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A roach violinist in love with a woman inhabits the brain of her husband in order to be with her. A short live action film with stop-motion animation.
95 backers pledged $3,629 to help bring this project to life.

An exciting few months

Dearest Backers,

It's been a while since I've posted an update, and some wonderful things have been happening with "Josephine and the Roach."

Starting in April, we won a series of awards, including the College Television Award (formerly known as Student Emmy) for Best Short Comedy and Best Director, the USC Faculty Award for Best Director, Best Student Film at USA Film Festival, Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking at Newport Beach Film Festival, Best Short Comedy at Arizona International Film Festival, and a Student Academy Award in the Narrative Category.

The Student Academy Awards were great... they carted us all over town, meeting with the Sundance Institute, the WGA, Film Independent, Lionsgate, among other places. Bob Saget hosted the ceremony (he was quite funny), and Jason Schwartzman handed me my award. I got to chat with Jason a bit-- he's an incredibly nice guy and a fan of 'Roach.

My acceptance speech can be found here:

I also just signed with a manager and agent based on the short, and we are determined to put together a feature version of "Josephine and the Roach." Joe Swanson (my cowriter on the short) is currently writing the feature script.

Thanks again for all of your support, without which I wouldn't have been able to experience all of these fantastic things...

All the best,


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    1. Creator Rachel Barreca on June 29, 2013

      This is all such wonderful news, Jon. Thanks for sharing. A feature length version of Josephine is something I look forward to enjoying some day soon.

    2. Creator Norma Horev on June 29, 2013

      Congratulations! And thanks for sharing all that great news and the pictures.

    3. Creator Lorien Green on June 28, 2013

      I agree, couldn't happen to a nicer guy. SO happy for you and I can't wait to see where things go from here! :)

    4. Creator Ross Hartsough on June 27, 2013

      Well-deserved!!! Ross H.