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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

See Thomas Ian Nicholas LIVE!!

KEITH COLLINS of UEMG Inc. PRESENTS: THOMAS IAN NICHOLAS Official New York CD release party. With an UNPLUGGED exclusive LIVE concert performance by THOMAS IAN NICHOLAS!

Debuting songs from his new cd entitled "WITHOUT WARNING" Thursday November 15th 2007 10pm

Exclusively @ RETOX (511 West 28th Street btw 10th &11th Avenues)

Complimentary Cocktails 10pm-11pm SHOW BEGINS AT 11:00PM This event is guest list only. RSVP is mandatory for entry. Please email by Thursday afternoon.

Advance copies of his album "Without Warning" will be for sale at the show.

Indie Pick O' The Day: subUrbia

The opening shot of this film reminds me of my hometown. Haphazard shots of shopping malls, parking lots, convenience stores, newly constructed townhomes, and and space. Don't get much of that up here...

Anyways, Richard Linklater once again creates a film about teenage slackers unsure of who they are and what their purposes are in life. They find themselves hanging out in parking lots talking about trivial and mundane topics. On the same night, their friend, the only successful one out of the group who is now a rock star, has returned to his hometown to revisit his old surroundings.

The friends decide to hang out and talk about inane subjects, while realizing that they've been wasting their lives away doing nothing. This film has great character and story. I don't know if its a good thing or bad thing, but I can totally relate to all of the slackers in this movie.
subUrbia was actually adapted from a staged play, which you can kinda tell because the film is most set in front of a convenience store. The owner of the store was the guy in Office Space...remember Samir? Well anyways there are a lot of well known indie actors in this flick. There's of course Giovanni Ribisi, Nicky Katt (who always plays such an asshole, but I hear is a really nice guy), Steve Zahn, and our IndieSeen favorite Parker Posey. The message behind this film is about really what are our purposes in life? What were we made for on this planet? What the hell do we plan to do with our lives?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

First Strike

Check out this film about brothers torn apart by the love of a Jackie Chan movie.

First Strike (Part 1)

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Need A Chill Venue For A Mixer?

Need a nice small intimate spot to network, talk movies, and show off your business card? How about get your drink on at the bar and chill in the spa lounge with your Christiana Vodka Flirtini and lay in a cozy jacuzzi? We did it. So can you. Check out G Spa & Lounge located inside of the Gansevoort Hotel in the meatpacking district. It's not as bourgeois as you may very well can meet some cool peeps there. Stay tuned to NYIndieSeen for updates on swanky venues such as this that we will happily invite you to :) You never know who you may run into...

Hotel Gansevoort
18 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10014
at 13th St.

Roadtrip to Africa

Here is a short by Taron Hall

Artssiren's Subculture NYC 96

This short film was directed by Nia Janeen Brown.

It was filmed in the Lower East Side back in 1996.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Call For Entries

NYIndieSeen wants your short film. NOW! You may have heard of may not. But either way...we wanna HEAR YOU! We want your short film on our blog to give you as much exposure as possible. We've had over 20,000 hits on this blog since it launched early this year and our momentum and visibility is growing. That's because we want to allow your films to be heard and SEEN.

So email us and provide the EMBED code to your YouTube, iFilm, or Myspace video and we will happily upload it onto the blog.

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

21 Grams: Mercy

This scene is with the amazing Benicio Del Toro dealing with his demons and speaking bible scriptures that validates the sins that he committed were God's will. It's a very powerful scene and speaks volumes to Del Toro's work as an actor. Excellent scene.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Writing Character-Driven Stories

Writing Character-Driven Stories
Nov. 9-11

Dissolve writing blocks and experience a creative flow
Maximize the emotional impact of your work and evoke the feelings you intended
Develop authentic characters and exciting plots by focusing on your characters' relationships
Enjoy an easy-to-follow crash-course in story structure
Acquire tools that make the revision process finite and productive
Learn how to network effectively with other writers and filmmakers, even if you're deathly shy
See detailed course description at: Friday, Nov. 9, 7-9:30pmSat-Sun. Nov. 10-11, 10am-6:30pm

PLACE:New York Women in Film & TV6 East 39th Street, Suite 1200New York, NY(near all subways lines)
Standard fee: $385
Repeaters: $285

If you earn under $40K a year and are not independently wealthy, then you qualify for the pay-
what-you-can policy. Details are listed in the workshop application page of the website.

