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Where Are They Now? Eric Ernst edition

In the three years since we finished The Attic Door, I’ve had the fortunate experience of traveling all over the world for events related to the film. In August of 2008, we had the opportunity to screen the film as part the Western Legends Roundup. It was great to see old friends and as always, Kanab welcomed us with open arms.

In April of 2009, I got to return to my home of Orlando, as we screened as part of the Florida Film Festival, where we had massive success, as the line to get in wound throughout the theater. It was great to be able to screen the film for family and friends who hadn’t had the chance to see it yet, and we all had a great time before having to return home to LA.

In July of 2009, myself, Producer Erica Harrell, 2nd AD Sean Heyboer, 1st AC Kevin Akers and Leadperson Lindsay McCoy all traveled to the beautiful country of Ecuador to attend the wedding of Director Danny Daneau to his wife, Director (of her own film) Laura Lopez. Ecuador was amazing (and inexpensive) – we all truly had a great time in the city of Guayaquil and the smaller city of Cuencas. Our friends and our advisor from UCF, Randy Finch were there as well and I got to spend 9 days in South America with my closest friends. Can life get any better?

Yes, it can. That October, The Attic Door played at the Bend Film Festival in Bend, OR. Nestled in between mountains in central Oregon, Bend is a really great place – equally bohemian and surburban, hip and family friendly, and home to the Deschutes Brewery, which makes my two favorite beers: Black Butte Porter and the Abyss Stout. We had the best time in Bend and the neighboring town of Sisters – we spoke at Sisters High School, were featured on the radio and even on the local morning news. Once again, we also had the good fortune to make new friends and the best part of all – The Attic Door was the recipient of three awards: Best Score, Best Cinematography and Best Feature!

Once again in November, we got to return to Kanab – this time as part of the Red Rock Film Festival. Seeing Southern Utah in the fall was a whole new experience, and having to drive through the breathtaking Zion National Park to get to the festival only made the experience that much greater.

Currently, I am looking forward to the DVD release of the film and am excited about the possibilities of expanding our audience through home video. I still write daily and continue to work on my own projects and am exciting about the time when we will all get to collaborate again, hopefully soon.

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Where Are They Now: Erica Harrell-Executive Producer

I can’t believe its been nearly 3 years since we traveled to the overwhelmingly beautiful Utah desert to make movie magic. Since then some of us have gotten married (Danny Daneau, Director), some of us are expecting a baby, (Sean Heyboer, 2nd Assistant Director), some have little toddlers running around (Lindsay McCoy, Lead Person) and one of us has been working on Mars (Joshua Zeigler, Construction).

I have been working, traveling, and still trying to make my mark in this business. Entourage has been exceptionally wonderful to me. In addition to now being a coordinator, I have been working on two new feature films as well as developing my own animated tv series.

Just recently, I have been hired on an new ABC series called Happy Endings, airing in the fall. I am really excited to be going back to work on the Paramount lot, in the same building where I was a PA nearly 5 years ago. At that time, I had just move to Los Angeles and was really excited to begin my career. This new show is another new beginning and I am excited to see where it takes me!

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