I was originally asked by the director, Stu, not to post the ‘true’ twist ending of The Lord of Catan on the site since the film short was making the rounds on the festival circuit. However, with the film now being available for purchase, I can add the rest of the HD captures to the gallery!
Please be warned, there are spoilers if you’ve yet to see the film.
Since I backed this project through Kickstarter, I’ve been lucky enough to view the finished product; before the DVD release in 2015 (available for pre-order!) and the festival circuit in 2014. I also have permission from Stuart, the director, to make screencaptures for the site. If you haven’t yet seen this film short, I highly recommend you do so, since both Amy AND Fran are absolute gems in this!
Thus, over 400 HD captures of The Lord of Catan have now been added to the gallery; link & previews are below, enjoy!
Please note that these captures are exclusive to Amy Acker Fan and are not to be re-posted in it’s entirety elsewhere. Many thanks.
Another premiere for The Lord of Catan! This time, it will be Seattle, at the Seattle Film Shorts festival, on November 15, 2014 — many thanks to the director, Daniel, for letting me know! The press release is posted below.
The 4th annual Seattle Shorts Film Festival will bring another round of outstanding short films and filmmakers to Seattle this November. Three screenings on November 15th at the SIFF Film Center will showcase the best new work of local, US, and international filmmakers. 13 of the 17 films shown will be Seattle premieres. The festival will also feature Q&A sessions with visiting artists, networking events the weekend of Nov. 15th, press opportunities for filmmakers, and awards by a celebrity jury and the audience.
Seattle Shorts Film Festival previously screened two Oscar qualifying shorts, Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (2013) and Curfew (2012), which won the Academy Award for best live action picture. We are thrilled to present another exciting lineup of local, national and international films this year, including: The Lord of Catan, featuring Amy Acker and Fran Kranz (stars in Joss Whedon’s 2013 Much Ado About Nothing); The Hero Pose, shot in Washington by local filmmaker Mischa Jakupcak and staring Nikki Hahn and Chaske Spencer (Winter in the Blood and Twilight); Tobacco Burn, a beautifully shot student film set before the Civil War and based on an oral history from the Works Progress Administration’s collection of slave narratives; Water, Ice, Snow, which documents the work of artist/educator Sasha Sicurella with children in Mongolia; The First Hope, a Star Wars themed coming of age story starring Lili Reinhart and Davis Desmond that will be shown in 35mm; One Please, written and directed by Jesse Burks and starring horror icon Michael Berryman; and The Wood House, featuring Alicia Goranson of Roseanne and Boys Don’t Cry.
Festival screenings will be held in three blocks at the SIFF Film Center in Seattle Center, Saturday November 15th. Tickets can be purchased through www.siff.net.
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A lovely interview with The Lord of Catan director, Stuart C. Paul, about the film short itself and how Amy & Fran got involved.
Games can bring out both the best and worst in us. One minute you’re stealing fictional resources from someone, and the next you’re arguing about every mistake and disagreement you’ve ever had. It can get ugly. Stuart C. Paul’s Kickstarted short, The Lord of Catan, captures the passionate feelings on both ends of the spectrum that go hand in hand with gaming. The black comedy stars Amy Acker and Fran Kranz as a married couple who face off in “epic struggle for dominance” as they play the Settlers of Catan mobile game.
The Lord of Catan is funny, endearing, bizarre, and dark. It hits a lot of notes during its 13 minute run time, and all too many of them are relatable. We spoke with Paul about how the short developed, the challenges of filming with a limited set, and the surprising ending (I’ll keep it as spoiler free as possible).
Nerdist: Settlers of Catan is clearly a part of the short so I’m curious: was it an obsession or hobby of yours, or did it just happen to fit the bill for the story?
Stuart Paul: Usually the things I work on are from crazy whacked-out universes that populate my head, but every once in a while the universe slaps something right in front of you. It happens. You don’t need to put a lot of bells and whistles on it. I found out about the game through a friend who had it on her iPad, and that just got me hooked. I played the board game and then ended up getting the app for my iPad, and my wife and I would play it a lot. Then one night I was getting into it with her and we were just – it was just one of those perfect storms of screwing each other over [in the game] that escalated. It was funny as it was happening. And I realized, well, here is a contained movie about two people playing this game that I could make, and I didn’t really see much point in changing what the game was.
