My Brother Jack, written and directed by Stephen Dest (update)

The independent film My Brother Jack (http://independentfilmnow.com/?p=368) is currently playing in film festivals around the world.

My Brother Jack is a psychological thriller in-which two brothers struggle to come to terms with a horrific childhood tragedy and their own individual choices made that night and the subsequent years that followed.

The micro-budget film is award-winning writer/director Stephen Dest’s directorial debut on a feature. Here is the films website: mybrotherjackmovie.com


PHOTO: Actor Jon Thorndike in My Brother Jack

Follow the film on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/MyBrotherJack?fref=ts

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Subterranean Love, directed by Robert Haufrecht

Synopsis: Two lonely people, the woman with her girlfriend, the man alone, are out in the Village, same street but separate locations, end up on the same subway platform. There’s an old Eastern European woman playing haunting accordion music (she is a muse of sorts and the music resides through most of the film). They get on the same subway car and surreptitiously check each other out and go into their own romantic fantasies, never speaking and finally she leaves, both of them still alone.

Watch the trailer here: http://vimeo.com/59924244

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Home Brewed, directed by Shannon Smith

Synopsis: Meet Rich Castagna. Dad. Husband. Nano-Brewer. In September 2012, Rich launched Bridge and Tunnel Brewery from his backyard. Serving 18 accounts in the NYC area, Bridge and Tunnel Brewery has gained a reputation for its original and delicious brews. Stand by and stay tuned because Rich wont be a garage band brewer for much longer.

Visit Rich Castagna’s website at: http://www.bridgeandtunnelbrewery.com

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Telegram, directed by Denise Iris

I am pleased to announce that one of my ultra short films, or minimentals, is featured in the online exhibition ENACT.

Minimentals is Denise Iris’s ongoing series of ultra short autobiographical films that play with the line between imagination and everyday reality.

Watch Denise’s 57 secs. film here: http://enact-artinthemind.com/index.html#denise-iris.html

Artists were asked to respond to a conceptual project from 1970 titled Art in the Mind (http://enact-artinthemind.com/art-in-the-mind.html) in which the catalogue itself was the exhibition. My film is a response to On Kawara’s piece Telegram.

Curated by Ann Torke and Nanette Yannuzzi, ENACT emphasizes dematerialization of the object, a conceptual framework, and dialogue as a primary motivation for art-making.

ENACT is part of the 25th anniversary of the Cleveland Performance Art Festival, which takes place throughout the spring/summer 2013 with contributions from: Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland State University, MOCA-Cleveland, Oberlin College, SPACES, and The Sculpture Center.

www.deniseiris.com
www.facebook.com/DeniseIrisStudio

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The Days God Slept, directed by Jeremiah Kipp

Music by Harry (Friday the 13th) Manfredini

Starring Lauren Fox from Darren Aronofsky’s PI.

Synopsis: The Days God Slept is a cinematic prayer which uses surrealistic images and non-literal elements to reveal the emotions of its characters. In the opening, we are introduced to a mysterious Gentleman’s Club where John (played by Malcolm Madera) enters looking for Kristy (Lauren Fox), one of the dancers. He sees her with another patron and when they come together, she says “I have something I need to tell you”. In a series of private exchanges, we begin to understand a sense of the connection between the two. Kristy begins a story that she “needs to tell” John and their blossoming intimacy is harshly derailed. As Kristy struggles to tell her tale, the fantasy realm of the club yields itself to a different reality – the less fanciful daylight of a park. The shifting between locations conveys the shifting realities in the characters’ minds.

Kristy cannot continue the story until she has returned to the blue lights and pretty costumes of the club. John wants her to tell him “how it really was” as we glimpse a disturbing flashback. Once the story is told; Kristy, John and the club itself have been shaken by the story. Kristy has opened the Pandora’s box of her past and the film descends into a phantasmagoria of warped memories, surreal imagery, old photographs and a surprisingly normal day in the park that calls into question the very reality of what we’ve seen. Ultimately, The Days God Slept is the story of a man trying to discover the secrets of a woman, which begs the question, “How much do you really want to know?”

More info here:http://www.laurenrayner.com/thedaysgodslept/story.html

Jeremiah Kipp’s directing credits include The Sadist starring Tom Savini, The Pod starring Larry Fessenden, Contact (commissioned by Sinister Six annual screening series), The Days God Slept, Crestfallen, The Christmas Party (Cannes and Clermont-Ferrand), Easy Prey (commissioned by NYC’s annual VisionFest), Drool (commissioned by Mandragoras Art Space), Snapshot and The Apartment (commissioned by Canon to premiere their XL2 at DV Expo 2004). Producing credits include the feature films Satan Hates You (created by Glass Eye Pix, starring Angus Scrimm, Michael Berryman and Reggie Bannister), God’s Land, Let’s Play, In Montauk, The Jonestown Defense and The Bed-Thing (directed by Pulitzer Prize-nominated Matt Zoller Seitz). Assistant director credits include I Sell The Dead starring Dominic Monaghan, Somewhere Tonight starring John Turturro, One Night starring Melissa Leo, and the Sundance Award-winning Man (dir: Myna Joseph).

http://kippfilms.com/main.html
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0456031/

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Hollywood Revelations, a feature film directed by Jonny Espinoza

Feature Film: Hollywood Revelations
Director Jonny Espinoza
Producer: Top Priority Entertainment / Reel-Silence Productions
Filming Location: Inland Empire, CA
Headline Actors: Justin Rigoli, Jennifer Baum, Lance Charnow, Ian Jesse Lasky, Mario Orozco

Synopsis: Is there a secret society that runs Hollywood? At what cost does one make to become a major player in the Entertainment Industry? This Spine tingling thriller explores this not so talked about topic. Aspiring actor John Rizzo finds himself in a tough situation when he encounters a chance in a lifetime meeting with an organization that can turn things around for him. It will have you pondering on rather such a society exist.

Official Website: http://www.itmactingstudio.net/EVENTS.html

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2847534/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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Powerless, directed by Adam Lawrence, Ramfis Myrthil, Shayok Mukhopadhyay

LOGLINE: Long Island residents find themselves helpless in the face of Hurricane Sandy. LIPA too, it appears.

PRODUCERS: Ramfis Myrthil & Adam Lawrence

DIRECTOR: Adam Lawrence, Ramfis Myrthil, Shayok Mukhopadhyay

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Shayok Mukhopadhyay

GENRE: Documentary

LOCATIONS: Long Island, NY

STATUS: Complete

Follow this film and other productions of Beast of the East Productions at: https://www.facebook.com/beastoftheeastproductions

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Portrait Of a Lady, written and directed by Nemour Seiss

Synopsis: Portrait Of a Lady is a internal monologue about a 21st century middle class housewife who romanticizes an overt sexuality so foreign to her while imagining her own transformation and thoughts that float through her head as she poses for a portrait. Starring actress Jaime Wallace.

Check out the vimeo page at: vimeo.com/61717124

And follow the film on Facebook: www.facebook.com/nemour.seiss

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Run It, a feature film written by Evangelos Giovanis, directed by Evangelos and George Giovanis

Logline: Two thugs, a substitute teacher and a young student get tangled up in violent crimes that unexpectedly bind them together in an unforgiving day.

Festivals & Honors:

Philadelphia International Film Festival – Gold Award Best Feature

Canada International Film Festival – Honorable Mention

Mexico International Film Festival – Bronze Palm Award

Honolulu International Film Festival – Gold Kahuna Award

Los Angeles Greek Film Festival – Official Selection

New York Greek Film Festival – Official Selection

Run It will screen at Cinema Village from May 31 to June 6, 2013. For more information and to buy tickets please visit: http://www.cinemavillage.com/chc/cv/show_movie.asp?movieid=2777

Official website: www.runitthefilm.com

Follow Run It on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RunItfilm?ref=hl

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Derby Kings, written and directed by Valerie Bischoff


Feuding brothers Ace and Jim collide at a local demolition derby

Synopsis: Derby Kings is a 2012 short film written and directed by Valerie Bischoff, produced by Mayuran Tiruchelvam, starring Tatanka Means (Tiger Eyes, Sedona) and Jerry Wolf (Four Winds). The film follows Jim Sundell (Tatanka Means) as he struggles to make sure his younger brother Ace (Jerry Wolf) appears at an impending trial. Ace, a demolition derby diehard, has other plans. With the local demolition derby looming, Ace makes a bold move that forces Jim to step far outside of his comfort zone. Derby Kings gives audiences insight into the struggles two Native American brothers face and explores how the ritual of the derby reinforces strained family bonds.

For more information and to view the trailer please visit: http://www.derbykingsmovie.com/

    Director’s Statement
    After witnessing my first demolition derby at the Nevada State Fair in 2009, I instantly became fascinated by this bizarre American ritual. As I watched the brutal spectacle of crashing cars, multicolored smoke, and a roaring crowd of colorful characters, I was seduced by the inherent drama that was unfolding before my eyes and became obsessed with the idea of creating a film set in this world. Before I could start writing a script I had to understand the motivations of these drivers. Who would partake in this strange ritual and why? Wanting to fully immerse myself, I started making a small-scale documentary on the subject.

    My background is in television news and documentary filmmaking. Incorporating these skills into my approach as a narrative director has been crucial. The work I have done within the community has given me an opportunity build relationships and understand the true motivations of the drivers. In rural and impoverished areas of Nevada where unemployment has risen to 12%, the highest in the nation, the derby serves as a crucial family ritual, reinforcing bonds that are strained by bleak external factors including a poor economy, lack of education, and high crime rates. This is especially true in American Indian communities where broken treaties and a lack of resources have further broken the family unit. There can be no future without the strength of the family. Derby Kings will give audiences insight into the struggles these two American Indian brothers face and how the love of participating in the demolition derby is their first step towards reconciliation despite overwhelming external factors.

    The brother’s ability to mend broken relationships in the face of hardship will undoubtedly inspire others. I want audiences to connect with their struggle and ultimately gain an understanding of how ingenuity and pride can sometimes trump the most difficult of circumstances.

    Valerie Bischoff

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