PRICELESS Facebook Live Q&A Video with Dr. Cheri Moore

We did our virtual premiere for the re-release of PRICELESS last night which was followed by this Facebook Live interview with writer/director Andre’ Joseph and Dr. Cheri Moore of Moore TV Network. Check it out below:

As a reminder, PRICELESS can now be seen as a Virtual Online Premier Presentation.
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THE SAXOPHONIST Accepted to the “Hang on to Your Shorts” Film Festival

Even in these difficult times, there’s always some kind of good news along the way. We can announce that our award-winning short film THE SAXOPHONIST has been accepted to screen at the “Hang on to Your Shorts” Film Festival in central New Jersey! The festival is currently slotted to happen September 12th and 13th. For more info, visit their website at http://hangontoyourshortsfilmfestival.com/. Congrats to our cast and crew!

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Pre-Order THE SAXOPHONIST on DVD Today

You can now pre-order our award-winning short film THE SAXOPHONIST on DVD at Amazon which will be available on November 5! Special features will include the Original Trailer, Audio Commentary, Q&A Session from Premiere, “Sheryl’s Great Adore” Extended Clip, and the AJ Epyx Sizzle Reel. If you’re a jazz lover, this is a must-buy! Don’t forget, you can also stream the movie right now at Amazon Prime Video and The BeBop Channel!

THE SAXOPHONIST to Screen at Emerson College & Accepted to Brightside Film Festival

We are very happy to announce that our award-winning short film THE SAXOPHONIST will be playing at Boston’s Emerson College on Thursday, Feb. 28 as part of the “Frames Per Second” group that involves many students in the pre-production, production, and post-production of films. Not only that, but we have also been selected to screen at The Brightside Film Festival to be held at the Brightside Tavern in Jersey City, NJ from March 1 – 3.

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Further details on all screenings will be announced at a later time. For our fans in Jamaica, don’t forget our upcoming screening at the Jamaica International Faith Films Festival from Feb. 22 – March 2. If you live in Staten Island, we also have our recently announced public screenings on WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13 @ 10:30AM (WEST BRIGHTON COMMUNITY CENTER) and TUESDAY, FEB. 19 @ 10:00AM (CASSIDY COLES SENIOR CENTER).

And the film is still available on The BeBop Channel and Amazon Prime!

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Pics & Highlights from THE SAXOPHONIST NewarkIFF Screening

We want to thank everyone who came out to support THE SAXOPHONIST and all the other amazing short films in our block at the Newark International Film Festival. The turnout was absolutely fantastic and the response was overwhelmingly positive. I personally want to thank the festival founder Ken Gifford for giving us the platform to finally have our film play on a big screen in front of a real audience. It was also such an honor to be playing opposite a new film by one of my cinematic heroes, Mario Van Peebles, whose dad Melvin kicked down the doors for all of us in this business. It was truly an honor and a privilege to be part of this exciting event.

We’ll have plenty of pics and interviews from NewarkIFF in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more upcoming screening announcements.

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New Screenshots from THE SAXOPHONIST

We have some new still shots from The Saxophonist while we’re hard at work editing the film for a 2018 release. If you have a kind heart this holiday season, please continue to support our post-production efforts for color correction and sound mixing by making a tax deductible donation through our fiscal sponsor, the New York Foundation for the Arts. Visit The Saxophonist official website for details on how to donate.

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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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THE SAXOPHONIST Begins Production

This past weekend, principal photography on THE SAXOPHONIST started in New York City. Between our cast and crew, the work has been amazing thus far. You can check out the candid set pics below and more to come in the following weeks.

Though we are in production now, we still need any and all support to compensate our crew and to handle the costs of post-production. Find out how you can donate to the project at the official website today!

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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