Chance of Rain, directed by Philipp Wolter

AWARD WINNING BROOKLYN BASED PRODUCTION COMPANY BRINGS ITS MOST RECENT FILM TO SAN FRANCISCO

The FilmGym, an independent film production company based in Brooklyn, New York, will have its second west coast screening next month of the award winning film Chance of Rain, at The San Francisco Festival of Short Films. The film debuted and took home the award for Best Short Film at the prestigious Sonoma International Film Festival in April.

Chance of Rain is directed by Philipp Wolter and stars Wolter and his wife, Michelle Glick, who are the driving force behind FilmGym. As succinctly described by Roger Ebert writer Anath White, “they possess the sort of beauty which could easily inspire envy in others, yet they’re also down-to-earth and instantly likable. Their moody, atmospheric film takes us into a world we’d willingly spend more time exploring with its intriguing characters. When it wins Best Narrative Short (at Sonoma), the applause is heartfelt.”

Chance of Rain is a dramatic love story, beautifully shot by cinematographer Eun-ah Lee. “I saw this piece as a play several years ago,” says Wolter, “and the story always stayed with me. So I contacted the writer, Chisa Hutchinson, and we collaborated on a screenplay version of her story.” Chance of Rain is FilmGym’s follow up to The Bridge, another short film that played at Sonoma in 2011, winning the festival’s Audience Award and later going on to qualify for an Oscar.

“The Audience Award really meant a lot to us,” says Wolter, “because we didn’t know a soul in the audience, and Sonoma has packed out screenings, even if you have an early morning time slot, the crowds really show up for the films.”

Since 2004 FilmGym has been based in Brooklyn, and grown from an arena for actors and filmmakers to collaborate and work on their craft into a production house boasting films and commercials that have won awards at both the local and international level. In addition to building an impressive portfolio of work, the duo hosts International short film screenings, a monthly screenplay reading series and have become accomplished actors in their own right. Wolter will be seen later this year in Blood Ties, starring Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard and Mila Kunis; and Glick continues to tour with her autobiographical one woman show, Asian Belle.

“We feel incredibly fortunate to bring our work to San Francisco,” says Glick. “We look forward to sharing our stories with festival audiences and beyond.”

Contact: Sarah Baskin
Email: SarahBaskinPR@gmail.com
Website: www.filmgym.com

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Double Victory: Two Warriors in the Fight for Civil Rights During WWII, produced and directed by Faith DeVeaux

Synopsis: Double Victory: Two Warriors in the Fight for Civil Rights During WWII, a feature-length documentary, tells the story of the struggles black Americans faced in trying to obtain their rights as citizens during this pivotal war. Through footage from the U.S. National Archives, newspaper articles, photographs, and interviews, this piece of history and its political challenges is explored. Locations cover the Pacific and European war fronts, as well as Chicago, Ohio, and South Africa. Interviewees include the official historian of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, former U.S. Ambassador to Australia, the former Civilian Aide to the Secretary of War during WWII, Australian Red Cross volunteers, a WWII vet, historians, and professors.
Bishop John A. Gregg, and military escort Chaplain (Major) John A. DeVeaux are the men chosen to take a worldwide tour on behalf of FDR, to check and report on the status of black American soldiers. This takes place in 1943 and 1944. Gregg and DeVeaux continue the work they began with the tour, as well as their friendship. The bishop personally makes a full report to the President.

Lastly, a recap of the progress of black Americans, other minorities included, in the military is presented, spotlighting General Colin Powell and current Commander-in-Chief President Barack Obama. Wrap-up comments from interviewees which connect the work of Gregg and DeVeaux to the present day bring the story full circle.

Current state of development: This film is in post-production. We are currently raising funds to complete post-production at: http://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=8759

Short bio: Faith DeVeaux has produced three shorts, The Visit, Backstage Craft, and Life and Time. She has training from AFI and UCLA Extension, and has worked in the music industry, an animation company, and a film distributor, in addition to crewing on various films. She is a member of IDA, Film Independent, and Women in Film and Video.

Website: http://www.doublevictorydocumentary.com

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/DoubleVictory?ref=hl

Twitter: @DoubleVictryDoc

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Hauntings of the Heart: Update

Hauntings of the Heart (http://independentfilmnow.com/?p=490) is a new costume drama that’s breaking all the rules.

Hauntings of the Heart is a scintillating and modern new costume drama currently in development. Crystal Nicole Marcano, the writer/producer of the film, wants to make a costume drama that appeals to today’s audience and strives to defy the conventions of the classic period movie.

