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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Worst Acting Ever!

M Night Shyamalan is a good friend of my head. I've loved his work for years and as of late M Night has dissapointed me. He hasn't delivered the way he has in the past when it comes to making great films with those plot twisters we all once loved.

He was doing well when he made films like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs. Hell even though alotta critics and other folk didn't like it...I actually cheered for The Village. But then all of the sudden M Night is shooting out craptacular flicks like Lady In The Water and now...The Happening.

Now the story behind the film---which I won't spoil for you is actually not that bad. Unfortunately, the story wasn't executed as well as it could have which made the movie quite poor. The plot had some major potential, but once again my friend in my head just didn't deliver. Now what made this movie smell even worse than the 51st train station on a hot ass day? Mark Wahlberg acting.

Honestly, I was quite surprised that his acting sucked major monster's balls. I thought maybe having an Oscar nomination under his belt proved he was a true thespian. WRONG.

Here is my list of Mark Wahlberg's bad acting moments:

1. What was up with the high pitch voice? Did you guys notice he was trying way too hard to sound like someone was squeezing his crotch?

2. What was up with the way he walked? It was corny and gay.

3. Was he gay? Was the subtext that his character Elliot Moore was a homo? Cuz I totally got the I'm into dudes vibe.

4. Why did he repeat everything someone would say to him? "There's been an accident". "There's been an accident?" "I like playing gay guys who wear mood rings". "You like playing gay guys who wear mood rings?" See what I'm sayin??

5. Why was he so cavalier after people kept dying? Can we see some range of emotion??

6. Why couldn't they have just cast Mark L. Wahlberg instead? Ya know host of Moment Of Truth? Besides the intensity and drama of his line of questioning is more edge of your seat than this film will ever be.

I could go on and on but I'm gonna stop. I just want to let you guys know how dissapointed I was in his acting. Oh wellz...I guess I'll just pop in the my DVD rental of Lost Boys 2. Now that's some real acting!!!

IFC joins Rooftop Films

Once again, Rooftop Films has partnered with IFC to bring some of the best short films in the world to one, tightly-curated site. 100 short films from Rooftop’s festival will be online on Our carefully selected short films range from some of the straight-up funniest films you’ll ever see (Crazy Eyes Dolphin vs. The Mad Cows), to some of the most deep-down gorgeous (Devil’s Teeth).

The collection as a whole offers a quality, curated alternative to the wild west of the rest of the web. As one of the most respected film festivals in the world, the movies we screen represent the finest examples of the short film as an art form. There are films that will make you laugh, films that will make you think, and films that you’ll want to watch over and over—and share with friends. And now the community extends even further, as the conversation about the films comes off the roof and onto our new blog.

We are posting information about the films, filmmaker interviews, news, weekend recaps, and more. Respond with comments and questions for us and for the filmmakers, creating an online community that captures the enthusiastic spirit of our live shows.Tell us a secret in response to Eric the Secret. Ask your own questions of the curious Hot Dog Man. Post your own experiences about our shows in the Rooftop Weekend Recap Check out the new and old Rooftop Films trailers. And find out about Rooftop’s very own Presidential candidate. Three new films every week and new blog posts all the time, so bookmark the page and come back to read the latest news from Rooftop, and join our community by posting your own comments and questions. * * * Monday morning Rooftop “Weekend Recaps” not fast enough for you?

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Film Writing Workshop

Story Structure & Creative Explorations

The next weekend workshop is coming up this week:

Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, 10am-6pm, in downtown Manhattan.

The seminar is comprised of five basic elements:

Maximize the emotional impact of your work: Tell memorable stories and learn how to evoke the emotions you intend in your audience

Dissolve writing blocks: Jump-start the creative flow

Ease and simplify the development process: Rather than battling a script for years, learn how to break down the process into small, manageable, and effective steps.

Study story structure: Learn how to keep a story engaging from start to finish by focusing on characters rather than plot

Network: Gain specific tools to building a network of support and become rich: with friends.

Details at here.

Cost is on a sliding scale of $285-485 (you choose the fee, payment plans possible). Partial scholarships are available on a financial-need basis; see site for details

Call For Entries

Call for Entries ~ Accolade Named Among Top 25 Festivals

Deadline: August 22


Now in its sixth year, top-tier, international awards competition, The Accolade, announces its Call for Entries for filmmakers, television producers and videographers.

The Accolade is a non-traditional, virtual venue. Awards go to those filmmakers, television producers and videographers who produce fresh, standout entertainment, animation and compelling documentaries. It is a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices.

