Wednesday, October 30, 2013

BROADWAY SINGS!!

BROADWAY SINGS!
Cast Members (Jersey Boys, The Lion King, etc) to Headline

Closing Night of Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 11/11!

For the second year in a role, Broadway cast members from Jersey Boys, The Lion King, etc and non for profit group Broadway Sings for Pride alum (www.BroadwaySingsforPride.com) will headline the closing night of the 16th Annual Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival on the evening of Monday, November 11, 2013. Audiences can expect to hear live musical performances from Broadway's best! The festival brings the best in LGBT Film to the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. With feature films, documentaries, and short film programs, the festival will again be the largest LGBT art event on Long Island! The 16th Annual Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival runs from Friday November 8th to Monday November 11th.

Among the Broadway Sings for Pride alum scheduled to appear: Russell Fischer (Broadway's Jersey Boys),
Chondra L. Profit (Disney's The Lion King on Broadway), Matt Leisy (Off Broadway's The Fantasticks), Rachel Lorin (pop singer recording artist and star of the Oxygen Networks "The Next Big Thing"), and Noreen Crayton (Gospel recording artist, Rent National Tour).

The 2013 schedule provides the best films from local filmmakers and international entries. Each movie is an elaborate event, catered by Long Island’s finest restaurants and performances by local music talent and some of Broadway’s brightest stars.

Entertainment will be presented by NealB.TV (www.NealB.tv) and Broadway Sings for Pride (www.BroadwaySingsforPride.com). Broadway Sings for Pride is a recent nominee for "Most Valuable Campaign" from the New Organizing Institute. Broadway Sings For Pride is a non-for-profit organization which brings together Broadway talent and celebrities to promote LGBT equality through song. Launched in June 2011, we have received support from from Carol Channing, Channing Tatum, Nathan Lane, Joy Behar, Wendy Williams and many others! Broadway Sings for Pride is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization. Go online at: www.BroadwaySingsforPride.com or on Facebook: Broadway SingsFor Pride.

Read more about Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival: http://www.liglff.org/

Monday, October 28, 2013

2013 Downbeach Film Festival Atlantic City Cinefest Award Winners



2013 ATLANTIC CITY CINEFEST AWARD WINNERS


Best Sci Fi Feature: Insight

Best Sci Fi Short: Odessa



Best Short Drama NJ: The Devil and Red Wine

Best Short Drama: The Loss

Best Short Comedy NJ: A Leg Up

Best Short Comedy SJ: Ghost Light

Best Short Comedy: Cherchez La Femme

Best Short Drama SJ: The Spe@k Project



Best Feature Drama NJ: The Starks Coalition

Best Feature Drama: The Honour

Best Feature Drama SJ: Jersey Justice

Best Feature Comedy: Little Bi Peep



Best Documentary Feature, NJ: Remote Area Medical

Best Documentary Feature: Troupers

Best Musical Documentary: Unforgettable Fire

Best Documentary Feature, Foreign-Based: La Mia Strada



Best Documentary Short, Sandy: Life After Sandy

Best Documentary Short, NJ: Keep Punching

Best Documentary Short: From Batey to Baseball: The Amaury Telemaco Story



Best Director Documentary Feature: On Your Mark, Get Set, MOW!

