Hard Promises, produced by Lauren Hirsch Williams

Hello my friends!

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.

It’s a chilling, yet inspiring tale.

The buzz is about to explode with major Hollywood players currently reading the script. Please help me by supporting this film:
http://www.moviehatch.com/index.php/component/option,com_moviehatch/competition,-1:/movie,635/task,detail/

A contribution to our campaign – no matter how small – will help tremendously.

There are some incredible opportunities to meet these people yourself, as well as receive copies of the film and signed photos/paraphernalia etc, for your support.

I really appreciate it…

THANK YOU!
Lauren

Lauren Hirsch (Williams)
www.MovieHatch.com
http://www.twitter.com/MovieHatch

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Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound, written and directed by William J. Saunders


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.

WEBSITE: www.billymizemovie.com
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/billymizemovie
KICKSTARTER: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1728798697/billy-mize-and-the-bakersfield-sound?ref=users
SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY DONATION PAGE: http://www.sffs.org/donate/donate-now.aspx?pid=1349

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LA FUENTE (THE FOUNTAIN), produced and written by Marjory E. Leposky, directed by Alex Messianu


In the short film LA FUENTE (THE FOUNTAIN), a boy and girl meet at a Mexican fountain during three different stages of their lives. Their relationship evolves as they grow from childhood through their teen years to young adulthood. The goal of the project is to tell their story.

I have been working on this short film for a little over three years now. I am still fund raising, but my director Alex Messianu (https://vimeo.com/amessianu) and DP Sherman Johnson (http://www.shermanjohnson.com) decided we should shoot this summer with what funds I have raised already. My make-up artist Rory Lee (http://www.makeupbyrory.com) has also been involved from the beginning.

Marjory E. Leposky is a filmmaker with more than 10 years of production experience on a broad spectrum of projects that include TV commercials, music videos for local artists, and feature film productions. She has served as the following: casting associate, producer, production coordinator, scriptwriter, unit production manager and production assistant for films, TV commercials, corporate videos, and music videos in South Florida and Los Angeles. Marjory earned degrees in television and media production from Miami Dade College formally Miami-Dade Community College and Florida State University.

To learn more, please visit our web site at http://www.ampersandcom.com/chatterbox

This about the grant I have received.
http://mediacenter.motorola.com/Press-Releases/Motorola-Mobility-Foundation-Announces-Empowerment-Grant-Recipients-37e8.aspx

To make donations to this project please click on this web site:
http://fromtheheartproductions.info/product.php?productid=17603&cat=252&page=2

Other web site:
http://media.gfem.org/node/11711

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My Brother Jack, written and directed by Stephen Dest

Synopsis: My Brother Jack is a feature-length film about Jack and Vincent, two brothers who, as young children, witness the murder of their parents and grow up coping with this tragedy in very different ways; one through art (found object) and the other through illness (sleep paralysis) —when the opportunity for revenge arises, it becomes a mystery as to which brother has repressed the traumatic experience of his youth, and which brother has moved on. The film features several actors from the Indies Lab including: Meissa Hampton, Malcolm Madera and Mark Borkowski.

Current State: We wrapped principal photography in New Haven CT in early Febuary 2012 and are currently in Post-Production. My Brother Jack is writer/director Stephen Dest’s feature-length film follow up to his short film, Blind (Cannes Film Festival 2008).

Links:

http://www.facebook.com/MyBrotherJack

stephendest.com

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1919926281/my-brother-jack

silasfinch.com

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Interview with actor George Katt

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One Bad Mice

Free link to Matthew Rafferty’s film One Bad Mice – Winner Best Teen Pick Bare Bones Film Festival: http://www.filmnet.com/films/one_bad_mice/

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Ex-Girlfriends, written and directed by Alexander Poe

Synopsis: Ex-Girlfriends is a feature comedy about three people trying to sort out their love lives while questioning the contradictions and complexities of modern relationships. When Graham (writer/director Alexander Poe) runs into his ex-girlfriend, Laura (Kristen Connolly from Cabin in the Woods), he immediately falls back in love until he learns that she has a new boyfriend (Noah Bean from Damages). What neither of them know is that Laura’s new boyfriend is two-timing her with Graham’s other ex-girlfriend, Kate (Jennifer Carpenter from Dexter).

