Friday, February 13, 2015

Two Actresses Walk Into A Bar To Launch Film Showcase

Filmomaniac is a screening and networking event that began on the Lower East Side of New York City to showcase quality short films, documentaries and web series while providing a network of support from within the entertainment industry for up-and-coming and award-winning content creators.

Actress/Producer Maylin Castro and Actress Hiroko Tanaka McHenry are friends who wanted to “create a platform for up-and-coming filmmakers and cultivate a supportive community in the process,” says Castro.  As a result, the duo co-founded Filmomaniac in 2014 with the collaboration of Matthew Rush, the owner of Subject L.E.S. who allowed Filmomaniac to use the space.

Rush described the showcase as a “good time,” and stated that he enjoys “being able to give artistic people a venue to show their movies and serve the community in the process.”

Filmomaniac has been successful,” boasts Castro, stating that they’ve shown the work of “award-winning filmmakers and have had some special guests for the Q&A…most importantly the energy around it is just phenomenal.”

The shorts scheduled for the evening are as follows:

·        “Escape from Garden Grove,” Mathilde G. Dratwa - Director

·        “Somewhere I’m Not,” Rachel Pearl - Producer

·        “Anniversary,” Michael Taylor Jackson - Producer

·        “Our Quiet Night,” Lisann Valentin - Director

·        “Bombshell,” Erin Sanger - Director

·        “Derailing,” Benjamin K. Martin - Director

Although Castro admits that curating short films each month is a lot of work with no financial reward, they get creative karma in return: “we’ve developed a community of people around us that encourage one another and when you put that kind of energy out into the world, you get it back tenfold.”

Now in its second year, Filmomaniac launches the 2015 Season on Sunday, February 15th at 7:00pm, at Subject L.E.S. 188 Suffolk Street, New York, New York 10002. Free admission.

Learn more about the February 15, 2015 launch here

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