Official NYFTF 2016 Film Selections

 

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2016 New York Film and Television Film Festival Official Selections

A cornucopia of innovative, provocative, feminist and controversial entries!

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36 International Films in One Day at our Private Cinema and Lounge!

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Each film project receives one free ticket to their screening, awards ceremony and after-party. Filmmaker must be present to receive their award.

December 4, 2016 at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, New York.

10am – 10pm with awards ceremony and after-party to follow.

Individual Film Screening Tickets (available at the door): $35

 

For Film Finalist and Semi-Finalist Info, please scroll down the page.

NY Film Festival: Screening Times
Departed Harvest by JoDa 10am + Q&A (As End Credits Roll)
El Encanto bajo el mar (Enchantment under the sea) 10:30am
Women Prayed and Preyed Upon 10:35 + 3min. Q&A + 3min. Photos/Interviews
Across Antarctica 11:11am + 1min. Q&A + 3min. Photos/Interviews
SHIFT 11:47am + 5min. Q&A + 3min. Photos/Interviews
The Bridge 12:04pm + 5min. Q&A
(Not) Another Fashion Film 12:30pm + 2min. Q&A
The Tow 12:52pm + 2 min. Q&A
The Big Swim 1:03pm + 3min. Q&A + 3min. Photos/Interviews
Portrait of a Farmer 1:34pm + 1min. Q&A
Strokes Abroad 1:50pm + 1min. Q&A
The Sky Over Berlin 1:58pm + 1min. Q&A
George 2:09pm + 2min. Q&A
Outsiders 2:18pm + 2min. Q&A
Keep the Chocolates 2:32pm + 3min. Q&A
Interior Night 2:43pm + 7min. Q&A + 3min. Photos/Interviews
Umbrae 4:24pm + 3min. Q&A
Reunion 4:28pm + 3min. Q&A
Romantic Realism: The Art of Roderick A. Wells 4:38pm + 5min. Q&A + 3min. Photos/Interviews
Deja Vu 5:38pm + 1min. Q&A
This Modern Man is Beat 5:40pm 5min. Q&A + 3min. Photos/Interviews
Pint Puller 6:06pm + 1min. Q&A
Attempt to Rise 6:08pm + 5min. Q&A
Happy Birthday Kevin 6:33pm + 1min. Q&A
Curse of War 6:36pm + 5min. Q&A + 3min. Photos/Interviews
Salty Corn 7:01pm + 5min. Q&A
Point Point “Life in Grey” 7:24pm + 3min. Q&A + 3min. Photos/Interviews
The Greatest Show on Earth 7:38pm + 3min. Q&A
Mutt (“Courage”) 7:47pm + 2min. Q&A
Concurrence 7:53pm + 2min. Q&A
Who’s in Charge? 7:59pm + 2min. Q&A
Departed Harvest by JoDa 8:02pm + Q&A (As End Credits Roll)
The Sad Sea 8:31pm + 1min. 20Secs. Q&A
Impact 8:34pm + 1min. 20Secs. Q&A
Time Chicken 8:38pm + 5min. Q&A
The Haircut 8:49pm + 10mins. Q&A
Monday to Monday 9:13pm + Q&A
AWARDS CEREMONY: 10pm, with After-party and VIP guest speakers
 
Special Screening: Forthcoming Life in America during After-party
 

These are approx. screening times. Please arrive early for your screening.

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Rod Wells: Romantic Realism

a Documentary by Chris Wells

54mins.

‘Romantic Realism, The Art of Roderick A. Wells,’ a feature documentary shows the development of the art of Roderick Wells from childhood to his current age of 85. You will see different styles of art he explored to achieve his own unique personal style, along with the importance of Vermont landscape which he is known for. His work is beautiful, peaceful and is commonly referred to as “Romantic Realism.” See why. Produced and directed by his son Christopher Wells, a Brooklyn-based filmmaker.

Roderick Alexander Wells, Artist

As an artist, Rod Wells has established an expressive style that has grown from his one-person view of the world as he sees it.  His was a less-traveled path against the advice of early mentors to eliminate detail, and in the face of the widespread, lasting influence of abstract expressionism during his career as an artist.  

An original by nature, he was an early proponent of today’s advice to young artists:  Be who you are, dig down and find what moves you.  Drawn to painting at an early age, he used family members as models, set up still-life arrangements in the living room translating what he saw around him into art.  In Montclair, New Jersey’s High School, he was the student who could and would do murals – large ones on the walls of the cafeteria.  Constantly working as an artist, he refined his eye winning a scholarship to the Art Students League in Manhattan.

Despite growing artistic prowess, a daunting question began to haunt his dreams of self-expression:  How can I make a life from this?  

A partial answer appeared when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving for three years during the Korean War.  Stationed on the Midway aircraft carrier that patrolled the Mediterranean Sea, shore leave allowed access to the museums of Spain, Italy and France.  An unintended benefit, he received an essential first-hand education in art and art history in the great museums of the world.  The sought-after benefit of his service came through eligibility for higher education through the G.I. Bill of Rights.

He enrolled in Teachers College at Columbia University in preparation for a career as an art teacher. 

Becoming an art teacher, then chair of the Art Department at Locust Valley High School in NY, made the dream of a regular life possible.  Inspired by his primary desire to produce art, his broad interest in fine and applied art, and art history, the department significantly expanded its offerings to students in the community during his years of tenure.  It also meant that summers could be a time for his ongoing development as a fine artist.

Christopher Wells’ full-length documentary, “Romantic Realism, The Art of Roderick A. Wells,” captures his father’s art-full career through the eyes of a true admirer.  He recounts numerous museum visits with Rod as some of the best moments in his life due to his rare ability to share his knowledge of and deep passion for art.  

 

Christopher T. Wells, Video & Filmmaker, Photographer

Having lived with his father’s art on the walls of their family home in Glen Cove, NY, Chris was influenced by the work by starting to understand where the eye line goes throughout a painting.  It provided him with a fundamental understanding of a shot, including the use of positive and negative space to apply to his own work as a photographer and video artist.

As a young adult visiting his father in St. Johnsbury, VT, Chris borrowed Rod’s camera taking it for a shoot of the area.  He returned with his first portfolio of photographs, a series of black and white images, later winning an award at a Salmagundi Club exhibit in NYC.  His work was also showcased at the Heckscher Museum and various galleries on Long Island, New York.

Chris began writing, directing and acting in his own short films.  He attended the School of Visual Arts where he received recognition for a video he produced which was submitted to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and shown nationwide.

After interning at the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington, Long Island, NY, he joined Cablevision where he worked as a director/producer.  Determined to become an independent filmmaker, he formed Kaleidoscope Pictures, Inc. in 2003, as a production company specializing in video and photography.   Clients included Tom Shoes, Pepperidge Farm and Sirius Satellite Radio among others.  In addition, Chris shot Fashion Week for five years covering such designers as Betsy Johnson, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and other top designers.  

For “Romantic Realism, the Art of Roderick A. Wells,” the defining principle was to keep it simple yet beautiful.   Producer-director Wells allowed the people on camera to talk choosing to not over-direct.  Originally conceived of as a short film, the quality of the material captured lead it to blossom into a feature-length film.  Shot with a 12MM wide-angle lens, each shot is constructed with a subtle simplicity that works well with the subject matter.  The director knows when to restrain himself, to simply let things happen within a beautiful frame:  No unnecessary “B” roll was his directing technique.  Christopher believes that the art of the spoken word is lost.  In the increasing frenzy of technological advance, more than ever we need to slow down and listen.

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Kaleidoscope Pictures, Inc. is a production company offering 

photography and video services to corporate clients.  Filmmaking remains Chris’ passion with a particular affection for horror movies.  Having shot a trailer and opening scene recently in Lyndonville, VT for “The Luring,” a really dark and scary feature, he is currently raising money for that production.

ArtByRodWells.com

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Umbrae

Drama

1min.

Umbrae’  represents the struggles that mental illness sufferers experience on a day-to-day basis, where even the simple act of getting out bed becomes arduous. In this film, depression manifests into a physical entity, enwrapping itself around a woman, who attempts to escape its clutches and leave the place in which it keeps her captive.

Larica Perera

Director

Larica Perera

Writer

Larica Perera

Producer

Michael Peeling

Director of Photography

Larica Perera

Editor

Jenna Jade Rain

Key Cast

Bea Macapagal

Key Cast

Jeff Kaczmarek

Key Cast

Leo Sciara

Key Cast

Director Biography

Larica Perera was born in Bandarawela, Sri Lanka and moved to the Philippines shortly after. At the age of six, she immigrated to Canada with her parents and three younger brothers. Now a recent graduate of Sheridan College’s Media Arts program, Larica aims to channel her passion for filmmaking into telling stories of connectivity, and how seemingly ugly moments of despair and desperation can manifest into beautiful moments of growth and understanding.

Her short film “Anatomy of a Sunbeam” earned Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Production Design and Best Sound at Sheridan’s 2013 Media Arts Awards. It was also officially selected into Yonkers Film Festival, New Hope Film Festival, XpoNorth, and received the Canadian Cinema Editors Student Merit Award.