Best Director Documentary Short: Unforgettable Fire



Best Writing Short: Susan Hippen, The Organizer

Best Writing Feature: Merik Tadros, Behind the Horror



Best Actress Short Drama: Emma Rae Johnson, The Painted Girl

Best Actress Short Comedy: Alexa Ditaranto, The Family Business



Best Ensemble: The Spe@k Project



Best Animation: Soccer Dad



Best Actor Short Comedy: Bruce Curless, Ghost Light

Best Actor Short Comedy: R.J. Lewis, Beyond Belief

Best Actor Short Drama: Jonny Lee, Distant Places



Best Director Short Comedy: Kent Green, Ernie Rockelman, Ghost Light

Best Director Short Drama: Robert Haines, A Christmas to Remember



Best Ultra Short Drama: Appearances

Best Ultra Short Comedy: Say Something



Best Director Feature Drama: Harris Haith, The Starks Coalition

Best Director Feature Drama, NJ: Tony Picciotti, The Honour

Best Director Feature Comedy: Jon Russell Cring, Anna Shields, Little Bi Peep



Best Actress Feature Comedy: Anna Shields, Little Bi Peep

Best Supporting Actress Feature Comedy: Leigh Strimbeck, Little Bi Peep*



Best Actor Feature Drama: Harris Haith, The Starks Coalition

Best Actor Feature Drama, NJ: Keith Collins, Gravedigger



Best Actress Feature Drama: Blanche Baker, Jersey Justice

Best Actress Feature Drama, NJ: Daria Berenato, The Honour



Best Thriller Feature: The Ascent

Best Thriller Feature, NJ: Gravedigger



Best Supporting Actor Feature Drama: Dan Sheynin, The Honour

Best Supporting Actress Feature: Eve Lora, The Starks Coalition



Best Horror: The Jersey Devil

Best Comedy Horror Short: Ghost Light

Best Comedy Horror Feature: Behind the Horror



Best Actor Horror Film: Dan Myers, Behind the Horror.

Best Actress Horror Film: Caitlin Fletcher, Jersey Devil



Newcomer Award: Josh Green and Sam Katz, Insight



Special Projects: Sex Abuse on College Campus



Best Canadian Film: Un Fils



Best Romance Short: Bursting the Bubble



Best Foreign Film: Varanas



Best Horror Short: Nightingale



Best Mystery: Credence



Most Inspirational Film: Driving Blind



LIFE SAVER AWARD: Dominique Swain



FOUNDER AWARD: Barbara Berman

FOUNDER AWARD: Joelle Sokolic

FOUNDER AWARD: Nichole Kilpatrick



Short Script Winners

1. Tyrannosaurus Sex - Ron Podell

2. Wish You Were Here - Austin Kase

3. Soup Kitchen - Gregory Graham



Feature Script Winners

1. Scarlett Sunshine - Faith Brody Patane

2. Identical Opposites - Kevin Howard

3. Time and Space - Steven Prowse

3. The Plumber - Jeffrey Ryback





Friday, October 25, 2013

Paranormal Whactivity Horror Comedy Spoof

The Notice Network announced today it plans to host the official DVD release and Halloween pre-party for “Paranormal Whacktivity,” a comedy horror spoof created and released by Hollywood Productions.


The Notice Network will host the official release party of “Paranormal Whacktivity” with Hollywood Productions President and Producer Max Davids. To celebrate the release of this comedy horror spoof, guests are invited to join The Notice Network and Whacktivity producers in full costume at Hollywood Station at W Hollywood from 8-11 p.m. Celebrities and entertainment professionals from all aspects of the industry are slated to attend, including film, television, fashion, music and sports.

Guests will get a preview of the highly anticipated “Paranormal Whacktivity” DVD directed by Roger Roth. In addition to being a release party, the event will serve as a pre-Halloween celebration, including an orange carpet and VIP lounge. Guests will dress in their best Halloween attire and be invited to network with local, regional, and nationally known executive producers, producers, filmmakers, writers, directors, crew and talent with network and feature film credits.

The Notice Network is an entertainment business network, featuring successful business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs. The Notice Network hosts exclusive “by invitation only” events which give members an opportunity to socialize, network and expand their business within a like-minded crowd.

Hollywood Productions (HPL) functions like a traditional film production company that produces films, TV projects and entertainment events. HPL utilizes established resources and connections to select, package, produce, market and distribute films and TV shows. HPL's primary goal is to produce a slate of high quality films that are both entertaining and profitable.



Friday, October 18, 2013

MOVIE SPOTLIGHT- "GRAVEDIGGER"

Keith Collins & Doug Bollinger

Jeff Quinlan, Joseph Pepitone, Billy Sample, Katelyn Pearce, John Stoerback, Angela Sharp, Keith Collins, Joe Sernio, Annette Dziamba, Jim McKeown

Billy Sample, Angela Sharp, Keith Collins, Katelyn Pearce, John Stoerback

Revenge. Corruption. Violence. Sex. Murder. The new independent film Gravedigger covers all these slasher film necessity and does it better than the current horror fare I have seen. I recently attended the World Premiere of Gravedigger at the Golden Nugget Grand Showroom Theater in Atlantic City, NJ as part of the 2013 Downbeach Film Festival Atlantic City Cinefest and was shocked by the outcome of this film. Really didn’t expect to be drawn into the story and wanting more. The Acting was superb.

