Latest Festival Acceptances & Nominations for AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS

We had an amazing morning with some big announcements regarding AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS! First, our recently selected trailer at The Wild Bunch Film Festival has just been announced as a nominee for Best Film Trailer!  While we won’t be able to attend in person, those of you in the great state of Arizona can check out our trailer on the big screen Friday, Oct. 2nd in the 8:40pm block at the Willcox Historic Theater in Willcox, AZ. Awards to be announced Sunday, Oct. 4 at 7:15pm. Purchase tickets at the link above.

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Our second big announcement is that the AGS original screenplay by Drew Henriksen has just been selected for competition at this year’s Urban Action Showcase International Action Film FestivalThis is the same festival where our award-winning feature VENDETTA GAMES won Best Urban Action Film three years ago! This year’s event happening Nov. 6-14 will be a virtual experience and you can find out more about it at the link above or on Facebook.

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Pics from American Filmatic Arts Awards

Another amazing accolade tonight for our award-winning action thriller VENDETTA GAMES at the American Filmatic Arts Awards in Brooklyn Heights! This would not have been possible without the support of my co-Star and producer JR Carter and partner in crime Chris Corulla as well as the rest of the cast and crew. We got more coming up and we are working very hard to get this film out to you guys ASAP!

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Next we have the World Music & Independent Film Festival where Vendetta Games is up for 8 award nominations. It will be taking place in Washington, D.C. at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel in Virginia on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The event will start at 10:00 am for pre-gala interview, then lunch at noon, gala will start at 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm. Tickets are $99 and can be purchased at this link: http://www.wmiff.net/

VENDETTA GAMES Premiere Details & Ticket Info

For those of you in the NYC area who are interested in attending the Vendetta Games premiere at this year’s Urban Action Showcase and Expo, the general admission passes can be purchased for $30 on the festival website (http://www.urbanactionshowcase.com/event-passes.html). While we are still waiting for the actual screening block time for the film, the festival itself takes place from 9am-10pm at AMC Empire 25 Theaters on 234 West 42nd Street at 8th Avenue. You must redeem your printed PayPal receipt at the theater in order to get your festival passes.

The general admission pass not only grants you access to our premiere as well as other film screenings but also access to the expo itself with various action movie-related vendors, celebrity guests to meet and greet, all panel discussions, and free seminars. There’s also the higher tier VIP passes to access the festival after party as well as the 20th anniversary screening of the movie SPAWN with lead star Michael Jai White in attendance. Find out more about the event on their website.

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Finally, the good news that you all have waited two long years for: VENDETTA GAMES HAS A MOVIE PREMIERE DATE! We’ve been accepted into this year’s Urban Action Showcase and Expo sponsored by Cinemax! This is the exact same festival where DISHONORABLE VENDETTA was screened two years ago and won the award for “Best Firefight”.

Screening to take place on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the AMC Empire 25 on 42nd Street in NYC. Our screening block and time is currently TBA. Event passes can be purchased on the festival website (http://www.urbanactionshowcase.com/event-passes.html). Congrats to the cast and crew for all your hard work!

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VENDETTA GAMES Rose Wang Interview and UASE Award

Check out this interview with Vendetta Games line producer Yu “Rose” Wang about her personal attachment to the movie:

We are also happy to announce again that DISHONORABLE VENDETTA, the film that preceded Vendetta Games, was a winner in the feature film category at the Urban Action Showcase & Expo which was sponsored by Cinemax and held at AMC Theaters in NYC two weeks ago. We are very proud of the achievement and we hope for even more accolades for Vendetta Games in the near future!

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Please continue to support us in reaching our minimum goal again in these remaining 12 days left! If you have already pledged, please share the Kickstarter link as much as you possibly can! Thank you!

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The Urban Action Showcase & Expo Recap

When I started production on my second feature film Dishonorable Vendetta back in 2009, I was determined to make the most success out of it than I had with my previous work. Film festivals had discouraged me with my first film Priceless because I agonized over spending hundreds of dollars on entry fees only to be turned down constantly with no refund. Though DV had a lot of help along the way to its completion, my producers and I felt we needed to go straight to distribution which turned out to be a mistake.

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With nothing to lose once that company fell apart, we decided that festivals were the answer for DV. Only this time, I had enough success with my short films to take a big risk. The first official screening at Anthology Film Archives for NewFilmmakers NY last February was a very good turnout overall. But it would be a shot in the dark to take a chance on the Cinemax-sponsored Urban Action Showcase and Expo. To my delightful surprise, we were accepted!

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The UASE event was founded by martial artist and filmmaker/actor Demetrius Angelo and it celebrates achievements in independent films in the action, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy genres. More importantly, this festival promotes minority filmmakers like myself who do action films. This year’s event was set to be jam packed with anniversary screenings of The Last Dragon, Mortal Kombat, and American Ninja as well as big name stars in the martial arts world. Since my short film Tempted had played at Garden State Film Festival, UASE would be the next truly legit festival that I would be attending.

