LOUIE – in post production

The Prairie 1910: a wild night of boyish high jinks turns deadly and haunts a man 45 years later.

Pictured: Jake Cohen as Peeler. Photo: Sheppard Bear

Starring Dylan Wittrock, Finn Wittrock, Peter Wittrock, Terry Holland, Christopher Rojas, Jake Cohen, Mark H. Dold, and Johnny Irion. LOUIE is written and directed by Robert Biggs.

Short film LOUIE – Coming Soon!

We are currently in pre-production for our short film, LOUIE being shot in August out on the prairie in Illinois. LOUIE is written by Robert Biggs and tells an old “skeleton in the closet” family story. Taking place in 1958 with flashbacks to 1910. Crew is hired and Casting is almost complete. More details soon.

COYOTE GIRL screening at Cinema on the Bayou Festival on Saturday January 28th!


We are delighted to announce we have been officially selected to screen at the Cinema on the Bayou Festival on Saturday, January 28th at 10:30 a.m. as a part of the Narrative Shorts Series! The COTB Fest takes place in Lafayette, Louisiana and COYOTE GIRL will be screened at the Acadiana Center for The Arts.

Our venue! The Acadiana Center for the Arts!

It’s truly an honor to be screened at a festival that “is committed to presenting nationally and internationally acclaimed documentary and narrative fiction films and filmmakers with truly original voices. ” We are proud to be considered in such good company… And we must say, the COTB Fest promises to be a blast:

“…screening new, cutting edge, fiction and non-fiction films from around the world in a relaxing environment, laced and embellished with Cajun culture’s unique identity markers, exquisite cuisine and great music.  We screen uncompromising, thought-provoking films that make us laugh and cry; engage in serious discussions about matters important to independent filmmakers; and have a lot of fun and good times with old friends and make important connections with new friends who share our commitment to quality film. “

The festival is in it’s 12th year and has selected quite an inspiring array of films. We hope that if you can, you’ll make it to the screening of our little film named “Best Experimental Film” at the Boston International Film Festival, and join in on the vibrant range of art and culture of Lafayette!

Everything you need to know about how to see our film is here: http://cinemaonthebayou.com/index.php?option=com_fabrik&view=details&listid=3&formid=3&rowid=578&Itemid=145

You can find the schedule here: http://cinemaonthebayou.com/index.php?option=com_fabrik&view=list&listid=11&Itemid=149&resetfilters=0&clearordering=0&clearfilters=0

The ticket link is here (and only $5!): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/12th-cinema-on-the-bayou-film-festival-tickets-30189962992


And more about the festival here: http://cinemaonthebayou.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=featured&Itemid=101


COYOTE GIRL Officially Selected at Twin Falls Sandwiches Film Festival!


We are proud to announce that COYOTE GIRL will be screened Friday, October 14th, 2016 at 5:30 pm (Drama/ Shorts film block) in Twin Falls, Idaho at the Twin Falls SANDWICHES Film Festival!

OFFICIAL laurels film

We’re very excited to be a part of this festival that celebrates “film with no boundaries”. To find out more about the festival and see a schedule/ buy tickets visit the TFSFF website here: http://www.twinfallssandwichesfilmfestival.com

The film will be screened at the gorgeous and historical Orpheum Theatre. You can find out more about The Orpheum here: http://www.orpheumtwinfalls.com




Accepted to BostonIFF!



Great news for Outcast Café and our North Eastern friends & family… COYOTE GIRL has been accepted to the Boston International Film Festival!

After several wonderful Mid-Western festivals near our shoot location (and our Westfield friends & family) we’re delighted to have the opportunity to screen in our home state of Massachusetts.



The festival promises a diverse crowd of  inspiring fellows : ” … a festival dedicated to rewarding artists for their individual talents and for their creative expression through the medium of film. The festival strives to bring together in Boston local, national and international filmmakers by promoting the world’s most artistic and creative independent and experimental films.”

On BostonIFF’s welcome page Governor Baker says, “The Boston International Film Festival celebrates those artists who, through the power of cinema, capture our imagination to make us laugh and cry, think and change” and Festival Founder, Patrick Jerome, says, “The filmmakers will be sharing their diverse and powerful visions of humanity. Our greatest hope is that through these films the audience will be inspired and encouraged to embrace all the world’s cultural diversity and work towards a more understanding, peaceful world.” Sounds pretty great to us!

Riley Ann (Gail Shalan and Old Man (Robert Biggs) in action! A still from our upcoming short film Coyote Girl.
Riley Ann (Gail Shalan) and Old Man (Robert Biggs) in action! A still from our  short film Coyote Girl.

