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Maverick Movie AwardsThe 2014 Maverick Movie Awards has nominated House of Thaddeus in three feature film categories: Best Actress (Joi Hoffsommer), Best Editing (Mike Boedicker), and Best Special Effects Makeup (Bill Kephart).  MMA is highly competitive, and we're honored to have been nominated several times.


Official Selection, International Freethought Film Festival 2014House of Thaddeus has been accepted into the 2014 International Freethought Film Festival in Atlanta, running November 7-9.  Thaddeus screens Saturday, Nov. 8 at 1:30 pm at the Cinefest Film Theatre on the Georgia State University campus.  Following the screening will be a live Skepticality podcast interview with the filmmakers, hosted by Derek Colanduno.‏


The next public screening is Saturday, March 22 at 6 p.m. at Figure One, a gallery at 116 North Walnut St. in Champaign, IL.  Some cast and crew will be available for Q&A afterwards.  The screening is one of many events surrounding Heather Hart's installation Social Habitat: The Porch Project, which addresses themes of how people inhabit or transform spaces -- some of the same themes explored in House of Thaddeus.  A full schedule of events surrounding the installation can be seen here.  Admission is free.


House of Thaddeus is now available in high-definition on Blu-ray -- technically the best way to see the movie.  See our Watch page for more information.


Check out our new Extras page for the film's backstory, behind-the-scenes info, and spoilers.

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House of Thaddeus will next be shown in Danville at the Kathryn Randolph Theater, home of the Red Mask Players, on Friday, December 13 at 8 p.m.  Reservations are not being accepted, so please plan to arrive early.  DVDs will be available -- just in time for Christmas!  This is likely to be the only public screening in Danville for some time, so we hope you can join us.


BIFF 2014House of Thaddeus has been accepted into the 2014 Beloit International Film Festival in Wisconsin, running February 14-23.  It screens the opening night of the festival -- Friday, February 14th at 7:30 p.m. -- at the venue My Apartment.  Watch the WCIA story about the festival.


Winery ScreeningHouse of Thaddeus will next be shown at Sleepy Creek Vineyards in Oakwood, IL on Thursday, October 17 at 7 p.m. and Friday, October 18 at 8:30 p.m. (please note the different start times).  This will be a full HD screening in an intimate setting -- seating capacity is only 60, so make reservations by calling the winery (217-733-0330).  Wine, beer, and other refreshments will be available for purchase.


The premiere was a big success, with a near-capacity crowd filling the Art Theater in Champaign. Afterward, cast and crew adjourned to a party nearby at Guido's.

Additional screenings will follow at other venues in the area this fall. The DVD and Blu-ray release will also happen this fall, and we're investigating making the film available online through Video on Demand.

DP Johnny Robinson
DP Johnny Robinson (left) talks with Matt Hester.

Actor Bill Kephart with his mom, Gladys, who is also in the film.
Actor Bill Kephart with his mom, Gladys, who is also in the film.
Julia Megan Sullivan, who plays Jacy.
Julia Megan Sullivan, who plays Jacy.
A display of props used in the movie.
A display of props used in the movie.
A Full House
A full house waits for the film to start.
Mike Boedicker & Bill Kephart
Producers/Writers Mike Boedicker & Bill Kephart.
Joi Hoffsommer & Eric Sizemore
Lead acctress Joi Hoffsommer with actor Eric Sizemore.
Victor & Greg Miely
Sound Recordist Victor Miely with his father, Greg.

FILM PREMIERING AUGUST 18, 2013 (7/29/13)

Art PremiereAfter two years of work, House of Thaddeus will premiere on Sunday, August 18, at 5 p.m. at the Art Theater in Champaign, IL.  Doors will open at 4:30 pm, and the screening will begin promptly at 5 pm, so please plan to arrive a little early (we have to leave the theater by 7 pm for their 7:30 film).  The film runs 105 mins. and is recommended for mature audiences.  Dressing up is optional, but encouraged.

If you can't make it August 18, we plan additional screenings in East Central Illinois in the fall. The film will also be released on DVD and Blu-ray this fall.

We hope to see you at the premiere!


Gary Gardner, our dear friend and collaborator who had an important role in House of Thaddeus, died June 15 of natural causes in Los Angeles.  He was 69.

Gary Gardner, 1944-2013Without Gary, there would be no film.  Thaddeus' house was Gary's house, a 100 year-old beauty located in his hometown of Danville, Illinois.  Gary not only gave us free use of the house for a lengthy production period, he supported the project every step of the way.  We're sad he was not able to see the final cut, but glad he saw the rough cut last fall.  Since his scenes remain unchanged in the final cut, Gary saw his full performance realized.

A Facebook Tribute to Gary reveals the massive impact he had on those who knew him.  Gary was raised in Danville and taught Theatre at UCLA for 40 years, where he was regularly named the most popular professor on campus.  During summers and sabbaticals in Danville, he appeared in local theatre and regaled us with wonderful stories, a true raconteur.  On the set of Thaddeus, he sang show tunes to us between takes (a few of which were surreptitiously filmed), and always had a good joke or story to lighten the stress of production.

House of Thaddeus is dedicated to Gary with our love and gratitude.