The Badger Game, directed by Thomas Zambeck

Synopsis: Liam is a successful advertising executive with money to burn and a healthy appetite for infidelity. Alex is his scorned mistress, hell-bent on revenge against the married man who wronged her. Matched against each other, the two quickly fall into a downward spiral of sex, extortion, and murder.​

At first, the plan seemed simple: take Liam hostage and threaten to expose his indiscretion, lest he pay a healthy sum of money. But Alex knows she can’t do it alone. Enter Kip (her unhinged brother), Jane (an exotic dancer), and Shelly (a desperate wallflower). With the table set and the team in place, Liam soon finds himself held against his will – his perfect world about to crumble.​

But Liam won’t go down without a fight. Forced to reckon with four mysterious captors and impossible odds, his only hope is to turn the quartet against each other and make it through the night alive.​

Lust, suspense, violence, and cynicism go head-to-head in THE BADGER GAME, a crime-comedy that will have audiences holding their breath until the very last frame.

A press release and trailer can be found at the link below, and additional info on the film can be read at www.thebadgergame.com

http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/95033/the-badger-game-exclusive-trailer-premiere-and-distro-news/

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The Return

The Return is a psychological thriller set in and around Glossopdale and follows a film crew who come to Glossop to make a documentary. On their arrival they discover that there is something strange about this sleepy little town…are there ghosts? Parallel dimensions? Or is it all a hoax?

The film’s psychological angle draws you in, whilst building the suspense, and feeding you information to keep your mind racing and questioning what is going on…

The Return is a unique film as it is made by ‘Life you Choose Productions,’ an arts and multimedia group for people with learning difficulties. Our members have all participated in the storyline, camerawork, equipment and acted in the film.

Watch The Return here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_oPQXDsA8w

Made by Life you choose: https://www.facebook.com/lifeyouchoose

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Searching for Camelot, directed by Roger Paradiso

Searching For Camelot Trailer from Nicholas Dewitt on Vimeo.

Searching For Camelot is a documentary about a group of millennials who explore the romantic fantasy of “Camelot”. Why did Jackie choose Camelot to frame her husband’s thousand days in Office? What was the connection to Camelot? Was there a secret love affair in the White House? How did Jack and Jackie influence and inspire generations, including the current generation appearing in this film? You will see and hear things you never knew, told by people who are only interested in finding the truth behind the myth.

Jack and Jackie Kennedy rocked the world with their campaign for Peace, Equality and Culture, forever changing the course of History. We see these events through the eyes of our young searchers. They may have heard about some of these events, but by listening to our experts and by doing their own research they present an interesting and original perspective on the Kennedy legacy. This is a celebration of a great love story and two remarkable people who brought America into the New Frontier of hope and dreams that in time changed the World.

“A man may die, nations may fall, but an idea lives on” – John F.Kennedy

Find out more and follow the film on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Searching-For-Camelot/627770000646959?ref=bookmarks

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Trymester, directed by Ashleigh Coffelt, written by Courtney Birk and Ashleigh Coffelt

Synopsis: Trymester is an experimental film about a man who is caught in-between his wants and responsibilities.

Watch Trymester here: https://vimeo.com/118258523

Bio: Ashleigh Coffelt and I have been making experimental short films for about a year now. After two full length features, and 15 shorts later we are now sponsored and have moved over to California to continue making our dream happen. I always told myself that I could be anything that I wanted to be, but never did I think that an independent filmmaker would be in the mix somewhere. I have finally found my passion. I just hope that everyone who watches this short appreciates it as much as I do. Courtney Birk.

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Belvidere directed by Ashleigh Coffelt, written by and starring Courtney Birk

Description: Belvidere is an experimental film about a girl who tries to move on from inevitable change.

Watch Belvidere here: https://vimeo.com/117457183

Bio: Ashleigh Coffelt and I have been making experimental short films for about a year now. After two full length features, and 15 shorts later we are now sponsored and have moved over to California to continue making our dream happen. I always told myself that I could be anything that I wanted to be, but never did I think that an independent filmmaker would be in the mix somewhere. I have finally found my passion. I just hope that everyone who watches this short appreciates it as much as I do. Courtney Birk.

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X: The Human Condition, directed by Michael Nova

A love story of a different kind…Two alienated artists, each trapped in their own surreal existence, believe that no one else feels their feelings of alienation and loneliness, yet still retain some hope that there is someone out there who understands. Each is mysteriously driven to create the ultimate work of art, one that will make a difference.
Desperate, they each create something magical… living, breathing works of art that take over where they left off, inspiring other lonely people to come together…

X: The Human Condition draws on Michael Nova’s own past experience of feeling alienated while facing and overcoming life challenges, and this film is his inspired mission to speak for and help those who are experiencing their own personal challenges. X: The Human Condition is the allegorical story of two individuals searching for human connection in their increasingly cold, technologically-driven lives. A timely story, as studies show that people feel more alone than ever despite being more connected than ever, it is already resonating with people worldwide (it’s received rave reviews from Mexico to Australia).

