Grand Unified Theory, written and directed by David Ray

Grand Unified Theory Trailer from David Ray on Vimeo.

SYNOPSIS: During one fateful weekend, the family of brilliant astrophysicist Albert James has a complete meltdown, setting in motion a raucous and hilarious series of events that mirror his radical theories of the behaviour of the universe.

The film will be screening as part of the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema on August 10th and is in competition for five awards, including Best Feature Narrative, Best Screenplay, and Best Director. Its world premiere took place at the Beijing International Film Festival in April 2016.

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Interview with Alberto Caviglia (Burning Love)

Trailer: BURNING LOVE – PECORE in ERBA from Gaetano Maiorino on Vimeo.

Mike Fishman recently sat down with Alberto Caviglia to discuss the Italian filmmaker’s latest film, the comedy mockumentary Pecore in Erba, English title Burning Love. (See Mike’s review of the film HERE). Exceprts from their conversation follow.

Mike Fishman (MF): Where did the idea first come from to make a film about anti-Semitism? Has anti-Semitism been on the rise in Italy?

Alberto Caviglia (AC): The idea of Burning Love arrived after quite a long time in which I was questioning myself and looking for a new way to talk about anti-Semitism. My research began because I started to feel that the common ways of telling stories about anti-Semitism were losing their impact because prejudice is so pervasive and because I think it is a very delicate theme with many taboos. I don’t know if anti-Semitism is rising in Italy, but I think it is evolving and we need to be careful and aware to recognise its different shapes.

MF: Why did you decide to make a comedy, and at that, a mockumentary? Were there certain jokes or areas of humor that you decided not to explore during the writing or filming? Were there scenes or moments that you filmed that you decided to leave out of the finished film?

AC: I think that using a satirical point of view, it was something that could make this film different because I wanted to use comedy as a weapon to face anti-Semitism instead of using it just for laughs. I didn’t want to have limits but at the same time I was aware that I had to be very careful using satire with such a delicate theme. I cut some scenes at the end of the shooting, but only because I wasn’t happy about how they come out or because I considered them superfluous, and never because they were “too much.”

MF: What has the reaction been like? How have Jewish audience members in general reacted?

AC: Reactions were really different, including in italy at the many screenings that I attended. I was happy to see people understood the main intent (and humor) of the film abroad, in France, Russia, Sweden, and also Germany where people seemed very struck by the film. Jewish audience members have felt the most direct emotional impact but I think they also mostly enjoyed the movie. They are so involved in the topic that it is almost impossible to have an impartial discussion about the film with them.

MF: How did you fund the film? How long was the shoot? Were there particular challenges to making a mockumentary?

AC: The shooting lasted about 5 weeks. It was very intense because I had about 340 scenes in the script. It was really hard to shoot all of them and in some cases I had to give up if I wanted to repeat different takes because otherwise I would never get through all my scenes. Post-production as well was a real challange in order to finish it in time for the Venice Film Festival. I edited it with my editor Gianni Vezzosi in less than one month and a half, working day and night…I think we needed at least one more month but we did a kind of miracle finishing it on time!

MF: What is the status of the film? Has it been picked up for distribution and will it run in theaters? Do you have plans to stream it?

AC: We don’t yet have any foreign distribution and I hope to find that. In the meantime, the movie is on iTunes and it is available on DVD (https://www.amazon.it/Pecore-Erba-DVD-Davide-Giordano/dp/B01FOSM33Y). It would be really nice to have it streaming as well. I will let you know.

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The Broken Legacy, written and directed by Miguel Garzón Martínez

The Broken Legacy Official Trailer from Miguel Garzón Martínez on Vimeo.

Synopsis: While voluntarily testing a new drug at a research facility, a lost screenwriter recruits the help of an egotistical philosopher in order to attract the girl of his dreams.
Starring Michael Stahler, Marcos Esteves, Rayne Bidder.
Written and Directed by Miguel Garzón Martínez
Produced by Miguel Garzón Martínez, Casey O’Brien and Cynthia Bravo

Website: https://www.thebrokenlegacy.com

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/189738031

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Texting In New York City, a short film by Mansu Edwards

Synopsis: A college student named Winnerbeme loses a cellphone while approaching a woman on a NYC train platform.

