An innocent Beverly Hills girl falls for a Venice Beach street clown named Chaos and she must overcome her inhibitions and become a clown herself for the relationship to succeed.
Artmedia is in pre-production on a new coming of age romantic comedy Courting Chaos which is set in Los Angeles. The script has been written under the guidance of US script consultant Linda Seger and it is being called 'lovely' by Hollywood managers.
Writer/Director Alan Clay, is in Los Angeles to audition actors and clowns for roles in the film. Find character descriptions and more information on the auditions page and the crew calls page.
Butterfly Crush is a story about a female song and dance duo who threaten to self-destruct on the brink of fame. The girls are up for the Australasian Song Awards, but their chance at success is jeopardized when Eva gets involved with a Kings Cross cult, the Dreamguides, and Moana must risk everything to save her.
Butterfly Crush gets US distribution
Butterfly Crush has been picked up for North American distribution. The film is distributed on TV and DVD in the US and Canada by Vanguard Cinema and in Video On Demand by Indie Rights.
Best Feature Film Award - Reel Independent Film Festival, Washington D.C.
The film continued its successful festival run with a screening last month at the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza in Washington D.C., where writer-director Alan Clay (pictured left) was on hand to receive the top prize of Best Feature Film.
Silver Feature Film Award
Jam Fest Indie Film Festival, USA
Butterfly Crush received a Silver Festival award from the 2011 Jam Fest Indie Film Festival, which is run by the Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Fine and Performing Arts.
Butterfly Crush Wins 'Best Feature Drama' at the Indie Gathering Film Festival in Ohio
Butterfly Crush continues its string of successes in the States, winning 'Best Feature Drama' at the Indie Gathering Film Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indie Gathering Film Festival exists to showcase the independent filmmaker and to inspire and encourage film makers through a competitive showcase of independent films. Writer-director Alan Clay is pictured with the award.
'Best International Narrative Feature' at the Anthem Film Festival, Las Vegas
Butterfly Crush screened July 15th at the Anthem Libertarian Film Festival in Las Vegas (USA) where it won the Best International Narrative Feature award. The festival presents the year's best films about personal and civil liberty and Butterfly Crush was programmed, "because the theme of choice and accountability in the film is particularly strong".
Butterfly Crush Wins Accolade Awards
Butterfly Crush has received an Accolade Award of Merit for a feature film. And Amelia Shankley received an Award of Excellence for Best Supporting Actress in the role of the Dreamguides cult leader, Star.
Based in California, the Accolade is unique. Awards go to those filmmakers who produce fresh, standout entertainment and recognize producers, established and emerging, who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity.
Other US Festivals
Butterfly Crush was also well received at the Ventura Film Festival in mid-July, where writer-director Alan Clay and Art Director Stewart Fulljames participated in lively Q&A after the screening. The film also screened at the Love Unlimited Festival in Portland, Oregon, where it won the 'Best Makeup in a Feature Film' award.
Butterfly Crush on DVD
The movie enjoyed a theatrical release in New Zealand in August and is currently available on DVD with copies in rental stores throughout the country. See the right hand column for a comprehensive list. The DVD can be rented online from Fatso or you can buy it online through Fishpond or Native Vision.
In the US the DVD of Butterfly Crush is now on sale and can be purchased for US$14.99.
Amazon Instant Video
For those in North America, Butterfly Crush is now available as an Instant Video download from Amazon, where it can be rented (single viewing) for only US$1.99 or purchased (multiple viewings) for US$9.99.
Butterfly Crush Podcasts
The singing duo Butterfly Crush are currently building an online fan base. Some of the recent podcasts are posted below and you can check out the podcasts and music videos which already have over 8000 fans, friends and subscribers on YouTube, MySpace, Bebo and FaceBook. You can find the latest news on the Sydney release of the movie or check out the New Zealand release page on Facebook.
The duo are getting comments like, “aww yall are hella cute!!!” , “I love it”, “great job girls! PRO!”, “excellent well done 5 star”, “great work”.
New Zealand Theatrical Release 2010
Check out the 'Butterfly Crush the Movie NZ Release' page on Facebook for all the information on the New Zealand DVD release.
Moana and Eva are a song and dance duo which is up for the Australasian Song Awards, when one gets involved in the Dreamguides, a cult which is into astrology and virtual dreaming. On the brink of fame, with their chance of success in jeopardy, Moana must risk everything to rescue Eva and keep Butterfly Crush in the Awards. Will Moana be lured into the cult by a young member, Matt or will she break free to follow their dreams?
On this site you can check out news items and press releases, production credits and photos, find an outline of the story plus photos, read reviews of the book, watch the trailer and view podcasts from Butterfly Crush.
A father and 8 year old daughter team of sand-sculptors, embark on a crazy adventure, exploring the transient nature of art and life, from Bondi Beach to the Adelaide Fringe and on to the Auckland Festival, finding love and discovering the magic in life.