Made on a budget raised through crowd funding, Ex-Girlfriends is the feature follow-up to my 2009 short film The Eight Percent (starring Ben McKenzie from Southland and winner of the Delta Best Short Film Award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival). I’ve always been intrigued by the complicated nature of relationships and the search for happiness. I love films like Eric Rohmer’s Moral Tales or Francois Truffaut’s Antoine Doinel films that show relationships in all of their complexity and contradictory emotions. When I started thinking about directing my first feature I knew that I wanted to tell a story that found the drama and the comedy inherent in our oft-misguided attempts to find happiness.

Visit the website at: www.exgirlfriendsmovie.com

An article written by Alexander Poe for Filmmaker Magazine on making the film can be read here: http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/news/2011/11/the-microbudget-conversation-ex-girlfriends/

Alexander Poe is a New York based filmmaker with an MFA in film from Columbia University. His feature film debut as writer/director/actor, Ex-Girlfriends (co-starring Jennifer Carpenter from Showtime’s Dexter and Kristen Connolly from Cabin in the Woods, is currently in submission to festivals. His short film, The Eight Percent (starring Ben McKenzie from Southland), won the Delta Fly-In Movies award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and his play, I Was Tom Cruise, won Outstanding Play at the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival. His writing/directing work has also been seen at the Tropfest@Tribeca Film Festival, the New York 48 Hour Film Project (winner Best Film 2007), the NYC Midnight Madness Film Competition (winner Best Horror Film 2006), the Edgar Allan Poe Theatre Festival and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

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Khsara, written and directed by Suha Araj

Khsara is a comedy feature about women who don’t get married “in time.”

I’m Suha, an Arab-American woman making a film about a not-so-often-told, but often-experienced story: The unmarried woman past her prime. Despite her successes in life, her lack of life’s “most important” accomplishment, a HUSBAND, leaves her with the most undesirable designation: “Khsara.” Khsara, an Arabic word, means “What a shame” “Too bad” “What a pity.”

It’s a universal phenomenon. In other communities khsara might be: “pickled”(Iran), “on the shelf”(Australia), “spinster” (USA), “lost the bus” (Latin America) or “Christmas cake” (Japan).

Synopsis: When naïve Arab American Nisreen is deflowered and dumped by her boyfriend at the tender age of 29 she falls at risk of becoming a Khsara at age 30. Her sassy 35-year-old divorcee cousin Gina inspires Nisreen to start the Khsara Club finding sisterhood and adventure against her mother’s attempts at suitors and society’s judgment of their unwed status, until Nisreen must eventually choose between a modern or traditional life.

Khsara has been developed with the Sundance Rawi screenwriter’s lab, the Interchange program (Torino Film Lab, EAVE, and Dubai Film Festival), IFP, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Emerging Visionaries, Berlin Talent Campus and Market. For more information and to support this project, please visit the links below. Thank you!

kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1955539544/khsara
website: www.khsara.com
twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/khsaraclub
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KhsaraClub

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Whaling City, written and directed by Jay Burke


Synopsis: Whaling City is a dramatic narrative feature film set in New Bedford, Mass. in the rapidly changing world of the modern fishing industry. It tells the story of a third-generation independent commercial fisherman, struggling to keep a grasp on his way of life – and a long-held family boat – as costs rise and the heavily regulated fishing industry is pushed towards a corporate model of efficiency. While developing an unlikely relationship with a marine biologist, he is tempted to do whatever it takes to keep his boat.

The Whaling City screenplay was workshopped at Columbia University’s graduate film program from 1999 to 2002. It won the 2005 Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriting Award and the 2007 Sloan Feature Film Production Grant, and has been recognized in Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

Principal photography was completed in fall 2010. Whaling City is currently in post-production and in the process of submitting to film festivals.

Web Links:
www.whalingcityfilm.com
www.facebook.com/whalingcityfilm
www.twitter.com/whalingcity

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Cabby, Written/Directed/Edited by Xiaocao Liu


Cabby: A lonely cab driver tries to connect with people in the busy city of Beijing.

Year of Production: 2011
Running Time: 18:38 minutes
Produced by Yige SunCo-Producers Leon Gao, Xiaocao Liu
Director of Photography Dongliang Yang
Composer Richard Xu
Sound Design Vera Qiao
Cast Xu Guan, Jun He, Peiyao Liu


Writer/Director Xiaocao Liu

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