Shuffle opened the Garden State Film Festival on Friday night before an enormous crowd at the historic 1600 seat Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ, then went on to win the prize for Best Narrative Feature on closing night of the festival! It also played to sold out crowds this weekend at the Cleveland International Film Festival as part of the “Director’s Spotlight Award” retrospective of writer/director Kurt Kuenne’s work, where the first show was so well attended that a second auditorium had to be added to accommodate the spillover crowd; both houses were packed, and a second screening later in the weekend also sold out. Multiple shows of Kurt Kuenne’s earlier films Dear Zachary, Drive-In Movie Memories, his black & white short film series (including Validation) and his first feature Scrapbook also played to sold-out or near capacity houses throughout the weekend.
Kurt is being honored this weekend with the Director’s Spotlight Award at the Cleveland International Film Festival, where they will be showing a retrospective of his work around Shuffle. Previous recipients of the Director’s Spotlight Award include John Sayles, Todd Solondz and Frieda Lee Mock.
His films screening are Shuffle (2011), Dear Zachary (2008), Drive-In Movie Memories (2001, preceded by Rent-A-Person, Validation, Slow and The Phone Book) and Scrapbook (1999).
All showings will be held at the Tower City Cinemas in Cleveland, OH, and Kurt will be in attendance for all screenings. For tickets and details, click here.
Shuffle won Best Feature in its category (New Visions) at Cinequest in San Jose, prompting a 5th showing of the film to be added this evening:
Sunday, 3/11, 5 PM
Camera 12 Cinemas
201 S. 2nd Street, downtown San Jose
Kurt will be in attendance.
Shuffle played two sold out shows and tied for the Audience Award at the Sedona International Film Festival this weekend, prompting a third show to be added! It plays next this week at:
Cinequest (San Jose)
Thursday, 3/1 – 7 PM
Sunday, 3/4 – 4:45 PM
Tuesday, 3/6 – 11:45 AM
Wednesday, 3/7 – 11 AM
Kurt will be in attendance at all shows, which are at the Camera Cinemas in downtown San Jose. Details at www.cinequest.org.
Following two sold out showings at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Shuffle screens next at:
The Sedona International Film Festival (Sedona, AZ)
Thursday, 2/23 – 9 PM
Saturday, 2/25 – 3 PM
Kurt will be in attendance at all performances. For ticket and venue details, click here.
Following a sold out screening Tuesday night at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival which turned away dozens of people, they have added a second screening of Shuffle:
Saturday, February 4th, 10:30 PM
Metro 4 Theatres
618 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA
For tickets and details, click here.
Shuffle screens next at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on:
Tuesday, January 31st, 7 PM
Metro 4 Theatre
618 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Kurt will appear in person at the screening. For tickets and details, click here.
Kurt wrote an article for Backstage.com about using multiple actors to create one character in Shuffle. Read it here.
Shuffle screens this Sunday night, November 20th, at 6:30 PM at the Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis on closing night of the St. Louis International Film Festival. Kurt and lead actress Paula Rhodes (who is a St. Louis native) will be in attendance for Q&A. For ticket and theatre information, click here.
Check out this article from Kurt about how Shuffle came to be, currently featured on the homepage of MovieMaker.com!