OF DICE AND MEN is a new dramedy feature film by Cavegirl Productions that completed principal photography in September 2013, and will complete final post-production in August 2014. It is based on the critically-acclaimed play about tabletop roleplaying gamers written by Cameron McNary. McNary, along with award-winning screenwriter Francis Abbey, have transformed the play into a hilarious and poignant “High Fidelity meets Dragonslayer” film script that appeals to gamers and non-gamers alike.
OF DICE AND MEN Screenings:
PAX East: Boston, MA – April 11, 2014
AFI Silver Theatre: Silver Spring, MD – May 23, 2014
TooManyGames: Philadelphia, PA – June 28th, 2014
Gen Con Indy Film Festival: Indianapolis, IN – August 15th & 17th, 2014
Intervention: Rockville, MD – August 23rd, 2014
Dragon*Con Film Festival: Atlanta, GA – August 29th-September 1st, 2014
ABOUT THE FILM
OF DICE AND MEN is a dramedy feature film based on the critically-acclaimed play written by Cameron McNary. The play was performed for packed houses at the gaming conventions PAX East in Boston, MA and PAX Prime in Seattle, Washington in 2010. The film version screened at PAX East in April of 2014, and is an official selection of the 2014 Gen Con Indy Film Festival and the 2014 Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival.
“[Of Dice and Men is] important to gamers because it portrays gamers as the kind of people you want to be around, and the kind you want to be. It’s a hip, very funny, deeply touching play that challenges the stereotypes about gamers and gaming. It is geek art without the self-loathing. If you’ve ever wanted to take your mom or your girlfriend or your grandad to something and say, ‘Look: THIS is why I play’, and have them *get* it, now you can.”
- Cameron McNary
Few dungeon masters can make the game come to life better than John Francis. Dwarves, Mages and Barbarians jump right off of their character sheets whenever he sits down at the gaming table of frisky suburbanite parents, Linda and Brandon. John Francis’ best friends, sailor-mouthed John Alex and thoughtful jock Jason, bring roguish swagger and knightly nobility to the game. And the object of John Francis’ affection, the feisty Tara, provides all the Half Elven Double Princess backstory they could ever need.
But when Jason enlists to go to Iraq and with the relationship with Tara going nowhere, it may be time for John Francis to hang up his twenty sided dice and take a job on the other side of the country. However, John Francis is about to discover that leaving will prove tougher than the Tomb of Horrors.
OF DICE AND MEN is a blisteringly funny and deeply affecting look at the things that truly matter in life.
OF DICE AND MEN is the first feature film to be produced by Cavegirl Productions.
It was filmed in September 2013 at locations in Maryland and Northern Virginia, and will complete final post-production in August 2014.
|EVAN CASEY (John Francis) – Based out of DC, Evan has been acting professionally in theatre, film, and television for over a decade. His stage credits include work Off-Broadway in New York and regionally at the North Carolina Theatre, New London Barn Playhouse, and Everyman Theatre. DC area credits include productions at the Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Signature Theatre, and Shakespeare Theatre Company among others. He is a two-time Helen Hayes Award Nominee for his work on DC’s stages. He has appeared on film in multiple independent features and was seen on TruTV’s Missing Persons Unit, as well as in commercials for Tire Van and IKEA, and currently on the award-winning western web series Thurston. Evan also regularly performs, tours, and records cast albums with the political satire group The Capitol Steps, and his voice can be heard on numerous Graphic Audio book recordings. He is a graduate of Catholic University and the London Dramatic Academy. He has taught acting at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Howard Community College, and many DC area theatres.|
|CAMERON MCNARY (Screenwriter/John Alex/Spango) – Cameron McNary first played Dungeons & Dragons when he was eight years old. He’s been an actor for almost as long. He wanted to write a play about D&D for a long, long time — to portray the game and the community around it that had done so much to enrich his life, and to counter popular portrayals of D&D geeks that were little more than walking parodies. But he knew that if he wrote a play that was just “about D&D”, it would suck. So he didn’t. Then, in 2006, turning 30, getting married, and about to move out of his parents’ house, his best friend enlisted in the Marine Reserves, and was about to be deployed to Iraq. He found himself looking at his vast collection of gaming books and asking, “What’s the point? Why do I play these games? Should I just put away these childish things?” And suddenly he had something to write about. Cameron brings almost fifteen years of experience as a theatre and film professional to the film version of Of Dice and Men. He’s done Shakespeare, a History Channel miniseries, and even been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. Of Dice and Men was the first play he ever finished, and it’s still the dearest to his heart.|