The best thing about Gravedigger is it keeps you guessing. The actual “Gravedigger” can be a number of characters from the film and the end provides you with a twist you will not see coming. Director Doug Bollinger (Waltzing Anna) moves the story along, leaving no slow moments in this film. The script written by Billy and Joseph Pepitone (Stuck in the Middle) is tight and filled with suspense as well as several gory scenes. The film was shot through the eye of Brandon Ruckdashel (Co-Ed Confidential) who gives it and intense spooky feel. The soundtrack is as good as any horror film I have seen. Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of Guns and Roses provided the musical score and his blazing guitar solos are as scary as the film itself. With the music alone I’d have to give this film an overall 3 ½ stars out of 4.

Produced and starring Keith Collins, Gravedigger recently won big at the Downbeach Film Festival in Atlantic City, taking home Best Thriller and Best Actor for Collins.


“Gravedigger” Directed by, Doug Bollinger (“Waltzing Anna”). Produced by, Keith Collins. Executive Producers John Stoerback, Michael Levine & Jeff Quinlan (“Bare Knuckles”). Co-Executive Producer Brandon Ruckdashel. Line Producer Theresa Galeani. Written by, Joseph & Billy Pepitone. STARRING:: Keith Collins (“Stuck in the Middle”,”The Meat Puppet”), Brandon Ruckdashel (“Co-Ed Confidential”), Jim McKeown, Angela Sharp, John Stoerback (“The Next Vigilante”), Katelyn Pearce, Rachel Barrer WITH Billy Sample (“Former NY Yankee”) AND Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (“Guns N’ Roses”). Alongside a well-rounded cast with many special appearances Including: Jim Leyritz (Former “NY Yankee”), Brian McRae (Former “NY Met”,”KC Royals”), Annette Dziamba (“The Apprentice”,”Playboy”), Gregg Valentino (TLC’s “The Man Whose Arms Exploded”), Gervase Peterson (“Survivor, Season One”), Emilio Masella (Oxygen’s “Love Games”), Gary Garver (“formerly from the Howard Stern Show”), Mark Pinkhasovich ( NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”), April Hunter (“WCW”, ”TNA”), Anastasia Smith (“NY Majesty Lingerie Football League”), Theresa Galeani (“Cross the Line”, “I am Legend”), Joe Sernio (“All My Children”), Cindy Fox (“The Naked Cowgirl”), Celebrity Photographer Steve Mack, Adam (“Speed bag Scissorhands”) Salomon.



For more on the film check out their official Facebook Page
www.Facebook.com/GravediggerTheMovie

 
 photo credit: Steve Mack

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

2013 Terror Film Festival Official Selections


2013 OFFICIAL FILM SELECTIONS
  
BOUQUET OF CONSEQUENCE
Directed by Travis Lupher
Produced by Travis Lupher

CAESAR AND OTTO'S DEADLY CHRISTMAS
Directed by David Campfield
Produced by David Campfield, Joe Randazzo

DARK ROOM
Directed by Rony Patel
Produced by Rony Patel

DAY OF THE SPECTRE
Directed by Chris Peters
Produced by Chris Peters

DEBEAKED
Directed by Domenic Migliore
Produced by Phil Cagen

DUST JACKET
Directed by Kenneth Miller
Produced by Kenneth Miller

FALLOUT CHRONICLES: PART 2
Directed by John T. Fisher
Produced by John T. Fisher

FIVE MILES STRAIGHT AHEAD
Directed by King Jeff
Produced by King Jeff, Gorio, Mike T. Lyddon

FOUNDATIONS
Directed by Shane Pantellas
Produced by Shane Pantellas

GIRL AT THE DOOR
Directed by Colin Campbell
Produced by Matt Ima

GRASSHOPPER!
Directed by Ryan Roy, Michael Usry
Produced by Michael Usry

JACK ATTACK
Directed by Antonio Padovan, Bryan Norton
Produced by Joseph Zaso, Lucia Bellini

