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Filmmaker Joe Basile’s movie WEST END premiered at Asbury Park’s historic Paramount Theatre on, April 6th, 2013 and was honored by the Garden State Film Festival with Best Homegrown Feature Award. The same year WEST END was awarded SOHO’s Pick at the Soho International Film Festival. Joe has been busy promoting his film and it will be screened at various East Coast locations including June 3 at the Hoboken International Film Festival, June 6 at the New Jersey International Film Festival, and June 30 at the Manhattan Film Festival. Joe states, “WEST END is my homage to the gritty crime dramas of the 70’s that made me want to make movies. Films that evoke emotion and make an audience feel the inner struggle of its characters.” The movie has a cast of talented actors including Eric Roberts, Neal Bledsoe, Joe Nieves, Peter Onorati, Melissa Archer, and Lou Martini, Jr. Joe feels extremely privileged to have shot the last film on the NJ coast before Superstorm Sandy’s devastation. This was the last movie shot in Seaside Heights, and the film captured some of the most iconic locations at the Jersey Shore. Actually WEST END was shot entirely on location at the Jersey Shore. Watch the trailer here. For Jersey native Joe Basile, the Director/Writer, it was imperative that WEST END be true to its roots. Join me as we catch up with Filmmaker Joe Basile and then visit After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for more info.
How does a Jersey City Police Officer become an award winning filmmaker? Vito LaBruno grew up with a passion for film and began screen-writing in 2004. “I had done a little theater and acting in high school,” said LaBruno. “I auditioned for a lead role in A Bronx Tale, and I even got a few callbacks. But I always had ideas for scripts. In 2006 I decided to take a script-writing workshop and the teacher sent my script to Henry Winkler (aka The Fonz). He actually wrote me back. He said he really liked the script and the plot and he wrote back to me and gave me a lot of pointers on things I could do to improve it and make it into something a producer might be interested in.” Vito decided to enhance his skills as a screenwriter by studying with a writing coach. In 2011, he wrote and directed a short film Business is Dead. The film has garnered 3 film festival awards, including Best Short (Audience award), Best Short (Jury award) and Best Director. The success of Business is Dead lead Vito to write, direct, and produce his first feature film, a romantic comedy titled The Last American Guido which was shot in the fall of 2012 in several NJ cities including Hoboken, Jersey City, Bayonne, Nutley and Maywood. Inspired by his older brothers, LaBruno said he dreamed up the storyline when imagining what life would be like for a guido living in a world that has passed him by as he struggles to be true to himself. The Last American Guido premiered in 2013 at the Loew’s Landmark Theater in Jersey City and was also screened at the Garden State Film Festival in 2014. After the interview, please check After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for more info.
Juan Carlos is an accomplished independent filmmaker who recently completed Know How, a hybrid documentary he directed, written and acted by foster care youth based on their own true stories. In 2010 Juan Carlos founded White Roof Project, a nonprofit focused on curbing climate change by painting black rooftops with energy saving reflective white paint. To date the organization has activated over 1000 volunteers, coated over 200k square feet, and launched a national DIY campaign. His first film was the award-winning virtual world documentary Second Skin that landed it extensive coverage in Newsweek, NPR, Wired, BBC, The Dr. Phil Show, Boston Globe, Variety and dozens of other major media outlets. Second Skin was also voted the #4 Documentary of 2008 by Ain’t It Cool News. He also produced branded content for Vice, and launched their Motherboard channel with his documentary on Richard Garriott.
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Antonio James was born in Memphis, TN. He was raised by his mother and step-father in Northaven, but spent most of his teenage years in Hickory Hill with his father. He attended dozens of schools by his Freshmen year at Millington Central High School in Millington Central where he graduated in 2003.
Several months after graduation James enlisted in the United States Air Force. After one term, he return to his hometown of Memphis where hardships and lack of employment opportunities led him to discover a new hobby, filmmaking.
With the help of his uncle - he begin filming music videos for Media Workz and Catina Johnson, short films and commercials. Antonio talents as a director was quickly recognized by the local community where he was hired as a contractor for the Memphis Veteran Affairs Medical Center Public Affairs Videographer. He also became the official videographer for Al Sharpton's National Action Network, Memphis Chapter under Gregory Grant.
Shortly after, James decided to quit providing video and recording services and start producing TV and Films. With help, he was able to produce and direct his first feature, Trey the Movie. After completion Antonio moved to Los Angeles, where he currently resides.
James' 2013 film debut Trey the movie received International Films Award, from IFS, Texas Black film Festival and Action on Film International Film Festival in Monrovia, California.
Since his move to Los Angeles in February 2013, Antonio James has been a background extra in Zac Efron's feature film "Neighbors" and General Hospital.
Jack Thomas Smith is a feature film director, writer, and producer. His new feature film "Infliction" is available now in the U.S. and Canada on DVD, VOD, and Digital HD by Virgil Films & Entertainment, which is the company that distributed "Supersize Me." Earlier this year, “Infliction” opened in select theaters. Additional screenings have been scheduled this summer and fall due to demand.
His last film, "Disorder", which he wrote, produced, and directed, was released by Universal on DVD and Warner Brothers on VOD & PPV. It also screened at Cannes and the Raindance Film Festival in London.
