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All Screenings & Events at the Paramount Theater in Middletown, NY

Filmmakers Reception & Opening Night Movie (with party)

 – $99

May 29 @ 6:00 pm

Paramount Theater,

17 South Street,Middletown,NY

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This Opening Night Party & Ceremony includes numerous Celebrity Guests and:

 

* Mingle with the Stars and the world’s most cutting edge Officially Selected Filmmakers at a Closed, Elegant, Extravaganza Cocktail Hour, with an array of complimentary fine hors d’oeuvres/meals and deserts, as well as complimentary cocktails…The menu and beverages are provided by ShopRite Catering, Stella Artois, Dana Distributors, Cerebellum Water, and more.

 

* HIFF 10th Anniversary  Award for Excellence in Film & the Arts personally accepted by legendary actor PAUL SORVINO (Goodfellas; The Firm; Romeo + Juliet; Nixon). A tribute video honoring Mr. Sorvino’s extraordinary career will be played directly before the award presentation.

 

* Worldwide premiere screening of PRICE FOR FREEDOM …This film, based on the amazing true story and book by Dr. Marc Benhuri, is a biopic epic movie about a heroic man’s creation of an underground railroad to effectuate the escape of numerous people from 1979 Iran, which was under the brutal dictatorship of the Ayatollah Khoemeini…The film features an all-star cast, including:  Paul Sorvino  (Goodfellas; Nixon; The Firm);  Navid Negahban (“Homeland”; American Sniper; The Stoning of Soraya M); Sally Kirkland (Academy Award nominee; Anna; JFK); Ken Davitian (Borat; The Artist; Meet the Spartans);  Martin Kove (The Karate Kid; Rambo); Robert Bogue (“Oz”; “Grand Theft Auto”; Scavenger Killers); Mandy Bruno (Emmy nominee; “Guiding Light”); Justin Deas (6-time Emmy winner); Mary Apick (Ferestadeh; “Homeland”); Joanne Baron (The Ungodly; iMurders); Suzi Lorraine (Wrath of Crows; Dead of Nite); and Eric Etebari (The Lincoln Lawyer; Walk of Shame; “Witchblade”)…Produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio, Directed by Dylan Bank, and Screenplay by Dylan Bank & Kenneth Del Vecchio…See TRAILER HERE

 

* Hosted by Hilarious Comedians Buddy Fitzpatrick and Sherry Davey.

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Filmmakers Reception & Opening Night Movie (without party)

– $35

May 29 @ 8:00 pm

Paramount Theater,

17 South Street,Middletown,NY

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This Opening Night Ceremony includes numerous Celebrity Guests and:

 

* HIFF 10th Anniversary Award for Excellence in Film & the Arts personally accepted by legendary actor PAUL SORVINO (Goodfellas; The Firm; Romeo + Juliet; Nixon). A tribute video honoring Mr. Sorvino’s extraordinary career will be played directly before the award presentation.

 

* Worldwide premiere screening of PRICE FOR FREEDOM …This film, based on the amazing true story and book by Dr. Marc Benhuri, is a biopic epic movie about a heroic man’s creation of an underground railroad to effectuate the escape of numerous people from 1979 Iran, which was under the brutal dictatorship of the Ayatollah Khoemeini…The film features an all-star cast, including: Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas; Nixon; The Firm); Navid Negahban (“Homeland”; American Sniper; The Stoning of Soraya M); Sally Kirkland (Academy Award nominee; Anna; JFK); Ken Davitian (Borat; The Artist; Meet the Spartans); Martin Kove (The Karate Kid; Rambo); Robert Bogue (“Oz”; “Grand Theft Auto”; Scavenger Killers); Mandy Bruno (Emmy nominee; “Guiding Light”); Justin Deas (6-time Emmy winner); Mary Apick (Ferestadeh; “Homeland”); Joanne Baron (The Ungodly; iMurders); Suzi Lorraine(Wrath of Crows; Dead of Nite); and Eric Etebari (The Lincoln Lawyer; Walk of Shame; “Witchblade”)…Produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio, Directed by Dylan Bank, and Screenplay by Dylan Bank & Kenneth Del Vecchio…See TRAILER HERE

 

* Hosted by Hilarious Comedians Buddy Fitzpatrick and Sherry Davey.

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Gala Awards Ceremony (with party)

 – $99

June 4 @ 6:00 pm

Paramount Theater,

17 South Street,Middletown,NY

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One of the Nation’s Hottest Awards Ceremonies, this Event & Party features numerous Celebrity Guests and:

 

* Mingle with the Stars and the world’s most cutting edge Officially Selected Filmmakers at a Closed, Elegant, Extravaganza Cocktail Hour, with an array of complimentary fine hors d’oeuvres/meals and deserts, as well as complimentary cocktails…The menu and beverages are provided by ShopRite Catering, Stella Artois, Dana Distributors, Cerebellum Water, and more.

