Sunday, August 30, 2015

Heidi Li lands feature role in NYC-produced film

Heidi Li has joined the cast of "Dongmei," a dramatic thriller about a woman walking a thin line between reality and madness. She plays the lead role.

Li, who received a BFA from the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing and studied at the New York Film Academy in New York, most recently was featured in the soon-to-be-released "The Spectacular Jihad of Taz Rahim." She also stars in the new episodic comedy-drama "Yellow Fever."

Li also appears on TV for the FansTang(粉丝堂)/ China Branding Group, where she is a pop culture host and reporter on the Chinese networks Tencent(通讯), YouKu(优酷), and Tudou(土豆). Her assignments include red carpet events and one-on-one celebrity interviews.

"Dongmei" is written and produced by Bob Messinger and is directed by Cedric Hill. Currently in pre-production, it is scheduled to begin shooting on August 1.

The film is being financed entirely by a crowdfunding campaign. Sponsors of the arts are encouraged to support the project by visiting

Friday, August 28, 2015

Ted V. Mikels Announces Sequel to Ten Violent Women

TVM Studios has announced a sequel to the studio’s highly successful film "Ten Violent Women."  The new production, "Ten Violent Women, Part Two" will start filming in September 2015 with Ted V. Mikels directing and co-producing along with Drew Marvick.  John Cornett is slated to be first assistant director; Keith Harris, international marketing coordinator; and Wendy O. Altamura, PhD, editorial consultant.  Janet Leigh will assume the post of director's assistant.

"Ten Violent Women, Part Two" is a feature film about female bodybuilders, dedicated to active exercise.  The film will also explore females who seek physical beauty recognition for their muscular bodies, martial arts, wrestling, boxing, and beauty pageant appearances. The sequel is also being described as: "Starring Francine York, a heavy drama about the drug syndicate, kidnappings, murder, and vengeance, will also include good cops, bad cops, good guys, bad guys, etc.”  Dawna Lee Heising of Eye on Entertainment will be one of the Ten Violent Women.

Legendary filmmaker Ted V. Mikels heads TVM Studios, a Las Vegas-based film and video production studio, which he founded in 1993. Mikels is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Certificate of Recognition by Nevada Lieutenant Governor Lorraine T. Hunt for his contributions to the filmmaking industry.

In addition to being the subject of a book, Film Alchemy: The Independent Cinema of Ted V. Mikels, by Christopher Wayne Curry, Mikels is also the subject of a documentary film, “The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels.” Released in 2010, the film was narrated by internationally known director John Waters and directed by Kevin Sean Michaels. Also famous for his eccentric life style, Mikels at one period in his life lived with a harem of beauties in a castle replete with secret passageways.

Considered a pioneering master of low-budget movie making, Mikels’ influence has permeated numerous facets of the entertainment world, including a tribute song, “The Astro-Zombies” by the punk band “The Misfits,” the template for the TV series, “Charlie’s Angels,” and the look of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill.”

Ted V. Mikels' production of “The Doll Squad”, the predecessor of “Charlie’s Angels”, and “Mission Killfast” are out this month on digitally re-mastered Blu-Ray. “Doll Squad” and his feature “Ten Violent Women” are now seen on Turner Entertainment channels. His last film "Paranormal Extremes: Text Messages from the Dead" was released in 2014 and is being distributed by SGL Entertainment.

About Eye on Entertainment

"Eye on Entertainment", a division of Eye on Excellence™ Productions, is broadcast weekly on Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Comcast and Verizon across the nation.  The EOE team covers film festivals; and award shows, and features interviews with successful people in the entertainment industry, exploring the traits they have in common. Dawna Lee Heising, EOE executive producer and host, is a member of SAG-AFTRA, has a B.S. in Business Management and MBA from Pepperdine University; won Ms. World 2008; and won a 2013 EOTM Award for Outstanding Television Talk Show Host. The EOE team includes Linda Maxwell of Time Warner Cable, producers Stan Goodrich and Jerry Moore, and director John Cox.  Please visit and

Thursday, August 27, 2015


"DADDY" to have its World Premiere 
at the Montreal World Film Festival
Screenings August 30 @ 4:10pm and August 31 @ 9pm

DADDY tells the provocative and insightful story of a successful 40-­‐something gay man trying to reconcile his life choices with the newly available possibilities of marriage and family. Lead actor Gerald McCullouch (“CSI,” the BearCity franchise) makes his feature directorial debut from a script by costar Dan Via, who adapts and expands his acclaimed stage play of the same name.