|GWEN GRASTORF (Tara/Alaya) – Gwen Grastorf is an actor and performer in the DC metro area. She has worked with many local theatre companies, including Happenstance Theater (company member), Constellation Theatre (Associate Artist), Faction of Fools (Associated Artist), Forum Theatre, Taffety Punk, Rorschach Theatre, WSC Avant Bard, Solas Nua, Bright Alchemy Theatre, Doorway Arts Ensemble, the Source Festival, and the Capital Fringe Festival. B.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park. www.gwengrastorf.com|
|RICARDO FREDERICK EVANS (Jason/Kester) – Ricardo Frederick Evans has appeared in four of Cavegirl Production’s 48 Hour Film Project entries: Therapy, Restraint, Presence and Spyce. Other film credit’s include the Cavegirl/Ciscovaras/Team Jabberwocky production: The Broken Continent. He can be seen as a reporter in the upcoming season of House of Cards on Netflix. Ricardo has been primarily a stage actor and has worked with the Shakespeare Theatre, the Folger Shakespeare Library, Studio Theatre, Rorschach Theatre. He received a Helen Hayes Outstanding Supporting Actor nomination for his perfomance in Doctor Dolittle at Imagination Stage.|
|REBECCA A. HERRON (Linda/Durak) – Originally from Houston, TX, Rebecca holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Miami. She’s a regular in most of Cavegirl Productions’ 48-hour films, including 2013′s SPYCE, (DC 48-HFP Ensemble Acting Award) and 2012’s multi-award-winning PRESENCE, for which she took home a DC 48-HFP Best Acting Award- Female. She starred as Liz in The Matchmaker’s Guide To Controlling The Elements with JT Burian Cinematicals, and in Modern Love is Automatic as Dolores with S&Z Productions. DC-area theatrical credits include Effie in Spitfire Grill with Theater Alliance (Helen Hayes nomination). She also performed onstage with The National Players at Olney Theatre Center, WSC AvantBard, American Century Theater, Venus Theatre, Adventure Theatre, ATW/Ganymede Arts, VSA Arts at the Kennedy Center, Cherry Red Productions and other companies. Rebecca has appeared on TV in DC-area commercials and nationally on America’s Most Wanted, but not as the wanted criminal. She also wanders the woods as Orla in the new webseries The Broken Continent, coproduced by Cavegirl Productions, Team Jabberwocky and Ciscovaras Pictures.|
|GREG THOMPSON (Brandon/Throg) – Greg Thompson is an award-winning film and theatre artist and a member of Actor’s Equity Association, Society of Directors and Choreographers, and SAG-AFTRA eligible. His work has encompassed Theatre, Musical Theatre, Opera, Light Opera, Dance, Corporate Theatre, Film, Television, Radio, Cruise Ship Entertainment, Theme Park and Academic Theatre. Greg’s film work spans more than 50 features, shorts and series where he can be seen in the supporting role of Darrell Waltrip in the highly-acclaimed ESPN Original Film 3 starring Barry Pepper, and as the photographer in the HBO Original Film Warm Springs – Winner of 8 Emmy Awards, starring Kenneth Branagh, Cynthia Nixon, Kathy Bates and Jane Alexander. Lead film roles include Allen in the supernatural/suspense thriller Dark Remains, the Baron in Psychopathia Sexualis and Richard (which earned him a best supporting actor award) in the indie feature Ghost Of The Needle. Dawson’s Creek fans will remember him as Peter, the slimy film producer, and One Tree Hill fans saw him in the recurring role of Dr. Adams. In 2006, Greg debuted his first efforts as Film Director/Producer/Screenwriter with Swimming To The Moon, the first of his six short-film scripts to be produced, which took the “Audience Choice” award in it’s festival debut, followed by Down A Dark Road, another award-winning short film in 2007. The current MINE was nominated for best short film in its debut festival and has won two audience choice and three juried awards for best short in its first seven festival screenings. His work on stage and screen has paired him with such notable performers as Jennifer Holliday, Marcia Lewis, Kenneth Branagh, Ewan McGregor, Renee Zellweger, Sophia Loren, Melanie Griffith, Tippi Hedren, Cliff Robertson, John Cullum, Harve Presnell and Jodi Benson.|
|CONNOR TARBERT (Young John Francis) – Connor Tarbert will be making his professional debut in Of Dice and Men. Connor began his training in drama & acting in 2012 studying at Broadway on Second Street Performing Arts in Wilmington, NC and most recently with Cheryl Felicia Rhoads Northern Virginia Acting School in Falls Church, VA. Connor, a budding gamer at age 8, is thrilled to be working with Cavegirl Productions.|
