Festivals, awards, and production updates

BS Filmworks Begins Production on 2018 Film


This month, BS Filmworks begins pre-production on our latest short film with a working title of "Remembering Us."  This film is co-written by Scott Takeda and Lori Kay Allred.  The two will also co-direct.  Filming will begin in February with shoots around the Denver area.

“Once again we're taking a universal story and putting our own personal spin on it” said Allred. “Our latest film is autobiographical, about a man who suffers from a traumatic brain injury, and how that injury affected his professional and personal life.”

“This is an intensely personal film, with Lori and Scott exploring a very dark time of their lives” said producer Brock Sherman. "This film is also our most ambitious so far.  We're going to be shooting this film over the entire year, to show the passage of time. Time is the only thing that heals a traumatic brain injury, so we will be incorporating that into our story."

1/8/18 UPDATE – Mike Ostroski has agreed to play our film's male lead "Steve Novak." Mike is a working LA actor who is recurring on Nickelodeon's "Henry Danger" as well as Netflix' "Fuller House."  He's represented by TLynn Management in LA.

1/21/18 UPDATE - Veteran TV actor Scott Takeda will again be pulling double-duty, directing and playing the supporting role of Alex. Later in 2018, Takeda will be appearing in the Sundance darling feature film "The Tale" on HBO. He's represented by Metric Talent Management out of LA.

2/6/18 UPDATE - We are thrilled that Dani Payne has signed on to play "Kate Novak," the female lead of our film. She is best known for her guest-starring turn on NBC's "The Night Shift." She also recently appeared on "Graves" for the Epix Network. She is represented by Denver's W-Talent.

2/7/18 UPDATE - We're seeing Minions!  Nev Scharrel of "Despicable Me 3" has joined our cast and will be playing the daughter, Cassidy Novak. She is represented by her managers at Apex Talent Group.

2/12/18 UPDATE - Four additions to our cast and crew. Actress Kathryn Gould of The CW's "Easy Money" will be playing the Dr. Huddleson role. She's repped by Big Fish Talent. And long-time BS Filmworks collaborators Dave Klein (cinematography), Jessica Chynoweth (hair and makeup) and Slade WIlliamson (sound mixing) will be behind camera. 

Script Shop Showcases Lori Kay Allred's Latest Screenplay

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This week, Cincinnati-based radio hosts Allyson West and Jack Crumley are featuring the latest screenplay by BS Filmwork's Lori Kay Allred in their Christmas podcast Script Shop.  Allred's screenplay "Secrets" came to their attention while going through the festival circuit.

"Our show is totally focused on furthering the work of screenwriters," said West. "We loved having Lori on the show, and learning about her background and experiences that lead her to write "Secrets" that we'll hopefully see on the screen in the near future. And it's perfect timing because it's a holiday movie."

West is an award-winning producer director of narrative films who has a BFA in Acting. Crumley is an anchor/reporter for WLW 700AM and is a huge movie buff.  

To listen to the podcast click HERE to go to Script Shop.

Or click HERE to listen in iTunes.

Denver Film Festival Jurors Give "The Outsider" Special Recognition


This week, 303 Magazine released the winners of the 40th Annual Denver Film Festival. The list includes BS Filmworks' latest film "The Outsider," which premiered at the 12-day festival. It won special consideration from the jurors for the "True Grit" Award, given to the best Colorado film.

"This year, the competition was very tight," said festival founder and "True Grit" juror Ron Henderson. "There was a lot of discussion among the jurors about the final three films. 'The Outsider' was one we really loved."

"We're excited," said producer Brock Sherman. "Out of the 20 eligible films, ours was the only short film the jurors selected as a Top-3 finalist. The other films were feature length documentaries, and both had Oscar-winning producers behind them. The winner 'Lilyana' has already won the LA Film Festival and will likely be a front-runner for a 2019 Academy Award nomination."

"I'm surprised and very grateful," said producer Lori Kay Allred. "The two other finalists are amazing films. Simply beautiful documentary storytelling. And I saw so many other nominated films that were stunning, specifically 'Walden: Life In The Woods' starring Oscar-nominated Demian Bichir. I'm honored to be in that company."

Click HERE to read the story on 303 Magazine

Click HERE to read it as a PDF.


Denver Business Journal Highlights BS Filmworks at Denver Film Festival


This week, Denver Business Journal reporter Ed Sealover chatted with BS Filmworks producers Lori Kay Allred and Scott Takeda during a screening of their latest film "The Outsider" at the 40th Annual Denver Film Festival. 

His focus was to see how this festival helps Colorado filmmakers get publicity, funding, and distribution for current and future films. 

Click HERE to read the article on Denver Business Journal.  (May require a subscription)

Click HERE to read it on a PDF.

Three Sold-Out Screenings At Denver Film Festival

 Mike Ostroski, Scott Takeda, Lori Kay Allred, Brock Sherman and Kate Cook on the red carpet of the premiere of "The Outsider" at the 40th Annual Denver Film Festival. (photo by Cyrus McCrimmon)

Mike Ostroski, Scott Takeda, Lori Kay Allred, Brock Sherman and Kate Cook on the red carpet of the premiere of "The Outsider" at the 40th Annual Denver Film Festival. (photo by Cyrus McCrimmon)

This week, BS Filmworks is celebrating three sold-out screenings of our latest film "The Outsider" at the Denver Film Festival. When the schedule was first announced, the festival assigned two screenings to our film, which was part of a block of 10 Colorado short films. However when the first screening sold out within hours, the festival quickly added a third one.

"I think I might be responsible for the first sell-out," said writer-director Scott Takeda. "Our film heavily features my family which numbers more than one hundred, and I think many of them purchased the bulk load of the theater's 140 seats for the Sunday screening."

"I'm most excited that our film seems to be affecting people," said producer Lori Kay Allred. "Obviously we had a lot of supporters during the first screening, however countless people have approached me after the second and third screenings. Many are in tears and excitedly talking about how our film has touched them. And I just talked with festival founder Ron Henderson at the filmmaker lounge, and he told me how much he enjoyed our film."

The cast and producers of "The Outsider" also walked the red carpet during the festival. Lead actress Kate Cook flew in from Los Angeles along with fellow cast member Mike Ostroski who found an opening in his schedule between shoots for ABC's "Black-ish" and his recurring role on Nickelodeon's "Henry Danger." They joined BS Filmworks' Brock Sherman, Allred and Takeda, along with other LA dignitaries including Kyra Sedgwick, Bill Pullman, and Aaron Sorkin.