The accomplished cast also includes Jaime Cepero (NBC’s “Smash”), Tamlyn Tomita (The Joy Luck Club, The Day After Tomorrow, “How to Get Away with Murder”), Tony Award winner John Rubinstein, Mackenzie Astin (“Mad Men,” “Murder in the First”), Richard Riehle (Office Space, Bridesmaids) and Jay Jackson (“Parks and Recreation,” “Scandal”).
The Montreal World Film Festival is the only competitive North American film festival accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations.

8/30/15 @ 4:10 pm, Cinéma Quartier Latin, Theater 15, 350 Emery Street, Montreal

8/31/15 @ 9pm, Cinéma Quartier Latin, Theater 15, 350 Emery Street, Montreal

U.S. PREMIERECalifornia Independent Film Festival
9/12/15 @ 9pm, Castro Theater, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco

Synopsis of DADDY:
Star columnist Colin McCormack (Gerald McCullouch) thinks he has it all — a great job, a steady stream of hot younger guys, and a best friend, Stew (Dan Via), whose devotion he takes for granted. But when a charming and mercurial intern named Tee (Jaime Cepero) sweeps him off his feet, Colin sees a chance for something more: A family of his own. What he discovers instead is a shattering truth that may cost Colin everything — and everyone — he holds dear.
By turns funny and heartbreaking, DADDY explores the universal need for love and connection, and the evolving understanding of "family" in today's rapidly changing world.

Praise for DADDY onstage:
“Insightful and deeply affecting... subtly incorporates wide-­‐ranging reflections on the joy and heartache that can accompany human relationships.” – Backstage

“DADDY is first rate” – Show Business Weekly

“Genuinely involving... keeps one guessing” – Variety 

“Thoughtful and sharply written” – The Advocate

“An emotional powder keg” – LA Times

“Will appeal to everyone, gay or straight” – Broadway World 

View the movie trailer here -

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Gratwick Films To Launch Crowdfunding Campaign To Benefit Feature Film And Children’s Charities

Gratwick Films is launching a $100,000 crowdfunding campaign with an ambitious two-fold mission – to film Just Drive, A Tale Of A Hollywood Whistle Blower, and to raise funds to benefit national children’s charities. The company’s IndieGoGo campaign is scheduled to go live on Wednesday, July 29th.

Just Drive is the fictional story of Hollywood whistle blower, Tony DiFranco, who must choose between his life and his legacy when a clandestine power conspires to end his ride. This dramatic thriller explores the dark side of money, power and ambition. Key players involved in the film’s production include Kris Hulbert (The Perfect House), Milton Santiago (Star Trek:Axanar), and Frederik Weidmann (Hostel 3).

To reach its goal, the company has partnered with From the Heart Productions, allowing Gratwick Films to accept tax-deductible charitable donations under the umbrella of a 501(c)(3) corporation. Some of the notable perks donors can receive include VIP tickets to the film’s premiere, the option to select a tour city, producer credit, and the ability to hang out on set during principle photography. Through the filmmakers commitment to transparency, fans also have the opportunity to particpate in every aspect of the filmmaking process, including casting and production meetings.

