"Good Behavior" Named 2014 Best Short Film at the Temecula Valley Film and Music Festival

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Good Behavior, a short film by writer/director Clark Kohanek, was named 2014 Best Short Film at the 18th annual Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival. Accepting on behalf of Mr. Kohanek were his production team, Stephen Butchko and Deirdre Lyons, who also star in the film.

'I'm drawn to stories about hope and self-worth,' said Clark Kohanek. 'Characters whose self-destructive ways and acidic exteriors hide a raw beauty, an aspect of a forgotten nobility. I wrote Good Beehavior to explore two such characters, Onica and Buck.'

Good Behavior is the story of parole officer Onica Morris, who has been assigned to look after the welfare and re-integration of parolee, Buck Tibbet. Unbeknownst to Buck, this will be Onica's final visit; a visit that neither of them are prepared for. Good Behavior premiered at the Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival. It received the Award of Merit from the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood and also screened at the California International Shorts Festival and the SoCal Film Festival.

Outside of Good Behavior, Clark Kohanek is a freelance illustrator, storyboard artist and commercial director. Clark has worked with Oscar Award winning actor, writer and director – Tim Robbins– on his feature film “The Heretic” and Showtimes “Possible Side Effects.” In 2005 Clarks horror/comedy The Undertakers was a Nicholl Fellowship Quarter Finalist. Clark has just completed a trilogy of screenplays called The Blood of Angels that deal with secret societies who hide the identities of fallen angels. He was hired by John McAfee, the security software guru, to write the original screenplay version of his life story. He currently has a feature film "Contained" under development. Clark works and lives in Portland, Oregon, though he travels frequently, teaching visual storytelling and screenwriting workshops at various writing conferences throughout the year.

The production team, Stephen Butchko and Deirdre Lyons first produced and performed together in LA's theatrical premiere of “Escher's Hands." They then moved into cinema, producing and performing in the award-winning short film “Katrina,” which has toured the world via the film festival circuit, as well as the television/web-series “The Fantasy State.” Both continue their work in Los Angeles, choosing provocative independent productions in which to showcase their talents while continuing to pursue more mainstream outlets for their abilities.

The Temecula Valley International Film and Music festival began September of 1995 and held every September since; a celebration of Film and Music. It is open to US and Foreign films in five categories: Full Length Features, Shorts, Documentaries, Animation and Student Films. The festival was on hiatus after 2011 and returned in 2014, where it honored film and television director Joseph Sargent as well as musician Alan Parsons with a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Scott Page, saxophonist for Pink Floyd. With over 2,700 submissions to the festival, Good Behavior Won Best Short Film amongst 32 other award winning and excellent short films.

The trio plans to team up next on a feature film, currently entitled "Broad Shoulders," loosely based on the Native American legend of the same name, "Broad Shoulders" is set in a small town in the Pacific Northwest, this gritty crime drama explores life on the other side of the tracks. Interweaving themes of family, betrayal, drug addiction and the difficult choices that come from living life on the edge of right and wrong.

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