Most importantly, The Accolade team works passionately to help worthy productions gain the publicity and distribution they deserve. That is what The Accolade is all about: helping winners of this coveted award achieve recognition and distribution opportunities.
Every filmmaker, television producer and videographer wants credibility associated with their work and buzz about their productions. In addition to target press releases, clips of the Best of Show productions are streamed on The Accolade Web site, reaching thousands of industry professionals. The Accolade is an award recognized for its rigorous evaluation process by buyers and distributors, inspiring confidence that winning productions are of high quality.

Quality and creativity are celebrated in three levels of awards: Best of Show, Award of Excellence and Honorable Mention. Best of Show honors are granted only if worthy productions are discovered. Likewise, no more than 15% of entries are granted Awards of Excellence. Notable artistic and technical productions are recognized at the Honorable Mention award level. Annually, a special award is given to a production that makes a significant contribution to social change or a humanitarian effort.

The Accolade receives entries from all over the world: Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.

MovieMaker Magazine recently included The Accolade among the Top 25 Festivals "Worth The Entry Fee." The article said, "Past participants can't stop raving about the professional opportunities participation in this event has generated for their work."
Go to for rules and entry form.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

R.I.P. Ebert & Roeper

America's most famous film critic Roger Ebert and his regular co-host Richard Roeper are leaving their movie review show which first began airing in 1975 with Ebert and the late Gene Siskel.

To be honest though the show hasn't really been the same since Gene Siskel died. I know that was ages ago, but still...we kinda miss the who "two thumbs up" thing. Both Siskel's widow and Roger Ebert owns the rights to that too by the way. Rather than post of photo of Roeper (who was an OK critic--we rather post Siskel intead).

Let's take a moment to reflect the what once was...R.I.P. "Two Thumbs Up"

Courtesy of DarkHorizons

NYIndieSeen's Favorite Movies That You Never SEEN

Here's our favorite movies that you've never seen. Some of these movies really need to be nominated for Academy Awards. I mean damn...I think these movies were definitely snubbed!

A movie about a clown just trying to prove his all to the local Cheerleader squad. He may have a big ass red nose and is need of some Rogaine..but he can BRING IT!

Pinhead just wanted a baby and Nathan Arizona has more than he could handle. The Cohen brothers directed this black comedy and for sure this movie will keep you on pins and needles!

Spike Lee's groundbreaking film about white boy gettin it on wit a sista. Well...she got Indian up in her too. Spike Lee makes a cameo in the film too
and schools the community on the importance of racial equality and love.

Pinhead returns after he loses his baby and goes on a killing spree with his girl Mallory in film about what happens when you take away someone's kid and what drives us to become famous.

Ice Cube follows up in this sequel to Friday along with Mike Epps in a film about smokin, chillin, and killin! Watch out, cuz Next Friday could be very well be your last. Ice Cube was accidentally injured during the making of this film....well his career was.

Oscar the Grouch is in everyone's nightmare in this horror flick that was banned by PBS. The film also stars Elmo in his film debut. If you don't wanna die, then don't wake up. If you smell trash...then your dreams could be over.

This is a mission to save the life of Private Shrek whos brothers were all killed. This movie was originally titled Saving Shrek's Privates, but then Speilberg realized Shrek didn't have any...well any worth saving anyways.

Oh those crazy high school whiz kids. Well someone screwed up and accidentally created man-eating serial killer! Oopsie scroodles!

Courtesy of Worth 100

"No Regret" New Gay Korea film Opens this week in NYC & LA

Set in Seoul, South Korea, "No Regret" centers on Sumin (Lee Young-Hoon), who leaves the orphanage where he grew up and heads to the city to study art design. After losing his job at a factory due to layoffs, he finds himself working as a prostitute in a gay bar. Initially Sumin resists the advances of Jaemin (Lee Han), who comes from a rich and conservative family that doesn’t accept his sexual identity. Eventually Sumin succumbs to Jaemin’s advances, after they briefly experience happiness as passionate lovers, Sumin and Jaemin’s relationship falls into heartache and tragedy.


Press Material
Official Website

Opening Dates & Cities:07/25/08 West Hollywood, CA Sunset 507/25/08 New York,NY Cinema Village08/01/08 Palm Desert, CA Cinemas Palme d'Or08/22/08 Portland, OR Living Room Theaters08/29/08 San Francisco, CA Landmark Lumiere

Best Independent Director of the Year, Director’s Cut Awards KoreaBest Film Award, Ansan International Next Film FestivalBest New Actor, Critics' Choice Award Korea

"A maturely written drama... marbled with both touching and funny moments." _ Derik Elley, Variety

"A powerful and emotionally rewarding gay romance...assuring direction and intense performances help make "No Regret" one of the best gay dramas to come out of Asia." - LMFDean9, Love HK

Grade: A- "A true breakthrough in Korean cinema." - Padraic Maroney, EDGE Philadelphia

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Grey's Was Robbed

Indie Off Course:

Okay, I'm a lil sad that Grey's Anatomy did not get an Emmy nod for Best Drama. I guess this past season was either a lil weak or the Emmy folks had to make way for new dramas this year. I dunno. Still a lil upset.

