Friday, May 27, 2016

Advanced Charity screening announcement of TRI

AWARD-WINNING DRAMA TRI BOWS IN CALIFORNIA


Ahead of a wide Summer release, the inspiring drama TRI screens in Long Beach, California on Thursday, June 2nd.

The film, which recently walked away with the top prize at the Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival, is presented by TRIBE - Triathlon Club of Southern California and screens at the Art Theatre of Long Beach at 7pm.

In addition to a screening of the award-winning movie, the evening features a Q&A with associate producer Julie Moss and actor Shawn Pelofsky. There will also be a raffle and a chance to meet and connect with fellow athletes and TRIBE sponsors.

A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

In addition to winning Film of the Year at NOVA, Jai Jamison’s inspiring drama snared the NOVA Award, Best Actress (Jensen Jacobs), Best Family / Faith Based Film, and Best Inspirational Film.

TRI was also a Runner Up for Best Cinematography (Feature Film) and Best Editing (Feature Film).

The film also recently won the Indie Spirit Best Story Line Award from the Boston International Film Festival.

TRI is an inspiring, emotionally-charged drama about a medical technician with a history of not finishing things who is inspired by a cancer patient to sign up for her first Triathlon. The film’s potent garland of performers includes Jensen Jacobs and legendary TV star Tim Reid.

Natalie (Award-winning actress Jensen Jacobs), an ultrasound tech with a history of not finishing things, is inspired by a cancer patient to sign up for a Triathlon. Natalie is introduced to the strange (and aerodynamic) world of triathletes and meets a colorful cast of characters as she trains for the Nation’s Triathlon. With the support of her new teammates, she digs deep to discover just how far she can push her mind and body.

TRI is the first scripted feature narrative about triathlons that has been developed for theatrical release. Triathlon is the fastest growing endurance sport in the world and was the fastest growing of all sports in the UK in 2014. There are over 600,000 athletes registered with USA Triathlon, and over 3.2 million worldwide.

Although the film uses triathlon as a backdrop, the niche target market for the film is female runners. Of the roughly 20 million finishers of running events in 2014, 60 percent were women.

The concept of TRI is to raise awareness and hope for those who are seeking compassion or understanding while dealing with cancer as a caregiver, a patient and a survivor.

The writing team for TRI includes a two time Ironman finisher and professional triathlon coach who has led cancer awareness programs; a cancer survivor; and, an award winning screenwriter who has lost loved ones to cancer.

Jensen Jacobs, Shawn Pelofsky, Jaylen Moore, Chris Williams, Kelly Spitko, Tim Reid and Walker Hays star in a Jai Jamison film, written by Theodore Adams III, Monica Lee Bellais and Jai Jamison. The Executive Producers include Kimberly Skyrme, Regional Casting Director for House of Cards, and Russell Williams II, a two time Academy Award winner.

Tickets are available at the door and from https://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-transformed-exclusive-screening-of-tri-first-movie-about-triathlons-tickets-25357675490?aff=affiliate1



For more information about TRI please visit:

http://www.triforcure.com/triforcure/

https://www.facebook.com/TRIforcure/




Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hatch! Russ! Kyson! unite for sci-fi series BLADE OF HONOR



TV icons Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager) and James Kyson (Heroes) embark on a virtuoso homecoming to sci-fi TV with Blade of Honor.

The creative forces behind such science-fiction classics as Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, Star Trek:Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: New Voyages, Star Trek: Renegades, Star Trek: The Next Generation team to bring to the screen the next level in small screen space-set sci-fi entertainment!




A Kickstarter campaign has launched to fund the first three episodes of the sweeping sci-fi series, also starring Alison Haislip, Cirroc Lofton, Aron Eisenberg and Brandon Stacy, with a range of rewards including DVDs, autographed photos and producer credits up for grabs to those who contribute!

From writer-producer Mark Edward Lewis, Blade of Honor fixes on Arina Kartades (Haislip), a religious, headstrong, crack Alliance Navy Star Blade pilot in a war where the human Alliance is losing against the animal race, the Calinar. When Kartades discovers that her Statemandated religious upbringing was a lie, she embarks upon a forced quest to discover the true reasons behind the war. As her discoveries push her deeper into harm’s way, she must go against everything she believes in to fight a cloak and dagger rebellion and expose the galactic elite, the religious masters, and protect the ones she loves from the clutches of her own superiors and the combined military might of the Alliance and Calendar.




Says the Blade of Honor team, “We've got big plans for Blade of Honor, but like with anything worth doing, we must start with the first step. That first step is episode one. The minimum we need to shoot episode one is $30,000 - that includes, building sets, creating wardrobes, renting stages, paying/feeding cast and crew, etc.., not post-production/visual effects. We are confident however, that with this small amount of money, we can make one hell of an impressive sci-fi web series episode.