 

* Hosted by superstar stand-up comedian, GILBERT GOTTFRIED.

 

* Celebrity Award Presenters including Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees.

 

* Live Award Presentations to the World’s Leading Independent Filmmakers and Actors.

 

* Clips from all Nominated Films in all Categories.

 

* Famed character actor MIKE STARR (Dumb & Dumber; The Black Dhalia; Summer of Sam; Ed Wood) will receive the HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award in Acting on June 4, 2015 at HIFF’s Gala Awards Ceremony.

 

* All the Excitement and Glamor you see at the Oscars!

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Gala Awards Ceremony (without party)

 – $35

June 4 @ 8:00 pm

Paramount Theater,

17 South Street,Middletown,NY

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One of the Nation’s Hottest Awards Ceremonies, this Event & Party features numerous Celebrity Guests and:

 

* Hosted by superstar stand-up comedian, GILBERT GOTTFRIED.

 

* Celebrity Award Presenters including Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees.

 

* Live Award Presentations to the World’s Leading Independent Filmmakers and Actors.

 

* Clips from all Nominated Films in all Categories.

 

* Special Achievement Award Presented to Superstar Actor TBA.

 

* All the Excitement and Glamor you see at the Oscars!

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All Access Passes (with parties)

 – $295

May 29June 4

Paramount Theater,

17 South Street,Middletown,NY

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This Package includes:

 

* Admission to Opening Night Screening + Filmmakers Reception Party

 

* Admission to Gala Awards Ceremony + Party

 

* Admission to all Festival Screenings–this includes screenings of over 150 films!

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All Access Passes (without parties)

 – $195

May 29June 4

Paramount Theater,

17 South Street,Middletown,NY

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*Admission to Opening Night Screening *(without party)*

 

*Gala Awards Ceremony *(without party)*

 

*Admission to all Festival Screenings–this includes screenings of over 150 films!

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All-Movie Passes

 – $99

May 30June 3

Paramount Theater,

17 South Street,Middletown,NY

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This Package includes:

 

* Admission to all Festival Screenings–this includes screenings of over 150 films!

–This package does not include Opening Night (May 29) and the Gala Awards Ceremony (June 4).

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12 Angry Men and Women – Special Movie Screening

 – $11

May 30 @ 4:00 pm

Paramount Theater,

17 South Street,Middletown,NY

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12 ANGRY MEN AND WOMEN is a worldwide premiere controversial film about jurors deliberating over the fate of individuals who allegedly kidnapped women to prevent abortions. Starring in the film are: Robert Loggia (Academy Award nominee; Scarface); Lindsey Haun (“True Blood”; Shrooms); Angela Little (American Pie Bandcamp; Scavenger Killers); Justin Deas (6-time Emmy winner); Nina Transfeld (Snapshot; The Great Fight); Mary Apick (Ferestadeh; “Homeland”); Joanne Baron (The Ungodly; iMurders); Suzi Lorraine (Wrath of Crows; Dead of Nite); and Blanche Baker (Emmy winner; Sixteen Candles)…Produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio, Directed by Waleed Bedour, and Written by Kenneth Del Vecchio & Francine Del Vecchio…See TRAILER HERE

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Joker’s Wild – Special Movie Screening

 – $11

June 3 @ 8:00 pm

Paramount Theater,

17 South Street,Middletown,NY

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This worldwide premiere offers a frightening horror/psychological thriller about a mass murder at a movie theater! Tackling 2nd Amendment rights head on, the film has a powerful twist ending. Joker’s Wild stars several Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees, including: Eric Roberts (Academy Award nominee; The Pope of Greenwich Village; The Expendables); Martin Kove (The Karate Kid; Rambo); Ari Boyland (“Power Rangers”; Blood Punch); Lacy Marie Meyer (Suck It Up Buttercup); Mandy Bruno (Emmy nominee; Rock Story; “Guiding Light”); Robert Bogue (Scavenger Killers; “Oz”; “Grand Theft Auto”); and Justin Deas (6-time Emmy winner)…Produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio, Directed by Christopher S. Lind, and Written by Kenneth Del Vecchio & Dylan Bank…See TRAILER HERE

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COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF SCREENINGS & EVENTS

 

*All regular screening tickets are only $11

 

**TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED TO YOU. YOUR NAME WILL BE ON A LIST AT THE BOX OFFICE. PLEASE PRINT OUT YOUR PAYPAL CONFIRMATION AND BRING IT WITH YOU.**

 

Friday May 29, 2015

6:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

FILMMAKERS RECEPTION PARTY & OPENING NIGHT SCREENING – $99

**Includes Presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Film & the Arts Legendary Actor PAUL SORVINO and Worldwide Premiere of Star-Filled Film PRICE FOR FREEDOM**

 

* HIFF 10th Anniversary  Award for Excellence in Film & the Arts personally accepted by legendary actor PAUL SORVINO (Goodfellas; The Firm; Romeo + Juliet; Nixon). A tribute video honoring Mr. Sorvino’s extraordinary career will be played directly before the award presentation.

