"THUNDER ROAD" sets Theatrical Release in October!



Vanishing Angle, in association with The 10 East Pictures, and with the support of Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship, will distribute the SXSW 2018 Grand Jury Winning Feature Film THUNDER ROAD in theaters beginning on October 12th as an exclusive engagement with Alamo Drafthouse Theaters. The film will expand further theatrically on October 19th and release for sale and rental on October 26th; it is currently available to pre-order on iTunes.  On September 13th, the film released theatrically in France to critical acclaim and this Sunday, September 23rd, it will be participating in Art House Convergence’s Art House Theater Day, playing in select theaters across the country.

Written by, directed by, and starring first-time feature director Jim Cummings, THUNDER ROAD is based on the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Grand Jury Prize winning film of the same name. THUNDER ROAD centers on Jim Arnaud, a Texan police officer, as he struggles to raise his daughter as a love letter to his late mom. It is a tragicomic portrait of a failing figure of authority in America.

Beyond its success at SXSW, THUNDER ROAD has been a festival favorite both internationally and domestically. The film was in the top five best reviewed films at Cannes this year where it premiered internationally. Most recently it was awarded the Grand Prix at Deauville American Film Festival in France. THUNDER ROAD has also received the New Directors Grand Jury Award at Nashville Film Festival, the New American Cinema Grand Jury Award at Seattle International Film Festival, the Narrative Feature Jury Prize at the Indie Street Film Festival, and the Best Feature Award at the Sidewalk Film Festival.

THUNDER ROAD stars Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson, Jocelyn DeBoer, and Macon Blair. The film is produced by Natalie Metzger, Zack Parker, and Benjamin Wiessner. It is executive produced by Matt Miller of Vanishing Angle.

Writer/director/producer/actor Jim Cummings was selected for Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2012. Jim has also written and directed the Topic original series STILL LIFE, episodes of which have been Vimeo Staff-Picks, and the Fullscreen original series THE MINUTES COLLECTION, recently featured by FilmStruck and select episodes screened at Sundance and SXSW.

Vanishing Angle is an independent studio based in Los Angeles. Previously, VA distributed the successful, 35mm only, theatrical release of Dennis Hauck’s TOO LATE starring Academy Award nominee John Hawkes. Vanishing Angle will also be releasing Patrick Wang’s A BREAD FACTORY PART 1 and A BREAD FACTORY PART 2 on October 26th, and Wang’s previous film THE GRIEF OF OTHERS on November 2nd, in New York and Los Angeles. THE GRIEF OF OTHERS was produced by Cummings, Miller, and Wiessner.

This is a first-time collaboration between Vanishing Angle and the newly formed Texas-based production company The 10 East Pictures, founded by producer Zack Parker to facilitate the next generation of independent filmmakers.

For more information visit www.thunderroadfeature.com

Chat w/ Molly Ryan, from Brooklyn Moving Company & 24 Hour Musical

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Molly Ryan is a New York based actor. She recently co-stared in and produced Brooklyn Moving Company, a Pilot selected to headline this year’s New York Television Festival. 

We had a chat with Molly and here are the excerpts:

  • What was the most difficult and most rewarding part of making Brooklyn Moving Company

  • The most difficult part was really just the legwork involved, something that comes with creating anything independently and within a tight budget. However, I would say this was also the most rewarding part as well - to be a part of a project you are truly proud of that was 100% the effort of everyone involved in the small cast and crew. 

  • What's next with the project?

  • The Pilot premiered in July at the New York Television festival. It would be awesome to see something more come of it, but that’s really up to the writers and the vision that they have going forward. As individuals we’re all continuing to work on different projects in New York and Los Angeles but as a group we’re still performing together regularly in Tuff Boys Present: 24 Hour Musical.

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  • What’s next with you and 24 Hour Musical?

  • We are performing two more dates this year, including a holiday themed “extravaganza”! More dates in information can be found here: http://www.tuffboys.xyz/events/

    What's your message to other aspiring actors and filmmakers, specially in NYC?

  • Finding fellow artists to collaborate with that you genuinely enjoy working with may be the most important lesson I have learned. It’s certainly not the easiest or most predictable path to take, so when you’re able to enjoy and have fun with a creative experience - hold onto it. 

  • What’s your most favorite and least favorite thing about NYC?

  • Favorite = the people. Least favorite = ...honestly? Subway delays.

You can see Molly perform monthly at the People’s Improv Theater in the 24 hour Musical with her musical comedy group Tuff Boys and at the PIT Loft in ZIP ZAP DEAD the non-improv short play about improv gone wrong. She can also be seen in the Lloyd Kaufman and Troma Movies produced series Exorsisters as well as the feature film Present From the Past shooting this November in New York City. Molly is a graduate of Michael Howard Studios One-Year Acting Conservatory, The Actor’s Program at Freeman Studios and Bentley University where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Studies. 



After premiering at the prestigious MANHATTAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018 and bagging the NY SPOTLIGHT AWARD at the festival, Art Shrian Tiwari's short film 'KACHREWALA: Five Cents Each' will be playing at the JERSEY SHORE FILM FESTIVAL on Aug 6th and Aug 9th. More details at the link below


"KACHREWALA: Five Cents Each", Written, starring and produced by Indian immigrant Art Shrian Tiwari, takes a moment to step back and look at a “secretive” world that's taking place in plain sight, in the city, and being able to capture and present this as his first short film actually ushered in a sweeping change in the writers/actors' life. It stars Tiwari, Nitin Mandan, Ilissa Jackson, Dequan Deveraux, and Mary Lu Garmone. The film is directed by New York based first time director Daniel Guillaro.


Mini doc - inspiration & true stories behind the film

Daniel Guillaro - Director statement

Art Shrian Tiwari - Actor/Writer/Producer statement


Founded by entrepreneur and veteran filmmaker Stevie Doueck in 2006, the Jersey Shore Film Festival (JSFF) has grown from a sheer concept to a truly anticipated and promising event.  The Festival attracts thousands of audience members from all over the tri-state area and promises to be an incredible experience for both the filmmakers and audience members.

The JSFF has positioned itself as a ‘filmmakers’ festival.  The goal is to provide a common ground for the filmmakers from around the world to have the opportunity to meet each other, share their work, and interact with audience members. Filmmakers present their work, and speak about their process to fellow filmmakers, as well as to the avid audience member. They are afforded the opportunity to express their frustrations, as well as their successes with their fellow colleagues. It is a moment to interact, and dedicate what will become a commitment to the craft of being a filmmaker. As well as being a forum for the filmmakers, the JSFF also provides unparalleled and unprecedented entertainment to the Jersey Shore. Because the filmmakers are so dedicated to their films, it creates a truly unforgettable experience for the audience members to be a part of. The festival includes upscale food and decor, dancing, and mingling with prominent actors and filmmakers. All of this with the backdrop of the magnificent Jersey Shore.

The 11th Annual Jersey Shore Film Festival plans to be in 3 different neighboring towns along the seashore including Asbury Park, Deal Park and Allenhurst.


Cast of BLINDSPOTTING Attend Special Screening in New York - IN SELECT THEATERS THIS WEEK

Daveed Diggs (Collin), Rafael Casal (Miles), Janina Gavankar (Val), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Ashley), Director Carlos Lopez Estrada, and Producers Jess Calder and Keith Calder all walked the red carpet at the New York Special Screening of BLINDSPTOTTING at the Angelika Film Center on July 16, 2018


Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning.  He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in.


Longtime friends and collaborators, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland.  Bursting with energy, style, and humor, and infused with the spirit of rap, hip hop, and spoken word, Blindspotting, boldly directed by Carlos López Estrada in his feature film debut, is a provocative hometown love letter that glistens with humanity.


A Summit Entertainment presentation, in association with Codeblack Films and Snoot Entertainment.


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