I'm feelin Dexter if there had to be another show to replace my Grey's for a nod then let it be cool serial killer show on Showtime. Lots of rumors about Katherine Heigl leaving the show too...but that turned out to be fiction. I guess she feels she's too big for TV. Being on the Oprah Winfrey show is a total ego booster. I would think my shit don't stink either if I was a guest on Oprah.

Anyways, we'll see what happens. I'm glad Sharon Gless got a nod as that crazy bitch on Nip/Tuck who was stalkling Sean. She was a psycho. That was a role of a lifetime. Whoda though she had it in her?

Here's a clip of what I'm talkin about below...what a freakazoid!

An IndieSeen Favorite Gets Arrested

So for those of you who haven't heard an IndieSeen favorite was arrested this past weekend in Shreveport, LA. Actor Jeffrey Wright and actor Josh Brolin were arrested along with five other member's of Oliver Stone's film crew on Sunday.

The film simply titled "W." is about guess who...the jackass who is currently running this country. Anyways, police were called to the Stray Cat bar after 2 a.m. to deal with a rowdy patron, the Shreveport Times reports. Brolin, Wright and several others reportedly tried to halt the officers' involvement in the brawl and were later charged with interfering with police.

According to reports, there is video of the incident. It reportedly shows Jeffrey getting tasered and pepper sprayed several times by the cops as he lay on his stomach in the street. WTF??!?? They pepper sprayed Jeffrey Wright? WTF is wrong with this country when you taser and spray down a Golden Globe Award winning actor??!? Did these cops not know who the hell they were dealing with? I hate cops.

A Brolin insider told the Daily News that Josh was not involved in a physical scuffle, as several news outlets previously reported. "He was released very soon after the incident," the source said. "It was not a bar fight. It wasn't a physical situation."

Of course Josh Brolin doesn't have a finger layed on him...I guess the local cops were a fan of his role in American Gangster as the seedy NY cop. I guess they could relate to that an all and decide to let him go without a fight. Brolin was released from jail after paying $334 bail; Wright wasn't listed in police booking records as of Saturday evening.

"W," Stone's story on the life and presidency of George W. Bush, began filming in Shreveport in May. Brolin plays President Bush and Wright plays former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Elizabeth Banks and Thandie Newton also star in the film, but were not involved in the incident. Now why the hell couldn't they have arrested Elizabeth Banks?? Just kiddin...I kinda like her in 40 Year Old Virgin...but still that would have been funnier if she could have got in the slammer. Then she can just act all weird and derranged towards the female innmates like she did in the movie. But who knows...that may turn them on.

Courtesy of NY Daily News and Dlisted

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Can You Guess The Movie??

Tracy watches the hubbub, none too pleased, and pushes her way to the
front of the group.

Who put you up to this?

Huh? Oh, hi, Tracy

Tracy stares at him.

Who put you up to this?

What do you mean?

You just woke up this morning and
suddenly decided to run for president?

No. Uh... I just... you know, I just
thought --

Thought what?

Well, see, I was talking to Mr.
McAllister about my leg and
everything... and how I still want to,
you know, do something for the school
and --

So Mr. McAllister asked you to run.

Well, I mean, you know, I talked to him
and everything, but he just said he
thought it was a good idea... and how
there's all different kinds of fruit
and... It's nothing against you, Tracy.
You're the best. I just thought --

Okay, Mr. Popular. You're on.

Hint: You can play chess on Tracy's chin

INDUSTRIANCE: The Livelong Day

This Saturday, July 19, on the roof of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus, Brooklyn, Rooftop will be presenting the second installment of our "INDUSTRIANCE" series, "The Livelong Day." This series presents films, discussions, installations andmore about the changing landscape in industry, architecture, agriculture, labor, and related fields. The night starts at 8:30pm with live music from Pwrfl Power and the films start at 9:00, all presented in partnership with, New York Magazine, and XO Projects.

The films show that for some folks, work is their passion, and they’re willing to lose money to save a dying industry like drive-in movies, orspend their free time nostalgically playing at a children’s version oftheir profession, like the railroaders who maintain model trains. For other folks, work is a struggle, as white-collar wimps jostle for jobs and harried commuters are heckled by the very infrastructure that supports them.

