Explains the basic duties of directing an independent film from start to finish.
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I’m proud to say that WE WON BEST DIRECTOR – LONG SHORT for The Saxophonist last night! This honor would not be possible without the talented cast and crew who made this film something dear to my heart. Thank you to everyone at Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival and congrats to all the winning filmmakers and nominees! See the full video of the award ceremony at this link.
Exciting news! Yesterday, NJ’s Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival released this year’s award nominations and our award-winning short film THE SAXOPHONIST has been nominated for 3 awards including the following:
Best Actor (Long Short) – Beavin Lawrence
Best Director – Long Short – Andre’ Joseph
Best Long Short
The full nominations list can be found on the festival’s Facebook page. The event is scheduled for September. However, it has not been decided if it will be a physical event or all virtual screenings. We will keep you updated. Congrats once again to our team!
The first time I ever stepped foot on a real movie set was at 16 years of age when my cousin and I visited the Brooklyn Armory where John Singleton’s SHAFT was being filmed. I never got a chance to meet him that day because filming had wrapped, but I took a small pencil from a mock police desk where he had cameoed as a cop in the final cut. That day is still a reminder of what made me want to be a filmmaker growing up and John’s work was truly inspirational. His commentary track for BOYZ IN THE HOOD was my own little film school in itself as he taught me how to find my voice as a visual artist in the medium. I had hoped to see him get back to the big screen until his untimely passing today. My heart goes out to his family and colleagues. As a special tribute, here’s the first of a past 2-part episode of THE CINEFILES that I taped with Jeff Gallashaw where we talked about the career of the legendary John Singleton.
This was truly a blessed weekend for THE SAXOPHONIST. In addition to the “Best Director – Drama” win at the Brightside Film Festival, we have also received our latest award from the Jamaica International Faith Film Festival which was held last Saturday in Capitol City Kingston! The film was one of 6 films that earned a “Director’s Award” and we’re pleased to report that our turnout there was between 75-80 people in the audience who loved our film immensely. Our thanks to the beautiful people of Jamaica for this wonderful honor.
You can also now see the full award acceptance speech from the Brightside Film Festival:
After two amazing weeks featuring THE SAXOPHONIST at Emerson College, the Creative Arts Night with Moonlight Productions, our Staten Island community center events, yesterday’s Jamaica International Faith Film Fest, and today’s Brightside Film Fest with its wonderful audience reception, it is truly a blessing to be honored with a BEST DIRECTOR award for this truly blessed film. This goes to my brother for life Beavin Lawrence and my incredibly talented cast and crew who made this dream come true. I love you mom and dad and those important in my life today and beyond.
We were surprised and honored to find out that THE SAXOPHONIST has been nominated for 3 awards at the Brightside Film Festival including Best Drama, Best Director, and Best Actor for Beavin Lawrence! Our screening takes place Sunday, March 3rd in the 1:30pm screening block! Can’t wait!
We just received some exciting news on yet another festival award! Vendetta Games has won the “Best Crime & Thriller Feature” award at this year’s American Filmatic Arts Awards! The American Filmatic Arts Awards runs on December 7, 2018 (Friday) in Brooklyn Heights, NY. Address: St.Francis College, Founders Hall- 180 Remsen St. Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201.
While the film itself will not be screening this evening, it was said that this year’s selections were very competitive and that we were awarded amongst over 1.000 films. The Reception will begin at 6:45 pm and Closing night; Best Feature film screening at 7:30 pm. Followed by Award Ceremony.
Please visit the American Filmatic Arts website to see your Winning Award Category info and full line up & Schedule. https://www.afawards.org/