Thursday, April 27, 2006

The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival

Would you believe that we are screening at the upcoming Myrtle Beach International Film Festival?! This is exciting, especially after our award at the Reel Women International Film Festival. "When I Find The Ocean" is on the move.

Keep your eyes and ears open for our next major announcements. Yes, we are going into development on.... We'll let you know very soon.

Many exciting things coming your way in the near future. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006





Debut Feature Film From Acclaimed Filmmaker Tonya S. Holly SelectedAmong Top Two Feature Films In The Dramatic Competition

March 29, 2006, Los Angeles, Sheffield, AL - Feature film productioncompany Cypress Moon Productions ( has received an Honorable Mention for its debutfeature film "When I Find the Ocean" during the 2006 Reel WomenInternational Film Festival.

The highly-anticipated screening, which was held on Friday March 24,2006 in Hollywood, was recognized as the second most notable film in thedramatic feature film category following the festival winner MyBollywood Bride.

"Told through the incredible vision of first time feature film directorTonya S. Holly, "When I Find the Ocean" is an explosive mixture ofadventure and excitement that raises the bar of all future featuresubmissions to Reel Women International Film Festival," said Diana Meansfounder and director of the two year old festival. "The film furtherreflects the festivals commitment to securing quality feature films,shorts and documentaries."

Shot primarily in Alabama, "When I Find the Ocean" is a full lengthfeature set in 1965. The film follows the dream of a little girl (LilyMatland Holly) and her adventure to find the ocean. The film also starsLee Majors, Diane Ladd, Graham Greene, Bernie Casey, Richard Tyson, AmyRedford, David "Shark" Fralick, George Lindsey, Steve Viall and PaceStoddard.

With more than 17 years experience working within various facets of thefilm industry, Holly also presently serves as President of the AlabamaFilmmakers Association. Committed to bringing more production toAlabama as a viable alternative to Hollywood and to nurturingAlabama-based talent, Holly has recently purchased the historic MuscleShoals Recording Studio which will be refurbished into a full servicefilm, television and music production company including post production facilities.

"I am thrilled that people enjoyed the film and that we garnered theHonorable Mention during the Reel Women International Film Festival,"said Tonya S. Holly writer, producer and director of When I Find theOcean who also serves as President of Cypress Moon Productions. "As awoman filmmaker, I am particularly pleased to be recognized by thisimportant festival and among such other talented women in the industry."The film marks the first feature film by Holly and follows on the heelsof her award winning short film "The Mirror."

The Reel Women International Film Festival was established to honor andadvance the careers of accomplished and emerging female filmmakers byproviding a forum for them to showcase their work to industry decisionmakers, as well as Southern California's film going audience.

For further information or to schedule a time to speak with Tonya S.Holly please contact Lauren Lewis or Theo Dumont at LevineCommunications Office.

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

The State

We have had such an overwhelming and amazing response to the film. The community support has been incredible. Our screenings at the Shoals Theater this past weekend became a look of what is in store for the future of "When I Find the Ocean."

Tonya S. Holly has great plans in store for this film and for this state. It is time for us to ban together to support a film initiative that will make our great state of Alabama competitive with the likes of Louisiana, North Carolina and very soon Tennessee. Alabama is one of the most diverse states in the union and it would be such a waste if the billions of dollars spent every year on movies wasn't spent partially here.

If Tonya's dream comes true, we will be looking at a new state. How great would it be to have millions of dollars poured into your communities just from one project? How great would it be to have good paying jobs in an industry that doesn't pollute our environment?

Please contact your legislators to tell them how important a strong film incentive is to you. Tell them you want better for yourself and for your children. Tell them you want better for Alabama.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The Morning After....

Ok, so I don't know about all of you but I am still trying to recover from this past weekend.


Now, I know that if I had a good time and I was working my buns off, then you definitely had a good time as a guest. I mean, the stars, the press, the food, the film, LITTLE RICHARD!!!!! It was such an unbelievable night.

I think we out-did ourselves on this one.

And yet, it is still not over. We have screenings this weekend at the Shoals Theater. You can buy tickets online, here at the studio or at the box office before the show.

So I am loving the comments you guys are sending me. Keep them coming! Nothing makes me smile more than someone having something to say about this little blog.

Anywho, I hope ya'll are recovering and gearing up for our next one....