What writers have been saying:

"I learned more about story structure in Ela's class than in ten years of working in film."ROSE VIGGIANODynamic Productions"As a literary agent, I would recommend your class to any writer who is starting out, switching mediums, or an experienced writer looking to add weapons to their arsenal and write more memorable scripts."SONIA PABLEYLiterary agent, The Gersh Agency"There are a million writing classes but only one Ela. She is a godsend to writers who need encouragement and real tools for success. Take her class and spend the rest of your life finishing good scripts!"KATE FARRELFour times Emmy-award winner, 22-years of television production"Three sessions with Ela taught me more than an entire semester of an expensive film school. I find myself wanting to write constantly."PAYAL SETHIFormer head of development, Mirabai Films"Ela's techniques turn her students into writing athletes. It's the difference between despair and glee at the keyboard."JOSEPH SPAIDDirector, Kiran Over Mongolia and Watch the Closing Doors"When I read the testimonials on Ela's website, I said to myself: 'No one is that good.' And I was right. Ela is infinitely better than good."STEVE KLAUSNERBest Screenplay, "Headspace" NYC Horror Film Festival

The Writers' Guild of America, an organization of 12,000 members, has unanimously voted to go on strike:

WGA 2007 contract proposal:
If you only read one thing about the strike, read the first couple of items on this list for a healthy picture of what the strike is about.

Strike rules and info:
If you're not a guild member, you should still not be writing, negotiating or even having discussions with a struck company. Besides it being unethical, you would be jeopardizing possibility of future membership in the Writers' Guild.

Strike-related articles:

New-York-based writers: if you can, join me and fellow writers on the picket line from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., around Rockefeller Plaza on 49th St. Visit for details and updates.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

I See Celebrities

Joaquin Phoenix was spotted on 31st and 5th Ave with a chick gettin his smoke on. Cigarettes that is...

Owen Wilson on 7th Ave and Charles St a post rehab looking Owen was in very high spirits walking around with a blonde who was NOT Kate Hudson. Perhaps her stunt double?

Ryan Gosling at 14th St and 8th Ave looking hot as hell with his new shaved haircut. On the prowl for the ladiez obviously.

Wes Anderson was caught chillin over East Houston and 2nd Ave. Passing an ad for Darjeeling Limited nearby. That's gotta be so cool to see your movie ads on the street. You know he thinks he's the shit.

Ethan Hawke lookin a lil fug at 20th St and 8th Ave. Is it true he's still living in Hotel Chelsea? Yikes. I guess that's what happens with life after Uma Thurman.

Alec and Stephen Baldwin seen dining out at 1 Central Park West at Trump Plaza. Where was Billy? What about the fugly one Daniel? He's still alive right?

Greatest Sex SEENS in Indie Flicks

Courtesy of Here is a small list of the greatest sex scenes in indie cinema. To see the full list and view clips of each lustful scene click here.

Ken Park
Larry Clark's provactive film Ken Park is most well-known for its boy-on-girl-on-boy oral-sex fest toward the film's finale, and it's kind of disturbing and kind of fun. Well its actually more fun to watch. Larry Clark's 2002, return to big screen scandolocity: Ken Park attempts to shock and awe its way into relevance.By putting on a facade of gritty realism it attempts to convince its viewer that they are experiencing a work of artistry, as opposed to Clark's signature blatant exploitation, long unnecessary camera focus on characters genitals and naked bodies are no longer daring or particularly entertaining when you begin to expect it as one does with a Larry Clark film.

Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Andie McDowell, who plays a bit of a prude, tells her therapist at the start of Sex Lies and Videotape that she's not really into sex. Repressed and unhappily married, Ann changes her tune when she meets her husband's reclusive friend Graham (James Spader), who considers himself impotent. Graham's only sexual gratification comes from videotaping women while he questions them about their sex lives; his video collection horrifies Ann and hopelessly intrigues her. This film pioneered amateur porn for bored housewives.

There are alot of sex scenes to mention in this movie given the fact that the whole feature is an orgy fest to begin with. The most noted sex scene doesn't even involve two people. It's a masturbation scene that fellatio! And the guy is oh so flexible. "The Shortbus," an underground performance space, salon and sex club. It's a sexy skin party where couples, singles, trannies, hipsters, queers, punks, preps, geeks, goths, and the like go to get their freak on! Sofia finds herself on a quest and becomes sexually awakened thanks to a cute gay couple by the name of Jamie and James who are having their own sexual issues in their relationship. Piled on the floor, dangling from swings and squirming against the walls are dozens of bodies, of all genders and descriptions, screwing and licking in every possible combination. Hotness.

Being John Malkovich
John Malkovich greets Maxine (Catherine Keener) at his apartment door and the two decide to get their freak on. However Spike Jonze creatively decides to allow his audience to see and hear the thoughts of John Malkovich. We are now invited to ever experience he undergoes including SEX!! Catherine Keener is having sex with the audience in this scene being that the camera's point of view is to the audience (a.k.a John Malkovich). Then it gets weird becuase really she's having a lesbian experience with Lottie played by Cameron Diaz (who looks a lil fug in the film). Of course the sexual moment is broken when she calls out the wrong name during sex. Oops.

