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“No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls” said the late Swedish Filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. It’s time for my annual tribute to the spirit of the Independent Filmmakers and the films they create. Often working with little or no budget, these intrepid writers, directors, and producers (often the same person) rely on their passion, patience, and perseverance to get their film completed. Indie films are often screened at local, national, or international film festivals, and some are ultimately bound for glory and released to theaters. Michael L. Boylan of Pennant Films in Atlantic Highlands is the first Filmmaker in the series. He says, “I would always look around as a child and imagine what I was seeing was a movie. I would see two lovers speaking, a bird chirping, a man running and make it all into a movie in my head. Editing each shot with my brain until I could play it back in its entirety.” Michael’s latest short film is The Radio, about a timid boy who gets love advice from his recently deceased uncle through a vintage transistor radio. The Radio will be premiered May 8th at Atlantic Cinemas in Atlantic Highlands. Last year another of Michael’s films, The Baseball Card, was an Official Selection of the Garden State Film Festival. This is Part 1 of my Filmmaker Series. After the interview, please check After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for more info.
The nature of love is one of life’s great mysteries. Scientists have tried, but cannot explain why one person loves another. We know that humans don’t outgrow their need for love or companionship. And what about love in the 65 and older crowd, which is the fastest growing age group in the US. Author Leo Buscaglia, known as Dr. Love said, “Relish love in your old age! Aged love is like aged wine; it becomes more satisfying, more refreshing, more valuable, more appreciated, and more intoxicating!” Social Documentary Filmmaker Steven Loring’s first feature film, The Age of Love, follows the humorous and poignant adventures of thirty seniors in Rochester, NY who sign up for a first-of-its-kind speed dating event exclusively for 70-90-year-olds. From anxious anticipation through the dates that follow, it's an unexpected tale of intrepid seniors who lay their hearts on the line, and discover how dreams and desires change, or don't change, from first love to the far reaches of life. In this film, Loring saw an opportunity to break social and generational barriers by looking at seniors not in terms of singular talents or specific communities, but through shared, human desires. Loring had a question: Do decades of life and loss constrict our hearts, or might time develop them in unexpected ways? By telling a story involving the universal quest for love, he connects these seniors directly to the mainstream through situations to which all can relate. Regardless of age, who doesn’t understand loneliness, desire, or the search for love? The movie’s tagline says it all – It’s never too late to date. After the interview, check After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for more info.
Chris Eilenstine wants you to forget everything you know about the living dead. The Soulless is a post-apocalyptic story about a father and daughter surviving a zombie apocalypse that has wiped out most of humanity. The two main characters are David his daughter Nicole. Their story begins on Z Day, when the plague is released and most of humanity is wiped out. Nicole and her father find they have special immunities and abilities; and the zombie population doesn’t attack them. They can walk among the zombies without fear of being eaten. The story becomes about two people forming strong family bonds and surviving together, learning what it means to be a father and a daughter in a way that few people ever do. The word zombie first appeared in The Oxford English Dictionary in 1819, but the first introduction of the word into the English-speaking world was an 1889 article in Harper's Magazine called The Country of the Comers-Back by journalist Lafcadio Hearn. While learning local customs of the Caribbean, Hearn came across a legend of corps cadavres or walking dead. The fear of zombies was tied to the practices of voodoo where it is possible for their idea of a soul to be removed and replaced by a god or sorcerer. Voodoo was deeply connected with the forced work and slavery of the people of the Caribbean; the main fear was that it'd be possible after death for a sorcerer to reanimate your corpse into an obedient drone. Meet Filmmaker Chris Eilenstine and find out more about his interest in all things zombie. After the interview, visit After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for more information.
Host Cyrus Webb welcomes filmmaker/screenwriter Elliot Diviney to #ConversationsLIVE to discuss his love of bringing projects to life and what it's been like to see the buzz around his latest project AMERICAN RESCUE SQUAD.
Ron James is a prolific award-winning filmmaker and writer. He is author of the Book "Messiah, Awakenings". He refers to Messiah: Awakenings as an action-adventure for the soul. In his book Christ returns to face the New World Order. The idea for ‘Messiah: Awakenings’ came from the realization that maybe our leaders are merely puppets, manipulated by a hidden cabal with an insidious agenda. Ron James' Internet TV network, Ivolve TV, is a media outlet dedicated to such topics. Ron hosts the online show, “Bigger Questions,” which explores mysteries such as: life after death, our place in the universe and the fusion of science and religion, which he believes is crucial to humanity’s future. He specializes in topics that enrich human understanding. James has covered topics such as: New Science, the Paranormal, Metaphysics and Contemporary Spirituality. James has won many awards including the EBE Award for ET related films four times. Recent Producer / Unit Director / Camera: The Citizen Hearing on Disclosure, Travis and many others. Among his many awards he was also winner of EBE Awards Best Picture and People's Choice 2012 and 2015. Please note: Kindle Unlimited subscribers and Amazon Prime members who own a Kindle can read Messiah: Awakenings for free. Others using Kindle or the Kindle APP can buy their copy for only $7.99. A limited edition of signed paperback copies is available on the book’s Web site. The second installment of this saga, tentatively entitled, Messiah: Paradox, will be released soon! www.Ivolvetv.com, www.ReadMessiah.com. Agent, Karen Reider: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Esper is an award-winning director based out of Attleboro, MA. Originally from New Jersey, Chris developed a passion and love for film at a very young age. When he was in his teens, he received his first camera and started experimenting with it. After high school, he attended New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Digital Recording Arts. He has since directed several short films which have gone on to screen at a number of film festivals and win several awards. Aside from short films, he has also directed music videos, corporate videos and has also worked on other New England productions in the camera and editing department while building a name for himself in the process. With several projects on the horizon including a feature film, Chris continues to work closer to his dreams.