KILL SWITCH
Directed by Michael Chrisoulakis
Produced by  Michael Chrisoulakis, Robert Gadsbey

KILLER KART
Directed by James Feeney
Produced by Andrew Fairbank

KINGDOM OF SHADOWS
Directed by Kevin Corcoran
Produced by Kevin Corcoran, Jeanne Benzel

MAID OF HORROR
Directed by Caitlin Koller
Produced by Caitlin Koller, Lachlan Smith

MORTAL REMAINS
Directed by Christian Stavrakis, Mark Ricche
Produced by Mark Ricche, Christian Stavrakis
NIGHTMARE
Directed by Simon Chong
Produced by Simon Chong

NOVR
Directed by Geoff O'Rourke
Produced by Martin Thomas, Shane Ronan

RAINBOW'S END
Directed by Matthew Byrne
Produced by Declan Ryan, Laura Rosaly

READY OR NOT
Directed by John Scar
Produced by Jessica Manherz

RED SAND: A MASS EFFECT FAN FILM
Directed by Caleb Evans
Produced by Paul DeNigris, Samantha Hammond

SEARCHING SERENITY
Directed by Rustin Rogers
Produced by Rustin Rogers

SMILE
Directed by Kyle Bashford, Liam Bashford
Produced by Liam Bashford, Kyle Bashford

SULFURIC
Directed by Jeff Brown
Produced by Jeff Brown, Matthew Yeager

TEA TIME
Directed by Leslie Anne Lighton, Veronica Kegel-Giglio
Produced by David Von Roehm, Norman Macera, Ningun Films

THE DEVIL'S SNARE
Directed by Jennifer Nicole Stang
Produced by Jennifer Nicole Stang

THE DOCTOR
Directed by Richard Marra
Produced by Gordon Hanovicj, Naoya Wantanabe

THE LEGEND OF OLD NAPPY LE PUBE
Directed by Zac Miller
Produced by Zac Miller, David Nehls

THE VISITANT
Directed by Jon Binkowski
Produced by Jon Binkowski

WITHIN
Directed by Peter Bean, Erick Claux
Produced by Peter Bean


www.terrorfilmfestival.net

Monday, October 14, 2013

2013 Toronto After Dark Film Festival Official Selections

Toronto After Dark Film Festival, one of the world’s leading showcases of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult movies, is thrilled to officially unveil its complete lineup and schedule for 2013 featuring 20 incredible screenings over nine nights this Oct 17-25, 2013! Included in the lineup are some of the most eagerly anticipated new genre films from the international film festival circuit. In total 19 new horror, sci-fi, action and cult feature films will screen either their World, North American, Canadian or Toronto Theatrical Premieres exclusively at the festival’s 8th Annual Edition at the exciting new venue of the Scotiabank Theatre in the heart of the city’s downtown.




Fans can also look forward to a collection of 28 fantastic short films, a number of visiting filmmakers in attendance for Q&A’s at screenings, nightly Pub After Dark social events, and of course Zombie Appreciation Night where those who dress as the undead, enjoy a discount on tickets! The festival’s popular All-Access Passes are already on sale, while single tickets will be available for fans to buy to individual screenings from Thurs, Oct 3 when more in-depth film profile pages are also posted on the festival website. For Now Read on, for a brief look at this year’s exciting lineup! Please Feel free to post about the lineup and films on Facebook and Twitter including the newly created official hashtag for the 2013 Festival #TADFF13 !



THE COMPLETE 19 FEATURES ANNOUNCED!



THURS, OCT 17 (OPENING NIGHT)



7.00 PM: WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (USA) Toronto Premiere & Opening Gala Film!

A critically acclaimed new horror thriller from award-winning filmmaker Jim Mickle (STAKELAND) about a cannabalistic family trying to keep their blood-thirsty habits a secret from their fellow townspeople. Trailer



9.30 PM: BOUNTY KILLER (USA) Toronto Premiere!

MAD MAX meets THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY in this thrill-packed sci-fi actioner about duelling rival bounty hunters in a post-apocalyptic Earth wasteland. Co-stars REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA’s Alexa Vega and TERMINATOR 3’s Kristanna Loken. Trailer



FRI, OCT 18 - Bug Night!



