"There are some true cinematic gems in the secret world of short form moviemaking. One of those gems is The Pond … A deep and heartwarming film, it achieves in 20 minutes what many films fail to do in two hours."   -

 
SYNOPSIS
A heartbroken young woman (Alicia Witt) sets about scattering her husband's ashes on the pond in an apple orchard they both loved. But the waters of the pond hold a secret, and when a stranger (David Morse) appears unexpectedly, the very fabric of reality is ripped apart and she must choose between sacrifice and oblivion.

THE POND, an award-winning short film, marks the directorial debut from Dan Hannon and stars Alicia Witt (NBC's "Friday Night Lights," 88 MINUTES, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER), David Morse (HBO's "Treme," THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL).

Watch it on ShortsTV, iTunes and Amazon.

 
LATEST NEWS
THE POND Releases on Amazon

October 11, 2013 – Award-winning narrative short film THE POND officially released this month on Amazon Instant Video, joining last year’s exclusive digital release on iTunes.  The launch was once again orchestrated by the film’s London-based distributor Shorts International.

Amazon Instant Video is an Internet video on demand service offered by Amazon.com that allows viewers to watch digital movies in their living room, online and on the go.  Amazon Instant Video is compatible with hundreds of HDTVs, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, and gaming consoles that connect to the Internet.  Amazon Instant Video can also be watched on any internet-connected computer or laptop.  Tablets like the Kindle Fire HD and Apple iPad, along with the Apple iPhone and iPod touch give viewers maximum convenience, allowing them to watch Amazon Instant Video wherever they go, whether in the bedroom, at a hotel, or on the road (or in the air!).

About the Film:

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The film represents screenwriter Dan Hannon’s directorial debut and features the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), David Morse (HBO’s “Treme,” THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL).  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

About Shorts International:

Shorts International Ltd, headquartered in London with its US head office in Los Angeles, is the world's leading short movie entertainment company with the world's largest catalogue dedicated to short movies. They bring the best short movies to audiences in the United States, Europe and Asia whether they are in movie theaters, watching cable television, using their iPads or online.  Since 2006, Shorts International has produced the OSCAR® Nominated Short Film theatrical release, distributing it to cinemas across North America and Europe with its special global media partners. In 2008, Shorts International became one of the earliest iTunes movie partners, bringing hundreds of the world’s best independent shorts to the iTunes audience, years before the iTunes Movie Store launched. The films are now available in 54 countries worldwide.

Click here to watch THE POND on Amazon Instant Video.

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International TV Premiere of Narrative Short THE POND

February 5, 2013 – Award-winning narrative short film THE POND will have its international television debut tonight just after midnight CET on the ShortsTV network.  ShortsTV is the first high definition channel dedicated to short movies and is available in the Netherlands on UPC; in France and Luxembourg on Numericable; and in Belgium on Telenet and Numericable.

About the Film:

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The film represents screenwriter Dan Hannon’s directorial debut and features the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), David Morse (HBO’s “Treme,” THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL).  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

About ShortsTV:

ShortsTV is the global home to short film, where short stories come to life in stunning high definition. Available across the USA and Europe, the channel brings audiences captivating contemporary short form content from filmmakers across six continents.  Following unprecedented growth in the demand for short films, it is now available to 40 million homes and is successfully entertaining over 11 million subscribers.

ShortsTV is a world-leading short film media group, designed with movie enthusiasts and experimental ‘lean forward’ viewers in mind.  Combining cutting edge short films with new spectacular HD technology, audiences of all ages can expand their viewing pleasure from the comforts of their own home, or on the move through mobile devices. ShortsTV obtains only high quality live action, animation, and documentary movies from the world’s most famous film festivals and independent suppliers. Through the acquisition of these films, the channel offers professional short filmmakers an unparalleled commercial medium to develop their careers. 

ShortsTV is owned and operated by Shorts International Ltd, headquartered in London with its US head office in Los Angeles. Since 2006, Shorts International has produced the OSCAR® Nominated Short Film theatrical release, distributing it to cinemas across North America and Europe with its special global media partners. In 2008, Shorts International became one of the earliest iTunes movie partners, bringing hundreds of the world’s best independent shorts to the iTunes audience, years before the iTunes Movie Store launched. The films are now available in 54 countries worldwide.

To learn more about ShortsTV Europe, visit http://eu.shorts.tv.

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THE POND Officially Launches on iTunes

June 1, 2012 – Award-winning narrative short film THE POND officially launched today on iTunes, Apple’s mega-successful and multi-platform media store and player.  The film is now available to download in either high-definition or standard definition, and will eventually be available in 56 countries worldwide.

The launch was orchestrated by the film’s London-based distributor Shorts International, one of iTunes’ earliest movie partners who brought hundreds of the world’s best independent shorts to their audience years before the iTunes Movie Store was established.

“The film’s had a wild, two-year festival run, a limited theatrical release, and its debut on television.  And now, we get to see it launching out to the rest of the world,” said the film’s writer and director Dan Hannon.  “What an amazing ride it’s been,” he added.

THE POND world-premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and has picked up numerous awards and honorable mentions along the way ever since.  The moving and surprising story follows a young woman distraught over the death of her husband as she sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents Hannon’s directorial debut.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), David Morse (HBO’s “Treme,” THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL).  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

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Narrative Short THE POND Wraps Up Festival Run with NY Premiere

May 25, 2012 – Award-winning narrative short film THE POND is set to wrap up its formal screening run next week as an official selection of the NewFilmmakers Series at the famous Anthology Film Archives in New York City. The film screens on Wednesday, May 30 at 7:15 PM at the Archives, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan at 32 Second Avenue.

