Release dateApril 12, 2008 WriterShawn Kittelsen (story), Jared Lapidus (story)
Over da Rainbow is a 2008 American musical-comedy film (20 minutes), directed/produced/edited by Jay Lap (Jared Daniel Lapidus), written by Shawn Kittelsen and starring Al Thompson, Joseph P. McDonnell, and Tyler Hollinger. Jay Lap assisted Shawn Kittelsen in developing the story, which was partially inspired by the former's bizarre encounter with a mid-50's musically-disinclined drug-addled divorcee. The film premiered on April 12, 2008 at the First Run Film Festival. Over da Rainbow went on to win four awards at the festival, including Achievements in Producing, Editing, Sound Design, and Production Design.
Christine Brumbaugh as ZMT Interviewer / Teri Schemp
Dan Abeles as Televangelist
Release and reception
Over da Rainbow has had a very successful run on the international film festival circuit. The film appeals to both black and gay audiences in particular, and its festival pedigree reflects this. The film has played at BET's Urbanworld Film Festival, San Francisco Frameline Film Festival, Chicago Reeling Film Festival, Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, Toronto Inside Out Film and Video Festival, NYC Downtown Short Film Festival, Dragon*Con Film Festival, First Run Film Festival, and others.
Over da Rainbow was chosen as the opening night event for the 2008 London Gay Pride Festival.
The film was given a glowing review in popular urban lifestyle magazine Heeb.
Over da Rainbow features an entirely original soundtrack, complete with three original music videos made for the film. All songs were written & produced by E.K. Ink., and Allan Fox.