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Channel 2: BS Filmworks Makes Film About TBI and Medical Cannabis

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This week, co-directors Lori Kay Allred and Scott Takeda visited the news set of Channel 2 News and talked to entertainment reporter Chris Parente about their latest film “Remembering Us.

They said the film shows how injury happened and delves into Takeda’s last-ditch decision to try medical cannabis to treat the debilitating symptoms. They also joked how Parente was going to help them get into Sundance Film Festival. Click below to see the interview.

February Updates For BS Filmworks

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Three quick updates. First, we’re popping the champagne for our 2017 short film The Outsiderafter learning the 25th Annual Sedona International Film Festival named it an official selection. This nine-day festival is a regular stop for many top independent films. This year, Sedona’s program includes Oscar-nominated films “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Cold War.” Director Scott Takeda and producer Lori Allred will attend the two screenings later this month.

BS Filmworks director Scott Takeda walks the carpet of Netflix’ “Velvet Buzzsaw” with actor Kristen Rakes and “Remembering Us” lead actor Mike Ostroski.

BS Filmworks director Scott Takeda walks the carpet of Netflix’ “Velvet Buzzsaw” with actor Kristen Rakes and “Remembering Us” lead actor Mike Ostroski.

Second, Takeda also recently attended the Hollywood screening of Netflix’ Velvet Buzzsaw at the Egyptian Theatre. He was a guest of Remembering Uslead actor Mike Ostroski and frequent BS Filmworks actor Kristen Rakes. Both costar in the film opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and John Malkovich. The film just premiered at Sundance and is directed by the Oscar-nominated Dan Gilroy.

And third, Ostroski appears this weekend in a Super Bowl commercial for Pampers. He plays a backup singing dad to John Legend and Adam Levine. Ostroski is in the back row, third from the left. Congrats Mike!

New Year Updates for "Remembering Us"

Lead actors Nev Scharrel and Dani Payne run lines during a tech rehearsal before bringing our infant actor on set.

Lead actors Nev Scharrel and Dani Payne run lines during a tech rehearsal before bringing our infant actor on set.

The champagne bubbles have barely settled, and yet BS Filmworks is already turning it attention to a final pickup shoot and post production for the 30-minute autobiographical film “Remembering Us.”

“We actually got a little snow on the ground, so we’re shooting today,” said producer Annie Schlax. “Happy New Year to us! We have our lead actor Mike Ostroski flying in from LA and I’ve done all of our SAG-AFTRA paperwork so we can be doing some exterior pickup shots that we weren’t able to capture in December. After these shots, we are wrapped on principal photography.”

This month, co-directors Lori Kay Allred and Scott Takeda are working with Emmy-winning composer Jerome Gilmer on the original music. Zlatko Makic is working on the audio edit. producer-editor Brock Sherman is tweaking the final cut, and colorist Matt Small is working on the initial color.

“Our goal is to be ready for entering Oscar-qualifiying festivals by Spring,” said Schlax. “We’ve got a good jump on things, and I’m excited to see the final product.”

CBS-4: "Turning Pain Into Art - Colorado Film Takes On Brain Injury Issues"

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This week, CBS-4 reporter Shawn Chitnis interviewed co-directors Lori Kay Allred and Scott Takeda in his coverage of their latest film “Remembering Us.”

Chitnis’ focus was how the husband-wife team willing to reveal a painful part of their life to bring awareness to brain injuries and to help others.

“This is our third major interview in a month,” said producer Brock Sherman. “We are feeling like we have a film that people are going to want to see.”

Click HERE to view the article on CBS-4 Denver.


Winter Updates For "Remembering Us"

Lead actor Dani Payne (Kate Novak) hangs out with infant actor Avery Vandenberg (Chloe Novak) as the crew adjusts for a camera move.

Lead actor Dani Payne (Kate Novak) hangs out with infant actor Avery Vandenberg (Chloe Novak) as the crew adjusts for a camera move.

Snow is on the ground as our BS Filmworks team gets ready for its fifth and final shoot for the 30-minute film “Remembering Us.”

“This winter shoot brings us to a full year after our main character Steve Novak suffers his traumatic brain injury,” said producer Brock Sherman. “Time wise, we’re ending where we started, however this time, the Novak Family is in a very different place. We are exploring the family’s ‘new normal.’”

Joining the BS Filmworks team is John Sayles who will be filling in as sound mixer for this December shoot. Eight-time Emmy-winner Jerome Gilmer also comes aboard as music composer.

The cast will be our principal leads for the film: Mike Ostroski (who just booked Netflix’ “Euphoria”), Dani Payne (who just booked the indie film “The Short History of the Long Road”) and Nev Scharrel (fresh off her recurring run on FOX’s “9-1-1”). Joining them again will be infant actors Morrigan McLynn and Avery Vandenberg. Both return as the youngest member of the Novak family.