Root & Branch Films’ Can I Play Now? Earns Multiple Recognitions

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on April 27, 2020

Can I Play Now?, the second short film from Root and Branch Films, has received multiple accolades during its festival run. 

Root & Branch Films’ Can I Play Now? Earns Multiple Recognitions

In December 2019, Can I Play Now? held its World Premiere at the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival (TBUFF) where it was an award nominee for Best Comedic Film, Best Florida Short, Best Family Movie, and Best World Premiere.  On December 7, 2019, the film was awarded Best World Premiere during the festival’s awards ceremony.

Following its win at TBUFF, Can I Play Now? was screened at the Sunshine City Film Festival at the AMC Sundial in St. Petersburg, Florida on January 19, 2020, where it was crowned the winner of the Best Indie Short Award during their awards ceremony the following day. 

The film’s writer and director, Kyle Marra, had this to say, “It feels good to see the film resonating so strongly with audiences and judges.  This is our sophomore effort as a company, and we are still learning and growing.  It’s nice to know that we are on the right track.”

Can I Play Now? was also an award nominee in the Golden Earth Film Festival, and a semi-finalist in the Continental Film Festival and the Alternative Film Festival. 

Can I Play Now? will finish its festival run in May and is currently available for streaming on  where you can also find the trailer and a two behind the scenes featurettes.

About Root and Branch Films: Root and Branch Films is composed of a group of people who have a strong desire to express their creativity through film.  Our team includes writers, cinematographers, editors, composers, graphic designers, actors, and directors.  In short, our goal is to make quality films from start to finish.

Our Relationship to Live Oak: Live Oak Theatre exists to enrich the lives of people of all ages through performing arts.  Over the years, there has been a strong emphasis on singing, dance, and stage acting.  As Live Oak has grown, so to have the aspirations of the performers within the company.  Wanting to allow performers to add more skills to their repertoire, Live Oak’s artistic director, Randi Olsen, approached Kyle Marra about starting a film company due to his background in film.  Almost a year later, Root and Branch Films was born!

About Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT),

Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT) is a not-for-profit 501 (C) (3) repertory company of local artists, located at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, FL 34601.  The Live Oak Theatre Company exists to enrich families, individuals and the community as a whole by providing positive artistic experiences in the Performing Arts – including excellent, affordable, and edifying family-friendly entertainment, performance, and educational opportunities for Theatre patrons and participants of all ages. 

For more information about the Live Oak Theatre Company, including sponsorship and audition opportunities, call 352-593-0027, email , or go to   Visit us on Facebook at



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