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Update February 20th, 2013

Here’s a fun video promoting our SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FUNNY screening on April 11th!

Update February 12th, 2013

Announcing the screening SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FUNNY!!!

Say Hello to My Little Funny is a collection of short films made by some of the funniest stand-up comedians today. Each film was made by a comedian who’s now a filmmaker too! The screening will take place on Thursday, April 11th at 7:30 at the Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema in San Francisco. For tickets, click


Films include:
Thugs The Musical by Kevin Avery
Interview Date by Mike Lemcke and Grant Lyon
Lucifer’s Crewcut by Sal Calanni
The Wrath of John by Sammy Wegent
Successful Alcoholics by TJ Miller

The films included have played at Sundance, South by Southwest, Raindance and over 60 other film festivals. They star comedy greats like Margaret Cho, David Alan Grier, and T.J. Miller and were all made by people with strong ties to the Bay Area comedy scene.

Update February 11th, 2013

Interview Date won the Jury Award for Best Comedy at the Dam Short Film Festival! It’s amazing to be recognized by film professionals with a Jury Award. The festival was a great experience, full of lots of wonderful short films. Here’s the link to all the winners:

Interview Date has now won lots of awards, and we couldn’t be happier. Here’s a list of our awards to date:

Audience Award, DC Shorts Film Festival
Best Comedy, Love Your Shorts Film Festival
Best Screenplay Short Film, St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase
Best Actor in a Short Film, St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase
Best International Short Film nominee, Raindance Film Festival
Best Comedy nominee, Burbank International Film Festival
Jury Award for Best Comedy, Dam Shorts Film Festival

Update February 6th, 2013

Interview Date is screening as part of the Dam Shorts Film Festival in Boulder City, NV this Friday, February 8th, at 5:30 p.m. It will be shown at the Historic Boulder Theater as part of the Comedy block of short films. Tickets can be purchased here:

We will also be screening as part of a special screening series in Washington, DC called DC Shorts WINS. DC Shorts WINS are special showcases of award-winning films from previous DC Shorts Film Festivals. Some of the films have Oscar® connections: short-list candidates, nominees – and even Oscar® winners. All of the films have won accolades worldwide. Interview Date won the DC Shorts Screenplay competition in 2010 and the film won an Audience Award at DC Shorts in 2011. We will be screening on Friday, February 22nd at 7:00 pm and Sunday, February 24th at 12:00 pm at the US Navy Memorial Burke Theater in Washington, DC.

More info here:

Update November 8th, 2012

Interview Date screens in two more film festivals in November! We’ve screened in almost 20 film festivals so far! People told me at the start of this process that if a film gets into 5 festivals, it’s doing well, so it’s great to feel like we are exceeding the norm. Here’s the information for our upcoming screenings:

Seattle Shorts Film Festival
Saturday, November 10th, 2:15 p.m.
SIFF Film Center at the Seattle Center
350 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

St. Louis International Film Festival
Tuesday, October 13th, 9:15 p.m.
Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium
470 E. Lockwood
Webster Groves, MO 63119

Update October 9th, 2012

We just finished our screenings at the Raindance Film Festival in London. Thanks so much to all of our friends and fans that came to check out Interview Date on the other side of the world! Your support is awesome. Here are a couple of quotes from people in the audience:

“Much laughter from the audience, in fact I thought one guy was going to explode from laughing so much!”

“It’s very funny and tightly written. Good laughs throughout which is not normal in London … London loved it!”

And since people liked the film, we were nominated for Best International Short Film! We couldn’t be more excited to be nominated for an award by such a prestigious film festival!

Update October 3rd, 2012

We are proud to announce that Interview Date has been picked up for distribution by Shorts International! Shorts International is the world’s leading short film entertainment company – they bring short films to audiences in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. We are excited to be working with them as they’ll help get Interview Date on cable television around the world; they’ll package it for DVD compilations; they’ll make it available on iTunes, Netflix, and other straight to people platforms. In addition, Shorts International operates the cable channel Shorts HD, so Interview Date will play on television all around the US.

Check back here to see when Interview Date is up on iTunes and Netflix for your viewing pleasure!

