The Jerome Foundation Board of Directors authorized thirteen grants based on the recommendations of the New York City Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant Program Review Panel in 2017. Kyle's feature film "Blink" was awarded one of them! He received a $30,000 grant to assist with the production of the film.
You can read the full press release here:
The International Short Stories jury composed by Paolo Mereghetti (chairman), Stefano Pittarello and Beatrice Fiorentino awarded "That Smell" with the Grand Jury Prize for Best International Short Film at the 20th Mestre Film Fest in Venice, Italy over the weekend.
The jury commented, "The film tells pleasures of fairy tales and is stirring of mystery. Thus emphasizing the originality of the story, but also the subtle charm of cinema that does not reject the traditional and captivating strength of realistic language that can make it vibrate with surprising and unexpected surreal feelings. "
Read the full story from Cineforum Italiano here:
The Family Robinson took third place at the Producer's Guild of America's 2017 Make Your Mark Competition. The film was named a top 10 finalist out of the 500 film entries back in October and we were selected into the top three at the awards showing this past weekend in Los Angeles.
At a recent screening at the Robin Williams Center in NYC, Kyle discussed making his most recent short "That Smell" to an audience of 160. Watch the full Q&A session here.
"That Smell" continues to pick up festival selections. This week we received Official Selections from the Tallgrass International Film Festival in Wichita KS, one of MovieMaker Magazine's Top 50 Festivals. We also received selections from the FilmColumbia Festival in Chatham, NY, the Red Finch Film Festival in Orem, UT, the Rahway Reels Short Film Festival in Rahway, NJ, and the Video Hackers International Film Festival in Ovada, Italy.
Kyle's feature screenplay "Blink", that he wrote with Amy Fruchtman, is a finalist in the Oaxaca Film Festival and will be competing for Best Fade Out and Best Screenplay.
The screenplay is a dark comedy set in a world where everyone has an odd affliction that goes away when they get a terminal illness. A young woman who can't blink joins forces with an older woman with advanced ALS to explore the idea of assisted suicide. Written by Kyle Lavore & Amy Fruchtman.
The awards ceremony will take place on October 12th.
Kyle's latest short film project, "The Family Robinson" a film about a conservative father who is caught off guard by his daughters love for another woman, completed principle photography this past weekend. The film stars legendary actor Austin Pendleton, Harris Elizabeth King, and Holly Horner.
"That Smell" has picked up a few festival in the past few weeks. In addition to taking 2nd Place in the Burien Film Festival, the film has been an official selection in the Tioga Film Festival, The Lanett City Film Festival, and Fesancor 25.
The film will also be screened as part of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Short Film Showcase on September 27th in NYC. Kyle will take park in a Q&A session with the four other selected filmmakers after the screening.
Kyle's feature screenplay "Affirmation", is Stowe Story Labs Selected Screenplay.
The screenplay is a dark comedy about a terminally ill young man on a road trip to reconcile with his estranged brother who forms an important bond with a down-on-her-luck hitchhiker who tried to rob him.
Kyle unfortunately had to turn down the opportunity to attend due to a prior project commitment.
"That Smell" was awarded 2nd Place in the US Shorts Category at the Burien Film Festival in the Greater Seattle area over the weekend. Our first award came with our first film festival selection in our young festival run.
The Burien Film Festival is in it's 3rd year and was founded in December 2014 by John White and Shelli Park. In 2017, it expanded its programming to include international film series.
We just officially wrapped principle photography on Kyle's newest directorial project, "That Smell". The film stars Jay Paranada as Nate, an awkward man who is introduced to the underground world of book sniffing by Trisha, the leader of the movement’s local chapter, played by Keilly McQuail.
The film was written by Jason K. Allen and produced by Kit Morrison, Jennifer Sara Wilmeth, and Matthew Wayne Long. It is slated for release in early 2017.
Funny or Die recently featured the sketch "Spite Voters", written and directed by Kyle Lavore, on their homepage. It has been well received with nearly a half of a million views to this point.
Watch the sketch by clicking here.
I just upgraded to this shiny new website. I'm all about looking to the future, so I'm not going to post any old news, but here is a quick recap of the past few years.
- SHOOT Magazine New Director Showcase Selection.
- Winner of Best Comedy at the Toyoma Film Fest (Scent).
- Winner of Best Narrative at the Suffolk Film Fest (Up A Hill).
- Winner of Best Music Video at the Indie Gathering Film Fest (The Only One).
- Project Greenlight Top 200 selection. Bluecat Screenplay Contest Quarterfinalist (Affirmation).
- WeScreenplay Contest Finalist (Enough Cocaine to Time Travel).
Back to the present. I just added some new client work. You probably already saw it on my landing page, but if not, feel free to go back and watch it. I'm also working with my amazing producer team to secure financing for two feature films while making some cool stuff.