About the filmmaker: Mansu Edwards is a prolific artist who continually challenges art forms with boldness and creativity. He delights in using autonomous monikers to signify a transformative experience when engaging in innovative artistic creations. In 2016, Mr. Edwards produced, wrote and directed his first short film, Texting In New York City. A work inspired from people’s responses to the street marketing of its paperback (text) edition.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/textinginnewyorkcity

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Man Without A Cell Phone, directed by Sameh Zoabi, Special Screening at Columbia University, Feb. 6

Man Without a Cell Phone
Monday, February 6, 2017
6:30pm 8:30pm
Dodge #511
2960 Broadway New York, NY, 10027

To be followed by a Q&A with Columbia University Prof. Hamid Dabashi

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Listopad, directed by Gary Keith Griffin

LISTOPAD is a story of the spirited friendship between three teenaged boys, swept up in the ‘Velvet Revolution’ of 1989.

Petr, Jiri and Ondrej are an unlikely trio of friends. An artist, a hockey player and a music trader, the boys survive Communism by playing sports, drinking beer, chasing girls and listening to underground music. But they are bound together by their common desire for freedom and, on a cold, dark night in November, Petr, Jiri and Ondrej join the front lines of a student demonstration in the streets of Prague. Face-to-face with the riot police, the boys are forced into a momentous decision: stand up against the Communist regime or give in to a system that has silenced their families for generations.

Based upon true stories from the Velvet Revolution, LISTOPAD is a timeless story of political and artistic courage. Seen through the eyes of Petr, Jiri and Ondrej, the film brings to life the exhilarating days of November 1989 when, in spite of everything and everyone arrayed against them, students, artists and dissidents filled the streets of Prague to stand up for their hopes and dreams of freedom.

Listopad on itunes: http://apple.co/2fM88U3
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2gZHwMp
iTunes/CZ: http://apple.co/2h7N2jK
iTunes/SK: http://apple.co/2h7L2rt

Listopad website:http://www.listopadfilm.com

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Dependent’s Day, directed by Michael David Lynch

Dependent's Day Trailer from Michael Lynch on Vimeo.

Award-Winning Indie Film, Dependent’s Day Now Available on Cable, Satellite, and coming soon to Vudu. Director Michael David Lynch lands distribution with his breakout relationship comedy feature Dependent’s Day.

Los Angeles, CA – December 5, 2016 — The breakout indie film, Dependents Day that launched in the festival circuit earlier this year to much acclaim is now available on demand everywhere and coming soon to Vudu. “I am elated that this film has resonated so well with audiences of all ages in the film festival circuit,” said director Michael David Lynch. “You never know when you are making a movie how people are going to respond to it. It was incredible to have our limited theatrical release in October and I’m thrilled that now audiences across the North America will be able to enjoy this film because it is now available everywhere!.”

About Dependent’s Day
Claimed as a ‘dependent’ by his successful breadwinning girlfriend Alice, Cam struggles to prove himself as he stumbles through different jobs and life’s obstacles in the hopes to live out his Hollywood dream and finally rise to the occasion. Dependent’s Day is a hilarious, heartfelt, authentic relationship comedy about the adventures of being in love and making it work.

The film is unlike most other Hollywood romantic comedies because it has a semblance of reality and strong female characters that are endearing throughout the movie. “I had lots of strong women in my life as I was growing up so I really couldn’t write this film without including that component,” said Lynch. “I wanted to write something that reflected my experience and see if it resonated with the audiences. Apparently, the fans enjoy intelligent funny women in roles too.”

