May I…

…toot my horn a little? Since I don’t have hordes of fans (yet) to do it for me, I’ll just have to promote myself, knowwhaddimean? I’m sure once people make money off of me, that’ll change…at least I hope so!

Oh, did bitter Pia just slip out? Ohhh, or is it self doubt rearing its ugly head again?

But really, I SHOULD pat myself on the shoulder a little! Since this is a first for me, here it goes:

This is the first time that I have one project – a short film I wrote, directed and acted in, “Things We Dig” – in film festivals…

…another project – a screenplay I wrote, “Parcopresis” – in screenwriting competitions, mostly during film festivals…

…AND a third project – a short film I wrote, will direct and act in (universe willing..!) ‘The Test‘ – in pre-production and about to be filmed!

Talk about feeling just a teensy bit productive!

But you know me…never satisfied and never resting long on my laurels. It still irks me that my “painting phase” hasn’t come back yet since the pandemic hit. Le Sigh.

So, for those who give a damn, here’s the latest roundup and info on previously mentioned projects:

I just found out that my horror short script “Parcopresis” has been selected as a Screenplay Finalist for the Die Laughing Film Festival, which runs from May 28-29,2021 in Hollywood. Details are still being worked out. This one seems to be having a really good run right now! I actually had to fill out my profile on Coverfly (it’s a writer’s thing I wasn’t aware of until recently). So, Yay! Somebody wanna produce it? I can’t share the whole thing here, but this is the logline: When a quick trip to the restroom turns into your worst nightmare.”

THAT should give you an idea, haha!

Film Festival news for ‘Things We Dig’:

We just got selected for the End of Days Film Festival in Orlando, Florida. No screenings for this one due to the ongoing pandemic, but we are a Finalist for an award…I just don’t know yet which one! Official award winners will be announced via their Facebook page on May 15th, 2021. Crossing fingers!

The Night Terrors Film Festival in Denmark has been postponed a few times due to Covid19, but so far, it seems to still be on for May 13th (Aarhus) and May 14th (Copenhagen) with in-person screenings. Again, fingers crossed! The line up for their film selection is here. This will be our Denmark Premiere!

Update 5/6/2021: Just got the news the festival is happening as planned on May 13th and 14th – in person! Woohoo!

I’m not gonna say much about ‘The Test‘ because I’m superstitious and learned my lesson talking about my last project before we filmed it! So, in the meantime, you can ‘like’ its Facebook page, which will probably be the only social media source beside my blog. Hopefuly more updates with great news soon! Again, fingers friggin’ crossed!!!

Ok, that’s it for the latest news for this so far very exciting Spring/early Summer 2021! Cheers!

Immortaly yours,

Pia de los Muertos

Awards and nominations…oh myyy!

No, I’m not talking about the Golden Globes or Academy Awards…

Writing noms, acting awards.. pshaw… I never really cared about any of it before, but now that I’ve been nominated here and there, I’m suddenly very interested, lol!

I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that a short screenplay I wrote, “Parcopresis“, made it into the 2021 Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition! It is in the top 15% out of 952 submissions! Still pinching myself and yet, I’m daring to cross my fingers for the semi-finals in March.

Congratulations to all the other quarter-finalists and thank you Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition and your impressive (and a little intimidating) panel of judges!

To see the list of all the quarterfinalists, check out Killer Short’s website here.

And then there were the Hollywood Blood Horror Festival announcements earlier in January!

Big congratulations to our littlest vamp Morgan Marlow for winning Best Child/Young Actress! So deserved! You SLAYED it! Literally!

And finally, I’m beyond honored and thrilled to share Best Acting Duo with my co-star Jenn Larson! Looks like our bloody red wine-soaked rehearsals and improv sessions paid off! Thank you Hollywood Blood Horror Festival for our “Things We Dig” awards!

Huzzah!!! πŸΎπŸ§›β€β™€οΈπŸŽ‰

Here we go again…

New Year, new project!

So….over the holidays I cranked out another short film script and THIS ONE I can do! (As opposed to some of my other scripts that would be too complicated and costly to shoot these pandemic days).

Yay, so excited! It’ll be short and fun, down and dirty – a dark comedy of course! I’m assembling cast and crew as I’m typing this! Hoping to film it end of spring…depending on Covid and safety rules, of course!

It’s funny…this was totally not planned … it just happened, I swear! Surprise!

I guess I’m pregnant with another film baby! My third. Due sometime later this year!

Stay tuned as this story develops! (ok, couldn’t help myself…just feeling giddy…must be filmmaker hormones!)