Through a combination of compelling storytelling and social activism,  Gratwick Film is on a mission to pioneer a social filmmaking model through the development of an interactive fan base, while creating thought-provoking films that promote positive societal change.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Upcoming documentary film explores the role of visionary art, street art and activsm

“Even though many worthwhile films in this genre have been released in recent years, “Time is Art” could well prove to be one of the most important offerings in this vein.” - Brent Marchant, pre-release review via Vivid Life

Brooklyn, NY—‘Time is Art’, a narrative documentary film-in-progress is preparing for worldwide release in three languages on 11/11/2015. The film tells a personal story of creative and spiritual awakening.  Writer Jennifer Palmer’s metaphysical journey through inspiring urban and natural settings in California and New York tracks the artist’s search for meaning in a seemingly meaningless world.

After quitting her corporate 9-5 job, Jennifer finds herself searching for inspiration in a money-driven society that more often that not shuns creativity. Presented as a cinematic meditation along the lines of Waking Life and Samsara, the film takes an experimental approach that allows the audience to experience reality as Jennifer begins to see it – one less concerned with linear storytelling, and more open to the cyclical patterns of nature, the hidden meanings of symbols, and the dreamlike overlapping of people, places, and moments.

Large scale public street art pieces in San Francisco's Mission District as well as murals by Brooklyn artists Magda Love, WERC and Chris Soria are featured in the film. Graffiti art becomes a gateway to shifting Jennifer’s world view from materialism to one more interdependent and in harmony with the creative rhythms of her universe. Inspired by the profound messages she receives from their artwork, she is encouraged to look deeper into the meaning of life.

In the film, activist Chris Soria shares a story about the process of creating massive mandala murals along with large keys on the back of the Brooklyn detention center. “To have keys placed on a wall on a jail facility, there’s obviously a lot of connotations to that, because it’s about access. It’s about the doors that are locked to protect something of value or locked to keep people out and perpetuate social injustices.” he says.

World renowned visionary artists Allyson Grey and Alex Grey are also featured in the film along with Caren Charles who works and lives at Chapel of Sacred Mirrors where much of the opening scenes of the film were shot. The 1989 piece called Gaia by Alex Grey which was also a Beastie Boys cover is discussed in the film. “It was a very frightening vision. After 9-11, we started getting e-mails from people and they started saying, what is going on? You’ve got the planes, the twin towers, there’s somebody that looks a lot like George Bush standing next to a dick and embracing a terrorist.” says Alex. 9-11 was very important part of Jennifer’s awakening as it was for people all over the world.

Jennifer’s poetry is also featured intermixed with compelling conversations with prolific researcher and author Graham Hancock, and biologist Rupert Sheldrake who both have now infamous TED talks that were censored by the organization, as well as Carl Jung historian Richard Tarnas, mystic and dream walker Toko-pa Turner and many other scientists, artists and activists.

The title, ‘Time is Art’, coined by the visionary author and artist, José Argüelles, whose work is a major inspiration for the film, is a twist on the catch phrase “time is money”. In the world of the film, “time” is unyoked from the relentless pursuit of material and capital gain and the audience is given an alternative framework: ‘What if we lived in a world where time is linked with creative potential and our lives became our masterpieces?’

In a recent article, Aaron Kase of says, “ultimately, the film is about how to shift from being caught up in an ego and success-driven society into a state of seeking peace and community anywhere we go.”

The original film soundtrack also features trip-hop artists East Forest and Dream Circle (the filmmakers band), psychedelic space rock band, It’s Not Night It’s Space, folk artists Diana Zinni and Bachan Kaur and soundscape and house music artists, PJOE and Real Eyes. In support of the film contributors have been selecting the “deluxe conscious music package” which includes 300 minutes of conscious and uplifting original music including the original film soundtrack.

