“With just a hint of Christopher Guest in his deadpan approach, director Sean Gannon tells the story behind the story, wherein ordinary, true-to-life encounters reflect deeper issues of human connection.”
—Starz Denver Film Festival
Iowa Motion Picture Awards (May 2010)
Screenings as a PDF:
|Wild Rose Independent Film Festival (November 2010)
Nominated for NINE awards, winner of two
|Iowa Independent Film Festival
Clear Lake, IA; Jul 2011
Starz Denver Film Festival
Landlocked Film Festival
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Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival
Sneak Peek for Drake Alumni
PDF versions to download:
|Synopses (short)||Synopsis (long)||Still Photo Cards (2 pages)||Awards & Screenings|
|Director's Filmography||Director's Biography||Director's Statement|
Copy/paste-able text version of select items:
Why stop at a wedding video, Michael and Jackie figure, when you can document the entire process of getting married, from proposal to ceremony? But as family tensions ignite, the camera records a much different story than they'd bargained for. Can their marriage survive its first big obstacle—the wedding?
Michael and Jackie met at a party—it was accidentally caught on tape. Now that they're getting married, they have an idea: why not have a friend videotape everything leading up to the wedding—the families meeting, engagement party, wedding planning, etc.—and edit the funny parts together and show it at the rehearsal dinner? They recruit their friend to tag along with a camera and away they go. But when his family starts treating her badly and he fails to stand up for her, the lighthearted video becomes an unintentional documentary of a relationship falling into jeopardy.
Feature, 94 min.
Director, Writer, Producer
Short, 6 min.
Palm Springs Int’l Festival of Short Films
Newport Beach Film Festival
Los Angeles Int’l Short Film Festival
Big Bear Film Festival
Short, 24 min.
Best Student Short, Austin Film Festival
Student Emmy (2nd place), Academy of TV Arts & Sciences
Best Student Drama (runner-up), Columbus Int’l Film Festival
Finalist, Santa Clarita Int’l Film Festival
Three Stars, Canadian Int’l Film Festival
Bilbao Film Festival
Festival Int’l du Court Mons (Belgium)
Palm Beach Int’l Film Festival
Festival del Cortometraggio (Italy)
Sean was born and raised on a farm in the small town of Bondurant, Iowa. He attended Drake University in Des Moines and received his BFA in Theater with a minor in Journalism and Mass Communication. He was cartoonist for the school newspaper, wrote the romantic comedy stage play Perfect Matches (produced by the university), and created, produced and directed the comedy TV show Blort which aired across central Iowa. After working for one year as editor of a nationally syndicated fishing show, Sean attended Florida State University and received his MFA in Film and Television Production. His thesis film, Radioman, won Best Student Short at the Austin Film Festival and a second-place student Emmy. Sean returned to Iowa to work on the set of The Bridges of Madison County and on the Hallmark Hall of Fame production Harvest of Fire. He worked as an editor and director at American Media, the then-largest corporate video company in the U.S., and moved to Los Angeles in 1999. Sean is a mild-mannered document specialist at an investment bank by day, screenwriter and filmmaker by night. He lives near Santa Monica with his cat Shelly. Something Blue is Sean’s first feature film.
Sean Gannon was born and raised in Iowa. He received his BFA in theater at Drake University, where he created and produced the comedy TV show BLORT, and received his MFA in film at Florida State University. His thesis film Radioman won the Austin Film Festival and a second-place student Emmy. Sean lives in Los Angeles, working at an investment bank by day, writing and producing by night. He returned to Iowa to film Something Blue, his first feature.
Something Blue is an ultra-low-budget movie shot entirely in Polk County, Iowa, where I grew up. A friend with whom I co-founded the Iowa Scriptwriters Alliance helped produce, a theater professor friend helped cast the movie, two dear friends played supporting roles, high school friends were extras and my mom catered. We shot on my family’s century farm, in my hometown and in a favorite local restaurant established the month my parents were married. Everybody involved in the production is an Iowan and/or attended my alma mater, Drake University.
We hope you enjoy the film.
Anecdotes / Production Notes
The ultra-low-budget feature film was shot entirely in Polk County, Iowa.
The price of optional terrorism insurance for an independent Iowa film production: $100. This coverage was waived because that would mean the terrorists won.
Equipment rental cost enough to insure against six separate terrorist attacks.