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God Came 'Round

Down on his luck flower seller Sandeep pines to make a connection with the girl of his dreams.

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I was excited to receive an advance copy of Trever Veilleux’s album Professor T and the East Side Shredders just prior to a flight home to Philadelphia. I’ve known Trever since 2001, after watching his band, Technical Difficulties, perform an impressive gig in Hawaii. I introduced myself, and many music videos, films and adventures later, it’s a collaboration that continues to inspire me. Listening to the album uninterrupted on the flight I found it to be a brilliant sweeping journey through an array of musical genres. The track God Came ‘Round spawned an instant vision for a music video. Inventive lyrics involving aliens, ghosts and leprechauns encapsulated many of the paranormal elements I find fascinating and are commonplace in my creations.
Deep Roy came to mind straight away because I knew he had the range to play multiple characters. Deep is a good friend that I met in 2001 on Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes. We last collaborated in 2012 on the featurette The Ballad of Sandeep. Considering Deep has appeared in Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who and was all 165 Oompa Loompas in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I knew he was the man for the job. The day after I conceived the idea, Deep coincidentally emailed to let me know he would be in London for the summer. I asked if he would be up for being in the film and he responded with an immediate yes. I thought it made perfect sense to have Aiko Horiuchi play the female lead, seeing as I met her through Trever’s band when they played the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory premiere in 2005. (Aiko played the Tokyo Candy Shopkeeper and went on to play the terrifying Kayako in The Grudge 3.) Let’s just say I couldn't miss the opportunity to tell an unrequited love story between an Oompa Loompa and the Grudge.
I owe Deep an enormous amount of gratitude for being game for anything I threw at him or threw up on him. A big thanks to Trever Veilleux for creating such a poetic song within a fantastic album. I hope you enjoy!

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Copyright

Copyright © 2017 Lazer Film Productions

Awards and nominations

Award of Excellence
1 Jun | United States
Best Cinematographer
1 Jun | United States
Best Comedy/Dramedy Short Film
1 Jul | United Kingdom
Best Actor (Deep Roy)
1 Jul | United Kingdom
Diamond Award - Actor (Deep Roy)
1 Aug | United States
Award of Recognition - Leading Actor (Deep Roy) and Music Video
1 Aug | United States
Platinum Award - Director
1 Aug | United States
Diamond Award - Editing
1 Aug | United States
Platinum Award - Music Video
1 Aug | United States
Platinum Award - Cinematographer
1 Aug | United States
Best Music Video
6 Aug – 7 Aug | United States
Best Music Video
3 Sep – 7 Sep | Czech Republic
Best Music Video
24 Sep | United Kingdom
Outstanding Achievement - music video and creativity/originality
25 Sep | United States
Best Music Video
30 Sep | United States
Best Music Video
20 Oct | United Kingdom
2nd Place - Comedy Actor (Deep Roy)
21 Oct | United States
Honorable Mention - International Comedy Short Film
21 Oct | United States
Best International Music Video
13 Oct – 22 Oct | United States
Best Lead Actor in a Short Film (Deep Roy)
29 Nov | United States
Best Musical Video
29 Nov | United States
Best Musical Video
16 Dec | Chile
Best Lead Actor in a Short Film (Deep Roy)
16 Dec | Chile
Honorable Mention - Actor (Deep Roy)
1 Jan | United States
Best Photography (Derek Frey)
3 Jan – 7 Jan | United States
NOMINATION
Best Director
3 Jan – 7 Jan | United States
NOMINATION
Best Music Video
3 Jan – 7 Jan | United States
Platinum Award - Best Cinematography (Derek Frey)
1 Feb | United States
Platinum Award - Best Score (Trever Veilleux)
1 Feb | United States
Diamond Award - Best Director (Derek Frey)
1 Feb | United States
Gold Award - Best Actor (Deep Roy)
1 Feb | United States
Diamond Award - Best Music Video (Derek Frey)
1 Feb | United States
Outstanding Achievement - Film Poster (Giulia Rivolta)
1 Feb – 2 Feb | India
Best Director (Derek Frey)
3 Feb | United States
Best Actor (Deep Roy)
3 Feb | United States
Best Cinematography (Derek Frey)
3 Feb | United States
Best Music Video
3 Feb | United States
Best Editing (Derek Frey)
3 Feb | United States
Diamond Award - Best Director
16 Feb – 17 Feb | United States
Gold Award - Best Music Video
16 Feb – 17 Feb | United States
Best Actor: Honorable Mention
21 Feb – 22 Feb | India
Best Music Video: Gold Award
21 Feb – 22 Feb | India
Best Music Video: Bronze Award
2 Apr – 3 Apr | United States
Best Song: Gold Award
2 Apr – 3 Apr | United States
Best Male Director: Honorable Mention
2 Apr – 3 Apr | United States
Best Actor: Silver Award
2 Apr – 3 Apr | United States
Best Cinematography: Honorable Mention
2 Apr – 3 Apr | United States
Best Editing: Silver Award
2 Apr – 3 Apr | United States
NOMINATION
Music Video
24 Apr | United States
Best Music Video: Gold Award (Derek Frey)
1 May – 2 May | France
Best Music Video: Gold Kahuna Award (Derek Frey)
5 May | United States
Best Music Video: Silver Palm Award (Derek Frey)
16 May | Mexico
Honorable Mention
20 May | United States

