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Copyright © 2013 Derek Frey

Sky Blue Collar

A businessman and a carpet installer enjoy a wild and playful friendship, but when their class-conscious bosses pressure them to steer clear of each other, the Romeo and Juliet of the workaday world must decide what's more important: how we make a living, or who we're living for.

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Sky Blue Collar marks my fourth collaboration with Philadelphia's premiere comedic troupe, The Minor Prophets. It's been a creatively inspiring and rewarding relationship these last 7 years. Our previous endeavor, The Ballad of Sandeep, proved a huge success, appearing in over 30 film festivals around the world and winning over a dozen awards. We've been hard at work this past year creating a feature film screenplay based on that short. I had the itch to get back behind the camera and felt a break from writing would be a healthy exercise for The Minor Prophets. I asked if they had any ideas that could be shot quickly in a contained environment. They dusted off the screenplay for Sky Blue Collar which they wrote a few years ago, but never got around to filming. My goal was to create a lean short under 10 minutes considering the 30 minute running time of The Ballad of Sandeep proved too long for some short film festivals. Once we compared schedules there was really only one date that worked for us to shoot and it fell just after Christmas which proved challenging considering commitments around the holidays. We pushed forward with the plan. In the days leading up the shoot the forecast called for a rare December snowfall, which I secretly hoped for but doubted would materialize. As I loaded up my vehicle the morning of the shoot snow began fall lightly. By the time we were rolling camera at Ascot Carpets in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania the snow began to pickup considerably. Knowing it wouldn't last long we quickly reordered our shooting day and grabbed the shots needed to capitalize on the scenic conditions. We filmed at that perfect time in a storm - when the snow on the ground is untouched and the flakes grow large before tapering off. Driving a forklift on suburban streets was always going to be a challenge but driving a forklift on a slick snow covered road was a whole other level of insanity. The result is blissful.

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Copyright © 2013 Derek Frey

Awards and nominations

Narrative Short Film - Winner
26 Sep – 29 Sep | United States
Best Director of a Short Film
4 Oct – 5 Oct | United States
Best Comedy
25 Oct – 26 Oct | United States
Best Comedy
15 Nov – 18 Nov | United States
Filmmaker of the Year, Best Director
International Film Festival of Comedy, Romance and Musical | 2013
27 Nov – 28 Nov | Indonesia
Best Film
International Film Festival of Comedy, Romance and Musical | 2013
27 Nov – 28 Nov | Indonesia
Best Cinematography
International Film Festival of Comedy, Romance and Musical | 2013
27 Nov – 28 Nov | Indonesia

Previous screenings

2013
Independent Film Quarterly Film and Webisode Festival | 2013
18 Sep – 21 Sep | Los Angeles, United States
19 Sep – 21 Sep | Santa Monica, United States
26 Sep – 11 Oct | Vancouver, Canada
26 Sep – 29 Sep | Boulder, United States
Narrative Short Film - Winner
4 Oct – 5 Oct | Chicago, United States
Best Director of a Short Film
18 Oct – 20 Oct | Atlanta, United States
25 Oct – 26 Oct | Stillwater, United States
Best Comedy
1 Nov – 2 Nov | Lancaster, United States
15 Nov – 18 Nov | Los Angeles, United States
Best Comedy
15 Nov – 17 Nov | Orlando, United States
International Film Festival of Comedy, Romance and Musical | 2013
27 Nov – 28 Nov | Jakarta, Indonesia
Best Film
Filmmaker of the Year, Best Director
Best Cinematography
2014
10 Jan – 11 Jan | United States
12 Feb – 16 Feb | Boulder City, United States
23 Apr – 27 Apr | Fort Myers Beach, United States
26 Apr – 27 Apr | Asbury Park, United States
1 May – 4 May | Santa Fe, United States
9 May – 19 May | New York, United States
14 May – 25 May | Cannes, France
25 Jul – 3 Aug | New Hope, United States
21 Oct – 24 Oct | Lucerne, Switzerland

Latest press reviews/articles

REVIEW
“... By use of subtle dialogue and delightful acting, viewers are encouraged to come to their own conclusions about the details of the relationship. ...”
4 Oct 2013 | Heidi J. Loos | Vancouver Weekly
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Sky Blue Collar has received a new award at Red Dirt International Film Festival. | more...
28 October 2013
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Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 6 Nov 2014