Congrats to Milan Lazistan for winning “Most Creative Music Video Award” for his song “Uninvited” this past weekend at the World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington, DC! Not only did AJ Epyx Productions win with that song, but we also won for “Best Gospel Music Video” for the song “Get Involved” by Kym Swain! Thank you to Milan and Kym for allowing me the opportunity to direct for both of you and thanks to June Daguiso and WMIFF for recognizing us! See the full list of award winners here.
We received great news yesterday that the music videos we produced for Kym Swain’s GET INVOLVED and Milan Lazistan’s UNINVITED have been selected and nominated for 2 awards each at the next annual World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington, DC. Each video has been nominated for the following:
Best Music Video
Best Music Video
Most Creative Music Video
We will have more info about the festival date and events in early 2022. Congrats to all INVOLVED!
Check out the first of three interviews that the cast of Vendetta Games did last weekend with William Powell of Inside Acting TV at the World Music and Independent Film Festival awards gala! We also briefly mention American Gunslingers towards the end. Our interview begins at the 19:35 mark.
Here’s the 2nd interview we did exclusively for WMIFF. It starts at 22:07:
I’m happy to announce as of yesterday that Vendetta Games is now the WINNER of 3 WMIFF awards for Best Actor Andre Joseph, Best Supporting Actor Chris Corulla, and Best Supporting Actress Alyssa Schroeter! Also huge congrats to Reginald Barnes for his supporting actor win in the short film MAKE AMERICA BLACK AGAIN and Drew Henriksen who won in the feature category for Best Screenplay for our next project AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS! Congrats to everyone in the cast and crew as well as all nominees. Table #2 ran the table!
Happy Holidays to everyone who has supported our work throughout this year and the last 10+ years of AJ Epyx. Between our premiere of THE SAXOPHONIST and the continued accolades of VENDETTA GAMES, thank you for this blessing of a successful year we had. It means the world to myself and my team.
Next up, we have our latest Saxophonist screening at the Kwanzaa Film Festival in Harlem. Though the event begins at 10am, screenings start at 12 noon. Tickets can be purchased at the door. See below for the full info:
The film will also screen in Capitol City, Kingston in February 2019 at the Jamaica International Faith Films Festival and will continue to be available on The BeBop Channel as well as Amazon Prime. We are planning a DVD and Blu-ray release with new content and special features to be available for purchase.
Vendetta Games will be a part of the 2019 World Music & Independent Film Festival Awards Gala taking place in Washington, D.C. at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel in Virginia on Saturday, January 12. No film screenings happening this day, though the film is up for 8 award nominations. The event will starts at 10:00 am for pre-gala interview, then lunch at noon, gala will starts at 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm. Tickets are $99 and can be purchased at this link. We are awaiting other film festival responses between now through next summer and actively seeking distribution for VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray.
In terms of new projects, we will begin work on our next feature film AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS, a soon to be announced documentary about the health and fitness world, a new music video with Milan from the MUSIC AT MIDNIGHT album, and another top secret film project to be announced at a later date.
Here’s to more exciting projects and breakthroughs in 2019!
As we approach the new year, AJ Epyx Productions will soon embark on our most ambitious project to date: AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS. This excitng western will be directed by Andre´ Joseph with a screenplay by Drew Henriksen, best known as “Talbot” in VENDETTA GAMES as well as the screenwriter/producer of the award-winning western short, POWER OF PRAYER. Originated from a story by Joseph, Henriksen, and VENDETTA GAMES’ Chris Corulla, the story follows two interracial brothers reuniting in the late 1800s to search for their father’s buried treasure while pursued by a corrupt town Marshall and his vicious bounty hunters. The screenplay was recently been accepted for competition into next year’s World Music & Independent Film Festival as well as the All Genre Screenplay Contest which has now made the screenplay available to order via Dizzy Emu Publishing in paperback and Kindle editions at Amazon.