I wasn’t trying to make any statement about the game itself, but the way you try to teach someone the game – because I’ve been through this a number of times with friends – there’s an initial period of silence and confusion. Eventually the tide breaks, and they start to get into it and enjoy it. It’s a game that encapsulated a lot of, in a very simple concise way, a lot of the mind boggling rules that if you throw them out really fast can overwhelm people.
N: Tell me how Amy Acker and Fran Kranz got involved.
Further information for the West & East coast premieres for The Lord Of Catan at the end of the month is now available, including a Q&A with the director & Amy herself! (dependent on scheduling conflicts.)
NEW YORK PREMIERE – MAY 29
The Lord of Catan starring Fran Kranz and Amy Acker will have its East Coast Premiere at the NY Shorts Fest on May 29 at 7:30pm at the Landmark Sunshine Theater. Fran Kranz is confirmed for a Q&A. Tickets can be purchased here: NY Shorts Fest
LOS ANGELES PREMIERE – MAY 31
The Lord of Catan starring Amy Acker and Fran Kranz will have its West Coast Premiere at Dances With Films on May 31 at 2:45pm. The screening will be held at the Chinese Theaters at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles. Amy Acker is tentatively scheduled to join writer-director Stu Paul for a Q&A. Tickets can be purchased here: Dances With Films
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The official teaser trailer for The Lord Of Catan has been released — it is similar to the theatrical trailer, but the director owns the rights to the music in this new trailer. View it below or on Vimeo; HQ captures to be added shortly!
The Lord of Catan will be premiering in New York on 29 May; be sure to buy tickets if you live in the area!
The 3rd Annual “King of Shorts” has arrived. The New York Short Film Festival runs May 27-29 at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York City.
Over 60 films from 11 countries will be participating in this international competition. showcase shorts featuring “Bingo Night,” starring Mindy Sterling (“Austin Powers”), “The Lord of Catan,” starring Amy Acker (“Much Ado About Nothing”) and Fran Kranz (“The Cabin in the Woods”), “The Parting Glass” produced by NY agency Opperman Weiss, “What Cheer?” starring Richard Kind (“Spin City,” “Argo”), and “Joan’s Day Out,” starring Sally Kellerman (“MASH”), Tara Lynne Barr (“God Bless America”), and Betsy Franco (“Broken Tower,” “General Hospital”).
Exciting news! As you may know, the film short The Lord Of Catan is now finished & I was lucky enough to preview the film during the online screening — Amy (and Fran) fans are definitely in for a treat!
Secondly, the film has been accepted into several film festivals, including Dances With Films; screening information not yet available, but stay tuned! Information regarding the film festival is posted below.
Los Angeles’ film festival of emerging talent, Dances With Films, has announced this year’s lineup.
The 11-day festival will celebrate more than 100 independent films, all competing under the same motto: “Love Your Journey.” And, for the first time, DWF’s competition feature Audience Award winner will love his or her journey even more with the prize of a L.A. theatrical distribution commitment of one week at the Arena Cinema.
Other prizes include a VOD distribution deal with Gravitas Ventures for the Grand Jury Award winner. The short Grand Jury Award and Audience Award winners will both receive Academy Qualifying theatrical runs from Laemmle Theaters.
New to the festival will be producer, chairman and exec VP of the New York Giants Steve Tisch, (pictured) who will serve on the advisory board.
Dances With Films takes place at Chinese Theatres May 29 to June 8.
The director, Stuart C. Paul, promised a theatrical trailer of the film short The Lord of Catan, starring Amy & Fran Kranz, upon reaching the first fundraising goal of $25,000 & the goal was reached! View the trailer on YouTube or below the cut; HD captures have also been added to the gallery for your viewing pleasure.
In other news, the fundraising goal of $30,000 was reached 2 weeks early!! An extract of the director’s thanks is posted below. Since there’s still time to back the project (13 days to be exact!) who knows what the final fundraising goal will be!
“Wow. That just happened.
You guys are amazing. The love and support you have shown this film is stunning. I am humbled. Grateful. Excited.
I’m also reminded why the Internet rocks.
Some of you are fans of Fran and Amy. Some dabble in the Catanian mystery schools. Others just like to support independent art want to stick it to the man.
I guess the rest of you just thought what we’re doing looks cool.”
– Stuart C. Paul