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.
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.
Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2013
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New York City Film & Finance (NYCFF) will continue its popular annual gathering at AlleyNYC, one of NYC’s best co-working environments. Their facilities are conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan near the Fashion District. This gathering is designed to foster productive relationships between our attendees as well as provide an unbiased insight into the business of film and film finance. The event features a powerful roster of highly topical panelists from film & finance industries as well as guests who represent Film Festivals & Crowdfunding. We are delighted to welcome real-world financiers among our guests! The evening’s panel discussions address key issues relevant to filmmakers, financiers and anyone interested in the economics, business mechanics, and financial dynamics of both feature & independent film. Each panel is followed by a Q&A with the participants. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact & network with our featured experts and fellow attendees.
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An ex punk frontman fights to hold on to his family and day job when a toxic friend resurfaces.
Original score by Joe Jack Talcum
About Detonator: With change comes sacrifice. In this gritty thriller, Sully, former frontman of a once prominent punk band, anxiously trudges toward a new world in order to remain in his young son’s daily life when an ex-bandmate, Mick, catches him mid-stride with a promise to make good on an old debt. In one hellish night that stretches till dawn, Sully chases Mick through the recesses of Philadelphia, forced to rekindle the life he once had in order to pursue a different kind of future.
“Shot on location around Philadelphia, the film has an incredible sense of place and love for the city. Featuring great performances from many of the best actors of current American indie cinema, including Lawrence Michael Levine, Sophia Takal, and Joe Swanberg, the film has a punk rock sense of propulsion. It asks tough questions about the ways we choose to live our lives, and intelligently examines the balance between our wildest dreams and our concrete realities.” Philadelphia Film Society
Detonator also showcases the tremendously talented and versatile Robert Longstreet (Septien, Take Shelter, The Catechism Cataclysm), the feature film debut of the mercurial New York theater performer Benjamin Ellis Fine, Joe Jack Talcum’s (of the iconic Philadelphia punk band The Dead Milkmen) beautifully austere musical score and take on the American standards “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” and “Some Of These Days,” as well as the acting debut of Toledo punk hero Eric Davidson, his band New Bomb Turks’ version of San Francisco legends the Nubs’ ripping track “Job,” and underground music from Philadelphia’s own Dead People Screaming and Party Photographers, the Flails of San Francisco, and Son de Brooklyn.
Writer/Director: Gregory Kelly
Producer: Morgan MacKay
Synopsis: It’s the near future and the world has been ravaged by a zombie virus. However, the virus has only infected females and the men must live-on in a world with no hope and no future. Mark and his brother-in-law, Jono, live together. With Mark’s fiance dead and Jono’s wife missing, they live a sad and empty life. Until the day Jono finds out his wife is being held as a zombie sex slave at a gang-house run by the evil Flesh Panderers. Now it’s up to Mark and Jono to rescue her, even if Mark doesn’t believe in their mission.
Description: This film explores the concept of men being left behind in a world with no future or hope. How will they live without women? (especially if they are all un-dead) Also, the evils men commit when left in a lawless land, where money means nothing, but power means everything.
BROOKLYN BASED PRODUCTION COMPANY LAUNCHES ONLINE SHORT FILM INSPIRED BY THE OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT
Brooklyn, NY, October 2012 – FilmGym, an award-winning independent film production company located in the Bushwick section of the borough of Brooklyn and headed by husband and wife team Philipp Wolter and Michelle Glick, has most recently created a sub-brand of the company known as FilmGym DOGMA. The company, together with a core ensemble of filmmakers and writers, is working to create low budget films that raise awareness about selected social/political issues. DOGMA’s first project: a film inspired by the OWS movement.
Since FilmGym DOGMA’s inception in early 2012 (the company was founded in 2007), the group has been developing OWS inspired pieces and in July, put into production the first of a planned series of short films. The first is called Party Politics, written by Jocelyn O’Neil and Todd Morris. “It’s our way of attempting to make some sense of it all” says Glick. “Its not about having all the answers…with Party Politics, we are taking a look at the different political backgrounds and beliefs that make the whole situation surrounding this year’s election so interesting.”
States Wolter: “Its our way of giving something back. Of putting a voice to what’s currently happening in our country through the medium of film, and I’m really proud that DOGMA can provide a mirror that people can look into.”
“….Party Politics is a satirical comedy….and I’m hoping people will watch it and be able to laugh at themselves,” states Jocelyn O’Neil, who co-wrote the piece with Todd Morris. “We all can get pretty bent out of shape and uppity about our political views, especially with the election just around the corner.”
Glick is quick to add that the economic climate is not really a laughing matter: “In the face of an economic recession and an overall heavy feeling politically, we feel its important to create something that will hopefully lighten things up a bit.”
Synopsis: Comedic food film hosted by Larry Wellington Cauldwell III, a larger-than-life mustachioed culinary expert. He’s a man dedicated to the finer things in life: fine food, fine wine, and fine women. Larry has all the misdirected charm and hilarity of Ron Burgundy, with the real-life advice and skills of Martha Stewart. By the Fireside is the chance to get to know him in a much more intimate way. Join him by the fireside where he shares his innermost thoughts and more importantly, his recipes for delicious libations, which will whet the appetite of even the most sophisticated cocktail enthusiast.
Bio: Charles Grantham is the creator of the character Larry Cauldwell, mustachioed culinary & lifestyle expert and food porn star, who is featured in the 2012 New York and Chicago Food Film Festivals. He graduated from Circle in the Square Theater School in 2005, and has performed at the Lincoln Center Institute and the Metropolitan Opera. He created the video projections for The Little Flower of East Orange directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Public Theater, and has directed and lensed various other film projects including a remake of the Rocky “Training Sequence” for Labyrinth Theater Company, starring Kristen Wiig, Sam Rockwell, and Justin Long. He produced and co-starred in the multiple award-winning Norwegian short film Believe the Dance. Charles lives with his wife in Brooklyn and has a degree in Physics, which he rarely puts to good use.