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Groomsday & Guys Like You Official Winner & Nominees

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Press Release

Groomsday and Guys Like You have each been selected as an "Official Selection" to the Merced Queer Film Festival and each have scored a nomination in the festival's following categories: Groomsday, Official Nominee for "Best Long Short" film and "Best Director, and Guys Like You, Official Nominee for "Best Pilot/Series." Their inaugural film festival is located in Merced, CA. The film festival ran from May 19-22 at several venues located in downtown Merced, CA with Groomsday WNNING the "Best Long Short" film category.

Groomsday is a story of two men who fall in love, after a one night stand, and experience a horrific tragedy on the night of their wedding. Written and directed by Kyle Coffman, the short film focuses on how two people, regardless of their sexuality, can share a love and companionship that is unbreakable, despite the homophobic obstacles that present themselves in the story. The short film was released on Valentine's Day 2022 and is currently competing in several film festivals.

Guys Like You, created and written by Trystan Colburn, who co-stars in Groomsday, & directed by Kyle Coffman, is a three episode web series about a gay college student trying to navigate his way through life and find his self-worth after meeting three different guys, over three different years, that each leave a unique impact on him. Colburn brought Coffman on as director and co-producer after the two worked on Groomsday together. The web-series released on YouTube in Nov 2021 and has been widely successful amongst viewers and critics. The web series have received almost 1 million combined views to date. 

Both projects screened at the Merced Queer Film Festival May 19-22, 2022. Please visit their website a listing of all the nominees and winners. 

Groomsday: The Price of Others' Cruelty

Review by Indie Shorts Mag

Kyle Coffman’s Groomsday, featuring Trystan Colburn in a second collaboration with Coffman, chronicles the story of a couple from their early days to their bloodied wedding night. A non-linear narrative wrapped up in 16 minutes, the film keeps returning to the gruesome present, survival in doubt. 

Landon (Colburn) and Connor’s (Dylan LaRay) fast-developing relationship is prime rom-com material. They hook up and, finding each other enjoyable company, hang out more. Until three months have passed, and the two are moving in together. The happy couple montage is broken down and elaborated to create deeper familiarity with the characters. Connor usually takes charge. Landon carries unhealed wounds. They watch movies together, cook together, share secrets together. There is little to put a damper on their relationship.

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Groomsday Film Spotlight

ToTony Productions by Daniel Hess

Writer/Director, Kyle Coffman, explains the inspiration behind the latest film and its impact he wants it to have on audiences. 


Tell us a little bit about the story and origins of your film.

After a one-night stand, two men fall in love and experience a horrific tragedy on the night of their wedding.


The reason I made this film is because these tragedies still happen to people in the LGBTQ community every day. I want to bring attention to this in hopes of reducing homophobia and helping people to realize that the community has not yet won the fight. Sure, gay marriage is legal in many countries, but the attacks and murders against the community haven’t stopped.

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Meet Groomsday's Film Composer

We are proud to welcome film composer, Mauricio Pradillo, to the post-production team for our next short film, Groomsday. Pradillo, a film composer and producer, is a music composer that specializes in film and visual media, audio production, and sound design.  

 

CrAZEd Part 2 Competing in the Film Festival Circuit

Press Release

Sebastian Films Unlimited is proud to announce that our next short thriller short, CrAZEd Part 2, was released on YouTube on November 13, 2019.

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Director, Kyle Coffman, has mentioned the vigilante style horror short, which is a sequel to CrAZEd which premiered online in 2017, will be submitted to several film (and horror) festivals throughout 2020. Hoping to catch some festival time, Sebastian Films Unlimited is eager to share this thriller short with audiences internationally. Starring Abigail Reno, George R. Brooks II, and Anthony Partyka, CrAZEd Part 2 offers thrills and chills throughout the 8 minute short. The stalker clown is back, this time to stalk a drug-dealing nurse who preys on addicts. CrAZEd Part 2 can be found on YouTube.com and KyleCoffman.com 

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Shooting on a Shoestring: St. Louis Native Kyle Coffman’s iPhone Film Selected to Screen at Marina del Rey Film Festival

OUT IN STL by Chris Andoe

Kyle Coffman was living comfortably with his longtime partner in Washington D.C, but was haunted by his unpursued dream of being a filmmaker.

“I met my partner in Alton in 2003 and we moved to D.C. for his job. I never stopped writing and the dream never went away. Around 2011 I couldn’t take it anymore. Working as a property manager in D.C. wasn’t the life for me. I literally felt like I was living someone else’s life.” Coffman recalled.

The couple thought it over for about a year, and then in 2013, when Coffman was 31, they relocated to Los Angeles, where Coffman enrolled in a film program at a community college, and then transferred to film school at California State University.

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The 2nd Annual Pierce College Film Festival Award Show

Demigodess Chronicle by Christy Oldham ​

The Los Angeles Pierce College is a community college in Woodland Hills, California that began in 1947. It maintains a 225 acre working farm for hands-on training in agricultural and veterinary study. The initial focus was crop cultivation and animal husbandry but today, students study a variety of subjects, including cinema. The 2nd Annual Pierce College Film Festival celebrates all things cinema -whether it’s through discussion, viewing, or the creative process of making a movie. This year, the popular film festival received over 40 submissions in the district ranging from high school students to college students.

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Another Casserole Officially Selected in 2 Film festivals and Wins "Best Writing"

Press Release

The short film, Another Casserole, was an official selection at the 2018 Marina Del Rey Film Festival and winner of "Best Writing"  at the 2018 Los Angeles Pierce College film festival. The short film, loosely based on a true story, is about a grieving wife and mother who must face the harsh reality of her new life. Shot over 3 days, this 8 minute short film is a representation of how a society can be impacted by one choice that changes  four lives forever.