As president of Nova Music Productions, Inc., Michael was featured in the New York Times as a pioneer in offering multiple services to independent artists in the music industry. Educating his clients to “do it yourself,” Michael followed his own advice and completed X: The Human Condition as a D.I.Y. undertaking. With no previous film industry experience, he fully funded, wrote, directed and co-edited the film portion of the project while composing and co-producing the music. Despite losing his sight and being stricken with chronic kidney disease, Michael worked for 12 years and completed X: The Human Condition on a shoestring budget. He’s written an article to help other indie filmmakers that is available free for download at: http://hypnoticalentertainment.com/keys-to-successful-filmmaking/.

You can see the film trailer at http://hypnoticalentertainment.com/media/.

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Trigger, starring Courtney Birk and Ashleigh Coffelt

Film synopsis: Trigger is an experimental film about a woman in the midst of a relapse where wakes up disoriented on the beach, while her caretaker searches to find her before it’s too late.

Watch: https://vimeo.com/111705906

From Courtney Birk: Ashleigh Coffelt and I have been making experimental short films for about a year now. After two full length features, and 15 shorts later we are now sponsored and have moved over to California to continue making our dream happen. I always told myself that I could be anything that I wanted to be, but never did I think that an independent filmmaker would be in the mix somewhere. I have finally found my passion. I just hope that everyone who watches this short appreciates it as much as I do.

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Reading of The Raven, directed by and starring Matteo Pascale

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Iran: A Memory, written and directed by Bebe Nodjomi

Bebe Nodjomi ‘s Iran: A Memory is a found footage, experimental, performative documentary currently featured on the website for the Farhang Foundation 6th Annual Short Film Festival (http://www.farhangfilmfest.org).

Oscillating between New York and Iran, Nodjomi searches for the meaning of home and identity through her father’s documentation of Iran, reflecting on the past that she otherwise could not remember were it not for the medium of film.

Nodjomi was born and raised in New York and has made frequent trips to Iran with her family but has not returned since 2009. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Film Studies at Columbia University. She plans on writing her Master’s Thesis about Post-Nationalist Iranian Cinema. Below are excerpts from a recent conversation between Bebe Nodjomi and IndependentFilmNow.

Mike Fishman: Bebe, in Iran: A Memory you utilize film footage that your father shot of Iran and of you and your family when you were much younger. Did the idea for your film grow out of that footage or did you have the idea for the film and realized that you could incoprorate the footage to explore your themes?

Bebe Nodjomi: I first began assembling this film for an experimental class back in 2012. I was inspired by a lot of work we were watching by filmmakers who explored their respective heritages. I decided to go and look back at what my father had filmed on your basic homevideo DV camcorder and came across footage of the roads, mountains, family outings, and of course myself as a younger girl. I think looking back at this image of a younger me inspired me to “find myself” and better understand who was in the past when I traveled to Iran and who I am now in New York, having not traveled back since 2009. The addition of my cousins footage came in a year later when I was looking through the completed short and I realized I needed something light to make it more relatable and comedic, however, the dialogue still ties into the general theme of blood shed in Iran.

MF: Is that where the images came from of you painting grass blades red?

BN: Yes, the grass sequence is a continuation of this blood shed in Iran theme. It refers specifically to the 2009 Green Wave Movement that attempted to outcast the fraudulent votes that made Ahmadinejad the president again for four subsequent years. The mini revolution was swiftly kept at bay with harsh violent sanctions from the government and I wanted to portray that as best I could without specifically referring to the event but rather subtextually referencing it in a poetic manner such as painting.

MF: As with most experimental filmmakers you utilize sound to comment and expand upon your images, such as the sound of cars on a highway and judicious use of music and ambient sound. Tell us about your approach to creating the soundscape for this film.

BN: For my soundtrack, I simply kept using snippets of pre-existing sound from the footage I had of Iran and constantly pasted them over various images. In particular I used the sound of cars zooming by to establish a sense of time and disorder, for example when I have the sound of cars passing by while my father dances with my cousin. Originally I had wanted to use a traditional Iranian pop song, but because of copyright issues I decided to use the car sound which perhaps even creates an alienative quality about the moment. I tried my best to use Godard’s sound technique of dropping sound down every now and then to help the viewer truly pay attention to what is happening on screen.

For more information about Bebe Nodjomi, please visit her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/bebe.nodjomi

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Bobby Miller’s first Feature Film! (Calling Vancouver Residents!)

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