The NewFilmmakers Series began 14 years ago to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, and is now New York City’s oldest and leading screening series. In 2002, organizers also started the highly successful NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, currently held throughout each year at the Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood. Without sacrificing its original mission, NewFilmmakers has grown itself into an internationally-recognized screening series and has now screened over 600 features and 2,000 short films. Many well-known films have debuted and been discovered at NewFilmmakers.

“It’s an honor to have the film recognized in this very cool screening series for new filmmakers,” said the film’s writer and director Dan Hannon. “The film’s had an amazing run, and what better place to wrap it up than in one of the best venues in New York City,” he added.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared. The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents Hannon’s directorial debut.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), David Morse (HBO’s “Treme,” THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL). The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

THE POND world-premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and has won the Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the 2010 Rhode Island International Film Festival, recognizing outstanding achievement in a directorial debut, and the Best Dramatic Short Award at the 2010 New Hampshire Film Festival. The film also recently received Finalist status at the 2011 USA Film Festival, an Honorable Mention at the 2011 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, and a 2011 Maverick Movie Award Nomination.

THE POND is currently airing on ShortsHD – The Short Movie Channel, and officially launches on iTunes on June 1, 2012.

To learn more about the NewFilmmaker Series, visit www.newfilmmakers.com and/or www.newfilmmakersla.com.

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Narrative Short THE POND Returns to the Big Screen for its Boston Premiere

March 16, 2012 – Award-winning narrative short film THE POND returns to the big screen for its Boston premiere as an official selection of the Boston International Film Festival, taking place April 13-22.  The film screens on Thursday, April 19 at 9 PM in the AMC Loews Theatres, located across from the Boston Common at 175 Tremont Street.

The Boston International Film Festival encourages and supports independent filmmakers from around the world, bringing to Boston a dazzling array of both short and feature length films from a select group of directors.  The festival strives to promote understanding of diverse cultures by displaying the passions and unique vision of these filmmakers, and promises to both entertain and educate the viewers.

“I’m extremely excited to bring the film back to New England,” said the film’s writer and director Dan Hannon.  Hannon, along with the film’s stars Alicia Witt and David Morse, its producer Francine (DiChiara) Coughlin, and many others involved in the production are Massachusetts natives.  “It’ll be a fun homecoming,” he added.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents Hannon’s directorial debut.

THE POND world-premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and has won the Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the 2010 Rhode Island International Film Festival, recognizing outstanding achievement in a directorial debut, and the Best Dramatic Short Award at the 2010 New Hampshire Film Festival.  The film also recently received Finalist status at the 2011 USA Film Festival, an Honorable Mention at the 2011 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, and a 2011 Maverick Movie Award Nomination.

THE POND is currently airing on ShortsHD – The Short Movie Channel, and is being distributed by Shorts International Ltd. and Shorts Entertainment Networks Inc.

To learn more about the Boston International Film Festival, visit www.bifilmfestival.com.

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Television Premiere of Narrative Short THE POND

January 20, 2012 – Award-winning narrative short film THE POND will have its domestic television debut this coming Monday, January 23 at 8 PM PST / 11 PM EST on the ShortsHD™ network. ShortsHD™ is the first high definition channel dedicated to short movies, available on DIRECTV (Channel 568) and AT&T U-Verse (Channel 1789).

"We're thrilled to debut THE POND on ShortsHD TV," said Linda “O.” Olszewski, Shorts International's and ShortsHD’s Vice-President of Global Acquisitions.  "I was immediately attracted to this fantastical love story set in the modern day ‘Garden of Eden’ and believe our viewers are in for a treat.  It’s a powerful piece of filmmaking with soulful performances by Alicia Witt and David Morse,” she added.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The film represents screenwriter Dan Hannon’s directorial debut and features the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), David Morse (HBO’s “Treme,” THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL).  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

ABOUT SHORTSHD
ShortsHD™ is the first high definition channel dedicated to short movies and is available on DIRECTV (Channel 568), and AT&T U-Verse (Channel 1789). ShortsHD™ is operated by Shorts International, the world’s leading short movie entertainment company with the world’s largest movie catalogue dedicated to short movies. Shorts International also operates ShortsTV™, which is available in France, Belgium and Luxembourg on Numericable (Channels 134 and 52) and in Turkey via TTNET's Tivibu service. Shorts™ is the short movie on-demand service available on iTunes movie stores in the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe. The company is headquartered in London, England with additional offices in Paris and Los Angeles and is led by Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive. Shorts International is owned by Shorts Entertainment Holdings and Liberty Global Ventures.

To learn more about ShortsHD™, visit www.shorts.tv.

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Alaska Premiere of Narrative Short THE POND at the Anchorage International Film Festival

November 15, 2011 – Award-winning narrative short film THE POND will have its Alaska premiere as an official selection of the Anchorage International Film Festival, taking place December 2-11 in downtown Anchorage.  The film screens first on Saturday, December 3 at 8 PM in the Alaska Experience Theater, located at 333 West 4th Avenue, and then again on Sunday, December 4 at 1 PM in the same venue.

As North America’s northernmost independent film festival, the Anchorage International Film Festival now enters its 11th year of bringing movie-goers out of the cold and into the illuminating worlds of filmmakers from around the globe. By bringing filmmakers from all parts of the country and world to Alaska, AIFF wants artists to connect with people they might not otherwise meet, and engage audiences in workshops, screenings, and plenty of celebratory parties. AIFF not only proudly supports new media and independent film making in Alaska, it also continues to play a part in expanding film screening and production opportunities throughout the state.

