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IndieFEST Film Festival - Award of Recognition

February 5, 2020

Re: Ree-invent Films Honored in The IndieFEST Film Festival

Contact: Shannon Dugger: Shannon@kerrpr-execuprov.com               303 619-3949 or David Martinez: Assistant@occrazies.com                714 550-9890 or Cherie Kerr directly: Cherie@ree-inventfilms.com          714 271-2140

 

REE-INVENT’S FILM’S ‘THE SHOW CAN’T GO ON!’

WINS LAURELS IN THE IndieFEST FILM FESTIVAL

Takes home first win in film festival journey

Santa Ana, Calif.—Ree-invent Films, a small, independent film company, based in Santa Ana, Calif. was notified on February 4, 2020 that it had won “An Award of Recognition” for it’s mockumentary, “The Show Can’t Go On!,” from The IndieFEST Film Festival, according to SCGO’s producer/writer/director, Cherie Kerr.

“We are thrilled to have been given such an enviable honor,” stated Kerr, “The film was an incredibly fun film to make and it’s really gratifying when you begin to be recognized. The entire cast and crew worked so hard to make the production a success and I applaud each of them for their efforts.”

The IndieFEST Film Festival receives hundreds of entries every year. They choose 44 entries for an “Award of Excellence,” 44 winners for an “Award of Recognition,” and 90 films for an “Award of Merit.”

Loosely based on Kerr’s last sketch show in 2019, the O.C. Crazies struggled to put up and keep up, “Orange is the New Orange,” a stage play at the De Pietro Performance Center in Santa Ana. The show included five theme pieces featuring “The Rich Housewives of Orange County.” Those sketches were combined with a handful of other unrelated sketches, none of which particularly hit the mark much to the dismay of Kerr and many of the show’s cast members.

“It was a matter of making lemonade out of lemons,” says Kerr. “We had to find a positive outcome for the sluggish production. So, we made a film about it.”

“The Show Can’t Go On,” tagline lives up to the narrative of the film: Iffy Actors, Conveyor-Belt Crew, and One Burned-Out Sketch Comedy Director.

The film's original music score by Ryan Roberts, features a single instrument: an upright acoustic bass (in a jazz format). The various tracks written expressly for the film punctuate the chaos of the goings on, both on and off stage. “Ryan’s score is amazing,” Kerr states. “His compositions were exactly spot on!”

Others on the SCGO team included Dennis Limmer, who lent his artful touch as editor to the film, with assistance from Keagen Fritz. Katherine Lorentz served as Unit Production Manager and Shannon Dugger, Consulting Producer. Chris Warren headed the shoot as Director of Photography and Elliot Rodriguez handled sound, while Prateek Damodaren was recruited for 1st A.D. tasks. He also appeared in the film as a pushy tech director. Those who did not perform in the stage show, but were recruited for the film include: Elizabeth Millan, Lianne Silano, Barbara Wilder, Ashly Reynolds, Sam Stokes, Skylar Falgout, Robin Fitzgerald, Caitlin Zinn, Durk Thompson, Paige Dugan, Ray Feiner, Dave Stevens, Jake Boldt, Georgia Leigh Davis, Ben Straley, Eddie Villa-Lobos, and Joe Ortiz.

Eric Anderson also served as an Executive Producer, along with Kerr. Others who backed the Ree-invent Films' production included: Keishan Entertainment and Ticasa Productions; those two teamed up with Cupcake Feetures and Seaniebird Productions to lend their support to the dark comedy.

This marks the second indie film for Ree-invent. In 2013, it debuted “We’ve Got Balls,” a family-friendly bowling cult movie that won eight awards along the film festival circuit; was picked up by distributor, Indie Rights, and is currently available on Vimeo on Demand, iTunes, Amazon, Fandango Now, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox Live, and Comcast X-finity.

“The Show Can’t Go On!”  has been submitted to other film festivals and team SCGO awaits the announcement of the other festivals’ selections.

The link to the trailer (mature audiences only; strong language) may be found here: https://vimeo.com/381911932

For more information on “The Show Can’t Go On!” please visit: SCGOmovie.com. You may also reach the production team at assistant@occrazies.com or 714 550-9890.

Film Festival Submission - Press Release

January 3, 2020

For: Immediate Release

Re: Ree-invent Films and OC Crazies wrap post-production on new film.

Contact: Shannon Dugger: Shannon@kerrpr-execuprov.com 303 619-3949 or David Martinez: Assistant@occrazies.com 714 550-9890 or Cherie Kerr directly: Cherie@ree-inventfilms.com 714 271-2140

REE-INVENT FILMS/O.C. CRAZIES COMPLETE POST-PRODUCTION MOCKUMENTARY

‘THE SHOW CAN’T GO ON!’