Current and upcoming screenings

2018
14 Feb – 13 Feb | Toronto, Canada
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Previous screenings

2017
Short to the Point International Film Festival | 2017
14 Jan | Bucharest, Romania
One-Reeler Short Film Competition | 2017
1 Jun | Los Angeles, United States
Best Cinematographer
Award of Excellence
1 Jul – 30 Jul | Hollywood, United States
Los Angeles Cinefest | 2017
1 Jul | Los Angeles, United States
1 Jul | London, United Kingdom
Best Comedy/Dramedy Short Film
Best Actor (Deep Roy)
Los Angeles Film Awards | 2017
1 Aug | Los Angeles, United States
NYC Indie Film Awards | 2017
1 Aug | New York City, United States
Platinum Award - Director
Platinum Award - Music Video
Platinum Award - Cinematographer
Diamond Award - Actor (Deep Roy)
Diamond Award - Editing
The Indiefest Film Awards | 2017
1 Aug | United States
Award of Recognition - Leading Actor (Deep Roy) and Music Video
Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards | 2017
1 Aug | Los Angeles, United States
The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards | 2017
6 Aug – 7 Aug | United States
Best Music Video
3 Sep – 7 Sep | Prague, Czech Republic
Best Music Video
Filmquest | 2017
8 Sep – 16 Sep | Provo, United States
8 Sep – 14 Sep | Albany, United States
London X4 Seasonal Film Festival | 2017
24 Sep | London, United Kingdom
Best Music Video
Global Music Awards | 2017
25 Sep | La Jolla, United States
Outstanding Achievement - music video and creativity/originality
28 Sep – 1 Oct | Philadelphia, United States
30 Sep | Hollywood, United States
Best Music Video
Philadelphia
6 Oct – 8 Oct | United States
13 Oct – 22 Oct | Glendale, United States
Best International Music Video
Planet 9 Film Festival | 2017
14 Oct – 21 Oct | Ypsilanti, Chicago, Los Angeles, United States
Cleveland Comic Con Film Showcase | 2017
14 Oct – 15 Oct | Cleveland, United States
London Eye International Film Festival | 2017
20 Oct | London, United Kingdom
Best Music Video
21 Oct | Columbus, United States
2nd Place - Comedy Actor (Deep Roy)
Honorable Mention - International Comedy Short Film
9 Nov – 12 Nov | Rome, United States
Top Shorts Film Festival | 2017
29 Nov | Los Angeles, United States
Best Musical Video
Best Lead Actor in a Short Film (Deep Roy)
5 Dec | New York City, United States
9 Dec | Santa Monica, United States
South Film and Arts Academy Festival | 2017
16 Dec | Rancagua, Chile
Best Musical Video
Best Lead Actor in a Short Film (Deep Roy)
17 Dec | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2018
Global Film Festival Awards | 2018
1 Jan | Los Angeles, United States
Honorable Mention - Actor (Deep Roy)
Logcinema Music Film Festival | 2018
3 Jan – 7 Jan | Miami, United States
Best Photography (Derek Frey)
13 Jan | Santa Fe, United States
13 Jan | Orem, United States
24 Jan | Austin, United States
25 Jan – 31 Jan | Irvine, United States
LA Shorts Awards | 2018
1 Feb | Los Angeles, United States
Diamond Award - Best Music Video (Derek Frey)
Diamond Award - Best Director (Derek Frey)
Platinum Award - Best Cinematography (Derek Frey)
Platinum Award - Best Score (Trever Veilleux)
Gold Award - Best Actor (Deep Roy)
Cult Critic Movie Awards | 2018
1 Feb – 2 Feb | Kolkata, India
Outstanding Achievement - Film Poster (Giulia Rivolta)
3 Feb | Albuquerque, United States
Best Music Video
Best Director (Derek Frey)
Best Actor (Deep Roy)
Best Cinematography (Derek Frey)
Best Editing (Derek Frey)
Mindfield Film Festival Los Angeles | 2018
16 Feb – 17 Feb | Los Angeles, United States
Diamond Award - Best Director
Gold Award - Best Music Video
21 Feb – 22 Feb | Kolkata, India
Best Music Video: Gold Award
Best Actor: Honorable Mention
Hollywood Screenings Film Festival | 2018
11 Mar | Hollywood, United States
22 Mar – 25 Mar | Asbury Park, United States
Boston Galactic Stars | 2018
31 Mar | Boston, United States
Independent Shorts Awards | 2018
2 Apr – 3 Apr | Los Angeles, United States
Best Song: Gold Award
Best Actor: Silver Award
Best Editing: Silver Award
Best Music Video: Bronze Award
Best Male Director: Honorable Mention
Best Cinematography: Honorable Mention
Hollywood Verge Film Awards | 2018
24 Apr | Burbank, United States
24 Apr – 29 Apr | Muskogee, United States
European Independent Film Award | 2018
1 May – 2 May | France
Best Music Video: Gold Award (Derek Frey)
2 May – 5 May | Philadelphia, United States
Honolulu Film Awards | 2018
5 May | Honolulu, United States
Best Music Video: Gold Kahuna Award (Derek Frey)
Mexico International Film Festival | 2018
16 May | Baja, Mexico
Best Music Video: Silver Palm Award (Derek Frey)
18 May – 20 May | Garden Grove, United States
Philadelphia Independent Film Awards | 2018
20 May | Philadelphia, United States
Honorable Mention
22 Jun – 24 Jun | Cardiff, United Kingdom
22 Jun – 24 Jun | Pittsburgh, United States
25 Jul – 29 Jul | Seal Beach, United States

