New York Women in Film and Television’s Women Crush Wednesdays podcast team interviews the women behind "Bite Me" a film about vampire life and the non-traditional distribution model they designed themselves.
“Actress/writer/producer Naomi McDougall Jones will screen her new feature film Bite Me at the Atlas Performing Arts Center… After the screening, stick around for a Q&A and a “Joyful Vampire Ball” (costumes welcomed!). $25, 7 PM.”
“After a highly successful start in New York City, the Bite Me team is now on the road. As I write this, the Bitemobile is fitted out and tooling along on I-95, somewhere between Philadelphia (last night’s locale) and the University Mall Theatres in Fairfax, Virginia, where the flick will be screened at 7:30 EDT tonight.“
“Independent filmmakers have a problem — how do you attract an audience to view the product of your imagination, your artistic vision, your expenditure of heart and soul (and time and money)? If you’re Naomi McDougall Jones, writer and star of Bite Me, you create a nationwide roadshow in which you spend three months in an RV…”
“After discovering her newest film, a subversive rom-com called Bite Me, and her plans to forgo traditional distribution in favor of a 50+ city self-booked tour, I immediately reached out to Naomi to learn all I could from her about her process.”
“Once she realized that she had been empowered all along, she took a refreshingly different approach. Naomi recentered with her own value system and courageously decided to distribute her film herself.”
“Her new feature, Bite Me, is a subversive romantic comedy about the real-life subculture of people who believe they're vampires. In addition to writing and starring in the film, Naomi and her team are pioneering an innovative new film distribution model by releasing the film in the nationwide, RV-powered, Joyful Vampire Tour of America in the spring and summer of 2019. “
“I wanted to recreate and update the rom-coms, understanding that the world around us is very different than it was in the 90s – an optimistic period. I wanted to explore how you can have faith in anything now, most particularly love, when you have lost faith in everything, in general.”
[Bite Me is] funny and colorful, and in the end has a totally sincere message about how nobody is too special for ordinary, run-of-the-mill love… It's so much fun when people ask my favorite film of the festival to yell out, ‘BITE ME!’”
“ChristianCoulson (Nashville) is set as a series regular in ABC’s Until the Wedding, a romantic drama pilot from writer Becky Mode (Smash), producers Sarah Timberman & Carl Beverly (Elementary, SEAL Team), Alon Aranya (Betrayal, Hostages), Israel’s Reshet Media and ABC Studios.“
“First time director MeredithEdwards works with a subtlety that lets the story unfold in such a genuine way that you can’t help but root for Sarah and James. Star and screenwriter NaomiMcDougallJones shares a ton of the credit for a film which I can only hope that finds a wider audience in the future, as this is a gem that deserves to be found.”
“Bite Me,” a romantic comedy that will see its world premiere March 9 at Cinequest, has a dark edge. The female lead is a vampire who falls in love with an IRS auditor; let the “bloodsucker” comparisons begin.
In “Bite Me,” a rom-com by Meredith Edwards, an IRS agent audits a community whose residents think they’re vampires (a real-life subculture). Screenings are at 9:45 p.m. March 9 at the California; 7:20 p.m. March 11 and 10:45 a.m. March 17 at Century 20 Redwood City; and 11:30 a.m. March 13 at 3Below.
After four years of writing and rewriting the script (plus crowd-funding), Jones shot Bite Me over 21 days in New York last summer, with director Meredith Edwards helming an all-female creative team and a primarily female crew.