7.00 PM: BIG ASS SPIDER! (USA) Toronto Premiere!

In this crowd-pleasing monster action comedy, when a giant spider threatens to destroy the city of Los Angeles, its up to a low-level bug exterminator (HEROES’ Greg Grunberg) to try and save the day. Co-stars Ray Wise (REAPER, TWIN PEAKS) Trailer



9.30 PM: EEGA (INDIA) Toronto Premiere!

An absolutely amazing, action-packed, dark fantasy movie from India, about a murdered man who gets reincarnated as a fly and sets out to have his revenge upon the evil crime lord that slayed him. Trailer



SAT, OCT 19



4.15 PM: SHORTS AFTER DARK - International Shorts!

A collection of 9 amazing new horror, sci-fi, action and cult short films from around the world. This year’s titles are: INVOCATION, DON’T MOVE, SEQUENCE, NORTH BAY, ROPE A DOPE, C, BABY I LOVE YOU, MY FATHER IS A BIRD, KICK-HEART



“Zombie Appreciation Night” Discounted tickets for zombies in costume!



7.00 PM: STALLED (UK) Canadian Premiere!

SHAUN OF THE DEAD meets PHONE BOOTH in this inventive and fun new British Zombie Comedy. A down on his luck maintenance worker finds himself trapped in the washroom during the Zombie apocalypse, forcing him to get creative as he tries to defeat the undead! Trailer



9.30 PM: THE BATTERY (USA) Toronto Premiere!

In this award-winning, fresh take on a zombie movie, the personalities of two former baseball players clash as they traverse the rural back roads of a post-plague New England teeming with the undead. Boasts an awesome indie rock soundtrack including contributions from Toronto’s own Rock Plaza Central. Trailer



SUN, OCT 20



4.15 PM: SILENT RETREAT (CANADA) World Premiere!

Horror thriller meets creature feature in this frightening tale of a rebellious teenager who gets sent to a strict rehabilitation camp in the woods, where all attempts to escape lead to encounters with something terrifying that lurks beyond the trees! Trailer



“Gross Out Night!”



7.00 PM: SEPTIC MAN (CANADA) Canadian Premiere!

From the twisted mind of celebrated writer Tony Burgess (PONTYPOOL) comes this disturbing and disgusting tale about a sewage worker who gets trapped inside a septic tank during a water contamination crisis and undergoes a hideous transformation. Co-stars PACIFIC RIM’S Robert Maillet. Trailer



9.30 PM: MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH (USA) Canadian Premiere!

A dark, twisted and funny horror comedy about a depressed man who lets his home fall into a hideous state of decay until a grotesque giant, talking mould grows and starts giving advice (voiced by none other than RE-ANIMATOR’S Jeffrey Combs)! Trailer



MON, OCT 21



Double SCENE Points Night! Fans get twice can earn twice as many movie reward points on tickets tonight!



7.00 PM: ODD THOMAS (USA) Canadian Premiere!

Based on the best-selling novel by Dean Koontz. In a California desert town, a young cook (STAR TREK’s Anton Yelchin) with a unique ability to see supernatural forces at work, encounters a mysterious man with a link to a darkness that threatens to destroy the people around him. Directed by Stephen Sommers (THE MUMMY) and co-starring Willem Dafoe (SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE) Trailer



9.30 PM: SOLO (CANADA) Toronto Premiere!

In this suspenseful horror-thriller a teenage girl finds herself terrorized when she spends two nights alone, as part of her camp counsellor initiation, on the same remote island where a camper suspiciously disappeared decades before. Stars Annie Clark (DEGRASSI: TNG) and Daniel Kash (ALIENS) Trailer



TUES, OCT 22 - “Sci-Fi Night”



7.00 PM: LAST DAYS ON MARS (UK/ IRELAND) Canadian Premiere!

An intense sci-fi horror thriller about a deadly strain of bacteria discovered in the Martian soil that begins to infect a group of astronauts, turning them one by one into blood-thirsty zombie-like killers. Stars Liev Schreiber (SCREAM), Olivia Williams (THE SIXTH SENSE) and Elias Koteas (SHUTTER ISLAND) Trailer