Larica also recently launched “Greenwood” earlier this year, with over 10K views online. The film has been used to promote mental health awareness and to propagate discussions about the stigma surrounding mental health.

Her latest film “TIK-TIK” is an exciting new venture into the horror genre, inspired by the Filipino folklore stories with which she grew up. It recently took home Best Female Filmmaker in the 2016 My Rode Reel Film Challenge and was a finalist for Best Judges’ Film, Best Cinematography, Best Horror & Best Non-English.

Director Statement

I have loved the principle of storytelling since I was young. I strive to channel my passion for filmmaking into telling stories of connectivity, and how our seemingly ugly moments of despair and desperation can manifest into beautiful moments of growth and understanding.

https://twitter.com/laricaperera

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FORTHCOMING LIFE IN AMERICA

Drama

Movie 5 min 56 sec 

A message from our dystopian future.

Katie Crosby

DIRECTOR

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Farewell My Love (Official Selection, not screening)

Drama

25 min.

As a sound engineer, Ma Jun wants to return to the Chuanxi highland before getting married, where he had recorded voice with a movie team. He wants to send the last farewell to Zhuoma, a Tibetan girl who he had fell in love with. However, his financee Yang Yue is accompanying with him, he can’t do what he wants without taking care of her feelings, so he decides to record voice all the way to cover up his emotion. On the way, Yang Yue obtains a DV unexpectedly and she finds a totally different Ma Jun in this DV. They start this tour with different purposes and separated spirits.

China Short Film Academy Awards

Beijing

China

January 10, 2016

China

Best Art,Best Short Film,Audience Award

Director Biography

Suya Yang was born in June,29.1992 and living in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China. She graduated from Beijing Film Academy in 2011.

 Website

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Keep The Chocolates

Comedy

6:47mins.

Keep The Chocolates” is an urban tale of contemporary love and relationships. Based on a true story, it is a dark comedy written and produced by first time Filmmaker Petra Khashoggi and Directed by Kevin Boston. A beautiful British girl named Lucy (played by Khashoggi herself) unexpectedly spends Valentine’s Day alone after being jilted by her cold, self-serving lover, played by Australian soap star Ben Lawson (Neighbors, Modern Family, Billions). Just when Lucy’s day couldn’t possibly get any worse, a mistaken Valentine’s Day delivery brings sexy GQ model/actor Cottrell Guidry to her doorstep—but is it a mistake or is it fate? A bittersweet box of chocolates might just change her life.

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Director Biography

A Boston native, Kevin has been passionate about directing since he was a kid. He created a high school video for his graduating class and he did theater at the world renowned BCA (Boston Center for the Arts).

After moving to Los Angeles, his passion to entertain people soon turned into a successful business. He honed his skills as a director, producer, cinematographer, and editor with diverse projects from music videos to independent films. Kevin understands and merges the business and creative story to produce successful projects.

Kevin’s desire to create and develop new visual techniques has brought him to the frontier of film and music video production, enabling him to work with clients such as ESPN, Budlight, Snoop Dogg, Juicy J, Cee Lo Green, Kat Graham, Keyshia Cole, Eric Roberts, and Perez Hilton. He has built a successful portfolio in recent years, handling projects and accounts that are recognizable by name and exemplify his distinct style.

CREDITS

Kevin Boston
Director
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4007597/reference

Petra Khashoggi
Writer

Petra Khashoggi
Key Cast

Ben Lawson
Key Cast
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0493159/reference

Cottrell Guidry
Key Cast
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3624412/reference

Margaret Dane
Associate Producer
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2263933/reference

Petra Khashoggi
Producer

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George

Documentary

7:16mins.

A short profile documentary about a man’s life and journey through love, loss and illness.
CREDITS

Mary Gerretsen
Director
Sara Cross
Producer
George Martin
Key Cast

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Director Biography

Mary Gerretsen is passionate about story telling and has a gift for turning ideas into engaging visuals. After receiving a B.F.A in film studies from Ryerson University and a Business Management Certificate from Humber College, she pursued her love for filmmaking as an Assistant to the Director on projects such as The Gathering, a Lifetime Network mini-series, and as an Administrative Assistant for Whizbang Films under acclaimed Canadian director and actor Paul Gross. Mary nourished her creative skills when she moved on to work at Engage Learning Systems, where she excelled in Shooting and Video Editing for fortune 500 clients ranging from McDonald’s, Western Union and Four Seasons to CIBC. At the same time, she was actively involved in the production of Toronto’s Late Night in the Bedroom, which was an independent online emerging arts and culture talk show, where Mary’s roles ranged from Producing and Directing to Shooting and Editing. She truly flourished when she rose to the challenge of Associate Producing season’s 6 through 8 for Discovery Network’s Cash Cab. Shortly thereafter, Mary continued to cultivate her creative talents by making music videos for Independent Bands in Toronto including, Evening Hymns, Heart Beat Hotel, The Short and Curlies, Forest City Lovers and Au Palais. She even created a collection of tour diaries traveling through Eastern Europe with the Lemon Bucket Orckestra, Toronto’s only “Balkan-gypsy-klezmer-party-punk-super-band”. After retuning home, Mary established herself at the CBC, by Shooting and Editing for the CBC LIVE department, Editing the behind the scenes content for the CBC production of Over the Rainbow, Associate Producing, Shooting and Editing field segments for the design show Steven and Chris, editing the convergent second screen content for the show Canada’s Smartest Person and was one of the Technical Producers for the Hockey Wives Aftershow. In between contracts, Mary juggles freelance Producing, Shooting and Editing for an array of clients from SID LEE to the Government of Canada. Recently she decided to pursue her own projects by participating in the Independent Producer’s Program affiliated with Centennial College and has a slate of projects she is proactively pursuing and plans to do so at the University of Southern California Graduate Film Program to commencing in the Fall of 2015. In her spare time, Mary enjoys the pains and gains of Olympic Weight Lifting and competing in Crossfit. Most importantly, she loves the challenge of assembling information in a captivating way, an asset that has bettered her as a filmmaker and Videographer.

“I love tackling each project like a puzzle. I know all the pieces are in place when the viewer is completely engaged.”

AWARDS

SHORT to the Point
Bucharest

Romania

July 30, 2016

Documentary Short Film Festival
Toronto

Canada

September 29, 2016

All American Drive-In
New York

United States

August 5, 2016

Winner – Best Student Short Film

Los Angeles CineFest
Los Angeles

United States

July 10, 2016

Semi Finalist


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Agrinoui (in 2D and Stereo 3D)

Animation

19:40mins.

A young mare visits Cyprus to take part in races. Frustrated from failure, she abandons the racetrack after confronting her strict father. The mare will meet new friends who will try to help her find her lost courage.

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Director Biography

Alexis Chaviaras, born in Antwerp in 1978, has been teaching animation at Universities in Cyprus since 2009. Alexis has been generating media animation material since 2002 and is currently researching the field of scenic design for 3D computer animated films.

Director Statement

The incredibly talented people that contributed to this production made this film a joy to create.

This film aims to be appealing to a wide range of ages. So, no violence, no sex, no explosions! These apparent restrictions enabled the story to focus on the building of relationships between friends and the psychological challenge the protagonist is faced with.

Certain philosophical matters that subtly deal with questions such as racism and the path to success will be easier to be picked up by the more mature members of the audience.

In this film we also get to know Cyprus by seeing traditions in front of significant landmarks and by hearing Cypriot characters communicate in their native language.

http://www.chaviaras.com/

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Beauty (Official Selection, not screening)

Animation

58 secs.

A funny looking girl changes her facial features and body shape in order to conform to the contemporary perception of beauty.

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CREDITS

Alice Lemma Director

Alexandre Zedig Diboine Music

https://vimeo.com/164863968

https://vimeo.com/alicelemma

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El Encanto bajo el mar (Enchantment under the sea)

Category: Best Music Video

4:13mins.

Music video from argentinean artist Mauro Conforti & La Vida Marciana tribute to Jim Henson and The Muppets show.

CREDITS

Agustin Rolandelli
Director
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Mauro Conforti
Producer

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Director Biography

Filmography

Jump to: Editor | Writer | Director

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2014 Cómo ganar enemigos

2014 Rockero Reyes (Short)

2013 El crítico

2010 La noche del florero (Short)

2010 Torino

2008 Historias extraordinarias

2007 Fronteras argentinas: Ezeiza (TV Movie documentary)

2005 La mujer rota

2002 Balnearios (Documentary)

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2010 Torino

2008 El Vagoneta (TV Mini-Series)

2005 Tiempo de valientes (contributing writer)

Hide Hide Director (1 credit)

2010 Torino

http://mauroconforti.com.ar/

https://www.facebook.com/mauro.conforti

https://twitter.com/mauroconforti

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THE BIG SWIM

Romance, Drama

25:36mins.

Rachel (Kimberly Leemans) finds out she might have terminal breast cancer and with the help of a handsome dive master, Luca (Falk Hentschel), decides to face her biggest fear… swimming with SHARKS!