Writer/Director Alan Clay adapted the script for our new feature film True Believers from his novel 'Believers in Love'. John Cleese will play an Auckland City Councilor who doesn't like art.
We are currently attaching our lead actors and seeking market support. The film is a NZ/Australian co-production and applications have gone in in both countries for official co-pro status.
Butterfly Crush New Zealand DVD Release
The Butterfly Crush DVD can now be rented online from Fatso.
"With a plethora of angsty and empowering toe-tapping tunes, cute boys and outrageous fashions, Butterfly Crush certainly has plenty to offer... And in the two leads, Hale and Fielding, it boasts a couple of engaging young, triple-threat performers." Christchurch Press
The DVD can now be rented from these video stores:
Taafe St United Video, Kaitaia
Video Ezy, Whangarei
United Video, Whangarei
Whangarei City Civic Video, Whangarei
Massey Blockbuster, Auckland
Mairangi Bay United Video, Auckland
Northcote United Video, Auckland
Sunnynook Civic Video, Auckland
Milford Civic Video, Auckland
Devonport Civic Video, Auckland
New Lynn United Video, Auckland
Glen Eden Video Ezy, Auckland
Glen Eden Civic Video, Auckland
Green Bay Civic Video, Auckland
Glendene Civic Video, Auckland
Grey Lynn Video Ezy, Auckland
Ponsonby Civic Video, Auckland
Newmarket Blockbuster, Auckland
Mt Eden Civic Video, Auckland
Mt Eden Video Ezy, Auckland
Mt Albert United Video, Auckland
Mt Albert Video Ezy, Auckland
Mt Roskill Video Ezy, Auckland
St Heliers Video Ezy, Auckland
Otahuhu United Video, Auckland
Blockhouse Bay United Video, Auckland
Manurewa United Video, Auckland
Papakura United Video, Auckland
Papakura Civic Video, Auckland
Botany Downs United Video, Auckland
Botany Video Ezy, Auckland
United Video, Whangamata
Frankton United Video, Hamilton
Hamilton City Civic Video, Hamilton
Bethlehem Video Ezy, Tauranga
Greerton Video Ezy, Tauranga
United Video, Matamata
Civic Video, Whakatane
Video Ezy, Whakatane
Civic Video, Rotorua
Ruapehu St United Video, Taupo
Greenmeadows Video Ezy, Napier
Thackeray St Video Ezy, Napier
Video Ezy, New Plymouth
Bell Block Video Ezy, New Plymouth
Video Ezy, Stratford
Video Ezy, Wanganui
Puriri St United Video, Wanganui
Dublin St United Video, Wanganui
Blockbuster Video, Wanganui
Video Ezy, Marton
United Video, Palmerston North
United Video, Masterton
Tawa United Video, Wellington
Paraparaumu United Video, Wellington
Paraparaumu Video Ezy, Wellington
Paremata Video Ezy, Wellington
Johnsonville Video Ezy, Wellington
Porirua Video Ezy, Wellington
Aro St Video Shop, Wellington
Richmond United Video, Nelson
Vanguard St United Video, Nelson
Video Ezy, Westport
Video Ezy, Greymouth
Video Ezy, Hokitika
Hornby Video Ezy, Christchurch
Woolston United Video, Christchurch
Barrington St Civic Video, Christchurch
Linwood Civic Video, Christchurch
Video Ezy, Lyttleton
Blockbuster Video, Riccarton
Video Ezy, Oamaru
Stanley St United Video, Queenstown
Franton Video Ezy, Queenstown
Video Ezy, Arrowtown
South Dunedin Video Ezy, Dunedin
South Dunedin United Video, Dunedin
North Dunedin Civic Video, Dunedin
South City United Video, Invercargill
You can also get the Butterfly Crush DVD through any Public Library on the Inter-loan system and here are some of the libraries which currently have copies:
North Shore Libraries, Auckland
Morrinsville Public Library, Morrinsville
University of Waikato Library, Hamilton
Wanganui District Library, Wanganui
Rangitikei District Libraries, Marton
City Library, Palmerston North
Porirua Library, Wellington
National Library, Wellington
Kaikoura District Library, Kaikoura
University of Otago Library, Dunedin
Rated M - Contains offensive language and sexual references.
"The two girl group, Butterfly Crush, is a dynamic package that manages to suspend all doubts when it performs...And the best thing is Amelia Shankley, with her plausible, chilling cult leader." Otago Daily Times
If you would like the film to screen in your city, you can "Demand It!" using the widget below.
You can find information on auditions for roles in our movie in development True Believers and checkout reviews of the novel on which it is based. You can also find information on our next film project, Angels Can Fly, and read an excerpt from the book.
On this site you can also check out Artmedia's digital short film, Moontan which was released in 2007 - read the synopsis, check out reviews of the book on which the film is based, or read scene one of the script, and find information on the cast and production team.
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last updated 07 January 2013