“We previously reported on the success of subversive romantic comedy Bite Me, currently on The Joyful Vampire Tour of America, and recently Leaky had the exclusive chance to interview the film’s writer and star, Naomi McDougall Jones, as well as co-star Christian Coulson, who you’ll recognise as Tom Riddle from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!”
“Bite Me is a new DIY film written by and starring Woody Creek native Naomi McDougall Jones. Naomi brings the film home to our valley on her Joyful Vampire tour and here she appears on KDNK's Beyond Beyond to talk about the film and the state of the independent film industry.”
[Director Chase] Martin says Jones is a gender equality activist in Hollywood who’s helping women fill gaps ‘that females aren’t necessarily filling in the film industry.’ … ‘What’s she’s trying to do is encourage female filmmakers to produce films, because there’s a gap between male filmmakers and female filmmakers, and she’s trying to incentivize and encourage females.’”
“I love a good romance story. In fact, there is almost no feeling that I love more than that heart-stretching, swelly feeling when the two lovers have left each other but might get back together but you’re not quite sure they actually will get back together and, oh my goodness, what if they don’t, but they have to, right, because it’s a romance, right?! – feeling.”
“Sarah and Tate talk to Naomi McDougall Jones about her film Bite Me, a romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her. It's a little bit crazy and a whole lot of delightful.”
“It’s about outsiders seeking acceptance, being seen and loved for who they are, which feels like a pretty urgent theme right now in the world,” Jones said. “The film addresses those themes, but in a hopeful and comedic way.”
“With the new film “Bite Me,” Naomi McDougall Jones has made a charming romantic comedy set in the world of real-life vampires. But the Aspen native is also using the independent feature to test a new model for film distribution.”
“The film is receiving a ground-breaking and notable release: a 51-screening, 40-city, 3-month, RV-fueled Joyful Vampire Tour of America that kicked off on May 6th with three sold-out screenings in New York City and is now circumnavigating the US, bringing screenings of Bite Me, Joyful Vampire Balls, fangs, capes, and joy wherever they go.”
“BITE ME is a quirky, heartfelt, rom-com that sprinkles blood and black eyeliner on a typical genre picture, and is well worth the watch, especially considering the director and lead starlet seemed destined for big things.”
"A lot of the research I did, I found that real vampires obviously hate the 'Twilight' representation, and are more fond of the Anne Rice vampires, which lead to me looking at the trajectory of how vampires have been represented in popular culture," said Jones, "they started as monsters- Nosferatu, Dracula- and it wasn't until Anne Rice that she made them sexy and romantic, which is more commonly how we see them today."
“Vampires are heading to The Community Library in Ketchum for a screening of the new movie ‘Bite Me.’
The film follows an underground community of people who identify as vampires. When one of them gains viral recognition for a television appearance, the group garners unwanted attention from an IRS auditor played by Christian Coulson.”
“Almost every screening of Bite Me on the tour is paired with a special event – most often Joyful Vampire Balls, although there is at least one Joyful Vampire Yoga Class – that gives audiences a chance to meet the filmmakers, have fun with their community, and celebrate whatever makes them most joyful. Capes, tiaras, and wings are encouraged at all screenings and events.”
“Get ready for The Joyful Vampire Tour of America on July 5 at the Downtown Event Center. The tour is promoting the indie flick "Bite Me," a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her.”
“Following its Cinequest World Premiere and Best Feature Film Win at VTXIFF, Bite Me, a subversive romantic comedy starring Christian Coulson (Tom Riddle), is currently on The Joyful Vampire Tour of America… running until August 6th.”
“Following Bite Me’s 2019 Cinequest World Premiere and Best Feature Film Win at VTXIFF, the Bite Me team decided to go rogue and change how independent films are distributed with The Joyful Vampire Tour of America, a 49-screening, 40-city, 3-month, RV-fueled, old-school carnival-coming-to-town extravaganza that is circumnavigating the US from May 6-August 4, 2019.”
“In this chat, we focus on the challenges and biases of the indie film distribution model and how Naomi and Sarah took matters into their own hands with The Joyful Vampire Tour of America, showcasing BITE ME! at 51 screenings in over 40 cities across America. We also talk about the romantic comedy genre, vampires and how the two obviously go together.”
“The Joyful Vampire Tour of America is swinging through Victoria on Tuesday to screen ‘Bite Me,’ the film that won best feature at the Victoria Texas Indie Film Fest earlier this year. The movie will start at 8 p.m. at Rosebud Records, Grill and Theater.”
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.
“Harry Potter actor ChristianCoulson is set to star in the indie romance comedy Bite Me, along with Naomi McDougall Jones, (Imagine I’m Beautiful), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), and Annie Golden (Orange is the New Black). Meredith Edwards is directing the film, the first title from Blue Firefly Films and Twin Dragons Productions, from a script by Jones.”