Unlike Spielberg’s mechanical shark, The Big Swim was filmed on location with wild bull sharks, without stunt doubles, cages, or special FX in Cozumel, Mexico. Starring the brave Kimberly Leemans (Walking Dead) and Falk Hentschel (‘Hawkman’ in Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, The Flash).

Featuring music by Peter Bradley Adams.

WINNER! Cinematography Award – Universal Film Festival, St. Louis, MO

Judges comments included:

“Great panoramic and etherial shots that contributed to the warmth and sentimentality of the film.”

“The film told a warm love story with a strong female protagonist facing her fears. If you don’t feel it, then you’re just cold.”

“Visually stunning! The underwater scenes are gorgeous.”

“Enjoyed the story and film, I was entertained and the story kept my interest.”

“Solid 10 for cinematography and writing.”

“Solid 10 for performances, pacing, sound and music and direction.”

“A film with heart. It came off as steadily driven by sincerity and reflected real sentiment without giving into sentimentality.”

“Good story. Good heart. Ace production value and drive.”

“Award-worthy”

CREDITS

Kat Green
Writer
Kat Green
Director
Adam Dick
Producer
NightLights

Meghan Woeppel
Producer
Kimberly Leemans
Key Cast
Walking Dead

Falk Hentschel
Key Cast
Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, The Flash

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Director Biography

Previous work includes Executive Producer on Hallmark Channel movie “Nearlyweds” starring Danielle Panabaker and Naomi Judd. Kat has also composed songs and score as well as acted and music supervised various film and television projects.

THE BIG SWIM marks Kat’s directorial debut.

Director Statement

It is my hope that this little shark movie will have big fins and be seen by many. I created The Big Swim to inspire young women suffering with breast cancer as well as anyone contemplating taking a risk in their lives. This project came at a difficult time in my life when my path was changing dramatically and I was lost and terrified. I guess you can say that making this film was a personal cathartic experience. It was the most challenging and gratifying experience of my life. As a filmmaker, it was incredibly satisfying to pay homage to one of my favorite films, Jaws, as well as Wes Anderson’s style of bright Technicolor art direction and distinct framing. In addition to the vibrancy that Mexico has to offer, you will notice the use of PINK in the film as a direct link to breast cancer.

I hope you will take the time to read the production notes in this press kit to learn more about the making of what everyone calls “that ambitious shark movie”. They all thought I was in over my head as a first time director. Knowing I was going to film live sharks, shoot in another country with limited financial and technical resources, I said to myself, “This is it. Like Rachel in my story, I am taking a huge risk. If I succeed, it’s all me. If I fail, it’s all me. I am ready to dive deep and live.”

I am extremely proud that most of my key crew are women including Fiorella Occhipinti (Director of Photography), Megan Woeppel (Producer), Eva Ceja (Casting), and Feriba Ayadi Karakoc (Editor). Yes this is a movie for women created by women. I did not set out to hire mostly women for this project, but I am honored that they were the best people for the job and fortunate for the hard work, passion and care they gave to birth my little shark baby.

After writing the script in Cozumel, I flew back to Los Angeles and staffed up. I knew it was going to take a talented dive-certified cast and crew with a unique skill set to pull this off. I had to trust that my actors could not only hit all the emotional points but could work with underwater blocking in a dangerous environment. Thankfully the talented and brave Kimberly Leemans (Walking Dead) and Falk Hentschel (‘HAWKMAN’ Legends of Tomorrow) fit the bill and eagerly jumped in. After a great deal of prep work, we managed to capture a film that is beautifully shot and tells a heartwarming slice of life love story.

I realize a 25 minute short might be a bit on the longer side for your short program but I am hopeful you will be impressed enough by our team’s work as industrious filmmakers as well as connect to the film’s message that you will help give this movie the exposure we all feel it deserves.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Kat Green

AWARDS

Universal Film Festival
St. Louis, MO

United States

October 1, 2016

Best Cinematography Award

http://thebigswimfilm.com/

https://facebook.com/thebigswimmovie

https://twitter.com/thebigswimfilm


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Pint Puller

Comedy

1min.

A man walks into a bar..

CREDITS

Jake Balfour-Lynn
Director
Simeon Willis
Key Cast
Alice Maguire
Key Cast

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Ninth Life

by Pamela Preston

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Time Chicken

Animation, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction, Action 

5 min 50 sec

In a bid to resolve the divisions in his society, a chicken sets out to give his people answers. Finally, the world is ready to know, which came first: the chicken, or the egg?

• Nick Black
DIRECTOR

Ben Aston
CO-PRODUCER

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

http://www.nickanimates.com

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The Bridge

Family, Drama, Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery 

21 min 15 sec 

Pono, a tenacious seven-year old boy lives with his family in a five-story tree house deep in the rainforest of Hawaii’s Manoa Valley. Pono’s father provides critical ancestral knowledge through cultural transmission to his youngest descendant. After tragedy strikes the family, Pono’s mother blames her youngest son and repeatedly pushes him away. Pono, however, is the heir to critical cultural practices, which can help her resolve her inner conflict between Christianity/religion and Hawaiian spirituality, but only if she can concede to Hawaiian culture through the encouragement of the son she has alienated.

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DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, WRITER

Connie M. Florez
PRODUCER, MANAGER, PUBLICIST, PRINT SHIPPER, PRODUCTION MANAGER, LOCATIONS MANAGER

Ken Monroe
PRODUCER

Mia Adams
RACHEL (LEAD ACTOR)

Asher Morgado
PONO (SUPPORTING ACTOR)

Tamayo Perry
MANOA (SUPPORTING ACTOR)

Hinaleimoana Wong Kalu
NARRATOR (VOICE ACTOR)

John Kuamo’o
CINEMATOGRAPHER/DP

Tom Schneider
EDITOR

NICHE

Asian American, Christian, Native American, Women, Children, Mature/Adult, Buddhist, Native Aboriginal Peoples, Senior, Youth

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

http://www.islandgirlpictures.com

SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITES

https://www.facebook.com/thebridgeshortfilm?fref=ts

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The sky over Berlin of my childhood

Experimental, Foreign

10:04mins.

This is a film about lost children in a strange place. Three boys jump from zone to zone using a teleportation box. They don’t look for happiness, love, or meaning, they simply run impulsively through spaces.

“THE SKY OVER BERLIN OF MY CHILDHOOD” is a metaphor of the lost generation born in the post Soviet area between 1980-1990. The images of the film are memories of the young people who passed through the collapse of the empire.

CREDITS

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Bakhtiyar Islamov

Director

Bakhtiyar Islamov

Writer

Daria Korneeva

Producer

Mamirzhan Kurbanov

Key Cast

Artem Kaziev

Key Cast

Yadikar Islamov

Key Cast

Bakhtiyar Islamov

Director of photography

Manny Cooper

Sound director

SCREENINGS/AWARDS

  • 12th Harlem International Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    September 15, 2016
    New York Premiere
    Best Experimental Film
  • 17th Moondance International Film Festival
    Boulder, Colorado, USA
    September 5, 2016
    USA premiere
    Best Short Film
  • Los Angeles World International Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 17, 2016
    Best Experimental film
  • 12th BLOW-UP Arthouse Film Festival
    Chicago, Illinois, USA
    November 6, 2016
    Illinois premiere
    Semi-finalist
  • The Newark International Film Festival
    Newark, New Jersey, USA
    September 9, 2016
    East coast premiere
    Official selection
  • 16th Annual Valley Film Testival
    Los Angeles, California, USA
    September 29, 2016
    Los Angeles premiere
    Official selection
  • 15th Great Lakes International Film Festival
    United States
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Strokes Abroad

Web Series, Travel

6:36mins.

Strokes Abroad is a world travel show following the work of David Dallison and his art. Over the last 25 years, David has explored and painted the people and landscapes of diverse cultures in over 30 countries. Encountering exotic locales and diverse cultures through painting has allowed David to observe what is shared and common to much of humanity. Despite our cultural and political differences and no matter where we call home and what language we speak, we are united by our partnership with art.

CREDITS

Brian Hall
Director

David Dallison

Key Cast

Director Biography

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Career Camera Operator and Steadicam Operator Brian W. Hall has commandeered more than 100 shoots for pop culture programming, reality shows, TV networks and documentaries. He began shooting as a teen in the 9th grade and that settled that: His career was in focus. Since, in addition to working with the nation’s leading TV networks & production companies, Brian backs his experience with a Bachelor’s degree in Television from Columbia College Chicago.

His wide range of experience includes countless top-rated and beloved TV series such as FOX’s “Cops,” nine seasons of MTV’s “The Real World,” Tyler Perry Studios’ “Haves and Have Nots,” Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” HGTV’s “Property Virgins,” DIY’s “House Crashers,” WE’s “Braxton Family Values,” E!’s “Kim Kardashian Wedding Special,” and ABC’s “Wife Swap.

http://www.strokesabroad.com/

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The Tow

Drama, Comedy

8:25mins.

