DARKNESS TO LIGHT: The Story of DISMISSAL TIME – Part 3

This is Part 3 about the making of AJ Epyx Productions’ short film, Dismissal Time. Director André Joseph talks about making his vision into a practical reality through funding with Fractured Atlas as a fiscal sponsor and seeking locations in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area.

For more about the Dismissal Time short film from AJ Epyx Productions, visit our LinkTree at https://linktr.ee/ajepyxdismissaltime and check out our hashtags, #DismissalTimeStories #DontDismissMe.

DARKNESS TO LIGHT: The Story of DISMISSAL TIME – Part 2

This is the second part about the making of AJ Epyx Productions’ short film, Dismissal Time. We discuss the writing process and the casting of the hero teacher in the story.

For more about the Dismissal Time short film from AJ Epyx Productions, visit our LinkTree at https://linktr.ee/ajepyxdismissaltime and check out our hashtags, #DismissalTimeStories #DontDismissMe.

DARKNESS TO LIGHT: The Story of DISMISSAL TIME – Part 1

This is part 1 of a multipart behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of AJ Epyx Productions’ short film, Dismissal Time. Part 1 goes into the true story that inspired the movie by writer/director André Joseph.

In case you missed it, the Newark International Film Festival has announced its schedule with Dismissal Time playing the same day as the NYC premiere at the NY True Venture Film Festival. All the information you need is listed below with ticket links:

Newark IFF
Friday, September 9th @ 4pm
Cityplex 12 Theater, Screen 3 (Shorts Block)
360-394 Springfield Ave
Newark, NJ 07103
Tickets & Passes: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-newark-international-film-festival-tickets-410066890107
*GENERAL ADMISSION PASSES ARE FREE!

New York True Venture Film Festival
Friday, September 9th @ 8pm
Producers Club Theaters & Bar (Theater II)
358 44th Street btw 8th & 9th Ave
Manhattan, NY
10036
Tickets & Passes: https://filmfreeway.com/NYTVFF/tickets

For more about the Dismissal Time short film from AJ Epyx Productions, visit our LinkTree at https://linktr.ee/ajepyxdismissaltime and check out our hashtags, #DismissalTimeStories #DontDismissMe.

Thank You for a Memorable 2018

Happy Holidays to everyone who has supported our work throughout this year and the last 10+ years of AJ Epyx. Between our premiere of THE SAXOPHONIST and the continued accolades of VENDETTA GAMES, thank you for this blessing of a successful year we had. It means the world to myself and my team.

Next up, we have our latest Saxophonist screening at the Kwanzaa Film Festival in Harlem. Though the event begins at 10am, screenings start at 12 noon. Tickets can be purchased at the door. See below for the full info:

Kwanzaa Invite

The film will also screen in Capitol City, Kingston in February 2019 at the Jamaica International Faith Films Festival and will continue to be available on The BeBop Channel as well as Amazon Prime. We are planning a DVD and Blu-ray release with new content and special features to be available for purchase.

Vendetta Games will be a part of the 2019 World Music & Independent Film Festival Awards Gala taking place in Washington, D.C. at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel in Virginia on Saturday, January 12. No film screenings happening this day, though the film is up for 8 award nominations. The event will starts at 10:00 am for pre-gala interview, then lunch at noon, gala will starts at 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm. Tickets are $99 and can be purchased at this link. We are awaiting other film festival responses between now through next summer and actively seeking distribution for VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray.

In terms of new projects, we will begin work on our next feature film AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS, a soon to be announced documentary about the health and fitness world, a new music video with Milan from the MUSIC AT MIDNIGHT album, and another top secret film project to be announced at a later date.

Here’s to more exciting projects and breakthroughs in 2019!

AJ Epyx Productions New Project Announcements for 2019

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.

AG Teaser

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!

AJ Epyx News & Updates 11/16

We have plenty of news and updates about our current projects as we go forward into 2017:

  • VENDETTA GAMES is near the end of post-production with music and audio work still in progress. We’re looking to have a trailer out after the holidays or sooner.
  • We just started production work on an upcoming documentary about the changes in the dating world over the past 20-30 years.
  • Our next big short film project titled THE SAXOPHONIST was approved for Fiscal Sponsorship through the New York Foundation of the Arts this month. Production will be begin in the later part of 2017. Stay tuned for announcements regarding fundraising, casting, and more!

 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Booker T. Gibson: A Teacher’s Journey

We produced this short documentary in 2013 about the extraordinary life of Booker T. Gibson. He was first African-American teacher at South Junior-Senior High School in Valley Stream where he taught music for three decades. This is an inspiring story about a talented piano player, Air Force veteran, and loving husband and father who overcame racial barriers to become one of the most beloved teachers in the Long Island community.

Mr. Gibson passed away on March 10 of this year at age 85. Myself and Reginald Brown who had introduced me to him dedicate this project in his memory. Special thank you to Ann Parry, Emily Schreiber, and the Gibson family for the photographs provided in the video.

The CineFiles Podcast – Episode #34

On Episode #34 of The CineFiles Podcast, the gang gives their thoughts on some of the films that wound up emerging from the Sundance Film Festival and discuss the pros and cons of submitting your film to the festival circuit. They also talk TURBO KID, THE CENTRAL PARK 5, PAWN SACRIFICE, the HBO series CARNIVALE, JACK’S BACK and so much more.

The CineFiles: Rock N’ Roll Cinema – The Documentaries

A brand new CineFiles video episode has been released! Eric Cohen, Jeff Gallashaw, and our own Andre´ Joseph discuss Rock ‘N’ Roll documentaries including the Bob Dylan starring DON’T LOOK BACK, the Rolling Stones Altamont tragedy GIMMIE SHELTER, the hilarious Brian Jonestown Massacre/Dandy Warhols love affair DIG!, the G. G. Allin shock doc HATED and A BAND CALLED DEATH and DAVE CHAPELLE’S BLOCK PARTY and IT MIGHT GET LOUD plus so much more!

Watch the episode at This is Infamous. Also listen and subscribe to The CineFiles Podcast on iTunes.