First off is "My Left Hand Man" directed by Antonia Bogdanovich who is an avid reader of this blog and whose film has made some major strides at numerous film festivals across the country. We had a chance to watch the film and then had an amicable exchange with Antonia which I will remit to the best of my ability.
For the uninitiated (I believe there may be many, but soon there won't be), the film deals with Samuel, a young man, whose Shakespeare fanatic/alcoholic father forces him to recite Shakespeare in the streets while his older brother Beckett pickpockets. However, Samuel dreams of being freed from this life. Everything goes awry for Samuel and his family when Sam's father neglects to pay off some people he owes money to. This escalates in a Shakespearean climax if there ever was one. I'll let you use your imagination to figure out that one.
The film has been a pretty big success at the festival circuit where it has been/will be screened at the : Memphis International Film and Music Fest, West Chester FF (nominated for Best Female Filmmaker), Bootleg Film Festival, and Madrid International Film Festival (several nominations for the film). It recently won the New Jersey Film Festival for Short film.
According to Antonia, there are already plans to expand the film into a feature (which is certainly what I felt was the next step after watching the film) and a first draft has already been written. For obvious reasons, we won't go much into details about what the plans for the feature are, but it certainly makes for a film to keep an eye on when it is made and released.