 

* Worldwide premiere screening of PRICE FOR FREEDOM …This film, based on the amazing true story and book by Dr. Marc Benhuri, is a biopic epic movie about a heroic man’s creation of an underground railroad to effectuate the escape of numerous people from 1979 Iran, which was under the brutal dictatorship of the Ayatollah Khoemeini…The film features an all-star cast, including:  Paul Sorvino  (Goodfellas; Nixon; The Firm);  Navid Negahban (“Homeland”; American Sniper; The Stoning of Soraya M); Sally Kirkland (Academy Award nominee; Anna; JFK); Ken Davitian (Borat; The Artist; Meet the Spartans);  Martin Kove (The Karate Kid; Rambo); Robert Bogue (“Oz”; “Grand Theft Auto”; Scavenger Killers); Mandy Bruno (Emmy nominee; “Guiding Light”); Justin Deas (6-time Emmy winner); Mary Apick (Ferestadeh; “Homeland”); Joanne Baron (The Ungodly; iMurders); Suzi Lorraine (Wrath of Crows; Dead of Nite); and Eric Etebari (The Lincoln Lawyer; Walk of Shame; “Witchblade”)…Produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio, Directed by Dylan Bank, and Screenplay by Dylan Bank & Kenneth Del Vecchio…See TRAILER HERE

 

* Hosted by Hilarious Comedians Buddy Fitzpatrick and Sherry Davey.

**Screening & Opening Night Ceremonies (without party) – 8:00pm – $35

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Saturday 30, 2015

12:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

NO DEPOSIT – Feature Film

Directed by Frank D’Angelo – Canada

Michael Madsen, Eric Roberts, Paul Sorvino, Robert Loggia, Dominique Swain, Doris Roberts, Margot Kidder, Michael Pare, Peter Cayote, Ellen Dubin, Daniel Baldwin, Frank D’Angelo

Anger and hate are a total eclipse of the soul. See Trailer Here…

TICK TOCK – Short Film

Directed by Zeynep Kocak – Turkey

The beautiful thing is not the goal you achieve, it is the road that takes you there with hope!

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS – Short Film

Directed by Dan Kowalski –New York/ New Jersey

Production Assistants are the unsung and unappreciated members of a film crew. Join us in this first part of a comedy short film series about PAs and the work they do on set.

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12:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

HANDY – Feature Film

Directed by Vincenzo Cosentino – Italy

Franco Nero

This is the first feature film about the life of a hand (named Handy). After a lifetime spent with its owner (a bad writer), Handy decides to detach from the human body in order to prove that a standalone hand can be the best writer ever.

SEPARATION – Short Film

Directed by Andrew Schwarz – New Jersey

A recently divorced family, comprised of a mother, father, and little girl, struggles to assimilate to their new lives. The girl, Abigail, resorts to surprising alternative methods to cope.

TIN CAN SUPER MAN – Short Film

Directed by Adlee Fayyaz – Connecticut

Diego, an imaginative six year old, collects cans in the morning with his mother Reina to feed the ‘can monster.’ What starts as an imaginative game turns into a harsh reality when Diego learns that he must fill his father’s shoes and provide for himself and more importantly his mother.

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2:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

HELLO AGAIN – Short Film

Directed by Cecilia Potenza & Casey O’Connell – New Jersey

A man loses something important, and because of it, he loses himself. He retreats to his family’s old summer home so he can hide away from the world he once knew. But, the mysterious house helps him heal in more ways than he would have thought.

DIRDY BIRDY REDUX – Short Film

Directed by John R. Dilworth – New York

John R. Dilworth

Dirdy Birdy gets the wormy.

STRAW DOLLS – Short Film

Directed by John Milano – California

Mary Apick, Marco Khan

Straw Dolls tells the story of a how a father and daughter sacrifice their own wellbeing for a mother and her young daughter. Based on a series of true events, the film takes place during the start of the Armenian Genocide.

