9 Pieces of Peace, directed/produced by Jan Selby

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: 9 Pieces of Peace tells the story of a Vietnam veteran named Dan Gallagher and his transformative journey from feeling despised by peace activists to being celebrated as Jeannette Rankin Peace Center’s 2012 Peacemaker of the Year.

In his search to find common ground, he develops an unexpected friendship with Betsy Mulligan-Dague, the Executive Director of the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center in Missoula, Montana. Given the history and conflict between peace activists and veterans, Dan’s unlikely friendship with Betsy touches on the subjects of compassion, courage and inspirational leadership. Together, they have begun to create bridges where walls have stood for decades.

Dan’s life also becomes intertwined with an extraordinary story about how the Missoula community reacted to a 30-foot-high graffiti peace symbol, which was painted on a Qwest telecommunications panel overlooking the valley. It unintentionally became a controversial public conversation about the subjective meanings of the peace symbol among veterans, peace activists and others within the community. The sign was both hated and revered for decades, serving as a metaphor for the conflict resolution process between peace advocates and veterans, and in general, the conflict resolution process on a larger scale.

As these two stories cross paths, we observe and learn from the universal challenges experienced by individuals and communities in their struggles to find common ground.

TRAILER: http://youtu.be/6uL7M7fTRR4

Kickstarter: 9piecesfilm.com/fund
Website: http://9piecesfilm.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/9Piecesfilm
Twitter: http://twitter.com/janselby
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/quietislandfilm/9-pieces-of-peace/

BIO: Jan Selby is a multiple regional EMMY© award-winning producer, director, and founder of Quiet Island Films, a full-service video production company. Her first film as director/producer, A Circle and Three Lines (2009), followed the 50-year history of the peace symbol. It screened at film festivals worldwide, broadcasted on public television, was included in the Walker Art Center’s video bay, and won a regional EMMY©. She produced FRITZ: The Walter Mondale Story, which was broadcast on public television, and screened at locations nationwide. 9 Pieces of Peace is a documentary film and community engagement project that will inspire dialogue about what it means to find common ground. Jan also creates videos for creative agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations.

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Tickets To Van Morrison directed by Joel Devereux and written by Matt Murphy

Based on a true story, Tickets To Van Morrison is a feature film about two entirely different people brought together by their sufficiently shortened mortality. Tom, who is an Insurance Customer Care officer, and Beth, who is a free spirited garbage artist, decide to spend their remaining days together, even though they live totally different lives. At the heart of the story was an encounter director Joel Devereux had experienced almost a decade ago when he crossed paths with a young couple who were madly in love. Unlike most young couples who eagerly and excitedly look towards the future and the promise it brings, this young couple had resigned themselves to their fate. They were both diagnosed with a terminal illness, which would inevitably cut short their lives and their love.

Inspired by true events, Tickets to Van Morrison gives voice to the subject of terminal illness in young people and has already had an enormous impact the world over as people share with us their own stories and experiences. The story itself resonates very deeply with anyone who has been affected by the premature loss of a loved one.

Find out more at: http://www.facebook.com/ticketstovan

Contribute to the release of the film at the IndieGoGo Campaign: http://www.indiegogo.com/ticketstovan

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Cartoon College, directed and produced by Josh Melrod and Tara Wray

Synopsis: Cartoon College documents a group of students at one of the most selective and grueling art schools in America: The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. Founded in 2005, CCS is the country’s top institution of higher learning for up-and-coming graphic novelists. Each fall the school invites twenty aspiring cartoonists to study an all-encompassing, do-it-yourself approach to making comics. These lucky few spend two years learning all the skills needed to become a successful comics creator. Those who complete the program earn a Master of Fine Arts degree, and are ready to face the hardships and uncertainty of a career in one of the world’s most labor-intensive, drudgery-inducing art forms.

Cartoon College features a gifted and ambitious cast of aspiring cartoonists, characters in the mode of Spellbound, as well as appearances by some of the biggest names in cartooning—Chris Ware, Scott McCloud, Art Spiegelman, Françoise Mouly, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Lynda Barry, among many others.

Since production began in 2007 filmmakers Josh Melrod and Tara Wray have chronicled the lives of a dozen aspiring cartoonists, documenting their successes and failures, observing their creative processes, watching them slave over their drawing boards, following them to their day jobs, seeing them ply their trade at conventions, visiting their homes, meeting their families, and discovering the passion and fortitude required when a person chooses comics over all else.


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Hard Promises, produced by Lauren Hirsch Williams

Hello my friends!

Were you a fan of The Sopranos or Goodfellas? I recently found myself meeting a few people that were the real deal – one of NY’s biggest former mob drug dealers in the 60s/70s and one of the most notorious hit men in mafia history (accused of killing over 35 people).

I’m producing a film about this incredibly inspiring man named Allan Haber. He was a former heroin addict and drug dealer for the mob, spent 15 years in unbelievably horrific prisons on 3 felon counts but then turned his life around to become the only felon in the U.S. to serve as a Capital Crimes Defense Attorney. His friend, Joseph “Mad Dog” Sullivan (the hit man), is an important part of the story.

It’s a chilling, yet inspiring tale.

The buzz is about to explode with major Hollywood players currently reading the script. Please help me by supporting this film:

A contribution to our campaign – no matter how small – will help tremendously.

There are some incredible opportunities to meet these people yourself, as well as receive copies of the film and signed photos/paraphernalia etc, for your support.

