New Seattle Filmmaker Jennifer Martucci's "Eulogy" Premieres At Sacramento Film Festival On August 18

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Savannah College of Art and Design Graduate's Film Career Goes From Robots to Dancing Dogs to Crowd-Funded Drama

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Jennifer Martucci's talent with bringing her own written word to screen results in a captivating piece of student work. I know her professors were very impressed with both her written and visual storytelling techniques.

Recent Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) graduate Jennifer Martucci tapped the "crowd-funding" power of IndieGoGo.com to raise money to write, direct, and produce her first film, Eulogy. The three-minute film premieres August 18, 2012, at the Sacramento Film & Music Festival. Jennifer was inspired by a few short films with little or no dialogue and challenged herself to tell a story primarily using visuals. Eulogy depicts a woman's horrific murder and the only dialogue in the film is that of a eulogy read aloud by her husband.

Eulogy began as a SCAD film school senior thesis project. Martucci wrote the screenplay and chose her producer, director of photography, editor, composer and sound designer, and art director from among her college classmates. She raised money for the film's production through a worldwide fundraising campaign on IndiGoGo.com's website and shot the three-minute film in a single day. For more about the film or to view Martucci's other work, visit her website at http://jenmartucci.wordpress.com

"My film embodies the essence of storytelling, boiled down to its most streamlined form, and I believe that's why it is successful," says Jennifer Martucci.

Martucci's film career began ten years ago when she was part of a home school robotics team for FIRST LEGO League (FLL). Martucci produced a stop-motion video as part of the team's research project. A subsequent video project for FLL utilized "green screen" technology to place a human actor in a research lab. After that, Martucci's career went to the dogs -- she helped produce a music video for OK Go's song "White Knuckles". OK Go is the American alternative rock band from Chicago, famous for their elaborate and quirky music videos showcasing Rube Goldberg contraptions, dynamic physics, and talented trained dogs. "White Knuckles" featured eye-catching tricks by dogs prepared by famous trainers Roland Sonnenburg and Lauren Henry -- and Martucci's sister, Katherine, supplied two of the family's trained dogs and training assistance to the production.

Jennifer Martucci graduated magna cum laude from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in June, 2012, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She double majored in Dramatic Writing and Film & Television with a minor in Creative Writing. Martucci has returned to the Seattle area to work on a novel. She is still an active volunteer for FIRST Robotics programs. Eulogy is screening at the Sacramento Film & Music Festival on Saturday evening, August 18th, 2012.

Hilary Webber, who has worked at several film festivals and was a classmate of Martucci's, says, "Jennifer Martucci's talent with bringing her own written word to screen results in a captivating piece of student work. I know her professors were very impressed with both her written and visual storytelling techniques."

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Note to editors: Eulogy is screening at the Sacramento Film & Music Festival on August 18th. For more about the film or to view Jennifer's other work, visit her website at http://jenmartucci.wordpress.com
Contact: Jennifer Martucci, 206-395-8536, jenmartucci(at)gmail(dot)com

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