Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Family Deception - A young Women's test of loyalty

The story of Family Deception follows an 18-year-old girl being tested by her family to prove her commitment to the family crime business and if she's worthy of taking over for her father who died. Can she prove her loyalty to the family on all levels, even putting her relationship to the test?

Zane Morrow is a film director/producer currently residing in Los Angeles after growing up in Portland, Oregon. He wishes to continue telling stories in both an artistic way and to inspire others. He has created a Indiegogo campaign to make a film with budget $2,600 for the Location & the Permits, Production Design, Art Department, Special Effects, Stunts, Catering to feed the cast and crew, the costs in Post-Production, and Marketing & Distribution (Film Festivals).

Main budget is focusing on getting the locations we need and dressing them up to add an artistic quality to the film in order for our audiences to feel like they are there in the moment. Equipment is already provided by Relativity School so it's not a huge matter to focus on within our budget. Part of the budget will go towards getting the right amount of resources to make this short feel as real as possible. Investing will also help us to spread Family Deception nationwide and internationally at film festivals, alike. You will be just as big of a part in the making of this film as our cast and crew, and we will make sure you feel included.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

9th Annual Atlantic City Cinefest Film Festival 2016 Award Winners

2016 Winners

Scott L. Schwartz
Scott L. Schwartz
2016 Lifesaver Award for Cinematic Achievement
Lifesaver Award for Cinematic Achievement Blanche Baker
Lifesaver Award for Cinematic Achievement Scott L. Schwartz

Best Supporting Actress Feature Comedy Jean Kohl Odd Crows
Best Supporting Actress Feature Action Drama Lynn Mancinelli Bad Frank
Best Supporting Actress Feature Horror Nikki Casseri Surviving the Outbreak
Best Supporting Actress Feature Drama Leah Barker Sugar!
Best Supporting Actress Short Drama Robyn Babina Moral Compass
Best Supporting Actress Short Dramedy Jennifer Cook Unexplainable

Best Supporting Actor Short Comedy Edgar Gonzalez Doctors
Best Supporting Actor Short Dramedy Jim Parrack Red
Best Supporting Actor Short Thriller, John Shea Alone
Best Supporting Actor Short Horror Charlie Way Hayes Resistance
Best Supporting Actor Feature Dramedy Chris Dyer TRI
Best Supporting Actor Feature Romantic Comedy Lawton Denis The Night We Met
Best Supporting Actor Feature Action Drama Rommel Suniga Changing Hands

Best Director Feature Comedy Pat Kazanjian Odd Crows
Best Director Feature Thriller Keith Vaile Kidnapped
Best Director Feature Horror Larry Rosen Surviving the Outbreak
Best Director Feature Drama Shari Berman Sugar!
Best Director Feature Romantic Comedy Jon Russell Cring The Night We Met
Best Director Feature Action Drama Scott L. Schwartz Changing Hands

Best New Director Short Film Sebastian Foxworth Unexplainable
Best Director Short Comedy Chris Capaci Marathon Mouth
Best Director Short Dramedy Local Rachel Albanese Lost & Found
Best Director Short Dramedy Mark Clauberg Hotel
Best Director Short Drama Kylie Garcelon Moral Compass
Best Director Short Documentary David Block Gift Horses
Best Director Feature Documentary, A.J. Mattioli Words
Best Director Short Musical Documentary Edvin Ortega Larger Than Life: A Boyband Story
Best Cinematographer Feature Drama Chase Bowman Turnabout
Best Director of Photography Feature Horror Sherry McCracken Bloodletting                                                    
Best Cinematographer Short Horror Tracy Nicole Cring Resistance
Best Cinematographer Short Drama David Tumblety Window Dressing

Best Actress Feature Thriller Becca Bishop Kidnapped
Best Actress Feature Drama Alice Ripley Sugar!
Best Actress Feature Dramedy Jensen Jacobs TRI
Best Actress Feature Comedy Sarah Joy Byington The Night We Met
Best Actress Feature Action Drama Kaylee Beth Dodson Changing Hands

