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Oil Valley Film Festival Launches in 2016



(OIL CITY, PA) The first Oil Valley Film Festival will take place September 1-3, 2016. Based in Oil City, the festival is designed to bring the voices and films of new and established filmmakers to the heart of Venango County, an area underrepresented in the world of film.

The festival programming will include feature and short films in competition, along with feature-length and short screenplays in competition. Day three will feature a hand-picked block of curated filmmaker to screen in exhibition, all leading up to the awards ceremony on Saturday night.

“We’ve already received submissions in each category from all over the United States, and a few Internationally, and the festival is still a year away,” said Matt Croyle, the festival’s director. “As a filmmaker myself, not only do I want to continue to make movies here, but this festival seems like a way I can use my passion to share films with the community – films they may normally never get to see in a multiplex. This is about starting something that the community can really get involved in and get excited about.”

The festival is currently in search for partnering venues, and has already partnered with Videomaker Magazine, MaddyG TV on ROKU, and the Oil City Library.

“The Oil City Library is a gem. We’re really happy to have them on board. Dan Flaherty and his staff are doing great things with that facility, and I couldn’t be more proud to have them be a part of the festival,” Croyle continued.

More information about submissions, corporate sponsorship, and general inquiries can be found at:


Read Matt Croyle’s ‘Potential Inertia’ Screenplay For Free

(OIL CITY, PA) – With the worldwide release of Matt Croyle’s first feature film, his production company, One Fish Films, has released the shooting script version of the original screenplay for the film. People are now able to download and read the screenplay for free.

The screenplay is located here: PotentialInertia-ShootingScriptPDF

The film is available worldwide at: and

Five Things To NOT Do Making Your First Film – By Matt Croyle

Matt Croyle – Writer/Director of ‘Potential Inertia’

As I near completion of my first feature film, I’ve learned quite a few things about what not to do while making one. If you’re considering making a movie, here are five important things you must never do.


While ad-libbing scenes can be a fun and creative way to create scenes with actors, and while there have been some great flicks made by simply having a treatment or outline, this is not how you want to make your first film. Chances are the actors you can afford to cast are not the wonderfully trained ad-libbers they think they are. The more structured — your first filmmaking experience is — the better.

Also, shoot the script. Shoot what is written on the page. Anything else can be done in pickups or re-shoots. The bulk of the performances on your first film will be shaped entirely in the editing room.


When you are making your first film people will have a tendency to view it as some sort of hobby or extracurricular activity — even those folks you ask to come aboard, to be part of it. Until they see some progress, or a rough cut, most won’t see it as a serious endeavor. Do NOT bring people into your project that aren’t going to be available on days you need them. That family day at the amusement park should have to wait until you get the shots you need. The actress who can’t find a babysitter needs to find one, and show the fuck up when she’s called to set.


Audio is the most important part of your first feature, because chances are it’s not going to be a cinematic masterpiece. It’s going to be a stepping stone. Clean, external, audio will make your production stand out next to the kid shooting his on the camcorder. According to one of the board members at SXSW, clean audio makes a huge difference in whether or not a film is chosen to screen there, regardless of what it looks like. In other words: Your movie can look like crap, but as long as it has clean audio, that people can hear, and isn’t distracting, your movie is already better than one that looks amazing except for the fact that people can’t hear anything.


This is a given, especially with DSLR technology. Some cameras are great in low light, but sometimes you have to light the shit out of things in order to get that clean digital look. This can always be adjusted in post by adjusting gamma, brightness, and contrast. Light, light, light.


Making movies is a very difficult thing to do. Your first flick should be super-fun and engaging, but do not beat yourself up over things you can’t control. Making movies is fun. And if it becomes not fun, then you should probably find something else to do with your time. Relax. Enjoy the process. Good luck.


Copyright © 2014 Matt Croyle. All Rights Reserved.

From Script To Screen – Scene 26 – POTENTIAL INERTIA (Side by Side Comparison)

This is a side by side comparison of scene 26 from the upcoming feature film, POTENTIAL INERTIA, and the original draft of the script.

“It’s an interesting process when you’re both writing and directing a film. You come to realize that you could be an immense prick, and make the actors say the lines exactly as written (which in some cases wouldn’t make you a prick), or you could let your actors feel the lines out the way they want to – give them a little space to work,” said writer / director Matt Croyle.

He added, “This is a look at a rough cut of scene twenty-six along side the actual script. It’s kind of fun to watch.”

POTENTIAL INERTIA is scheduled to be released in early 2014, and is finishing up principal photography.

For more info, please visit the official site: HERE.


“Jerry’s Pub”, The Award-winning Short Script By Matt Croyle, Available Worldwide On For Kindle Devices

(OIL CITY, PA) – Matt Croyle’s award-winning short screenplay, is now available worldwide on, here, for all Kindle devices.