“I’m extremely excited to have the film in competition at Anchorage,” said the film’s writer and director Dan Hannon.  “The festival’s catchphrase is ‘Films worth freezing for’ and I’d like to thank the programmers and staff for selecting ‘The Pond’ as one of them!” he added.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents Hannon’s directorial debut.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), David Morse (HBO’s “Treme,” THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL).  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

THE POND world-premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and has won the Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the 2010 Rhode Island International Film Festival, recognizing outstanding achievement in a directorial debut, and the Best Dramatic Short Award at the 2010 New Hampshire Film Festival.  The film also recently received Finalist status at the 2011 USA Film Festival, an Honorable Mention at the 2011 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, and a 2011 Maverick Movie Award Nomination.

To learn more about the Anchorage International Film Festival, visit www.anchoragefilmfestival.org

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Two November Premieres for Narrative Short THE POND

October 25, 2011 – Award-winning narrative short film THE POND will add two exciting premieres to its repertoire next week.  On November 4, the film will simultaneously have its Southeast US premiere as an official selection of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and its UK premiere as an official selection of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), founded in 1986, kicked off its 26th festival on October 21 and runs through November 11.  Dedicated to foreign and independent film, FLIFF annually showcases over 200 films from over 35 countries and prides itself as being a friendly, non-pretentious festival where access to filmmakers is basically unfiltered.  FLIFF takes programming throughout South Florida, including The Weston Foreign Film Series, The Bay Harbor Islands Family Festival, and The Hollywood Arts Park screenings, among other satellite operations.  FLIFF also tours the state of Florida and Grand Bahama Island, partnering with The Daytona Beach Film Festival, The St Augustine Film Festival, The Amelia Island Film Festival, and FLIFF On-Location Grand Bahama Island.

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF), taking place November 3-6 in 15 distinct venues across historic York, is a celebration of independent film from across the world, created as an outlet to support and champion short filmmaking.  ASFF is hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, an internationally recognized brand with a combined online and print audience of over 100,000 worldwide.  Aesthetica is a respected voice in visual art, film, music and performance and is stocked through WH Smiths nationally, major galleries including Tate Modern, ICA and the Serpentine, as well as being exported to 18 countries worldwide.

“It is so cool to have the ‘The Pond’ screening at two such unique festivals,” said the film’s writer and director Dan Hannon.  “Fort Lauderdale is such a longtime staple of the circuit, and for great reasons – the program, the team, the venues, the locations, the vibe … all incredible.  And Aesthetica is this vibrant new fest blasting onto the scene, born from the super hip world of Aesthetica Magazine and its massive audience.  I’m extremely thankful to have the opportunity of screening the film at both of them!” he added.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents Hannon’s directorial debut.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), David Morse (HBO’s “Treme,” THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL).  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara and cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin.

THE POND world-premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and has won the Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the 2010 Rhode Island International Film Festival, recognizing outstanding achievement in a directorial debut, and the Best Dramatic Short Award at the 2010 New Hampshire Film Festival.  The film also recently received Finalist status at the 2011 USA Film Festival, an Honorable Mention at the 2011 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, and a 2011 Maverick Movie Award Nomination.

To learn more about the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, visit www.fliff.com.

To learn more about the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, visit www.asff.co.uk.

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Pacific Northwest Premiere of Narrative Short THE POND at the BendFilm Festival

September 27, 2011 – Award-winning narrative short film THE POND will have its Pacific Northwest Premiere as an official selection of the BendFilm Festival, taking place October 6-9 in Bend, Oregon.  The film screens first on Friday, October 7 at 9:45 PM in the Old St. Francis Theater, and then again on Sunday, October 9 at 4 PM in The Sisters Movie House.

The BendFilm Festival, heading into its 8th season, has proven to be a key champion of independent film by providing support through education, recognition, respect and reward for film enthusiasts ages 5 and up.  The annual festival now draws over 10,000 attendees to connect with international films and filmmakers in an environment that honors the essential craft of filmmaking. Young and old are invited to share the magic of this marathon of screenings, panel discussions, performances and spirited parties; and each year, BendFilm proudly introduces new educational programs to nurture the art of filmmaking for future generations.

“I’m honored to have the film’s Pacific Northwest premiere at BendFilm,” said the film’s writer and director Dan Hannon.  “I’ve heard great things about the fest and its organizers from other filmmakers, and you gotta admit what they do to foster future work is fantastic” he added.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents Hannon’s directorial debut.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), David Morse (HBO’s “Treme,” THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL).  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara and cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin.

THE POND world-premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and has won the Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the 2010 Rhode Island International Film Festival, recognizing outstanding achievement in a directorial debut, and the Best Dramatic Short Award at the 2010 New Hampshire Film Festival.  The film also recently received Finalist status at the 2011 USA Film Festival, an Honorable Mention at the 2011 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, and a 2011 Maverick Movie Award Nomination.

To learn more about the BendFilm Festival, visit www.bendfilm.org.

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Narrative Short THE POND Selected for Theatrical Release

September 19, 2011 – Award-winning narrative short film THE POND has been selected to join Shorts International’s theatrical release, dubbed “ShortsHD At The Movies.”  The exclusive program consists of 13 shorts and will show on September 20, 21 and 22 at CGV Cinemas, located at 621 South Western Avenue in Los Angeles, California.

