ILYAILYO Interviewed in STXscene Magazine!
It’s probably more appropriate to say that we had a deep heart-to-heart with Paul Gonzales of STXscene - a wonderful indie magazine based in South Texas that covers all things art, music, and film in South Texas and beyond! We talked about the making of I Love You, Apple, I Love You, Orange, our film influences, and the hard sacrifices of independent filmmaking. Our interview and a great article on the1970s Detroit rock band Death are up in the latest issue of STXscene. Here’s a beginning snippet from the ILYAILYO piece:
I Love You, Apple, I Love You, Orange is a micro-budget indie film that screened in October at the South Texas Underground Film Festival in Corpus Christi.
The feature film both stars and was directed by real life husband and wife couple from Ann Arbor, Mich., Horam Kim and Lori Anne Smithey.
The movie centers around a young woman named Maggie, played by Smithey, who is lonely and lost in life until her mother sets her up on a blind date with a young man named Martin, played by Kim. She slowly begins to open herself up and fall for Martin, but her only friends (talking fruits and vegetables) intervene and try to break them apart.
Oh, and there’ s also an evil talking ham.
The film is charming, well acted and brilliantly made, especially for the duo’ s first feature film.
ILYA ILYO + South Texas Underground Film Festival = Fun STUFF!
ILYA ILYO has been accepted to the South Texas Underground Film Festival and will be screening on Friday, October 4 at 3:30pm at the American Bank Center - Harbor View Room (1901 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78401)! This will be our Texas Premiere! All screenings at the South Texas Underground Film Festival are free and open to the public. VIP passes (which include access to STUFF’s mixers, after parties, workshops, and other events) are currently available online.
Take a looksee at the rest of the South Texas Underground Film Fest’s fabulous program here.
Meat Love by the great Jan Svankmajer. Really is there any other kind of love? And who knew raw steaks made such great dance partners?
ILYA ILYO Wins Bullet Award at Columbia Gorge International Film Festival
Woo-hoo! I Love You, Apple, I Love You, Orange won the Bullet Award for excellence in independent filmmaking at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival! Everybody at ILYA ILYO worked so hard to make this film and I couldn’t be more proud of them. I’m so happy that the team achieved this wonderful recognition. Thank you, Columbia Gorge International Film Festival!
ILYA ILYO + The Couve = Columbia Gorge International Film Festival Official Selection
I Love You, Apple, I Love You, Orange has been selected to screen at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival for FREE in Vancouver, WA! We’re really excited to bring our film to the Couve, just a few miles away from where we shot our film in neighboring Portland, OR. If you’re not too busy and you’re in the area, why not come on out to the screening? I think you’ll have a good time.
When: Thurs. Aug. 15, 2013 at 6:30pm
Where: Serendipity Playhouse
500 Washington Street, Vancouver WA 98660
ILYA ILYO is the Film of the Day!
We’ve been hand-picked by Gerry Film out in the UK as the Film of the Day. We are so proud to be in such esteemed company as only the best independent film from around the world are chosen. Gerry Film even gave ILYA ILYO a great write-up. Here’s a little snippet:
"Absurdity and surrealism are rarely to be found in films lately so I Love You Apple, I Love you Orange is a refreshing change to the norm. Using a combination of live action and stop motion, we follow the fortunes of a lonely young woman, obsessed with her routines and whose only friends are the talking fruit and vegetables in her house. An unlikely lifeline in the form of an awkward first date helps her to grasp life and love with both hands, but not before vanquishing that evil talking ham… The use of the stop motion could have been gimmicky, but it blends seamlessly into the story, giving an aura of a distorted but uncomfortably painful reality."
Check out the whole article here:
Thanks, Brett and Corinne Gerry!
A girl feeds her pet bear in Riggins, Idaho.
Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic
That pet bear looks a lot like an #Ewok.
My shitty job circa 1975.