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Love, Loss and a Happy New Year

In 2013, our regular readers, flung far and wide though you may be, became accustomed to our posts, three times a week. All of that came to a grinding halt last Spring, when I lost someone extremely important to me.

Alan Sharp was a brilliant Hollywood screenwriter, my father’s best friend, and he was one hell of a man. I greatly admired him, and I loved him too. He was a big influence on me, and when I got news of his passing, my writing – and not just my writing – everything – came to a grinding halt.

We decided we would not post again at Ardent until we posted a piece about him. A tribute, in memoriam, whatever form it may take, we wouldn’t post again about our work, independent film, artists we admire, et cetera, until we wrote about him.
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Back to BIFF 2011!

The Danger of Secrets

This time next week Ardent Pictures will be back at the Beloit International Film Festival for 4 great days of movies, movie lovers and talking shop – and we’re really looking forward to it. Continue Reading →

Working with Massive Travesty on Joan & Jonas

As preparations for our next feature continue, we also thought it was important to work on some shorts locally.

Lucas Madigan did some nice work in his short film Bloor Street Cinema, and we thought we could help some with his next film Joan & Jonas, also written and directed by Lucas.

It navigated through post in September and we are delighted that the Beloit International Film Festival has invited the film to play the fest February 17-20th.

Also, another Ardent short written by myself and directed by Christopher, The Danger of Secrets has been invited to play the festival as well.

It was a pleasure working with Lucas, who is currently hard at work on his documentary feature about comic writer-performer Greg Thomey of This Hour Has 22 Minutes fame.

As a Second City alumnus and an admirer of Thomey’s work in comedy and in the drama The Boys of Saint Vincent, personally I can’t wait to see it.