MUSIC AT MIDNIGHT Awesome TV Interview at 2018 Golden Door International Film Festival

For anyone who missed it, this is our interview with Awesome TV from last year’s Golden Door International Film Festival where the music video for Milan Lazistan’s MUSIC AT MIDNIGHT had screened. We’re currently in post-production with the video of his next single SANGRIA and hope to return there with it soon! The interview begins at 23:50.

GDIFF2018 – Closing Night – Part1 from Awesome TV on Vimeo.

 

New Staten Island Screening for THE SAXOPHONIST

We are very pleased and honored to have our award-winning short film THE SAXOPHONIST take part in Moonlight Productions‘ Creative Arts Night at The Little Victory Theatre in Staten Island, NY! Please join us in celebrating Art, Photography, Film and Friends with FREE ADMISSION. Doors open at 5pm.

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A friendly reminder about our other upcoming screening dates throughout this month through March:

Don’t forget we also have our music video MUSIC AT MIDNIGHT at the Garden State Film Festival on March 30th!

Important Message About THE SAXOPHONIST Film Production

I want to take this time today to thank those of you who have supported us on this journey thus far as we are exactly 3 weeks away from the start of production on The Saxophonist. The cast (Beavin, Nadya, Michael, Ann, Zoiea, Ron’Netta, Jarrett, and Ronnie) and crew (Myself, Bill, Charlie, Joan, etc.) have devoted so much time working very hard in rehearsals and fundraising efforts to get this special short film off the ground. Even though we are getting closer to shooting, we are really just getting started on building the word of mouth.

For those of you who have been following our efforts and are still on the fence about donating to the production or sharing the links to potential contributors, let me explain why supporting this film will matter. Without your help, it will be extremely difficult to pay for specific location fees for the jazz club and ballet theater locations in Manhattan. It will also be difficult to have a sizable crew to ensure the professional quality that this movie cannot work without. Most importantly, we want the overall look and scope of the film to be as cinematic as possible while also providing a comfortable working environment that will ensure all actors and crew can do their absolute best work.

Then there’s the cultural relevance of the film. Jazz music is truly an American art form. The legends most associated with the genre were African-American musicians (i.e. Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Miles Davis, etc.) who pushed the music and broke new ground for the generations that came after their time. They also made music that was socially relevant in each decade. I personally look at the sensitive times that we are living in today with Black Lives Matter and what is reflected in our films and TV shows that often focus on the pain and struggle of being black in America. Some are well made and have serious impact on viewers while others tend to be exploitative. With The Saxophonist, I truly want to make this particular film special by depicting more positive representations of African-Americans characters that young people can look up to and relate to their real world struggles for success in the big city. I plan to present it not only at film festivals such as ABFF and Urbanworld, but also to schools for prospective students of the arts.

This is my seventh film project since earning my BA in Film: Media Production at Emerson College in 2006. Of any project I have ever worked on, this is the most personal story that I want to share to the world, honor my family as well as the legendary musicians who inspired me to write this script.

Whether you can contribute a significant amount or simply a dollar to support our production, all you have to do here is visit the SUPPORT section of The Saxophonist website to learn how to make your donation with a credit card or check. All donations are 100% fully tax deductible due to our fiscal support from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Please note that NYFA is not funding this project; however, their support allows us to raise funds using their tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3)-classified organization. If you want to donate directly now, visit the NYFA donation page link. We also have a Kickstarter campaign with 16 days left to raise half our budget if you are interested in obtaining rewards for your contribution.

Every little bit of support will be one step towards a great movie. I hope you can help us make this big dream of mine a reality. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Andre´ Joseph

Writer/Director of The Saxophonist

 

THE SAXOPHONIST Pitch Video & Website Launching Tomorrow

AJ Epyx Productions’ next short film effort THE SAXOPHONIST will launch its pitch video for fundraising tomorrow afternoon along with a brand new official website and Facebook page. This project is fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts. More details about the project, donation details, and pics from the storyboards and behind the scenes of the pitch video shoot will be unveiled then. For now, here’s a sneak preview from the video shoot featuring writer/director Andre´ Joseph and star/musician Beavin Lawrence:

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New VENDETTA GAMES Prequel Comic Book Sample Pages

We have some new sample pages from Brian Bicknell of the Vendetta Games prequel comic book to share with all of our supporters! Once again, when the artwork is completed, you can have a copy of your own as a perk for a contribution of $60 or more at our Indiegogo campaign.

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Also please support the VENDETTA GAMES Indiegogo in these final 10 days to help us get the movie up and running: http://igg.me/at/vendettagamesmovie/x/1858114

VENDETTA GAMES Prequel Comic Book Cover Revealed

We can now reveal the work-in-progress cover art for the upcoming Vendetta Games prequel comic book written by Andre´ Joseph with illustrations by Brian Bicknell! Follow the characters of DEA Agents Miller, Stokes, Marks, and Talbot in a intense drug bust that sets the stage for what will be ahead in the upcoming feature film. The comic itself is currently in production for a fall release.

For a contribution of $60 or more at our Indiegogo campaign link, you can take this perk home once the comic is fully completed. If you like this as well as our opening scene from the film, please contribute to our Indiegogo campaign in these final 23 DAYS so we can continue production on this amazing movie!

VENDETTA GAMES Prequel Comic Book Artist Announced

We are pleased to announce that we have hired comic book illustrator BRIAN BICKNELL of Bicknell Designs to create the cover and panel art for the upcoming Vendetta Games prequel comic book! The comic will be released in the fall as part of the Indiegogo campaign for the upcoming film.

Brian is a commercial artist and illustrator whose work has appeared in commercials and movies both in the United States and internationally, he has collaborated on projects for comics, graphic novels, book covers, television, and film, as a co-writer, illustrator, and storyboard artist.  A-52, his first self written and illustrated Graphic Novel, will be exhibited at the New York Comic Con in 2016.  Brian was classically trained in Illustration, and graphic design in Boston MA., and cannot remember a time when he was not drawing or sketching.

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See more of Brian’s work at his official website at http://www.bicknelldesigns.com/