DISSONANCE – Short Film

Directed by Bryan Fox – California

Kelly Preston, Lorraine Bracco, Henry Winkler, Yeardley Smith, Nancy Travis, Perrey Reeves, Leven Rambin, Drew Roy, Devon Graye

Dissonance explores the harsh challenges of a young man’s stale relationship and stalled career. As everything seems to be going nowhere, he must decide whether he will hold onto love, or face the fear that moving forward may mean letting go. In a moment, everything changes forever…

JOHN – Short Film

Directed by Hugh Scully – New York

Life sometimes truly sucks. John not only has to deal with the usual teenage angst, he also has to deal with eccentric parents, a skeptical shrink, and the disconcerting fact that he is slowly morphing into a vampire.

MINE – Short film

Directed by Casey O’Connell – New Jersey

A bride-to-be shares her love story with guests at the engagement party. But, there are two sides to every story.

CRIMESIGHT – Short Film

Directed by Trey Lindsay – New York

A young woman with the power to absorb others’ physical abilities must use her talent to fight off a squad of government assassins sent to execute her.

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2:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

THE NETWORKER – Feature Film

Directed by John Gallagher – New York

Sean Young, Stephen Baldwin, William Forsythe, Alysia Reiner, Natalie Knepp, Deborah Twiss

THE NETWORKER is a comedy-drama with heart, an entertaining indie about family and redemption. See Trailer Here…

WHEELS – TV Pilot

Directed by Nicole Santolo – New York

A comedic television pilot based on my life and growing up with a disabled sibling. A wheelchair-bound teenager living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is introduced to his eccentric new aide, who encourages him to take two girls to the prom. See Trailer Here…

I AM – Documentary

Directed by Olivia Cohen

Teens giving a truthful description about their own experiences with depression and how it affects their daily lives.

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4:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

12 ANGRY MEN AND WOMEN – Feature Film

Produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio; Directed by Waleed Bedour – New York

Robert Loggia, Blanche Baker, Lindsay Haun, Justin Deas, Mary Apick, Joanne Baron, Angela Little, Deborah Twiss, Nina Transfeld, Allison Thomas Lee, Kenneth Del Vecchio

A pregnant woman, kidnapped from an abortion clinic, was held for seven months until she gave birth. Seven years later, those who held the woman have been arrested, admitting to their deeds. They have been brought to trial, and now the jury deliberates their fate. All jurors immediately vote guilty—except one…What ensues is a jury room battle, where the lone juror tries to convince the others that no crime has been committed. It’s a daunting task because the others believe that the law is cut and dry. There was indeed a kidnapping…But is holding one against her will – in order to save another’s life – actually a crime? 12 Angry Men and Women examines this incredibly divisive matter, with a shocking, twist ending that goes well beyond evaluating the issue under the law.

DEADBOOK – Short Film

Directed by Richard Scobie – Ireland

Gordon and Michael, two graduates who come up with an innovative business idea — namely, a social network called DEADBOOK. They pitch their project to a group of investors. See Trailer Here…

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4:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

ACCORDING TO BEN ADAMS – Feature Film

Directed by Bramwell Noah – Australia

A man claiming to be Jesus. Another claiming to be the Devil. Only one is telling the truth.

JOHN DABLOVSKI: REALITY TV STAR – Short Film

Directed by Gerard Zarra – New York

John Dablovski is a young delusional man who believes he is the star of his own reality television show. But when an old friend from the past returns, Dalovski must choose between which reality he believes in.

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6:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

1.7 ALPHA – Feature Film

Directed by Quanah Hicks – New York

With her social life seemingly at a crossroads, a young woman seeks solace in her new friend’s peculiar perspective of the world they live in. See Trailer Here…

THE ASTRONOMER – Short Film

Directed by Dustin Lee – Ohio

While working in their observatory one night, an astronomer and his assistant begin to notice that several stars are disappearing from the night sky.

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6:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

RON AND LAURA TAKE BACK AMERICA – Feature Film

Directed by Mel England & Janice Markham – California

Mel England, Janice Markham, Barack Obama, Irene Bedard, Sally Kirkland

A mockumentary satire about American politics, religion, Hollywood, health food nuts… and reality shows! Ron and Laura Grawsill, a conservative suburban couple from Bakersfield, California, decide to star in their own reality show about their activism! After seeing 24-hour cable news coverage of a national health food controversy, Ron and Laura join the movement to take their country back from the Euro Union Conspiracy! But, when they run into their son Brian with a mysterious new friend at a demonstration, the culture wars land right in their own backyard! See Trailer Here…

TOM IN AMERICA – Short Film

Directed by Flavio Alves – New York

Burt Young, Sally Kirkland

For 50 years, Michael and Betty have been united by one guiding principle: no secrets. But when a provocative Tom of Finland doll triggers Michael’s long-buried desires, Betty discovers that secrets have been part of their life all along.