For the latter competition, we need your support as the overall contest winner is the writer of the top-selling screenplay in each three month contest period. These writers receive a full Publish & Marketing package from Dizzy Emu Publishing, worth $499.00 – this includes building us a website and making a video trailer to help us promote the screenplay. All entrants in the contest receive their royalties in full, directly from Amazon. We also retain full control of their screenplay’s rights and pricing. All proceeds will go directly into the production of this film.
AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS is currently casting and in pre-production. Vintage locations are currently being sought out in Staten Island and Long Island, NY. We’ll be shooting a trailer this year to attract potential investors. Further details about the production and investor opportunities will be available in the coming months. Please contact us directly to email@example.com for a prospectus.
Concept art for the project which was created by Brian Bicknell who did the prequel comic book for Vendetta Games can be seen below:
A group of friends in the upscale suburbs of Washington D.C. encounter backstabbing, betrayal, and cowardly lies over the course of a friendly dinner party.
*2015 World Music & Independent Film Festival Award Winner for “Best Actress in a Short Film/DMV” – Catie Carlton.
Starring Catie Carlton, Andrew Agner-Nichols, Danny Dobyns, Adrian Fernandez, Honey St. Dennis, and Rebecca Schall.
Executive Produced, Written, and Directed by Anna Snead & Andre´ Joseph
Produced by Lauren Horvath
Cinematography & Editing by Andre´ Joseph
Music by Matthew Hackett
2015 AJ Epyx Productions, LLC and Crazy Daisy Films
I have two MAJOR updates to bring to your attention regarding Vendetta Games:
1) In regards to the World Music & Independent Film Festival: Due to low sales with the planned festival on the cruise, the Awards Gala has moved. 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 starts at 10:00 am for pre-gala interview, then lunch at noon, gala will starts at 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm. Tickets are $99 and can be purchased at this link.
2) The Atlantic City Cinefest was this past weekend where we screened. I was not able to attend because I was flying back from London at the time and the awards ceremony was the following day which I was too jet lagged to go to. Then I got some unbelievable news this past Tuesday afternoon: The film won 2 awards for “Best Director, Feature Crime – Andre´ Joseph” and “Best Actor, Feature Crime – Chris Corulla, Jr.”! There’s no doubt in my mind that each of you contributed to the success of VG. And for Chris who has been like a brother to me for 11 years now, this film is as much his as it is mine and JR’s. That’s why I’m proud to call him a brother for life.
We will continue to keep you all posted on future screenings. We’re still actively seeking distribution and had some leads that were not all that promising with their licensing deals. We’re not giving up that effort and though it’s early, we’re beginning to put together story ideas for the 3rd and final Vendetta film. Thanks again, everyone!
We’re extremely happy to announce that in addition to the 6 award nominations we’ve received from the World Music & Independent Film Festival for VENDETTA GAMES last week that we now have 2 new nominations to report!
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A FEATURE FILM – J.R. Carter
BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK – Matthew Hackett
Congats to both of you guys and the rest of the VG crew! View the current list of nominees here: http://www.wmiff.net/2018
Andre´ Joseph and AJ Epyx Productions will be returning to the World Music and Independent Film Festival in January 2019 for its 10th annual event where our Urban Action Showcase winning feature film VENDETTA GAMES will be playing! The sequel to 2012’s DISHONORABLE VENDETTA has been nominated for 6 awards including the following:
BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURE FILM – Andre´ Joseph
BEST ACTRESS IN A FEATURE FILM – Erin Sanderson
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A FEATURE FILM – Chris Corulla
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A FEATURE FILM – Alyssa Schroeter
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A FEATURE FILM – George Gibson
BEST DIRECTOR IN A FEATURE FILM – Andre´ Joseph
The screening as well as the awards ceremony and gala will be held on the Royal Caribbean International cruise ship departing Tampa on Saturday, January 26th 2019 and the event will be held through Saturday, February 2. This is a 7-night trip going to Caribbean – Western (Caribbean) and will be visiting Tampa, Costa Maya, Belize, Roatan, Cozume. You can register and reserve your cabin by clicking on the link in the website: www.wmiff.net.
Congratulations to the cast and crew!