Life costs us daily and we’re forced to pay with time, effort, anguish and money.

Some men resign themselves to a life of work to afford these debts.

Some men are content to simple take what is not theirs.

The Tow examines two men forced to decide where the line between victims and criminals blur, pushing each towards the breaking point…

Until one man decides to push back.

CREDITS

Ian Bohen
Director
Morning Love – short

Ian Bohen
Writer

Michael Bircumshaw
Producer
Americano

JR Bourne
Key Cast
Teen Wolf

Paul Rae
Key Cast
Blood and Oil

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Director Biography

Born in Carmel, CA Ian Bohen began acting as a teenager, after his family moved to Los Angeles, debuting in Todd Field’s AFI Conservatory short film adaptation of Andre Dubus’ story “Delivering.” Shortly thereafter, Bohen was cast as the younger ‘Wyatt Earp’ in Lawrence Kasdan’s “Wyatt Earp” opposite Gene Hackman.

Bohen spent much of his teens and twentys working in front of the camera in both Film and Television, including recurring stints on the drama “Any Day Now,” the action/adventure series “Hercules: The Legendary Journey” and comedy “Townies.”

Continuing his acting, Bohen’s roles gained more substance and stature, including recurring in the 1st season of Matthew Weiners much acclaimed series “Mad Men,” and full seasons of “Major Crimes” “Breakout Kings” and “Chicago P.D.” Today, he continues to play a fan-favorite role on the MTV’s “Teen Wolf” for the past 5 years.

As an actor, Ian Bohen has had the opportunity to grow up within the industry, affording him a ring-side seat to the creation, exectuion and completion of programmes crossing the boundaries of medium, genre and budget. This experience fostered a desire to himself become a storyteller beyond that of acting, leading Ian on a second pathway, that of Director.

As a Director, a key skill is image capture, which formed a natural starting poing: Cinematography. For a class on the subject at UCLA, Ian wrote and directed his first project “Morning Love” as a class project.

The resultant film provided Bohen with a document to show his producers at “Teen Wolf” jumped on board by allowing him to shadow the series directors, participate in scouts, edit sessions, color timing etc….all helping to build out his skillset, knowledge and language of Directing.

While continuing to work as an actor, Bohen continues his pursuits behind the camera, recently finishing his first Short Film “The Tow” and an untitled feature-length screenplay.

SCREENINGS/AWARDS

Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival
Los Angeles

United States

February 27, 2016

World Premiere

Newport Beach Film Festival
Newport Beach

United States

April 27, 2016

https://www.facebook.com/TheTowMovie/

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ACROSS ANTARCTICA

Documentary, Heroine

30:20mins.

2045 km, 74 days, -50°C. From November 14, 2014 to January 27, 2015, Stéphanie Gicquel (French woman) skied across Antarctica through the South Pole, with two other polar explorers, including her husband Jérémie. An expedition she had imagined, planned and prepared for three years. This is notably the longest ski expedition for a woman in Antarctica without kiting (Sources: Guinness World Records, ExplorersWeb, AdventureStats, Adventure Network International). The film is an invitation to discover Antarctica through the eyes and feelings of Stéphanie. It highlights some of the moments she experienced during this long expedition – when she waited at Union Glacier base camp, started the expedition on the coast at the same place where the mountaineer Reinhold Messner began his own kite-ski expedition across Antarctica in 1989, when she skied up and reached the South Pole on Christmas eve and arrived on the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf floating on the Weddell Sea after 74 days of extreme effort.

This 30 minute film is not only about adventure. It is mainly about the meaning of things, fear, freedom, fulfillment, and boldness. An invitation for everyone to live intensely, without fear nor regret. This film also shows the life of a couple whose strength is tested under extreme conditions. A testimony of being one with the Antarctic landmass – similar as a frozen ocean located 3,000 meters high, with ice waves shaped by the wind. A sanctuary where nature is so powerful and strong against explorers who dare to come, but at the same time so fragile.

CREDITS

Stéphanie Gicquel
Director
Jérémie Gicquel
Director
Stéphanie Gicquel
Writer
Jérémie Gicquel
Writer
Stéphanie Gicquel
Producer
Jérémie Gicquel
Producer
Stéphanie Gicquel
Key Cast
Jérémie Gicquel
Key Cast
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Director Biography

Long-distance runner (races over 150-200 km)

Polar explorer

She notably ran a marathon at the Geographic North Pole and crossed Antarctica through the South Pole

She has created and manages a non-profit organization to promote Antarctica

http://runningtothepole.com/

https://fr-fr.facebook.com/runnerstothepole


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Salty Corn

Comedy

18:24 mins.

After his 14-year-old daughter becomes a hipster, Bob sets out first to solve the mysteries of hipster culture and then to pull his daughter out of it.

CREDITS

Ryan Shuler
Director
In the Morning, Dinner with Wolves

Ryan Shuler
Writer
In the Morning, Dinner with Wolves

Mars Chasolen
Producer

Mike Tranvaag
Key Cast

Mira Jayne
Key Cast

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Director Biography

Ryan Shuler is from the small town of Oneonta, NY, where his love for film began when he was making short, comedic videos with his sister. At the time, Shuler was also interested in film acting, and he accepted a role in a short film that was shot in NYC (2009). After that, Shuler read books on filmmaking and watched movies; he also attended the Cinema Production program at Ithaca College (’15) in Ithaca, NY for four years. Shuler had made one short film prior to college, and then made 6 more during his four years, for a total of 7 short films, including “Salty Corn.” Shuler now lives in Brooklyn, where he is working on submitting “Salty Corn” to festivals and writing a feature-length script, which he plans to shoot in the fall of 2017.

Director Statement

The idea for “Salty Corn” came while I was studying abroad in Siena, Italy during the fall semester of my senior year at Ithaca College. For a while, I had thought about how strange it was for people to be freaked out by fashions or trends like “hipster-ism.” I believe that people should look at hipsters and see them as individuals that are trying to express themselves, rather than thinking they’re being “rebellious” or “lazy.” I wanted to express this idea through an over-exaggerated father and a subdued daughter, to show the stark difference in their personalities and to bring the message to a familiar story/setup: an unapproving parent that struggles with their nonconforming child. Garrett Nicholson signed on as my cinematographer, agreeing that this kind of story would benefit from mindful and well-executed cinematography. Steph Choriatis (sound recordist & designer) had similar thoughts for the sound design, so with their support, I launched the production and finished it within a little over a year.

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Women Prayed and Preyed Upon

Documentary

30:25 mins.

A 30 minutes Docudrama on Violence against Women. It mainly focuses on India. It highlights the irony that men who prey upon women are the ones who pray to GODDESSES. This documentary is shot in different Indian languages with English subtitles.

CREDITS

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Kankana Chakraborty
Director
Kankana Chakraborty
Writer
Chitra Chakraborty
Producer
Amitabh Bachchan
Key Cast

AWARDS

Mumbai Women’s International film festival
Mumbai

India

Best Documentary Film

Lakecity International Short Film Festival
Hyderabad

India

Special Mention :Opening of the festival

Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
Los Angeles

United States

Winner (Best women filmmaker & Best Documentary)

National Level Documentary Film Award

India

Best Documentary Film

Chhatrapati Shivaji International film festival
Pune, Maharastra

India

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Los Angeles Cine Fest
Los Angeles, CA

United States

Semi finalist

Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival
Los Angeles

United States

OFFICIAL SELECTION

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OUTSIDERS

Category: Best TV Pilot – Produced

12:04mins.

OUTSIDERS is a 30 minute entertaining unscripted series that showcases talented folk artists from Georgia and the Appalachian mountains. These creative untrained artists are unlike any other people you have met. They sacrificed all for their art and have a great time every step of the way despite financial hardships. Networks, producers, and agents can contact outsidersTVprogram@gmail.com.

Crowd funding page to support the OUTSIDERS program: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/outsiders-sacrifice-all-for-art THANK YOU!!!!!!!

CREDITS

Susan Vetrone
Director

Unscripted
Writer

Susan Vetrone
Producer

Sam Granger
Key Cast

Eric Legge
Key Cast

Kip Ramey
Key Cast

Coralie Hardman
Key Cast

http://youtu.be/GFxHBpZyDL8

https://www.facebook.com/outsiderstvprogram

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Portrait of a Farmer

Documentary

14:51mins.

Documentary. Portrait of three farmers and their families in Minnesota, and how the farm is deeply ingrained in their lives.

CREDITS

Lina Suh
Director

Rachel V. Byrd
Cinematographer

Yongle Wang
Editor

Aaron Moore
Music

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Director Biography

Lina Suh grew up in the American Midwest, New York City and Seoul, Korea. Lina received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and produced award-winning NYU thesis shorts DIDA REEMA ANJANA (dir. Bornila Chatterjee), FATHER’S DAY (dir. Brian Rolling) among others, and directed her own short documentary film FLOW ON THROUGH in Cambodia. The doc was included in the World Bank-issued “Water and Sanitation” DVD, distributed to NGOs in developing countries. She produced a first feature film – LET’S BE OUT, THE SUN IS SHINING, collaborating again with writer/director Bornila Chatterjee, that received the Audience Choice Award at the 2012 New York Indian Film Festival. Lina taught a screenwriting workshop for ESRA (Ecole Superieure de Realisation Audiovisuelle) a French film school’s satellite program in New York. She is currently an MFA candidate in film production at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and is in development for a feature film she will direct as a coproduction with South Korea.