The 2015 Filmmaker Series on Jersey Coastal Live closes with Drew Bolognini of Quick4 Productions. Drew has 30 years of production experience and a network of professionals who can manage and produce projects of all sizes. Drew was a 2013 NY Emmy® award nominee in the Photography: Short Form category. He's been producing, directing, shooting, writing and editing magazine show video content for broadcast since 1993. He spent 17 years with Cablevision shooting, editing and working a variety of control room and remote truck positions supporting both studio and field productions. Impressive credentials to be sure, but it was a brief entry on Facebook (seriously!) that made me take notice. Drew mentioned his music video Behind the Scenes had been selected as a 2015 Official Entry in the Garden State Film Festival and he’d be heading to Atlantic City for the festivities. Since I already knew I was planning my annual Filmmaker Series, Drew was the first one I contacted to be a guest. So last in the series is Drew Bolognini whose music video won the Home Grown Award for Movie Music Competition: Best Song. All you One Direction fans will love this video, so take a look here. Drew will share his GSFF experience and what other projects he’s working on as well. After the interview, please check After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for more information.
Join hosts Jason R. Davis and Anita Nicole Brown as we talk with filmmaker Brock Riebe
Brock is a filmmaker, actor, writer, singer/songwriter from Madison, WI. He has earned a degree in Communications from the University of WI at Madison. Incall is both his feature film acting as well as directorial debut.
His goal as a filmmaker (and actor) is to create stories, characters and scenarios that deal with issues, not readily or honestly explored by mainstream media, in a fresh, innovative and entertaining way. He has lived and worked in New York City, San Francisco, Miami, and Chicago.
Award winning cinematographer, Tracey The Director. With his company, Kinship Works Production Company, in collaboration with Atlanta House of Shoots, Tracey works for major industry players including T.I., DJ Drama, Trey Songz and more. In addition, he has been hired for large productions including the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards and Ladies Who Brunch: Atlanta.
Tracey The Director has now partnered with National Best Selling Author, David Weaver, to turn his novels into 30 minute episodes. The new series will bring forth some of Atlanta's hottest talent, including Love and Hip Hop's Erika Pinkett. He can discuss his success in one year, the pros and cons of having celebrity clientele, and inform your supporters on how they can get involved in the new series.
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Norman Buckley is a television director, best known for his work on PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, RIZZOLI AND ISLES, THE FOSTERS, THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA, CHASING LIFE, SWITCHED AT BIRTH, THE OC, CHUCK, and GOSSIP GIRL, among others. Buckley’s first job in the film industry was as assistant editor on the 1983 Oscar-nominated film TENDER MERCIES, which featured his sister, actress Betty Buckley. Buckley continued editing for a number of year on many films, television series, and TV movies. He apprenticed under some of the best film editors in the business, including Carol Littleton, Sam O'Steen, William Anderson, and Bob Leighton. He also worked with many outstanding directors, including Bruce Beresford, Robert Benton, Mike Nichols, Rob Reiner, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Richard Donner, J.S. Cardone, McG, Doug Liman, and Robert M. Young. He worked as an editor on many independent films at the Sundance, Toronto, and Telluride film festivals, including HAPPY, TEXAS, which he also associate-produced. Beginning in 2000, Buckley edited several television pilots, all of which were picked up to series. He has been nominated twice for an American Cinema Editors award: in 2003 for JOE AND MAX, for best-edited motion picture for non-commercial television, and in 2008 for the pilot of CHUCK, for best-edited one-hour series for commercial television. After editing the pilot episode of THE OC in 2003, he began his directing career by helming six episodes of that series. He has gone on to direct over 25 other television shows since then. Buckley taught for several quarters at the University of California Los Angeles film school to both graduates and undergraduates. You can email your questions to email@example.com or follow us on Twitter @123Film
Jack Thomas Smith made his feature film-directing debut with the psychological thriller “Disorder.” He was also the writer and producer of that film. “Disorder” was released on DVD by Universal/Vivendi and New Light Entertainment. It was released on Pay-Per-View and Video-On-Demand by Warner Brothers. Overseas, it screened at the Cannes Film Festival and the Raindance Film Festival in London. Curb Entertainment represented “Disorder” for foreign sales and secured distribution deals around the world.
Born in 1969 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Smith lived there until he was eight when his family relocated to a quiet island community in Michigan, which would later serve as the inspiration for his upcoming film “In the Dark.” He began to write at a very young age after reading the Stephen King novels “Salem’s Lot” and “The Shining.” By the time he was eleven, he had written a 300-page novel and a number of short stories.
Smith’s family moved to Sparta, New Jersey when he was a teenager. It was there in that middle-class town that he discovered the films of George A. Romero, Stanley Kubrick, Brian DePalma, and John Carpenter. Inspired to make movies, he wrote and directed a handful of short films that were shot on Super 8mm and starred his brother and friends in all of the roles.
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.
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