Enters First Round of Submissions to Film Festivals

Santa Ana, Calif.“The Show Can’t Go On!,” a 90-minute dark comedy mockumentary about a burned-out sketch comedy director and her attempt to mount and sustain a sketch show, is now complete and has been submitted to a handful of film festivals, according to Cherie Kerr, writer/director/producer of the spoof. (https://scgomovie.com)

Kerr is a founding member of the L.A. Groundlings, creator of the 30-year-old Orange County Crazies, and mother of filmmaker, Drake Doremus

Loosely based on Kerr’s last sketch show in 2019, the O.C. Crazies struggled to put up and keep up, “Orange is the New Orange,” a stage play at the De Pietro Performance Center in Santa Ana. The show included five theme pieces featuring “The Rich Housewives of Orange County.” Those sketches were combined with a handful of other unrelated sketches, none of which particularly hit the mark much to the dismay of Kerr and many of the show’s cast members.

“It was a matter of making lemonade out of lemons,” says Kerr. “We had to find a positive outcome for the sluggish production. So, we made a film about it.”

“The Show Can’t Go On,” tagline lives up to the narrative of the film: Iffy Actors, Conveyor-Belt Crew, and One Burned-Out Sketch Comedy Director.

Kerr chose to play her own part since bringing in an actress to play her would have taken too much time in the way of rehearsal and the shoot. "The entire film was improvised," she explains. "We had only a five-day window to shoot the entire film. There was not a minute to spare in terms of prep and the actual shoot."

Four of the original sketch show actors stayed on with Kerr after the stage presentation closed in May of 2019, to play their own parts as well, including: Tony Gracia, Kim Sava, Matt Morrison, and Rich Flin.

The shoot took place the last two weekends and one Saturday in mid-July, "Those days were long, but fruitful," said Katherine Lorentz, the production team's UPM, who was largely in charge of moving cast and crew from scene to scene.

The film's original music score by Ryan Roberts, features a single instrument: an upright acoustic bass (in a jazz format). The various tracks written expressly for the film punctuate the chaos of the goings on, both on and off stage. “Ryan’s score is amazing,” Kerr states. “His compositions were exactly spot on!”

Others on the SCGO team included Dennis Limmer, who lent his artful touch as editor to the film, with assistance from Keagen Fritz. Katherine Lorentz served as Unit Production Manager and Shannon Dugger, Consulting Producer. Chris Warren headed the shoot as Director of Photography and Elliot Rodriguez handled sound, while Prateek Damodaren was recruited for 1st A.D. tasks. He also appeared in the film as a pushy tech director. Those who did not perform in the stage show, but were recruited for the film include: Elizabeth Millan, Lianne Silano, Barbara Wilder, Ashly Reynolds, Sam Stokes, Skylar Falgout, Robin Fitzgerald, Caitlin Zinn, Durk Thompson, Paige Dugan, Ray Feiner, Dave Stevens, Jake Boldt, Georgia Leigh Davis, Ben Straley, Eddie Villa-Lobos, and Joe Ortiz.

Eric Anderson also served as an Executive Producer, along with Kerr. Others who backed the Ree-invent Films' production included: Keishan Entertainment and Ticasa Productions; those two teamed up with Cupcake Feetures and Seaniebird Productions to lend their support to the dark comedy.

This marks the second indie film for Ree-invent. In 2013, it debuted “We’ve Got Balls,” a family-friendly bowling cult movie that won eight awards along the film festival circuit; was picked up by distributor, Indie Rights, and is currently available on Vimeo on Demand, iTunes, Amazon, Fandango Now, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox Live, and Comcast X-finity.

“The Show Can’t Go On!”  has been submitted to a handful of film festivals and team SCGO awaits the announcement of the festivals’ selections.

The link to the trailer (mature audiences only; profanity runs amuck) may be found here: https://vimeo.com/381911932

For more information on “The Show Can’t Go On!” please visit: SCGOmovie.com. You may also reach the production team at assistant@occrazies.com or 714 550-9890.

OC Weekly

OC Crazies Founder Cherie Kerr Wraps Her Second Film, The Show Can’t Go On

Posted By Matt Coker On July 24, 2019 @ 6:36 am In Film, Film and TV, Newsletter - Arts

Cherie Kerr, the Orange County Crazies comedy improv troupe founder, is following up her 2013 indie comedy We’ve Got Balls with another: The Show Can’t Go On.

The new 90-minute mockumentary, which is in post-production, features Kerr leading a camera backstage during a Crazies production of the sketch show Orange is the New Orange, which is portrayed as being fraught with problems. It was filmed in Kerr’s 78-seat De Pietro Performance Center in downtown Santa Ana, where the OC Crazies also mount classes and performances.