|HENRY NIEPOETTER (Young John Alex) – Henry Niepoetter is a seventh grader at College Park Academy. Henry’s interest in acting began in first grade when he was cast in the school musical. His most recent performance was as Jason Gray in Camp Rock: The Musical at Adventure Theater/Musical Theater Center (ATMTC). In 2012 he was Mike Teavee in Northwestern High School’s production of Willy Wonka and made his professional debut as Turkey Boy/Ignorance/Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theater. In November 2013 Henry will play the role of Louis in Olney Theatre Center’s production of The King and I. Henry has studied acting at Camp Shakespeare, Impulse City, and ATMTC’s 2013 Summer Musical Theater Training Program and is currently studying tap, ballet and voice. This is Henry’s film debut.|
|NATE NELSON (Thomas Stryk)|
|JOSHUA SECKEL (Game Store Cashier)|
|EXTRAS: Ursula Esser, Alexander Kristobek, Erica Dawn Nelson, Larry Wile, Maeve Yeager|
|Directed By||Kelley Slagle|
|Based on the Play By||Cameron McNary|
|Screenplay By||Francis Abbey|
|Executive Producer||Seth C. Polansky|
|Director of Photography||Autumn Moran|
|Original Music By||Noah Potter|
|Associate Producers||Cameron McNary
|Assistant Camera||Wesley Hunt|
|2nd Assistant Camera/DIT||Matthew Creger|
|Rigging Gaffer||Mike Yoder|
|Sound Design & Location Mixer/Sound Recordist||Seth C. Polansky|
|Visual Effects||Paul Good|
|Makeup Artist||Jenn Quinn|
|Production Manager||Maureen McNary|
|Script Supervisor||Joe Lancaster|
|SETH C. POLANSKY (Executive Producer) – Seth C. Polansky is an attorney, musician and lifelong roleplaying, tabletop and video gamer. He has served as General Counsel to several multinational technology companies, been a graduate school professor, and is programmer and bass player for the band blindtillnow. In addition to providing business and legal support to other local productions and artists, Seth has been a core member of the Cavegirl Productions team serving as a Composer, Sound Designer and Location Mixer/Sound Recordist for the past decade.|
|KELLEY SLAGLE (Director/Producer) – Kelley Slagle has been a working actor in the DC area for over fourteen years. She began directing, producing and editing short films and music videos with her company, Cavegirl Productions in 2004, and now works as a producer and editor with the visual communications company RHED Pixel. Cavegirl Productions has created films for twelve 48 Hour Film Project and National Film Challenge competitions. The films have collectively earned ten awards and many were accepted in other festivals. Most recently Kelley co-produced The Broken Continent, a new fantasy webseries, now available at getbroken.tv. For more information on Kelley and Cavegirl Productions, visit www.cavegirl.com.|
|FRANCIS ABBEY (Screenwriter/Producer) – Francis Abbey earned degrees in Criminology and Spanish at the University of Maryland and completed graduate studies in film and television at the Savannah College of Art and Design. During his time in Savannah, Abbey focused on writing and directing, completing several short scripts, teleplays, and feature length screenplays, including Truth or Consequences, which was a Project Greenlight quarter-finalist. In 2006, his original script, Pennsyltucky, placed fourth out of 2,000 entries in the Slamdance Screenplay Competition. Abbey wrote, directed, and produced his first feature film, Boxing Day, in 2008. Made for just $2,000 and shot largely over two weekends, Boxing Day has gone on to play at multiple film festivals, earn enthusiastic reviews, and win several awards. Abbey completed a second feature, 6 Nonsmokers, in 2010. His fantasy webseries, The Broken Continent, is now available at getbroken.tv.|
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ARTICLES & RELEASES
May 30, 2014: Film Hamster Recap and Review – Of Dice and Men
September 10, 2013: Forbes.com, Cameron McNary’s Film Is About Gamers, But Speaks To Everyone
September 9, 2013: Geek Legacy, Independent Film Spotlight – Of Dice and Men
September 9, 2013: SFX, Of Dice and Men – the feature film
September 5, 2013: Washington City Paper, Dungeons & Dragons Play Of Dice and Men Chases Screen Dreams
August, 13, 2013: Castles & Cooks, Of Dice and Men Levels Up from Play to Movie
August 12, 2013: Press Release, OF DICE AND MEN – a geek movie without the self-loathing
TRAILERS & PROMOS
OF DICE AND MEN finished shooting in late September 2013 and is currently in post-production.
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SPECIAL THANKS TO THESE COMPANIES, DONORS AND SUPPORTERS!
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Further thanks to the following donors:
|Robert Mayo||Kimberly Lacey||Jason Halter|
|Amanda L French||Joe Lancaster||Paul and Kathleen Casey|
|Chris Tarbert||Sarah Messer||Ryan Peachey|
|Jason Petty||Genevieve Williams||Alexander Kristobek|
|Jordan Johnson||Stacy Sandstedt||Danae Fesler|
|Larry Wile||Nicole Chambers||Brian Miller|
|Christopher Olson||Todd Grant||Julie Hall|
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