Monday, May 18, 2015

VISIONFEST ANNOUNCES 2015 IDEPENDENT VISION AWARDS

VISIONFEST 15: THE OTHER FESTIVAL wrapped its five-day run last night with the 2015 Independent Vision Awards Ceremony & After-Party!



The 15th Anniversary Edition of the annual Domani Vision Film Society event gave out Outstanding Achievement Awards in the following categories:

Mr. Senger accepts Domani Vision Award

Domani Vision Award – Filmmaker of the Year
Travis Gutiérrez Senger DESERT CATHEDRAL


Alan Pruzin accepts Production award
Production
Alan Pruzin - Scott Schill FRANK VS. GOD

Directing
Travis Gutiérrez Senger DESERT CATHEDRAL 


Cast & crew pose with VF15 co-director Bruno Derlin
Audience Award
ALTO
 
Writing
Stewart Schill FRANK VS. GOD
 
The Jack Nance Breakthrough Performance Award
Chaske Spencer DESERT CATHEDRAL


Bruno Derlin & Todd D'Amour
Acting Male – Long Form
Todd D’Amour WENDELL & THE LEMON

Acting Female – Long Form
Ever Carradine FRANK VS. GOD

Cinematography
Michael Ragen DESERT CATHEDRAL

Editing
Chris King BIRTHDAY
 
Maria Soccor and her Outstanding Documentary Award
Documentary
LORDS OF BSV
 
Marilyn D'Amato and her award

Production Design
Marilyn D’Amato ALTO



SHORT FORM PROJECTS

Garette Henson accepts for Outstanding Short

Outstanding Short Subject
SINA FORMA

DVFS Visionary Award
Courtney Marsh ZARI

Acting - Male
Stephen Plunkett SINA FORMA

JoAnna Rhinehart accepts her acting award

Acting - Female (tie)
Mandy Moody BIRTHDAY
JoAnna Rhinehart DOUBLE NEGATIVE

Short Form Screenplay
Brian Dilg DOUBLE NEGATIVE

Jury Prize – Technical/Artistic Achievement
HELIO

Social Consciousness
BIRTHDAY

Sound Design
ZARI

Score
David Gregory Byrne THE BLOOD OF LOVE

FEATURE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION

1st Place
SOLE CAPTAIN by Wernher Ovalle

Bruno Derlin with 2nd Place recipient, Lukas Hassel

2nd Place
GALAPAGOS by Lukas Hassel

3rd Place
OUTSIDE MERIDIAN by Martin Ponferrada



ALL IVA CEREMONY PHOTOS BY DEREK SOTO - SINESTRA STUDIOS

Saturday, May 16, 2015

VF15 ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION DEAL FOR "ALTO"


Following NYC premiere at VisionFest NYC, Cinema Libre Studio Acquires
‘Official Centerpiece’ film, ALTO
starring American Idol’s Diana DeGarmo and Annabella Sciorra in an LGBT ‘family’ film


Cast and crew from ALTO on red carpet during the film’s VF15 premiere
(photo by Derek Soto – Sinestra Studios)

New York, May 16, 2015:  Following its New York City premiere at VisionFest 15, Cinema Libre Studio has acquired ALTO, a ground breaking independent film that turns the mob comedy on its ear by introducing a lesbian love story that seeks to bridge differences and unite families. Written and directed by transgender filmmaker Mikki del Monico, the film stars American Idol’s Diana DeGarmo and features her vocals in original music.

ALTO is a quirky love story set in the midst of an unanticipated run-in with the New York Mafia, its comedic elements making it accessible as a story about family as much as about personal growth.  Improbable love, the mob, and family traditions gone awry pave the way for laughter in this character-rich story that explores how the most surprising discoveries often come when we least expect it, in the midst of murder plots, federal investigations, and …oh yeah, lasagna!

The film was produced by Toni D’Antonio and Shake the Tree Productions. 


From left to right:
Producer Toni D’Antonio, Writer-Director Mikki del Monico, and Executive Producer Ellora DeCarlo









It features Diana DeGarmo as “Frankie del Vecchio,” Melanie Minichino (Sopranos, Law & Order) as her sister with Annabella Sciorra (The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Cop Land) and David Valcin (Person of Interest, New Year’s Eve) as their parents. Natalie Knepp plays “Nicolette” (The Last 5 Years, Orange Is The New Black) the mobster’s daughter, a modern day femme fatale.

DeGarmo first caught America’s attention by earning the runner-up position on American Idol’s third season, a platform she used to launch a successful music and theatre career, including the Tony award-winning revival of Hair. She is currently wrapping up a national tour as the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Alto features original music performed by DeGarmo with vocals added by her husband Ace Young, also an American Idol alumnus, and the chart topping girl-group Antigone Rising.

The unique take on this Romeo-and-Juliet family comedy was conceived, written, and directed by del Monico. “I know what it’s like to step outside the everyday world and play by my own set of rules. The path to making this film involved my coming out as transgender, something I’d felt completely unprepared to discuss for many years.  I have a great family, but I wasn’t prepared for their acceptance.  I’d tied myself in knots because I didn’t want to hurt them.  Instead they gave me the gift of any great family: their love.”

The film was unveiled publicly for the first time in New York on May 15, as the ‘Official Centerpiece Screening’ at VisionFest 15: The Other Festival (aka VF15), which celebrated its 15th annual run with this special anniversary edition.  Organized and curated by the Domani Vision Film Society, a non-profit arts and culture organization dedicated to “bringing you tomorrow’s visionaries today,” VF15 continued its tradition of ‘promoting domestic filmmaking’ by presenting works made exclusively by some of the most talented U.S. based indie filmmakers on the film festival circuit today. 

VF15 also introduced a sidebar, art component this year with Musical Vision, a photo exhibit featuring live concert performance images captured by New York photographer, Mark Doyle. The festival selected 41 films, originating from 12 states, for this year’s line-up, with 32 of the films vying for the prestigious IVAs, the Independent Vision Awards.  ALTO is one of the films up for multiple award categories, with 4 nominations:  Outstanding Achievement in Production, Outstanding Actor – Lead Female Role (Natalie Knepp), the Jack Nance Breakthrough Performance Award (Diana DeGarmo), and Production Design.  In light of its two consecutive ‘sold out’ screenings at VF15, ALTO is also a front-runner for the festival’s first-ever Audience Award.  IVA winners will be announced during an Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 8:45 p.m. in the TC2 screening venue of Tribeca Cinemas.

Cinema Libre Studio, the Los Angeles based distribution company known for distributing a wide array of social-issue documentaries and provocative films by passionate filmmakers has acquired worldwide rights.  Says Richard Castro, COO and VP of Acquisitions, “Our company is proud to shine a light on films and filmmakers with unconventional perspectives.  Mikki has made a fun film that not only serves up a fresh take on the traditional mob story, but champions the LGBT community while doing so.  That’s a win-win-win in our book."


Learn more about the film:

About Cinema Libre:
Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Cinema Libre team has released over one hundred films including the Sundance Audience Award‐Winning FUEL, THE END OF POVERTY?, Rachid Bouchareb’s LONDON RIVER and Oliver Stone’s SOUTH OF THE BORDER. The studio is developing John Perkins’ best‐selling memoirs, CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN, into a major motion picture and is currently releasing CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU: SURVIVING THE POLICE and DAYS OF GRACE (DIAS DE GRACIA). For more information and updates, please visit: www.cinemalibrestudio.com| Updates | Facebook | Twitter .

Thursday, May 14, 2015

VF15 ANNOUNCES IVA NOMINATIONS!



Narrative Features DESERT CATHEDRAL and FRANK VS. GOD
and the short subject, HELIO, lead race with 9 nods apiece

On shorts front, SINA FORMA racked up 8 nominations, followed closely by
BIRTHDAY and ZARI with 6 nods each!



New York City – May 14, 2015 – VISIONFEST 15: THE OTHER FESTIVAL (VF15), which runs May 13 thru May 17, 2015, at Tribeca Cinemas (corner of Laight and Varick Streets in New York City), officially announced its 2015 Independent Vision Award (The IVAs) nominations last night.  Festival co-director, Bruno Derlin, revealed the contenders for this year’s IVAs during the after-party that followed the “Opening Night Selection” screening.  The announcements were greeted with cheers and applause by many of the participating filmmakers and their supporters present for the kick-off celebration.

The opening feature, DESERT CATHEDRAL, received a very warm and enthusiastic reception as the film’s writer-director, Travis Gutiérrez Senger, and its two male leads, Lee Tergesen and Chaske Spencer, went up to talk about their respective experiences on the film in a very intense Q&A session, which saw nearly every single attendee stick around way beyond the film’s closing credits. All three gentlemen were celebrated and singled out for their work just thirty minutes later, when IVA nominations were announced and the film piled up 9 mentions, including the festival’s top prize, the Domani Vision Award, named after the festival’s organizing entity, the Domani Vision Film Society, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization, whose tag line is: “Bringing you tomorrow’s visionaries, today.”

The festival’s “Closing Night Selection” feature, FRANK VS. GOD, by Stewart Schill, and the futuristic short, HELIO, by Teddy Cecil, also racked up 9 nominations apiece, with each director also named as a candidate for the fest’s top prize.  The FRANK VS. GOD nominations mirrored 8 of the DESERT CATHEDRAL category nods, with the exception of one (DC has a Jack Nance Breakthrough Performance Award mention, while FvG is in the running for a Production Design Award), making this race a very exciting showdown for the two features.  Two other narrative features, ALTO, by Mikki del Monico, and WENDELL AND THE LEMON, by Lawrence Krauser, also matched their respective nominations tally, with 4 nods each, but only mirrored a mention in a single category:  Outstanding Production.

The narrative short subjects race is also populated by a slew of films with multiple nominations.  In addition to the aforementioned HELIO, SINA FORMA, by Garette Henson, the festival’s opening night short,, landed 8 nods, including Outstanding Achievement in Short Subject Filmmaking and the Domani Vision Award.  Following close behind, with 6 nominations apiece, were ZARI, by Courtney Marsh, an “Outstanding Short” contender who has the distinction of being the only filmmaker with two projects included in this year’s line-up (her experimental, THE TULIP CHAIR, was screened during last night’s program), and 2015 film festival circuit darling, BIRTHDAY, by Chris King, who happens to be the one VF alum who already has several IVA statuettes on his mantle and has now been given a chance to double his “Outstanding Short” score.  Rounding out the Outstanding Short category are DOUBLE NEGATIVE, by Brian Dilg, which collected 5 nominations, and PINKY, by Dylan Paffe, with 4 nods.

The feature documentary, LORDS OF BSV, by Maria Soccor, landed a nomination for its editor, Barry Rubinow, and one for Outstanding Documentary, which will see the sparring competition of THE WHISKEY TREATY ROADSHOW, by Timothy Bradley.

Winners will be announced on Sunday, May 17, 2015, during the IVA Ceremony, which will kick off at approximately 8:45 pm.  The full list of IVA nominations follows:

Domani Vision Award – Filmmaker of the Year
Travis Gutiérrez Senger DESERT CATHEDRAL
Stewart Schill FRANK VS. GOD
Teddy Cecil HELIO
Garette Henson SINA FORMA
Courtney Marsh ZARI

Production
Toni D’Antonio, Ellora DeCarlo, Mikki del Monico, Annabella Sciorra ALTO
Travis Gutiérrez Senger, Michael J Mouncer,  Chip Hourihan DESERT CATHEDRAL
Alan Pruzin - Scott Schill FRANK VS. GOD
Teddy Cecil - David Kenneth HELIO
Josh Wick WENDELL AND THE LEMON

Directing
Chris King BIRTHDAY
Travis Gutiérrez Senger DESERT CATHEDRAL
Stewart Schill FRANK VS. GOD
Garette Henson SINA FORMA
Lawrence Krauser WENDELL AND THE LEMON

Writing
Travis Gutiérrez Senger DESERT CATHEDRAL
Stewart Schill FRANK VS. GOD
Garette Henson & Laurie Rose Savage SINA FORMA
Lawrence Krauser WENDELL AND THE LEMON
Courtney Marsh ZARI

The Jack Nance Breakthrough Performance Award
Diana DeGarmo ALTO
Ashley Carvalho BROKEN JAM
Chaske Spencer DESERT CATHEDRAL
Maximus Britton DOUBLE NEGATIVE
Alison Lani PINKY

Acting Male – Long Form
Lee Tergesen DESERT CATHEDRAL
Henry Ian Cusick FRANK VS. GOD
Todd D’Amour WENDELL & THE LEMON

Acting Female – Long Form
Natalie Knepp ALTO
Petra Wright DESERT CATHEDRAL
Ever Carradine FRANK VS. GOD

The Abe Shrager Award for Cinematography
Adam Newport-Berra THE CRUMB OF IT
Michael Ragen DESERT CATHEDRAL
Stephen F. Campbell FRANK VS. GOD
Byron Werner HELIO
Julian Amaru Estrada PINKY

Editing
Chris King BIRTHDAY
Marc Vives DESERT CATHEDRAL
Stewart Schill FRANK VS. GOD
Carlos David Rivera HELIO
Barry Rubinow LORDS OF BSV

Documentary
LORDS OF BSV
THE WHISKEY TREATY ROADSHOW

Production Design
Marilyn D’Amato ALTO
Natasha Liegel THE CRUMB OF IT
Holley D. Morgan & Matthew S. Naumann FRANK VS. GOD
Aprile Lanza Boettcher THE HAIRCUT
Kurt Braun HELIO

SHORT FORM

Outstanding Short Subject
BIRTHDAY (Chris King, Producer)
DOUBLE NEGATIVE (Miguel Parga,Eckhard Stiller, Producers)
PINKY (Celina Hyojong Kim, Producer)
SINA FORMA (Nicole Delaney, Producer)
ZARI (Jerry Franck & Kristof Ruzics, Producers)

DVFS Visionary Award
Jeff Meyers THE BLOOD OF LOVE
Teddy Cecil HELIO
A.J. Schmitz PERIPLANET
Garette Henson SINA FORMA
Courtney Marsh ZARI

Acting Male (Short)
Chris Gouchoe BIRTHDAY
George R. Golden THE EXAM
Franco Pulice INFINITE
Rick Kincaid LULLABY
Stephen Plunkett SINA FORMA

Acting Female (Short)
Mandy Moody BIRTHDAY
Mali Elfman THE BLOOD OF LOVE
JoAnna Rhinehart DOUBLE NEGATIVE
Bailey Noble THE HAIRCUT
Sofiya Akilova SINA FORMA

Short Form Screenplay
Jeff Meyers THE BLOOD OF LOVE
Brian Dilg DOUBLE NEGATIVE
William Speruzzi THE EXAM
A.J. Schmitz PERIPLANET
Dylan Paffe PINKY

Jury Prize – Technical/Artistic Achievement
CHEESE DOG: THE MOVIE
HELIO
INFINITE
PERIPLANET
ZARI

Social Consciousness
BIRTHDAY
BROKEN JAM
DOUBLE NEGATIVE
THE HAIRCUT
SINA FORMA

Sound Design
Brandon Kim CLOSE THE DOOR
P. Daniel Newman HELIO
Ray Chung LULLABY
Roman Chimienti THE MINIONS
Courtney Marsh ZARI

Score (Short Form)
David Gregory Byrne THE BLOOD OF LOVE
White Widow CHEESE DOG: THE MOVIE
Milosz Jeziorski CLOSE THE DOOR
Ryan Stratton INFINITE
P. Daniel Newman HELIO

FEATURE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION FINALISTS

GALAPAGOS by Lukas Hassel
OUTSIDE MERIDIAN by Martin Ponferrada
SILENCE by Dylan Phillips
SOLE CAPTAIN by Wernher Ovalle
SPOOKED by Scott Ruane


For additional details and/or to request Press Accreditation, please contact: press@visionfest.com

Friday, May 8, 2015

WHISKEY TREATY ROADSHOW TO PERFORM AT VF15

THE WHISKEY TREATY ROADSHOW is the title of a documentary by Timothy Bradley, screening this year at VISIONFEST 15.  The screening will be held on Thursday, May 14th, at 7:00pm, in TC1, as part of the program, A POTPOURRI OF VISIONS, an eclectic collection of animated, experimental, narrative, and documentary shorts.  The screening will be followed with a Q&A featuring the filmmakers & cast/crew members of the projects being presented, and an after-party in the adjacent VARICK ROOM, where members of THE WHISKEY TREATY ROADSHOW will perform live, in an intimate, "unplugged" show.



THE WHISKEY TREATY ROADSHOW IS A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT THAT BRINGS TOGETHER MASSACHUSETTS SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN THE VEIN OF AMERICANA, ROCK AND ROOTS-FOLK MUSIC TO AUDIENCES THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH AND BEYOND.

This particular program is especially significant, as it is a special benefit screening where a portion of the proceeds will be donated to NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.  The initiative to bring awareness to mental illness was inspired by the several projects featured this year at VF15, which feature thematic elements or characters dealing with mental illness - amongst these:  SINA FORMA, A SILENT STRUGGLE, BROKEN JAM, and the Feature Screenplay Competition Finalists, SILENCE and SOLE CAPTAIN.

Other films in the A POTPOURRI OF VISIONS line-up:  BUMMERTOWN, CHEESE DOG: THE MOVIE, SEPTEMBER SKETCH BOOK, A SILENT STRUGGLE, WITHOUT A DOUBT, ELLA AT THE LIBRARY, ELGIN PARK, and PERIPLANET.

Tickets are now on sale at: www.visionfest.com

Saturday, April 25, 2015

VF15 ANNOUNCES SHORT SCRIPT WINNER!

Pennsylvania scribe, William Kontuly, has been selected by the Domani Vision Film Society Screenwriting Competitions Jury as the winner of the 2015 Visionfest Short Script Competition with his screenplay, THROUGH THE TREES, which was chosen from a pool of about 70 short screenplays submitted to the competition, starting as far back as September 2014.

Kontuly, who will now have his winning script brought into development with DVision Films, the creative team behind the VF initiative, the 5x5 New York State of Mind Digital Project, was ecstatic on the phone earlier this morning, when VF15 co-director, Frank Lewallen, notified him of the win.

"I can't believe this, Frank,  I have never won anything like this!  cheered Kontuly, adding: "I once won $50 on a scratch-off and I thought that was amazing, but this... this is just sick!"  He then expressed some concerns about the fact that he has never directed a film before and, of course, Frank reassured him that we'll make sure we'll have all the necessary resources in place for the project to get done and be ready for a VF16 'world premiere' screening.

In addition to the development and production package, Kontuly will receive a "featured listing" from the festival's Screenwriting Competitions co-sponsor, InkTip.com.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

VF15 ANNOUNCES SCREENWRITING FINALISTS!

After arduous deliberations, Domani Vision Film Society is proud to announce its top 5 Finalists of the VF15 Feature Screenwriting Competition, and they are (listed alphabetically by title):

GALAPAGOS by Lukas Hassel
OUTSIDE MERIDIAN by Martin Ponferrada
SILENCE by Dylan Phillips
SOLE CAPTAIN by Wernher Ovalle
SPOOKED by Scott Ruane



Congratulations to the authors of these fine works and welcome to the Official Line-Up of VISIONFEST 15: THE OTHER FESTIVAL.

(Short Script Competition Finalists will be announced this Saturday, May 25, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. EST)

The 2015 Feature Screenwriting Competition is co-sponsored by InkTip
Award package includes:

InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you

InkTip Magazine: Publication of your logline in InkTip's bi-monthly publication sent to 4000+ producers, agents, and managers.

Friday, April 17, 2015

VF15 'CENTERPIECE SCREENING' IS SOLD OUT! Encore Screening Added at 9:15 p.m.

From left:  Natalie Knepp & Diana DeGarmo in a still from ALTO
VISIONFEST: The Other Festival is proud to announce the first 'sold out' program of its 15th anniversary edition:  The OFFICIAL CENTERPIECE SELECTION SCREENING,  Program 05, an LGBT-themed program block featuring the New York Premiere of the highly anticipated mob-rom-com, ALTO, by Mikki del Monico, and the narrative short, MOON PEOPLE, by Alexandra Grace, which is  also making its New York debut.

The program, scheduled for Friday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m. and subtitled "Visions of Love, Family, and the LGBT Section," is also the one block in the line-up that had already been planned as a double screening room event, being simulcast in both Tribeca Cinemas 1&2.  The 'anticipation factor' for ALTO was so high in New York, that advance online tickets had been sold out for the Tribeca Cinemas 2 theater within the first day that they had been made available.  Less than a week later, the Tribeca Cinemas 1 theater sold its last two seats, prompting VF15 organizers to immediately open sales on an added screening a 9:15 p.m encore presentation, in TC 1, since TC 2 is already hosting the festival's second shorts block, Program 06, "Visions of the Taut and Fantastic."

Harry Hains & Alexandra Grace in MOON PEOPLE
To facilitate a Q&A with cast and crew members from ALTO and MOON PEOPLE, audiences from the TC 1&2 show at 7:00 p.m. will spill out into The Varick Room, the venue's popular bar/lounge area, where a sizzling after-party is also scheduled to take place.  Drink specials, live music, the Musical Visions photo exhibit by Mark Doyle, step and repeat photo ops, and other fun surprises are among the highlights planned for that evening.  Audiences from the TC 1 encore and the TC 2 shorts block will eventually join the party, which promises to be an evening to remember...  especially since...

MOST CREATIVE & INTERESTING 'SELFIE' AT VF15 WILL GET FREE VF16 PASSES!

A Domani Vision Film Society panel will be voting for the most creative, most interesting selfie taken at Visionfest 15 and posted and/or linked to the Visionfest - Domani Vision Film Society Facebook Page on any day throughout the duration of the event.  The author of the image (which can also be a group shot) selected by DVFS as their "favorite" will receive a pair of full access, complimentary passes to next year's festival, VF16!  Photo bombing is allowed but will not win you tickets... just notoriety :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

VF15 LINEUP IS LIVE & TICKETS ARE ON SALE!


The verdict is in!  VISIONFEST 15: THE OTHER FESTIVAL has unveiled the complete line-up for its fifteenth anniversary run.  Among some of the highlights of things happening this year are:

- The Return of FKBK - For Kids By Kids, a special sidebar initiative showcasing films by filmmakers under 18 years of age (more on this when you scroll way down)

 
- MUSICAL VISIONS,  a photo exhibit by Mark Doyle, which will be unveiling at Tribeca Cinemas throughout the VF15 run.  The premiere showcase features a series of photographs of popular music artists performing live and some portraits, which will be exhibited in the theater's bar/lounge, THE VARICK ROOM.  The exhibit, which will be viewable throughout the entire film festival with the exception of Saturday, May 16,  is free and open to the public and Mark Doyle is scheduled to be on hand for the opening and closing nights.  Take a peek!

- And of course:  THE FILMS!
Still from BIRTHDAY

The competition just got fierce!  After months of Selection Committee screenings and deliberations, which saw the VF team plow through tons of shorts, experimental entries, animated films, and over 90 narrative features and 75 documentaries submitted for consideration, the festival chose 35 films for its Independent Vision Showcase and 6 for the FKBK Section.

The "Official Opening Night Selection" slot this year is held by the riveting mystery, DESERT CATHEDRAL, by Travis Gutiérrez Senger, making its New York Premiere on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.
Still from DESERT CATHEDRAL

Preceding the feature presentation are two shorts, as is customary for all VF programs, which strive to provide a rich two-hour ride for each of their program block audiences. The first short is a deep, and somewhat quirky experimental titled THE TULIP CHAIR by Courtney Marsh, who also happens to be the only filmmaker with two films in this year's Independent Vision line-up - this short and the haunting cautionary tale ZARI.  The second, SINA FORMA, by Garette Henson, is an emotionally charged dramatic piece making its World Premiere at VF15.

On Thursday, May 14, the evening ignites with an eclectic collection of films that are part of a program known as A POTPOURRI OF VISIONS in TC 1.  The 8pm show in TC 2 will feature the narrative shorts block VISIONS OF CINEMATIC SYNERGY.

Still from WENDELL AND THE LEMON
And for the evening's last program: WENDELL AND THE LEMON, a Slamdance alum, comes to VF.  Directed by Lawrence Krauser, the film is a a comic exploration of jerry-rigged sanity based on his book, "Lemon".  Opening the program will be T.J. Misny's acclaimed short, THE CRUMB OF IT.

On Friday, May 15th, VF presents its first LGBT themed program block ever - and this will be a special section the festival intends to expand upon in the imminent future.
This "Official Centerpiece Selection" screening will be headlined by the New York Premiere of ALTO, written and directed by Mikki Del Monico, with the sweet short, MOON PEOPLE by Alexandra Grace, paving the way at 7 p.m.

<--- Promotional still from ALTO

 VISIONS OF THE TAUT AND FANTASTIC is the 9:30 pm block that offers a perfect blend of sci-fi, romance, horror, and psychological mind games - a great way to spend a Frightday Night.
  
Still from LORDS OF BSV

Saturday evening, May 16, VF pumps up the volume and breaks out some new moves with the feature-length documentary, LORDS OF BSV, by Maria Soccor.  The doc will be preceded by the poignant and edgy American Film Institute short, PINKY, by Dylan Paffe.


The exciting VF sidebar initiative "FKBK - For Kids By Kids" returns to VF with a special Sunday semi-matinee program slated for May 17 at 4:30 pm. The program consists of films created by filmmakers under the age of 18 and is set up as a special "out of competition" screening, which will unveil six new films that will reignite the flame of a VF project that the festival hopes to enhance and continue for years to come.

Sunday's "Closing Night Selection" brings one of the most celebrated features on the festival circuit today to VF.
Still from FRANK VS. GOD

Stewart Schill's FRANK VS. GOD, starring the talented Henry Ian Cusick (Lost, Girl on the Train), will kick off at 6:30 p.m., preceded by the New York Premiere of DOUBLE NEGATIVE, by Brian Dilg.




TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE AT:   WWW.VISIONFEST.COM

Sunday, April 5, 2015

VF15 FEATURE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION - SPRING SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!

DOMANI VISION FILM SOCIETY proudly congratulates its VISIONFEST
2015 Feature Screenwriting Competition - Spring Phase Semi-Finalists
(listed alphabetically by title)

SPRING PHASE SEMI-FINALISTS
CAN'T MUMBAI ME LOVE by Andrew Abdou
GALAPAGOS by Lukas Hassel
THE INSIGNIFICANT OTHER by Pat Streater
LOOKIN' UP by Marvin Kaplan
SILENCE by Dylan Phillips

These semi-finalists will be vying for a "finalist" position against the Winter Phase semi-finalists listed here below:

WINTER PHASE SEMI-FINALISTS
OUTSIDE MERIDIAN by Martin Ponferrada
SOLE CAPTAIN by Wernher Ovalle
SPOOKED by Scott Ruane
TAKE MY WIFE by Linda Algazi
WHAT LIES BEYOND THINE CUBICLE by Jonas Pachuski

ON APRIL 20, 2015
5 Finalists will be announced and invited to attend VF15 for an opportunity to qualify as the top three feature screenplays of 2015

The 2015 Feature Screenwriting Competition is co-sponsored by InkTip
Award package includes:

InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you

InkTip Magazine: Publication of your logline in InkTip's bi-monthly publication sent to 4000+ producers, agents, and managers.

Friday, March 13, 2015

VF15 ANNOUNCES PARTIAL LINE-UP


VISIONFEST will kick off 15th anniversary run on May 13, 2015
with New York Premiere of DESERT CATHEDRAL

Mob comedy ALTO unveils as festival’s ‘Centerpiece Screening’ on May 15th

May 17:  FRANK VS. GOD showdown is Official Closing Night Selection!


 
New York City – March 13, 2015 – VISIONFEST 15: THE OTHER FESTIVAL (VF15) is letting some early cats out of the bag this year!  Traditionally announcing its official line-up about a month before the start of the event, the film festival, which has been dubbed ‘the American Classic’ and is widely renowned and respected throughout the U.S. for its quality programming, is officially announcing some of the titles already locked into key slots exactly two months prior to the start of the event.  Running May 13 thru May 17 at Tribeca Cinemas (corner of Laight and Varick Streets in New York City), VF15, whose mission to “promote domestic filmmaking” is supported and propelled by its organizing entity, the Domani Vision Film Society, a not-for-profit arts & culture organization, this year celebrates its fifteenth annual outing with a powerful and very diverse lineup of some of the finest American indie films on the festival circuit today.

Beginning with its “Official Opening Night Selection,” DESERT CATHEDRAL, the haunting debut feature from Travis Gutierrez Senger, VF15 explores more thematic paths and genre shifts than ever before.  In this opening night feature, a broken real estate developer, played by Lee Tergesen (Oz, Generation Kill, Monster), mysteriously disappears into the Southwest in 1992, leaving behind a series of VHS tapes to his employer and family. Without the aid of the police, his desperate wife hires a private investigator, played by Chaske Spencer (The Twilight Saga), to locate his whereabouts and bring him home.  When asked about the Selection Committee’s decision to include the film in this year’s line-up, VF15 co-director and programmer, Bruno Derlin stated: “How one film manages to keep you on the edge of your seat and, at the same time, pace itself with some of the most breathtaking and eloquently paced visual poetry you’ll ever see is beyond me.  This is the work of a true visionary.  We are so proud to be able to celebrate our fifteenth anniversary with such beautiful work.”

The “Special Centerpiece Selection” this year is reserved for ALTO, another debut feature in a completely different genre.  Here, writer-director Mikki del Monaco blends improbable love, the mob, and family non-conformity in a comedic tale whose tagline boasts “Two Girls. One Gun. The Mob. Because coming out to family is hard. But coming out to ‘family’ is funny.”  VF15 co-director and co-programmer, Frank Lewallen, called the film as “a breath of fresh air.  It’s clear to me that everyone in this movie had a blast making it and the love, passion, and dedication for the project are all too evident on the screen.”  The film, which features vibrant turns by Diana DeGarmo (American Idol) and Natalie Knepp (Orange Is The New Black), also stars Annabella Sciorra (The Sopranos, Don Peyote – she is also billed here as one of the producers).


“Official Closing Night Selection,” FRANK VS. GOD, by Stewart Schill (Big Time Rush, Charmed) offers a perfect blend of comedy, drama, and existentialism.  After his house is destroyed by a tornado (what his insurance company deems an "act of God"), former hotshot lawyer David Frank, played immaculately by Henry Ian Cusick (Lost, Hitman, Scandal) is determined that someone must pay. He decides to serve God... with a lawsuit.  VF15 producer, Jana Frindtova shared that:  “Films like this one make all the work we put into this festival worthwhile.  I laughed. I cried. I laughed again and cried from laughing so hard, but ultimately, I was entertained above and beyond anything that the local multiplex can offer these days.  I think everyone should see this film.  It says so much without ever preaching.  It stays with you long after the end credits have rolled.”

On the ‘short subjects’ front, VF15 has already secured screening rights to Chris King’s BIRTHDAY, one of the most highly acclaimed and anticipated shorts on the film festival circuit this year, screening at the Tribeca Film Festival prior to making its way to VF15.  Also already confirmed in the line-up of shorts:  William Speruzzi’s THE EXAM, Brian Dilg’s DOUBLE NEGATIVE, and VF alum, Jeremiah Kipp’s THE MINIONS.  These last three filmmakers all collaborated on one another’s projects as part of a special New York City filmmaking collective known as the 3x3 Project.  Also confirmed at press time, John Mattiuzzi's animated ZEROGON, fresh from its recent Slamdance Film Festival premiere.


VF15’s complete line-up will be announced in the next few weeks and tickets will be going on sale in early April. – www.visionfest.com


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