“Background Check” nominated for "Best Comedy Scene"

Ree-Invent Films is proud to announce that our short film, “Background Check,” has been nominated for "Best Comedy Scene" at the 2014 Action on Film International Film Festival. 

 This year's Action on Film International Film Festival will run August 22-30th at the Krikorian Premiere Theaters, located at 410 S. Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia, California. Ree-invent will follow this official announcement with screening time(s) and ticket information as soon as those details are released in the next week or so.

 Writer and director, Cherie Kerr, brought home last years award for “Best Comedy Feature” for her quirky, family-friendly feature film “We’ve Got Balls. Kerr was also named “Filmmaker of the Year” at last year's AOF event. The film also received the AOF award for “Outstanding Cast Performance” and was runner-up for “WAB Best in Show.”

  Reminder: The DVD “We’ve Got Balls” release, special limited director's cut, is scheduled for release in August. You can check Ree-invent Films' website for updates or visit the official "We’ve Got Balls" website at http://wevegotballsmovie.com/. You may also find updates on Twitter at https://twitter.com/WGBtheMovie.  

We hope to see all of you at the upcoming AOF event!

A Tribute to Lenard the Dog

Hi Balls Supporters,

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of the cast's featured stars: Lenard the Dog who played Leonard the Dog in our "We've Got Balls" feature. He was such a fun addition to the cast and everyone fell in love with him as his owner and dog handler on the shoot, Ryan Nelson, made sure Lenard got to know everyone. As we all pray for Lenard's beautiful little soul, let's also celebrate the fact that we got to know him and have him in perpetuity because of our wonderful little film. He belonged to the Craig Nelson's family (Craig played Craig Crammer in the film). Our incredible editor, John Primm, was kind enough to put Lenard's reel (and obituary) together and we thank him for his generosity. If you would like to send your condolences to Ryan and Craig, please do so at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To give a shout out to John Primm, who so deserves thanks, please email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . I will say that Lenard was the most professional actor on the set of "Balls" and I so loved working with him.



Cherie Kerr's first indie film now racks up eighth honor


Cherie Kerr’s first indie film now racks up eighth honor

Santa Ana, Calif.—The micro-budget little indie film, “We’ve Got Balls,” a 93-minute family-friendly comedy about the potential demise of a bowling alley in a small town, won its eighth award two weeks ago at Houston, Texas’ 47th WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival held. The festival, which was held, April 11-20, in Houston gave “Balls” a Silver Remi for its innovative and energetic film trailerFestival, according to filmmaker, Cherie Kerr.
Kerr’s film, which won seven other awards since the film’s debut last year at the Newport Beach Film Festival, marks her first effort in indie filmmaking.
While the film debuted last April with two sold out screenings at the Newport Beach Film Festival, where it was an Official Selection, it has went on to become an Official Selection at four other festivals where it garnered seven top honors such as “Best Comedy,” “Outstanding Cast Performance,” “Best Feature,” “Audience Choice Award,” and an “Award of Excellence.” Kerr was also named “Filmmaker of the Year” by the Action on Film International Film Festival.
In addition to the eighth award, co-star, Gary Austin, creator and founder of the L.A. Groundlings, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the All Sports Film Festival in North Hollywood last November for his work in the arts. Laraine Newman, known best for her work as an original cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” personally presented the lifetime award to Gary with a poignant and funny speech.
Kerr, was an original founding member of the L. A. Groundlings with Groundlings creator, Austin and later founded her own sketch and improv organization, the Orange County Crazies, in existence for 24 years and winner of a number of awards and positive reviews from the media.
“We were absolutely delighted to have been given an award by the WorldFest organization,” Kerr enthused. “There the oldest indie film festival on record and we’re so honored that we placed in their highly competitive event.”
We’ve Got Balls,” is a quirky comedy set in the fictional town of Fountain Springs where its 52 residents wind up in a “whacked-out bowling showdown,” to save the town’s only centerpiece (Fountain Bowl) from destruction by a greedy land developer who intends to build a gambling casino on the land on which it sits.
Kerr hints that a summer, 2014 release of the film is likely the time frame for distribution of “We’ve Got Balls.”  
For more information on “We’ve Got Balls,” visit: www.wevegotballsmovie.com or contact Ree-invent Films at 714 550-9900.                                    

Jihad 'Jay' Abdo, a Star Who Fled His Native Syria, Looks for a Hollywood Ending

With Lots of Luck and a Name Change, Actor Lands Roles Opposite Nicole Kidman and Tom Hanks in 'Queen of the Desert' and 'A Hologram for the King'

LOS ANGELES—Long before he got to Hollywood in 2012, Jihad Abdo was already a bankable star.

Over a 30-year career, he had been featured in hundreds of TV episodes, 43 movies and 21 plays set in modern and ancient times, in roles as varied as villain, military officer and prince. He couldn't walk the streets in his hometown without being hounded by fans pleading for a picture with him. "Going shopping was a nightmare," he recalls.

But all that fame and fortune came his way in Syria, far from the Hollywood spotlight. When he arrived here, as a refugee from his war-torn homeland, Jihad became "Jay" and turned into something very familiar here: an out-of-work actor. The closest he came to celebrity was his job with French Florist, the self-styled "Los Angeles flower delivery choice for the entertainment industry and stars."

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