More info can be found here. One of the films being screened is available for viewing now as part ofour partnership with upload 3 short films every week from Junethrough September. "Dock 5" is a beautifully animated short about thedisappearing profession of the dockworker, presented in a fast-paced worldof light, shadow, and jazz.Check it out here, and read about it on the blog.

For more info contact Jess at or visit

ABFF is going to be Notorious

Anthony Mackie--an IndieSeen favorite--is going to be the next Tupac Shakur. In the film Notorious, greenlit by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Mackie will play the late rapper who made a major mark in hip hop in the 90's.

Mackie is currently the ambassador of ABFF which starts Aug 7-10 in Los Angeles. Festival passes and tickets can be purchased now at Ticket Web or

This year's festival will feature the ABFF Signature Events including: Off The Record: A Conversation with Young Hollywood; ABFF Remembers ... Waiting to Exhale; Can We Get Some Love? -- Exploring Black Sexuality & Romance in American Cinema; as well as the HBO(R) Short Film Competition, which is celebrating its 11th year at the Festival.

Actor Dennis Haysbert has signed on to preside over the ABFF Grand Jury, Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon and Loretta Devine have been confirmed to attend ABFF Remembers and Lauren London and Anthony Mackie have been confirmed to participate on the Young Hollywood panel. The HBO Documentary, The Black List, written by film critic Elvis Mitchell, will close this year's festival. The Black List provides a unique view into the zeitgeist of Black America, and features interviews with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sean "P-Diddy" Combs, Vernon Jordan, Toni Morrison, Al Sharpton, Russell Simmons and Serena Williams, among others.

Courtesy of Film Life

The World Unseen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:Jonathon Aubry

Regent Releasing 310.806.6382
Lee Ginsberg PMK 310-289-6200

here! Films/Regent Releasing Acquire "The World Unseen"Award-winning South African Drama Showcased at Outfest and Set for U. S. Theatrical Release This FallLOS ANGELES - July 15, 2008 - here! Films, the theatrical distribution and worldwide sales division of here! Networks, is pleased to announce that it has acquired all North American distribution rights to "The World Unseen," a new film from director Shamim Sarif, from sales agency Enlightenment Films.

The film is an official selection of Outfest 2008: The 26th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and will be released theatrically this fall by Regent Releasing, here! Films' sister company. Written, directed, financed and produced entirely by women, the motion picture is an Enlightenment Productions film, in association with DO Productions. Producer Hanan Kattan and co-producer Brigid Olen have teamed up on this project along with associate producer Daisy Allsop. Lisa Tchenguiz-Imerman and Katherine Priestley serve as Executive Producers.

"The World Unseen" is the second feature directed by award-winning novelist Shamim Sarif, who also served as the screenwriter on the film, adapting her own book of the same name. "The World Unseen" is a very special find for us," said Mark Reinhart, West Coast General Manager and EVP, Distribution and Acquisitions. "This kind of deeply felt drama represents what the here! brand stands for, in supporting stories of, by and for women, and we're thrilled to be involved in bringing Shamim Sarif's accomplished film to U.S. audiences this fall."Set in 1950's South Africa at the beginning of apartheid, free-spirited Amina (Sheetal Sheth) has broken all the rules of her own conventional Indian community and the new apartheid-led government, by running a café with Jacob, her black business partner.

When she meets Miriam (Lisa Ray), a young wife and mother, their unexpected attraction pushes Miriam to question the rules that bind her to a traditional role. As Amina helps Miriam's sister-in-law to hide from the police, a chain of events is set in motion that changes both women forever. Hanan Kattan, the film's producer, says: "We are thrilled to be working with Regent on building a strong theatrical presence in the U.S. for ‘The World Unseen.' The film has had such an overwhelmingly positive response from festival audiences and Regent has a passion for the movie that will ensure it is marketed with the care it deserves."The early apartheid setting "forms the backdrop for a story of very universal human emotions," says producer Hanan Kattan. "From overcoming oppression to finding personal freedom, from the hardships of a loveless marriage to the hesitant joy of an unexpected love affair, ‘The World Unseen' transports the viewer to a vibrant, colourful world that is universal in its themes.

