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 Campaign on Thunderclap

We just launched a campaign for social media boost site THUNDERCLAP. All we need between now and Sunday, July 23 is for 100 people to share this link on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr so that we can start trending online and boost donations on NYFA. It doesn’t cost a penny to do! Please support now by going to the following link: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/59728-the-saxophonist-short-film

To find out more in depth detail on how exactly Thunderclap works, watch this intro video:

With production beginning just a few weeks away, let me explain why supporting this project will matter. Without your help, it will be extremely difficult to pay for specific location fees for the jazz club and ballet theatre locations in Manhattan. It will also be hard to have a sizable crew to ensure the professional quality that this movie cannot work without. 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 to share to the world and I want to honor my family as well as the legendary musicians who inspired me to make this film.

Whether you can contribute a sizable amount of money or simply a dollar, all you have to do here is visit our fiscal sponsor website, the New York Foundation for the Arts, to make your donation which is 100% fully tax deductible. Thank you.

THE SAXOPHONIST Inspiration Video

THE SAXOPHONIST Inspiration Video from AJ Epyx Productions on Vimeo.

The Saxophonist writer/director Andre´ Joseph discusses his inspiration for writing the screenplay in this never before seen outtake from the pitch video.

With just about a month before the start of production, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution at the New York Foundation for the Arts (our fiscal sponsor) website: https://www.nyfa.org/fstransaction/pay/0c9536e2-ccfe-47d7-9f36-6271b23e3e61.

Also please visit the official website for the film for more information about the cast and crew at ajepyx1.wixsite.com/ajepyxthesaxophonist

Pics and Video from THE SAXOPHONIST Fundraiser

We thank everyone who came out in support of the project last night and special thanks to PIPS for hosting our event in beautiful Williamsburg. Pics and videos to come. And for those of you who couldn’t make it and still want to make a tax deductible donation, please visit our official website at the link below for more information. https://ajepyx1.wixsite.com/ajepyxthesaxophonist/support

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SAXOPHONIST Fundraiser Event Tomorrow!

Friendly reminder to everyone that tomorrow is the big day for our fundraiser event to raise money for the production of the upcoming short romantic jazz film, THE SAXOPHONIST. The event is taking place at PIPS on 275 South 2nd Street (Between Havemeyer and Marcy Ave) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Come support the project which is fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts and you can purchase tickets early at Eventbrite or pay the cover charge at the door. Early admission fee grants you access to an open bar, free food live music by the film’s star Beavin Lawrence and his multi-talented Quintet featuring Stephen Porter, Eddie Allen, Mark Johnson, and Warren Byrd.

Check out this video that was shot at PIPS by the film’s producer Bill Mack of Cinomadic and cinematographer Charlie Williams which also features Beavin Lawrence. PIPS is not only an art space but also a table tennis center in Brooklyn.

On a side note, an issue had come to my attention this evening regarding ticket purchasing on Eventbrite. If you tried to order online and the site requested you buy a minimum of 5 tickets instead of 1, I just resolved the issue right now. So please, if you still plan to attend on Thursday, wanted to order online haven’t ordered already, please do so now! Otherwise, you can still arrive to PIPS and pay the cover charge.

Hope to see you all there!

THE SAXOPHONIST Screenplay Earns 2nd Prize in Black Screenplays Matter Competition

We recently received wonderful news that the screenplay for The Saxophonist was a 2nd prize finalist in the 1st annual Black Screenplays Matter Screenplay competition. The prize consists of $100 in cash and the script will be distributed to the organization’s database of agents and producers on both coasts who are looking for clients and material to produce. This will grant us greater exposure for the project.
Also don’t forget that The Saxophonist fundraiser event is happening at PIPS in Williamsburg, Brooklyn next Thursday, June 29 at 6pm. You can get tickets now at Eventbrite or pay the cover charge at the door. If you’re unable to attend, please spread the word about this important event as well as our Facebook page and official website. It means so much to us.
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THE SAXOPHONIST Fundraiser Promo & Memorabilia on Sale at AJ Epyx Wholesale Store

Now you can gear up for the upcoming production of THE SAXOPHONIST by purchasing T-shirts, drinkware, posters, and other movie related merchandise at the AJ Epyx Wholesale Store at CafePress. Click the link below to see more items on sale today. More items to be added in the coming weeks!

 

As a reminder, I hope you can join us for our upcoming fundraiser event to support the upcoming production of THE SAXOPHONIST next Thursday, June 29 at 6pm at PIPS in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. RSVP by purchasing your tickets today at Eventbrite. Bring all your family and friends for a fun night with live music by the lead talent Beavin Lawrence and his multi-talented group, open bar, free food a special film and so much more. If you’re unable to attend, please spread the word around about this great event and visit our official website to find out how you can contribute to the film through our fiscal sponsor, the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Special Fundraiser Event for THE SAXOPHONIST

Come support the upcoming production of the AJ Epyx dramatic short film THE SAXOPHONIST fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts. Get your tickets online at Eventbrite now as ticket purchases at the door will be $10 extra. Early admission fee grants you access to an open bar from 6pm-8pm, live music by the film’s star Beavin Lawrence and his Quintet, a special screening of past AJ Epyx projects, and other exciting surprises! Get your tickets now and find out more information about the film at https://ajepyx1.wixsite.com/ajepyxthesaxophonist.

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Sign Up for THE SAXOPHONIST Mailing List

Please sign up to our mailing list for all news updates on THE SAXOPHONIST at the official website and please continue to support this amazing project! See our suggested donation level rewards and the process for donating. If you can’t financially support, Twitter! Facebook! Instagram! Pinstrest! Tumblr! Old school bulletin board postings at your school or nearby coffee shop! Share and spread the word by using the hashtag #SaxophonistMovie.

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THE SAXOPHONIST Official Website Now Live!

We have now officially launched the website for AJ Epyx Productions’ dramatic short film THE SAXOPHONIST. It tells the story of a talented but struggling jazz saxophone player who has to choose between a potential career breakthrough and a beautiful ballet dancer who could be his soul mate. Written and directed by Andre´ Joseph and starring real saxophone player Beavin Lawrence, production will begin in August 2017 in New York City. This project is fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Find out more about the film and how to support the upcoming production at ajepyx1.wix.com/ajepyxthesaxophonist.

“Like” the official Saxophonist Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ajepyxsaxophonist/

See the pitch video below:

THE SAXOPHONIST Pitch Video from AJ Epyx Productions on Vimeo.

Please share the website and video using the hashtag #saxophonistmovie