The film is produced by Things are Changing Productions and directed by co-creative team Katy Walker, Joel Mejia and Maia Monasterios. The filmmakers recently launched a 2015 teaser/extended trailer ( and are currently running an Indiegogo campaign that ends August 1st to raise remaining post-production funds. The trailer, pitch video, and additional information about the transmedia production are available on the Indiegogo site, as well as pre-orders of the film, soundtrack and ‘Time is Art’ book which includes more visionary art and conversations that were cut from the film.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Little Women:LA, Tonya Banks stars in upcoming summer release, THE INTERNSHIP GAMES

ITN Distribution INC will release THE INTERNSHIP GAMES (Bajan Film Works) via popular VOD platforms in three tiers.  Foreign sales for all-rites distribution in sub-saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) and part of Asia are underway, along with DVD distribution to begin in the Fall.  Written and directed by Tania Zee, the film stars Lifetime network’s hit T.V show, “Little Women: LA”, Tonya Banks, as a formidable and enigmatic boss. With more than 30 years in the entertainment industry, Banks’ versatility will be seen in her new profound character.

THE INTERNSHIP GAMES is an urban spoof on “The Hunger Games” where college students compete for an internship at a company from hell. Tania Zee is proud to present the first movie with a female, little person as the lead, Tonya Banks standing at 4ft, star of Lifetime’s show, “Little
Women: L.A”. The movie also features Guinness Record’s tallest female actress in a leading role, Lindsay Kay Howard (R100) standing at 6’8 ¼” tall making film history to have such a dynamic duo. The cast also includes ‘six-foot-glamazon’ Tania Zee, Briana Manson of “Little Women: LA”, Leif Manson (Little Women: LA, Tosh.0, Survivor, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2) and notable webseries stars.

Tania Zee was inspired by one of her favorite movies, “Bad Santa”, to create a memorable story of comedic wit.  While working on her script, she had envisioned her lead to be a little person but did not secure Tonya Banks until well into the pre-production process.  With the help of her all-female directing team and fellow military veteran crew, Zee was able to finish production on time. After gaining interest from the leading independent film distribution company, ITN Distribution INC’s, THE INTERNSHIP GAMES was able to secure a summer 2015 release in conjunction with the season 3 premiere of “Little Women: LA” on the Lifetime channel.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

New Enzo Crotti Classical Guitar Video: "Wondorian Dance"

 It is now available the video of the song "Wondorian Dance", released July 10, 2015, a piece of music composed and played the classical guitar by Enzo Crotti. The piece is inspired by the modal music and folk Spanish and Mediterranean. The tuning range for the recording is 432 Hz, for a more natural sound, and the harmonies are derived from Dorian scale, typical of some jazz tunes such as "So What" by Miles Davis. The video features scenes of dancing shades of orange, which is also the color of the second chakra, an important energy center that covers the sexual sphere, which is why there are also scenes of sensual dance of the veils.

Enjoy everyone.

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Enzo Crotti is happy to announce the publication of "Wondorian Dance", the new music video for classical guitar available on You Tube and on the major platforms of video streaming.

It is now available the video of the song "Wondorian Dance", released July 10, 2015, a piece of music composed and played the classical guitar by Enzo Crotti. The piece is inspired by the modal music and folk Spanish and Mediterranean. The tuning range for the recording is 432 Hz, for a more natural sound, and the harmonies are derived from Dorian scale, typical of some jazz tunes such as "So What" by Miles Davis. The video features scenes of dancing shades of orange, which is also the color of the second chakra, an important energy center that covers the sexual sphere, which is why there are also scenes of sensual dance of the veils.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Jonathan LaPoma’s Award-Winning Screenplay "A Noble Truth" Published by Laughing Fire Press

Jonathan LaPoma announced today that his multi-award-winning feature-length screenplay A Noble Truth is available for purchase in various electronic formats on and on the Laughing Fire Press websiteA Noble Truth has won twelve awards/honors at various international screenwriting competitions since 2013, and is ranked in the top 5% of the over 2,500 feature-length screenplays listed on the international screenwriting website

A Noble Truth follows two estranged best friends, one a once-rising songwriter who mysteriously quit the music scene to return to his hometown of Buffalo, NY and work as an ice-machine repairman, and the other a Columbia Journalism School dropout, who take a road trip throughout the US and into Mexico to write a book about what truths unite people in a modern world slipping deeper into apathy and discord. But it’s soon evident that on this quest for truth, truth is the last thing either man seeks. A Noble Truth won first place in both the 2014 Awareness Film Festival and the 2014 West Field Screenwriting Awards (The New York Award), and can be described as Easy Rider meets Good Will Hunting.

