I’m so excited to be announcing this highly talented group of actors who will be taking part in this very important story that is DISMISSAL TIME. Loosely inspired by true events, DISMISSAL TIME is about a history teacher in a prestigious prep school who makes it her mission to find out the truth behind a vicious cyberbullying incident involving a lone black student in her class. The cast includes Lisa Regina (PRICELESS), Troy Sill, Jay Pastelak, Kat Walsh Oliver Feaster, Kayla Minore, Sarah Dolhansky, Isaiah Faircloth, Denise Spaulding, Dave Goodman, and special appearance by Chris Corulla Jr. (VENDETTA GAMES).
Production to begin this October in locations around South Jersey and Philadelphia.
DISMISSAL TIME is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Fractured Atlas will receive grants for the charitable purposes of DISMISSAL TIME, provide oversight to ensure that grant funds are used in accordance with grant agreements, and provide reports as required by the grantor. Contributions for the charitable purposes of DISMISSAL TIME must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Our AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS teaser trailer has been nominated for “Best Trailer” at the Cutting Room Short Film Festival! The trailer will play on the big screen on Saturday, Oct. 19 in the 10:30am block at The Cutting Room in NYC! Award ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 7:30pm. Purchase tickets here.
In the midst of all of our hard work and film festival screenings, we are excited to share some major news later this week that could potentially launch AJ Epyx Productions to a whole new level. Continue to follow all of our news and updates here on the official website and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Vimeo as well as Instagram.
As we mentioned yesterday, 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!
We also just learned that in addition to the 3 previously announced award nominations, there are now 2 newly announced nominations for BEST ENSEMBLE and BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY!
As a friendly reminder, if you live in Staten Island, we also have our recently announced public screenings on WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13 @ 10:30AM (WEST BRIGHTON COMMUNITY CENTER) and TUESDAY, FEB. 19 @ 10:00AM (CASSIDY COLES SENIORCENTER). A 3rd screening will soon be announced for the Little Victory Theatre on the evening of TUESDAY, FEB. 19.
We also have our special screening at Boston’s Emerson College on Thursday, Feb. 28 as part of the “Frames Per Second” group. And lastly, if you’re in Jamaica or planning to visit there February 22-March 2, don’t forget our film will be screening in Kingston as part of the Jamaica International Faith Films Festival!
It has been an exciting seven months for us with the recent premieres for VENDETTA GAMES and THE SAXOPHONIST. I’m proud to say at this point that they are award winning films generating a positive response from audiences. While we prepare for upcoming film festival screenings (i.e. Action on Film Festival for VG and NY Jazz Film Festival for The Saxophonist) as well as pursuing worldwide distribution for both films, I’m here to announce the next exciting projects we are working on for this year and beyond.
We have 3 documentary film projects in the works:
One will be my long awaited project about the cultural shift in the dating scene between the Generation X and Millennial crowds.
The second will be a unique look on the health and fitness world which will go into production next month and will be a collaboration with my longtime pals Albert Albanese and Tomas Melendez.
The third project will be more of a historical documentary that will be announced on a later date.
In the fall season, we’ll be producing a new short film written by Michael Schiavo from the “Music at Midnight” music video called BORED OF EDUCATION. This is a satirical 12 Angry Men-style story about an honest teacher’s career on the line due to a student-related incident that puts the whole department of education in question of what is considered “ethical”. This film will start casting later this summer.
Lastly, we will be aiming for summer 2019 to make our most ambitious project to date: AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS. The feature length action-packed western will be directed by yours truly with a screenplay by Drew Henriksen, best known as “Talbot” in VENDETTA GAMES and also the award winning screenwriter of the western short, POWER OF PRAYER. It follows two brothers reuniting in the late 1800s to search for their father’s buried treasure while on the run from a corrupt town Marshall and his vicious bounty hunters. The screenplay has recently been accepted for competition into next year’s World Music & Independent Film Festival as well as the All Genre Screenplay Contest which has now made the screenplay available to order via Dizzy Emu Publishing in paperback and Kindle editions at Amazon.
For the latter competition, we need your support as the overall contest winner is the writer of the top-selling screenplay in each three month contest period. These writers receive a full Publish & Marketing package from Dizzy Emu Publishing, worth $499.00 – this includes building us a website and making a video trailer to help us promote the screenplay. All entrants in the contest receive their royalties in full, directly from Amazon. We also retain full control of their screenplay’s rights and pricing. All proceeds will go directly into the production of this film.
AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS is currently casting and in pre-production. Further details about the production and investor opportunities will be available in the coming months. Please contact me directly for a prospectus.
We will still be producing music videos, promos, and short skits for the internet all throughout the year. It may appear like a very ambitious slate, but we are the cool cats that make it happen!
As we’re in the final stages of post-production, our plan is to finally release the trailer for THE SAXOPHONIST exactly one week from today. The trailer will be posted on here as well as the film’s Facebook, Instagram, and the official website. We will also be releasing the final poster art. And if that’s not all, we have a very big announcement in regards to the film’s trailer too. Of all the films we’ve done previously, this one I’m tremendously proud of and I hope you will be too. Keep it right here next week Wednesday!
If you still want to support our post-production and film festival entry efforts, please make a tax deductible donation through our fiscal sponsor, the New York Foundation for the Arts here.