DISMISSAL TIME Composers Announced

We are happy to announce our composers for the original score of Dismissal Time! First, we have our longtime composer Matt Hackett who previously recorded music and sound design for past AJ Epyx films including NIGHT STREAM, THE DINNER, and of course Vendetta Games. Second, we have the honor of bringing in world renowned pianist and Julliard grad Konstantin Soukhovetski who was also an actor on our 2nd film, Dishonorable Vendetta. You can listen to their tracks on Soundcloud at the following links:

Konstantin Soukhovetski: https://soundcloud.com/konstantin-soukhovetski

Matt Hackett: https://soundcloud.com/pigeon-coop-4000

For this holiday season, we have re-launched our crowdfunding campaign at Fractured Atlas as we are still in the process of editing the short film. As we prepare for an official release next year, we will need your support to help cover the costs of building the marketing materials (i.e. Movie posters, electronic press kit and pitch deck, an official website, etc.) and for covering film festival entry fees. We understand that the holidays are a difficult time to be fundraising. However, no matter how big or small your contribution is, it will help us get our message out there. We have a very special film that all of us in the cast and crew are proud to be part of and we want to give it the biggest push possible. https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/dis…/campaigns/4651

MUSIC AT MIDNIGHT Awesome TV Interview at 2018 Golden Door International Film Festival

For anyone who missed it, this is our interview with Awesome TV from last year’s Golden Door International Film Festival where the music video for Milan Lazistan’s MUSIC AT MIDNIGHT had screened. We’re currently in post-production with the video of his next single SANGRIA and hope to return there with it soon! The interview begins at 23:50.

GDIFF2018 – Closing Night – Part1 from Awesome TV on Vimeo.

 

SANGRIA Music Video Behind The Scenes

We had so much fun yesterday shooting the new music video for Milan’s “Sangria” track from his LP, MUSIC AT MIDNIGHT. We can’t wait to show you what we have with this one. Big thanks to our cast and crew as well as Casa Nova Italian Restaurant for allowing us the space to shoot in. Check out the behind the scenes pics of the set and stay tuned for more. Milan’s album can be purchased at the iTunes Store. Also, check out the first music video we did of the self-titled track.

THE SAXOPHONIST’S Beavin Lawrence Wins American Tracks Music Award

We’re so excited to announce the news that Beavin Lawrence, the star of our award-winning short film THE SAXOPHONIST, has just been honored with BEST JAZZ SONG for the track, “Infinite Possibilities”, in the May 2019 session of the American Tracks Music Awards! Not only was the song heavily featured in the film but it is also the title track of Beavin’s LP which you can purchase at CD Baby. This is a huge award for Beavin and a significant honor for our film!

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THE SAXOPHONIST Short Film Trailer from AJ Epyx Productions on Vimeo.

We are still planning a DVD and Blu-ray release for the film later this year. In the meantime, you can rent or buy the streaming version of THE SAXOPHONIST at The BeBop Channel!

Screening Date Announced for MUSIC AT MIDNIGHT at Philadelphia Independent Film Festival

The full schedule for the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival has been released! Milan’s MUSIC AT MIDNIGHT music video will be screening on Saturday, May 11th as part of the “Music Festival” block at 3:30pm. The venue is located in the PRS GUITARS Filmmakers Lounge at the Gershman Y on:

401 S Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
For tickets and more information, visit http://www.philadelphiaindependentfilmfestival.com
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New Festival Screening dates for THE SAXOPHONIST & MUSIC AT MIDNIGHT

Here’s the latest information about some of our upcoming film festival screenings which were announced this week:

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THE SAXOPHONIST
The Brightside Film Festival
Sunday, March 3rd
1:30pm – 3:05pm Screening Block
Brightside Tavern
141 Bright St
Jersey City, NJ 07302

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MUSIC AT MIDNIGHT
Garden State Film Festival
Saturday, March 30th
8:15pm – 10:15pm Screening Block
Asbury Park City Council Chambers
1 Municipal Plaza
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Stay tuned for more updates and info!

 

 

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 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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New Cast Members for THE SAXOPHONIST Announced

After sorting through thousands of submissions and many strong auditions, we are excited to announce some of the latest additions to the cast of THE SAXOPHONIST:

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Eric Wheeler as “Sidney”

Michael Roberts
Michael Anthony Roberts as “Art”

Ronnie Caldwell
Ronnie Caldwell as “Parker”

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Ann Flanigan as “Lydia”

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Ron’Netta as “Jeane”

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Jarett Smithwrick as “Carlton”

We will also be announcing our female lead sometime next week as well as new information about a big fundraiser event happening this summer for the project. For more news and updates on THE SAXOPHONIST as well as the new actor bios, be sure to visit the official website where you can donate to the project and sign up for the mailing list. Also ‘like’ the official Facebook page.