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The night before the event, my dad and I attended the VIP event at HBO’s headquarters in Manhattan. We took part in a panel about self-distribution through Vimeo on Demand which I found to be very informative. As some of you know, I already have a Vimeo channel with some of my films on sale now; however, I learned a lot about marketing strategies and new ways to reorganize my videos on the site. With the exception of getting interviewed on the red carpet, I didn’t network as much as I would the next day. But the biggest moment of the night for me personally was seeing the DV trailer play on the TV monitors in the VIP room. The fact that it was happening at HBO was a little dream come true.

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The UASE screenings and expo took place the following morning at AMC theaters on 42nd St. My dad and I were surprised by the way in which the 4th floor of the theater was converted into a mini con filled with comic book artists, independent filmmakers, and celebrities. I got to meet Taimak aka Bruce Leroy from The Last Dragon and we chatted for a bit about potential sequels and the work that I’m doing now. No pictures were taken, but it was wasn’t the last time I would run into him that day. I also met Jose Hernandez Jr., was one of the stars of HBO’s Oz and also a mutual friend of Robert Clohessy who was in my first film. He actually mixed up my dad for another famous martial artist who fought Bruce Lee in the 60s!

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As for the film screenings, some were really good and some left our heads scratching. Among the ones I liked included Super Debt (a superhero comedy short about a female superhero forced to sell her gear when she’s overdue on rent), a Mortal Kombat fan short with Scorpion against Noob Saibot, a Last Dragon fan made sequel, and a cute webisode pilot for a series called The Invaders which we thought had potential to go on Nickelodeon one day. The best screening of them all was a showing of The Last Dragon. People went nuts in the isles reciting lines, cheering the fights on, and even throwing high kicks out their seats! When it was over, Taimak and screenwriter Louis Venosta did a Q&A where I was able to ask some burning questions about the writing process on the movie.

At night, Dishonorable Vendetta would play at the end of the last film block. There was one problem: The time would overlap with the awards show as this was a one full day event. I figured between limited seating and the small chance of me winning anything that I was better off watching my movie again. My lead actor J.R. Carter and one of my supporting actors Zoiea showed up along with their guests. At first, the turnout was very small. But something interesting happened midway through the movie where more people started to come in. Of course they were waiting for the next movie to play. Either way, I was just happy to see fresh new eyes on the movie and I even thanked them on the way out.

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The overall experience at UASE was very positive. I learned a lot about to help me along in my profession and got a lot of inspiration from the people that I met there, especially the founder Demetrius who took the chance to give me this opportunity to show my film. That experience would soon be punctuated by an email sent by Demetrius yesterday when I learned that DV had won an award for Best Firefight! A win like that is a big victory for the film overall.

VENDETTA GAMES: Chris Corulla Interview

Check out this full interview with Vendetta Games lead actor Chris Corulla about his character “Agent Miller” and his thoughts about the project.

Don’t forget to contribute to our Kickstarter campaign within the next 26 days and for those of you in the NYC area this weekend, check out the screening of DISHONORABLE VENDETTA at the Urban Action Showcase and Expo on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8pm! Purchase tickets here!

VENDETTA GAMES Kickstarter Update & Movie News

In the past three days since the launch, the VENDETTA GAMES Kickstarter campaign has raised $1,105! A huge special thanks to our first 4 backers! But we still have another $1,395 to raise in the next 28 days in order to reach our minimum goal. So we ask all of our supporters to please contribute what you can and/or share the Kickstarter link on all social media platforms and beyond:

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Also on the Vendetta Games front, the 5th and latest edition of the Vendetta Games Diaries has been published thanks to my good friends at CosBlog. The new piece goes more in depth into the audition and casting process of the film! Read this and the past 4 editions of the diaries on CosBlog at your leisure!

Please don’t forget that this is happening next Saturday:

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Screening Information for DISHONORABLE VENDETA at the Urban Action Showcase Expo

We now have the official screening and ticket information for the special DISHONORABLE VENDETTA screening at this year’s Urban Action Showcase Expo sponsored by Cinemax in New York City! Info is as follows:

Date: Saturday, November 7

Venue: AMC Empire 25 Theaters, Times Square

Screening Block: Film Block 6

Time: 8:24pm – 10:00pm

Entry to the UASE and participation in the Film Festival and Action Expo events requires a General Admission or Showcase Film Pass. The Film Festival Package for $20 will get you into all the screenings from 10am-10pm with exception of the panel discussions and award show. The General Admission Ticket for $30 will get you into all screenings, the expo, and the panels and workshops. All other ticket packages can be found at the official UASE website.

See this UASE promo which announces all the special guests and main attractions!

AJ Epyx Productions Special Announcements Video

We have a very special video from AJ Epyx Productions founder Andre´ Joseph about the recent DVD release and the November screening at Wesleyan University for TEMPTED, the upcoming Urban Action Showcase screening of DISHONORABLE VENDETTA, and the current production status of VENDETTA GAMES. See the video below: