"The Interview" is a short film created for the first Speakeasy Shorts competition in Washington D.C. which paired storytellers from Speakeasy DC with filmmakers chosen by DC Shorts.
We were given the true story that our film had to be based on Friday, November 9th and had to write, shoot, and edit the complete film in only five days! The films then premiered on November 16th to a live audience, including the original storytellers.
"...a well made, entertaining and fun film featuring two fine performances from Julie Roundtree, as Garibaldi, and John C. Bailey as Captain Bailey."
-The Independent Critic
You can watch all eight films at the Speakeasy Shorts website. More information and photos to come soon!
Good Game (Documentary)
The Interview (Short Film)
Catching Up (Short Film)
Extraction (Short Film)
Watashi Wa (Documentary)
Waiting for Warcraft (Short Film)
Love and Light: The Art and Music of Starroot (Short Documentary)
All Good Stories (Short Film)
I frequently work outside my own writing and directing projects. Credits listed in reverse chronological order:
A Random Act (narrative short, 2013) - Script Supervisor
Running In Place (narrative short, 2012) - Script Supervisor
The Funeral (narrative short, 2011) - Script Supervisor
02:15 (narrative short, 2011) - Wardrobe Supervisor
Liberty Road (narrative short, 2011) - Script Supervisor
Drainpipe Dreams (narrative short, 2011) - Wardrobe Supervisor
I'm Starting to Wonder (music video, 2010) - Script Supervisor
Frenemies (narrative short, 2010) - Script Supervisor
Man With a Bolex Movie Camera (narrative short, 2010) - Script Supervisor
Locked Gates/Lonely Roads (music video, 2010) - Script Supervisor
Surviving Me (feature film, 2010) - Second Unit Wardrobe Supervisor
Stage Fright (webseries, 2010) - Writer/Production Designer/Script Supervisor/Editor
I Can Live With That (industrial short, 2010) - Script Supervisor
On The Wrong Side of a Loaded Gun (narrative short, 2009) - 1st AD/Editor
Dustin (narrative short, 2009) - Script Supervisor
The Dead Ones (feature film, 2009) - Assistant Script Supervisor
Below the Beltway (feature film, 2009) - Set Costumer
Up Hill (documentary short, 2008) - Cinematographer/Editor
Cookies (narrative short, 2009) - 1st A.D.
Under Armour/Dick's Sporting Goods "Training All Year" for Tightshirt Productions
Duke's Mayonnaise "Lights, Camera, Duke's" for The Branching
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery "How'd You Make This?" for Butler Films
Maryland Lottery "Five Card Cash" for HSI Productions
Yuengling five ads for Protagonist Films
Wal-Mart "Downey Unstoppables" for Spang TV
MJC Preakness "Kegasus" for Butler Films
Ocean City, MD "Thanks Rodney" for Working Stiff Productions
Marriott "Fairfield Inn and Suites" for Backyard Productions
"Ratliff considers herself a storyteller at heart, and with Extraction she tells a quick and entertaining story that leaves you entertained enough that you wouldn't mind spending more time with these young ladies and their misadventures." -The Independent Critic
'"Two girls attempt a little petty thievery. They thought they planned for everything, but breaking and entering isn't as easy as it seems. A silent comedy about an imperfect heist."
I conceived of the idea for Extraction in the fall of 2008 for a class project. The shoot was canceled during pre-production because of time constraints, but the idea of the two slacker thieves stuck with me. A filming date was set for the early months of 2010, but the entire shoot was canceled only the day before because of the arrival of Snowmageddon. But I couldn't let the project go, and in June of 2010 it finally came together again.
While no director likes to have a shoot canceled once, let alone twice, looking at the finished product proves that it was for the best. This cast and this crew pulled together a film that was even better than what I had imagined two years before when I first pictured these girls sneaking through a backyard.
To Read More about Extraction, visit the film's IMDb page here.
Finalist: Waynesboro Short Film Festival, 2011
Screened: Rising Star 20 Independent Film Festival
Abby Jones: Katie Foster
Jenny Noble: Maya Jackson
The Professor: Carol Olsen
Producer: Kevin Sampson
Cinematographer: Ken Ikeda
First Assistant Director: Jason Fraley
Grip: Colin Foster
Grip: Matt Genebach
Editor: Banu Debre
Animal Trainer: Rachel Berger
Craft Services: Cindi Weatherington and Rebecca Gow
Great Falls, VA
Did you call in sick to play Portal 2? Do you plan your social life around your raid schedule in World of Warcraft? Have you ever been late to class because you were crushing candy?
You may take your video games pretty seriously, but for a select group gaming isn't a hobby, it's their job.
Competitive gaming is a fast-growing industry in the United States, and right now it is on the cusp of breaking out into the mainstream. One game has come to the forefront in the last year and changed the landscape of competitive play: Starcraft 2.
The sequel to the beloved game that launched the e-sports world in South Korea, Starcraft 2 has captured audiences around the globe. Released in July of 2010, the game broke sales records and gave the professionals an entirely new playing field to compete on. New leagues are forming, larger prizes are being announced, and industry is exploding.
Nine Hour Films was there throughout 2011, chronicling a year in competitive play for SC2. We'll be following the team Evil Geniuses as they train, compete, win, and lose. These are men who practice for hours each day, learning strategies, trying new techniques, and honing their gameplay to an elite level. Their skills are top notch, their talent undeniable, and their dedication unbelievable.
Find out more about the film on its website and find all the ways you can rent or purchase digital copies through our partner Devolver Digital. Standard edition DVD's are available here.
Scenes from finished films and works in progress directed by Mary Ratliff of Nine Hour Films.
Catching Up (in progress)
Good Game (2014)
Watashi Wa... (2002)
Love and Light: The Art and Music of Starroot (2001)
The Kiss (2008)
Grosse Point Blank (2009)
Waiting for Warcraft (2002)
Sick Day (2009)
Music: After, In the Dark by Yoko Kanno
website by Creastra