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8:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

ALTO – Feature Film

Directed by – Mikki del Monico – New York

Annabella Sciorra, Natalie Knepp, Ward Horton, Lin Tucci

A lesbian mob comedy…enough said? Improbable love, the mob and family traditions gone awry all pave the road for laughter in this character-rich story that explores uncharted territory. See Trailer Here…

MOTHER – Short Film

Directed by Gregory G. Allen – New Jersey

As a young man lays dying, his anger, addiction, and resentment is forced to the surface as his mother displays the depths to which she’ll go for the love of a child. See Trailer Here…

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8:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

PENCILS DOWN! THE 100 DAYS OF THE WRITERS GUILD STRIKE – Documentary

Directed by Brian Kalata – California

Justine Bateman, Alan Rosenberg

In 2007, the Writers Guild of America (WGA), the Screenwriters union, hit an impasse in their contract negotiations with the Studios. At the center of the dispute was jurisdiction over the Internet. Unable to make progress, the WGA called a strike which brought Hollywood to a halt for 100 days. See Trailer Here…

MICROWAVE – Short Film

Directed by Neil Champagne – Canada

A.J Buckley, Doris Roberts

MICROWAVE is a film about sibling rivalry. After the death of their grandmother, Will (23) and Evan (30) are forced to come back to their hometown to claim the house they were both raised in. The only problem is that Will wants keep it and Evan wants to sell it.

ZIZI AND HONEYBOY – Short Film

Directed by Brett Donowho – New York

Doris Roberts

Often interviewed on CNN, Oprah, and NBC, world renowned trend forecaster and best-selling author Gerald Celente is suddenly blackballed by the news media. The controversial Gerald experiences an absolute fall from grace that takes him to a dark, confusing and unfamiliar place.

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10:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

HUNTING SEASON – Feature Film

Directed by Thomas Balsamides – New Jersey

Michael Sorvino, Ilene Kristen, Tom Hanley

Two people go on an adventure to discover themselves. In the midst of the adventure, there are twists and turns, love and violence. Action, fun, laughs and tragedy take place in this inventive feature film.

VOICES – Short Film

Directed by Julio Robledo – New York

Voices is a psychological drama. It is a 5-minute uncut look at a man going over the emotional edge. Voices takes you inside the mind so that you’re not just watching, you’re living the film. See Trailer Here…

DAMN FRANK! – Short Film

Directed by Blake Feldman – Georgia

Frank is in Hell. But he’s got one last thing to do! Frank McCoy sold his soul to the devil to be the world’s best blues singer; however, the devil called Frank’s debt in early, leaving Frank unable to say his goodbyes to his only love. Determined to reunite with his beloved wife Rose, Frank challenges the devil to a dance off. Remember, a deal is a deal…even if it’s with the devil!

BEAUTIFUL KILLER – Short Film

Directed by Steven Strickland – New York

Desiree and Shayna are unlikely friends who share a very painful secret. Desiree just wants to have fun and not deal with her haunting personal issues but Shayna insists Desiree needs to confide in her latest boyfriend, Jason.
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10:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

CHARLIE MANTLE – Feature Film

Directed by Fred Carpenter – New York

Robert Funaro, Armand Assante, Sean Young, Robert Clohessy

CHARLIE MANTLE a bare-knuckled crime drama with twist and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The story of New York City Detective Charlie Mantle who goes vigilante after the murder of two police officers by the Russian mob.

CHEVALINE – Short Film

Directed by Matt Fennell – France

A young stable hand fights to save her beloved horse from being sent to slaughter by the stable’s owner, her former lover.

EXIT ROAD – Short Film

Directed by Yuri Alves – New Jersey

Dane thought he left his personal demons and his drug addiction behind him, but his first day out of prison challenges both his promise to go clean and his very survival.

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Sunday May 31, 2015

12:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

AMERICAN NATIVE – Documentary

Directed by Steven Oritt – New Jersey

Thirty miles from New York City, tucked away in the Ramapo Mountains of New Jersey, lives a forgotten indigenous people shrouded in mystery and discrimination, fighting for acceptance as Native Americans…The Ramapough Mountain Indians. See Trailer Here…

DON’T FORGET TO TIP – Short Film

Directed by Gal Nachshon – New York

The independent art industry seems to be working for tips, from street musicians to poets, and filmmakers alike.

SHE RIDES THE GHOSTBIKE – Short Film

Directed by Daniel James Huppert – New Jersey

A husband, grieving the loss of his wife in a cycling accident, struggles to find purpose and maintain his sanity. See Trailer Here…

SUPER NOTHING – Short Film

Directed by Ericka Demberg – New York

A super hero tries his best to be super but he is super at nothing. NOTHING.

