Monday, September 26, 2016

New Jersey Drama “Bad Frank” Opens Atlantic City Cinefest

           The 9th annual Atlantic City Cinefest opens Oct. 14 at Dante Hall Theater with the East Coast premiere of “Bad Frank,” featuring Howell, New Jersey's Kevin InterdonatoTom Sizemore and last year's honoree, Brian O'Halloran, also from New Jersey. First time director, Mendham’s Tony Germinario, wrote the drama, with Red Bank's PeterDobson producing. The film, made entirely in New Jersey, centers on Frank Pierce (Interdonato), who leads a seemingly normal life as a construction worker, but when a disturbing past re-emerges and something precious is taken from him – his wife (Amanda Clayton) - his mask of sanity loosens and unearths the urge to be violent once again.
            "A kickass kidnap gripper...nastily entertaining" says in its review.
"We are very excited that `Bad Frank’ has been selected as the opening film at the AC Cinefest,” says Germinario. “`Bad Frank’ was filmed in Jersey and most of the cast and crew are Jersey Strong, so we're looking forward to being part of a great festival in our home state."
            Dobson, a former festival honoree, also stars in and produced the short, “The Demo,” which precedes “Bad Frank.” Emma Strange, a frustrated actress with a desperate need for stardom takes things into her own hands and enlists her lonely neighbor Ray Nelson (Dobson) into kidnapping Hollywood's celebrity elite to give her the greatest acting reel the town has ever seen. Ultimately they succumb to each other’s dark side and find themselves on a twisted journey to fame.
            "The Atlantic City Cinefest is one of the most prominent festivals on the East Coast," Dobson says. "It is in honor to be part of 2016 festival along with so many great filmmakers from across the country.”
The festival, which continues through Oct. 16 at Dante Hall and the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, will screen more than 50 films of all types, including the action thriller, “Changing Hands,” from Philadelphia native, Scott L. Schwartz, who played Bruiser in “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’s Twelve” and “Ocean’s Thirteen.” Schwartz will also receive a Lifesaver Award. 
“I'm still just a little ole boy from Philadelphia,” Schwartz says. “It is my pleasure and honor to be recognized by the Atlantic City Cinefest. As a child, my family used to spend summer at the Jersey Shore and now I have a chance to return in a bigger capacity than I ever imagined.”
The well-received film, “Sugar!” closes out the festival at Dante Hall on Oct. 16. "The message of believe in one's self was strong. Following one's dreams is a theme that never gets old," festival reviewer Jennifer E. Smith says.
The film stars Tony-winner, Alice Ripley and SAG-winner, Robert Clohessy, who won an award from the Cinefest in 2014 and 2015.
            Another Lifesaver Award honoree this year, Blanche Baker, will host a Saturday night screening of the cult classic, John Hughes' “Sixteen Candles.” Baker, daughter of Oscar-nominated actress Carroll Baker, plays Ginny, Molly Ringwald's older sister.
            The festival will feature plenty of regional talent. Keith Vaile returns with the feature length, “Kidnapped” and two shorts. Pat Kazanjian also returns with the feature “Odd Crows.” Rachel Albanese presents “Lost and Found.” Among other New Jersey filmmakers: Sebastian Foxworth’s three shorts; C.J. Cullen's comedy short, “Marathon Mouth,” Mark Clauberg's “Hotel,” Maurice Paramore's “The Kill Club,” Stuart Connelly’s “Bloodletting,” Donna Hernandez’ “Crossing Blood Lines” and Larry Rosen’s “Surviving the Outbreak.”
LGBT documentaries include A.J. Mattioli's “Words,” along with “Cherry’s In Season.”  “Larger than Life: A Boyband Story” and “Hang On Sloopy: The Movie” are two musical docs.
            For more details, visit Tickets are $40 for a Weekend Pass; $25 for a day pass and $5 for a single block of films. Purchase them at the door, through or through Stockton University, at

Atlantic City Cinefest celebrates the art form of independent moviemaking. The festival has hosted Kevin Smith, Terry Winter, Robert Downey, Sr., Scott Rosenfelt, William Forsythe, Dominique Swain and Brian O'Halloran during the first eight years. Presented by Downbeach Film Festival, the Cinefest shows movies at Dante Hall Theater, 14 N. Mississippi Avenue and the Noyes Arts Garage, 2200 Fairmount Avenue. Both venues are managed by Stockton University. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Film Director Bruno Pischiutta and Producer Daria Trifu Make History

the 5th annual edition of the most important and renown nonviolent film festival in the world that was founded and it is being organized by film director Bruno Pischiutta and film producer Daria Trifu since 2012. The Festival is Brasov International Film Festival & Market. Today, the two founders are making film and internet history by bringing the Festival on-line exclusively and allowing, for the first time, the world viewers to enjoy all the selected films from the comfort of their homes.

Out of +8,000 film festivals worldwide, this one is at the vanguard of them all. Pischiutta and Trifu have not only achieved their goal of bringing nonviolent film to the widest audience possible but they have further reached an extraordinary result by breaking the standard used by film festivals from generations.

This year, the Festival showcases 21 selected feature films, documentaries and shorts between September 1 - 11. The Festival is now live on its Vimeo On Demand Channel here:

"We are sure that our system will start to be used by many festivals in the coming years but we are proud to be able to say that we did it first and therefor be a part of history. This is now marked in stone and will stay with us forever." - Says the Director of the Festival, Daria Trifu

The Festival has been recognized by the IMDB and all the awards handed each year are published. Visit the Festival's IMDB profile:

Brasov International Film Festival & Market is owned and organized by Global Film Studio Inc.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pandamoon Publishing Sells Motion Picture Rights to Sleeperwave Films for LOOKING INTO THE SUN

Pandamoon Publishing is pleased to announce that Sleeperwave Films of San Francisco, California, has purchased the film rights for LOOKING INTO THE SUN, the bestselling novel of the Syrian conflict by Pandamoon author Todd Tavolazzi. Sleeperwave Films intends to produce the film as an independent major motion picture.

"Every day, we see new stories in the headlines about the ongoing tragedies faced by civilian Syrians and their innocent children. LOOKING INTO THE SUN provides an up-close and personal view into what's really happening in that hot spot from someone who knows. Author Todd Tavolazzi based his novel on his own observations while serving as an operational planner to the U.S. Sixth Fleet. In that capacity, Todd and the rest of his group were particularly interested in developments in Syria since their area of responsibility included the territorial waters of Syria's Mediterranean coast. During his research, he became appalled at the deteriorating situation in Syria and particularly its effect on Syrian civilians caught up in the violence," stated Zara Kramer, Publisher of Pandamoon Publishing.

When asked why he wrote LOOKING INTO THE SUN, Todd Tavolazzi said, "Videos of the innocent children who were being shot, starved, gassed, or blown up drove me to write the book. My focus in LOOKING INTO THE SUN was intentionally narrow. I had three simple goals: (1) raise widespread awareness of the sacrifices and risks freelance journalists take to bring us the stories the mass media machine doesn't seem to have time for, (2) acknowledge the ongoing child suffering in Syria since November 2011 and, most importantly, (3) remind the average person that there are credible and effective ways to help these innocent children."

"While LOOKING INTO THE SUN has achieved bestseller status, we knew that we needed a broader reach to shed more light on this subject. Taking this story to the big screen gives us the opportunity to get it in front of a much larger audience. We couldn't be more proud to partner with Eric J. Adams and his team at Sleeperwave Films. An award-winning feature film production company, Sleeperwave Films focuses on films that are socially relevant, our perfect partner to bring this story to life for audiences everywhere," Kramer added.

"LOOKING INTO THE SUN is that rare story that combines emotional resonance, commercial potential, and the opportunity to spotlight an important issue. With his inside view of the Syrian conflict, Tavolazzi takes us on a heartfelt journey of spellbinding veracity. We look forward to working with Todd to bring his vision to the screen," said Adams.

All three partners in this endeavor (Pandamoon Publishing, Author Todd Tavolazzi, and Sleeperwave Films) are so committed to helping the Syrian children that all have agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds of this joint venture to Save the Children, the most important organization providing real relief in the area. Together, we strive to provide Syrian children (and all suffering refugee children throughout the world) the tangible, loving care they need and deserve.

Pandamoon Publishing focuses on publishing quality and unique fiction works and distributes them through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Ingram, as well as other book distributors and bookstores worldwide, including Powell's and Books-A-Million. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Pandamoon Publishing is dedicated to growing good ideas into great reads…one book at a time. Review copies of our books are available to journalists and qualified reviewers through our media contact. Learn more at

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

“Ocean’s Eleven” Co-star Scott L. Schwartz Screens Directorial Debut

How many actors get to beat up George Clooney on film? OK. So the plot called for Bruiser - Scott L. Schwartz' character in Ocean's Eleven - to fake the punches. But he did land one which Clooney's Danny Ocean didn't expect.

Schwartz reprised his small role of Bruiser in the two subsequent Ocean films, which also starred Brad Pitt and a cast of celebrated character actors. But it's the Philadelphia native's directorial debut with “Changing Hands” which brings him to this year's Atlantic City Cinefest, which runs Oct. 14 to 16. In addition to screening “Changing Hands,” Schwartz will receive the Lifesaver Award for achievement in film.