A Noble Truth is a powerful and poetic coming-of-age drama, and I’m thrilled that Laughing Fire Press has chosen it for publication,”said LaPoma.

Laughing Fire Press is one of many independent presses and groups concerned with raising public awareness about the social, political, cultural, economic, and ecological issues in today’s world.

Jonathan LaPoma is an award-winning screenwriter, novelist, songwriter, and poet from Buffalo, NY. His five feature-length screenplays have won over 40 awards/honors in various international screenwriting competitions since 2013, including the Grand Jury Prize in both the 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest and the 2015 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest, the Grand Prize in both the 2014 London Film Awards and 2015 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest, and first place in both the 2014 Awareness Film Festival and 2014 West Field Screenwriting Awards (The New York Award). His novelDeveloping Minds: An American Ghost Story, which will also be published by Laughing Fire Press in September 2015, is a finalist in the 2015 Stargazer Literary Prizes for best Visionary and Metaphysical Fiction.

LaPoma typically writes character-driven dramas that blend equal parts darkness and humor, and his work often explores themes of alienation and misery as human constructions that can be overcome through self-understanding and the acceptance of suffering. He lives in San Diego, CA.

For more information, visit

Saturday, August 15, 2015

'Dongmei' script takes first place at upcoming film fest

New Jersey screenwriter Bob Messinger's latest script has been awarded top honors in the short drama category in the 2015 Indie Gathering International Film Festival's screenplay competition. The award will be presented at the festival's closing ceremonies on August 30 in Hudson, OH.

Messinger plans to independently turn the script into a film. Director Cedric Hill is attached, as are leading actors Heidi Li and Jorge Consejo. Currently in pre-production, principal photography begins in northern New Jersey on August 1.

"Dongmei" is a dramatic thriller about a Chinese woman walking a thin line between reality and madness. It's also a powerful reflection on diverse cultural reactions to mental illness and the varied and often devastating effects of those reactions on individuals.

Messinger is currently raising funds to produce the film on Indiegogo ( While he has already reached his initial $5000 goal, he is trying to raise about $2500 additional to enhance production value.

This is Messinger's fourth Indie Gathering win in as many years.

The Indie Gathering International Film Festival, now celebrating its 20th year, will take place August 27-30th in Hudson, OH.

Thursday, August 13, 2015



Rahway, New Jersey's premier film festival, The Third Annual Rahway International Film Festival returns on August 28-30, 2015 at UCPAC's Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts.  

This year’s lineup is full of brilliant films spanning 12 different countries, featuring stars like Juno Temple (Maleficent, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Evan Peters (American Horror Story, Kick-Ass) and Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy, Big Daddy).  A highlight of this year’s festival is the introduction of feature length films in addition to the standard short films program, plus a special Saturday night outdoor screening.

The mission of the Rahway International Film Festival is to provide an opportunity for artists worldwide to showcase works that educate, inspire equality, empathy and awareness through film. In keeping with equality, the festival is also dedicated to showcasing an equal ratio of films made by female and male filmmakers.

To accommodate its growing popularity, the 2015 Rahway International Film Festival will be a multi-day event. In addition to the event being extended to cover three days, Founder and Festival Director, Gina Marie Rodriguez and her team are launching a new initiative. Ten percent of the ticket sale proceeds will be donated to charitable endeavors: Integrity House “Boys of Bate Program” and the National Alliance for Mental Illness.

“We at RIFF feel that entertainment is an important piece of maintaining personal happiness, but we also know that a good time can't fix everything. We would like to give back to communities in need in other ways as well. This year we will be donating 10% of our ticket sales to both Integrity House in Newark and the National Alliance for Mental Illness in Union County. Both companies are worthy non-profits that we encourage others to learn more about,” said Rodriguez.

