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 email@example.com.
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.
For anyone who’s interested, I’m preparing ideas for the marketing of “Dishonorable Vendetta”. While it’s still in the early stages, I am seeking a tagline for the film that I can put on the posters, t-shirts, etc. I want something as effective as “Houston, we have a problem” from Apollo 13 or “The future begins” from Terminator Salvation. Message me or leave a comment with your ideas. The winner will get a free t-shirt. No kidding. FREE t-shirt.
As of Sept. 23, this may well be my last blog… for myspace at least. Having a myspace, Facebook, Twitter, and most recently a Blogger page is a lot of work to handle and at this point something has to go. For now, I plan to keep the myspace page around for a bit unless my friends list drops down to zero. The pages for “Priceless” and “Dishonorable Vendetta” will still remain intact. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, this site is beginning to go the way of WCW or even the Playstation 2.
Speaking of my new film, Dishonorable Vendetta, people have been inquiring about the progress of the film and want to know more about it. Despite having put up various behind the scenes pics, I haven’t even begun to spoil any real major details about the film. I will add a few quick points:
– The central plot is being kept secret. Some may already know by now. But for the general public, it’s an action film about DEA agents infiltrating a group of murderous drug lords.
– We’ve been filming since August and once the weather really begins to drop, there will be a hiatus until Spring 2010 when production will continue.
– The imdb page hasn’t been set up yet. Once we get a few media blurbs, it should pop up very soon.
– No additional screencaps/screenshots will be released until my new AJ Epyx page is created.
– Extras will definitely be needed for upcoming shooting dates. Message me your info.
– Target release date: “WHEN IT’S DONE”!
On that note, the myspace blog is done. I wish it well on its future endeavors.
The Myspace Era
August 2005 – September 2009
Also check out the new production announcement on Variety.com:
This past Sunday, I turned 26 years old. Not necessarily monumental but I’m definitely over the hump now. It was great day that started with me and my dad going to see the Yankees demolish the White Sox 8-3. Loved the new stadium in spite of being baked in the sun at gate 2 section 300 something. Then we met up with my mom and my cousin Richard over at Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem for dinner. Nice quiet evening to cap the night. But nevertheless, being 26 means the party’s over and the work really begins.
Finally after 9 months of shooting and editing, I finally completed Packard Coldshot. For those of you new to it, I’m re-establishing a character I created and portrayed in a series of detective movies I’ve been making since high school. For my family and friends, it’s the end of a 8 year journey in playing this character and it’s conclusion symbolizes the fact that I have made the transition from old school high-8 videos with my friends to independent films with working actors, high-end equipment, and media coverage to go along with it. I certainly came a long way from New York Film Academy.
September is also going to be the month where I will be getting knee-deep into my new film, Dishonorable Vendetta. In the next couple of weeks, you’ll not only see more pictures from the set but also a video blog which will document our progress on the film. I’m really getting a good vibe from make it thus far and I hope it will only get better as we go along.
On a final note, I thank everyone once again who sent me birthday wishes over Facebook. It really meant a lot to me. But I was also surprised that this was the first time in 4 years that no one wished me happy birthday on Myspace. I know it sounds meaningless but it seems clear now that Facebook took away the Myspace audience the same way WCW stole WWE’s audience in the 90s. It makes me wonder if I really need Myspace anymore. Only time will tell.