DISMISSAL TIME Facebook Live Videos

In case you missed it today, we did not 1 but 2 Facebook Live interviews today to speak to lead actress Lisa Regina and co-star Sarah Dolhansky about the upcoming production of our dramatic short film, DISMISSAL TIME. Watch right now by clicking on the links below:

Learn more and please support today at our fundraising link at our fiscal sponsor site Fractured Atlas: https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/dismissal-time-short-film?fbclid=IwAR1rlCqdytqkDejKVyMDNNsHipClePLW-2gFDELCJv1Xj445XGx5UIsMpP4

AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS Wins “Best Trailer” at The Wild West Film Festival

The Wild West Film Festival in Vacaville, CA just announced their 2020 winners today and American Gunslingers WON its 3rd Best Trailer award! Though the festival itself couldn’t hold an in-person event due to COVID and the California wildfires, we’re still honored to be recognized once again and hope to get the completed project shown there in the future. Check out all the results at wildwestfilmfestival.com and be sure to support our newly launched Kickstarter campaign: http://kck.st/33QWGQ7

How You Can Continue to Support AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS

I want to personally thank everyone who contributed, followed, or shared our campaign for American Gunslingers. As you can see, we fell short of the minimum goal. No one is as fault given the effect this current crisis has had on all our lives recently. This was never an easy journey to start and we won’t let this put a halt on our efforts.
We will continue to pursue the necessary funds through outside sources and continue to re-evaluate our plans going forward. If you would still like to contribute to the project directly outside Seed&Spark, we have a PayPal link which you can find on this website’s menu under “Support Future Film Projects”. Click on the menu icon on the upper right hand corner of this website and scroll down until you see the PayPal link. We will keep everyone updated on the project’s progress to ensure full transparency and that the funds will be used strictly for this project.
Lastly, all Seed&Spark contributors will be put in a special emailing list for all future updates. Please continue to follow us on Facebook.
…and the journey continues…
– Andre Joseph

Director & Producer, American Gunslingers

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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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.

New VENDETTA GAMES Kickstarter Campaign Launched

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In order for AJ Epyx Productions to continue production on the feature length crime thriller VENDETTA GAMES, we have just launched a new Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to complete some very complicated action sequences. While we are only looking to raise a small portion of the film’s proposed budget, this will help us to compensate the crew, cover location fees, and to acquire important props and costumes.

Unlike the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign we held this past summer, Kickstarter is an all or nothing campaign in which we MUST meet the minimum goal or else we do not earn it. It is very important that we ask for all of our supporters please contribute as much as they possibly can (or at the very least share our link around)! The rewards are just as grand with T-shirts, casino chips, comic books, and more!

The campaign will officially end on November 29. Please visit this Kickstarter link to see the new pitch video with writer/director Andre´ Joseph and the opening scene to the film. If you like what you see, PLEASE DONATE! Thank you!

As always, see the full cast and crew list on IMDB and visit our official Facebook page to see the behind the scenes pics.