Apr 22 2014

WNY Tonight Interview with Amelie McKendry on “NYC Rooftop Story”

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WNY Tonight Interview with Amelie McKendry on “NYC Rooftop Story”

“NYC Rooftop Story” Supporting Actress & Associate Producer Amelie McKendry recently sat down with WNY Tonight for an interview to talk about the film. Skip to the three-minute mark of the video for the start of the interview. “NYC Rooftop Story” will be showing at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival on Saturday, April 26th at 9pm at The Market Arcade Film & Arts Center. Tickets for the film are now available.

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Apr 22 2014

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival Success Story: Family Friendly Film “HORSE FOR SALE”

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Buffalo Niagara Film Festival Success Story:  Family Friendly Film “HORSE FOR SALE”

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival continues to attract international artists. Canadian filmmaker Katarzyna Kochany returns for the third time with a film based on her story HORSE FOR SALE that was a semi-finalist script in 2007. When asked why she keeps coming back to Buffalo, Ms Kochany says, “Buffalo Niagara Film Festival is an ambitious event that showcases interesting stories. There are accomplished industry guests, yet the festival remains friendly and accessible. I respect the vision of the festival founder Bill Cowell and his team, especially their commitment to revitalize the community with creative and economic impact. Toronto became a movie town because of passionate individuals who demonstrated this kind of commitment. It’s exciting to see Buffalo emerging on the movie map.” “This year, there are five terrific venues in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. I am pleased to screen HORSE FOR SALE for this audience.” With heart and a kick of action, HORSE FOR SALE is the kind of movie the whole family can enjoy together. “It is a great family movie,” Coalition for Quality Children’s Media KIDS FIRST! wrote in a glowing review. The Dove Foundation awarded the film a Family Approved Seal, calling it a “unique short story.” HORSE FOR SALE is about two farm girls whose family is so broke that they have to sell their beloved horse. There is a happy ending but not before we meet a moped-riding country mailman, a funny bickering old married couple, and two sisters who love each other even when they fight. You can see the preview trailer at vimeo.com/dustbunnies. Ms Kochany says, “This new 2014 release is a completely re-edited version of a 2008 movie with the same name. Audience feedback can be very helpful in making a great movie, and it made HORSE FOR SALE better.” The original played at a number of events, including International Family Film Festival in Hollywood. The new version is off to a great start; screenings include: ReelHeART in Canada, High Desert Film Festival in Nevada and Big Island Film Festival in Hawaii. Just a few weeks ago the film won Best International Award at Neo Relix Film Festival in Texas. Ms Kochany says, “It was a long road from a script in 2006 to the honor of endorsements from The Dove Foundation and KIDS FIRST! in 2014.” Looking back, Ms Kochany believes the journey was a lesson in waiting on God’s timing. “In those eight years I got to be a part of some amazing projects and learned from remarkable people who had nothing to do with movies. It softened my heart and taught me humility, the kind you don’t learn in the film industry.” “Whatever success HORSE FOR SALE earns, I have to give credit where credit is due. God will put you where you are supposed to be. Sometimes you won’t like it one bit. Sometimes you will be part of a miracle.” After training with directors on TV series Doc and Sue Thomas F.B. Eye, Ms Kochany’s own projects earned 30 award endorsements and over 100 official selections in Africa, Canada, USA, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece and Italy. Ms Kochany has a special place in her heart for country stories. HORSE FOR SALE screens on Sunday, April 27 at 1 pm at The Market Arcade Film & Arts Center in Buffalo. Tickets for the film are now available.

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Apr 21 2014

“Niagara” Receives Multiple Nominations

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“Niagara” Receives Multiple Nominations

The short, “Niagara,” which will be showing at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, has been nominated for two different awards at other festivals. At the Cannes Film Festival 2014, “Niagara” was among only nine short films from a selection of 3,450 to be nominated for the 2014 Short Films Competition. Additionally, the film was one of 27 among an original 406 films to be nominated for the Asian Short Film & Video Competition at the 15th International Women’s Film Festival In Seoul. Congratulations to Chie Hayakawa on both nominations! “Niagara”  tells the story of an 18-year-old orphan girl YAMAME who comes to know that her grandpa killed her parents 15 years ago and has been on death row. She collects sounds to send her grandpa who has been in prison completely closed out from the outside world. BNFF will be the first international film festival to show the film, when it screens on Friday, May 2nd at 8PM at the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center. Tickets for the showing are now available.

