MANHATTAN FILM FESTIVAL - NY SPOTLIGHT AWARD WINNER, 'KACHREWALA: Five Cents Each', at JERSEY SHORE FILM FESTIVAL

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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

https://www.jerseyshorefilmfestival.com/films/kachhrewala-five-cents-each/

"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.

OFFICIAL TRAILER:

Mini doc - inspiration & true stories behind the film

Daniel Guillaro - Director statement

Art Shrian Tiwari - Actor/Writer/Producer statement

About JERSEY SHORE FILM FESTIVAL:

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

About BLINDSPOTTING

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.

 

Official Site:                           www.Blindspotting.movie

Publicity Materials:               http://lionsgatepublicity.com/theatrical/blindspotting/

Facebook:                              @Blindspotting

Twitter:                                 @BlindspottingMv

Instagram:                            @Blindspotting

Hashtag:                                #Blindspotting

SOLO: A Star Wars Story | Not Star Wars, but a good solo film

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First thing - Han Solo is an iconic Star Wars character and Harrison Ford's portrayal is almost impossible to beat. So we should not put that pressure on the newcomer Alden Ehrenreich, who honestly does an impressive enough job. Although in the hands of cinematic master Ron Howard, the expectations are running high for this film. Described as a space western, the film is centered on a young Han Solo and his adventures with his wookie sidekick Chewbacca, including their encounter with Lando Calrissian.

***SPOLIERS***

Han escapes his planet, leaving his love Q'ira behind. He joins and fights with the empire forces,  looking to escape one day and go back to his planet to find his love. He meets space criminal and smuggler Tobias Beckett and his team and ends up joining them in their next mission, accompanied by his new Wookie friend Chewbacca. As the mission goes south, they end up in front of space crime-lord Drydon Vos, who's not pleased about the failed mission and lost merchandise. Han and his team offers a new mission to acquire new merchandise to pay off for the loss. Han also finds Q'ira who work with Dryden now, and joins them on the new mission on his order. Q'ira takes the team to a smuggler and con, Land Clarission, who could help them in the new mission. As they set on to the new mission as a new team, the new adventure brings some unexpected challenges, betrayals, and accomplices leading Han to be the man he is destined to become. Also, Han does find his Millennium Falcon!

So there's lot of good in the film and some not-so-good. Here's how it goes...

THE GOOD:

  • It's a great adventure film, telling a solo story (pun intended), instead of a web of stories like your usual Star Wars fair. We follow through the life of a young and rebellious Han who's yearning to become a pilot he thinks he's destined and deserves to be.
  • Emilia Clarke, our own Dragon Queen, is truly charming and impressive in the film. I would even call her highlight of the film. Taking on the string female lead character like all new generation of Star Wars film, she's fearless, string headed and cold (Daenerys, anyone?), when need be. And very very very charming as well.
  • Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos is menacing and one of the great new Star Wars villain. It's almost unfortunate that he won't be back. Why? Umm...
  • Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett is expectedly great. A mentor to the young Han, who teaches him some great life lessons, "never trust anyone", and has some snarky great lines.
  • Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian is again expectedly great. Lando is just awesome, and so is Donald, it's a perfect match.
  • Lando's robot companion, L3-37 is really really cool and fun. A new cool robot in Star Wars, YAY!
  • There are some great space chase sequences. From flying cars to Millennium Falcon, once it's in Han's hands, the ride is really awesome. I mean seriously, the last few films may have failed on action and adventure, but this film has breathtakingly awesome action!

NOT-SO-GOOD

  • The film is the story before The New Hope, to setup the Han we see there. It kind of fails to do that. It's not really the Han we see there.
  • As expected and said, although Alden is good in this film, he doesn't even come close to Harrison Ford's Han. He just doesn't. 
  • Thandie Newton as Val, Tobias's partner, is amazing. But it's just sad t hat she doesn't really have much screen time. I mean, really she doesn't.
  • The film mostly follows an expected storyline and path, without throwing any surprises like Rain Johnson's The Last Jedi, or Garth Edward's Rogue One. It mostly plays it safe.
  • There's (almost) no R2D2 or C3PO. Did you catch the cameo?
  • There's no FORCE.

Overall it's a good Star Wars film, and if you are a fan of Star Wars, or good westerns, or good action adventure films etc etc, you should watch it. If you are expecting more, then may the force be with you!

FILMS ON NETFLIX—Horrors and Thrillers

Who says you have to wait until October for the best scary movies? We’ve got you covered! Check out the latest releases in Netflix horror films, starting with RAVENOUS (aka LES AFFAMÉS), releasing this Friday, March 2

RAVENOUS (aka LES AFFAMÉS) AVAILABLE MARCH 2

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Winner of Best Canadian Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and nominated for five Canadian Screen Awards, Ravenous (aka Les Affamés) is written and directed by Robin Aubert (Saint Martyrs of the Damned, Crying Out), one of the most unique voices in Québécois cinema.

In Ravenous (aka Les Affamés), Aubert returns to his horror roots to tell the story of a changed small and remote village in upstate Quebec. Locals are not the same anymore—their bodies are breaking down and they have turned against their loved ones. A handful of survivors go hiding into the woods, looking for others like them.

Director:Robin Aubert

Writer:Robin Aubert

Producers: C.S. Roy, Stephanie Morissette

Cast:Marc-André Grondin, Monia Chokri, Charlotte St. Martin,

Micheline Lanctot, Marie-Ginette Guay

Can’t wait for Friday? Here is a selection of thrillers already available on Netflix!

THE RITUAL

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Reuniting after the tragic death of their best mate, four old friends from university set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. But a wrong turn leads them into the dark and mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil still exists and stalks them at every turn.

Director: David Bruckner

Writer: Joe Barton

Producers: Richard Holmes & Jonathan Cavendish

Cast: Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier & Sam Troughton

GERALD’S GAME

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While trying to spice up their marriage in their remote lake house, Jessie must fight to survive when her husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to their bed frame.

Director: Mike Flanagan

Writers: Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard & Stephen King

Producer: Trevor Macy

Cast: Carla Gugino & Bruce Greenwood

THE BABYSITTER

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A lonely twelve-year-old boy in love with his hot babysitter discovers she is part of a satanic cult and must kill them all before they get him.

Director: McG

Writer: Brian Duffield

Producers: McG & Mary Viola

Cast: Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Samara Weaving, Andrew Bachelor, Hana Mae Lee & Judah Lewis