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12:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

MOUNT LAWRENCE – Documentary

Directed by Chandler Wild – New York

Mount Lawrence is a documentary film focusing on Chandler Wild, a young man living in New York City ever since his adventure seeking and outdoor loving father committed suicide in 2007. See Trailer Here…

PEACEKEEPERS – TV Pilot

Directed by Charlie Reeves – New York

A group of personal assistants in New York City who get texts about things before they happen and go about preventing grisly accidents–car crashes, peanut allergies, lion pit mishaps, jumpers on the Queensboro Bridge, knife fights, etc etc yadda yadda yadda. It’s a pretty frickin’ tough job, but what would YOU do if you were getting texts from God?

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2:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

THE UNION – Feature Film

Directed by Jeremy Thibodeau – Canada

Ben Edlin, Meredith Forlenza, John Bolger, Kenneth Tigar

A solitary yet charming bartender working a wedding reception is pulled into a series of complicated family issues after befriending the bride’s impulsive sister. See Trailer Here…

JACK IS PRETTY – Short Film

Directed by Jarek Zabcynski – New York

Amid the chaos and instability of growing up with neglectful parents, and enduring the taunting of a bully, a little girl strikes out on her own to find order, happiness, and an understanding of the world around her. See Trailer Here…

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2:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

THE DOO DAH MAN – Feature Film

Directed by Claude Green – England

Glenn Morshower, Will Brittain, Katherine Willis, Holt Boggs, Zoe Graham

1980. Smitty, an escaped convict, is driving aimlessly across America in a stolen car. Jake, a college student, is also on the run, from a home life that has suddenly exploded in his face. Their lives intersect on the lonely highways of America’s southwest. See Trailer Here…

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN – Short Film

Directed by Michael Miceli – New York

A lonely man searches for a genuine relationship in a modern technological society. See Trailer Here…

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4:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

FREAK ME – TV Pilot

Directed by Neil Fennell – New York

Mindy Cohn

“FreakMe” is a full service match-making agency, from dating to hook-ups to prostitutes.
Desperate for work, Guy, a talented IT guy, arrives for his first day at FreakMe not really sure what he’s getting into. Can he work at in an office full of phone-sex, escorts, and insane people? See Trailer Here…

GREAT MOMENTS IN AUDITION HISTORY – TV Pilot

Directed by Chris P. Bachman – New York

Loring Murtha, Rob Brock, Alex M. Lambert, Deidre Lorenz

Movie stars, directors, and producers may get the glory but without Vince and Dickie, they would still be checking coats at Red Lobster. This is the inspiring and heart breaking story of the unsung heroes of the film industry: the casting directors.

MOTHER OF THE WEEK – TV Pilot

Directed by Lee Davis – New York

MOTHER OF THE WEEK is the story of a stressed-out working mom determined to be everything to everyone, no matter what the circumstances. This film is for Everymom and anyone who knows and loves her.

HEAVY METAL GREG – TV Pilot

Directed by Gregory Graham – California

Chris Motionless, Rob Zombie, CLOWN

Host Gregory Graham aka Heavy Metal Greg brings his laid-back persona to this music news program and entertains music fans of all ages with a 30-minute show in which he conducts completely improvised interviews with band members of Guns N’ Roses, Rob Zombie, Motionless in White, and many more famous musicians.

INTERNED – TV Pilot

Directed by Chris Modoono – New York

INTERNED is a web series written and directed by Chris Modoono that tells with a humorous approach the ups and downs of being an intern in a big company.

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4:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

THE SPARROWS NESTING – Feature Film

Directed by Nancy Criss & Josh Hodgins – Washington

Christopher Atkins, John Savage, Kevin Sorbo, Judy Norton, James Duvall, Mandalynn Carlson, Chalet Brannan

A family faces difficult, life changing decisions when trouble strikes a close friend and her family.

THE GLOVE – Short Film

Directed by Aaron Peck – New York

An old baseball glove is passed down from generation to generation.

WEED – Short Film

Directed by Stephen Kaiser–Pendergrast – New Jersey

While spending the weekend with his estranged son, a man who can sense the thoughts and feelings of plants encounters a menacing, dangerous weed.

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6:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

COMIC SPEAK – TV Pilot

Directed by Alycia Cooper – New York

ComicSpeak is a one hour strip show which showcases 5 headlining female comics. Each lady does a 3 minute monologue at the top of each show on the same day each week. The show is a multi-cultural gab fest with celebrity guests, demos, performances, but most of all: HILARITY!