“This is such an amazing opportunity,” beamed the film’s writer and director Dan Hannon.  “I can’t even begin to express how excited I am to be part of this release.  I’ll always be grateful to the team at Shorts International for holding the film in such high regard” he added.

Shorts International is the world's leading short movie entertainment company, functioning as distributor, broadcaster and producer, and represents every genre across multiple platforms.  The company’s movies include past Oscar® winners and nominees, festival favorites and revered classics.  Through their theatrical distribution efforts, Shorts International brings the annual theatrical release of The Oscar® Nominated Short Films to theatres across the US and Canada.  The event is now a firm fixture in the release schedules and in 2011 grossed over $1.3 million at the US box office.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents Hannon’s directorial debut.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), David Morse (HBO’s “Treme,” THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL).  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

THE POND world-premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and has won the Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the 2010 Rhode Island International Film Festival, recognizing outstanding achievement in a directorial debut, and the Best Dramatic Short Award at the 2010 New Hampshire Film Festival.  The film also recently received Finalist status at the 2011 USA Film Festival, an Honorable Mention at the 2011 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, and a 2011 Maverick Movie Award Nomination.

To learn more about Shorts International, visit www.shortsinternational.com.  To learn more about Shorts International’s ShortsHD™, the first high definition channel dedicated to short films, visit www.shortshd.com.

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Narrative Short THE POND Returns to Eastern Europe at the Kiev International Film Festival

September 15, 2011 – Award-winning narrative short film THE POND will return to Eastern Europe as an official selection of the Kiev International Film Festival, taking place September 17-22 in the Ukraine capitol of Kiev.  The film screens on Sunday, September 18 and joins an exclusive competition program consisting of eight features and 30 short films from all over the world that were produced from 2010-2011 and have an outstanding musical component.

The synergy of cinematography and music is the essential element of the 2011 Kiev International Film Festival.  The competition program, as well as the special non-competition program "Music in the Cinema," is especially set up in a way to show the huge versatility of the musical influence on the cinema and to underline the unsurpassed skills of film composers.  The festival also includes performances of Ukrainian and foreign musicians who will present their work live as a synergy of motion-pictures and music.

“To be part of such a significant cinematic event in the Ukraine is a huge honor, and I’m especially excited that the film’s original score by Justin Durban is in the spotlight,” said the film’s writer and director Dan Hannon.  “Justin’s work is incredible and it was great to come together on this project – everyone should check out www.justindurban.com.” he added.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents Hannon’s directorial debut.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), David Morse (HBO’s “Treme,” THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL).  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara and cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin.

THE POND world-premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and has won the Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the 2010 Rhode Island International Film Festival, recognizing outstanding achievement in a directorial debut, and the Best Dramatic Short Award at the 2010 New Hampshire Film Festival.  The film also recently received Finalist status at the 2011 USA Film Festival, an Honorable Mention at the 2011 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, and a 2011 Maverick Movie Award Nomination.

To learn more about the Kiev International Film Festival, visit www.kievfilmfest.com.

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Narrative Short THE POND a Nominee in the Maverick Movie Awards

September 14, 2011 – Award-winning narrative short film THE POND was a Nominee in the 8th Annual Maverick Movie Awards.  David Morse was nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of the mysterious Adam 11 character, joining a list of past winners and nominees that includes Ed Asner, Tom Berenger, Jim Broadbent and James Cromwell.

The Maverick Movie Awards was founded by moviemakers to help talented fellow moviemakers achieve the recognition they deserve by awarding movies with unique style, exceptional craft, and the power to communicate.  By championing great movies, regardless of origin, genre, or budget, the goal of the Maverick Movie Awards is to re-ignite the spirit of the major film festivals and distribution pioneers by celebrating what they once valued above glitz and glamour ... simply put: great cinema.

“I’m so proud to have the film and David recognized with a Maverick nomination.  His character is very fun, arcing from someone you fear to someone you love, and he was great,” said the film’s writer and director Dan Hannon.  “My congratulations go out to all of the winning films and nominees and to the Maverick team for continuing this awesome tradition!”

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents Hannon’s directorial debut.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), David Morse (HBO’s “Treme,” THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL).  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

THE POND world-premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and has since won the Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, recognizing outstanding achievement in a directorial debut, as well as the Best Dramatic Short Award at the New Hampshire Film Festival.  The film also recently achieved Finalist status at the USA Film Festival, host to one of the oldest Academy-qualified short film competitions in the country, and received an Honorable Mention at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.

To learn more about the Maverick Movie Awards, visit www.maverickmovieawards.com.

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Narrative Short THE POND Returns to Hollywood at the HollyShorts Film Festival

July 27, 2011 – Award-winning narrative short film THE POND will return to Los Angeles as an official selection of the HollyShorts Film Festival, taking place August 11-18 in various locations throughout Hollywood.  The film will show on Saturday, August 13 at 5 pm in Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theaters, located at 8000 West Sunset Boulevard.

The HollyShorts Film Festival has quickly grown to become one of the biggest short film festivals in Los Angeles, featuring a one of a kind star-studded opening night premiere at Arclight Hollywood, a week-long celebration of the best and brightest short film from around the globe, multiple industry panels, networking events, and major meet and greet opportunities for filmmakers and fans alike.  This year’s roster includes shorts directed by Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Rachel Weisz and Neil Labute, as well as shorts featuring such stars as Channing Tatum, Kate Mara, Rosario Dawson, Justin Long, Anthony Mackie, Anna Faris, Woody Harrelson, Dakota Fanning, Virginia Madsen, Kurt Russell and Kristen Stewart.