"The international cast is headed up by award-winning Canadian actress Lisa Ray. Her performance in the Academy Award-nominated film "Water" earned her the Best Actress Award from the Vancouver Film Critics Circle. Other superb cast members include Sheetal Sheth ("Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World"), Parvin Dabas ("Monsoon Wedding"), Bernard White ("The Matrix") and Nandana Sen ("Black"). The stellar South African cast includes Grethe Fox, David Dennis, Natalie Becker, Rajesh Gopie and Colin Moss. Mark Reinhart, West Coast General Manager and Executive Vice President of Distribution and Acquisitions for Regent, negotiated the deal with Enlightenment Productions and here! Films' sister company Regent Releasing, which will handle the film's theatrical release during the Fall of 2008.

"The World Unseen" has played at film festivals across the globe and has garnered several awards recently, including the Silver Medal at the Verzaubert Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Fiction Feature at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. In addition, director Shamim Sarif received the World Cinema Best Director prize at the Phoenix Film Festival. For more information, please visit

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Do You Love New York?

No we're not talking about the train wreck reality show on VH-1...even though that show is totally a guilty pleasure of mine...and that new show I Love Money....don't get me started on that, see now Chance had got into it with...

Ahem...sorry. Lost my wits there. Back to talking about indie film:

Aspiring filmmakers 14 years old and above have one more chance to take advantage of the opportunity to tell the world why they love New York and have their work judged by a star-studded celebrity panel. Filmmakers -- professional, student, and amateur --may submit their :60 second entries for Empire State Development's I LOVE NY short film competition until July 15th.

The Grand Prize Winner's film will appear as part of a commercial during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast, as well as on jetBlue Airways seatback televisions and the Independent Film Channel (IFC). Several New York State film festivals will also show the winning film.

Prizes including Sony professional HD video equipment, a scholarship to a filmmaking workshop, a mentorship with a major filmmaker and New York film festival getaways will be awarded in nine categories including best young filmmaker (18 and younger), best student filmmaker and best regional film.

The winners will also have their film stored in the Eastman House in Rochester, New York alongside the personal collection of acclaimed producer Martin Scorsese. WOW. Filmmakers should submit their entries here. All content must be original and must be filmed in New York State

Independent Features Film Festival

Official selection has already begun for the Independent Features Film Festival. The festival, which occurs July 25 – 27, 2008 at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City, is the only one in which a global public selects all of the films via a web-based competition.

Need more info? Looking to select a film? Go here.

Courtesy of

New Rules For Shooting Films in NYC

Courtesy of The NY Times

New rules about when filmmakers and photographers must obtain permits when they shoot on New York City streets have been made official, The Associated Press reported. Under the new rules, productions must have permits and at least $1 million in insurance if they plan to leave less than eight feet of open space on a sidewalk or take over a lane of traffic.

The announcement was made on Monday by Katherine Oliver, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting, and the rules take effect on Aug. 13. Permits and insurance are required for shoots that involve vehicles or equipment other than hand-held devices or cameras on tripods. The rules are in response to a lawsuit by Rakesh Sharma, an Indian documentary filmmaker who was detained by police in 2005 after using a hand-held video camera in Midtown. They won’t apply to casual photographers.

To all NY filmmakers out there if you wanna shoot and not get hounded by the cops getting a permit is always wise. NYC can be very accomodating to indie filmmakers if you take the appropriate steps in preproduction before shooting.
Happy Filmmaking!


One flip of a coin between two people on New York's Brooklyn Bridge. It is uncertain that this may be a life changing decision or just another 4th July weekend full or fireworks and noise. We're uncertain what this movie is about...but we know that there is certainly one reason to see it.

Monday, July 14, 2008

80's Nostaligia Time: Hunk

OMG I sooo remember this movie. I had a total crush on Hunk Golden. He looked exactly like my Ken doll and I remember naming my Ken doll Hunk Golden whenever he took barbie out on dates....uuhhh okay TMI I guess. But remember this movie about this nerd who is a complete loser and wants to become uber cool and makes this deal with the Devil who looks a lil like Kelly Lebrock??? She turns him into a complete hunk!!

So whatever happened to the actor who playd Hunk Golden? I IMDB'ed him and he's not soo hunky anymore. But he could still get it. I'll be his Barbie if asked me to.

Well if you don't remember the movie I posted the trailer to the film below just to refresh. Gawd I miss sappy cheesy 80s movies.

Weird Ass Movies

Here is our list of the weirdest ass movies we've seen so far. There's a lot out may agree or disagree...but these movies are just fuggin weird!!!

Oldboy - A guy is imprisoned for 15 years by a some random hot guy who has an agenda....but the story becomes even creepier when the former prisoner falls for a woman who turns out to be...aiight we won't spoil it for you...but lets just say its WEIRD.

