Monday, February 24, 2014

Join me on a Film Festival Cruise to Bermuda in June!

My short film A LAST FAREWELL has gotten into a bunch of festivals this spring. Next month we will play the Cleveland International Film FestivalRoze Filmtagen in Amsterdam, and the Melbourne Queer Film Festival. In April we will play at the Torino GLBT Film Festival, as well as the Palm Beach International Film Festival, the Newport Beach Film Festival, and the Garden State Film Festival. And it looks like we have many more lined up in both May and June!

One of our festivals in June is The The Pride of the Ocean film festival that takes place on a cruise ship leaving New York City on June 1 and going to Bermuda for a week of cruising. Both me and my producer David Färdmar will be attending. I've been part of it before and it's a lot of fun! Each day at the festival there will be film screenings, seminars about filmmaking etc and you are welcome to join. 

Check out the festival website to learn more: https://www.prideoftheocean.com The organizers also set up a "Friends of Casper" page that gives discounts on the bookings: https://www.prideoftheocean.com/casper/

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about it. 
Hope to see you on the cruise!! 


Me on "Pride of the Ocean" in 2010 when I was invited with "Violet Tendencies"

Me on the beach in Bermuda in 2010. Can't wait to go back! 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Good times at Gothenburg Film Festival

I'm back in New York after a great time in Gothenburg, Sweden where I presented my short A LAST FAREWELL at the Gothenburg International Film Festival. It was my first time watching the film with  an audience. The screenings went quite well (lots of tears and laughter!) and it was really nice that most of our crew were able to join us, as well as many friends and family. It was also fantastic to have our actors Ivar Wiklander and Tomas von Brömssen joining us on stage at the screenings.

Me at the Göteborg Film Festival, 2014. 

Crew and cast get-together prior to the premier screening of the film. 

Me, producer David Färdmar, and star Iwar Wiklander  at the Swedish premiere of the film. 

Post-screening toast with crew at Sky Bar, Hotel Riverton (the regular festival hangout spot!)

Star Tomas von Brömssen joined me and David on stage for our second screening. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

My thoughts on the Oscar nominations


I haven't seen all the films yet and I'm certain I will have a lot more to say on the subject, but here are my initial thoughts reading the list of nominations:

Best Picture:
I’ve been underwhelmed with many of these films including “American Hustle”. I don't think most of them deserve to win best picture of the year. Is "12 Years a Slave" really original enough to be the winner? It's a great film but kind of by the numbers (though I'm voting for it for Best Ensemble for the SAG awards -- all great performances!).  I did like "The Wolf of Wall Street" a lot (though bothered by its misogyny and its herofication of DiCaprio's character). I'm seeing "Philomena" and "Nebraska" today or tomorrow before voting for the SAG awards, and I'm yet to see "Her", but out of this bunch I think I will have to pick "Gravity." It certainly was original, and though it’s an action film it's also quite moving. 

"12 Years a Slave"

Best Actor: 
I always love Leonardo DiCaprio and he was amazing in this role. But should he win for this? Leo was not nominated for the SAG awards (if the film hadn’t come out so late I'm sure that he would have been), so for the SAG awards I'm voting for Matthew McConaughey -- who did an amazing job. But I'm kind of hoping Leo will take home the Oscar. He was pretty incredible in this role. And he’s been snubbed so many times. 


"Dallas Buyer's Club"

Best Actress: 
I really liked Meryl Streep in "August: Osage County," but since she is kind of expected to always be excellent I think I'm voting Sandra Bullock for the SAG awards. It’s a really touching performance, and considering that she acted mostly by herself in a green room! I don't think Amy Adams performance was that special. I did like Cate Blanchett a lot in "Blue Jasmine" also though.  

"Gravity"

Best Supporting Actor:
I was really touched by Barkhad Abdi’s performance. Jared Leto's performance too but not as much as I had hoped. I think they could have done so much more with that character. The scene when she coughs blood and says that she doesn't want to die had me though. Bradley Cooper and Michael Fassbender both did outstanding work, and for the first time I actually liked Jonah Hill. But I think I’m voting Jared. 