But it is our hope that we fund more than just this one episode of a webseries with this campaign. We need at least five episodes to tell this first story, this first mini-season. Because of that, we've got our sights set on some stretch goals as well
.”





There are still 29 days to go in the campaign! Help get Blade of Honor it’s first season!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bladeofhonor/blade-of-honor


SEASON 1 trailer








Monday, May 16, 2016

Orient City: Ronin & The Princess, First Look Teaser and Images







Following the success of their critically acclaimed graphic novel, R.E.M., creators Ryan Colucci and Zsombor Huszka proudly announce the launch of their hand-drawn animated film, Orient City: Ronin & The Princess.


Orient City: Ronin & The Princess is a samurai spaghetti western that mixes the characteristics of the American Wild West and Feudal Asia. An unforgiving place, Orient City is a vertical tangle of rock and skyscrapers interconnected with waterways and cable cars. The poor, quite literally, dwell at the bottom. At the center of it all is Boshi, a fallen samurai who has sworn to protect a young girl whose family has been assassinated. Together they head to Orient City for one thing… revenge.


The film's opening sequence is now available here:





The team launched its Kickstarter campaign just this week to bring the striking 2D animation to life, and is already on their way toward their overall crowd-funding goal of $30,000 to help cover the total cost of the film.





What sets Orient City: Ronin & The Princess apart is not only the quality of the story and animation, but also the depth and breadth of experience in the talents of the filmmaking team. Ryan Colucci helped launched Snoot Entertainment and was previously a producer on the CG-animated feature film Battle for Terra: 3D (Lionsgate, 2009) at a facility the company built from scratch. The voice cast includes Chris Evans, Evan Rachel Wood, Dennis Quaid, Luke Wilson, Amanda Peet, Brian Cox, Justin Long, Ron Perlman, Danny Trejo, Phil LaMarr, Danny Glover, Mark Hamill and James Garner. Zsombor Huszka has been animating music videos in Europe and the United States for artists such as Grammy-nominated Dirty South and Viktor Kiraly, who was recently a finalist on The Voice. His title sequence for the indie film Suburban Cowboy was recently nominated for an SXSW Excellence in Title Design at this year’s festival, against films such as Spectre and Avengers: Age of Ultron.





The opening shot of the film, which starts at the water and moves all the way up Orient City, can be viewed on the Kickstarter page as part of the introduction video, as well as a handful of stills and design images from this unique world.



Kickstarter Page

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rcolucci/orient-city-a-hand-drawn-animated-film






Tuesday, April 19, 2016

FIRST POSTER RELEASED FOR SPRING ROM-COM WHO’S JENNA…?



The first poster for the highly-anticipated rom-com Who’s Jenna…?, starring Tracey Birdsall and Bill Sorvino, has been released.

Who’s Jenna…? is a riotously funny but super sweet rom-com about a man whose new girlfriend (AOFF award winner Tracey Birdsall) looks suspiciously like a famous porn star.

Jonathan Burke (Bill Sorvino), a successful financial advisor, starts dating Jenna Casey (Birdsall), an accomplished lawyer. Jonathan’s best friend, Andy Roma (Joseph D’Onofrio) is convinced she looks exactly like a famous adult film star.

Not only does Jonathan have to deal with his friend’s nonsense, but he also has to juggle his relationship with his boss (Garry Pastore), who is possibly black-mailing him, and is Jenna’s brother in-law.

A case of mistaken identity creates a whirling storm of comical chaos in Jonathan’s world.
Joining Birdsall are The Soprano’s Vincent Pastore, Bill Sorvino, Joseph D’Onofrio, Vic Dibitetto and Garry Pastore.

Who’s Jenna…?, written and directed by Thomas Baldinger, is a 624 Productions production.



Wednesday, April 6, 2016

CALIFORNIA WINTER - Film Review


Predatory lending practices by the big banks, coupled with the financial illiteracy of millions of people led to a massive housing crisis in 2009. Writer-Director Odin Ozdil’s CALIFORNIA WINTER tells the story of the housing crisis from the perspective of the people in one Latino community.

CALIFORNIA WINTER stars Golden Globe Winner Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) features alongside Michael Ironside (The Flash), A Martinez (Longmire), Rutina Wesley (True Blood), Walter Perez (The Avengers), Erik Avari (Hachi: A Dog’s Tale), and Elizabeth Dominguez.

Clara Morales (Elizabeth Dominguez) is a young determined realtor set on making as many sales as possible by luring in clients to take out subprime loans.

Subprime loans are a type of loan that is offered at a rate above prime to individuals who do not qualify for prime rate loans. Quite often, subprime borrowers are typically turned away from traditional lenders because of their low credit ratings or other factors that suggest that they have a reasonable chance of defaulting on the debt repayment.