Female Trouble - A spoiled schoolgirl runs away from home, gets pregnant while hitchhiking, and ends up as a fashion model for a pair of beauticians who like to photograph women committing crimes....the spoiled schoolgirl is played by a dude. The legendary Divine.

Heathers - Veronica Sawyer plays "Bonnie" to JD who's her "Clyde" and is fascinated with murder and mayhem. Veronica accidentally finds herself involved in a school killing spree---Veronica like totally didn't mean to kill her best friend Heather and stuff...

Battle Royale - Wow. Wish I wrote this film. A Japanese film about a group of students who are recruited to Battle Royale Island. The kids are assigned to kill each other one by one and whoever survives is the winner! A lesson to juvenile disobedience.

Pumpkin - A girl falls in love with a retard. Nuff said. (excuse our political incorrectness)

Nowhere - This film goes nowhere. A bunch of California teens trippin on acid, consuming X, and have tons and tons of orgy sex. Okay...maybe that is somewhere.

Dumplings - An aging actress tries to maintain her youth by eating steamed dumplings. So what's so weird about that?? It's what INSIDE of the dumplings that gets freaky.

Twin Falls Idaho - Siamese twins and one of the twins fall in love with this goth-like chick. Gets a lil bizarre when the they decide to have sex.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Rooftop Films Harlem Shows Begin Tonight

Rooftop Films, NBPC and Historic Harlem Parks present
The Seventh Annual Historic Harlem parks Film festival

July 9-August 7
5 Harlem Parks
10 Shows
Live Music and Independent films

Open to the public--No charge for Admission

Historic Harlem Parks
PRESS Contact:
Genevieve Delaurier | 718-417-7362 |

Rooftop Films is proud to announce a very special partnership with Historic Harlem Parks. From July 9th through August 7th, Rooftop Films, Historic Harlem Parks, The National Black Programmers Consortium and The Central Park Conservancy will be co-presenting 10 screenings of new independent films in 5 different parks across Harlem. There is no charge for admission and the screenings are open to all. You can find the schedule, details about the event, directions and more at and

This Wednesday and Thursday, July 9th and 10th we'll have two screenings in Jackie Robinson Park--Wednesday will feature Short City Blocks, a program of fantastic short films about urban life; on Thursday, NBPC will present Stories from the Faubourg Tremé, a loving portrait of the oldest black neighborhood in America, the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement in the South and the home of jazz.

On July 16th and 17th the festival will head to Marcus garvey Park at 122nd Street. On Wednesday, July 16, Rooftop Films will present New York Non-Fiction Uptown 1st Edition, the first of two programs we'll be screening of documentaries made by real New Yorkers, about real New Yorkers. On the 17th, NBPC will present Marcus Garvey, Look for Me in a Whirlwind, the dramatic story of the rise and fall of an African American leader who influenced politics and culture around the world.

July 23rd and 24th takes us to the beautiful St. Nicholas Park on 135th street and St. Nicholas Avenue. On Wednesday the 23rd, Rooftop will present New York Non-Fiction 2nd Edition, films that tell the true stories of the people that make everything happen in this, the greatest city on earth. On Thursday the 24th, NBPC will present Hip Hop Revolution, a documentary that shows the struggles of South African DJs, B-Boys, MCs and creative graffiti artists.

The following week we will be in Morningside Park at 113th and Morningside. On Wednesday, July 30th, Rooftop will screen Hard Road Home, a riveting documentary about Julio Medina, a former felon and gang leader who created a Harlem program dedicated to breaking the cycle of incarceration, employing a staff of badass do-gooders who are ex-cons themselves. On the 31st, NBPC will screen Chisholm '72, the story of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the United States Congress (in 1969), who later became the first African American of either gender to seek a major party’s presidential nomination.

The festival concludes the following week at Harlem Meer in Central Park. On August 6th, Rooftop is proud to present Zeitgeist films' Trouble the Water. The winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Trouble the Water tells the story of an aspiring rap artist and her streetwise husband who are trapped in New Orleans by deadly floodwaters. Armed with a video camera, they show what survival is all about when they seize a chance for a new beginning. Finally, on August 7th, NBPC will present Promised Land, an examination of post-apartheid South Africa’s efforts to bring about racial reconciliation through land redistribution.

All screenings are open to the public and there is no charge for admission.

There will be live music and dance before each show starting at 8 PM and all films will begin at 8:30.

Filmmakers and participants will often be in attendance, so check for further details about the shows as they are announced.

PRESS Contact:
Genevieve Delaurier | 718-417-7362 |


Guilty Pleasure Soundtrack...AND Movie

Okay we all have a guilty pleasure movie that we just adore and totally bought the movie on DVD on the DL just to watch it over and over and later recite every piece of dialogue. RIGHT?? Yea, you know who you are!!