Monday, February 27, 2006

Bow Chica Bow Wow

Yes, a little bit of inspiring music to get you ready for this week's blog.

To finish up old business, Ray Sergeant is the only one who has said he knows what a yankee dime is. Hopefully, the rest of my sweet readers know and are just too busy to tell me (hint hint, post some comments).

Anywho, before we get down to new business, I have a hilarious story to share. My cousin and I were at the mall yesterday shopping around when the most peculiar thing happened. Apparently, there was a bridal show going on at the mall over the weekend. And they have a little area where they have set up for the bridal fashion show. It's so quaint with its seating and flowers and candles and aisle...the whole nine yards. Kind of reminded of me of a sweet little church or a backyard wedding. So you can imagine my surprise when I walk by and realize they are blaring none other than "Baby Got Back" over the loud speaker before this fashion show. Me and my cousin stop to take in this very awkward scenario only to be delighted further by the people walking by paying no attention to what is going on. Needless to say, I have had a good laugh over this one.

So on to new business, the story about the premiere was on the front page of the paper on Sunday ( and we are so excited! (Thanks Bernie!) We are less than a week out and everything is coming together beautifully. For those of you who already have tickets, you are going to be blown away by this event. For those of you who don't have tickets, I don't know what you are waiting on but you are going to be sad when this sells out and you can't come. (I am actually sticking my tongue out like a 5 year old would do after they make a smart remark.)

For those of you procrastinators who don't have tickets, you can buy them online at or call us at the studio 256-381-5745.

Trust me, you want to be there.

Monday, February 06, 2006

and I can't find my way home.....

Ok so we made it home from Sundance.


We got stranded for like 6 hours at the Memphis airport. So during our hours of estrangement from our original schedule, we made new friends.

Now, although my parents told me not to talk to strangers, that little lesson never seemed to stick. I listened to the ones about not doing drugs, not getting arrested, you know, the obvious ones. And had it not been for my complete dismissal of this rule, I probably would still be at the Memphis airport contemplating my lot in life.

So we (myself, Tonya and Kenny) met some really great people. There is Tracy, who works locally in Florence as a sales manager and also owns her own animal boarding service. There is Tricia, who lives in L.A. but is from Sheffield and is a crude oil trader for Exxon Mobile (yes, I asked a ton of questions about the oil crisis). There was Brett that works for FEMA. He is an environmental specialist who after doing consulting work is helping clean up New Orleans. (Good Luck to you Brett!)

See, I would never have met these people had I listened to my parents.

And Tracy, the genius, rented a mini-van, and we (Tracy, Tricia, Tonya, Kenny and myself) all rode to the Shoals together. Possibly the most random thing any of us has ever done. It was fun! I like strangers. Except for the really creepy ones that kidnap you and stuff. They are no good.

So that was part of our adventure home. Sundance went great. We met tons of people and learned a lot about this machine called film festival. Now we are focusing on the premiere, which if you have been living under a rock is March 4, 2006. Hopefully I will be seeing all of your bright, smiling, beautiful faces there. It is going to be a great night. I promise. I'll even bet you. A yankee dime. Does anyone know what a yankee dime is? My parents use to try to trick me with that when I was younger. They also told me that Santa was real and that there was an invisible babysitter named Pat in the middle seat of the car that would beat me and my brother if we didn't quit fighting....I am starting to see a pattern here......

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Let Jag

Well, we have arrived to Park City, Utah. And we are tired.

Let me explain.

None of us finished packing for our trip before 2:00 A.M. the night before we are suppose to leave. We arrive in L.A., work all day, and get up to fly at 3:45 a.m. the next morning. Yes, well, we have been through three time zones and three totally different climates.

So, we are sitting at lunch yesterday and the delirium set in. I began to describe the snow except I kept calling it ski. Then I started to talk about flying by the pant of my seat instead of flying by the seat of my pants. Then Tonya tried to tell me turn around and put my glasses on but instead said turn your glasses on. Then, to top all of it off, all of our noses keep bleeding.

See, now you are let jagged too!

But as exhausted as we are, we are excited to be here. We have meetings set up to discuss and promote "When I Find the Ocean" over the next two weeks here at Sundance Film Festival. It's snowing like it's nobody's business outside so that makes us happy. I'll update this frequently and let you guys know what all kinds of mischief we get into!