“I was first exposed to HollyShorts last year and learned what a great event it is and what a great vibe it has, which I have to imagine is tough to pull off in the vastness of Los Angeles,” said the film’s writer and director Dan Hannon.  “But they do it amazingly well, and I’m extremely excited and honored to be a part of such an awesome program!” he added.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents Hannon’s directorial debut.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), David Morse (HBO’s “Treme,” THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL).  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

THE POND world-premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and has since won the Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, recognizing outstanding achievement in a directorial debut, as well as the Best Dramatic Short Award at the New Hampshire Film Festival.  The film also recently achieved Finalist status at the USA Film Festival, host to one of the oldest Academy-qualified short film competitions in the country, and received an Honorable Mention at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.

To learn more about the HollyShorts Film Festival, visit www.hollyshorts.com.

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MovieMaker Magazine Interviews THE POND Writer-Director Dan Hannon

July 5, 2011MovieMaker Magazine recently caught up with Dan Hannon, writer-director of award-winning narrative short film THE POND.

‘Dan Hannon Visits The Pond: New Hampshire provides the location, and inspiration, for award-winning short film’ – Read the interview online here.

Founded in 1993, MovieMaker Magazine is the nation’s leading resource on the art and business of making movies and the world’s most widely read independent movie magazine.  The magazine currently enjoys a readership of more than 160,000 and its award-winning website, www.MovieMaker.com, receives more than one million visitors per year.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents Hannon’s directorial debut.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), David Morse (THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE, PROOF OF LIFE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL).  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

THE POND world-premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and has since won the Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the 2010 Rhode Island International Film Festival, recognizing outstanding achievement in a directorial debut, and the Best Dramatic Short Award at the 2010 New Hampshire Film Festival.  The film also recently achieved Finalist status at the 2011 USA Film Festival, host to one of the oldest Academy-qualified short film competitions in the country, as well as Honorable Mention at the 2011 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.

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Narrative Short THE POND Receives Honorable Mention at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival

June 30, 2011 – Award-winning short film THE POND received Honorable Mention from the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival during today’s awards announcement.  The film’s recognition in Philadelphia comes on the heels of achieving Finalist status at the USA Film Festival in Dallas and joins wins in Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, which took place June 22-26, was founded to enable and provide an environment for its participants to encourage, engage and network in the ever broadening filmmaker dialogs with a diverse local and international community.  The festival is committed to discovering and showcasing local and globally produced work by filmmakers who have created a unique cinematic experience that does not feel restrained by traditional boundaries.

“Having the film screen in Philly was something I’d been looking forward to and I was extremely excited to bring it to the Philadelphia Independent Film Fest especially,” said the film’s writer and director Dan Hannon.  “On behalf of all of us who worked on the film, I want to thank festival director Benjamin Barnett and the rest of the team for all that they do and for the great honor,” he added.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents Hannon’s directorial debut.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), David Morse (THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE, PROOF OF LIFE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL).  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

THE POND world-premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and has since won the 2010 Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, recognizing outstanding achievement in a directorial debut, and the 2010 Best Dramatic Short Award at the New Hampshire Film Festival.  The film also recently achieved Finalist status at the USA Film Festival, host to one of the oldest, Academy-qualified short film competitions in the country.

To learn more about the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, visit www.philadelphiaindependentfilmfestival.com.

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Philadelphia Premiere of Narrative Short THE POND at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival

June 22, 2011 – Award-winning narrative short film THE POND will have its Philadelphia premiere as an official selection of the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, taking place today through June 26 in the Northern Liberties area of the city.  The film will show on Saturday, June 25 at 3 pm in the festival’s popular Café Treece venue, located at 338 Brown Street.

With the metropolitan city of Philadelphia as its backdrop, the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival was founded to enable and provide an environment for its participants to encourage, engage and network in the ever broadening filmmaker dialogs with a diverse local and international community.  The festival, which now draws over 11,000 attendees, is committed to discovering and showcasing local and globally produced work by filmmakers who have created a unique cinematic experience that does not feel restrained by traditional boundaries.

“Screening in Philly is something I’ve been looking forward to,” said the film’s writer and director Dan Hannon.  “I had heard about the Philadelphia Independent Film Fest and the cool things that they’re doing and now I’m very excited to be a part of it,” he added.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents Hannon’s directorial debut.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), David Morse (THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE, PROOF OF LIFE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL).  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

THE POND world-premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and has since won the 2010 Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, recognizing outstanding achievement in a directorial debut, and the 2010 Best Dramatic Short Award at the New Hampshire Film Festival.  The film also recently achieved Finalist status at the USA Film Festival, one of the oldest short film competitions in the country.

To learn more about the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, visit www.philadelphiaindependentfilmfestival.com.

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THE POND Achieves Finalist Status in USA Film Festival Competition

June 20, 2011 – Award-winning short film THE POND officially added another accolade to its repertoire today.  Writer and director Dan Hannon proudly accepted a certificate from the USA Film Festival recognizing the film’s achievement as a Finalist in the prestigious 33rd Annual National Short Film & Video Competition.

The competition is part of the Dallas-based, Academy-qualified festival, which this year celebrated its 41st Anniversary and is dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of excellence in the film and video arts.  Through a year-round calendar of programs and events honoring master artists, mid-career filmmakers and emerging talents, the USA Film Festival provides an opportunity to discover new films and sheds new light on familiar films by facilitating discussion with filmmakers.

“To be recognized like this from one of the oldest short film competitions in the country is incredible.  It’s something that all of us who worked on this film will share,” said Hannon.  “My congratulations go out to the winning film and to the festival for continuing this annual tradition!”

