Friday, July 22, 2016

"The Burden of Choice" Wins Best Story at Long Island International Film Expo!

Last night was the closing ceremony of the 2016 Long Island International Film Expo and as usual, it was an amazing night that involved hundreds of incredible upcoming filmmakers. To my surprise, our 13-minute short film The Burden of Choice was nominated in two categories: Best LI Film (which Halina took home last year) and Best Story.

I'm so proud to say that The Burden of Choice is the winner of the 2016 Best Story award!

Here are a few pictures I snagged from the festivities. It starts with a red carpet walk with myself and the star of The Burden of Choice, the infinitely talented Elisa Pupko.
Here we have some of our key crew members, including Peter the grip, DP Marc, and Rob the sound guy.
This year's honoree at LIIFE was film and TV legend Ed Asner!
Here we are the the after party with our award. DP Marc and Peter were also each nominated in the Best LI Film category for short films they each directed.
Last we have Elisa and Kevin "Dot Com" Brown making loser signs for not nabbing the actor awards. I say they were both robbed!
I generally do not enjoy doing the film festival circuits (as those closest to me will tell you) but LIIFE continues to be the exception. Besides the recognition I receive from my Long Island community, they constantly put on an amazing ceremony with the effort you just don't see in many other festivals. I really appreciate how LIIFE goes the extra mile to support indie filmmakers, which is why it's always an honor to screen there.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

20 Minutes Gone Episode 13: Jermaine

My favorite recording time for this show is late at night, after a few drinks with the guest. It's great to record relaxed and lose - as I did here with my brothers Paul and Steven. In this late night session, I tell them the story about my phone call with Jermaine Jackson over a decade ago... and then the show takes a hard left turn to us all sharing grade school gym class stories. All of it is good stuff... enjoy!

Monday, June 20, 2016

20 Minutes Gone Episode 12: Collecting Things

Here's a really fun one. Ben, who I have dubbed a "professional collector", joins the show to discuss the psyche of collectors as well as some of his favorite possessions. We talk about Funko Pops, Godzilla, and all things Flash.

I love this episode but I have to confess that it's already a little outdated. Toward the end, I mention an item I've long been in search of... which I've acquired since this recording (with help from Ben!).

Sunday, June 12, 2016

20 Minutes Gone Episode 11: Purgatory Comics

This episode has been a long time coming... Angela Benedict joins me (via phone patch) and we discuss Purgatory Comics in depth... including the casting process, the challenges we faced on set, and other war stories. Then, we read the reviews on together.

For those of you who've followed this blog through the production of Purgatory Comics - or if you've seen the movie since its completion - this is a can't miss episode!

Sunday, June 05, 2016

20 Minutes Gone Episode 10: College TV

We're kicking off the second season of our podcast 20 Minutes Gone! Brand new episodes will be coming down the wire over the next few weeks, so make sure to subscribe on iTunes so you don't miss out. 

In a previous post I'd plugged the podcast Not My Generation hosted by my old college friend Caleb. Well now, Caleb's a guest on my show... and we're reminiscing about the college television programming we used to produce. You'll also learn about my "arch nemesis"...

Stay tuned as I've got the next few episodes done and ready to go, and I think you'll really dig them.