The 13th Annual BostonIFF will take place April 14th – 18th at the Loews Cineplex / AMCParamount Theaters and Broadway Pictures Entertainment Studio in Boston, MA.

"You've been gnawing on mine ever since" - Old Man (Robert Biggs)
“What’s eating you?” –  Old Man (Robert Biggs)


Join Gail (Riley Ann/ Coyote in COYOTE GIRL)  at BostonIFF! Purchase tickets here (more details on schedule to follow).

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Coyote and Gail Shalan between takes.
Coyote and Gail Shalan between takes.

COYOTE GIRL Accepted Again!

We’ll see you at the Route 66 Film Festival on Saturday, November 7th. Our film will be playing in Session 5 held between 7 and 10 pm. The festival is in Springfield, IL, just West of  our shoot location on the Biggs’ Farm in Westfield.

Screen Shot from opening of "Coyote Girl"



The Route 66 Film Festival is in it’s 14th year and we are very honored to be a part of it! We are looking forward to experiencing this festival that claims to have “something for everyone” from shorts to features, experimental films to docs, local to international films.

On their Facebook page they state:  “The general theme of our festival is journey, whether emotional, physical, spiritual or personal. We strive to introduce audiences to talented artists from around the world, as well as the American Midwest.” 

You can see more of what they are about and keep up to date on their announcements by following them here: https://www.facebook.com/TheRoute66InternationalFilmFestival/info/?tab=page_info

But, of course, we’ll keep you updated, too.

Rick and Biggs on set for Coyote Girl

COYOTE GIRL – Official Trailer

Going to NAFF this weekend and want a teaser? Can’t get out there but want more COYOTE GIRL?

Boy, oh, boy are we excited to share this with you! With our SNAFF premiere behind us and playing again at NAFF this Sunday night, we thought now would be a great time to finally share with you the trailer for COYOTE GIRL.

Without further ado:

Accepted Again!

Very proud to announce that we have been officially selected at the New Art Film Festival 2015 in Champaign, Illinois! Good news for our Mid-Western pals (and for us), y’all have another opportunity to catch a screening!



Our short film, COYOTE GIRL, will be playing amidst a select group of other locally made films on the evening of Sunday, October 4th, 2015 at The Art Theater Co-op. We are featured in the final film block, starting at 9pm.




Taking place amidst the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, NAFF shares a hometown with the University of Illinois, as well as the Boneyard Arts, Ebertfest, and the Pens to Lens Festivals. We are honored to be a part of this art-film fest that aims to showcase the “unique collection of Illinois-produced independent films” at “one of the oldest, continually operation, purpose-built movie theaters in the United States.” The Art Theatre Co-op is a true community home, surviving it’s 102 years when in danger of closing, over 1,000 folks from near and far joined together to show their support and buy shares of the theatre, keeping it alive as a thriving co-op space. IMG_8586-2-620x310

Looking forward to being a part of such a history and hub for Art-Films in the heart of our country!


“You’ve been gnawing at my bones ever since.”

Stay tuned for the COYOTE GIRL trailer for your own viewing coming to the blog soon!

Accepted to Snake Alley Festival of Film, AGAIN!

We at the Outcast Cafe are very proud to announce that our short film COYOTE GIRL has been accepted into the 2015 Snake Alley Festival of Film in Burlington, Iowa! “Dedicated to showcasing the best shorts from around the world, with a strong emphasis on story,” we are honored to be a part of a festival recognizing these accomplishments.

Screen Shot from opening of "Coyote Girl"
Screen Shot from opening of “Coyote Girl”

This is our second film to go to Snake Alley. In 2013 One Year’s Crop was nominated for Best Documentary ! In celebration let’s take a trip down memory lane:

Poster for our documentary "One Year's Crop"
Poster for our documentary “One Year’s Crop”

Artistic director, writer, actor, artist Robert Biggs talks about One Year’s Crop. Very interesting to watch now and draw similar parallels from his interview to our newest tale, Coyote Girl.

Here are some pics of the last time Biggs and Sims were at Snake Alley:

The Snake Alley Festival of Film Marquee


Traci Rauscher interviews Robert Biggs on his 2013 documentary "One Year's Crop".
Traci Rauscher interviews Robert Biggs on his 2013 documentary “One Year’s Crop”.


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Robert Biggs mingles with the SNAFF crowd.


Biggs addresses the audience about his nominated doc on the SNAFF stage
Biggs addresses the audience about his nominated doc on the SNAFF stage


Discussing “One Year’s Crop”
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Biggs and Sims celebrate with friends and family (Teri Biggs, David Biggs, and friend Linda).

It’s a pleasure and an honor to return to “the crookedest film festival in the u.s.” And let us know if you’ll be joining us at #SNAFF2015 !