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents Hannon’s directorial debut.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), David Morse (THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE, PROOF OF LIFE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL).  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

THE POND world-premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and has since won the 2010 Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, recognizing outstanding achievement in a directorial debut, and the 2010 Best Dramatic Short Award at the New Hampshire Film Festival.

To learn more about the USA Film Festival and the National Short Film & Video Competition, visit www.usafilmfestival.com.

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Hawaii Premiere of Narrative Short THE POND at the Maui Film Festival

May 31, 2011 – Award-winning narrative short film THE POND will have its Hawaii premiere as an official selection of the Maui Film Festival, taking place June 15-19 on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii.  The film will show on Sunday, June 19 at 1 pm in the 700-seat Castle Theater, within the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, located in Kahului.

The Maui Film Festival is built on the belief that great filmmaking is pure alchemy and that when filmmakers choose to tell compassionate, life-affirming stories they can turn darkness into light.  It is this belief in the power of creativity to enlighten, as well as entertain, that is the guiding principle that gives the Maui Film Festival its character, its energy and its soul.  Each year since 2000, the Maui Film Festival has presented five days and nights of under-the-stars film premieres, special screenings, festival tributes, filmmakers panels, and six world-class special culinary arts celebrations.  This year’s festival honorees include Megan Fox, Olivia Wilde, Garrett Hedlund and Andrew Garfield.

“I can’t imagine a better locale to showcase ‘The Pond’ than Maui,” said writer/director Dan Hannon.  “It’s a very special place, and having been there a few years ago, there is still a part of me that has never left!  I believe the human experience and visual storytelling incorporated into my film truly lend themselves to what this festival is all about and I’m very excited that the film was selected,” he added.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents Hannon’s directorial debut.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), David Morse (THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE, PROOF OF LIFE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL).  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

THE POND world-premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and has since won the 2010 Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, recognizing outstanding achievement in a directorial debut, and the 2010 Best Dramatic Short Award at the New Hampshire Film Festival.

To learn more about the Maui Film Festival, visit www.mauifilmfestival.com.

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Midwest Premiere of Narrative Short THE POND at the 19th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival

November 10, 2010 – THE POND, an award-winning narrative short film, will have its Midwest premiere this weekend as an official selection of the St. Louis International Film Festival.  The film will show on Sunday, November 14 at 3:30pm in the Tivoli Theater, a recently renovated 1920’s era theater, located at 6350 Delmar Boulevard in The Loop area of St. Louis.

Now in its 19th year, the Stella Artois St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) is one of the largest international film festivals in the Midwest.  SLIFF showcases the best in cutting-edge features and shorts from around the globe, and is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy Award® qualifying Festival in the Short Films category.  The majority of the more than 300 films screened at SLIFF – many of them critically lauded award-winners – will receive their only St. Louis exposure at the festival.  This year more than 70 filmmaking guests will accompany screenings, and the festival will present major awards to Stacy Keach, Harry Shearer, Rob Nilsson, Stanley Nelson and Jenna Fischer.

“I’m extremely excited to have our Midwest bow at the St. Louis International Film Fest,” said writer/director Dan Hannon.  “It’s such a well-respected festival, and I especially like what they do for kids through their Cinema for Students program,” he added.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents Hannon’s directorial debut.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), David Morse (2010 Academy Award® Best Picture THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE, PROOF OF LIFE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL).  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

THE POND world-premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and recently won the 2010 Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the 2010 Best Dramatic Short and 2010 Best New Hampshire Short Awards at the New Hampshire Film Festival.

To learn more about the St. Louis International Film Festival, taking place November 11-21, visit www.cinemastlouis.org.

For more information about THE POND, and to view a teaser of the film, visit www.thepondmovie.com.

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Narrative Short THE POND Invited to the Inaugural Sofia Independent Film Festival

November 5, 2010 – THE POND, an award-winning narrative short film, screens internationally for the first time today as part of the inaugural Sofia Independent Film Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria.  The film joins an exclusive roster of 14 feature-length films and 15 short films in this invitation-only festival spotlighting the hottest talent coming out of the United States.

Together with America for Bulgaria Foundation, the Sofia Independent Film Festival is proud to present a new, different and fresh festival to the country of Bulgaria – the festival of the American independent cinema.  With this first year, the festival is building a bridge over the Atlantic to immerse Sofia film enthusiasts for one week in the world of independent filmmakers from the United States – classics and beginners.  The inaugural selections include the best from two iconic American festivals – Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival – as well as winners of the Academy Awards and hits from Berlinale.

THE POND is screening within a program of award-winning shorts called “Power of Film,” featuring stories that can shape our lives and give a voice to current issues being evoked such as war, natural disasters, 2012, death and the meaning of life.  The program screens November 5th, 6th and 9th in various venues around the city.

“It was an absolute honor to receive the invitation to the first ever Sofia Independent Film Fest,” said writer/director Dan Hannon.  “When I first heard about the fest and the other films ‘The Pond’ would be sharing the screen with, I was ecstatic.  It’s such an amazing opportunity and I’m very proud to be apart of it,” he added.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents Hannon’s directorial debut.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), David Morse (2010 Academy Award® Best Picture THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE, PROOF OF LIFE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL).  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

THE POND world-premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and recently won the 2010 Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the Rhode Island Film Festival and the 2010 Best Dramatic Short and 2010 Best New Hampshire Short Awards at the New Hampshire Film Festival.

To learn more about the Sofia Independent Film Festival, visit www.soindependentfilmfest.com.