Update September 13th, 2012

Remember how we got into a HUGE film festival but couldn’t announce which one on our last update? Well now we can – the Raindance Film Festival in London!!! We are really excited about this film festival. Raindance is Europe’s premiere independent film festival and was listed by Variety as one of the top film festivals in the world. In addition, it is an Oscar qualifying film festival! Interview Date is being included in the Best International Shorts screening block (there are only 2 films from the US included in this block)! We’ll screen on both Thursday, September 27th at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 7th at 3:00 p.m. You can find out more information and get tickets here:

Update August 31st, 2012

September is going to be a huge month for Interview Date with screenings in 5 different film festivals! The film will be traveling all over the country.

Saturday, September 1st at 7:00 p.m. we’ll be screening at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle. Bumbershoot is a huge festival that includes tons of great bands, comedians, artists, and films. You can get more information at

On Thursday, September 6th, Interview Date will screen at the AMC 6 Theaters in Burbank as part of the Burbank International Film Festival. We’re screening in the “Comedy Program #1” at 9:30 p.m. with a bunch of other funny short films. You can get tickets and more information at

On Friday, September 14th, we’ll be in the mountains for the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. We screen at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are at

On Sunday, September 16th, Interview Date will be screening at the Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta as part of the Atlanta Shortsfest that includes awesome short films from around the world. Tickets are available at

And finally we’ll be closing the month out with a huge festival that I can’t announce yet, but it will be HUGE. Variety listed it as one of the top film festivals in the world. Official announcement coming soon.

Update August 1st, 2012

Here’s the press release for our screening at the HollyShorts Film Festival:


Festival Takes Place August 9-16, 2012 at Grauman’s Chinese 6

August 1, 2012 HOLLYWOOD, CA—INTERVIEW DATE will be screening at the 8th annual HollyShorts Film Festival, which takes place August 9-16 at Grauman’s Chinese 6 in Hollywood. The award winning short film will screen on August 14th, at 4:00 p.m.

Interview Date is a classic case of mistaken identity where a blind date gets mixed with a job interview, leaving everyone at the right place at the right time with the wrong person. The film recently won Best Comedy at the Love Your Shorts Film Festival, Best Short Screenplay at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase Festival, Best Actor in a Short – Grant Lyon at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase Festival, and an Audience Award at the DC Shorts Film Festival.

The film is unique in that it is the first film made by successful stand-up comedians Grant Lyon and Mike Lemcke. Writer/Producer Grant Lyon can be heard often on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio and has appeared on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Show. He has performed at a number of prestigious comedy festivals like the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival and opened for names like Dana Gould, Kevin Nealon, and Robin Williams. He is also a contributing writer to the Huffington Post. Writer/Director Mike Lemcke is also a stand-up comedian and a member of the sketch video group Four In The Back whose videos have been featured by sites like Funny or Die and Rooftop Comedy.

This year HollyShorts received over 1,000 submissions with filmmakers from 20 countries in competition. Twice named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of “25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,” HSFF is devoted to helping advance the careers of filmmakers by providing exposure through top-notch screenings and networking events during the highly anticipated week-long festival each August. The full schedule and tickets are currently available for all of the screenings and panels and can be purchased now by visiting or

Here’s some things critics have said about Interview Date:

“In terms of simple performance, “Interview Date” works the best because of its wit and personification of double standards while using very simple innuendo that is both innocent and dirty at the same time.” – The Inside Reel

“It was well-acted and presented, with some very funny lines highlighting the similarities between looking for love and finding a job.” – Joe Flood, The Pink Line Project

“The writing is the star here, as it’s lively, fun and quirky … Of all the short films I’ve seen lately, Interview Date is definitely one of the better ones.” – Lil Miss Bratty’s Short Film Blog.

“This short was the best short in the showcase I viewed at the DC Shorts Film Festival … what set this short apart from most of the shorts that I saw was it’s hilarity.” – Mitchell Stover, The Short Films Blog

“It’s very creative!” – Arch Campbell, News Channel 8


Update July 18th, 2012

Announcing two more screenings for Interview Date! In August, we will be playing in both the Feel Good Film Festival and the HollyShorts Film Festival.

