Emmy Nominated Director Becky Smith’s First Feature Film breaks MethodFest Attendance Records

Hallee Hirsh, Becky Smith, Jaime Gomez, and Theresa Russell at Method Fest premiere of "16 to Life"
Hallee Hirsh, Becky Smith, Jaime Gomez, and Theresa Russell at Method Fest premiere of “16 to Life”

UPDATE: ”16 to Life” tied for most nominations at MethodFest 09:
>  Winner – Best Picture  (Audience Award)
>  Winner – Best Supporting Actress (Theresa Russell)
>  Nominated for Best Comedic Performance (Hallee Hirsh)
>  Nominated for Break Out Performance (Jaime Gomez)
>  Nominated for Best Ensemble Cast
Writer/director Becky Smith received a $5,000 award from Christie Post
and software from Final Draft.

“16 to Life” sweeps 5 nominations and came up a big winner read more about that here
Mar 31, 2009Method Fest’s Saturday night premiere of Emmy nominated writer/director Becky Smith’s romantic comedy “16 to Life” had an ecstatic audience and several not so ecstatic fans who couldn’t get in to see the film.  Theater management was sighted grinning from ear to ear.

“We had to turn over 50 people away for our sold-out screening of “16 to Life” on Saturday. We could have sold 100 more tickets for the film.  So much energy.  The buzz screening of the festival thus far and the first “sold out” screening in MethodFest history,” said Don Franken, MethodFest Film Festival founder.

“The red carpet was lit up with the terrific cast of 16 to Life which included Hallee Hirsh, Theresa Russell, Jaime Gomez, and Will Rothhaar.  The director, and entire cast attended the Gala following the screening at Mercedes Benz of Calabasas and sizzled under the photographers lights against the step and repeat,” stated fest exec. director, Don Franken

Writer/Director Becky Smith says, ” 16 to Life” got the kind of reception you dream about as a filmmaker.  “Possibly my best moment was when a young woman came up to me after the festival screening and said ‘This is now my favorite movie!’ “

A few distribution executives were spied in the back rows of the theatre, equally charmed as the rest of the audience.

Emmy nominated television director Becky Smith’s first feature film “16 to Life” was chosen by MethodFest as the premiere film for its Sat. March 28 screening at the Regency Theater in Agoura Hills, CA.  The film stars Hallee Hirsh, Mandy Musgrave, sultry veteran screen actress Theresa Russell, Jaime Gomez, Queer Eye’s Carson Kressley, Shiloh Fernandez and Will Rothhaar.

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Hallee Hirsh with young fans at the sold out Premiere Method Fest screening of "16 to Life"

“16 to Life” is a romantic comedy of small town misfits. Kate, a rural American teen, is turning 16 and has never been kissed. Kate is obsessed with books on eclectic subjects, currently the Cultural Revolution in China.  Kate’s angst about sexual inexperience and guilt will drive a comic quest for love and understanding on a birthday to end all birthdays.  Before the clock strikes midnight, Kate and her best friend Darby will discover more about love than most 16 year-olds can imagine.  And Kate will learn what a 16-year old American girl has in common with a 16-year-old Chinese girl half a world, and a cultural revolution away. 

View  full press release here