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4.30.2010 I Heard the Mermaids Singing official selection Washougal International Film Festival 2010

August 11-15th 2010

WASHOUGAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (WIFF) is quickly becoming the "Columbia Gorge International Film Festival", a rapidly growing community festival with international appeal taking place in beautiful Vancouver, Washington on the Columbia River Gorge.

WIFF aims to deliver a warm, welcoming, and supportive environment where filmmakers meet fellow artists and film fans and watch incredible films, all while enjoying the pristine Pacific Northwest. WIFF pays tribute to thought-provoking films that inspire individuals, artists, and the community, and honors the artists who make these moving pictures possible. The Festival presents a broad range of films representing current affairs and relevant topics that affect our communities. Submitted films will be evaluated on merits such as creativity, ingenuity, story, attention to detail, and the ability to challenge audiences and evoke emotions.

The Festival showcases local, national, and international creations across a variety of genres and categories. WIFF seeks to combine public screenings along the Columbia River with small forums that facilitate dialogue and exchange through the powerful language of film and the arts. Past winners have won cash prizes and have garnered great press, including exposure through a WIFF advertisement in The Hollywood Reporter. All screenings are also free to the public, expanding the Festival's reach and exposing films to a wider audience.

7/28/2009 Mermaids screening at FISHBON EVENT LAB, Santa Barbara
  Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00pm
at FISHBON PESCADROME 101 S. Quarantina

Independent Film Madness and BBQ

Victoria Charters, a successful actor in both her native Australia and the United States embarked on an adventure called I Heard the Mermaids Singing in 2007. As an independent short film the odds seemed long, but the script was good, written by playwright, casting director and acting coach, Michael Shurtleff, and the challenge of adapting the script, producing and starring in the film exciting. Over the last two eventful years she has gotten the film into more than 14 film festivals including Cannes and Philadelphia and literally done everything to market the sensitive love story. This Wednesday, we're in for a special treat. Victoria will screen the film at the Fishbon Pescadrome and give us a backstage look at the business of film in all its inter-related phases. Don't miss this one.

mermaids stillHere's a synopsis:
A loner (Kenneth Johnson, The Shield, Saving Grace ) meets a woman (Victoria Charters, Death of a Saleswoman, Jimmy Zip) outside a party, forming a connection in an instant. A classic & lyrical love-tale with a bitter-sweet twist, I Heard the Mermaids Singing is a short-film adaptation of a play written by legendary acting coach & casting director Michael Shurtleff who passed away January 28, 2007. I Heard the Mermaids Singing is an homage to him and his teachings which live on in our hearts & minds.

Before the presentation, Nathan will be at the helm for another magical Fishbon BarB-Que. Food goes on the grill beginning at 7, so bring something to share and join us for vittles before the event.

This one will be very fun, so bring libations to share and join us at the Fishbon Pescadrome, 101 S. Quarantina. in Santa Barbara.

Info: 805-453-5246 or check out the blog at:fishboneventlab
5.26.2009 Mermaids is official selection Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
philadelphia independent filom festival 2009

June 25th - 28th 2009 - Philadelphia

4.14.2009 Mermaids is official selection Delray Beach Film Festival
Delray Beach Film Festival Official Selection

May 19-24 2009 - Delray Beach Florida

2.20.2009 Mermaids sold to Moviola
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Please direct all distribution & broadcasting inquiries to our distributor:

Jessica Parkinson
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february 2009


  • WINNER Silver Medal for Excellence, Park City Film Music Festival
  • WINNER Best Narrative Short, Great Lakes Film Festival

Past festivals - Official selection 2008

  • Park City Film Music Festival
  • Kent Film Festival
  • 10th Method Fest Film Festival
  • Sweet Auburn International Film Festival
  • First Take Film Festival
  • 61st Festival de Cannes, Short Film Corner
  • The ReelHeART International Film Festival
  • 22nd Annual Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival
  • Central Florida Film Festival
  • Naperville Independent Film Festival
  • Great Lakes Film Festival

Markets 2008/2009


Kenny and headstone hollywood sign


CHARITY AUCTION for an ORIGINAL PROP created for the FX television series THE SHIELD.

The Headstone of Curtis Lemansky

This solid granite headstone was custom made for the trailer to Season 6 of The Shield (2002-2008).

It is far and away the most exciting prop from the award–winning cable series. The headstone comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and Headshot signed by Kenny Johnson, the actor that played the character of Detective Curtis “Lemonhead” Lemansky. Lem was murdered with a hand grenade by his close friend and fellow detective Shane Vandrell (played by Walton Goggins) in the most riveting scene from the series to date – the season 5 finale.

Measurements:12 inches high, 24 inches wide, 3 inches thick, Weight: 81.5 lbs.

90% of the funds raised from this auction are being donated to Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation (charity chosen by Kenny Johnson)


I Heard the Mermaids Singing can next be seen at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France, from 30 January to 7 February , 2009

Showcase_cover I Heard the Mermaids Singing won best narrative short @ 2008 Great Lakes Independent Film Festival
in the water

Here's to you, coach
Victoria Charters and Kenneth Johnson made 'I Heard the Mermaids Singing' as a tribute to their acting coach.

Article published in the Erie Times-News 9/25/2008.

GLIFF Nomination

I just got news from 2008 Great Lakes Independent Film Festival I Heard the Mermaids Singing has been nominated for Best Narrative Short!