9.30 PM: THE MACHINE (UK) Toronto Premiere!

A dark and stylish sci-fi thriller with clear nods to BLADE RUNNER about a conflicted scientific genius trying to make the perfect female android, while being funded by a secret government military program. Co-stars Caity Lotz (THE PACT) and Toby Stephens (SEVERANCE) Clip



WED, OCT 23 - “Gory Night”



7.00 PM: FOUND (USA) Toronto Premiere!

A coming of age movie about a shy, bullied 10 year old who takes refuge in horror movies, only to see his life turn into a horror story for real when he discovers the older brother he shares the house with is a gruesome serial killer. Trailer



9.30 PM: EVIL FEED (CANADA) World Premiere!

Bloody, outrageous and wickedly entertaining, a one-of-a-kind horror-action-comedy about a sinister Chinese restaurant that kidnaps martial artists off the streets, forces them to fight to the death, and then serves the loser up for dinner to paying guests! Trailer



THU, OCT 24 - “Scary Night!”



7.00 PM: WILLOW CREEK (USA) Toronto Premiere Co-hosted with Rue Morgue Cinemacabre!

A scary found footage film from acclaimed filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait (GOD BLESS AMERICA) about a young couple obsessed with tracking down Bigfoot and the exact location where the famous Patterson-Gimlin footage of the creature was shot. Trailer



9.30 PM: THE BANSHEE CHAPTER (USA/Germany) North American Premiere!

A scary horror thriller about a young reporter in search of her missing friend, last seen experimenting with the same mind-altering drugs used by the CIA in the 1950s’ infamous MK-Ultra program. Trailer



FRI, OCT 25 - Closing Night



7.00 PM: CHEAP THRILLS (USA) Toronto Premiere!

An outrageous, darkly funny, and shocking award-winning thriller about a desperate, unemployed dad, facing financial ruin who gets offered a way out of his money woes by a wealthy, thrill-seeking couple. To pay off his debts, he’ll need to perform an increasingly risky series of dares for them over one tortuous night. Co-stars Sara Paxton (THE INNKEEPERS) and David Koechner (ANCHORMAN). Trailer



9.30 PM: BIG BAD WOLVES (ISRAEL) Toronto Premiere and Closing Gala!

A brilliantly constructed, award-winning crime thriller that deftly blends elements of horror and dark comedy. Two police officers decide to kidnap a suspected brutal serial killer so they can carry out their own private interrogation in the woods. The twists and turns that follow will have you guessing whose side you should be on right until the end! Trailer



PLUS IN FRONT OF EACH FEATURE FILM…



CANADA AFTER DARK! Fans can look forward to 19 outstanding Canadian horror, sci, fi, action and short films will screen at this year’s festival, one in front of each of the Feature Films: BEASTS OF THE REAL WORLD, BLESS YOU, CORVUS, DOWN BOB, JUST ELLA, KIN, L’√ČTRANGER, LIEBE (LOVE), MASTER, MONTREAL ZOMBIES, MOOD KILLER, NIGHT GIANT, REMEMBER ME, THE GUEST, THE HUNT, THE LAMP, THE LAST VIDEO STORE, THE VEHICLE and UNDER THE NEON LIGHTS.



Friday, October 11, 2013

"SINGER GETS SOBER, MOVES TO MEXICO, RELEASES NEW RECORD"




Alt-country-indie-folk-pop singer James Tristan Redding has a new album on the market, but this time he's sober and singing by himself.

After a decade of touring with Union Pulse, a genre-bending indie band from Wisconsin, then spending a winter in Mexico to put down the bottle and write a new kind of music, Redding has relocated to New York City and is launching his debut solo album "Walking Into Brooklyn" independently from a 7-foot by 9-foot apartment.

An official CD Release concert will be held Tuesday, November 12, at the Bitter End (147 Bleecker).  Admission will be free.  This concert also kicks off the INTERNATIONAL album release 25-city tour.


+ OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.jamestristanredding.com

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Newburgh Jazz-Go-Round Forced to Cancel

The highly anticipated return of the Ferry Godmother to the City of Newburgh has officially come to an end. The Newburgh Jazz-Go-Round third free outdoor concert scheduled for Thursday is cancelled as well as the grand finale next week. The event producer, Aquanetta “Ferry Godmother” Wright cites the lack of funding and sponsorships as the reason she was forced to cancel the remainder of the new series. The Newburgh Jazz-Go-Round is financed entirely by individual donations and revenue generated by business advertising and marketing sponsorship opportunities. With two weeks to go Ferry Godmother Productions cannot risk getting into further debt, having her stellar reputation with the musicians damaged or both.


For a number of years Ferry Godmother Production had underwritten many of the expenses at previous concerts in the City of Newburgh but agreed to return only if never having to go out on a financial limb again. Any underfunded series of concerts run the risk of not being able to pay its’ bills. The production company still is obligated to pay any bills associated with the event, even if the weather conditions are bad and a show is cancelled.

Newburgh Jazz-Go-Round was created as a way to bring live music back to the City of Newburgh, more importantly into the diverse neighborhoods. The focus of the event is to create a family friendly event, which reaches into communities helping to pass the culture of jazz on to new generations—while enhancing the quality of life for people of all ages and backgrounds. Aquanetta states “I have attempted to return to Newburgh at the request of many but the series has failed to generate the funding necessary to make this dream a reality.”

The concerts were scheduled to be held each Thursday in a different park or playground around the city. So far there have been two concerts held, one in the heights section with Gabriele Tranchina and 7 times Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria and the other in Colonial Terrace Park featuring Crazy Feet Band performing swing and lindy hop music of the 20s and 30s.

The City of Newburgh residents should recognize and commend the individuals which supported the free community concerts: Hannah Brooks, Judi Silvano, Anthony Davidowitz, Judy Kennedy, Fred & Betsy McCurdy, David & Mary McTamaney, Patricia Sullivan and Doug Abramson. There are also the supportive businesses; Newburgh Free Library, Storm King Art, Center, DMU Music, Larry’s Steps Inc. and SB Merchant Service.

For a number of years Ferry Godmother Productions produced a high profile and successful music venture, Newburgh Jazz Series. The series departed the city’s waterfront at the end of summer 2011 based on a lack of “adequate parking”.

If the funding becomes available there is an opportunity to reinstate the final concert scheduled that features Lillie Bryant-Howard, to be held in front of the Old Courthouse Park on Grand St. in downtown Newburgh. For details about being a sponsor contact the Ferry Godmother at info@ferrygodmother.com

Friday, October 4, 2013

Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival 2014 Call For Entries



Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival Announces

2014 Call For Entries

Following the recent success of the WFA Kickstarter campaign, Winter Film Awards announces a CALL FOR ENTRIES for the 3rd Annual Independent Film Festival to be held February 27 – March 1 2014 in New York City. The weekend festival consists of three days of film screenings and industry networking after-parties culminating in an awards show to be held on March 1.

The WFA Festival focuses on the diversity of independent film, and offers an exciting mixture of film genres, viewpoints and subjects in order to give attendees the opportunity to see films they might never think to seek out. Among the 58 films selected for the 2013 Festival was a collection of documentaries, shorts, features, animation, music videos and horror films, including 9 student films, 15 female directors and representation from over 15 countries. Much like New York City itself, the Festival brings together the kaleidoscope of personal experiences into a glorious and energetic whole.

WFA 2014 Festival Submission categories include Narrative Feature, Foreign Language, Short, Documentary, Animation, Music Video, Horror and Screenplay categories. Outstanding work will be awarded for each category, along with Best Director, Best Actor/Actress, Best Original Score, Best Student Film and the PERSPECTIVES Award for best depiction of the multi-cultural experience. Submissions deadlines are as follows: Early Bird Deadline – October 15 2013, Regular Deadline – November 15 2013, Late Deadline – December 1 2013, Extended Deadline – December 15 2013. Entrants will be notified of final decisions by January 5 2014. Films may be submitted online via https://www.withoutabox.com/login/10803

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 (pending) volunteer-run and operated organization which celebrates diversity of local and international film-making. Their focus is on showcasing emerging filmmakers from every age, ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, political and geographic perspective and providing a stepping stone for all filmmakers, from students with blossoming careers to established industry veterans, to screen their work in front of a large audience and gain recognition for their achievements.
For further information about Winter Film Awards events and sponsors, visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Atlantic City Cinefest Holds Intense Film Block on Campus Sexual Assault