An action thriller, “Changing Hands” tells the story of a gun, and the path it takes on its journey through different hands. From stolen roots, to unscrupulous trades, to robberies and assaults, this film follows the twists and turns of the travels of the gun.
"Working on `Ocean's Thirteen,’ I helped Steven Soderbergh overcome a problem in filming and he said to me, 'you should direct. You would make a great director,'" said Schwartz, who also wrote the script and co-stars. "When Soderbergh tells you that you should do something, you listen to him."

Directing a film was a total learning experience, he said. "Without of the help of my friend and colleague Michael Candelori, I would have been totally lost. In virtually every scene, he educated me in the art of film making." The visit to Atlantic City will be like coming home as he often frequented the shore growing up.

Schwartz grew up in Northeast Philadelphia. After college he became a professional wrestler, trained by Walter "Killer" Kowalski. He wrestled initially as Giant David, and later changed his name to Joshua Ben-Gurion -The Israeli Commando. He wrestled in Japan, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, American and Western Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Guam, Hawaii as well as 40 states and every province in Canada.  

"I never wanted to be an actor," he said.  While wrestling in California, he was approached by an agent who had seen him wrestle on television. He told him he thought he should try acting.  He did.  Because of his size, agility, ability to carry out dialogue, and mean looks, Scott got a lot of roles as a bad guy. In addition to the three Ocean movies, Schwartz appeared in “Fun with Dick and Jane,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Scorpion King,” “Spider-Man,” “Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas” and “Fire Down Below.” A bunch of TV shows, too. To find out more about “Changing Hands,” visit

During Scott's free time, he visits children's hospitals throughout the world, signing autographs, posing for photos. He focuses on children with life threatening illnesses. His interest began in 1998 when Scott lost his sister Beth to lung cancer.  At that time doctors told him that a happy, upbeat attitude of the patient is a key factor in battling this tragic disease. More on that can be found at

The 9th annual Atlantic City Cinefest will present more than 50 feature, short and documentary films. The film festival will serve up a mix of comedy, drama, horror and science fiction, many from New Jersey filmmakers.
As with last year, films will be screened in the resort's Arts District at Dante Hall Theater and the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, both on Mississippi Avenue.
The festival opens with the East Coast premiere of “Bad Frank,” starring Howell, New Jersey's Kevin Interdonato, Tom Sizemore and last year's honoree, Brian O'Halloran, also from New Jersey. First time director, Mendham’s Tony Germinario, wrote the drama, with Red Bank's Peter Dobson producing. The film, made entirely in New Jersey, centers on Frank Pierce, who leads a seemingly normal life, but when a disturbing past re-emerges and something precious is taken from him, his mask of sanity loosens and unearths the urge to be violent once again.
Dobson stars in and produced the short, “The Demo,” which precedes “Bad Frank.”
For more details, visit Tickets are $40 for a Weekend Pass; $25 for a day pass and $5 for a single block of films. Purchase them at the door, through or through Stockton University. Ticket go on sale by mid-month.

Atlantic City Cinefest celebrates the art form of independent moviemaking. The festival has hosted Kevin Smith, Terry Winter, Robert Downey, Sr., Scott Rosenfelt, William Forsythe, Dominique Swain and Brian O'Halloran during the first eight years. Presented by Downbeach Film Festival, the Cinefest shows movies at Dante Hall Theater, 14 N. Mississippi Avenue and the Noyes Arts Garage, 2200 Fairmount Avenue. Both venues are managed by Stockton University.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

'Wild Faith' Film Bringing on the Grit

"Wild Faith" is an action/drama set a handful of years following the Civil War. The film is set solidly in the western genre but producers have referred to the film as a midWestern. The characters face many of the same struggles that western pioneeers faced but this all unfolds in the heavily forested wilds of Michigan.

Last week Collective Development Inc. (CDI) announced the casting of Lana Wood (The Searchers) and Melissa Anschutz (Ashes of Eden), bringing some beauty and grace to the screen. This week it was announced that two new actors were joining the cast.

First is Austin Two Feathers, who made a powerful presentation in the company's previous foray into the western genre "Dean Teaster's Ghost Town" as Copperhead, a bodyguard for the town mayor. He can also be seen as a bounty hunter in "The Hunt of Lincoln's Assassin" TV movie. He will play one of the films antagonist bringing his unique intensity.

Joining him is fellow 'Ghost Town' legend Robert Bradley - He performed at Maggie Valley, NC - 'Ghost Town in the Sky' theme park for decades with multiple stars from the western genre. He also co-starred in the feature film "Dean Teaster's Ghost Town" playing Cherokee friend Jim Jumper. He now will join the "Wild Faith" cast also playing one of the films antagonist.

Cameras are set to roll in October 2016 with the film releasing in the fall of 2017.

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