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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July 2015

Wishing you a very happy 4th of July from all of us at the Daily Film Forum


Friday, July 3, 2015

Comcastro Podcast: Zombie with a Shotgun - An Insider Look at Publishing with Hilton Ariel Ruiz announced today the release of an interview with Hilton Ariel Ruiz, creator of the comic book and movie Zombie with a Shotgun. The interview reflects on the popularity of the webseries and ponders the value of dark storytelling. Listeners learn about Hilton Ariel Ruiz's new comic book, get an insider take on the publishing world, and briefly detour through past work, comic books, video games, and Spiderman.

Comcastro is a geek culture podcast talk show that brings listeners conversation, humor, and inspiration from special guests discussing entertainment, technology, business, food, sports, and political theory. Practical, philosophical, brutal, and absurd, the Comcastro podcast series features an exchange of ideas from engaging entertainers, business leaders, innovators, community builders, and creatives - from homegrown heroes to global stars. Covering topics such as virtual reality, alternate reality games, video games, comedy, music, comic books, startups, government, and law, the podcast takes listeners on a journey inside the minds of builders and creators, offering not only a glimpse into the creative process or a view into their work but an opportunity to get to know these great minds casually for who they really are.

"The special guests on Comcastro podcast are some of the most interesting people in the world. We offer a conversational talk show podcast where you can hear their voices, thoughts, reflections, and stories in a casual discussion setting that feels like our guests are in your own living room," said Demi Pietchell Newell, Producer of the Comcastro podcast series and blog and Founder / CEO of integrated marketing agency Mixed Media Fusion, Inc. "During this exciting and pivotal time in audio with the emergence of some of the best podcasts in the history of the form, we are thrilled to support new ways for our guests to engage with their audiences."

Episodes featuring Local Three chef Chris Hall, Krista Miller of Atlanta Eats, live performance artists The Tortuga Twins, Wrapped in Plastic: Twin Peaks author Andy Burns, Hollywood character actor Geoffrey Gould, the creators of the television series Dream Writers, virtual reality collective ATLvr, alternate reality game producers ARchimeral, EQO, Matthias Young of The Fury, Kevin Gillese of BaconFest, Marshall Chiles of Laughing Skull Festival, the Sherlock Holmes 221B Con, and many more, are available now. Upcoming segments include interviews with Howard Bloom, Neal Goldsmith, Rob London, Dave Sheridan, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Jacopo della Quercia, and James Kahn.

The Comcastro podcast can be found on iTunes and Stitcher. The official website for the Comcastro podcast and blog are located at

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"King of the Roadies" Documentary Launched Kickstarter Campaign for Completion

“Ben has become a living legend. Countless stars would not have shined without him." - Willie Nelson

"The way you can tell if a musician is any good is if he's worked with Ben Dorcy." - Kinky Friedman

"Big Ben’s a living legend and he will outlive us all.” - Waylon Jennings

KING OF THE ROADIES is a feature length documentary about Benjamin Holladay Dorcy lll aka "Lovey", the world's oldest and, by most accounts, first roadie ever. Willie Nelson will narrate this counter-culture tale of  Dorcy's life on the road and the brotherhood that sustains him.  The film has been in production for the past ten years and is now part of a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign that aims to raise funds necessary to complete the film.  The Kickstarter campaign launched May 19, 2015 to coincide with Ben’s 90th birthday.

Directors Trevor Doyle Nelson and Amy Nelson, Willie's grand nephew, and youngest daughter, respectively, offer an inside perspective to Ben; the man, the legend, and the eldest of the tribe.  Amy explains  “He has no living relatives, yet he is the patriarch of a family of artists, and fellow roadies who love him dearly. They call him ‘Lovey’ And he calls them ‘Lovey’. Despite all odds, he shows up to work on tour after tour after tour."

The film explores Ben's perseverance through rejection of societal limitations and revisits the six decades of show business that he helped to shape, including his time spent working with John Wayne, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash,  Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and many more.  Johnny Bush, Kinky Friedman, Jack Ingram and Jamey Johnson are  some of the artists who will be in the film sharing anecdotes and insights on this living legend whose story has never been told.

KING OF THE ROADIES is nearing the post production phase.  The funds allocated through the Kickstarter platform will be used to expedite completion of the film. To contribute to this historic documentary project, visit  and follow the link to Kickstarter.  Contributions are tied to exclusive rewards at varied monetary levels; the campaign concludes on the evening of June 20, 2015.

