New Film, New Way of Filmmaking Will Be Showcased at 2010 Los Angeles United Film Festival

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“The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher” may just change how films are made, and entertain along the way.

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For starters, the movie was 'carbon negative.' We offset the entire film-making process, from development through postproduction, and then some. Through Native Energy, the film is not just carbon neutral, its carbon negative.

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“The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher” is the first project from Tulsa-based Hearth Creative, a collaborative of artists and social entrepreneurs focused on sustainable filmmaking that goes beyond environmental responsibilities and works to strengthen the communities where films are made. The film will be showcased at the 2010 Los Angeles United Film Festival Saturday, May 1.

“Hearth Creative is changing the way films are created, starting with this movie,” says Jack Roberts, of Hearth Creative. “Our focus is on using the art of filmmaking to create meaningful and lasting change that impacts the world in a positive way.”

What is an example of this? For starters, the movie was “carbon negative,” according to Roberts. “We offset the entire film-making process, from development through postproduction, and then some. Through Native Energy, the film is not just carbon neutral, its carbon negative.”

Roberts adds that other environmentally friendly practices included the procurement of biodiesel fuel for the set’s many trailers and trucks and utilizing salvaged and organic clothing. To create positive community impact, the filmmakers purchased locally as much as possible (which included local produce to feed the crew).

“We also revamped existing locations for our sets instead of building new with the intention of it having a life past our film, instead of becoming trash,” says Roberts.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher” is about an awkward son of a mega rock star who believes his late father passed him the great rock torch. Duncan also believes he has the talent to follow in his father’s footsteps and that talent will lead him down the path of rock greatness. However, when it comes to music, Duncan Christopher is just not that good and most of his rock gigs take place in a roller skating rink. He works through the suicide of his father in the brutal underground world of Oklahoma karaoke. The film is a tale of a young man facing the awkward (himself) and finding his own path in the shadows of his father and his own grand illusions.

The film was shot in the Tulsa area but future films will be shot in various locations around the country that will benefit from this new approach to making films.

“This next multi-film adventure takes us along the Oregon Trail and throughout the northwestern region of the United States, renovating and greening communities along the way,” says Roberts.

To learn more about the film and its cast and crew, visit http://www.duncanchristopherthemovie.com

Film Details:
Showcased at Los Angeles United Film Festival
9:30 p.m. May 1, 2010, at Los Feliz 3 Cinemas, 1822 Vermont Ave, Los Angeles CA
Producer/Director: Justin Monroe
Producer: Ryan Fritzsche, Gillian Fritzsche
Producer/Writer: Jack Roberts
Editor: Ryan Fritzsche
Cast: Jack Roberts, Marshall Bell, Peter Bedgood, Heather Roberts, Lizz Carter, Aaron Moreland

About the United Film Festivals
The United Film Festivals are bringing art and creativity together to create a united film community. The festival's focus is to bring together talented filmmakers from diverse backgrounds, thus creating a "United" showcase of creative energy and talent. This is a film festival for everyone, a place where art and community converge.

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