For more information about THE POND, and to view a teaser of the film, visit www.thepondmovie.com.

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THE POND is a Double Award Winner at the 2010 New Hampshire Film Festival

October 20, 2010 – THE POND, a narrative short film, has won the juried 2010 Best New Hampshire Short Award and overall 2010 Best Dramatic Short Award at the 10th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival this past weekend.  These awards come on the heels of the film’s first award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Writer/Director Dan Hannon attended the homecoming New Hampshire screenings accompanied by several members of the film’s cast and crew.  As one of the New Hampshire Film Festival’s founding directors, Hannon felt doubly as honored to have the film recognized for its achievements by this year’s juries and committees.

“This was such a momentous year for the festival, and all of us involved behind the scenes raised the bar especially high for the 10th anniversary.  Each and every year the event has successfully taken a step forward, but the difference between this year and last is miles!” Hannon said.  “To already have the excitement of the festival itself buzzing around in my head, and then to win not one but two awards right here in the midst of my friends and family for ‘The Pond’ is a surreal feeling.  I’m a tall guy as it is, but I’m walking even taller right now,” he laughed.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents the directorial debut of Hannon, who also penned the original screenplay.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt, currently on NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” David Morse, most recently seen in 2010 Academy Award® Best Picture THE HURT LOCKER, and Todd Rotondi, who made a splash as Jack Kerouac in 2010 Sundance Film Festival hit HOWL.  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

The 2010 New Hampshire Film Festival took place October 14-17 in Portsmouth, NH.  To learn more about the festival, visit www.nhfilmfestival.com.

For more information about THE POND, and to view a teaser of the film, visit www.thepondmovie.com.

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New Hampshire Premiere of Award-Winning Narrative Short THE POND at the 10th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival

October 4, 2010 – Award-winning short film THE POND will return to its filming state as part of the 10th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival, taking place October 14-17 in downtown Portsmouth, NH.  The film will screen first during the festival’s special New Hampshire Night on Thursday, October 14 at The Music Hall Theatre, and then again throughout the impressive festival weekend.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the New Hampshire Film Festival (NHFF) presents the best of independent film on four state-of-the-art screening venues in the beautiful seacoast city.  The festival also emphasizes creative collaboration, education, and networking through a half dozen panel discussions and workshops, as well as after-parties where filmmakers and movie goers can mingle with special guests.  Founded in 2001, NHFF began as a small, grassroots organization to support local, regional, and student filmmakers. It now holds a place as a viable and recognized festival that showcases the brightest talent on the international film festival scene.

Dan Hannon, writer and director of THE POND, knows all too well how grand of a festival the NHFF has become.  He is one of the co-founders, and is still very passionately involved.

“Bringing the film home to where it was shot is something I’ve been looking forward to, as it’ll be a great chance to catch up with many of the people who worked on it.  But to bring the film home to the film festival I helped get off the ground is something even more special.  It’s definitely not your average filmmaker experience,” said Hannon.  “I’m so unbelievably proud of the film and all those who worked on it with me, and the same goes for the New Hampshire Film Festival.  I’m so proud of the rich, vibrant and important event it’s become, and I’m especially proud of our hard working team that brings it to fruition each and every year,” he added.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents Hannon’s directorial debut.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt, currently on NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” David Morse, recently seen in 2010 Academy Award® Best Picture THE HURT LOCKER, and Todd Rotondi, who made a splash as Jack Kerouac in 2010 Sundance Film Festival hit HOWL.  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

THE POND world-premiered at the Palm Springs International ShortFest followed by screenings at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and the Rhode Island International Film Festival, where it was awarded the 2010 Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award.  This prestigious award recognizes outstanding achievement in a directorial debut.

The full schedule of the 2010 New Hampshire Film Festival releases soon.  To learn more about the festival, and to purchase tickets, visit www.nhfilmfestival.com.

For more information about THE POND, and to view a teaser of the film, visit www.thepondmovie.com.

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THE POND Wins Top Directorial Discovery Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival

August 16, 2010 – THE POND, a dramatic short film, has won the 2010 Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the 14th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival.  This is the film’s first award and the first award for writer/director Dan Hannon.

Hannon attended the film’s east coast premiere screening at the festival, accompanied by the film’s producer Francine DiChiara, editor Michael Bernard and supporting actors Todd Rotondi and Bill Conner.  Hannon was also in attendance during the awards ceremony, where the festival’s Executive Director George Marshall presented him with the top award recognizing outstanding achievement in a directorial debut.

“To see the film screened in such a stunning venue, to receive the great audience response it generated, and then to be honored with this amazing award is simply incredible.  I’m blown away right now,” beamed Hannon.  “I’m so thankful for everyone that came onboard this project with me and I also want to extend a big thanks to the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Having been selected to screen out of more than 4,200 submissions and then to receive this distinction feels truly amazing,” he added.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents the directorial debut of writer Dan Hannon, who also penned the original screenplay.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt, currently on NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” David Morse, most recently seen in 2010 Academy Award® Best Picture THE HURT LOCKER, and Todd Rotondi, who made a splash as Jack Kerouac in 2010 Sundance Film Festival hit HOWL.  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

The 2010 Rhode Island International Film Festival took place August 10-15 in Providence, RI.  To learn more about the festival, visit www.film-festival.org.

For more information about THE POND, and to view a teaser of the film, visit www.thepondmovie.com.