During the course of the film, Clara claims she did not understand subprime loans. Is it true that she is that naive or is she lacking ethics and is motivated by personal financial gain? Clara’s nescience is apparent during conversations she has with her neighbor, Marcy Sanchez (Rutina Wesley), especially when Marcy is faced with eviction due to foreclosure.

It is only when her own father Papi (A Martinez), stands to lose his home due to Clara’s recommendation to refinance his home to pay for her mother’s medical bills, that Clara shows any sign of remorse or recognition.

Papi has his own flaws, he is stubborn and negligent of his finances and health. He wallows in grief over the passing of his wife. If it was not for a chance moment that he finds some hidden mail meant for him would he know how close he was to losing his home.

Clara tries to steal clients from her co-worker Camila Vasquez (Laura CerĂ³n). Attempting to make money to save her family home does not justify Clara’s actions. The repercussions for her unethical behavior do not even amount to a slap on the wrist and I feel Camila’s character showed a considerable amount of restraint.

In a further attempt to save the family home, Clara goes to the bank to negotiate a refinancing of the loan. At the bank, Clara catches the eye of Carlos Gonzalez (Walter Perez) a bank employee who is tasked with adding to the bank’s bottom line. Carlos and Clara begin dating. When the bank changes it’s lending practices, Carlos is forced to put their new relationship to the test by telling Clara and Papi, they owe more money to the bank than originally stated.

Though a majority of the blame for the housing bubble should fall squarely on the shoulders of banks, real-estate agents and government, there is without a doubt a certain percentage of fault resting on people for not educating themselves about undertaking certain types of debt obligations.

CALIFORNIA WINTER shows the realities of people losing homes to foreclosure. Sheriffs coming to people’s front doors to remove them, by force if necessary. Squatters living in vacant, foreclosed homes. Made in a mere 16 days on an ultra low budget, CALIFORNIA WINTER is a true independent film. The effort put in by the cast and crew is evident. A film worth watching to remind us all of what being fiscally misinformed or uniformed can lead to.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Victor Frankenstein (2015) - Guest Review



When audiences think of Frankenstein, they focus first on Mary Shelley, acclaimed author and mother of the 1818 horror classic. Then a vision comes to life: A dark and stormy night, fraught with intense flashes of lightening and maniacal laughter. When the storm passes, a monster of murderous conviction is born.

The newly released-to-video Victor Frankenstein 2015, original screenplay by the richly talented Max Landis (American Ultra), takes the time and care to reimagine the elements of the original story in a brave new light with daring leaps and bounds. 


He manages effortlessly to reach into the very heart and soul of DR. Frankenstein, giving life and reason to his inexplicable experiments. The movie delves into the deep, more realistic scientific experimentation with a nod to real-life Frankenstein Robert Cornish, who originated the teeter-board and managed with success to reanimate a dead dog.


Directed by Paul McGuigan, (BBC's Sherlock, episodes 1-5), this modern adaption is sure to woo audiences with its fresh take on Igor, Dr. Frankenstein's deformed assistant, and the tyrannical Inspector Turpin. Igor begins his journey into the wild world of Dr. Frankenstein when the love of his life, the beautiful Lorelei falls from the swing in a freak circus accident. The mysterious attendee, Victor Frankenstein steps in help, but quickly concludes that the poor acrobat has internal injuries and cannot be saved.


Little does he know that Igor is a blossoming physician who quickly and cunningly devises a life-saving trick to save the young woman's life. Victor has found his better half and will fight to the death to claim his prize. This is only the beginning. Before long, the twisted creature Igor is transformed into an upstanding gentleman as never before seen in a Frankenstein film to date.


With a harmonious blend of horror, love, friendship, and even a healthy dose of humour, this movie is sure to entertain fans of all genre. Scottish sensation James McAvoy (who recently won Best Actor for his role in the London stage play The Ruling Class), gives a heartfelt portrayal of the spitting-mad Victor Frankenstein with unrelenting conviction and a panache all his own.

Daniel Radcliffe's talents are tried and true as the loveable, bubbling Igor. It takes great courage to step into the shoes of an already established character like Igor and make him new and unique. Together, alongside their savvy co-stars, Jessica Brown Findlay (Downtown Abby), Andrew Scott (BBC's Sherlock), and Freddie Fox (The Three Musketeers), they make magic come alive!

-Ann Rivet



Jane Two - A Novel, Review

Jane TwoJane Two by Sean Patrick Flanery

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I had the honor of being invited to read Jane Two as an early reviewer. For years I had hoped Sean would write a novel. Finally the dream has come to fruition, the novel is in my hands.

Jane Two, Sean Patrick Flanery's first novel is a vivid tapestry of love, friendship, and emotional growth. We all have our "larger than life" childhood memories, our first love, our first fight. Sean is a gifted story teller. He expertly weaves a tale including both appealing and intensely detestable characters and mixes in a wonderful dose of treasured memories. Jane Two is a tale I will read reiteratively.