Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Celebrating 5 Years of Rahway International Film Festival

The Rahway International Film Festival (RIFF), presented by Big Dreams & Silver Screens, will open its fifth annual celebration on Friday, September 22, 2017.  The weekend of short and feature films, seminars, and discussion panels will begin at 6:30 pm with a Gala Cocktail Hour at the James Ward Mansion in Westfield, NJ. Actors Daniel Dexter, Jr. and Zayna Allen will be gracing the red carpet as the evening’s Red Carpet Correspondents, interviewing attending filmmakers and guests as they arrive.
The night’s film presentations will follow at 8:00 pm. The Opening Night Feature Film, “Life Hack,” is a humorous and cautionary tale about privacy and cyber threats in the digital age. The ensemble comedy, written and directed by Sloan Copeland, has won numerous awards including best screenplay (Brooklyn Film Festival), best film (DefCon 2017), and best story (Long Island International Film Expo). The feature will be preceded by the short film "Helping Hands," a mockumentary about the life of a film Production Assistant, written and directed by Mike Jacobson.  
Following the film screenings, there will be a Filmmakers Q&A moderated by Mahogany Reynolds, actress and founder of Just Be You Performing Arts. Filmmakers in attendance will include Sloan Copeland and Jessica Copeland, writer/director and producer/actress of “Life Hack,” and Mike Jacobson, Justin Guerrieri, and Merritt Reid, writer/director, producer, and producer/actor of “Helping Hands.”
An Opening Night After Party will be held at 10:30pm at 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, located one block from the James Ward Mansion.  The After Party will include complimentary appetizers and live musical performances by music duo, The Constant. Access to the after party is included in the Opening Night ticket price and is exclusive to RIFF attendees.
RIFF is currently offering a 10% discount for Gala Tickets using code RIFF51709 on EventBrite.
Previous articles had mentioned that Gala tickets were advance sale only.  Tickets will now be made available at the door as long as supplies last.
For the full weekend schedule, synopses and trailers for each film, and ticket information, please visit

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Glass House Distribution Gearing Up For Sweet Release With “Sugar!”

Rising indie sales company Glass House Distribution has set September 12th as the launch of festival audience fav “Sugar!”, starring multi-hyphenate musician, actress and Broadway regular Alice Ripley and the long-tenured acting veteran Robert Clohessy (The Wolf of Wall Street).

Directed & edited by Shari Berman and written by Leora Kalish, the movie showcases the singing & acting talents of Tony Award Winner Ripley as a housewife and 50+ year old piano teacher who decides to follow her lifelong dream of becoming a rock star, much to the chagrin of her husband (SAG Award Winner Robert Clohessy) who’s running for political office and her daughter (upcomer Leah Barker) who’s about to embark for college.

Produced by Robert Kalish, Blaze Kelly Coyle and Lauren Rayner P.G.A., the movie has been making the festival circuit and has already picked up a dozen accolades along the way.

"We're all meant to dream. And it means the world to me to have a story I dreamt up and eventually wrote on its way to distribution with Glass House”, said Kalish.  In addition to Glass House Distribution, Sugar Film LLC and Silver Phoenix Entertainment round out the company credits on the production.

“Sugar is a really moving film about the results of following your dreams, and it’s inspiring to know that dreams really have no age limits,” said Tom Malloy, President of Glass House Distribution. 

About Glass House Distribution

Glass House Distribution is an international sales & distribution company specializing in independent feature films, documentaries and series. Since the company’s founding less than two years ago, Glass House has grown steadily through sales & acquisitions at the markets, and has a robust slate and a prominent office secured for AFM 2017.  Most recently, Glass House’s original series Dropping the Soap received an Emmy Nomination for star Jane Lynch for Best Actress. With its simple guiding motto of “Full Transparency,” (hence the “Glass House”), as well as a high bar for quality fare, Glass House is on a course to be one of the future leading sales companies and has already generated buzz as one of the upcoming sales agencies. The Glass House team is comprised of Founder Bryan Glass and President Tom Malloy in NY, and Sales & Acquisition Executives Michelle Alexandria and Robert Deege in LA.

