The red carpet is being rolled out for a local film. “Calvin” is an official selection at the 2010 San Diego Black Film Festival, January 28 through 31.

The film was written and directed by Portland, Oregon resident Charles Gould and co-directed by Tyler Benjamin. Nikia Furman, of Camas, Washington, was the Director of Photography for “Calvin.” In addition, post production services, including editing, effects, sound and graphics, were completed at Furman’s studio in Camas.

Being chosen as an official selection of the San Diego Black Film Festival is a real honor because it’s one of the top three African American film festivals in the country. In addition, “Calvin” is one of only four films accepted this year in the music video category.

The five minute film looks through the eyes of 11-year-old Calvin at the helplessness and hopelessness that domestic violence inflicts on children. The English alternative rock band Radio Head licensed their song titled “Nude” for use in the film.

Speakers at this years festival will include Danny Gluver and Spike Lee. “Calvin” screens at the festival during the 3:00 PM set on Saturday, January 30. The red carpet reception will be held January 29 at 5:30 PM.

“Calvin” was also an awarding winning short film at the 2009 Washougal Film Festival in Washougal, Washington. The majority of filming was shot in Portland with one key scene shot on Prune Hill in Camas.

Several other films are either in production or post production at Furman Pictures, LLC, including a feature length film written by Furman. Although narrative film is Furman’s passion, his production company, Furman Pictures, LLC, works with a variety of clients, providing production and post production services for film, television and corporate video.

Furman spent much of 2009 working for AMP Studios on an outdoor sports documentary series called Beyond Adventure. As Associate Producer for the series, Furman traveled to many iconic locations including Zion National Park, Death Valley, Yosemite and Patagonia. Beyond adventure currently airs on the Hope Channel, available via Direct TV.

Projects for the New Year

The new year is starting out at high speed for Furman Pictures, LLC.

Frames from "Butterflies" story board

Frames from "Butterflies" story board

Currently, post production on “Butterflies”, is underway. The script, storyboard and raw footage of “Butterflies” are coming together to create a rough edit. In addition to providing post production services, Nikia Furman was the Director of Photography for the film. “Butterflies” is a short story about resilience, written and directed by Charles Gould.

Next week, Furman will visit Walla Walla University to hold a presentation on cinematography for students.

In early February, Furman will write the script for Mountain Leadership Institute’s documentary of a journey to Nepal’s Island Peak and the story of need that developed from their adventure. Furman will be working with editor Jon Fessler and MLI Executive Director, Les Zollbrecht.