The two-act, real-life Orange is the New Orange, which opened in March and closed in May, featured five theme pieces based on the kinds of characters inhabiting Bravo’s Real Housewives of Orange County. Kerr has what her movie calls the “Rich Housewives of Orange County” imprisoned for crimes against fashion, including wearing white after Labor Day and attending the boat parade with a wristwatch on the same wrist as a smartwatch.

Like any live show, there are bound to be calamities along the way to the stage. Rather than lament about them, Kerr says she began taking notes with the idea of parlaying the experiences into a movie loosely based on those events. She also drew incidents from other shows by the Crazies, although Orange is the New Orangeapparently set a new standard for muck ups.

“I’ve done dozens of sketch shows in the past 30 years, but never have I encountered such madness,” says Kerr with a laugh. “It came down to laugh or cry. I preferred to laugh and so did many others in the cast.”

Disasters with Orange is the New Orange failed to derail the Orange County Crazies, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2020. Kerr was also a founding member of The Groundlings, and the cast of her film We’ve Got Balls included an actress she came up with in the Los Angeles improv troupe, Lynne Marie Stewart (who is also Pee-wee Herman’s Miss Yvonne). The project also marked the last movie appearance by Groundlings creator and founder Gary Austin, who passed away in 2017.

They’ve got balls in We’ve Got Balls. (Ree-Invent Films)

I seem to recall Kerr having appeared briefly on camera, perhaps as an extra, in the zany We’ve Got Balls, which was about small town folks trying to save their bowling alley (played by Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley) from a greedy developer. Having debuted at the 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival, Balls picked up eight awards on the festival circuit as well as a distributor, Indie Rights. It’s currently available for streaming on Amazon, iTunes and other platforms.

Kerr is in front of the camera much more in The Show Can’t Go On, playing herself of course. “It has really been cathartic,” Kerr says, “and really a blast making fun of myself.”

Some of the original cast members from the Orange is the New Orange stage version also appearing in the film include Rich Flin, Matt Morrison, Kim Sava, Tony Gracia and Georgia Davis. Those who did not perform in the stage show but were cast in the film include Elizabeth Millan, Lianne Silano, Barbara Wilder, Ashly Reynolds, Sam Stokes, Skylar Falgout, Robin Fitzgerald, Caitlin Zinn, Durk Thompson, Paige Dugan, Ray Feiner, Dave Stephens, Jake Boldt, Ben Straley, Prateek Damodaren and Joe Ortiz.

The production crew includes: Chris Warren, director of photography; Prateek Damodaren, first assistant director; Elliott Rodriguez, sound engineer; Katherine Lorentz, unit production manager; Georgia Davis, line producer; and Keagen Fritz, editor.

Kerr, who is to be honored with an Arts Orange County lifetime achievement award on Oct. 16, can soon celebrate a sophomore filmmaking effort in the can, although she still has a ways to go to catch up to the number of films made by her Hollywood writer and director son, Drake Doremus, who has 12 directing credits on his imdb page.

Doremus also produced Love Antosha, a documentary on a young actor who was taken from us too soon, Anton Yelchin, who starred in Doremus’ 2011 rom-drama Like Crazy, opposite Felicity Jones. Love Antosha, which rolled during the April-May Newport Beach Film Festival, will be screened at the Arclight in Los Angeles on July 30, and it’s due for release in August. Meanwhile, Doremus’ next drama, Endings, Beginnings, which stars Shailene Woodley and Jamie Dornan, is scheduled to make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and hit U.S. theaters later this year.

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Official Press Release

July 22, 2019

FOR: Immediate Release
Re: Ree-invent Films and OC Crazies wrap film shoot
Contact: Shannon Dugger 303 619-3949 or Cherie Kerr 714 550-9890

REE-INVENT FILMS AND OC CRAZIES READY TO HIT FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT MOCKUMENTARY FILM LOOSELY BASED ON ORANGE COUNTY CRAZIES SKETCH SHOW

‘The Show Can’t Go On,’ film scheduled to debut in early 2020

Santa Ana, Calif.—A new mockumentary that pokes fun at the OC Crazies’ most recent sketch show, Orange is the New Orange, has finished its principal shoot and is now in post-production, according to Cherie Kerr, Artistic Director of the OC Crazies since 1990 and director of the film.

This dark 90-minute dark comedy, “The Show Can’t Go On,” takes the audience behind the scenes where Kerr satirically highlights some of the foibles of a recent Crazies production--Orange is the New Orange—a show fraught with problems throughout its rehearsal period and its three-month run. For fun, Kerr has added her own comedic touch to the film’s storyline and character portrayals.

The two-act sketch stage show, which opened in March and closed in May, featured five theme pieces based on the “rich housewives” of Orange County and their imprisonment for crimes of fashion—one was for wearing white after Labor Day; one was busted for wearing an expensive watch to the boat parade on the same wrist as her smartwatch,. Others were busted on similar counts for fashion faux pas.

Rather than lament about the show’s intermittent disasters, Kerr set about taking notes during the production with the intent of making a movie loosely based on the calamitous events.

“We had a blast shooting this film,” said Kerr. “During the eight-month period of the stage show’s crazy experience of trying to mount and sustain ‘Orange is the New Orange,’ ‘Murphy’ showed up at every turn.” Kerr went on to say, “I’ve done dozens of sketch shows in the past 30 years, but never have I encountered such madness,” Kerr laughed. “It came down to laugh or cry. I preferred to laugh and so did many others in the cast.” Kerr also recalled some of the award-winning troupe’s previous disasters. “We once did a sketch called ‘Famous Farm Accidents.’ We cast a goat who we had to let go. We didn’t mind him eating the playbills, but he also ate an audience participant’s wallet on stage one night and that was it for us. He was cute, but too much of a risk for us to keep in the show. On another night, we had to call the police when one of the actors didn’t return after dinner break. “It was 10 minutes before curtain and we couldn’t find him,” Kerr states, “At the last minute, we found him sleeping in the inside of a prop desk that had been set on stage during rehearsal.”

During its three-decade run, the Orange County Crazies has staged other highly-lauded shows including, It’s Not Easy Being Orange, Orangelahoma, Orange Side Story, Don’t Cry for me Orangentina, Orangethello, 2001 an Orange Odyssey, Gone with the Orange and Orange Trek, among many others. “We’ve picked on every single thing in Orange County over the years,” Kerr says, “and now it was time to pick on ourselves.”

The “Show Can’t Go On,” film features some of the original cast members who performed in the Spring show, such as long-time-affiliated OC Crazie, Rich Flin. Others include Matt Morrison, Kim Sava, Tony Gracia and Georgia Leigh Davis. Those who did not perform in the stage show, but were recruited for the film include: Elizabeth Millan, Lianne Silano, Barbara Wilder, Ashly Reynolds, Sam Stokes, Skylar Falgout, Robin Fitzgerald,  Caitlin Zinn, Durk Thompson, Paige Dugan, Ray Feiner, Dave Stevens, Jake Boldt, Ben Straley, Eddie Villa-Lobos, Prateek Damodaren, and Joe Ortiz. Though Kerr has always been behind the scenes, in this creative project, Kerr plays herself. “It has really been cathartic,” she says, “and really a blast making fun of myself.”

Crew includes: Chris Warren, Director of Photography; Prateek Damodaren, First A.D.; Elliott Rodriguez, Sound Engineer, Katherine Lorentz, Unit Production Manager. Editor for the 90-minute feature is Dennis Limmer, along with assistant editor, Keagen Fritz. A cool, jazzy musical score was created by Ryan Roberts,  whose superb artistry as a highly skilled music composer, rounds out the film. Roberts also plays on the soundtrack. M3 Media designed the logo and key-art, as well as having taken on the film’s social media/marketing push.

Kerr’s first indie film, under her small Ree-invent indie film banner, “We’ve Got Balls,” a story featuring a bowling alley that is to be destroyed by a wealthy land developer (who wants to put in a casino on the alley’s leased land), debuted at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2013. Picked up by distributor, Indie Rights, the 90-minute feature won eight awards along the film festival circuit. It is currently available on a number of major platforms, including Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Vimeo, Fandango Now, Comcast Xfininty, and Indie Rights.

The “SCGO” film was shot at the De Pietro Performance Center, a 78-seat theater, where the OC Crazies offer classes and performances.

Kerr is a founding member of the L.A. Groundlings and was recently named as a recipient for her lifetime achievements in the arts by ArtsOC, who  honored her in October with the “Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award” for her visionary work in comedy with the Crazies for the past 30 years.t on October 16, 2019. She has written most of the sketch pieces over the Crazies 30-year history, including “Too Much Shoulder Pad,” which was named “Sketch of the Year” by the L.A. Times. Kerr was also named one of the county’s “Most Sensational People,” along with Michael Esiner and other prominent OC figures.

The Orange County Crazies offers classes in improv, standup, sketch, character development and comedy writing. For more information, contact Shannon Dugger at 303 619-3949 or email Shannon@kerrpr-execuprov.com or 714 550-9890 or assistant@occrazies.com.

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A Mad Dash for the Dressing Room!

Back- Kim Sava playing Jane, one of the Rich Housewives in the main theme sketch pieces for “Orange is the New Orange” (center) Sam Stokes playing Chris and Matt Morrison, about the fall down trying to take off his shoes and get ready to change from the female jailhouse cook, Mimi, into the Donald Trump suit. There was a lot of quick changes and madness backstage.