Atlantic City Cinefest Holds Intense Film Block on Campus Sexual Assault


2013 Downbeach Film Festival/AC Cinefest will show a block of short documentaries about sexual assault on college campuses. To shed light on this intolerable situation, five student documentary crews in five colleges (Rowan University, Framingham State University, Northern Illinois University, Western State Colorado University and California State University Northridge) and their documentary teachers, created a series of powerful films about this insidious subject.

The movies are a diverse and risk-taking collection. They don’t pull any punches. There are intense profiles of sexual assault victims who are healing and on activism crusades. There are docudramas about binge drinking and rape. There are explorations with psychologists, legal experts, and law enforcement officers. There are students speaking out and demanding to be heard.

Atlantic City Cinefest will present the documentary block from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 12 at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s Carnegie Conference Center, 35 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. Admission is free.

"The films, made this past spring, are part of a national campaign to address the current epidemic of such assaults," said Ned Eckhardt, a festival board member, a professor at Rowan University and the person who put this series together.

Here is a breakdown of each film:

“Slutwalk. A Day in Her Heels” (16 min. Lauren Stroz and Eric Cheavers. Rowan) A look at the global phenomenon of Slutwalk. After a local police chief accused college women of dressing like sluts, the students created a demonstration movement called Slutwalk. It is growing and getting attention.

“Red Blooded Men” (15 min. Jacob Johnson. Northern Illinois University) This documentary covers multiple aspects of college life through a male's perspective. We hope to enlighten audiences about notions of masculinity and femininity and create awareness about sexual assault on campuses.

“Shatter the Silence” (20 min. Sarah Giansanti, Siobhan, and Hanna Harris. Framingham State University) The film focuses on the processes that occur after one has been raped or sexually assaulted. The film provides a concise look at the legal process.

“Leading A New Response” (15 min. Dan Aberghini and Kristin Devereaux. Framingham State University The documentary profiles one of the oldest not-for-profit legal resources in New England : The Victim Rights Law Center of Boston.

“Invisible Fight” (14 min. Shannon Lynoff, Christie Henson, and Abi Rike. Western State Colorado University) Part documentary and part fictional film, "Invisible Fight” highlights the stupidity and injustice of victim blaming.

“1000 Times No: Students Giving Voice To A Silent Epidemic” (10 min. Tony Incorvia and Brenda Salgado. California State University Northridge) Follow a group of college students taking action against the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses by educating and raising awareness.

“Katalyst” (21 min. Zak Vesely, Meredith Carroll, and Matt Wood. Rowan.) Katya, an amateur artist and survivor of sexual assault, goes on a journey of healing. She comes in contact with other survivors and takes steps with them to overcome the trauma caused by her assault years earlier.

“Perspectives” (13 min. Daniel Aberghini and William Oxtoby. Framingham State Universit)y The film begs the question: Given all that we know, why does sexual assault happen? Look at different levels of knowledge in the greater Boston area.

“In Motion” (14 min. Alexandra Forni. Northern Illinois University) After a sexual assault, a college aged woman is faced with difficult decisions regarding her health and her future. This short narrative film engages with the question of consent and the quick response of friends who blame the victim.

“$5 For Guys. Girls Free.” (15 min. Dee Lugo and John Breitling. Rowan) A re-enacted close-up of the college generation and how quickly a typical night out can go wrong. The national web site is pact5.org where all of the documentaries can be accessed, along with important awareness and prevention information.

Downbeach Film Festival presents the 6th Atlantic City Cinefest Oct. 11 to 13. The festival will be held at Dante Hall Theater, the Carnegie Conference Center, the Golden Nugget Showroom and the Atlantic City Free Public Library. For three days, we will screen features, shorts and documentaries from local and national filmmakers, including some premieres. Admission to screenings will be free. Please check www.downbeachfilmfestival.org for the schedule and times. To insure tickets, please register by sending your name, address, phone number and email address to bsaks47@comcast.net. Also include which films you want tickets for.