UNFINISHED BUSINESS: DEEP DIVE – DEF BY TEMPTATION (1990)

Unfinished Business takes a complete detour into the world of Troma as hosts Jeff Gallashaw and Andre´ Joseph deep dive into the bizarre Brooklyn-based cult thriller DEF BY TEMPTATION, the lone directorial release of James Bond III. Starring Cynthia Bond (no relation) as a sultry demon and featuring a plethora of Spike Lee alumni such as Kadeem Hardison, the late Bill Nunn, Samuel L. Jackson, as well as R&B stars of the day making cameos including Melba Moore, Freddie Jackson, and Najee! Why are we fascinated with it? Watch now and find out!

Follow Jeff on Instagram @Projectorj1 and @Unfinsihedb2 and on Twitter at MrUniverse and Unfinsihedb1. Follow Andre’ on Twitter and Instagram @ajepyx and see more about his film work at AJepyxproductions.com.

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Where to Find Our Films (August 2020)

Our fans keep asking us where they can find all films produced by AJ Epyx Productions over the years. With so many titles out on multiple platforms now, we decided to start a periodic blog to update everyone as to where they can see the work we have done. See all films with the links below their posters (Trailer links in posters):

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Amazon Prime, Tubi, Roku TV (via WASH TV), Xumo, Walmart, Target, TCM Shop

 

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THE SAXOPHONIST

The BeBop Channel App, Amazon Prime (DVD & Blu-ray only)

 

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AJ EPYX PRODUCTIONS’ PRICELESS

Moore TV Network via Eventbrite

 

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Amazon (DVD only), Vimeo on Demand

 

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NIGHT STREAM

Amazon (DVD only), Vimeo on Demand

 

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TEMPTED

Amazon (DVD only), Vimeo on Demand

All other short films, trailers, music videos, promotional projects, and The Silver Screen Action Figure Podcast can be found on our AJ Epyx Productions YouTube and Vimeo channels.

Andre’ Joseph Interview with Moore TV’s Dr. Cheri Moore to Talk PRICELESS Re-Release

Here’s my latest interview with Dr. Cheri Moore to discuss the re-release of my first feature film PRICELESS which will be part of her new Moore Television Network lineup starting this weekend! Like the new Facebook page for more info on how you can see it plus merchandise, stills, trailer, and more: https://www.facebook.com/andrejosephmovie/

PRICELESS The Movie Red Carpet Premier on Moore TV Network

This is the new link to see our first feature film PRICELESS on the new Moore Television Network starting Saturday, August 1:

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Featured Film for August
Red Carpet VIP Event
Purchase your ticket and View our Private Showing for $3.00 at Eventbrite.

Even if you’ve already seen the film previously, please spread the word and share to anyone who loves independent film as well as black love stories!

Like us at our brand new Facebook page for the film! Don’t forget to check out Andre’s latest radio interview on Spotlight with Moore.

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Screening Date & Time for THE SAXOPHONIST at JIFF

For our Jamaican fans, our screening date and time has been announced for THE SAXOPHONIST at the Jamaican International Faith Film Festival in Capital City, Kingston! Free admission! Come see it March 2 at 6pm at CARTER HALL, HOLY CROSS CHURCH!

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THE SAXOPHONIST to be Available on December 1 on The BeBop Channel

As you have probably heard by now, our award-winning short film THE SAXOPHONIST will be a part of the soon-to-be-launched BeBop Channel and will be made available on Saturday, December 1 via Amazon Prime. The BeBop Channel is the Premier FREE On Demand Channel for all things Jazz: Dynamic Scripted Dramas, Comedies, Movies and Lifestyle Programs about Dining, Travel and Fashion. You’ll be able to watch online and on your Smart TVs and phones. Visit the site today at https://www.beboptv.com/

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THE SAXOPHONIST NewarkIFF Screening Date Announced

THE SAXOPHONIST will be shown as part of the Newark International Film Festival on Saturday, September 8 at the Cityplex 12 Theater (360-394 Springfield Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103) at 8:00pm in the “S4: MUSIC & FILM SHORT BLOCK”.  The general admission “Screenings Pass” is $25 and can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/newarkiff2018-tickets-45861462870?aff=efbeventtix
All other higher tier passes can be found here: http://newarkiff.com/ticket-packages
The full NewarkIFF schedule can be found on the official website: http://newarkiff.com/newarkiff-2018-schedule
Lastly as a reminder, next Sunday’s NY Jazz Film Festival award show is happening at Paris Blues (https://parisbluesharlem.webs.com/) on 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (7th Avenue) Harlem, New York (three blocks south of 125th Street). The event starts at 8pm and is free to the public.
Hope to see you all in Harlem and Newark!
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THE SAXOPHONIST Short Film Trailer from AJ Epyx Productions on Vimeo.

 

THE CINEFILES John Singleton Episode 01

The Cinefiles returns after a long hiatus with Jeff Gallashaw and Andre´ Joseph discussing the films of Oscar nominated filmmaker JOHN SINGLETON. In part 1, they disuss his work from the 90s including BOYZ IN THE HOOD, POETIC JUSTICE, HIGHER LEARNING and ROSEWOOD. Eric Cohen and Michael Foltz will return in future installments! But for now, enjoy.

THE SAXOPHONIST Wraps Production

We just wrapped production on THE SAXOPHONIST last night! Thank you to NYFA for being our fiscal sponsor on this project. A huge thanks to every cast and crew member as well as all of our present supporters for making this film possible. And I want to give a special thank you to Beavin Lawrence who was truly a gifted professional and now a great friend. We will keep everyone updated on our post production efforts and a trailer in the coming weeks. If you can still support our post-production work and compensating our crew, visit the NYFA website link to make your donation now!

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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