About Director Michael David Lynch:
Growing up in Ann Arbor Michigan, Michael found his love for cinema as a projectionist, getting an inside peek at all that film had to offer. He followed this passion to Chicago IL, where he studied film at Columbia College Chicago. It was here that Lynch conceived the idea for Burden, a massive science fiction film of epic proportions that would give any big Hollywood blockbuster a run for its money. After graduating, Mike headed for Los Angeles, where he hit the ground running, working on huge Hollywood movies such as: Inception, Die Hard 4, Ironman 2, and Transformers 2. Ever determined to leave his mark on the medium, he went on to produce several successful films including: Drop, Between Us and This Thing with Sarah. Today, he makes his long-awaited feature film directorial debut with two incredible projects: Dependent’s Day and Victor Walk. Two different films that cover very different territory showing the versatility and heart of a talented director who is sure to keep telling stories. Lynch has had the privilege of collaborating with tons of amazing actors on Dependent’s Day, his debut feature narrative film where he served as Director, Writer, Producer, Cinematographer and editor. Dependent’s Day recently won the Audience Award Narrative Feature Comedy at the Cinequest Film Festival on March 12th, 2016, and Best Comedy Feature at South Dakota Film Festival on September 24th, 2016.

Behind the Scenes link: https://vimeo.com/192861223

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Delusion, directed by Christopher Di Nunzio

Delusion – Official Trailer from Christopher Di Nunzio on Vimeo.

Synopsis
(Short):
Three years after the death of Frank’s wife a mysterious woman appears. As their attraction grows Frank struggles with reality and his loss. He tries to start over not knowing his choices could lead him to his own downfall.

Long:
Frank Parrillo received a letter from his wife who died three years ago. With help from his nephew Frank decides he’s ready to start over. Soon after a mysterious woman appears who seems like a kindred spirit as they both battle internal issues. Still despite premonitions from a psychic and a man who Frank’s not sure is even real he chooses to move forward as he confronts the demons in his head. His choice could ultimately lead him to a darker reality.

Delusion has been picked up for distribution by Cinema Epoch and is now available to buy or rent in the US, Canada & UK at Amazon. It is free with Prime. Delusion will be released on more outlets soon.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/145228349

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4113846/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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Prophet, directed by Rich Robinson

Film synopsis: A Man, possessing only the clothes on his back and the hat on his head, travels among different settings from railroad tracks to industrial factories, to run down neighborhoods in a quest to express his inner thoughts through poetry and spoken word. While on his journey he is challenged three times by a Stranger; his own personal EGO who tempts him to question his choices forcing the Man to ponder what measures a human being.

Director’s statement: In spite of the current social and political landscape on both a statewide and national scale, my team created a short film titled prophet that confronts and diminishes the human ego and how the ego is a powerful persuader on all social and political issues/injustices. Through spoken word we’ve created a message of love through poetry in motion and our piece is greatly influenced by such incredible people such as Saul Williams, the late Maya Angelou, Eckhart Tolle, and youtube sensation Prince Ea.

This is an up lifting short film, a polarizing project that challenges the audience to think and by having the main character speak to the audience, engage them to come along his journey; a journey that through the use of poetry challenges the Ego and puts social issues into a perspective that is neither demoralizing or glorifying but instead is about BEING in the PRESENT.

Our Instagram is @prophetshortfilmseries and hash tag is #prophetshortfilm.

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Reflections of Maya Rose, written and directed by Alexandra Wedenig

Logline: A series of strange occurrences disrupt the life of young and eager, LA based actress Maya Rose. Her world is finally turned upside down when one day she finds herself waking up in an unknown place in a life that isn’t hers.

Short Synopsis: Reality takes a turn for young and eager actress Maya Rose when she auditions for the role of Ava in a screenplay titled “The reflection and the mirror”. It tells the story of Ava and Scott, two lovers trying to transcend time and space by means of a mirror. Maya is thrilled. The enigmatic character of Ava mesmerizes her. The bizarre audition sets off a series of strange occurrences that lure curious Maya onto a path deep into the life of Ava and a world that holds nothing familiar to her. Maya finds herself waking up in a house where doors and windows are locked and won’t open. She can feel the eerie presence of someone else in the house, a woman, a female shadow. Paranoia and desperation soon drive her to the edge of sanity and Maya loses herself between the worlds of captivation and the realm of dreams.

Reflections of Maya Rose, a feature length film, is completed and after a successful festival career it is now available on VOD.

Related links:
http://www.reflectionsofmayarose.com
https://www.facebook.com/ReflectionsOfMayaRose
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/reflectionsofmayarose
http://www.aw-films.com/
http://www.almasgrey.com/

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