A primary objective of the festival is to enhance the creative community in the Rahway area and provide a platform for both local and  international storytellers; to not only share their work but offer a place to forge new relationships for collaboration.

Emerging and seasoned filmmakers as well as actors have the unique opportunity to network and learn from one another during the festival’s Opening and Closing Nights Parties, Networking Events, and a variety of Festival Seminars and Panels.

“The Rahway International Film Festival is a breath of fresh air in the artistic town of Rahway New Jersey. As a working actress, it's so important to network. And this event allowed me to meet some amazing and talented people, not only in the film industry, but all walks of life,” said Mahogany Reynolds, Actress and Executive Director of Just Be You Performing Arts, a Rahway based mentoring organization.

During this year’s festival, attendees will enjoy a large variety of screenings, to include: documentaries, shorts, animation, and introducing feature length films. The Rahway International Film Festival promotes diversity and provides a venue for both up and coming and established filmmakers from around the world to showcase their works. The event highlight will be the Awards Ceremony where filmmakers and actors will be recognized. The Awards Ceremony will be hosted at Patria Latin Bistro, a RIFF primary sponsor.

“There was a great crop of films in each film block. It was a great honor to be included. We need this here and [this festival] is definitely filling the void", said Temilolu Tokosi, Director of "The Will to Want", winner of the Rahway International Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award in 2014.

Patria Latin Bistro, The Union County Performing Arts Center, and Central Jersey Indie Films are proud key sponsors of this year’s festival. Rahway is known as an arts town, and the festival affords not only local residents, but film lovers from all over, to enjoy a unique collection of films submitted from around the globe.

Patria, a local Rahway restaurant and lounge, will be the location of the event’s Opening and Closing Night Parties.

The Rahway International Film Festival is operated and run by a dedicated body of volunteers. Sponsorships and donations to the festival help support operational and production expenses.

“We believe that film can reach the mind and soul in ways nothing else can. For this reason, we present films that strive to promote equality, champion the oppressed, and promote open-mindedness. We aim to give a platform to those whose stories may otherwise go unheard,” said Rodriguez.

For the full line up of this year’s film screenings and event schedule, check out the festival’s website at: Ticket prices range from $10 to $35 and can be purchased at the Union County Performing Arts Center's website at For daily festival updates follow the Rahway International Film Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Lost Colony Entertainment Announces New Film Partnership

The deal--which will facilitate the financing and production of 5-10 films per year--includes "She Rain" (an adaptation of Cogdill's acclaimed novel of the same name), the sci-fi actioner "Starborn" (based on the book by S.C. Megale), a biopic on the life of Sabrina Greenlee (the woman who overcame an attack which left her blind and disfigured to lead her son, DeAndre Hopkins, to a successful career in the NFL), and the fantasy yarn "The Wizard of Seattle" (from the novel by perennial New York Times best-selling author Kay Hooper).

Lost Colony is a New York City-based motion picture production company established by filmmaker Richard O'Sullivan in 2001.

HeartStrong Media is the production company of 29-time Emmy-winner and National Edward R. Murrow recipient Michael Cogdill (NBC, CNN).

Vrai Moi is the production company of producer Sandra Rayne Garcia.

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Joseph D. Peters Writes Film Article, New Script and Launches New Web Page

 Independent producer, Joseph D. Peters, has written a film article and posted it on LinkedIn. He has also completed his latest script, “Tango Rendezvous,”which is designed to shoot in Argentina. In addition, he has added a new web page called "Favorite Films" on his website. The film article is entitled, “Explore World Cinema from the Past to the Present”. Joseph interweaves his journey as a filmmaker along with his exposure to World Cinema. He made his first film, “Mais Que Nada,” back in July of 1985. Since that time, he has made several films that have received several film awards from various film festivals. He discusses the need to discover different kinds of filmmaking techniques and styles from the past to the present through the lens of a worldwide perspective.