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THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT

Drama

17:11mins.

In the post 911 world of cultural confusion and erroneous judgment, Habib bin Habib al Fulan tries to pawn his last possession and reconcile with his wife.

CREDITS

Alex Merkin

Director

ACROSS THE HALL, HOUSE OF BODIES, PERCENTAGE

David J Schroeder

Writer

55 Best screenplay awards for 6 different scripts.

Fawzy Zablah

Writer

Film based on his Short Story

David J Schroeder

Producer

First Production

Jordi Vilasuso

Actors

ALL MY CHILDREN, THE LINE

Brad Greenquist

Actors

THE LEFTOVERS, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

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SCREENINGS

  • Raindance FF
    London
    October 29, 2015
    World Premier
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INTERIOR NIGHT

1 hr 33 min 

Comedy, Drama, Narrative Fiction (A festival favorite)

Over the course of one night, four characters whose lives are enmeshed hit bottom. Each must reveal the dark secret that could destroy their life or set them free.

Conrad can’t commit – and after a four-year engagement, Esther is fed up. In a moment of weakness, she sleeps with his best friend, Eddie. And now her period is late. Conrad’s ex-girlfriend, Charlotte, shows up to “support” Esther with a pregnancy test, while Conrad confronts Eddie about his affair. Eddie deflates Conrad’s selfrighteousness by threatening to reveal a secret he’s been keeping for years to protect him. Meanwhile, Esther fearing she’s pregnant, confronts Charlotte about a business trip she took with Conrad. Dodging the question, Charlotte counters by inquiring who the father is. Their webs of denial and deceits unravels over the course of the night, and as dawn approaches, their clashes intensify revealing secrets, difficult truths – and ultimately a fragile but real connection to each other.

Alan Watt
DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, WRITER

David Streit
PRODUCER

Christina Scherer
ESTHER (LEAD ACTOR)

Erinn Hayes
CHARLOTTE (LEAD ACTOR)

Micah Hauptman

CONRAD (LEAD ACTOR)

Riley Smith

EDDIE (LEAD ACTOR)

Kirk Baltz

KEVIN (SUPPORTING ACTOR)

Dear Sir/Madame, Please consider our film, INTERIOR NIGHT, for the New York Film Festival 2016. It is a darkly comic look at human intimacy, which, though it is desired and deeply satisfying, it is feared by most who seek it. Over the course of one night, four characters whose lives are enmeshed, hit bottom. Each grapples with the dark secret that could destroy their existence … or set them free. Told as a 9 hour fever dream, INTERIOR NIGHT is an unsparing yet ultimately hopeful look at the tragicomic nature of human relationships. We are really excited about the prospect of showing our film in the beautiful West Burke, Vermont Respectfully, David Streit, Producer Alan Watt, Writer/Director.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

http://interiornightthefilm.com/index.html

SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITES

https://www.facebook.com/InteriorNightfilm/photos

https://twitter.com/controlthefilm

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“Best Documentary On Fracking Ever!” —Ouenews.org

TRIPLE DIVIDE [REDACTED] (Official Selection, not screening)

1 hr Documentary 

A ‘bombshell’ documentary about the impact of fracking with exclusive interviews from oil and gas industry leaders, independent experts and impacted residents. TRIPLE DIVIDE [REDACTED] covers five years (2011 – 2016) of cradle-to-grave investigations by investigative news nonprofit Public Herald that featured how regulators and industry kept water contamination “off the books.”

Originally released as a 90-minute feature in 2013, this iteration of TRIPLE DIVIDE is updated with Public Herald’s continued investigations through 2016.

• Melissa Troutman
DIRECTOR

Joshua Pribanic
CO-DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, CO-WRITER, CINEMATOGRAPHER/DP, PRODUCTION DESIGNER, EDITOR

Melissa Troutman
CO-DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, CO-WRITER, VOICE ACTOR, PRODUCTION DESIGNER, EDITOR, SOUND EDITOR, ORIGINAL MUSIC/COMPOSER, CAMERA OPERATOR, ASSISTANT CAMERA, BOOM OPERATOR, VIDEO OPERATOR

Mark Ruffalo
VOICE ACTOR

Andrew Geller 

EDITOR

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

http://tripledividefilm.org/about/

SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITES

https://www.facebook.com/TripleDivide/

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Who’s in Charge?

Comedy

1min.

Three men must pull together using all of their physical and mental strength to face their most dangerous mission yet!

CREDITS

Andy Turner
Director
Ryan Enever
Writer
Andy Turner
Producer
Ryan Enever
Producer
Ryan Enever
Key Cast
Pete Noakes
Key Cast
Adi Thompson
Key Cast

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Director Biography

Andy became involved in the filming process in his early 40’s after careers that included the RAF, a Police Officer and self-employment in media. He has experienced a variety of roles

within the art of filmmaking from Actor through to Producer at a local level. His experience of life and his ability to organise and bring the best out in people is evident in his work.

Director Statement

I believe that filmmaking is about everyone, not just a few selected people. All crew and actors are equal in creating a story that is engaging and believable to its audience. My method of Directing pulls on my knowledge bank of my life and my ability to get on with people.

http://www.3takesproductions.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/3takesproductions/

https://www.twitter.com/3_Takes

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Curse of War

Drama

16:47mins.

Brooklyn native, Sergeant James Powell (Ronald Graham) is a U.S. Marine suffering from symptoms of PTSD and struggling with his demons spawned from the gruesome atrocities he experienced during the war conflict in the Middle East. James seeks the professional psychological help of Dr. Dent (Sally Stewart), who does her best to help the psychologically devastated James during their frequent sessions as he continually recalls his war experiences in painful systematic detail. During this particular visit, James reveals a very tragic and disturbing detail about his experience in the war he’s never mentioned before to anyone, including Dr. Dent.

Frequently self-medicated with alcohol and prescription drugs, James lives alone, alienated from his family while utilizing voice recordings of his children as a source of comfort. During a cold winter’s day, James reminisces about his tumultuous relationship with his wife Sherri Powell (Famecia Ward) and their children David Powell (Omar Vincent) and Ali Powell (Kaya Slawecka). As James falls deeper into depression, he makes a decision to let it all go.

CREDITS

Abdul Malik Abbott

Director

State Property, Streets is Watching, Who da’ Man

Abdul Malik Abbott

Writer

Streets is Watching, My Normal, State Property

Ronald Graham

Writer

Phillipa Davis

Producer

Ronald Graham

Producer

Ronald Graham

Key Cast

Sally Stewart

Key Cast

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Director Biography

Raised in Harlem, New York, Abdul Malik Abbott attended the acclaimed High School of Music & Art as a painter and illustrator and grew up in the world of hip-hop. Wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps as a photographer and filmmaker, Abdul received his (film) Bachelor’s degree at the School of Visual Arts. He got his start in the biz working in the sound dept. on Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” & “Mo’ Better Blues”, as well as “Def by Temptation”, “New Jack City” and 100’s of commercials, movie & TV projects.

Abdul earned his creative reputation first as a Music Video editor, then made his way up the ranks at the helm of music videos, directing many of Jay-Z’s first videos, including, “Ain’t No…” and “Dead Presidents”, both going to #1 on MTV and BET. Abdul directed, co-wrote & edited the Platinum-selling, music video-mini-movie starring Jay-Z entitled “Streets is Watching”. It earned a #1 slot in Billboard. Abdul directed the hip-hop infused gangster drama entitled “State Property” (Lionsgate), starring Beanie Sigel & Jay-Z. Soon after a brief theatrical release, the modestly budgeted movie was released on home video and DVD and rose to be the 10th top selling video in the U.S. on Videoscan & Billboard and has grossed over 12 million to date.

Abdul directed the first four episodes for a web series entitled “Who Da Man?” and co-wrote & Produced an independent feature film in entitled “My Normal”, (Wolfe Releasing).

Following his other passion, Music, Abdul also produces and composes songs for his music project B.O.S.S. and other artists under the stage name “DJ ABBY AB”. B.O.S.S has released their first EP “Tricky Kinda Love” and the tune “Major Love” was selected for the 2013 Grammy Nomination entry list for “Best R&B Performance” and their tune “”Me & You” was featured on the soundtrack for the movie “The Loft” (2015, Universal Pictures) Abdul recently received a 2015 Telly Award for the music video he directed for the spoken word collaboration with poet Yazmin Monét Watkins entitled “Grateful” and recently completed another music video with singer/songwriter Kia Muze – “Speaking My Language”.

Currently Mr. Abbott is in post-production on a documentary chronicling the rise and fall of the hip-hop mega-group Digital Underground as well as developing several feature films and TV shows. Abdul also works as a videographer for such networks as BET, TV One, E! and Centric, shooting entertainment news programs and docs. He also serves as A&E Co-chair of the DGA’s African American steering committee and for over 9 years has been instrumental in organizing informative film industry panels and major events honoring fellow DGA members.

Director Statement

As Director I found working on “Curse of War” less of a challenge and more of a privilege. I was proud to be able to work with an array of talented actors, especially the lead, Ronald Graham as “James Powell”, who had to carry the film as a character who shows no sign of joy, but, who is also is not an bad man, just a troubled man. My main goal was to tell a deeply dramatic story about a subject matter that is all too real for hundreds of people. It was also an honor to work with the dedicated Producer Phillipa Davis, who was instrumental in bringing the entire project together. Though a very small cast and crew, everyone brought their A-Game. I am especially proud to present to the world the two up and coming young actors, Kaya Slawecka as “Ali Powell” and Omar Dellimore as “David Powell”

Story-wise, I approached the sensitive subject matter with respect and focused on realistic situations, staying clear of common Military exploitations as well as making a point to not bash anything having to do with the religion of Islam.

Music played a large part in the project. Even though mostly subtle compositions, I worked tirelessly along side the composer Evan Eder to create a score that compliments the film and doesn’t distract the viewer. I also co-produced the theme song “Let it all go” for the movie with Evan and singer Natalieq who is the lead singer in my band B.O.S.S.

http://curseofwarmovie.com/

https://www.facebook.com/curseofwarmovie

https://twitter.com/curseofwarmovie


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Monday to Monday

Documentary, Heroine, Sports

28:11mins.

Florencia didn’t allow the long work and university hours get in the way of her dream, going to the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, something no athlete in her country had ever achieved.

How much would she sacrifice to compete with full-time athletes? Florencia had to keep up with her demanding job, maintain her high GPA and still have enough time to train.

This thrilling documentary proves that with hard work and perseverance you can overcome any social pressure, emotional and physical distress or accident. Monday to Monday, directed by Florencia’s very own sister, is a journey to discover the secret behind her drive.

CREDITS

Macarena Carrizosa
Director

Macarena Carrizosa
Producer

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Director Biography

Macarena Carrizosa is a director/producer based in NYC. She worked in several departments including AD, Camera, Sound and Production for music videos, commercials, fiction, and documentary films.

At the age of sixteen, Macarena was invited to attend Theatre School in Paraguay. During her fourth year, she discovered her passion was directing her classmates rather than acting herself.

In 2013, Macarena moved to NYC to study Filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. Upon graduating, she began freelancing yet always continued to develop herself through workshops and classes. She studied acting with Anthony Abeson for over a year, Advanced Screenwriting at Gotham’s Writers’ Workshop, among other seminars in NYC and abroad.

Macarena also has a professional background in business and advertising. She studied Business Administration and specialized in Business Management in the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Montpellier in France.

Combining her technical, managerial and communication skills with her innate creativity she is now a unique asset for any audiovisual project.

Director Statement

“Monday to Monday” is especially hard for me to share with the world. Aside from being my first project as a documentary director, I also covered a subject that is very close to me.

Four years ago, I prepared the outlines for two documentaries. One was about my sister’s routine, which to me was admirable. The other, on a subject I photographed, earned me the attention of a director I admire. She explained what the commitment to make a documentary is like and said I have to be passionate about it. I then realized I should go forth with the project on my sister. Having her so close would make her story more motivating to tell than any other.

Ever since that day demands from work and life slowed down the process of completing this documentary. In that sense I was lucky in that the project’s message reminded me that I can always do a little more. This precise impact my sister’s story has, is what I’m passionate about sharing.

In Paraguay, as in the rest of the world, it’s important to have role models. I saw a lack of diffusion of success stories on Paraguayan female athletes or women leaders.

At a more personal level, I made this project for my sister. So that when she finds 28 minutes within her hectic schedule, she can appreciate each one of her efforts and see them as chapters of a bigger story.

https://www.facebook.com/documentaldelunesalunes/

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Reunion

Drama, Best Student Film Entry 

6:13mins.

After returning from last deployment, Karen comes home and has a struggle with reconnecting with her daughter who lives with her ex-husband and another woman

CREDITS

Yi Tao
Director
Yi Tao
Writer
Charles Malcolm
Producer
Inge Uys
Key Cast

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POINT POINT

Life in Grey

Category: Best Music Video

7:28mins

The song and title inspired me to create a narrative about the Y generation, about how people can become desperate about creating the perfect piece of work, the ultimate fulfillment in the eyes of others. The obsession of a promised, expected, fulfilling life. I like to think that this video is about how this generation has been told repeatedly by their parents how special of a person they are. I wanted to create a ridiculous, sadly desperate and manipulative character that would push this obsession to the limits, which is using death as an art performance in order to ultimately be respected in the eyes of others.

* Vimeo Staff Pick

* Featured on I-D

* Interview for Word is Cheap

  • Promonews

CREDITS

Written and directed by

Jodeb

Director of photography

Kristof Brandl

Producer

Vlad Cojocaru

Actors and dancers

Victoria Diamond, Amy Gardner, Jasmina Parent, Brittany Fine, Laurie-Ann Lauzon, Miranda Chan, Saskya Pauze-Begin, Sarah Steban, Catherine Dagenais-Savard, Shanie Blais

Producer

Vlad Cojocaru

Executive producers at Vision

Stacy Vaughan, Geoff Mclean

Executive producer at Antler

Sach Baylin-Stern

Video commissioner

Kevin Kloecker

Choreographer

Amy Gardner

Production manager

Max Walker

Steadicam operator

Hugo Longtin

1st AC

Anthony Hunneault

Stylist

AJ Helie

Art director

Greg Nowak

Art directors assistants

Patrick Binette, Christian Beaudoin

Make-up/Hair

Jessica La Blanche, Catherine Lemay

Production assistants

Stefan Petrisor, Alex Negru

Sound design, additional music

Nicolas Petitfrere

Editing, colors, VFX

Jodeb

Additional VFX, digital cleanup

Paul Laberge

Point Point management

Jordan Cardoso

Produced by

Antler Films, Vision Films

Label

OWSLA + Record Record

http://www.jodeb.ca/

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Happy Birthday Kevin

Comedy

1:11mins.

At 15, Kevin risks it all for a shot at greatness.

CREDITS

John Psathas
Director
Milwaukee, Bernadette

John Psathas
Writer
John Psathas
Producer
Chris Oliva
Producer
Caitlin Morris
Producer
Matt Welsh
Key Cast
James Guyton
Key Cast
Celia Peterson
Key Cast

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A Festival Favorite

Attempt to Rise

Drama

20:14mins.

“Drowning is not so pitiful as the attempt to rise.” — Emily Dickinson

On the eve of the sale of his childhood home, Nick Bryan is alone and still grieving the loss of this brother. His silence is interrupted when a free-spirited stranger arrives and provides him an opportunity to find peace within his pain. Sometimes it’s those who don’t know us at all who see us most clearly.

CREDITS

John D. Hay
Director
Work in Progress, No Control

Lee J. Kaplan
Writer
Bully

Lee J. Kaplan
Producer
Bully

Lee J. Kaplan
Key Cast
Bully, Work in Progress, Justice Woman

Jamie Dunn
Key Cast
Other People’s People, So Over You, Hittin’ 30

Patrick Phillips
Cinematographer
Work in Progress, No Control

Megan Kozak
Production Manager
Work in Progress

Zelda Vyssotsky
Set Designer / Decorator
Mike Hurst
Sound Mix / Audio
Léo Vincent
Sound Design
Joe Digiorgi
Post-production Sound Mix
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Director Biography

John Hay Jr. (Director) is an NYC-based filmmaker. After working as a freelance editor and as a production coordinator on big-budget projects ranging from feature films to television, he recently moved to independently-funded projects. John is the Director / Co-founder of his production company, Team Biscuit Films, LLC.

Director Statement

‘Attempt to Rise’ was introduced as a piece about fleeting moments and the importance of some of the slightest interactions. The film follows the character Nick as he packs up his childhood home to be sold to some new owners; while packing, a girl who has rented a room at the home appears. This interaction, which could be innocuous and simple becomes greater as the two are forced together. The isolation of the home and the landscape creates a small world, where the standoffish Nick and the outgoing Anna must exist together, at least for a weekend. Through this we learn of Nick’s troubles and his loss. The two characters deal with troubles in their life in very different ways. Nick remains trapped in the past, stuck in his memories and sadness, whereas Anna seems to be running from something, always moving, avoiding her troubles. This juxtaposition of traits forces a space where Nick can open up, if only slightly, to a stranger and truly accept what has happened, and is happening with this family home.

One of the things planned from the very onset of the project was to create an atmosphere that could be felt through the screen. Nature is ever-present, with the endless chorus of insects, to the quiet lapping of water when in the lake. The cast and crew all stayed at the house where the film was shot, everyone ate at the tables, sat on the porch at night, and rested in the beds of our characters. Immersion in the space was important, not only for the cast, but for the crew as it built a respect for the script and for what the characters are going through.

Finally, the idea was never to wrap up what someone could be going through when grieving. Many times there is a start, middle, and end to someone’s grief in films; we knew this to not be the case and in the effort to stick to the lower ‘t’ truth, we kept to that. Nick is not fixed by the end of the film, but his outlook may be slightly changed. Something between the two of them, although it was so brief, allowed him to possibly break out of his stagnant state and try to move on, to accept the changes ahead.

http://www.attempttorise.com/

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Courage

Romance, Comedy

4:03mins.

A man struggles to overcome his nervousness with women in a bar when he stumbles upon words of wisdom in the bathroom.

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Director Biography

Award-winning filmmaker, Jean-Luc Julien, was born in Germany, attained French citizenship and moved to the U.S.A. as an infant. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre (acting/directing) from California State University, Los Angeles. While in L.A. he worked as a director in theatre and film before returning to Germany where he continues working within the national and international entertainment industries. His films have been screened around the world and some of his awards include Best Film, Best New Filmmaker and the People’s Choice Award.

CREDITS

Jean-Luc Julien
Director
The Kiss, The Fest, Drive, Time Flies, Keep Smiling, Moments

Jean-Luc Julien
Writer
The Kiss, The Fest, Drive, Time Flies, Keep Smiling

Oliver Theurich
Producer
The Clique, Magdalena’s File, Rewinder

Jean-Luc Julien
Producer
The Kiss, The Fest, Time Flies, Keep Smiling,

Christian Harting
Key Cast
Son of Saul, SOKO Wismar, Er ist wieder da, Wespen – Les guêpes

Rebekka Mueller
Key Cast
Reeperbahn, Never Forget

Vanessa Montserrat Wittenbeck
Key Cast
Aeon Flux, Cruzando el Límite, Jappeloup – Eine Legende

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Key Cast
Markus Haken
Cinematography
Glassworks, Hobo Thirteen – Burnout, A Night Out

SCREENINGS/AWARDS

St. Louis International Film Festival (Oscar-qualifying film festival)
St. Louis

United States

November 4, 2016

European Short Film Festival
Berlin

Germany

October 2, 2016

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facebook.com/AnikaFilms

twitter.com/anikafilms

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(Not) Another Fashion Film 

Documentary 

19 min 44 sec

NICHE LGBTQ, Women

(Not) Another Fashion Film explores a hidden side of the multi-trillion dollar fashion industry. Filmed in New York City, where designers are a dime a dozen and reckless fast-fashion is the status quo, the film follows innovators who see sustainability and ethics not as a specialty, but as business as usual. While the media has previously examined the role of sustainability in fashion, there is still a major piece of the puzzle left unexplored, until now.

CREDITS

Elizabeth Rohe

DIRECTOR

(Not) Another Fashion Film is my professional debut as a female director and cinematographer. It was spurred by my passion for environmentalism, and manifested as a result of pursuing new angles on the issue. The film was produced during my time as a documentary film graduate student at The New School in NY. I hope you will feel, as I do, that the innovative nature of (Not) Another Fashion Film would fit well with the spirit of New York Film and Television Festival. I truly hope you enjoy it and thank you for your consideration.

Most sincerely,

Elizabeth Rohe

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DéJà Vu

00:59secs.

CREDITS

Pietro Maria Rusca
Director
Pietro Maria Rusca
Writer
Videokis
Producer
Galeazzina Simonazzi
Key Cast
Lucia Cagozzi
Key Cast
Angelo Upali
Graphics
Orla Edizioni Musicali
Music
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Director Biography

Born in 1982 in Parma (Italy).

Since 2007 has worked as a freelance filmmaker and video editor on international TV series, commercials, music videos, documentaries, and on short movies.

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Impact

3:05mins.

Aude to Icarus dream, Impact is a mental journey of a cliff diver during seconds before his jump.

CREDITS

Jean-Charles Granjon
Director
Jean-Charles Granjon
Writer
Jean-Charles Granjon
Producer
Lionel Franc , Cliff diver
Key Cast
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Director Biography

Expert in marine, underwater and slow motion filming, my artistic and technical quest is motivated by a deep passion for water esthetic.

Impact is a first narrative experimental. This short film is an expression of a pure pictural environment where technic, devoted to emotions, tells the story of a possible contemplative attitude facing wilderness.

I sharpened my sight on the field of documentary film. Volcanoes, sharks, cetaceans and repeated dives in the open blue slowly purified my artistic senses.

2 other short films are currently in preparation.

https://www.facebook.com/impact134k/

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A Festival Favorite

The Haircut

Drama

14mins.

LOGLINE

It’s 1976, petite 18-year-old Amy is among the first class of female cadets accepted to military service academies. Under incredible emotional and physical strain, Amy struggles to survive her first day, battling vicious sexism, swallowing self doubt, and fighting to prove she has what it takes.

THE FILM

The Haircut brings vibrancy into an already colorful and pivotal time period in American history. As a result of Public Law 94-106 signed by President Ford in 1975, female cadets were first admitted into service academies after a 174-year ban, and Amy is among the inaugural class. 

Petite and underweight, Amy is hardly a typical recruit — and she becomes a target in this hard-shelled brotherhood. On her first day of boot camp, Amy’s hazed, degraded, and pushed to the brink of breaking at every turn. Her superiors are ruthless, and the male cadets laugh in her face. If Amy chooses this path, her civilian life will vanish, her identity will be remolded, and she’ll have to endure continuing abuse. 

Is Amy’s desire to serve her country worth this sacrifice? As her will is tested and every fiber of her being urges her to quit, Amy must decide whether she has what it takes, and whether she wants to swim against the current after all. 

Vibrant colors, bellbottoms, flowing hair, and bright lipstick heavily contrast with military precision and the repression of individualism we’ll see at the academy, as we follow this young woman torn between two worlds. From the creative and producing minds of Ballon, The Haircut shines a spotlight on women like Amy, who embody bravery, determination, and strength in the face of an unfair world.

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Bailey Noble as AMY COLLINS

Bailey Noble, a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania native who can currently be seen as the sweet, genuine, ‘Halfling” daughter of Andy Bellefleur and Maurella on HBO’s hit vampire series, “True Blood.” She just recently finished shooting a recurring role in the Susannah Grant pilot, “Members Only”, opposite John Stamos. Noble got her start in the acting world at a young age, following in her mother’s footsteps by joining her at commercial auditions after discovering her love for performing. She spent her younger years putting on one-woman shows for her family.

Noble, who enrolled in the Musical Theater degree at DeSales University in Pennsylvania, was, after a short period of time, ready to focus on the television and film world. She was fortunate enough to book a guest starring role in Shonda Rhimes’ show “Off the Map” just two months after moving out to Los Angeles. Since then, Noble has worked on “Glee,” “Malibu Country,” “90210,” and three web series’; including “The Ropes,” which was produced by Vin Diesel.

In the future, Noble hopes to have opportunities to work on films in addition to working on television. Her dream role is to be in a ‘period piece’ film and she draws inspiration from actors such as Meryl Streep, Kyle Chandler, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Noble grew up with one older sister and is extremely close to her family. She has a love for animals and has a particular adoration for Polar Bears. When she isn’t working on True Blood, Bailey loves to do yoga, go on hikes, draw portraits, and spend time with her closest friends.

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ALEXIS O. KORYCINSKI

Filmmaker Alexis O. Korycinski was one of ten directors selected for the AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. She was picked as one of twenty directors to participate in the Fox Global Directors Initiative and one of seven drama fellows for the apprenticeship program. Recently, Alexis was chosen for the inaugural 2016 Ryan Murphy Television’s Half Foundation Mentorship Program and subsequently directed an episode on season six of American Horror Story: Roanoke on FX.

Alexis directed “The Haircut,” starring Bailey Noble (True Blood) and Molly Quinn (Castle), which premiered at the 2014 AFI FEST. The film has been screened at over 45 film festivals internationally, garnering 12 awards. Created through AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, “The Haircut” was the recipient of the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, Creative District Grant, Impact First Films Grant, and The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors Foundation Grant. She participated as a Clinic Fellow in the 2015 Sundance Female Filmmakers Initiative Financing Intensive, and is currently developing “The Haircut” into a feature-length script.

Alexis was named a finalist with writer Dani Bailes for the ScreenCraft Short Film Fund for the screenplay “911.” Alexis and Dani had previously collaborated on the Italian/English-language short film “Bambina,” which is currently in post-production, and her short film “Ballon” is currently on the festival circuit. Additionally, Alexis has written a guest post for Indiewire: “Here’s Why Female-Driven Films Are Important Right Now.”

Alexis is attached to direct two feature films and is currently developing several projects for film and television.

Alexis is represented by Echo Lake Entertainment.

OFFICIAL SELECTION

AFI FEST World Premiere (2014)

AFI Directing Workshop for Women Showcase (2015)

American Cinematheque’s 10th Annual Focus on Female Directors Program (2015)

Rhode Island International Film Festival (2015)

Raindance Film Festival (2015)

Newport Beach Film Festival (2015)

Women Filmmakers ShortFest Hollywood Shorts (2015)

Annapolis Film Festival (2015)

Catalina Film Festival (2015)

Citizen Jane Film Festival (2015)

Seattle Shorts Film Festival (2015)

Charleston International Film Festival (2105)

Hollyshorts (2015)

Las Vegas Film Festival (2105)

Montreal World Film Festival (2015)

Burbank International Film Festival (2015)

Syracuse International Film Festival – Spring Fest (2015)

VisionFest (2015)

GI Film Festival (2015)

Albuquerque Film and Music Experience (2015)

Women’s International Film & Arts Festival (2015)

Manhattan Film Festival (2015)

Orange County Film Society Shorts Showcase (2015)

Columbia Gorge International Film Festival (2015)

#DirectedbyWomen Hollywood Shorts (2015)

Breckenridge Film Festival (2015)

Crested Butte Film Festival (2015)

Waterfront Film Festival (2015)

San Pedro International Film Festival (2015)

GI Film Festival San Diego (2015)

La Femme International Film Festival (2015)

Cabo Verde International Film Festival (2015)

Veterans Film Festival (2015)

Ojai Film Festival (2015)

GRANTS

The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors Foundation Student Production Grant
Creative District $5000 Grant (2014)
Impact First Films $10,000 Grant (2014)
Panavision New Filmmaker Program (2014)

AWARDS

Best U.S. Short Film – 2015 Catalina Film Festival
The Chimaera Project Best Short Film Award – 2015 Catalina Film Festival
Made In California Best Short Film Award Presented by The California Film Commission – 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival
Best Short Film by Women – 2015 Burbank International Film Festival
Best Actress – 2015 Burbank International Film Festival
1st Prize Soldiers and Sacrifice Award – 2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival

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A Festival Favorite

The Sad Sea

1 min.

A natural and sober visual description about one of the most inspiring and enigmatic landscapes of the Earth. The sea becomes a symbol of the absolute, a dubious reality located on the threshold of reality and fantasy, between the conscious and the unconscious.

CREDITS

  • Javier Rodes Sillué
    Director
     
  • Oriol Rafel
    Key Cast
    Narrator

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Director Biography

Javier Rodes is a creative producer from Mequinenza, Spain. He has dedicated the past several years to cinematographic production and culture management. He has developed his films in the field of documentary and fiction winning some national and international prizes. He is always looking for small stories to tell through any audiovisual format.

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A Festival Favorite

Concurrence

Drama

4:20mins.

In the final moments before an apocalyptic catastrophe, six people come to terms with their impending doom.

CREDITS

Tom Cassese
Director
Tom Cassese
Writer
Evan Crochet
Writer
Erik Freitas
Writer
Joseph Rocco Plescia
Writer
Jenna Scardino
Writer
Tom Cassese
Producer
Evan Crochet
Producer
Erik Freitas
Producer
Joseph Rocco Plescia

Producer

http://tomcassese.com/

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The Greatest Show on Earth from Alyssa Lakota on Vimeo.

A Festival Favorite

The Greatest Show on Earth

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Alyssa Lakota

DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, WRITER

 

Thus far, life has presented a very colorful palette! I ran away with the circus to Japan, danced in elephant dung (it helped with pirouettes), traveled several months to our National Parks collecting and documenting stories while camping and exploring everywhere visited. I was a high shooter with an M-16 rifle out of 175 people (and I don’t like guns). I took part in an Olympic Distance Triathlon to benefit people afflicted with Leukemia or Lymphoma, and I’m scared of water. I enjoy confronting my fears, living my dreams, and trusting that I will land on my feet – or my bum.  

As a little girl I wanted to be a veterinarian and a musician. I had a habit of bringing home every stray, injured wild animal, and sometimes someone’s pet because they looked sad and I thought they needed some extra attention.  

Currently, I am the Production Director and a DJ at THE POINT RADIO STATION where I have the pleasure of producing and editing commercials and public service announcements for broadcast. I picked up a VAB award for Best PSA – 911 Text Messaging Service for Verizon. You can check out my show from 3-7pm EST to listen live. You can stream online, too. In my own words, “Tune in. Tune out. Just don’t pass out.” 

I founded LAKOTA FILMS, LLC to provide a home for my independent creative work as well as to support the work of other artists. IT’S ALL RELATIVE screened at Woods Hole Film Festival in 2010. FREE TO GOOD HOME, a short doc

I worked as a Production Assistant on THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES as well as in their sound department, a wonderful film directed by Derek Cianfrance, starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendez. I worked as Assistant to Director, Rob Schmidt on THE ALPHABET KILLER starring Eliza Dushku and Timothy Hutton. Additionally, I was the Production Coordinator and Editor for Morphogenix, producing the PBS broadcast of REAL MOMS, REAL STORIES, REAL SAVVY and recipient of a Telly Award for FERTILE HOPE. I worked with several people as an Executive Assistant Floater at MTV NETWORKS to former Co-President and COO of Viacom International, Tom Freston; Former Chairman of MTVN, Herb Scannell; President of Network Development MTVN, John Sykes, COO of MTVN International, Alex Ferrari, and President of MTV, Christina Norman. And, I had the great fortune to be a Personal Assistant to KATHERINE HELMOND of Who’s the Boss, SOAP, Coach, and many other shows. 

 

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Tim Joy

EDITOR, SOUND EDITOR, DIGITAL EFFECTS

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– I grew up wanting to be a rock star. Playing music and listening to others play was my passion. Everything from Jazz, Classical, and Reggae; to Rock, Electronic, and Funk. Although I did lead a band for a few years, it was the audio engineering side of that excited me most. 

After high school I ventured to Hollywood and studied Music, Theater, and Audio Engineering. For six years, I served as studio tech and recording engineer for composer, Joel Goldsmith, most known for scoring the TV series, Stargate SG-1. Under his wing I honed my skills as recording engineer, composer, and computer tech.  

In 2001, I founded Projection Films and began making short films, working as a production sound mixer and boom operator, and flying model helicopters with cameras strapped to them. After relocating to Vermont in 2007 I have produced and directed over 15 short films, made dozens of videos, commercials, and graphic animations, while continuing to compose music and work as an audio engineer. 

As an amateur machinist and hobby inventor I enjoy designing and building new filmmaking tools and “flying cameras”. I created a 3-axis gyro-stabilized gimbal for aerial filming with an R/C helicopter, and have continually kept current with the exciting new filmmaking technology of the day.  

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Departed Harvest: Proof of Concept Film

Dark Comedy

35 min

After his father is murdered, a guitarist and teacher are driven to a crumbling Vermont paradise.

Using a successful Kickstarter campaign, JoDa and friends shoot in one long weekend at Luis Guzman’s house in Vermont.

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JoDa Hodge is a novelist, filmmaker and the director of the New York Film and Television Festival. He was born on Vermont’s Bean Hollow Commune near the abandoned Concord Air Force Base to a teacher and a carpenter.

After receiving degrees in English, Psychology and Communications, he rode his Harley solo cross-country and published Freedom Road, a travel memoir about the broken American Dream.

JoDa wrote a 10,669 series outline and 17 one-hour episodes of the Departed Harvest dark comedy, winning the 2011 American International and the 2011 Rhode Island Film Festival Screenplay Competitions.

Departed Harvest is a 96-page “backdoor pilot”—a feature film that doubles as a film/TV series pilot, to be shot in Vermont. JoDa polished the series with mentorship from Jacob Kreuger Studio, Larry Holden (Memento), Jerome Perzigian (Married With Children), Steve Molton (HBO) and Hawk Ostby (Iron Man).

The series gleans inspiration from several true life stories: JoDa’s friend sold his soul to a dangerous Northern California underground, trying to finance his Rock band, blended with JoDa’s Commune-Air Force Base heritage and the tragic loss of his Brother.

These allegorical stories galvanize our dystopian tale, set one week into the future, starring Navajo inspirational speaker and producer, Loren Anthony, and Assyrian-German actor, Natalie Odisho.

JoDa wrote, produced, directed, shot and edited the short Departed Harvest proof of concept film at Luis Guzman’s home in Vermont. JoDa’s beloved cat was killed by the actor’s dog and the film partnership truncated.

JoDa is currently raising his daughter and working on blueprints for his “Film Farm”—serving Indie films and fresh food all year round.

Departed Harvest Accolades

Winner 2011 Rhode Island International Film Festival

Winner 2011 american international Film Festival

Honorable Mention 2016 Colorado  International Film Festival

Quarter Finalist 2016 ScreenCraft

Finalist Creactive Film Festival

Award Winner 2011 Honolulu Film Festival

Top 10 Screenplay Beverly Hills Film Festival

Official Selection Black Bird Film Festival

Official Selection Visionara Film Festival

Official Selection Ozarks Film Festival

Official Selection Vermont Film School Film Festival

DepartedHarvest.com

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