MAMA NEEDS A RIDE – Short Film

Directed by Matt Florio – Florida

Mike Marino

Mobsters Franky and Elmo are the Don’s go-to guys. So it is only fitting that he would trust them with a very important job: pick up his mother and take her out to run her errands. Unfortunately for them, she is not nearly as nice as the Don says she is; it just might be the one assignment that gets them whacked. See Trailer Here…

LAUGHS IN LIMBO – Short Film

Directed by Joshua Nelson – New Jersey

In a small comedy club, a group of comedians are showcasing themselves at an open mic night. There is an unusual amount of pressure on each one to be funny tonight…but we soon see they are all suffering from different tragedies in their lives…and we will soon realize that tonight, there is much more at stake than just making people laugh.

HELP YOURSELF –TV Pilot

Directed by John Launchi – New Jersey

Perpetual smart-ass Steve Lewis must navigate the absurd while attending a court-appointed community service group. See Trailer Here…

DINNER AND A MOVIE – Short Film

Directed by James Dokko – Wallington, NJ

A vagabond sits down to the meal of his dreams, only to face his worst nightmare when his fantasy collides with reality. See Trailer Here…

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6:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

WHAT AN IDIOT – Feature Film

Directed by Peter Benson – Canada

Julia Benson, Kerr Smith, Lochlyn Munro, Aleks Paunovic, Leah Gibson

What an Idiot is about a recently divorced ‘nice guy’ who falls head over heels in love with his gorgeous new boss. Unfortunately, his attempt to ask her out goes horribly wrong and in order to get out of the awkward situation he lies and tells her that he’s gay.

A LADY & A ROBOT

Directed by Toby Morris – Australia

Emma Stanley has fallen madly in love with her family’s butler, who just happens to be a clumsy cardboard robot from the future.

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8:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

NATURAL SELECTION – Feature Film

Directed by Chad L. Scheifele – Pennsylvania

Anthony Michael Hall, Katherine McNamara, Mason Dye, Amy Carlson

Natural Selection is a story of triumph and absolution. It explores both sides of human nature, where love as well as hate are separated by a thread and the potential corrosion of ones soul by the influence of evil. See Trailer Here…

DEVOURED – Short Film

Directed by Alexi Wang

DEVOURED is a suspense short story that tells the story of ALLAN ROSS whom, after a car accident, wakes up in a hospital missing his arm. Only to realize that the hospital he’s staying at – is hiding something more horrific and unsettling than just first aid…

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8:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

COMPLETELY NORMAL – Feature Film

Directed by Robert Vornkahl – New York

Awkward romantic Greg falls in love from afar when he crosses paths with the beautiful but reclusive Gwen on the New York subway; little does he know she is suffering from multiple personality disorder. Touching hilarity ensues.

#ILLUSION – Short Film

Directed by Teodora Berglund & Alexandra Jousset – England

James Northcote

#Illusion is a story about a self-destruction generated by an illusion. Set in modern context of a media powered society, the story echoes the meaning and effects of the proverb: “The grass is always greener on the other side.”

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10:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

JULIA – Feature Film

Directed by Matthew A. Brown – California

Ashley C. Williams, Tahyna Tozzi, Jack Noseworthy, Ryan Cooper

A neo-noir revenge thriller centering on Julia Shames, who after suffering a brutal trauma, falls prey to an unorthodox form of therapy to restore herself.

JUNK GIRL – Short Film

Directed by Mohammad Zare – Iran

There once was a girl
who was made up of junk.
She looked really dirty
and she smelled like a skunk.

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10:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

MODEL HUNGER – Feature Film

Directed by Debbie Rochon – New York

Suzi Lorraine, Brian Fortune, Tiffany Shepis

Former pin-up model and actress Ginny (Lynn Lowry) had been cast aside by the heartless and exploitative modeling industry when she was a young woman due to her body type. Ginny didn’t take rejection well and over the years developed into a revenge seeking, blood thirsty, broken woman. When her new neighbors Debbie (Tiffany Shepis) and Sal (Carmine Capobianco) move in, Debbie begins to notice strange things going on next door. Sal credits it to Debbie’s psychological instability and believes she is seeing things, falling deeper into her psychosis. See Trailer Here…

SKIMPY – Documentary

Directed by Mariel Thomas – Australia

Skimpies, girls serving beer in their underwear, are as much a part of the Western Australian mining landscape as road trains and beer cans. It’s a tale as old as time – whenever men have flocked to mining boom towns, women providing ‘entertainment’ are never far behind. It’s a lucrative business but not without pitfalls See Trailer Here…

THE BENCH – Short Film

Directed by Debbie Higgins

In the style of Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Bench’ is a tonal poem about love, remembrance, death and eternity, and how it affects one man’s life.