Well how about a guilty pleasure movie soundtrack?? Isn't there a movie soundtrack that you love and probably either bought at Virgin Records or downloaded on iTunes cuz you love the songs??

Mean Girls (2004)

Yall know what the movie is about. If not, its basically about this white girl from Africa who pretends to like a popular clique of "mean girls" just to later play a foul prank on them, but in turn starts to become just like them. And the movie stars my girl....Lindz. Or Hohan...whatever you wanna call her these days.

I mean there are some cool ass artists on this soundtrack such as; Blondie, Kelis, Pink, and The Donnas. Oh yea...and Lindz girlfriend is on the soundtrack too. That cool DJ hipster chick...who likes other chicks.

I gotta fav song is hers. Matter a fact...FUGGIT. I'm posting a Youtube clip of the song on this post. HaH!

Not sure if this was the actual music video....but its sumthin.

Currently In Production...

Here's a current list of films shooting in NYC.

Go to our favorite website IMDB for more info on who's in it, who's directing, and shooting locations.

7 to the Palace
100 Years of Evil
Breaking Upwards
Brooklyn's Finest
Easy Street
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Stop Making Movies Together!!

Can we get an online petition going to STOP Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson from making movies??? Please??!??? According to Dark Horizons, Hudson has confirmed that she and her "Fool's Gold" and "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days" co-star plan to reunite in a remake of the 1978 comedy thriller hit "Foul Play" which starred Chevy Chase and her mother Goldie Hawn.

Hawn starred as a divorcee who becomes reluctantly embroiled in an elaborate scheme involving the assassination of the Pope during a papal visit to San Francisco. The film used many memorable elements including an albino assassin, a pushy dwarf salesman and of course Dudley Moore playing a sleazy musical conductor with a closet full of sex toys.

Will Hollywood ever learn?? Do we really need to see these two with the worst kind of on-screen chemistry (in my opinion) appear together in another movie which is destined to be a flop??!?? Perhaps we can use their movies as a way to toture hostage prisoners or use them as a first date flick to watch with someone you reaaaallly don't like. Or better yet...use their movies as a stocking stuffer instead of sending the old petrified fruit cake eh??

Oh well...another one bites the dust.

Source: DarkHorizons

Titanic: The Boat Gets Its Revenge!

So wouldn't it be cool if the Titanic came back from its sunken, rusted existence and became a demonic soul that starts killing people??

Well believe it or not, we found a movie trailer that has that exact same storyline!

Check it out yall...

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Couch Fest Films: A New Shorts Film Fest in Strangers' Houses

Maybe you love film. Maybe you like the idea of sitting on your rump all over Seattle. Well, that's kind of what we like too. So was born the idea of Couch Fest Films.

Couch Fest Films is a new cozy shorts film fest hosted in peoples' houses. During Couch Fest Films, lovers of film can sit shoulder to shoulder watching short films while stuffing their faces with the snacks they thought they had to sneak in. Also, with no submission fees, filmmakers are competing for the chance at $1750 in prize money and the bragging rights for earning a Golden Couch award. This shorts film fest happens on Saturday, September 27th, 2008. During Couch Fest Films houses will have their own genre of short movies that play on rotation all day. Starting every hour, each inviting house will have its own unique 30 minute program of short films.

Lovers of film may visit the houses with themes that interest them. Host houses will be comfortably located near each other so attendees can stroll, meander or bike with excitement and anticipation to their next selected house. There will be a short intermission during each individual program where couch neighbors can gripe or praise the films they are watching. Ultimately, the hope is that attendees might interact, share and discover fellow lovers of film.
200 films in 15 houses during one day.

Start Training!

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Media Coalition Networking Salon

July 16, 2008DV Republic's monthly off line opportunity to network with the multi-cultural media artists.

Industry Guest Speaker: AAIFF Rough Cut Screening WorkshopMedia Coalition Partners

Organization: African American Women in CinemaAsian Cinevision (ACV)Black Documentary

Collective Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (C.A.P.E.)DV

Hip Hop AsssociationNational Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)

Hosted by Tribeca Film Institute's All Access Connects ProgramSponsored by MTV Networks For TIME & LOCATION go to:

here! Films/Regent Releasing Acquire Family Film "Breakfast With Scot"

First Gay Film Endorsed by Major Sports League Set to Open Outfest 2008

LOS ANGELES - July 8, 2008 - here! Films, the theatrical distribution and worldwide sales division of here! Networks, is pleased to announce that it has acquired North American distribution rights to "Breakfast With Scot," a family comedy from director Laurie Lynd.

