MUSIC AT MIDNIGHT Interview for Tap into TV

Check out the interview that Milan and I did for TapintoTV from the Garden State Film Festival awards gala!

 

See the full article here: https://www.tapinto.net/sections/tapintotv/articles/filmmakers-celebrate-third-win-at-this-year-s-garden-state-film-festival

2 New WMIFF Award Nominations for VENDETTA GAMES

We’re extremely happy to announce that in addition to the 6 award nominations we’ve received from the World Music & Independent Film Festival for VENDETTA GAMES last week that we now have 2 new nominations to report!

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A FEATURE FILM – J.R. Carter

BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK – Matthew Hackett

Congats to both of you guys and the rest of the VG crew! View the current list of nominees here: http://www.wmiff.net/2018

Vote for TEMPTED as “Best of the Best” at LA Cine Fest

Voting for the “Best of the Best” competition at the Los Angeles Cine Fest has official begun and our short film TEMPTED is in the running! Go to this link on the festival website to cast your ballot. You can vote once (not once daily) from one email account.  Please do not vote from multiply accounts. If you vote from multiply accounts then your votes are not valid.Voting poll is open January 10-20th, 2016. Final results will appear on this page on Jan 25th, 2016.

Vote for Tempted today!

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Andre´ Joseph Acceptance Speech for Urban Action Showcase Award

When the AJ Epyx Productions’ feature film DISHONORABLE VENDETTA had won the Urban Action Showcase & Expo award for “Best Firefight in a Feature Film”, the director Andre´ Joseph was not present due to a programming conflict between the film screening and the award show. So the award had to be mailed after the event. Once it was received, the acceptance speech that couldn’t be done would be post-recorded. So here it is:

The Urban Action Showcase & Expo Recap

When I started production on my second feature film Dishonorable Vendetta back in 2009, I was determined to make the most success out of it than I had with my previous work. Film festivals had discouraged me with my first film Priceless because I agonized over spending hundreds of dollars on entry fees only to be turned down constantly with no refund. Though DV had a lot of help along the way to its completion, my producers and I felt we needed to go straight to distribution which turned out to be a mistake.

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With nothing to lose once that company fell apart, we decided that festivals were the answer for DV. Only this time, I had enough success with my short films to take a big risk. The first official screening at Anthology Film Archives for NewFilmmakers NY last February was a very good turnout overall. But it would be a shot in the dark to take a chance on the Cinemax-sponsored Urban Action Showcase and Expo. To my delightful surprise, we were accepted!

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The UASE event was founded by martial artist and filmmaker/actor Demetrius Angelo and it celebrates achievements in independent films in the action, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy genres. More importantly, this festival promotes minority filmmakers like myself who do action films. This year’s event was set to be jam packed with anniversary screenings of The Last Dragon, Mortal Kombat, and American Ninja as well as big name stars in the martial arts world. Since my short film Tempted had played at Garden State Film Festival, UASE would be the next truly legit festival that I would be attending.

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The night before the event, my dad and I attended the VIP event at HBO’s headquarters in Manhattan. We took part in a panel about self-distribution through Vimeo on Demand which I found to be very informative. As some of you know, I already have a Vimeo channel with some of my films on sale now; however, I learned a lot about marketing strategies and new ways to reorganize my videos on the site. With the exception of getting interviewed on the red carpet, I didn’t network as much as I would the next day. But the biggest moment of the night for me personally was seeing the DV trailer play on the TV monitors in the VIP room. The fact that it was happening at HBO was a little dream come true.

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The UASE screenings and expo took place the following morning at AMC theaters on 42nd St. My dad and I were surprised by the way in which the 4th floor of the theater was converted into a mini con filled with comic book artists, independent filmmakers, and celebrities. I got to meet Taimak aka Bruce Leroy from The Last Dragon and we chatted for a bit about potential sequels and the work that I’m doing now. No pictures were taken, but it was wasn’t the last time I would run into him that day. I also met Jose Hernandez Jr., was one of the stars of HBO’s Oz and also a mutual friend of Robert Clohessy who was in my first film. He actually mixed up my dad for another famous martial artist who fought Bruce Lee in the 60s!