Best Actress Short Dramedy Local Rosanna Consalvo-Sarto Lost & Found
Best Actress Short Comedy Anna Florence The Demo
Best Actress Short Comedy Local Tara London Doctors
Best Actress Short Dramedy Evangeline Young Red
Best Actress Short Drama Diana Durango By Blood

Best Actor Feature Action Drama Kevin Interdonato Bad Frank
Best Actor Feature Drama George Katt Turnabout
Best Actor Feature Horror Mark Barthmaeir Bloodletting
Best Actor Feature Crime Drama, Carmine Pannullo Crossing Bloodlines

Best Actor Short Dramedy Christopher Young Hotel
Best Actor Short Comedy New Jersey Kevin Connors Marathon Mouth
Best Actor Short Comedy, Peter Dobson The Demo
Best Actor Short Drama Ensemble Dan Grimaldi The Atlantic Motel
Best Actor Short Action Drama Thomas Randolph The Kill Club
Best Actor Short Drama Russ Camarda By Blood

Best Feature Drama Turnabout
Best Feature Action Drama Bad Frank
Best Feature Crime Drama Crossing Bloodlines
Best Feature Horror Bloodletting
Best Feature Dramedy TRI
Best Romance The Night We Met

Best Short Dramedy Basbousa
Best Short Action Drama The Kill Club
Best Short Dramedy New Jersey Unexplainable
Best Short Drama Window Dressing
Best Short Drama Ensemble The Atlantic Motel
Best Short Drama Student In Too Deep
Best Short Comedy The Bet
Best Animation The Family Blend!-Scoobeeman Begins   

Best Short Documentary Newark: The Comedy
Best Short Documentary The Forgotten Overbrook Hospital
Best Short Documentary Local The Great American Depression

Best Feature Documentary Land of the Legendary
Best Feature Documentary LGBT Cherry’s in Season
Best Feature Musical Documentary Hang on Sloopy: The Movie

Volunteer Award for Service to the Festival: Ursula Ryan

Screenwriting Competition Winners:
Feature Screenplay
1st: Resurrection by James Carroll
2nd: Lion of the Sea by Peter Israelson
3rd: Hell on Neptune by Robert Rogers

Short Screenplay
1st: U.S. Navy Cine-Kodak by Stephen M. Hunt
2nd: Chum by Henry P. Gravelle
3rd: The Mayflower by Shayna-Raye Funderburk   

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Aisha Tyler, Gina Torres, Wendie Malick, Connie Stevens & Kerris Dorsey To Receive Awards At 12th Annual La Femme International Film Festival Awards

 Aisha Tyler (Lupe Ontiveros Image Award) – created to celebrate actresses that have, through their characters, created roles that break against the standard images of women of multi-ethnic backgrounds. Aisha Tyler has garnered attention with her varied roles in such shows as Friends (NBC), Criminal Minds (CBS) and Archer (FX) as well as her hosting duties on The Talk and Whose Line Is It Anyway, and a thriving standup career.

She is known for being expressive and outspoken, especially about African-American culture and stereotypes, LGBT rights, and women's rights. Tyler devotes time to philanthropy, volunteering for the American Red Cross, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the International Rescue Committee.

Gina Torres (Visionary Award) – created to embody the visionary outlook on career and global forecasts with their choices in roles and projects. Torres began her onscreen career with roles on Law & Order and La Femme Nikita, and has a loyal fan following from her featured role in Joss Whedon's cult classic, Firefly. Most recently Gina starred on USA Network's hit original series, Suits, portraying the role of Jessica Pearson, which earned her an ALMA Award nomination amongst others. On the big screen, Torres is known for roles in "The Matrix Reloaded," "The Matrix Revolutions," "Jam," and "South of Pico". Gina is also a trained singer who appeared on Broadway as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls, which marked her first professional appearance and launched her into the spotlight.

Wendie Malick (Humanitarian Award) – created for actresses that successfully combine their professional career and giving back to society as a role model. Malick serves on the Board of Directors for The Environmental Media Association and The Creative Coalition, the Board of Advocates for Planned Parenthood, and the Advisory Board of The Humane Society. Wendie and her husband, Richard Erickson, additionally support a medical center in the Congo providing urgent medical services to the indigenous people.