“Jerry’s Pub”, originally written in 2006, was selected as a runner-up in the 2006 Great Lakes Independent Film Festival’s scriptwriting competition, and earned its World Premiere, as a stage play, in January of 2011, at the First Annual Canton One Acts Festival in Canton, Michigan.

The dark story is about two men in a bar with a shared past.

Follow the link above, or click the photo below to order and download today.


A Year Without Rent – By Lucas McNelly

With only hours remaining in the project’s funding drive (I should have done this much sooner), please shoot over to Kickstarter and check out this great opportunity to become part of an amazing film/media project! If you’re a fan of indie film at all this is for you!



This summer, I used Kickstarter to fund Up Country, a feature-length film set in the northern wilds of Maine. We filmed Up Country in the middle of nowhere (literally…the town doesn’t have a name…actually it isn’t even a town), so the biggest single expense/obstacle was getting people there. The people with super-flexible schedules suddenly became ridiculously valuable, even more so if they could get themselves within shouting distance of Maine.

At the same time, there were other filmmaker friends of mine around the country working on various projects and trying to do much of the same thing, either working with what they had on hand or trying to find the budget to bring people in. I suspect this happens quite a bit. And not just in major cities. As the world gets smaller, people are finding ways to flourish in more remote locations.

So my plan is to spend a year on the road, traveling around the country and working on indie film projects. I’ll explore the idea of mobility in a creative professional. Just how mobile does our digital lifestyle make us? Does it even matter where we live anymore? How can a creative professional thrive outside of NYC and LA?

As the year progresses, I’ll be keeping people updated with:

+ video: a daily video diary and/or web series documenting the day to day progress. In addition, more “cinematic” vignettes, which would be less frequent (obviously).

+ photos. We’ll be using the great tools at Tripline to create an interactive map where you can wander the country from the comfort of your own home. We’ll geo-tag the photos and collectively they’ll tell a story. A view of where we’ve been, if you will.

As an example, check out our backer Bizarro World on Tripline.

We’ll also be partnering with the very cool folks at Shuttercal and posting a photo a day on their calendar, It’s a pretty cool service. Check it out. Sign up!

+ words: I’ll be writing blog posts. stories. articles. The focus of all this writing will be the filmmakers I’m working with. I want to see how these people work, what tricks they have up their sleeves, and what they’re doing differently in Minnesota than they are in LA.

Then I’ll take all of that and turn it into a multimedia e-book (assuming those aren’t obsolete by then) that looks back at the whole experience.

We’re coming to Kickstarter because, money aside, this is a project that will only be as interesting as the audience supporting it. So, we’ve compiled a collection of perks that we hope will keep you emotionally invested not just until the deadline, but over the life of the project. Hey, we’ll even send you a birthday present. You won’t have to worry about everyone forgetting your big day, Sixteen Candles style. We want to take you along. Well, not literally, unless you want to help drive. There’s going to be a lot of driving.

Where will we go?
Where won’t we go? Already we’ve got interested productions around the country (and even one in the UK), and I’d love to come help out on your film. Here’s how it works: tell us about the project and, if possible, I’ll come help out. Think of me as an extra set of hands. I’ll hold a boom, carry grip equipment, get coffee, be an extra, whatever you need. While I’m there, I’ll also be documenting your film, telling people about it and about the people working on it, essentially giving you some free publicity. All we ask is that you do what you can to keep us on the road. It’s a win-win.

Email us at ayearwithoutrent [at] gmail [dot] com

But what about Up Country?

That’s a good question. This should have no effect on Up Country. Editing will continue as planned. If anything, it’ll make it easier to finish the film, as we’ll just make Up Country one of our projects. So, part of this year will be going to Philly to do the sound mix. You’ll actually, in that regard, get a better look at the film. And it should be a better film for it.

Where will this money go?

Well, if you haven’t noticed, gas is expensive. So is food. And insurance. It’s a tricky project to budget, as the numbers all fluctuate pretty wildly based on simple things like how far apart the projects are, geographically. By our best guess, this will get us through most of the year, if we’re lucky. Our comfortable number is a shade over $20,000. But the more we bring in, the more we can do. This is a project that will be as big or as small as the audience and the indie community wants it to be, both in reach and in dollars. So if you don’t have $$ to give, that’s no problem. Maybe you have a couch to sleep on? Or a production to help out with? Or a skill set you can bring to the project? Even a “buy one, get one free” coupon for granola bars would be a big help.

If you’re a creative professional, this project is for you and about you. It’ll be as awesome as you want it to be.

Questions? Ask them in the comments! VISIT US ON: A YEAR WITHOUT RENT – On KICKSTARTER

Project location: Portland, ME

‘Jerry’s Pub’ World Premiere at the Canton One Acts Festival

CANTON, MI — The world premiere of Matt Croyle’s ‘Jerry’s Pub’ will take place at TLC Productions’ first annual Canton One Acts Festival, January 21-23, 2011 at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton, MI. ‘Jerry’s Pub’ will be making its debut as part of a six-show lineup of original one act plays chosen from playwrights all across the United States. Show dates and times are as follows: Fri. & Sat. 21-22, 8:00 pm. Sun. 23, 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10.00 and are available online.

