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Ian Samuels's work at the South Arts - Southern Circuit

Southern Circuit is a great initiative by South Arts that "brings the best of independent film to communities across the South." With the goal of supporting and enhancing the artist community in Southern states, this screening series has brought over 200 films and engaged filmmakers and audiences in post-screening discussions in more than 50 communities across the Southern United States. According to their mission: "The tour takes the audience away from their televisions and computers to connect them with independent filmmakers. Southern Circuit transforms watching independent films from a solitary experience into a communal one."

We are honored that Ian is part of this screening series with four events entirely dedicated to his work -- including our short Myrna the Monster and his previous, beautiful short films: Caterwaul, The Eyes and the Ice, Nancy and the Dappertoad. 

Ian will be at the screenings, so if you are around, check them out!!! For more info about Ian's work, see his website HERE.


September 15, 2015: Carolina Theatre of Greensboro, Greensboro, NC

September 16, 2015: Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), New Orleans, LA

September 17, 2015: Challenger Learning Center, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

September 18, 2015: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Cutler Bay, FL

Myrna at her screening. Looking good!

Myrna at her screening. Looking good!

And some comments from the staff after our last screening in South Miami:


Congratulations to our director Ian Samuels, who is one of the 2015 25 NEW FACES of Independent Film according to Filmmaker Magazine!!!

“I moved to L.A. a few years ago,” recalls filmmaker and animator Ian Samuels, “and it was a transition. Being in your twenties, navigating your social life, career, relationships — I made a lot of mistakes. And I wound up giving that baggage to Myrna.”

Ian Samuels - one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 NEW FACES of Independent Film

Ian Samuels - one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 NEW FACES of Independent Film

So proud to be Ian's producers, so looking forward to what's next.. We'll keep you posted!

For more, and to see the other super-talented filmmakers on the list, check out the article HERE - and in print on the newsstands!


Myrna is back to LA!

Myrna the Monster is coming to LA this Summer!!!

First, for its LA Premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on THURSDAY June 11th at the Regal Theatre DTLA!!! Read all about it in this interview with Ian for Film Independent!

Myrna, Giulia and friends at our LAFF screening

Myrna, Giulia and friends at our LAFF screening

On June 15th, the amazing band YACHT - who did the soundtrack for the movie - is organizing a "Myrna Moondisco Party", also in DTLA, with a Spaceship/Moon themed bounce house!!! See details here and come Moon Bounce with us!!!

Myrna & YACHT Party-time!!!

Myrna & YACHT Party-time!!!

Ian, Myrna and Chris

Ian, Myrna and Chris

Giulia scaring Myrna away (trying to at least).

Giulia scaring Myrna away (trying to at least).

Last but not least, in July Myrna will be playing at OUTFEST on July 10th and July 14th -- see all info here.




Screenings of Myrna the Monster - June

June is gonna be crazy! A quick update for the Myrna-lovers, hoping that you can make it to one of the screenings!

Myrna will be playing at:


NORTHSIDE FILM - not to miss according to The L Magazine

Awesome Lineup from Northside - see you there Brooklyn!

Awesome Lineup from Northside - see you there Brooklyn!

Myrna is playing at LAFF this June!!!

Myrna is playing at LAFF this June!!!

More Awards for Myrna and Ian!

"Funnily enough, I think there's something very humanizing about feeling like an alien"

More great news from Myrna the Monster's festival run! We are thrilled to announce that Myrna won BEST SHORT at the Victoria TX Indie Film Fest and our director Ian Samuels won the Filmmaker-to-watch Award at the Atlanta Film Festival!

Here are some of our upcoming screenings:

CHATTANOOGA FILM FESTIVAL - FRI, Apr 3rd @ 3:15pm (From Dusk till Dawn Shorts Program)

THE ALHAMBRA THEATRE FILM FESTIVAL - FRI, Apr 3rd @ 2:15pm and SAT, Apr 4th @ 6pm

More coming soon……!


Ian Samuels "Filmmaker-to-watch" at Atlanta Film Festival
Best Short @ Victoria TX Indie Film Fest

Myrna the Monster SXSW Screenings announced & Festival Updates!


Myrna the Monster will be screening at SXSW very soon! We are really excited to take Myrna to Austin for BBQ, tacos and so much more!!!

Here are our screening times, we hope to see you all there! See our project page here: MYRNA @ SXSW.

SAT 3/14 @1:30pm @ Topfert Theatre at ZACH
SUN 3/15 @11:15am @ Rollins Theater at the Long Center
SAT 3/21 @5:30pm @ Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar B

More Festival coming up:

Tomorrow, Friday 2/27 at 7pm, Myrna will be screening at Big Muddy Film Festival - see their FULL SCHEDULE. We are really sad that we can't be there in person, but we are honored to be part of this great lineup and wish everybody a great festival!!!

Atlanta Film Festival just announced their FULL LINEUP!!! So thrilled to be part of their "Other Worlds" Shorts block! Stay tuned for dates and screening times.

We have more exciting announcements coming up soon, so check back for updates!!!





More press love for Myrna the Monster!

"In merely 14:20 minutes, the film manages to touch sweetly upon inherently human issues through the eyes of a Martian: friendships, matters of the heart, the universal question “Is there anyone out there like me?”

Myrna in LA - Sunset & Hollywood

Myrna in LA - Sunset & Hollywood

Read more about Myrna and Kathleen Hanna and see the exclusive lyric video with music by BOYS here:



And a mention on NERDIST.COM - together with Pharrell Williams… :)






More Myrna-press!

What a crazy day for Myrna! 

Kathleen + Myrna!

Check out these great interviews with Kathleen Hanna and our director Ian Samuels about her experience voicing Myrna, working with Ian, how she thought she was gonna get fired because she was so nervous and thought she was too slow (in reality, we can tell you that Ian was the one nervous and scared that Kathleen would drop out!), how she feels similar to Myrna, how she felt the first time she watched the short after dubbing it and so much more!!!

Kathleen is so amazing.




And find an exclusive gift for all of you from Myrna's Tinder adventures and her search for love in Los Angeles:



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