh start in our new space.
Nametag Films is happy to announce the signing of director Travis Aitken.
“I am so energized by this new opportunity with Nametag Films,” says Aitken. “Naturally, I am drawn to collaborative environments and people who love filmmaking. I am grateful and honored to be a part of their journey, youthful spirit and vision.”
Director Adam David Littke’s music video for weirdo-pop artist, dd elle’s track “Kind 2 U” has premiered on Fader and is featured at Stereogum. The video was shot in Oklahoma at Littke’s family lake trailer with Instagram personality, Adam Carpenter. The concept for the music video is described by dd elle as “being alone with others, feeling free in a tiny space and feeling trapped in an open space.” Littke explains it as his love letter to Oklahoma, the state he was born and raised in.
Everyone and their dog saw the images on TV. You know, the constant aerial shots of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas as the media whipped the country into a frenzied panic. In the immediate aftermath of the crisis, it was up to Texas Health Dallas to salvage their good reputation, and fast.
That’s when Nametag entered the picture. We got the call from the ad agency (Commerce House) on a Monday afternoon and had to start shooting that next day. Amazingly, our producers where able to pull together a full crew and equipment, and we were rolling by 9am the next morning, with Chris Rupert sitting in the director’s chair.
And then there we were, at ground zero and in the presence of truly heroic people, the very healthcare workers who’d put their lives on the line. Every one involved on the shoot—from the PAs to the agency guys—couldn’t help feeling in awe. Incredibly, these frontline heroes were acting grateful to us for helping them out. But we were just doing our job, same as they’d done theirs when treating the 1st Ebola case to hit the US.
If that wasn’t enough to put things into perspective, we were there when President Obama phoned the nurses to thank them for their selfless work under impossible circumstances. We didn’t film the actual call, but we did roll on the emotional outpouring that followed. The nurses all cheered, and cried, and hugged each other. Admittedly, a few of us on the crew got a little teary-eyed.
We just want to say how thankful and honored we are to have been a part of a bit of Dallas History in-the-making. And a huge thanks goes out to Commerce House for their trust in us to pull this shoot off.