I really appreciate it…


Lauren Hirsch (Williams)

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Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound, written and directed by William J. Saunders

Synopsis: Billy Mize’s contributions to country western music helped shape the industry. His charm and golden voice are legendary among country music’s elite as is his passion for music. He was one of the founding members of the Bakersfield Sound, whose most famous musicians include Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. But this story isn’t about the struggle for fame; it’s about the struggle for family. This film is an intimate portrait of a life that soared into dreams only to collapse into nightmare. Billy, the Most Promising Male Vocalist of 1966, lost his voice to a stroke after losing his family to a series of horrible tragedies. The film will follow Billy as he fights to regain his ability to sing. At the conclusion of this film, during a celebration for Billy’s eightieth birthday, he will take the stage for the first time in twenty years, pull the microphone close, and sing.

William J Saunders received his MFA in directing from Columbia University, where his thesis film, Dash Cunning, won awards in film festivals around the world. Saunders cut his teeth at NFL Films where he directed and produced documentary content for broadcast and cable networks such as HBO, FOX, ABC, NFL Network and the BBC. Big Charile’s, a documentary Saunders produced and directed about a Chiefs bar in the heart of South Philadelphia, won an EMMY Award in the Outstanding Long Feature category. In 2011, Film Works Entertainment distributed his first narrative feature film Sweet Little Lies, about a young girl’s quest to find her father. His documentary Billy Mize & the Bakersfield Sound, was recently selected by Film Independent to participate in their 2012 documentary fellowship program. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his dog, Bunji.

WEBSITE: www.billymizemovie.com
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/billymizemovie
KICKSTARTER: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1728798697/billy-mize-and-the-bakersfield-sound?ref=users
SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY DONATION PAGE: http://www.sffs.org/donate/donate-now.aspx?pid=1349

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LA FUENTE (THE FOUNTAIN), produced and written by Marjory E. Leposky, directed by Alex Messianu

In the short film LA FUENTE (THE FOUNTAIN), a boy and girl meet at a Mexican fountain during three different stages of their lives. Their relationship evolves as they grow from childhood through their teen years to young adulthood. The goal of the project is to tell their story.

I have been working on this short film for a little over three years now. I am still fund raising, but my director Alex Messianu (https://vimeo.com/amessianu) and DP Sherman Johnson (http://www.shermanjohnson.com) decided we should shoot this summer with what funds I have raised already. My make-up artist Rory Lee (http://www.makeupbyrory.com) has also been involved from the beginning.

Marjory E. Leposky is a filmmaker with more than 10 years of production experience on a broad spectrum of projects that include TV commercials, music videos for local artists, and feature film productions. She has served as the following: casting associate, producer, production coordinator, scriptwriter, unit production manager and production assistant for films, TV commercials, corporate videos, and music videos in South Florida and Los Angeles. Marjory earned degrees in television and media production from Miami Dade College formally Miami-Dade Community College and Florida State University.

To learn more, please visit our web site at http://www.ampersandcom.com/chatterbox

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My Brother Jack, written and directed by Stephen Dest

Synopsis: My Brother Jack is a feature-length film about Jack and Vincent, two brothers who, as young children, witness the murder of their parents and grow up coping with this tragedy in very different ways; one through art (found object) and the other through illness (sleep paralysis) —when the opportunity for revenge arises, it becomes a mystery as to which brother has repressed the traumatic experience of his youth, and which brother has moved on. The film features several actors from the Indies Lab including: Meissa Hampton, Malcolm Madera and Mark Borkowski.

Current State: We wrapped principal photography in New Haven CT in early Febuary 2012 and are currently in Post-Production. My Brother Jack is writer/director Stephen Dest’s feature-length film follow up to his short film, Blind (Cannes Film Festival 2008).






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Interview with actor George Katt

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One Bad Mice

Free link to Matthew Rafferty’s film One Bad Mice – Winner Best Teen Pick Bare Bones Film Festival: http://www.filmnet.com/films/one_bad_mice/

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Ex-Girlfriends, written and directed by Alexander Poe

Synopsis: Ex-Girlfriends is a feature comedy about three people trying to sort out their love lives while questioning the contradictions and complexities of modern relationships. When Graham (writer/director Alexander Poe) runs into his ex-girlfriend, Laura (Kristen Connolly from Cabin in the Woods), he immediately falls back in love until he learns that she has a new boyfriend (Noah Bean from Damages). What neither of them know is that Laura’s new boyfriend is two-timing her with Graham’s other ex-girlfriend, Kate (Jennifer Carpenter from Dexter).

Made on a budget raised through crowd funding, Ex-Girlfriends is the feature follow-up to my 2009 short film The Eight Percent (starring Ben McKenzie from Southland and winner of the Delta Best Short Film Award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival). I’ve always been intrigued by the complicated nature of relationships and the search for happiness. I love films like Eric Rohmer’s Moral Tales or Francois Truffaut’s Antoine Doinel films that show relationships in all of their complexity and contradictory emotions. When I started thinking about directing my first feature I knew that I wanted to tell a story that found the drama and the comedy inherent in our oft-misguided attempts to find happiness.

Visit the website at: www.exgirlfriendsmovie.com

An article written by Alexander Poe for Filmmaker Magazine on making the film can be read here: http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/news/2011/11/the-microbudget-conversation-ex-girlfriends/

Alexander Poe is a New York based filmmaker with an MFA in film from Columbia University. His feature film debut as writer/director/actor, Ex-Girlfriends (co-starring Jennifer Carpenter from Showtime’s Dexter and Kristen Connolly from Cabin in the Woods, is currently in submission to festivals. His short film, The Eight Percent (starring Ben McKenzie from Southland), won the Delta Fly-In Movies award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and his play, I Was Tom Cruise, won Outstanding Play at the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival. His writing/directing work has also been seen at the Tropfest@Tribeca Film Festival, the New York 48 Hour Film Project (winner Best Film 2007), the NYC Midnight Madness Film Competition (winner Best Horror Film 2006), the Edgar Allan Poe Theatre Festival and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

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