A portion of the Kickstarter fund and proceeds from the completed film will go to Ben's retirement fund.   For more information about the film, visit

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Best Selling Author Leo Sullivan Book Life Without Hope Headed for the Big Screen

In an increasingly platitudinous urban market, it is almost invigorating to find a writer bold enough to tell original stories. Best Selling Urban Fiction Author Leo Sullivan’s first hit novel,  “Life Without Hope”, tells a tumultuous tale of two unlikely souls intertwining. Inspired in part by his own experiences, “Life Without Hope” delivers riveting impressions of passions and perils. The novel has now sold close to a million copies; domestic, and international. With reader reviews averaging 5 stars, and urging an encore, Leo Sullivan makes the bold decision to bring “Life Without Hope” to film.

In the dramatic mega-hit novel, Life Thugstin's character engages in a night of passionate lust with an ambitious young law student named Hope while on the run from police. Years go by, and life grows on for them both; Life achieving new ranks as a drug kingpin, and Hope a U.S. states attorney. The two meet again in a place even more unlikely than the first; a court of law. Tapping into the taboo reality of opposites attracting, Life and Hope's story is filled with torn love, sex, drugs, and the ultimate betrayal.

Life Without Hope is now in pre-production; casting all ethnic backgrounds in Atlanta, and Miami. Join Writer Leo Sullivan, and Director Miche Collins, as they bring this urban love story to the big screen.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

David Drake, Panelist at the 2015 NYC Film, Finance & Tech Summit

Investment managers, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, tech and film entrepreneurs, mobile developers, bankers, tech bloggers and other professionals in the film and tech industries attended the New York City Film, Finance and Tech Summit. This one day event took place on 20 May 2015 in New York City. The summit focused on latest trends and challenges in the film and tech industries. It also provided the participants  the opportunity to meet other professionals and network with potential future business collaborators and partners. The event enhanced productive relationships among attendees and provide unbiased insights on financing film projects as well as attendees' topical knowledge and understanding of the film and tech industries.

David Drake (, Chairman of  Victoria Global, The Soho Loft Media Group, and LDJ Capital says, "Crowdfunding is about tapping ‘the ask’ as in the case of Amanda Palmer, a musician who launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Amanda created an opportunity for her fans to download her songs for 1 dollar. Within a month, she had 24,000 backers and raised 1.1 million dollars. So, crowdfunding is about extending ‘the ask’ and getting fans to respond. Crowdfunding is ideal for artists and filmmakers because it happens online, asking is free and guarantees a global reach.”

The summit agenda featured panel discussions and talks  that were followed by Question and Answer sessions. Summit attendees experienced an innovative mix of content, including topics related to Finance, Film business and Technology, to aid them in navigating the dynamic film and tech industries. For attendees looking forward to taking up active roles in film or wish to expand their current involvement in the industry, this event was low cost but high value opportunity to network with like-minded peers and learning experience valuable. Summit attendees who are aspiring or established filmmakers, seeking to raise capital for their production companies and projects, networked with angel investors and venture capitalists.

The NYC Film, Finance and Tech Summit featured a roster of highly experienced topical panelists from the finance and film industries.  David Drake served as panelist. They were:

Panel One+Q/A: Film Finance -  Bridging the Gap between Film & Finance: Making your film more valuable for investors / Alternative Funding Sources (crowdfunding?)
David Drake, Chairman of LDJ Capital, The Soho Loft Media Group and Victoria Global
Ethan Bordman, Esq., MBA, LL.M., Entertainment Attorney
Michael M. Bohlmann, CEO, Creatis

Panel Two+Q/A: Film Marketing - Who Is Your Audience, How will they engage? Tracking /Optimizing your Marketing campaign and Measuring Sentiment and Buzz around your film
Hamish Brocklebank, Chief of

Panel Three+Q/A: Film/TV/Digital Distribution -New platforms and opportunities for filmmakers and content creators
Julia Carias-Linares, TV Development & Programming at A+E/FYI
Max Einhorn, Vice President of  Acquisitions at  FilmRise

The New York City Film, Finance & Tech Summit was organized by the New York City Film & Finance Network, a Linkedin network with over 3400 members working in both finance and film industries from all parts of the world. Members of this network are interested in joining efforts to produce feature, independent film for purposes of theatrical distribution.

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