Jack Thomas Smith is a feature film director, writer, and producer. His new horror feature film "Infliction" is available now in the U.S. and Canada on DVD, VOD, and Digital HD by Virgil Films & Entertainment, which is the company that distributed "Supersize Me."
Earlier this year, “Infliction” opened in select theaters. Additional screenings have been scheduled this summer and fall due to demand. His last film, "Disorder", which he wrote, produced, and directed, was released by Universal on DVD and Warner Brothers on VOD & PPV. It also screened at Cannes and the Raindance Film Festival in London. Jack is a member of the Horror Writer's Association.
Rex Piano, director, PT 5Upon graduating NYU School of the Arts , Rex worked as a 1st A.D. on dozens of commercials and films until he took a full time position at a NY Commercial Production Company. In 1985 Rex as Head of Production for O’Quinn Productions. he produced numerous videos for Fangoria Magazine. In 1987 Rex became Head of Production for Associated Television International. Rex wrote, produced and/or directed several TV specials and numerous travel videos. Rex also co-wrote and line produced the feature film “Chill Factor,” starring Paul Williams, Patrick Macnee and Andrew Prine. Rex line produced “Severed Ties” in 1991 for Fangoria Films. In 1995 he produced the syndicated TV show “High Tide,” starring Rick Springfield. Rex became one of the series’ rotating directors. Some of the episodic shows Rex has directed “Mike Hammer, Private Eye”, “Silk Stalkings”, “Born Free”, “Air America” and “Nightman.” In 2000 Rex produced and directed the multi-award winning romantic comedy feature film “The Month Of August.” Rex followed that film with the highly viewed and critically acclaimed TV movie “Hope Ranch” for The Animal Planet channel. Rex then began directing TV movies that aired on PAX and Lifetime Television. Rex has directed or produced 21 movies. In 2007 Rex was the primary director on “ROME – The Rise and Fall of an Empire,” for the History Channel. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes' Movie Beat for other great interviews, cast & crew listings, events, premieres & more at rexsikes.com Visit and subscribe to Rex Sikes' Movie Beat Blog at http://www.RexSikesMovieBeat.me for articles and more about the industry we love and work in.
Nicholas Henderson is an Art Directors' Guild 'Excellence in Production Design' winning feature film art director/set designer and trained architect. Nicholas has worked within the design teams of award winning buildings, four television dramas, 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley' theme park in Orlando, Florida, ten live action features and three animated features within the UK and the United States. Between 2008 and 2010, Nicholas worked on 'Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 & 2', (both nominated for the art direction Academy Award) on which he worked as art director for the destruction of Hogwarts alongside three time Academy Award winner Stuart Craig. In addition, Nicholas won the 'Excellence in Production Design' award at the 2012 Art Directors' Guild annual awards for his work on these films. In addition, Nicholas' has designed a Philadelphia project tower block under attack from zombies in Marc Forster's thriller 'World War Z' working alongside Production Designer Nigel Phelps, the bridge interior of the 'Nostromo' spaceship in Ridley Scott's sci-fi 'Prometheus' working alongside Oscar nominated Production Designer Arthur Max, 19th century victorian London interiors in Guy Ritchie's 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' alongside Oscar nominated Production Designer Sarah Greenwood, and a Greek Village in 'Mamma Mia' working alongside Production Designer Maria Djurkovic. Nicholas designs by hand on a drawing board and with Vectorworks CAD for 2D set drawings and with Autodesk Maya for all digital environments.Since 2012, Nicholas has worked as an in-house visual development artist at Dreamworks Animation in San Francisco, California working in the world of animated films. You can email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter @123Film
Journey to Legacy is honored to welcome Director Mykel Coleman to the show. Mykel Coleman Studios seeks to be the leading brand of impeccable quality offering inevitable Motion Picture, Television, and Theatrical productions. His company believes in giving opportunities to people who are extremely passionate about their abilities as well as molding individuals with positive attitudes and relentless work ethics to obtain growth and success. Mykel not only directs movies, but owns clothing lines, talk shows, magazines, and more!
His motto is: “True greatness comes from serving others...if you want to be truly great then serve others.”
Tune in at 7pm to catch this amazing interview and get inspired on your journey to legacy!
Peter Marshall, Pt 29, The Director's Series - The nuts & bolts of directing film and television with Peter Marshall. Peter has had a 35-year career and has worked as a PA, dolly grip, electrician, assistant cameraman, commercial production manager, first assistant director, TV series creative consultant, television producer and director. He has worked on industrial films, documentaries; television commercials, music videos; Emmy Award nominated TV series and features. Peter has directed over 30 TV episodes and written, directed or produced over 50 hours of documentary educational programs. His works have won, or been nominated for 14 International awards. He's worked for directors such as Zack Snyder, John Woo, Ed Wick, Phillip Noyce, John Balham, Roger Adam, Anne Wheeler, Bobby Roth & Kim Manners. He has worked with actors including Michelle Pfeiffer, Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, John Travolta, Mel Gibson, Kathy Bates, Adam Sandler and Peter O'Toole. Other credits inclurde scores of television series as 1st Ad & as a director. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at rexsikes.com Visit and subscribe to Rex Sikes' Movie Beat Blog at http://www.RexSikesMovieBeat.me for articles and more about the industry we love and work in.
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