Bob Oliver was one of the few people who believed in me as a filmmaker. As a Kickstarter supporter and producer on Vendetta Games, he did more to support the production than I was willing to ask for. I loved being on set with him and on my later film, The Saxophonist. My condolences to his family at this difficult time. https://everloved.com/life-of/robert-oliver/?flow=201
I returned to It’s Just Us Radio Show last night for my 2nd appearance on the show hosted by Charlene Bowden. We discussed the past successes of THE SAXOPHONIST and VENDETTA GAMES, life struggles as a creative during the pandemic, and getting deeply emotional about my approach to my next short film DISMISSAL TIME which starts shooting next month and is still fundraising. This full episode also features the legendary Keisha Knight Pulliam, best known as “Rudy” from The Cosby Show, and I’m proud to be sharing the same episode as her. You can listen to the show right now at the link below:
When I produced my first feature film PRICELESS back in 2007, I had a party scene with an extra named Zoiea Ohizep from New Rochelle who was invited by another actor. Little did I know at the time that he had a long career as a songwriter and backup singer to such legends as Freddie Jackson, Melba Moore, Atlantic Starr, and so many others. We always discussed making a video to one of his songs and it took years until we finally got around to SUNRISE. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.
SUNRISE – Official New Music Visual (Video)
Written and Produced by Zoiea Ohizep, Bob Baldwin, and Dennis Johnson
VIDEOGRAPHER – Directed, Shot & Edited by ANDRE JOSEPH
Special Thanks To Contributors from PEXELS: Ben Mack, Wolfgang Langer, Jess Loiterton, Taryn Elliot, and Rusten Khemelevsky.
Assistant: Ms. Irene Renee
Starring: Zoiea and Nadya Encarnacion
Hair and Makeup: Lily Hernandez
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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: The BeBop Channel, home of the NY Jazz Film Festival where our short film THE SAXOPHONIST won Best Film in 2018, is holding a Viewers’ Choice Awards where all film currently available on The BeBop Channel app are eligible to win cash prizes up to $5000. There’s no doubt these funds will help us towards our next important film project. Between June 1st (Today) thru July 30th, YOU can help us win the big prize by simply watching THE SAXOPHONIST on The BeBop Channel website or app and then take the time to write a written review in the “Members Area” section.
The voting will be tabulated as follows: films will receive one “vote” per one “view” of their film. Should a fan take the time to write a review in the Member Area of our website, the film will receive 100 “votes” per written review. You just need to watch the film during the voting period to get counted!
The voting will be tabulated based upon the number of views and written reviews as follows:
Each Written Review (written in our Member Area) = 100 votes
Each View = 1 vote
How to write the written review is simple:
- Go to https://www.beboptv.com/congosquareforum
- Log-in or create an account if not already a member
- Write a review in the “Viewers’ Choice” box (there is no minimum word requirement) and be sure to mention the title of our film, THE SAXOPHONIST.
- Only one review per email address per film (you may use the same email address and review multiple film titles but can only review each film once.
Films can be watched free at The BeBop Channel through desktop, mobile and SmartTV apps below. No log-in necessary – you can literally just watch the film and your view will be counted as one vote!
Yesterday, we received notice from Amazon that on June 4th, they will be shutting down the Media on Demand service for good. MOD was our source for submitting and selling physical copies of our past films since PRICELESS back in 2010. With the fast changing climate of the industry as there is greater public demand for digital streaming services, physical media is clearly phasing out.
What does this mean for us? It mean that this will be your last opportunity to purchase DVD and Blu-ray copies of THE SAXOPHONIST, DISHONORABLE VENDETTA, NIGHT STREAM, EVIL SOCIETY, and TEMPTED. All films are available at discounted prices and have special features that you may not get on a streaming service. They are only worth having as collector’s items. The change at Amazon, however, will not affect VENDETTA GAMES which can still be streamed on Prime.
We may look into another physical media distribution outlet in the near future should the demand be there for it. But if you still want to see these movies after June 4th, they are all available on our Vimeo on Demand page and THE SAXOPHONIST can be seen on The BeBop Channel app.
I’m proud to say that WE WON BEST DIRECTOR – LONG SHORT for The Saxophonist last night! This honor would not be possible without the talented cast and crew who made this film something dear to my heart. Thank you to everyone at Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival and congrats to all the winning filmmakers and nominees! See the full video of the award ceremony at this link.
New Jersey’s Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival just released their filmmaker interviews today. This includes a one-on-one conversation with festival programmer Chris “CJ” Cullen and The Saxophonist writer/director Andre´Joseph. You can watch in the YouTube link where the interview starts at the 1:52:07 mark.
The Saxophonist will screen virtually this Saturday in the 7:05-8:26pm block (STREAM 2) where we are nominated for Best Long Short, Best Director, and Best Actor. You can watch all the films for free at hangontoyourshortsfilmfestival.com. You can also see the links on the Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter. The event will be live and you can also make comments to the filmmakers while things are happening.
For those of you who missed it, check out the virtual panel discussion from Staten Island’s Downtown Film Fest from this past summer when director Andre´ Joseph was interviewed by Kevyn Fairchild to discuss THE SAXOPHONIST alongside Emeka Mbadiwe who also screened his amazing film, JAMMED. The film will be virtually screening again FOR FREE this Saturday as part of the Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival in the 7:05-8:26pm block (STREAM 2) where we are nominated for Best Long Short, Best Director, and Best Actor!
We are in the 7:05-8:26pm block (STREAM 2) for Sept. 12th as THE SAXOPHONIST screens as part of the Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival! Award ceremony to follow at 9pm where we’re up for 3 nominations. Director interview coming soon. For more details, visit http://www.hangontoyourshortsfilmfestival.com/
This year’s Hang on Your Shorts Film Festival where THE SAXOPHONIST is up for 3 awards will now be all virtual screenings this year. Main screenings will be held Saturday, Sept. 12 for main blocks and sets with what looks like a “live” awards show with special guests. Stay tuned for final details and scheduling.