Sad news to share today as Del Weston who created and managed the Action on Film Festival had passed away after a long battle with COVID-19. Del was one of the biggest supporters of Vendetta Games when he accepted the film to AOF in Las Vegas back in 2018. While my memories of Del were mostly short but positive moments, the one that stands out most was when he watched my back after another distributor offered to pick up our film. Not only did he warn me against them but he went as far as reaching out to a better contact he trusted. That showed how big his heart was with struggling filmmakers. Vegas will never be the same without him. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
For those of you in the Las Vegas area, our animated trailer for AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS will be screening as part of the Action on Film International Film Festival on Wednesday, July 31st at 8pm at the Brenden Theaters located inside the Palms Hotel & Casino. The trailer will be followed by the award-winning AJ Epyx short film, THE SAXOPHONIST! Get your tickets today right here!
Our screenplay has reached FINALIST status at the Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition! Congrats to our screenwriter Drew Henriksen who also has his TV as well as crime scripts as finalist status and he’s even up for WRITER OF THE YEAR! The event will take place July 25 – August 3 at the Palms Casino Resort.
We’re still hard at work on post-production with the trailer project. Some dialogue replacement is being done as we speak and the music will be finalized in another week. We’re really excited to show you all what’s in store!
In case you missed my interview on It’s Just Us Radio last night, you can listen to the full episode at the following link: http://artistfirst.com/itsjustus.htm?fbclid=IwAR30Oa9lHljVMTC51h9JH7TwbLMgGtJ0K9cUBSq66kLyHhSoBgXSVUtUW_A
I’m happy to announce that our animated teaser trailer for American Gunslingers has been selected to screen at this year’s Action on Film Megafest in Las Vegas! We will have more information early next month about the screening date and film block where it will be showing. But for all filmmakers out there, the AOF as well as their sister festival Hollywood Dreams (where THE SAXOPHONIST will also be screening at this summer) are still accepting submissions between now and July 1. Check them out on FilmFreeway.
For AJ Epyx Productions, this was a very exciting week all around. First, we had the Action on Film/Hollywood Dreamz International Film Festival in Las Vegas where VENDETTA GAMES was screened. Between the Las Vegas setting and the festival atmosphere, we had such a blast in meeting new filmmakers (as well as ANTONIO FARGAS of “Starsky and Hutch”) to network with and enjoyed many of the films we saw. The award shows are so much fun and full of class all around. Del and Theresa Weston make all fellow filmmakers feel welcomed and embraced to be part of the AOF family. Though we didn’t win any of the awards we were up for, we gained so much insight and inspiration coming out of this festival. We’re truly thankful for the recognition.
Next up was last night’s New York Jazz Film Festival Awards event held at the legendary Paris Blues in Harlem. We were honored to accept the “Best Film” award for THE SAXOPHONIST with yours truly and star Beavin Lawrence in attendance. This was a great night for live music and meeting the fellow filmmakers and honorees who are doing their part in keeping jazz alive. We highly recommend that you support their films as well as ours by visiting the NYJFF Facebook page where you can watch all the films between now through Friday. Special thank you to Gregory Royal for this wonderful opportunity to have our film shown worldwide and all of our supporters including our fiscal sponsor, the New York Foundation for the Arts.
A new UPDATE regarding the upcoming film screening of VENDETTA GAMES at the Action on Film/Hollywood Dreamz Film Festival in Las Vegas: We have a new screening date of Wednesday, August 22 in the 2pm screening block. The film will be screened at the Brenden Theaters located in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Tickets have now gone on sale which you can purchase today at the following link: https://www.actiononfilmfest.com/product-page/vendetta-games-directed-by-andre-joseph
The Hollywood Dreamz (as well as the Polish Short Films, Low to No, and the Legendary Stunts Entertainment) Dinner and Award Show where Vendetta Games has been nominated for 2 awards will be held on Friday, August 24. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.actiononfilmfest.com/product-page/hollywood-dreamz-black-tie-dinner
The AOF Award Ceremony where the film has 3 award nominations will happen on Saturday, August 25. Red carpet starts at 7pm and is a black tie/formal attire affair. Purchase tickets here: https://www.actiononfilmfest.com/product-page/aof-black-tie-dinner
We’re happy to announce that in addition to Vendetta Games’ recent 3 award nominations from Action on Film Festival, the award-winning feature film has now earned 2 award nominations from their sister festival, the Hollywood Dreamz International Film Festival! Among the nominations include “Action Film of the Year” and “Best Supporting Actor – Feature” for Chris Corulla, Jr. who played Agent Miller in the film.
Hollywood Dreamz will run along with the Action on Film Festival as the film will be screened at the Brenden Theaters located in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on August 23rd at the 2:00pm screening block. Individual screening tickets will be listed in the coming days, but you can get your festival access passes today by visiting the Action on Film Fest website: https://www.actiononfilmfest.com
The Hollywood Dreamz (as well as the Polsih Short Films, Low to No, and the Legendary Stunts Entertainment) Dinner and Award Show will be held on Friday, August 24, 2018. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.actiononfilmfest.com/product-page/hollywood-dreamz-black-tie-dinner
Stay tuned for more exciting Vendetta Games movie news. Congrats to Chris and the rest of the team!
As the Action on Film International Film Festival is just around the corner this month, I’m pleased to announce that Vendetta Games has been nominated for 3 AOF awards in the following categories of BEST SCORE – FEATURE, BEST URBAN FILM, and BEST GUERILLA FILM!
The film will be screened at the Brenden Theaters located in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on August 23rd at the 2:00pm screening block. Individual tickets will be available in the coming days, but you can get your festival access passes today by visiting the Action on Film Fest website.
The festival begins August 16th through 25th. The AOF Black Tie Dinner, Entertainment and Award Show will take place August 25th. Tickets are available on the website as well. Congrats to our cast and crew, a huge thank you to Del and Theresa Weston for the opportunity and nominations, and another big special thank to every Kickstarter and Indiegogo backer who supported the project!