Joseph remarks, “My father of German descent made me want to explore European Cinema. My mother from Bogota, Colombia has led me to the world of Latin American Cinema." The article can be found through this link on his website…

Joseph has recently written his latest feature script, “Tango Rendezvous”. The script is a romantic noir thriller with Latin music and dance. The Latin market is currently being under served and he has completed other thrillers to address that need. “Tango in the Dark”, “A Silence Within”, “Shadow of the Werewolf”, “Blood on the Streets”, and “Silent Storms” are all designed to shoot in countries such as Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Spain. From this link… you can click onto each title and find a short video overview, first ten pages of the script, sample storyboards, budget, letters of interest from proposed cast and key crew, logline, synopsis, and additional information that might interest prospective investors and executive producers.

The lasted addition is a web page called Favorite Films. It is comprised of almost one hundred of his favorite worldwide films from the past to the present that have influenced him. Each film is showcased by posters, photo stills, trailers, movie clips, and featurettes. Here is the link to that webpage…

Joseph smiled and remarked, “Never again will you wonder which film to rent or download.”

Friday, August 7, 2015

DJ Perry Slated to Be in C.U.J.O. Reboot For Sunn Classic Pictures

Sunn Classic Pictures, veteran producer/director Mr. Lang Elliott, is gearing up to produce, distribute and reboot films from its library. One of the most popular properties in the library is the film based on the Stephen King book entitled “Cujo” that starred Dee Wallace Stone in Sunn’s 1983 motion picture version. The reboot C.U.J.O. stands for Canine Unit Joint Operations. The screenplay has been completed and development is underway.

Sunn Classic Studios executive Myra MacKay manages U.S. actor/producer DJ Perry who has carved out an international following from his numerous films. Most recently Perry co-starred and produced “Ashes of Eden” that will release worldwide with Lightworx Entertainment in October 2015. Playing theaters now is the thriller “Bestseller”based on the book by Christopher Knight. Perry again produced and co-starred and slated for a Christmas 2015 theatrical with Lightworx Entertainment is the biblical drama “40 Nights” where DJ plays Jesus.

These projects showcasing DJ Perry caught the interest of Sunn Classic Pictures who would like him to participate in some of their in-studio projects including the upcoming C.U.J.O. film. Lang Elliott is set to direct.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Four Major Southern California Theme Parks Join Forces at ScareLA

Following last year’s wildly successful “Making Monsters” stage panel, ScareLA, the first West Coast Halloween convention, is excited to announce its sequel presentation – “Making Monsters: The Art of Terror” to take place on August 8, 2015 at 1:30 pm at the Pasadena Convention Center. Hosted by Rick West, Programming Producer for ScareLA and Founder and Editor of Theme Park Adventure, the panel will bring together art directors from Southern California’s largest Halloween attractions: Knott’s Scary Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, and Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Festto discuss the creative process behind each haunt.

This all-star lineup of haunt industry royalty is sure to be one of the highlights of ScareLA 2015, signifying only the second time anywhere that SoCal’s biggest Halloween attractions have come together on one stage in a show of support and unity, representing some of the the biggest Halloween events in the world.

Lara Hanneman will represent the granddaddy of all park haunts, Knott’s Scary Farm; JJ Wickham will reign from the fog of Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor; Mark Wing will creep out of the shadows of Valencia and represent Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest; and Chris Williams will shed some light on the gruesome underside of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights.

“It is terribly exciting to see ‘Making Monsters’ expand and continue to grow from what we accomplished last year,” says Rick West. “Southern California is the birthplace of the theme park haunt industry, so having these big players come together once again to chat about their roles in the creative process with fans is something we are very proud of. It’s groundbreaking and at the very core of what ScareLA is all about.”

Haunted attraction art directors play a key role in designing and developing the look and feel of ‘scare zones’ entertaining millions in Southern California each fall.  From facades to individual scenes and more - art directors guide and build large teams to ensure the utmost quality of every facet of the experience.

In addition to hosting representatives from each top attraction, ScareLA is pleased to announce that major presentations by Knott’s Scary Farm, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest, and Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights will be on tap throughout the weekend during ScareLA, giving fans non-stop thrills and excitement from morning till night.