The film is the Opening Night selection of Outfest 2008: The 26th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and will be released in select theaters this Fall by sister company Regent Releasing."’We are very pleased to bring Laurie Lynd’s accomplished feature to theaters this Fall" said Mark Reinhart, West Coast General Manager and EVP, Distribution and Acquisitions, Regent. "In the vein of "About a Boy" and "The Parent Trap," this hilarious family comedy not only entertains but makes an important contribution to popular American culture by showing gay parenthood as a healthy and natural extension of the modern family."

Adapted from the novel by Michael Downing, "Breakfast with Scot" is a touching comedy that tells the story of a very ‘straight’ gay couple, Eric (Tom Cavanagh), an ex-NHL hockey player-turned-sportscaster and Sam (Ben Shenkman), a lawyer, who end up with temporary custody of recently orphaned Scot, (Noah Bernett), a budding queen of an 11 year old. Tom Cavanagh stars as Eric, a handsome ex-hockey player turned sportscaster, who is living the perfect gay life at home with his lawyer boyfriend. However, their closely-closeted paradise is threatened when they receive news that Sam's brother Billy’s (Colin Cunningham) ex-girlfriend has died, leaving custody of her son Scot (Noah Bernett) to Billy.

Ed never wanted kids, and certainly never expected one like this. When 11 year-old Scot arrives and they open his duffle bag, they find a pink musical hairbrush, a pink poodle belt and white sock-ettes with lacy fringe at the top. Scot throws Ed and Sam's life into complete disarray, but they soon find that they can’t bear to part with him. "Breakfast With Scot" contrasts the realities of family life against its funniest stereotypes and uncovers how it feels to be a boy who doesn't quite fit into the role society has prepared for him. Officially sanctioned by the NHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs, "Breakfast with Scot" represents the first time a professional sports league has allowed their logo and uniforms to be used in a gay-themed movie. During production, in an interview with the Toronto Star, Tom Cavanagh said: "You have to give full credit to the NHL and the Leafs for signing on."

In a recent New York Times interview, Bernadette Mansur, executive director for the NHL Foundation said, "From our standpoint, this is about a modern family helping to raise a young boy." "Breakfast with Scot" is the second feature for director Laurie Lynd, whose 3 short films, "Together and Apart," RSVP," Genie-winner "The Fairy Who Didn’t Want to be a Fairy Anymore" and first feature, "House," all played at TIFF and SUNDANCE.

Lynd has also had two television films open the Sprockets International Children’s Film Festival – "Virtual Mom," and the BBC mini-series "I Was a Rat," which won the YTV Silver Sprocket audience award as well as Best Children’s Program at the 2002 Banff International Television Festival."Breakfast with Scot" is the fifth film that producer Paul Brown ("I Love a Man in Uniform," "The Assistant," "Soul Survivor," "Virtual Mom," "Zeyda and the Hitman") and director Laurie Lynd have collaborated on, beginning with their award-winning short film, "RSVP", in 1991. "Breakfast with Scot" also stars Graham Greene, Megan Follows, Fiona Reid, Colin Cunningham, Sheila McCarthy, Anna Silk, Benz Antoine, Shauna MacDonald, Robin Brule, Kathryn Haggis, Travis Ferris and Jeananne Goossen. "We are totally thrilled that Michael Downing's fantastic novel will reach broad audiences," said producer Paul Brown. "With the support of the NHL, a breakthrough script and a fantastic cast, we know that Regent is the ideal company to distribute our film."The film was produced by Paul Brown and executive produced by Nadine Schiff.

Mark Reinhart, West Coast General Manager and Executive Vice President of Distribution and Acquisitions for here! Films negotiated the deal with Miracle Pictures’ Paul Brown. Regent Releasing will handle the film’s theatrical release during the Fall of 2008.For more information, please visit

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Remix'D July 25th

Friday, July 4, 2008


KABLUEY is opening this weekend in NY (LA next week).

TimeOUT gave it 4STARS:

Inept Salman (Scott Prendergast) comes to help his sister-in-law (Lisa Kudrow) tend to her homicidal toddlers while Salman's brother is off fighting in Iraq. Salman must take a humiliating job as a giant blue corporate mascot to help make ends meet and hold the family together. Packed with a parade of delightful comedy character actors, KABLUEY is a hilarious, unique and heartfelt comedy.

07/04/08 NYC, Cinema Village
07/11/08 West Hollywood, CA Laemmle's Sunset 5
07/25/08 Austin, TX Landmark Dobie
08/01/08 San Francisco, Landmark Lumiere