New Character Screenshots from THE SAXOPHONIST

New screenshots from the film including our talented supporting cast! Be sure to look out for THE SAXOPHONIST in 2018 and please continue to support our audio mixing and color correction efforts by visiting The Saxophonist Website to make your tax deductible donation today via New York Foundation for the Arts (Fiscal Sponsor)!

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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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New Teaser Poster for THE SAXOPHONIST

We’ve revealed the new teaser poster for our upcoming short film, THE SAXOPHONIST. Starring Beavin Lawrence, Nadya Encarnacion, Michael Anthony Roberts, Zoiea Ohizep, Ann Flanigan, Ron’Netta, and Jarett Smithwrick. Currently in post-production with a planned release for private screenings and film festivals in 2018. Please continue to support our post production efforts by making a tax deductible contribution through our fiscal sponsor website, the New York Foundation for the Arts. You can also learn more about how the fiscal sponsorship and your support will work by going to The Saxophonist Website.

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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

 

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

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.

Nadya Encarnacion Playing “Adella” in THE SAXOPHONIST

We are very happy to introduce actress Nadya Encarnacion as our latest addition to the cast of THE SAXOPHONIST. Nadya will be playing a ballet dancer and love interest to the title character played by Beavin Lawrence. She was a featured model for Linda Nieves-Powells’ Latina Icons tribute to Afro-Latinas in music as the icon Irene Cara, images published in The Huffington Post, Vibe & Latina Magazines. She was last seen on stage playing the role of The Leader in the classic musical ZORBA with the Clay & Wattles Theater Co. at The Gary The Olivia Theater in Bethlehem, CT. Along with her passions for Film/TV & stage, she is also dedicated to juvenile justice. Nadya is a graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy, M.A. from Manhattan College & B.A. from Fairfield University.

Please continue to support the project by visiting the official website to find out how to make a tax deductible donation for the production via our fiscal sponsor the New York Foundation for the Arts and also get your tickets today for the upcoming fundraiser event in Brooklyn on Thursday, June 29.

THE SAXOPHONIST Short Film Gearing Up This Summer

The New York Foundation of the Arts profile for our next short film THE SAXOPHONIST has been updated with a full synopsis, storyboard artwork, and an introduction to our lead actor Beavin Lawrence. NYFA is our proud fiscal sponsor for this project. You can check it out and also make a tax deductible donation for the project at the following link: http://bit.ly/2gaL0Q9