2005 alumnae produce first 'ultra-low budget' film ever to be Green Seal certified, and only Independent of 2010
At an award ceremony in Los Angeles this past October, Moving Picture Party's first feature film, "Theodore is Dying," became the only movie made outside of the studio system certified with the Green Seal from the Environmental Media Association in 2010. It's also the first ultra low budget film ever to be awarded this recognition.
The feature was shot this past February and March in Scranton, Penn. and is currently in post-production. The $35,000 film was made as part of a masters program at the University of Central Florida that focuses specifically on Entrepreneurial Digital Filmmaking, and was financed solely through business partnerships and fundraising by the filmmakers.
The team from Moving Picture Party, including producer Allie Kenyon, writer/director Ryan Ceri Pomeranz, and Environmental Impact Coordinator Becca Kenyon said they were amazed when they saw the video that shows their ultra-low budget indie flick included in a list of more than 30 studio films with titles such as The Social Network, Black Swan and 127 Hours.
Travel costs had prohibited the filmmakers from being physically able to make it to the Los Angeles ceremony (the Kenyons live in Orlando, while Pomeranz is a recent New York transplant).
Despite their current location in Orlando, Fla., producers Allie Kenyon and Becca Kenyon are no strangers to the freezing conditions of the Northeast in winter. Both are 2005 alumnae of Syracuse's Fayetteville-Manlius High School, where they credit F-M's arts and broadcast programs for fostering their interest in film.