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.
Relics is the story of a hapless vacuum cleaner salesman who tries to sell his Miractopus cleaning machine to an ailing woman and her skeptical daughter, on the day that the woman asked her daughter to help her end her own life. It’s a comedy! Sort of…
The film is about one woman’s desire to decide her own fate, about laughing in the face of loss, about the strange forms a generous and heroic act can take, and about believing in the power of a meaningful connection.
Relics is written and directed by Jennie Allen and produced by Michael Fix. Greg Meola is the executive producer, and Rori Bergman is the casting director. The film features Sarah Steele, Marceline Hugot and Seth Kirschner.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: 9 Pieces of Peace tells the story of a Vietnam veteran named Dan Gallagher and his transformative journey from feeling despised by peace activists to being celebrated as Jeannette Rankin Peace Center’s 2012 Peacemaker of the Year.
In his search to find common ground, he develops an unexpected friendship with Betsy Mulligan-Dague, the Executive Director of the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center in Missoula, Montana. Given the history and conflict between peace activists and veterans, Dan’s unlikely friendship with Betsy touches on the subjects of compassion, courage and inspirational leadership. Together, they have begun to create bridges where walls have stood for decades.
Dan’s life also becomes intertwined with an extraordinary story about how the Missoula community reacted to a 30-foot-high graffiti peace symbol, which was painted on a Qwest telecommunications panel overlooking the valley. It unintentionally became a controversial public conversation about the subjective meanings of the peace symbol among veterans, peace activists and others within the community. The sign was both hated and revered for decades, serving as a metaphor for the conflict resolution process between peace advocates and veterans, and in general, the conflict resolution process on a larger scale.
As these two stories cross paths, we observe and learn from the universal challenges experienced by individuals and communities in their struggles to find common ground.
Based on a true story, Tickets To Van Morrison is a feature film about two entirely different people brought together by their sufficiently shortened mortality. Tom, who is an Insurance Customer Care officer, and Beth, who is a free spirited garbage artist, decide to spend their remaining days together, even though they live totally different lives. At the heart of the story was an encounter director Joel Devereux had experienced almost a decade ago when he crossed paths with a young couple who were madly in love. Unlike most young couples who eagerly and excitedly look towards the future and the promise it brings, this young couple had resigned themselves to their fate. They were both diagnosed with a terminal illness, which would inevitably cut short their lives and their love.
Inspired by true events, Tickets to Van Morrison gives voice to the subject of terminal illness in young people and has already had an enormous impact the world over as people share with us their own stories and experiences. The story itself resonates very deeply with anyone who has been affected by the premature loss of a loved one.
Synopsis: Cartoon College documents a group of students at one of the most selective and grueling art schools in America: The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. Founded in 2005, CCS is the country’s top institution of higher learning for up-and-coming graphic novelists. Each fall the school invites twenty aspiring cartoonists to study an all-encompassing, do-it-yourself approach to making comics. These lucky few spend two years learning all the skills needed to become a successful comics creator. Those who complete the program earn a Master of Fine Arts degree, and are ready to face the hardships and uncertainty of a career in one of the world’s most labor-intensive, drudgery-inducing art forms.
Cartoon College features a gifted and ambitious cast of aspiring cartoonists, characters in the mode of Spellbound, as well as appearances by some of the biggest names in cartooning—Chris Ware, Scott McCloud, Art Spiegelman, Françoise Mouly, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Lynda Barry, among many others.
Since production began in 2007 filmmakers Josh Melrod and Tara Wray have chronicled the lives of a dozen aspiring cartoonists, documenting their successes and failures, observing their creative processes, watching them slave over their drawing boards, following them to their day jobs, seeing them ply their trade at conventions, visiting their homes, meeting their families, and discovering the passion and fortitude required when a person chooses comics over all else.
Were you a fan of The Sopranos or Goodfellas? I recently found myself meeting a few people that were the real deal – one of NY’s biggest former mob drug dealers in the 60s/70s and one of the most notorious hit men in mafia history (accused of killing over 35 people).
I’m producing a film about this incredibly inspiring man named Allan Haber. He was a former heroin addict and drug dealer for the mob, spent 15 years in unbelievably horrific prisons on 3 felon counts but then turned his life around to become the only felon in the U.S. to serve as a Capital Crimes Defense Attorney. His friend, Joseph “Mad Dog” Sullivan (the hit man), is an important part of the story.
Synopsis: Billy Mize’s contributions to country western music helped shape the industry. His charm and golden voice are legendary among country music’s elite as is his passion for music. He was one of the founding members of the Bakersfield Sound, whose most famous musicians include Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. But this story isn’t about the struggle for fame; it’s about the struggle for family. This film is an intimate portrait of a life that soared into dreams only to collapse into nightmare. Billy, the Most Promising Male Vocalist of 1966, lost his voice to a stroke after losing his family to a series of horrible tragedies. The film will follow Billy as he fights to regain his ability to sing. At the conclusion of this film, during a celebration for Billy’s eightieth birthday, he will take the stage for the first time in twenty years, pull the microphone close, and sing.
William J Saunders received his MFA in directing from Columbia University, where his thesis film, Dash Cunning, won awards in film festivals around the world. Saunders cut his teeth at NFL Films where he directed and produced documentary content for broadcast and cable networks such as HBO, FOX, ABC, NFL Network and the BBC. Big Charile’s, a documentary Saunders produced and directed about a Chiefs bar in the heart of South Philadelphia, won an EMMY Award in the Outstanding Long Feature category. In 2011, Film Works Entertainment distributed his first narrative feature film Sweet Little Lies, about a young girl’s quest to find her father. His documentary Billy Mize & the Bakersfield Sound, was recently selected by Film Independent to participate in their 2012 documentary fellowship program. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his dog, Bunji.