San Antonio filmmaker, Dave Sims, attends the 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival
Court Metrage (Short Film Corner) to promote his film, Cavern
San Antonio independent filmmaker, Dave Sims, will be attending this year’s Cannes Film Festival in Southern France to promote his newest production, a short film entitled Cavern (cavernfilm.com). Dave Sims is the co-founder of Astrobleme Films (astroblemefilms.com) and the Culture Branding Lead at Rackspace, where he uses his filmmaking abilities on a daily basis to create videos to attract top talent to the San Antonio cloud computing company.
Cavern is a short film written, produced, directed, shot and edited by Dave Sims. A haunting short film about survival, alienation and redemption, Cavern tells the story of a woman who finds an unconscious man while hiking in the desert and her journey to bring them both to safety. Dave Sims successfully crowd funded over $20,000 on Kickstarter in early 2015 to produce Cavern (http://kck.st/17gCW8v). Cavern was filmed on location in Joshua Tree National Park, and surrounding areas, in southern California and edited in San Antonio, Texas. The film was completed in August of 2015.
Cavern made its Texas premier at the 49th Annual Worldfest International Film Festival in Houston in April 2016 where it won a Remi Award in the category, Short Film with Little to No Dialogue. The short film was also an Official Selection and Finalist at the 46th Annual USA Film Festival in Dallas, Texas in April 2016. Cavern is currently in consideration at over 30 film festivals around the world.
The Cannes Film Festival is the preeminent international film festival in it’s 69th year. The Cannes Court Metrage, or Short Film Corner, provides filmmakers the opportunity to network with film distributors, buyers, agents, financiers and attend panels and seminars staffed by industry veterans to gain insight into the international sales, marketing and distribution of films.
An array of top talent from San Antonio, Austin and San Diego, California came together for the production of Cavern. Local San Antonio actor and musician, Nicolas Valdez, was a lead actor in the short film, portraying a man hiking in the remote wilderness of Joshua Tree National Park. Mr. Valdez previously collaborated with Dave Sims in the 2012 short film, The Last Song (https://vimeo.com/159218484), which won awards for Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score, and Audience Choice Award as part of the San Antonio 48-hour Film Competition and Best Runner-Up in the 48-hour Film Competition nationwide. James Woodward of The Grasshopper Lies Heavy and Bob Catlin, of S.A. Slayer, Pigface and Pseudo Buddha fame, produced and engineered the original soundtrack for Cavern at Catlin’s Dog House Audio Laboratory in San Antonio, Texas.
“It’s a great opportunity to attend the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival. After spending the last year producing Cavern I knew we needed to leverage the film to create new opportunities for future projects. We’re attending with the goal of gaining distribution for Cavern in stateside and international markets, as well as to cultivate relationships among agents, financiers and other production companies to get future projects off the ground. I want to do my part to continue to put San Antonio on the map as a city ripe with talent.” – Dave Sims, Director of Cavern, Co-Founder of Astrobleme Films
Cavern was inspired in part by a YouTube music video (https://youtu.be/rZIIAZeuwrA) for a song of the same name by Miss Erika Davies of San Diego, California. Miss Davies is a throwback jazz/country/folk songbird who has been making waves in the San Diego music scene. Miss Davies won The Best Jazz Artist Award at the 2012 San Diego Music Awards. Her Album, “Part The Sea” was nominated Best Jazz Album for the 2013 San Diego Music Awards. Her song, “I Love You, I Do” was featured in a popular 2011 national television commercial for auto maker Subaru.
Miss Davies has been performing since 2004, mainly in the San Diego area, and has released four CDs: Creecho Habecktoe (2007), Galaxy Lakes (2011), Part The Sea (2013) & In Love With Someone (2015) which are available on iTunes, Bandcamp and Amazon.com.
Dave Sims – Bio
Award winning, British-born director Dave Sims has been making films since age 11. He followed his lifelong passion of becoming a filmmaker by attending the London Film School (LFS) in the mid-nineties. During his time at the LFS he worked in key positions on over 100 short films, many of which went on to film festivals around the world, including Berlin, Munich, Manchester and Camera Image, Poland.
After film school Dave moved to Johannesburg to develop original television programming and documentaries for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). Since returning to San Antonio, Dave has shot and edited four feature films, two short films and over 50 commercials airing nationally and internationally, as well as original television programming and several thousand web videos.
Other recent projects include a social justice documentary feature, Voices of the United Farm Worker Movement in Texas, chronicling the history of farm worker activism in Texas and The Law of Human Gravity, a feature film he wrote, produced, directed and edited currently available on online streaming platform IndieFlix.