Great Lakes Independent Film Festival

Mermaids has been selected for 2008 Great Lakes Independent Film Festival, September 25-28, 2008 in Erie, Philadelphia.

Thursday September 25 8:45PM
Theatre 145
145 West 11th. St.
Erie PA
(814) 873-5069

Naperville Independent Film Festival

Mermaids has been selected for Naperville Independent Film Festival,

September 24-27, 2008 in Naperville, IL.

Thursday September 25 12.15pm
Comedy Shrine – B
22 E. Chicago Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540


kenny johnson, victoria charters

Victoria Charters, Kenny Johnson

Methodfest 2008

I Heard the Mermaids Singing


Please direct all distribution or broadcasting inquiries to:

Jessica Klement
Ouat Media
t: +1 416 979 7380 ext. 2115
f: +1 416 492 9539

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Upcoming screening

Central Florida Film Festival

August 28-31st, 2008 in Kissimmee, Florida

Short Entries #1
Friday Aug 29, 2008 10.30-12:15 PM
Osceola Center for the Arts
2411 E. Irlo Bronson Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34744



Central Florida Film Festival




victoria charters

I'm back from the 22nd Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival, Mermaids screened in the short film program on Saturday 2nd August. I participated in a Q&A with some other filmmakers after the show, including our friend Jeremy Pack, whose short film These Boots Are Made for Walken, also screened at the festival.

I Heard the Mermaids Singing : screening in competition

Sat, Aug 02 12:30 PM    

Hatt Hall @ Napa River Inn, 500 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

Join filmmakers and cast members for a Q&A after the program


Mermaids screened last night 6.18.2008 at the The ReelHeART International Film Festival, in Toronto, Canada.

click here for ReelheART's schedule


victoria @Cannes red carpet

Victoria Charters on the red carpet Cannes 2008

I'm back from the 61st Fesival de Cannes, best described as the United Nations of Film. My first time attending the biggest film festival in the world! I Heard the Mermaids Singing was in the Cannes Short Film Corner and was very well received. I have been getting many lovely emails from folk who watched the film in the Short Film Corner screening rooms and loved it. Another fabulous part of being in the Short Film Corner is that you get to meet fellow filmmakers from all around the world and share stories, ideas and pitches.

For full blog go here:

wine country While I was in Cannes, I heard that Mermaids has been selected for the 22nd Annual Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival, July 24 - August 3, 2008. This is our 9th festival selection since I completed post production January 2008. Declared “one of the top film Festivals in the U.S.”  by USA Today.For the past 22 years the Napa Film Festival has grown in  breadth and stature. Highlighting the work of many of the  worlds premier filmmakers along with new and  emerging artists.
Cannes Mermaids has been selected for the 61st Festival de Cannes, to be featured in the Cannes - Short Film Corner, May 14-24, 2008. The Cannes Film Festival is the highlight of the international film festival calendar. It attracts filmmakers, distributors, critics, paparazzi, and film lovers from every corner of the globe.

Victoria Charters, Kenny Johnson

I Heard the Mermaids Singing

screened @ the Method Fest Film festival

Friday March 28th - 9:45P in

Shorts Program 1 – “Sexual Healing”

vc & ks

Victoria Charters, Karla Shelton


so, vc, kj, ks

picture left:

Sheila O'Donnell, Victoria Charters, Kenny Johnson & Karla Shelton @ the Method Fest

picture right:

Kenny Johnson & "Austin" the pomeranian @ the Method Fest

First take Mermaids has been selected for the First Take Film Festival, April 8th-12th, 2008
RHIFF Mermaids has been selected for The ReelHeART International Film Festival, June 16-21, 2008 in Toronto, Canada.
SAIFF Mermaids has been selected for Sweet Auburn International Film Festival, May 7-11, 2008 in Atlanta, GA.


We are delighted that I HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING has been accepted for the 10th annual Method Fest Film Festival which runs from March 27 - April 3, 2008 in Calabasas, CA.

Named after a famous school of acting, The Method Fest is the only major film festival in the U.S. focusing on acting, celebrating breakout acting performances in story driven independent films.

Film stars who have participated in The Method Fest include Oscar winning actor Maximilian Schell, Dennis Hopper, Jeff Bridges, Julie Harris, Ruby Dee, Beau Bridges, Martin Landau, Jeremy Sisto, James Earl Jones, Peter Falk, Jena Malone, Rod Steiger, Michael Madsen, Jennifer Tilly, Rae Dawn Chong, Crispin Glover, Mark Rydell, Billy Dee Williams, Jason London, Fran Dresher, Karen Black, Jon Cryer, Marla Gibbs, Bryan Cranston, Clifton Collins, Jr., Robert Forster, Kirk Harris, Joe Mantegna, Jon Jacobs, Shirley Knight, Julie Harris, Hill Harper, Kim Hunter, Robert Carlyle, Eric Palladino, Matthew Lillard, Jr., Kevin Pollak and many others.



Our first festival, our first award - We won a short film award at the Park City Film Music Festival 2008

I HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING - Silver Medal for Excellence - Congratulations to the Mermaids team!

parkcity Mermaids has been selected for Park City Film Music Festival, which co-incides with Sundance Film Festival held in Park City, Utah January 17 - 27 2008. We are nominated in the Category "Best use of Music in a Short Film". Check the schedule for screening times.
kent Mermaids has been selected for Kent Film Festival, held in Kent, Connecticut Thursday, March 27 thru Sunday, March 30 2008. Advisory board for the festival includes Campbell Scott and Lynn Redgrave.