Best Supporting Actress: 
Sally Hawkins for this performance? Really? Why? And Oprah Winfrey was snubbed! She is really good in "The Butler!" I didn't see "Nebraska" yet, so I’m going with the excellent Lupita Nyong.

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron

Best Documentary:
"Blackfish" was snubbed. 

Best Editing: 
Why is not "Wolf of Wall Street" nominated? Great use of editing to tell that story! "Dallas Buyers Club" so does not deserve to be here and "Gravity" was mostly done digitally, so no. 

Hair and Makeup:
The hair and makeup (and the costumes!) were the best parts of "American Hustle"  why was it not nominated? 

"American Hustle"

Original Screenplay: 
"Dallas Buyers Club" has so many problems in the storytelling. It does not deserve to be here. Watching this film one would think millions could have been saved if McConaughey's character had gotten it his way (Watch the excellent doc "How to Survive a Plague" for a different take on that). "Blue Jasmine" – really? The overall idea for the story was good but so not original as it was completely stolen from "A Streetcar Named Desire". 

Thoughts? 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Leo & The Wolf of Wall Street

One great thing with being a Screen Actors Guild member is the many special screening events one gets invited to. A few weeks ago I went to a screening of Martin Scorsese's new film "The Wolf of Wall Street" which was followed by a Q&A with Leonardo DiCaprio.


I've been a Leo fan since "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and he is really good in this movie. It was also fun to hear him discuss working with Scorsese and their process. One thing he said was how it's so great to work with Marty because he let's you try everything in many different ways, improvise, and find the scene together (or something like that). That does sound like a lot if fun for an actor but I couldn't help thinking that of course Scorsese can do that since -- he is Scorsese! It's not like he ever does anything on a small budget.

Anyway, the movie is a lot of fun (though it kind of celebrates despicable behavior), and Leo's performance is Oscar-worthy. With so many great performances this year though I think he probably will be snubbed again... Anyway the film opens this Christmas and I hope that it will do well.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Cirque Eloize's CIRKOPOLIS

Last night I went to see an amazing show! It was the New York premiere weekend of CIRKOPOLIS -- an incredible gorgeous acrobatic show. It's described as a "breathtaking blend of circus arts, theater and dance" and it was just that. A really beautifully choreographed show with wonderful production design and unbelievably talented acrobats/dancers/performers. The design reminded me of Terry Gilliam's cult classic movie Brazil. And it was all set to beautiful music. Stunning!

I went with family and we all LOVED it. So if you are in NYC this holiday season and are looking for something to do -- definitely check this out. It's a limited run so -- don't walk -- twirl over there!

Click here for more info and preview video. Notice that lady in the red dress with the wheel. Oh my God! Such a beautiful number!

Me and my niece Kaylah on the red carpet before the show.  

Friday, December 20, 2013

New Embrem site! Buy/watch my films for the holidays!

I just had the website for my company Embrem Entertainment updated. Please check it out here: www.embrem.com.

The exciting thing is that it now works from mobile devises as well and you can learn more about my films, watch the trailers, and click the WATCH NOW links to rent/buy the films right from your phone, computer, iPad, Apple TV, etc. Pretty cool, huh?


Of course you can also buy the DVDs in my online shop. I still have some "Going Down in LA-LA Land" DVDs available that are signed by star Matthew Ludwinski. So just select to get the DVD signed by me and you will get both our signatures.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Help me bring my new short to film festivals!


After our screening of A LAST FAREWELL in Cardiff, Wales a reviewer wrote: 

"Calm, quiet and incredibly nuanced, this is a touching and upsetting short. The pain and loss felt by the characters is tangible yet dignified, subtle yet all-too-obvious. Stunningly executed, beautifully made with obvious and meticulous care, Casper Andreas and his extremely talented cast have made something close to perfect…. It’ll leave your heart warmed and your eyes damp."

Please help me bring my stunningly executed film to more festivals around the world! Visit my kickstarter page and watch me explain why we need the extra funds, check out the rewards section and make a pledge. But hurry! The campaign ends at midnight next Saturday (Nov 2nd!)

Also, in case you are unable or unwilling to part with your hard-earned cash, you can still support the campaign by sharing it with others on your facebook wall, twitter, email...

The trailer: