The second and final installment of the final entry in the Staten Island cult favorite Packard series. Copyright 2009 AJ Epyx Productions, LLC. All music not used for commercial purpose.
Although this is only a year old, I gotta post it here:
Stapletonite to screen first full-length feature at Tribeca Cinemas
Andre’ Joseph thinks he’s got a real gem on his hand.
The 25-year-old Stapleton filmmaker, who’s been polishing his act on short films for years, is making his big screen debut tomorrow in Manhattan.
“I wanted to twist the James Bond concept of a world travel man who goes on fantastic adventures and gets involved with exotic women,” says Joseph, the writer-director and star of “Priceless,” his first full-length feature. “In this case, it’s a world travel man who returns home to get involved with the girl next door.”
The proud Emerson College grad said he was also inspired by great crime films with a romantic twist, namely “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Grosse Pointe Blank” and “The Thomas Crown Affair.” Filmed in locations across Staten Island last summer, “Priceless” features local actors, a musical score by Bernard Purdie and Rob Papparozzi, and songs by Aesha Waks (“Romp”) and Off-White Trash (“Rock Dance”).
“Andre’ and I have been making short films with our friends for years and kept talking about the day we would make a big film to get our names out there through the film festivals — this was it,” says producer Albert Albanese III, 23, of Grant City.
Joseph and Albanese are aiming to enter “Priceless” in the SINY, Tribeca and American Black film fests in 2009.
The plot revolves around Lando (Joseph), a jewel thief whose into “fast cars, fast women, and a fast track to nowhere in life.” Spotted during an attempted heist of a ruthless Russian mobster (Twisted Sister’s A.J. Pero), Lando hustles back to Staten Island where he grew up to hide and relocate his high school sweetheart, single mom Diana (Tasha Perri).
He struggles to rekindle his old flame while the Russian mob breathes down his neck. What will become of Lando and Diana, and what revenge will Koskov seek on Lando?
Find out when “Priceless” premieres Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St. in Manhattan. Visit MySpace.com/pricelessmovie for more information.
BACK TALK: AWE editor Rob Bailey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first installment of the final entry in the Staten Island cult favorite Packard series. Second installment coming soon.
The last two weeks have felt a little unfufilling with my HD camera in the repair shop due to the electronic lens which needs cleaning and re-alignment. At least I know when I get it back, it’ll be just as good as new and I can go on strong with production on Dishonorable Vendetta. In the meantime, I took the short hiatus to keep myself productive and have some fun as well.
I helped my Cinefiles buddies tape an out-of-studio shoot at the Nurse Bettie bar on Norfolk St. in NYC where the guys discussed booze and drugs on film. It was fun as always to see these guys discuss the significance of these movies and get into interesting debates about certain aspects like performance, direction, story direction, etc. I even got to see them this past Wednesday at Manhattan Cable doing a two-parter on the Star Trek films as well as a review on District 9.
Last night, Albert and I along with my film buddy Adam and his friends went to WWE Hell in a Cell at the new Prudential Center in Newark. My expectations were somewhat low going into it because of how stale wrestling has gotten in the last several months. But to see John Cena lose the title, a sick DX vs. Legacy cage match, and angering little children with chants like “Cena Sucks”, “Super Dragon”, and “Billy Gunn” (for all the marks) made the $28 tickets well worth it. Definitely worth doing again with the same guys.
On Friday, my dad and I went to go see Michael Moore’s new flick “Capitalism: A Love Story”. Compelling work as always from the Oscar winning documentarian. But I left the theatre deeply angry because of the corporate-driven government we have calling the shots in Washington. The final 30 minutes alone really gave me a sense of what life would really be like if FDR’s ideas came to fruition in his time and how that would affect our way of life. I won’t go into it any more than I have. You just have to see it for yourself.
Looking at the road ahead, I’m hoping to get back into filming DV next week and start getting my new website up and running so I can start selling DVD copies of “Priceless”. Keep checking here for updates and other exciting news from AJ Epyx Productions.