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As for the film screenings, some were really good and some left our heads scratching. Among the ones I liked included Super Debt (a superhero comedy short about a female superhero forced to sell her gear when she’s overdue on rent), a Mortal Kombat fan short with Scorpion against Noob Saibot, a Last Dragon fan made sequel, and a cute webisode pilot for a series called The Invaders which we thought had potential to go on Nickelodeon one day. The best screening of them all was a showing of The Last Dragon. People went nuts in the isles reciting lines, cheering the fights on, and even throwing high kicks out their seats! When it was over, Taimak and screenwriter Louis Venosta did a Q&A where I was able to ask some burning questions about the writing process on the movie.

At night, Dishonorable Vendetta would play at the end of the last film block. There was one problem: The time would overlap with the awards show as this was a one full day event. I figured between limited seating and the small chance of me winning anything that I was better off watching my movie again. My lead actor J.R. Carter and one of my supporting actors Zoiea showed up along with their guests. At first, the turnout was very small. But something interesting happened midway through the movie where more people started to come in. Of course they were waiting for the next movie to play. Either way, I was just happy to see fresh new eyes on the movie and I even thanked them on the way out.

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The overall experience at UASE was very positive. I learned a lot about to help me along in my profession and got a lot of inspiration from the people that I met there, especially the founder Demetrius who took the chance to give me this opportunity to show my film. That experience would soon be punctuated by an email sent by Demetrius yesterday when I learned that DV had won an award for Best Firefight! A win like that is a big victory for the film overall.

VENDETTA GAMES Set Pics for Nov. 8 & Kickstarter News

New behind the scenes pics from the Vendetta Games set this past weekend in Staten Island, NY. Take a look!

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You can see more pics on our Facebook page!

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In other news, the VENDETTA GAMES prequel comic is now available in print form and can be yours if you back our Kickstarter campaign for the feature film which has 20 days left! Go to this link to donate:

http://kck.st/1XAnQPP

Lather in the week, we will post a new blog about the Dishonorable Vendetta screening at the Urban Action Showcase & Expo, the experience of being at the event, and some possible HUGE news to announce!

TEMPTED to Play at Wesleyan University on Tuesday, November 17

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It’s now official: The award nominated short comedy TEMPTED will be playing on Tuesday, November 17 at Wesleyan University! The screening will be held in the Allbritton Center for Public Research and is co-sponsored by the Intra-Greek Council and the Office of Equity and Inclusion at Wesleyan University.

Writer/director Andre´ Joseph will be in attendance to give a Q&A about the movie’s exploration of college fraternity life and will also be taking part in a conversation with the school administration about its themes.

We once again congratulate all the cast and crew for their hard work and helping to take TEMPTED to places we never thought possible!

TEMPTED Now Available at Vimeo on Demand!

Today, you can now stream our award nominated short comedy hit TEMPTED at Vimeo on Demand! Rent for a week at the low price of $1.99 or purchase to stream and watch anytime for $7.99. And if you rent it now until Monday, you can get it for just $1.00 by entering the discount code GINGER. The DVD release will be coming later this month via Amazon.com and will be packed with special features!

Also don’t forget that you can stream other AJ Epyx titles at Vimeo on Demand including the following:

THE EVIL SOCIETY: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/36285

NIGHT STREAM: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/36280

AJ EPYX PRODUCTIONS’ PRICELESS: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/36289

Andre´ Joseph to Return on THE SHOW WITH KYM SWAIN

This Thursday, August 27th at 2pm, Writer/Director/Actor Andre´ Joseph will be making his 2nd appearance on The Show with Kym Swain! The discussion will be focused on our thoughts on last week’s World Music & Independent Film Festival where Tempted and The Dinner had screened, Catie Carlton’s WMIFF award win for the latter film, and new updates on the upcoming production of Vendetta Games.

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Everyone can listen to The Show live on IBNX Radio at the following link: http://atlantanx.ibnxradio.com/atlantanx

REMINDER: AJ Epyx’s Short Films TEMPTED & THE DINNER Screen Thursday at WMIFF

Those of you in the Washington, D.C. area or traveling, please come see the World Music and Independent Film Festival back-to-back screenings of our short films: The critically acclaimed fraternity comedy Tempted and the social black comedy The Dinner at the National Navy Museum this Thursday at 6pm! Tickets are $10 if you order from the Eventbrite link below.

Also we’ll be attending the WMIFF Awards Ceremony at the Crystal City Hilton on Saturday, August 22nd at 1pm! Both films are up for the following awards:

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Tickets for general admission for the awards show are also available at Eventbrite!