Latest press reviews/articles

REVIEW
“... award-winning filmmaker Derek Frey gives life to the song “God Came ‘Round” by Trever Veilleux cleverly and beautifully ...”
30 May 2018 | Independent Shorts Awards
INTERVIEW
“... When I first heard their new album the track really stood out to me. It has a lot of fantastical and paranormal elements in its lyrics by Trever Veilleux and immediately Deep Roy came to mind for the lead character. ...”
21 Apr 2018 | Tina Faye Ayres | The Original Van Gogh's Ear Anthology
INTERVIEW
Interview with Filmmaker Derek Frey (GOD CAME ‘ROUND)
3 Mar 2018 | Matthew Toffolo | Matthew Toffolo's Summary
REVIEW
“... The editing and cinematography with sheer excellence make the music video hit all the right emotional chords. Through the expertise of the director, the story is knit into a sublime emotional tragedy. It seeks the attention of all lost and forlorn in love ...”
6 Feb 2018 | Dr. Nabadipa Talukder | Cult Critic Film Magazine
INTERVIEW
Derek is known for award-winning works such as Frankenweenie, and blockbusters like Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The film features actor Deep Roy, who does an amazing job delving into multiple characters
13 Jan 2018 | Short & Sweet Film Festival
REVIEW
“... ‘Unrequited love’ is, and always will be a popular topic to explore within film, and all media, as it is one that resonates with most audiences and one that is fraught with emotion but also often a ridiculousness that in hindsight is hilarious. ...”
9 Nov 2017 | Largo Film Awards
REVIEW
“... A very stylized film that’s basically a rad and sad music video. Great tune too! It’s a humorous, sad, & quirky story of a heartbroken man who can’t enjoy the strange and interesting life he has if his love isn’t there. 27 bloody moons! ...”
Rating: 27 Bloody Moons
4 Oct 2017 | Death-Cat
INTERVIEW
“... As someone that’s always been interested in the paranormal, the pairing of (Roy) with ghosts, leprechauns and aliens was something I had to do. ...”
3 Oct 2017 | Kevin Tustin | Delaware County News Network
INTERVIEW
Keep creating and embrace limited means: Interview with filmmaker, Derek Frey
28 Sep 2017 | Nathan March | Follow Magazine
REVIEW
“... A wonderfully original music video, boasting a charming performance from Deep Roy. ...”
1 Sep 2017 | The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards
REVIEW
“... 'God Came 'Round' won the award for Best Music Video. It features music by Professor T & The Eastside Shredders and was directed by Derek Frey. The music video is full of humor, eccentric characters and has a great performance by prolific actor Deep Roy. ...”
8 Aug 2017 | Prague Independent Film Festival
INTERVIEW
“... Being a member of the jury of Prague Independent Film Festival I watch a lot of independent films. One film – ”Green Lake” impressed our jury by its humor and brilliant music score... ...”
22 Jul 2017 | Diana Ringo | Indie Cinema
INTERVIEW
Best Cinematography – Derek Frey, “God Came ‘Round” (USA) Director Q&A
1 Jun 2017 | One-Reeler
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