Friday, September 15, 2017

"Hard Times" At The 17th Annual Kings & Cowboys

Macho, Macho Birthday Men! - "The Seventeen Gun Salute" 

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Multi-platinum recording artist and American Music Award winner, Original Village People Cowboy Randy Jones and Multi Award Winning Actor Keith Collins Birthday Celebration. With the celebration of Jones's Billboard Chart Hit "HARD TIMES" With Its Official Video World-wide Premiere & Release. 

Yes folks this is happening Friday night at trendy NYC hotspot Beautique Lounge. Now we have much to say about this velvet roped affair, if you haven't been to one of these kings and cowboys events you better fasten your seatbelt. To call this the "it" party is an understatement. Jones is turning 65, releasing his new risqué video titled "Hard Times" Collins' movie "The Evangelist" has been released by Sony Pictures, in the past mini Kiss has jumped on stage, puppets have made their way, bunnies have graced the dance floor and even a wedding party has come through (William Grega & Jones). Cake has been splattered, sparklers are flowing and even a few times the Naked Cowboy himself has sang. 

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Friday night we expect nothing less as this event never disappoints. Those who are able to make it through the tight guest list will experience nightlife impresario Barry Mullineaux's beautique lounge transformed with balloons, naked cowboys and bevy of invited A-listers vibing to jones's music. Word on the street invited guests include; Drew Barrymore, Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Cumming, Cynthia Nixon, Janice Dickinson, Robert Clohessy, Mario Cantone, Billy Sample. Hard Times? Other for those not invited, I think not...

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See you at the PARTY!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Artist James Picard's Film The Dark & The Wounded Takes Top Award at New Media Film Festival

To go beneath the surface of our distracted reality and get to the root of what is really happening to us as individuals, society and as a species on the planet. By getting past our fears we can become more compassionate and understanding towards ourselves and others. Beyond fear, there truly is freedom."

James Picard's words ring true and, with the current state our world is in, are needed to be heard now more than ever. Picard's vision of The Dark and The Woundedstarted over five years ago when a close friend revealed to him that she was raped continually by her father throughout her childhood. Picard's empathy took him into the deeper realm of the human psyche, looking for answers. He soon began painting a series of artwork that focused on the darker aspects of human nature and why our personal, societal and global wounds of the past still haunt us in the present.

Eventually Picard began looking for a venue to exhibit the series, after being rejected by the main stream galleries, and found a home in some of the darkest and most wounded locations known to mankind: abandoned asylums, prisons and hospitals. He soon began booking locations all across North America and inviting guests in for midnight showings to which the response was, as Picard puts it, "…absolutely mind-altering."

Bringing this spectacular idea to life required the addition of more creative talent so Picard brought onboard renowned Hollywood composer Jeff Danna to create an awe-inspiring soundtrack and Dr. Jeff Jean to co-direct and lead as head cinematographer. Their unique and outstanding visionary skills have helped bring the live visceral event experience to film.

About James Picard: Picard has exhibited extensively in over 160 art shows throughout North America and Europe. His work has been exhibited next to Picasso, Matisse, Miro, and Warhol. Harold Town stated that Picard's talent is "rare in the art world". When Picard is not painting, he is teaching others how to paint. He has received countless awards and accolades for his work and contributions to communities throughout North America. He is currently residing in Vancouver and Los Angeles and is touring his award-winning documentary "The Dark and The Wounded" around the world.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Artist James Picard To Make Cameo Appearance in Sarah Deakin's 'Yellow'

James Picard has just wrapped filming the Sarah Deakin film Yellow, which features 42 Picard oil paintings along with James doing a cameo in the film.

Yellow follows 10 characters during one seemingly ordinary afternoon in an art gallery, but on this particular afternoon, all of these characters experience some sort of crossroads in their lives. It is about the intricacies about what it means to be human, it's about art and love, poetry and the pursuits of our own truths. A stellar cast helps bring this all to light.

Yellow is the first stand-alone film in a series of 7 that will be developed by a group of up-and-coming women directors. This film acts as the "pilot" and is produced by Bright Lights Productions.

About James Picard:  Picard has exhibited extensively in over 150 art shows throughout North America and Europe. His work has been exhibited next to Picasso, Matisse, Miro, and Warhol. Harold Town stated that Picard's talent is "rare in the art world".  When Picard is not painting, he is teaching others how to paint. He has received countless awards and accolades for his work and contributions to communities throughout North America. He is currently residing in Vancouver and Los Angeles and is touring his award winning documentary "The Dark and The Wounded" around the world.