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Apr 17 2014

Frank Muggia to Head Film Finance Forum

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Frank Muggia to Head Film Finance Forum

On Wednesday, April 30th at 7PM at the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center, Frank Muggia, who has 25 years of experience as an attorney / producer in the entertainment industry, will be heading a Film Finance Forum along with a special guest. You will be getting some of the best feedback possible from one of the pros, it’s an event you won’t want to miss! This event is FREE of charge, with limited seats provided on a first come first serve basis. We’ll see you there!

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Apr 17 2014

“Happy Hands” Wins Award at Sonoma Film Festival

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“Happy Hands” Wins Award at Sonoma Film Festival

The documentary short “Happy Hands“, which will be featured at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, has won the award for Best Documentary Short at the 17th Sonoma International Film Festival. The documentary tells the story of how Hollywood icon, Tippi Hedren, personally conceived and provided the means for twenty of the first Vietnamese refugees to establish themselves as manicurists. Together they established a new industry that became a Vietnamese American Dream. So a big congratulations goes out to Honey Lauren on the win! “Happy Hands” will be shown at the BNFF on Sunday, April 27th at 7PM at the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center. Tickets for the showing are now available.

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Apr 14 2014

Interview with The Kiosk Presents

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Interview with The Kiosk Presents

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Mar 31 2014

Congrats To Tracy Blakely

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Congrats To Tracy Blakely

    A big congrats to Niagra/Buffalo “Generation Iron” performer Tracy Blakely who set a record for winning best in her class and overall in both Figure and Physique competitions this past weekend!  Unbelievably impressive win!   We have such a kick ass team and I can’t wait to see what they bring to the table May 3rd at the “Generation Iron” Premiere at The Market Arcade Film & Arts Center 12 Noon.  Very inspiring!

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Mar 30 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Bad IQ” a documentary on autism

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Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Bad IQ” a documentary on autism

http://www.examiner.com/article/phillp-semour-hoffman-was-to-star-a-documentary-on-autism I was deeply saddened by the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. His demons were his alone, and we may never know what was the final catalyst that made his life intolerable.   Like many fans of Hoffman, I surfed the internet for articles written about this very brilliant actor, who stole and broke my heart back in 1999, when he portrayed a drag queen in Flawless co-starring Robert Di Niro   In an article by Tom Junod of Esquire:Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Secret: The cost of holding up a mirror to those who could barely stand to look at themselves. Junod always believed that Hoffman could detach himself from his characters, but in truth, this was not to be: The great character actors are now the actors whose work has the element of ritual sacrifice once claimed by the De Niros of the world, as well as the element of danger— the actors who thrill us by going for broke. It should be no surprise when, occasionally, they break, or turn out to be broken. RIP.   My instincts told me that somehow Philip Seymour Hoffman might pay attention toautism. Lo and behold, there it was: Bad IQ, a documentary in the works, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as himself. The film is a documentary abut autism, filmed by autistic students. The story line caught my eye: An in-depth look at Autism disorders and the social impact it leaves throughout the public. The cast includes celebrity parents of autistic children; Joe Mantegna, Ed Asner and Aidan Quinn to name a few.   I am intrigued by the title Bad IQ, as it is virtually impossible to glean an accurate IQ score for individuals with autism. The range of “splinter” skills is vast, and while my own child can tell you the exact day your birthday was 10 years ago, he might not be able to answer a simple math question. It is all about language. What this means, is that the value for individuals with autism is pioneer territory. Their talents must be tapped and contoured . It’s worth it.   The future for individuals with autism is veritably in the hands of the public. Who are we without our neighbors. This is a rhetorical question. Every school child that sits next to an individual with autism will be forever changed by that experience. We, as a society have the power to make that change matter. Teach Your Children Well is more than just a song. It is a message You, who are on the road, must have a code, that you can live by.   While Philip Seymour Hoffman suffered a tragic end, in death, he has left a message of hope by participating in this important film.  

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Apr 20 2013

Beijing Filmmaker Takes Best Short Award


Beijing Filmmaker Takes Best Short Award

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Apr 20 2013

Michael Madsen / Larry Bishop 103.3


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