Boys Don't Cry So we all know what's "going down" in this scene. Hilary Swank plays the role of a guy who's actually really a girl and he/she has a sexual experience with Chloe Sevingy. This oral scene is way hotter than Chloe's oral scene in this disastrous flop Brown Bunny. The facial contortions on Chloe's face are really hot and not to mention the sounds we hear Hilary make...subtle but hot. We're always seeing films where men are getting off, but barely ever see the "tipping the velvet" scenes for the chicks. Definitely worth watching and sexy to or straight.

Mysterious Skin

Here's another scene that's also "orally inclined". Now I don't know what's hotter, seeing JGL gettin some head or hearing JGL get some head. Was that too much?? Did we go to far by that statement? Not sure why this film got an NC-17 rating being that the audience never actually sees that act of fellatio on screen. But the expressions of ecstasy is enough to make this one of the hottest sex scenes ever.

Brokeback Mountain

Yes the movie about two gay cowboys also contains one of the hottest sex scenes of all time. Of course it helps when you have Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger all hot and sweaty and HORNY. Actually we were expecting a lil more full frontal action, but the subtlety can be kinda of hot especially when he spits on his hand and shoves it down Jakes. Now that's a take charge kinda guy.

Team America: World Police

The sex scene in this film has more sexual positions going on than the Kama Sutra. If you ever need tips on how many sexual positions and body contortions you need to spice up your sex life, this is the scene to watch. Of course it's kinda comical because its two plastic dolls gettin it on. Why the MPAA would be so damn sensitive in giving this film an NC-17 rating I have no freakin clue. Geez it's just puppets yall!! Gotta say though, the sex scene totally turned us on though.

Check out our sex scenes blog here

Titanic Recut: Jack Lives!

If you check out our Trailer Trash archive, there are some pretty damn good trailer recuts in there. But this is by far the best one yet. HOW CREATIVE! They start out presenting the story of Titanic with Jack and Rose. Jack as we ALL know dies...but then the rescuers pull a block of ice out of the water with Jack's body in it!! They heat it up and he lives!!

You gotta see this trailer in order for you to believe it.

But my question is this...can you guess how many Leo DiCaprio films are in this recut? And what are they??

Indie Pick O' The Day: Bella

One Life Can Change You Forever...

That is tag line for the Mexican film
Bella directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde. This is a subtle film about life, loss, and family. When Jose, who is an international soccer star is on his way to sign a multi-million dollar contract and twist of fate and tragedy occurs that changes his life forever. He later finds himself working as a chef in his brother's restaurant. Jose's brother Manny treats Jose as well as the staff as slave drivers in the restaurant, including Nina, a down on her luck waitress who gets some inconvenient news. Nina finds herself running late for work after she takes a home pregnancy test and realizes she is now expecting. Unfortunately for Nina, her tardiness causes her to get fired and Jose feels sorry for Nina and feels the need to reach out to her.

Nina and Jose form a connection in each of their own disconnected lives and both deal with their own regrets and try to heal. Okay I liked this film and all, but I gotta say one thing Jose, played by Eduardo Ver√°stegui is H-O-T. And YES he could TOTALLY GET IT. I mean this film has a deep message and is very well written and got lots of awards and stuff, but all the while I just kept on checking out Eduardo thinking...damn is he single?

Just to show you want I'm talking about,
click here to see what his fine ass looks like. He was in that craptacular flick Chasing Papi if anyone of you out there ever seentz it. I only watched it becuz I was bored out of my mind one night and there was absolutely nothing to watch. I shoulda just watched paint dry. But seeing Eduardo's screen time was worth it. He's come up since CP, so you definitely have to check out Bella. Another cool thing about the film are the shots of New York City and how its so contemporary with NYC life. There's a scene that takes place on the train that every New Yorker can relate to. There is also a poignant scene with a blind homeless man that is very touching. It's amazing what happens when you take the time out of your busy hectic NY schedule to talk to a homeless guy on the street. It's not always what it seems...

Free Movie Screening: Jesus Camp

Do you like documentaries? Are you interested in watching a critically acclaimed Oscar nominated film? Do you want to see it for free?

Check out Jesus Camp. The film is about a Christian evangelical summer camp, run by a Pentacostal minister prepares children from conservative Christian families to champion fundamentalist Christian and right wing causes in the political arena. 2007 Academy Award nominee for best documentary. Written and directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. 84 minutes.

Reservations are required to attend. This event is free and open to the public.

Please call NYU Center for Global Affairs at 1-212-992-8380

Located at 15 Barclay St between Broadway and Church Street.

By subway, take the R or W to City Hall; the 4, 5 or 6 to City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge; the 2 or 3 to Park Place; or the A or C to Chambers Street. Reservations are required.