“I want to challenge the idea that costume dramas are stuffy and boring. I want to vamp it up, make it more modern and exciting, while still saying true to the integrity of the costume drama genre. It’s a glimpse into the Victorian era, but we’re loosening the corsets so to speak.”

The film also intends to portray strong female characters – “that aren’t necessarily well-behaved or sexually repressed or needy or weak. The strength and complexity of a woman is universal, but also something that is rarely portrayed in modern films much less in period dramas.”

Hauntings of the Heart is a film about love, lies, and scandal all within the context of a murder mystery. It’s been described as a “love story, and a ghost story.” It is also the coming-of-age story of a young woman named Emily caught in a whirlwind of scandals and secrets in Victorian era society. But though the story is centered on this character, she isn’t necessarily the protagonist.

“Without giving too much away, the character Emily is the centerpiece of the film being that the story is told through her point of view, so she’s the protagonist in that sense. But she is also unwittingly the cause of the conflicts that kickstart and drive the plot, and in that sense she is also an antagonist. The story is just as much hers as it is Victor Worthington’s, who is at first glance a villain but also an antihero. So really, the story has two protagonists. I’m pretty much breaking all the rules with this film.”

What do you want audiences to take away from the film?

Hauntings of the Heart is a love letter to the classic costume drama, but it’s also unconventional in every way. It’s smart, it’s sexy, and it’s a lot of fun. We’re incorporating the Steampunk trend into the film, especially with the costumes. It’s also got the elements of gothic horror and the classic ‘whodunnit’ murder mystery, very Sherlock Holmes style. And of course, at the center of it all is a love story. I’m hoping the film definitely keeps viewers on their toes and challenges their expectations and preconceptions of what the costume drama is, and can be.”

You can find out more and stay up-to-date on updates on Hauntings of the Heart at hauntingsoftheheartmovie.com.

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Awake, written and directed by Mark Finguerra

Synopsis: Eddie is at the end of his rope. His girlfriend is pregnant, and he’s retreated into binge drinking after he discovers that his mother conceived him with an anonymous sperm donation. He commits to tracking the donor down, succeeds, and in desperation ventures out to meet him.

He’s an incredibly rich recluse, Lawrence Watkins. Thinking Eddie has been sent to kill him, he takes Eddie hostage.

During the subsequent interrogation, Eddie discovers his biological father is not only insane but that he’s also suffering from a rare disease: fatal familial insomnia. There’s no cure, and those whom it afflicts lose the ability to sleep, then lose their minds before eventually dying. A battle of wills between the two men follows, and the trajectory of both lives is permanently altered.

Cast:
Eddie – Donovan Patton
Lawrence – Chris Kerson
Maria – Cristina Doikos
Mother – Karen Giordano

Cinematographer – Wayne Arnold
Editor – Dan Simon
Music – Tom Ashton

Awake was developed at “The Indies Lab,” www.GeorgeKatt.com

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Cartoon College, directed by Josh Melrod and Tara Wray (update)

Special screening of Cartoon College coming up in NYC at the Society of Illustrators on July 23: http://www.societyillustrators.org/Events-and-Programs/Films/2013/Cartoon-College/Cartoon-College.aspx

Hi!

We’re pleased to announce that at long last Cartoon College (http://independentfilmnow.com/?p=406) is available everywhere! FilmBuff has released the movie on all leading VOD platforms including iTunes, Xbox, Amazon Instant Video, Cinema Now, Playstation, and Vudu… Here it is on iTunes!

Furthermore, the Cartoon College DVD is available now for pre-order! The region-free DVD, which includes exclusive bonus features not found anywhere else, comes in an amazing artfully designed digipack by the great Gabby Schulz (who also appears in the film for about ten seconds)! The first one-hundred pre-orders also include Joe Lambert’s incredible 11×17 Cartoon College poster, absolutely free. Orders will be shipped out on July 9. Click here to see the cover art and place your order!

We are beyond excited to finally share the film with everyone, BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! We humbly ask you to help us get the word out…

How can you help? Simple:
-Share the news on your social media with links to the film’s webpage or iTunes page
-Send an e-blast
-Request a local screening through Tugg
-Include a link on your website or blog
-Write nice reviews
-Tell your friends
-And of course…watch the movie yourself!

Please, please share the movie and help make it a success!

To learn more about the film, visit cartooncollegemovie.com and connect on Facebook and @Cartoon_College. If you have any additional questions, feel free to email us at info@cartooncollegemovie.com. We’d love to hear from you!

All best,
Josh & Tara

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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
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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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