Her role in Just Shoot Me won her an Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations that added to her noteworthy appearances, including her role as a five-time divorced former soap opera star in TV Land's hit sitcom, Hot in Cleveland, and her current role as the wealthy owner of a baseball team in Pitch. Malick's feature film credits include "Adventureland," "Confessions Of A Shopaholic," "Racing Stripes," "The American President," "The Emperor's New Groove," "Jerome," "On Edge," "Trojan Wars," "Bugsy," "A Little Sex," and "Funny About Love".

Connie Stevens (Lifetime Achievement Award) – is presented to a star to celebrate a professional life long career in entertainment. Born in Brooklyn to an Italian-Irish-American family, Connie Stevens attended Catholic boarding schools and a distinct interest in music led her to a stage. Warner Bros. launched her into stardom by signing her on for their hot detective series, "Hawaiian Eye". She also starred opposite George Burns in the sitcom "Wendy and Me". Stevens platformed her stage entertaining to headline in Las Vegas and endeared herself to the American public; but it was her role on Broadway with Neil Simon's "The Star-Spangled Girl" that won a Theatre World Award for her performance.

She continues to appear in TV shows, movies, and movies of the week. Some of Connie's credits are: "Grease 2," "Back to the Beach," "Murder, She Wrote," "The Love Boat," and "Baywatch". Connie just completed producing and directing "A Healing," a documentary dedicated to the women who served in the U.S./Vietnam conflict. "Saving Grace B. Jones" marks her feature film directorial debut.

Kerris Dorsey (Rising Star Award) – created to highlight a unique voice in an actress who is on the rise to stardom with empowering characters. Her character Bridget on "Ray Donovan" is just that. She starred in Disney's adaptation of "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," but made her TV debut at age eight as Paige Whedon on the hit ABC series, "Brothers & Sisters." It was Kerris' stand out performance in the award-winning movie "Walk the Line," alongside Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix, that showed her immense talent. Kerris' breakout feature role was in "Moneyball" with Brad Pitt. Being a singer and songwriter, she has performed on the "Moneyball" and "Alexander" soundtracks.

The Awards Show and Gala Event on October 23, 2016, starts at 7pm (Red Carpet at 6pm) at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. for more information.

LA Femme is a four-day festival that screens over 100 films, special screenings, seminars, and networking mixers. The screening and event schedule for the festival is available online at Tickets on sale: Full Access VIP Passes are at $150 for Regular Price, tickets for individual films and special screenings are $10; and single seminars are $20.

Sponsors: SAG-AFTRA National Women's Committee, (WGA) Writers Guild America West Women's Committee, The Governor's Office of Film and Entertainment State of Florida, CBS Entertainment Diversity, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Comcast NBC Universal, Dollhouse Makeup, Columbia College Hollywood, Creative Handbooks, and Food Perfected Catering.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Rahway International Film Festival Announces Opening Night Lineup and Celebration

The Rahway International Film Festival will open its fourth annual celebration on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the UC PAC’s Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts in Rahway, NJ with a complimentary cocktail hour for all of the evening’s attendees.  Cocktail Hour will begin at 6:30pm, followed at 8pm by the night’s film presentations.  The pre-show party will be catered by Nygel’s American Cuisine of Cherry Street in Rahway, NJ.  

The feature film “The Wedding Invitation,” written, directed and produced by Rainy Kerwin will be celebrated as the Opening Night Feature.  “The Wedding Invitation” is a female-driven comedy shot by an ENTIRELY FEMALE CREW.  This is a rare feat in the world of filmmaking and RIFF is proud to present this film.  It is RIFF’s mission is to present an equal ratio of films created by male and female filmmakers from around the world.

The feature will be preceded by the short films “Small Fry” a local student production, “Dear Susie” a brief romance from Italy, and the world premier of “Frame of Reference” the latest romantic comedy by festival director Gina Marie Rodriguez.