The Feel Good Film Festival is centered around films that leave you feeling good. So if you want to be in a good mood, come to this festival! Interview Date will be screening on Saturday, August 4th, at 3:45 p.m. at the Laemmle Theater in North Hollywood. The address is 5240 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood.

To see more about the festival or to purchase tickets, please visit:

HollyShorts is a short specific film festival, so if you love short films, it is perfect for you! Interview Date will be screening on Tuesday, August 14th, at 4:00 p.m. at the prestigious Chinese Theaters in Hollywood. The address for the Chinese Theaters is 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles.

To see more about HollyShorts or to purchase tickets, check out:

Update July 17th, 2012

Last week, Interview Date screened at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase in St. Louis, MO and the film won two more awards! Interview Date won Best Screenplay for a Relationship Short Film and Grant Lyon won Best Actor in a Relationship Short Film. That’s four awards and counting for the film. By winning a couple of awards, Interview Date is now invited to screen in the St. Louis International Film Festival in November. St. Louis International is an Academy Award Qualifying Festival, so it’s a great opportunity!

Update June 13th, 2012

Interview Date makes its Midwest Premiere at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase in July! Doing well at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase will qualify the film for the St. Louis International Film Festival, an Academy Award qualifying festival. Interview Date screens on Wednesday, July 11th at 7 p.m. as part of the “R is for Relationships” block of short films. Check out more at:

Update May 19, 2012

Interview Date makes its Los Angeles Premiere at the world famous Chinese Theaters in Hollywood as part of the Dances With Films Film Festival on June 4th! Dances With Films is in its 15th year and is a very well known and respected festival. We will screen at the Chinese 6 Theater on Monday, June 4th, at 5:00 p.m. The Chinese Theaters are located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles.

To see more information or to buy tickets, please visit:

Update April 6th, 2012

We are excited to announce our West Coast Premiere! Interview Date will be screened at both the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Sacramento International Film Festival in April.

For Newport Beach, we will be shown as part of the “Maybe Romantic, Definitely Short and Sweet” block of short films on Friday, April 27th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Triangle Square 1 Theater.

Here is a link to the information:

For Sacramento International Film Festival, we will be show as part of the “World’s Greatest Comedy Shorts” block of short films on Saturday, April 28th, at 6:15 p.m. at the Artisan Theater.

Here is a link to the information:

You can buy tickets at:

Update March 13th, 2012

Interview Date has been accepted into three more film festivals! It will be part of the Soul 4 Reel Film Festival in Maryland, the Sacramento International Film Festival in Sacramento, and the Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach, CA. It’s an exciting time to be Interview Date!

The film will be screened on March 23rd at the Soul Factory Theater as part of the Soul 4 Reel Film Festival. Tickets and more information can be found at:

More information soon on the screenings in Sacramento and Newport Beach.

Update February 13th, 2012

Interview Date won Best Comedy at the Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford, Florida this past weekend! We were picked by a panel of judges as the best comedy and shown in the Best of the Festival showcase on Sunday night. Interview Date is now a multiple award winning film. You can check out more about Love Your Shorts Film Festival at

Update February 6th, 2012

Interview Date is an official selection of the 2012 First Glance Film Festival Short Online Contest. This spring, It will be shown on a secure website for people to vote on. Interview Date is one of 40 films, so we need your support! More information to come on this soon.

Update January 11th, 2012

Interview Date is an official selection of the 2012 Love Your Shorts Film Festival! Check out the festival at Interview Date will be shown as part of the Comedy Showcase on Saturday, February 11th at 7 pm at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford, Florida

Update September 13th, 2011

Interview Date won an Audience Award Honorable Mention at the DC Shorts Film Festival. The film will be shown as part of the Best of the Festival Showcase! After the very first film festival, Interview Date is an award-winning film!

Update September 1st, 2011

Interview Date will be screening at the DC Shorts Film Festival in Washington, D.C. These will be the first public screenings of Interview Date!

September 9 @ 6:30 at Artisphere

September 11 @ 4:00 at E Street Cinema

September 15 @ 9:00 at E Street Cinema

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