The cast for the World Premiere of ‘Jerry’s Pub’ is as follows: Jeff Foust of Canton, Michigan as Will O’Connell. Tim Chanko of Canton, Michigan as Ben Sullivan. Joseph Cone of Canton, Michigan as Jerry. Kyle Coykendall of Wallend Lake, Michigan as Chucky Doyle. The play is being directed by Linda Trygg.

For more info visit:


Now Accepting Submissions For The 2008 Competition!
Deadline: July 4, 2008
Winners announced: September 4, 2008

Welcome to the Scribe Playwrighting Competition. Founded by Croyle Entertainment, the competition is designed to bridge an international gap between established and emerging writers around the world. That is why the competition is open to all writers, everywhere, regardless of subject matter.The competition has two categories for sumbission. Full length plays and one act plays. Each category has its own prize for the selected winners.

  • Full length plays: All plays 75+ pages are considered to be full length.
  • One act plays: All plays up to 74 pages in length are considered one act plays.

The Scribe Playwrighting Competition offers the following to the winners of each category:

  • $200 Cash Prize
  • Certificate of Merit
  • A filmed reading of their work for developmental purposes on DVD.
  • Consideration for full production by Croyle Entertainment.
  • Written response to your work.
SUBMIT YOUR PLAY.Plays must be submitted as follows:

  • Script must be in proper play formatting.
  • Script must have a cover page that includes the title of the play, writer’s name and address.
  • Plays must be registered with a protective agency (i.e. WGA, Copyright Office.)
  • Pages must be clearly numbered.
  • Only hardcopies are accepted at this point, please use three-hole puched paper bound by brads.
  • On the outside of your submission envelope, please specify either ‘One Act’ or ‘Full Length.’
  • Include a check with your submission: $15.00 (US) for one acts, $25.00 (US) for full length plays.
  • Please make your checks payable to CROYLE ENTERTAINMENT.
  • Send your submissions to:

    Scribe Playwrighting Competition
    C/O Croyle Entertainment
    509 Hiland Avenue
    Oil City, PA 16301

Vantage Point – A brief review.

As originally posted on

I’ve read a lot of negative remarks on this board from folks who didn’t enjoy the flick. One must remeber: The joy of going to the movies is to try and immerse yourself into that picture for two hours or so, not to pick apart people’s attempts to make flicks that say something. I think that the filmmakers were trying to establish the fact that International warefare and epionage is something that will always happen, no matter how much people what to protect themselves and their families, there are things going on in governments around the world that the public has no realised or explained knowledge of, hence the first ‘Vantage Point’ of the flick: the news director played by Sigourney Weaver. This first glimpe is the end result in what the public around the world will ever know about the situation presented in the movie, and as the flick progresses and we delve deeper into what actually happened we begin to realize that corruption can get to the deepest parts of government. I think that’s ultimately what the writers were trying to say with this movie.

People also need to remember that the real time frame for this picture is only about twenty minutes, and that most of the people involved don’t realize they are interconnected in any way. Some folks want resolution with backstory on Matthew Fox’s character. All I can present is this. If he was rogue and working as a double agent and the President didn’t know about it, he couldn’t have done it alone. Which means that the operation was even bigger than we, as moviegoers, could imagine or saw on screen. Perhaps the Presidential advisors who immediately wanted to order a strike on Morocco after the attempt were possibly in on the kidnapping, then deemed disposable after they were done with thier job, or rather failed to do their job at all. Perhaps they were able to keep Fox’s character under the radar the whole time, as they were in charge of assigning the Secret Service agents to the President in the first place.

People are too eager to jump on the internet and dissuade others from seeing a flick before they’ve had adequate time to think about the movie on many levels.

I actually really enjoyed this movie. It offered an escape for about two hours, was exciting and fast, and it made me think about how corrupt our world governments can be.

As far as the structure of the film — while I did find the ‘rewinding’ a bit tedious during the viewing, I also realize that, ultimately, it’s the best way to tell this story. Again the real time frame is only about twenty minutes, and this structure enables the flick to present eight different ‘Vantage Points’ of that specific twenty minutes. After the movie ended, I realized that it had to be that way.

So, if you dig movies, seriously check this flick out. It’s a nice escape for an evening.


(OIL CITY, PA) Croyle Entertainment announces the development of the Scribe Playwrighting Competition. The competition will be open to writers around the world with the winners receiving a filmed reading of their play for developmental purposes and a cash prize to be decided before the launch of the competition. Also, the winning plays will be considered for full production by Croyle Entertainment. There will be a reasonable entry fee. Stay tuned in for upcoming information.