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.

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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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