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East Coast Premiere of Narrative Short THE POND at the Rhode Island International Film Festival

July 20, 2010 – THE POND, a dramatic short film, has been selected to screen at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.  The film will show on Wednesday, August 11 at 7 pm in the VMA Arts & Cultural Center located on the Avenue of the Arts in Providence, RI.  The screening will mark the film’s East Coast Premiere.

Now in its 14th year, the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is New England's largest and most prestigious film festival.  Ranked as a one of the Top 12 Film Festivals in the United States and recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy Award® qualifying Festival in the Short Films category, this world-class event features high-profile screenings, filmmaking workshops, meet-and-greet industry events and seminars.  This year, RIIFF will screen new work selected from over 4,200 film submissions.

“Having shot the film in New England, I was ecstatic to learn that our first official screening along the entire east coast will be right here at RIIFF.  As a Boston native who’s also a lifetime movie fan, it’s a festival that I’ve known of since its beginnings.  It’s a great event run by great people,” said filmmaker Dan Hannon.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband who makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents the directorial debut of writer Dan Hannon, who also penned the original screenplay.

“At the core of this little movie is a grand, fantastical notion that the universe is accomplishing amazing things right under our nose,” said Hannon.  “The film’s conclusion is much more of a leaping off point than it is the end, and will hopefully leave the audience at RIIFF wondering what’s going to happen next,” he added.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt, currently on NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” David Morse, most recently seen in 2010 Academy Award® Best Picture THE HURT LOCKER, and Todd Rotondi, who made a splash as Jack Kerouac in 2010 Sundance Film Festival hit HOWL.  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

The 2010 Rhode Island International Film Festival takes place August 10-15 in Providence, RI.  To learn more about the festival, visit www.film-festival.org.

For more information about THE POND, and to view a teaser of the film, visit www.thepondmovie.com.

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Los Angeles Premiere of Narrative Short THE POND at the 14th Annual LA SHORTS FEST

July 2, 2010 – THE POND, a dramatic short film, has been selected to screen at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival.  The film will show on Monday, July 26 at 1 pm in the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theaters located on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.  The screening will mark the film’s LA Premiere.

Currently entering its 14th year, the LA Shorts Fest is dedicated to the celebration and cultivation of the short film.  Through a variety of yearlong activities, the LA Shorts Fest educates, entertains, and honors those who have mastered the craft.  Designated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy Award® qualifying Festival, the LA Shorts Fest is attended by top industry insiders, agents and studio executives.  In its history, 33 films featured at the LA Shorts Fest have earned Oscar nominations, and 11 filmmakers have won.

“Coming off of the tremendous response to our world premiere screenings last week at the Palm Springs International ShortFest, I can’t begin to express how excited I am about our upcoming LA outing.  There’s definitely no better place to reveal the film to LA and industry audiences than the LA Shorts Fest and I’m honored to be a part of it,” said filmmaker Dan Hannon.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman who makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents the directorial debut of writer Dan Hannon, who also penned the original screenplay.

“At the core of this little movie is a grand, fantastical notion that the universe is accomplishing amazing things right under our nose,” said Hannon.  “The film’s conclusion is much more of a leaping off point than it is the end, and will hopefully leave an audience wondering what’s going to happen next.  It did that in Palm Springs, which felt amazing,” he added.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt, currently on NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” David Morse, most recently seen in 2010 Academy Award® Best Picture THE HURT LOCKER, and Todd Rotondi, who made a splash as Jack Kerouac in 2010 Sundance Film Festival hit HOWL.  The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

The 2010 LA Shorts Fest takes place July 22-30 in West Hollywood, CA.  Tickets go on sale July 12.  To learn more about the festival, visit www.lashortsfest.com.

For more information about THE POND, and to view a teaser of the film, visit www.thepondmovie.com.

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World Premiere of Narrative Short THE POND at the Palm Springs International ShortFest

June 9, 2010 – THE POND, a dramatic short film, has been invited to screen at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival & Film Market. The film will show on Wednesday, June 23 at 4 pm in the Camelot Theatres as part of the "Beginnings and Endings" program, and then again on Friday, June 25 at 5:30 pm in the same venue as part of the "Shooting Stars" program. These screenings will mark the film’s World Premiere.

Now in its 16th year, the Palm Springs International ShortFest is renowned worldwide for the extraordinary community of filmmakers it attracts, and for the quality and scope of its programming.  Designated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy Award® qualifying Festival and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the Palm Springs International ShortFest and its Short Film Market, are the largest and most prominent short film showcase in North America.

“It’s an unbelievable honor to have the opportunity to bring THE POND to the Palm Springs International ShortFest.  Having just recently finished the film, I couldn’t imagine a better place to reveal it to audiences for the first time than the center of the short film world,” said filmmaker Dan Hannon.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman who makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared.  The film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents the directorial debut of writer Dan Hannon, who also penned the original screenplay.

“At the core of this little movie is a grand notion that the universe is accomplishing amazing things right under our noses,” said Hannon.  “The film’s conclusion is much more of a leaping off point than it is an ending, and will hopefully leave the audience wondering what’s going to happen next,” he added.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable on-screen talents of Alicia Witt, currently on NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” David Morse, most recently seen in 2010 Academy Award® Best Picture THE HURT LOCKER, and Todd Rotondi, who received recognition as Jack Kerouac in 2010 Sundance Film Festival hit HOWL.  The powerful story also attracted off-screen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

The 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest takes place June 22-28 in Palm Springs, CA.  The complete schedule will release on June 13 and tickets go on sale June 15. To learn more about the festival, visit www.psfilmfest.org.

For more information about THE POND, and to view a teaser of the film, visit www.thepondmovie.com.