What Were We thinking films

Gorman Bechard has worked full-time as a filmmaker, screenwriter, and novelist since 1983.

In 1991, his first novel, The Second Greatest Story Ever Told, was published by Citadel Press, a division of the Carol Publishing Group.  It was followed by the novels Balls (1995), Good Neighbors (1998), Ninth Square (2002), and Unwound (2007).

In 2004, he co-founded What Were We Thinking Films, Inc., a completely independent production company which specializes in feature-length documentaries and narratives.  The company’s first feature was You Are Alone in 2005.  Every film Bechard has worked on since has been under the What Were We Thinking Films’ banner.   As President, he manages the company, which is currently on pace to produce two feature films per year.

Bechard is well-known for his crowdfunding skills, having run over 35 successful KickStarter/Indiegogo/Seed&Spark campaigns since 2009.  His last eight features have been financed completely through crowdfunding.  He has also moderated panels on the subject at film festivals such as Big Sky Documentary Festival and the CBGBs Festival. 

He is also co-director/co-founder of the NHdocs: The New Haven Documentary Film Festival at Yale. 

In November 2015 he was awarded the ASPCA's Media Excellence award for his work on A Dog Named Gucci.

 

 

Filmography

Normal Valid Lives (feature documentary; 2017; director, co-producer, co-writer, editor, co-cinematographer)  Currently in production. Schedule to premiere in late 2017.

Pizza, A Love Story (feature documentary; 2016; director, co-producer, writer, editor, co-cinematographer)  Currently in post-production in New Haven, Connecticut.  Schedule to premiere in June 2017.

Who Is Lydia Loveless? (feature documentary; 111 minutes, 2016; director, co-producer, writer, editor, co-cinematographer)  Premiered in Spring 2016.

  • World Premiere (Columbus International Film Festival, April 2016)

  • Sold-out Regional screening across U.S. during 2016

  • DVD/VOD release planned for Spring 2017
  • A Dog Named Gucci (feature documentary; 85 minutes, 2015; director, co-producer, writer, editor, co-cinematographer)  

  • World Premiere (Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2015)

  • Sold-out Regional screening across U.S. during late 2015/early 2016

  • DVD/VOD release (April 2016)

  • Closing Credits song features Norah Jones, Neko Case, Aimee Mann, Susanna Hoffs, Lydia Loveless, and Queen’s Brian May

  • Over 75K followers on Facebook

Every Everything: the music, life & times of Grant Hart (feature documentary; 93 minutes, 2013; director, co-producer, co-writer, editor, co-cinematographer)

  • World Premiere (Raindance Film Festival 2013)

  • Opening Night Film (Sound Unseen Film & Music Festival 2013)

  • DVD release (August 2014)
  • Broken Side of Time (narrative feature; 126 minutes, 2013; director, co-producer, co-writer, editor, cinematographer)

  • Best Feature (CineKink 2014)

  • Best Actress (Hell’s Half Mile Film Festival 2013)

  • Best Cinematography (VisionFest13)

  • DVD release (May 2014)

What Did You Expect? The Archers of Loaf live at Cat’s Cradle (feature documentary; 89 minutes, 2012; director, producer, editor, co-cinematographer)

  • World Premiere (NXNE Festival 2012)

  • DVD release (November 2012)

Color Me Obsessed, a film about The Replacements (feature documentary; 123 minutes, 2011; director, co-producer, co-writer, editor, co-cinematographer)

  • “One of ‘the seven best new music documentaries of the year,’” Rolling Stone

  • “A rock version of Rashomon,” The Village Voice)

  • Sold out screening at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (December 2012)

  • DVD release (November 2012, reached #11 on Billboard dvd charts)
  • Friends (with benefits) (narrative feature; 94 minutes, 2009; director, co-producer, co-writer, editor)

  • Best Romantic Comedy (Seattle True Independent Film Festival 2009)

  • Best Narrative Feature (Sacramento Film & Music Festival 2009)

  • Best Narrative Feature (Royal Flush Film Festival 2009)

  • Best Narrative Feature (Gasparilla Film Festival 2010)

  • Best Film (Hell’s Half Mile Film Festival 2009)

  • DVD release (August 2010)

You Are Alone (narrative feature; 84 minutes, 2005; director, co-producer, co-writer, editor)

  • Best Narrative Feature (New England Film & Video Festival 2006)

  • Best Narrative Feature (Northampton Film Festival 2005)

  • Best of Fest (Indiefest 2005)

  • Best Actress (Brooklyn International Film Festival 2005)

  • DVD release (February 2007)

The Kiss (narrative feature; 90 minutes, 2003; director, co-writer)

  • Starring Terence Stamp, Eliza Dushku, Illeana Douglas

  • DVD release (February 2005)

Psychos In Love (narrative feature; 88 minutes, 1987; director, co-producer, co-writer, editor, cinematographer)

  • Midnight screenings (Bleecker Street Cinema 1987)

  • VHS release (1987)

  • DVD release (April 2009)

  • BluRay release (mid-2017)

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