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Monday, August 3, 2015


The Devil is coming!!! Word on the street is that the new Pepitone brothers comedy The Jersey Devil has inked a deal and will be landing on screens and in your living room October 2015. This film was brilliantly compounded and the acting is superb. A must see for all comedy fans. The Jersey Devil has  our stamp of approval. Groundbreaking, original and moving, unlike anything you've seen before. Don't pass up on this one!

Award-winning comedy film "The Jersey Devil" is aiming to give the comedy genre one "HELL" of a ride! 

Humanity Pride Productions, Green Light Films, Diamond Jesus Productions have signed with Shami Media Group, Inc. and are pleased to announce the official release of the multi award-winning comedy film, The Jersey Devil! 

Straight from the CHURCH OF ULTIMATE SATISFACTION, "The Jersey Devil" is set to make its mark in the comedy world with Shami Media Group, Inc., a distribution, marketing, and media leader in worldwide film distribution, recently acquired the film and has set a official worldwide release date of Tuesday, October 27th 2015.

Sham Media Group is led by film veteran Bob Shami. With over 15 years of film distribution, their movies are currently found in retailers such as, F.Y.E., Best Buy, Tower, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Sears, Kmart, MVD, Walmart, Target, Frys, Baker & Taylor, Red Box, iTunes and Netflix. They will now be adding "The Jersey Devil" to their catalog of outstanding films.

"The Jersey Devil" Stars:: Chris Mulkey ("Captain Phillips","Boardwalk Empire"), Keith Collins ("The Meat Puppet","Gravedigger") David Chokachi ("Baywatch") Jack Mulcahy ("Brothers McMullen", "Porkeys") Edvin Ortega ("Orange is the New Black"), Penelope Lagos("Stuck in the Middle"). 

"The Jersey Devil" was the recipient of three awards at the 2014 Downbeach Film Festival Atlantic City Cinefest including Best Comedy Feature. The world premiere was held at the historic Loews Landmark Theater in Jersey City, NJ which attracted a crowd of over seven hundred people including celebrities, press and politicians.

"The Jersey Devil" is directed by two-time New York Emmy winner Joseph Pepitone ("Stuck in the Middle"). Written by, Joseph Pepitoneand Billy Pepitone. Executive Producers are Jersey City’s own Michael Billy, Jarl Haugedal and Dorothy Fucito. Produced by Debbie Philips, Charles Anastasia, Larry Salvato, John Camera, Frank X. Sepe, Jessica Pell, Kimberly Clemente, Jeff Quinlan, Keith Collins, Ed Luster, Jay Andriani and Joseph Pepitone.

“We are really happy to be part of The Shami family,” said Writer/Director Joseph Pepitone. “They have the ability to get The Jersey Devil out to the largest possible audience. I’m excited for the public to see this film.”

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

First Look at the Louis Le Prince Proof of Concept Trailer

 All things have a point of origin, and when it comes to the film industry, many can trace its founding moments back to the late 1800's. A period in which numerous pioneers went toe to toe to in the race to create the first camera to capture moving images. The history books will show notable names that are given the credit for these achievements, namely Edison and theLumière brothers. However, one name scarcely gets mentioned. That is Louis Le Prince, a French inventor who captured the 1st ever moving image in Leeds, England and has been heralded as the father of cinematography since 1930. His single lens camera was set to be patented in the US ahead of some of his main rivals at the time, principally Thomas Edison. But, Le Prince never got to achieve his goal. On September 16th 1890 he boarded a train in his home country of France, and mysteriously vanished, never to be seen again.

UK based creative agency BlackBox Creative and International actor Ashley Tabatabai have teamed up for this new proof of concept trailer that illustrates what the story could look like on the big screen. It explores the dynamic between Le Prince and his wife Elizabeth Whitley and sets the scene for a monumental struggle between the inventor and Thomas Edison. The period set thriller has all the makings of a gripping tale that takes us back to the birth of film.

Check out the official trailer here:

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