Filmmaker Rainy Kerwin will be joining all the way from California to discuss her hilarious comedy, “The Wedding Invitation.”  Filmmakers Gina Marie Rodriguez, Steven Hayet and Ian J. Keeney, the writers and director of the short film “Frame of Reference” respectively, will also be present for a Q&A Session following the film screenings.  Moderated by local artist, entrepreneur and founder of Just Be You Performing Arts, Mahogany Reynolds, RIFF’s Q&A sessions have always proven to be enlightening.

Patria Latin Bistro, located at 169 Main Street in Rahway, will host the night’s after party offering $5 drink specials and a complimentary buffet, included with the evening’s ticket price of $35.

The Fourth Annual Rahway International Film Festival will take place Friday, October 21st through Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 at the Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts in Rahway, NJ.  

About Our Sponsors:
Rahway International Film Festival’s platinum sponsors are the Union County Performing Arts Center, Patria Latin Bistro, Just Be You Performing Arts, Wizdom Media, and Hudson River Studios.

Rahway International Film festival is always accepting support. If you are interested in becoming a RIFF sponsor, please visit their webpage at

For the full lineup, more information, and synopses and trailers for each film, please visit

Monday, October 17, 2016


Rahway International Film Festival hosted the 1st Annual Rahway Film Festival Junior for New Jersey students in grades 3 through 12 on May 21, 2016.  The student film festival was a great success and the lucky winners of the “Best Film of the Festival” and “Audience Choice” awards will be honored at this year’s main Fourth Annual Rahway International Film Festival event on October 21 through October 23, 2016.

Students Izellah Montes, Kayleen Ojeda, Miguel Rodriguez, & Yamileth Tepox of Abraham Clark High School in Roselle, NJ, who were all 15-16 years old and in Grade 10 at the time, created the short film “You Are Not Alone” about the dangers of bullying.  They were the winners of the “Best Film of the Festival” at the Rahway Film Festival Junior 2016.  As part of their prize, the students will be appearing on Edison TV’s “Classic Movies with Ron MacCloskey” and will screen their film once more for the RIFF audience on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 3:15pm.  They are filming their episode of “Classic Movies with Ron MacCloskey” on October 5, 2016 with the air date yet to be determined.

Cadian McGaw Jr. of Marist High School in Bayonne, NJ, who was 15 years old and in Grade 9 at the time, took home the “Audience Choice” award for his short crime thriller, “Keeping Up with the Society Hillians: Society Hill Victims Unit.”  He too will be appearing on Edison TV’s “Classic Movies with Ron MacCloskey” and will screen his film once more on Sunday, October 23rd at 3:15pm.  He will share the episode of “Classic Movies with Ron MacCloskey” with the other winners.

Rahway Film Festival Jr. Official Selection alumns David Paris and Colin Tunney will be screening their film “Lucas, Kevin, and the Technicolor Dream Watcher” along with Corinne Antonelli’s film “Small Fry” as well.

The Fourth Annual Rahway International Film Festival will take place Friday, October 21, 2016 through Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the UC PAC’s Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts in Rahway, New Jersey.  

For the full lineup, more information, and synopses and trailers for each film, please visit  Connect with Rahway International Film Festival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for regular updates.

“Best Film of the Festival” winners, the student filmmakers of “You Are Not Alone”, Izellah Montes, Kayleen Ojeda, Miguel Rodriguez, & Yamileth Tepox of Abraham Clark High School in Roselle, NJ.  RFF Jr. -  May 21, 2016

“Audience Choice” winners, the student filmmakers and cast of “Keeping Up with the Society Hillians”, Cadian McGaw Jr., Kareem Brock, Trey Sargent, & Seth Phillip of Marist High School in Bayonne, NJ. RFF Jr.- May 21, 2016

RFF Jr. Q&A with host, Ron MacCloskey and cast and crew of “You Are Not Alone,” “Lucas, Kevin, and the Technicolor Dream Watcher,” and “Keeping Up with the Society Hillians.” RFF Jr.- May 21, 2016.

RFF Jr Official Selected Student Filmmakers with Mayor Samson Steinman of Rahway, NJ- RFF Jr. May 21, 2016.