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The Film

SABBATICAL is a feature film written and directed by Brandon Colvin. A work of rigorous form, the film stars Robert Longstreet as Ben Hardin, a morose, middle-aged scholar. Robert is joined by fellow cast members Rhoda Griffis, Kentucker Audley, Rebecca Koon, Thomas Jay Ryan and Frank Mosley.

SABBATICAL follows Ben as he returns home to care for his ill mother and work on a new book. While home, Ben's relationships with family and friends -- his mother, his brother, his lover, his high school pal -- are tested, and he grows increasingly alienated. Ultimately, he is forced to confront his looming responsibilities and choose whether to engage or detach.

News + Updates

8/26/2016 - Read Hammer To Nail's rave review of SABBATICAL! Look out for some  exciting distribution news on the horizon.

1/19/2016 - Press section has been updated with 2015 year-end list appearances! 

7/2/2015 - Earlier this week, Film Pulse's Kevin Rakestraw placed SABBATICAL at #3 on his mid-year Top 10!

5/11/2015 - Don't miss our FREE screening of SABBATICAL as part of The New School's Kinoscope series! It's happening Tuesday, May 12 @ 7:45 PM (tomorrow!). More info here.

3/16/2015 - Major screening announcement! SABBATICAL will have its New York City premiere THIS WEEKEND at The Tank! Producer/editor Tony Oswald and producer/1st AD Michael Sellers will be on-hand for a Q&A. Go here for tickets and more info!

3/3/2015 - Check out this 38-minute video interview with Brandon conducted by Micah Van Hove for No Film School! You'll learn a ton about the film. Also, take a gander at this insightful review of the film by Carson Lund!

2/19/2015 - Great reviews have been pouring in! SABBATICAL received a rave from IndieWIRE (A-) and very positive evaluations from Smells Like Screen Spirit (8/10) and Film Pulse (7.5/10). Additionally, you can listen to an interview conducted with Brandon by Selig Film News

2/17/2015 - SABBATICAL is now available for HD digital rental and download through Vimeo on Demand! Use the embedded player above or click through to our VOD page to watch the film.

2/3/2015 - You can now pre-order SABBATICAL at our Vimeo On Demand page! The film will be released on February 17th.

1/10/2015 - We just added a "Screenings" page in our main navigation. Check back regularly to keep up with our screening schedule throughout the year!

1/5/2015 - We've got a long overdue blog update that just went live! Topics include: year-end lists, our recent Dallas screening, future screening plans, release info, and a festival announcement.

11/12/2014 - Critic Peter Labuza had great things to say about SABBATICAL in his New Orleans Film Festival wrap-up at! Check it out!

10/6/2014 - The full New Orleans Film Festival site has launched. Check out our page and the rest of the program! Tickets go on sale to the public in one week. Can't wait to see some of you there.

9/24/2014 - The fine folks at Indiewire's The Playlist are hosting the premiere of our trailer! Check it out for your first look at SABBATICAL. Update: You can now watch our trailer on Vimeo!

8/20/2014 - Happy to announce that SABBATICAL will be screening in the the narrative feature competition at the 2014 New Orleans Film Festival (Oct. 16-23)! Check out our new blog post for more.

4/16/2014 - Wisconsin Film Festival press round-up over at the blog! We had a great time at our world premiere!

4/2/2014 - Our trio of official posters have just been released on our blog! Give 'em a look-see. If you're interested in more looking, you can watch Brandon talk about SABBATICAL on PBS, right here (19:30-25:00)!

3/26/2014 - Check out Brandon's first interview about SABBATICAL with Phil Davis of Madison's Isthmus

3/7/2014 - SABBATICAL will be World Premiering at the 2014 Wisconsin Film Festival! Check out our most recent blog post for more details.

1/10/2014 - Frames won the 2013 No Budge Best Feature Award! Thanks so much to Kentucker Audley, Craig Keller, and the entire No Budge community. 

10/27/2013 - It's been awhile! How about some stills? Check 'em out in the Blog section.

9/25/2013 - Check out the blog, for our IndieGoGo THANK YOU list and post-production updates.

7/28/2013 - Boy, it's been quite a while since our last update. Much has happened! We shot the film! It's looking really great, and we're only a few weeks away from being totally finished with post-production. In the meantime, look out for some long overdue blog posts from Brandon.

5/24/2013 - Our IndieGoGo project for Sabbatical is live! Visit the page for full casting announcements and to watch our fundraising video! Also, take a look at James Hansen's thoughtful review of Frames at Out 1 Film Journal!

4/17/2013 - Actors Robert Longstreet and Kentucker Audley are officially starring in Sabbatical ! Check out our blog announcement!

4/5/2013 - New review from Jay Sizemore at The Missing Slate. Casting announcements are coming soon! We've also been getting so much love from Germany! Huge thanks to Mario Mentrup and Nicolette Krebitz -- two German actors and filmmakers who have been very supportive of Frames  and Sabbatical 

3/11/2013 - New blog + download the No Budge Newsletter, featuring a short, insightful essay by Craig Keller about Frames . Follow us on Twitter @MossGardenFilm

2/22/2013 - Check out Brandon's newest blog post about the best week Moss Garden Productions has ever had.

2/12/2013 - Frames is currently premiering on Kentucker Audley's! Be sure to check it out here. Don't forget to visit the Frames page on this site for more info!

2/2/2013 - Welcome to the site! Take a look around. Be sure to check out Brandon's first blog post.