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Monday June 1, 2015

12:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

THE BREAK IN – Feature Film

Directed by Marcus Ovnell – Sweden

A married couple have dinner and discuss their future; they go to bed but soon they realize that someone is in the house. The crisis that follows this incident brings the couple closer together, but brings the relationship to a clash when reality comes knocking on the door. A movie about love and living with a secret. See Trailer Here…

MOUNA VIZHITHTHULIGAL (Silent Tears)

Directed by Llango Ramanathan – Sri Lanka

An innocent father and his blind daughter with a doll spend their days within the walls of a bunker during the final stages of civil war in Sri Lanka. See Trailer Here…

OASIS – Short Film

Directed by Carmen Jimenez

After her husband dies, Nieves inherits his job as the super of a decaying apartment complex in New York City. But the job becomes more difficult than she anticipated when she discovers a young girl locked in one of the units. See Trailer Here…

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12:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

THE UNWANTED – Feature Film

Directed by Bret Wood – Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Hannah Fierman, William Katt, Christen Orr, Chris Burns and Lynn Talley

A Southern gothic retelling of Sheridan LeFanu’s Carmilla, THE UNWANTED stars Hannah Fierman (V/H/S) as Laura, a vulnerable young woman beguiled by a drifter (Christen Orr) who has come to her rural town in search of clues to her mother’s disappearance. The two women uncover dangerous secrets kept by their mothers, arousing the suspicion of Laura’s father (William Katt, Carrie, “The Greatest American Hero”) who will go to shocking extremes to ensure that the family’s dark secrets remain buried. See Trailer Here…

BALL BOY – Short Film

Directed by Dave Broitman – New York

London Bell shames his family name when he gets banned as a ball boy from baseball. With nowhere to turn, London tries his hand at the WTF, Women’s Tennis Federation, in the hopes of salvaging a career as a ball boy, albeit in a sport he knows nothing about.

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2:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

THE LOOKING GLASS – Feature Film

Directed by John Hancock – Indiana

A troubled 13 year old Julie loses her mother and must go to Indiana to live with her grandmother (Karen), a former star of stage and screen has the early stages of Alzheimer’s and wants to pass on all she know to her granddaughter before it’s too late. Will their trouble relationship allow this to happen before it’s too late.

MONSTER – Short Film

Directed by Alex Rask – Pennsylvania

Jackie Gleason, Art Carney

After moving into this old house, a little girl is frightened to sleep alone in her new room.
Is there a monster under the bed? See Trailer Here… Password is “monsterme”

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2:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

THESE LOVERS – Feature Film

Directed by Piotr Skowronski – Canada

In pursuit of love, the characters of These Lovers maneuver the modern relationship landscape wrestling with passion and betrayal, hope and despair, choices and constraints.

GREECE – Short Film

Directed by Sarah Deakins – Canada

On a rainy afternoon in a British nursing home, a woman struggles to make a last connection with her seemingly catatonic mother.

JACK IN THE BOX – Short Film

Directed by Angela Gould and Dennis Rainaldi – New York

When a woman learns of the violent murder of her little girl, she is driven to animalistic measures to seek revenge. Her prey – an expert assassin. To succeed, she will have to beat him at his own game.

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4:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

THE WHISKEY TREATY ROADSHOW – Documentary

Directed by Timothy Bradley – Massachusetts

The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow showcases five acclaimed singer-songwriters hailing from Western Massachusetts and their four-day roadshow throughout the commonwealth in a fun, lively and engaging way.

INDISPENSABLE SHIFT ~Fukushima, Tip of the Iceberg~ – Documentary

Directed by Yoko Kubota – California

This film talks about the current situation of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the problems in the nuclear power industry worldwide. Can the global community come together to protect humanity as we face this critical issue?

RAISIN SOUP PILOT – TV Pilot

Directed by James Morris – Utah

A former child star attempts to show up his cocky cousin during his wedding. Accompanied by his insecure manager and sociopathic friend, things quickly go downhill for everyone.See Trailer Here…

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4:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

MODERN NATURE – Documentary

Directed by Craig Leon – Brazil

By 2050, 10 billion people may inhabit Earth. Do we need GMOs to Feed the World? Is organic production the answer? See Trailer Here…

STILL – Feature Film

Directed by Simon Blake – United Kingdom

Aidan Gillen, Elodie Yung, Kate Ashfield

OUR FATHER – Short Film

Directed by Linda Palmer – California

Michael Gross

An estranged father suffering from late stage dementia, in a fleeting moment, reveals to his son secrets that begin to heal a broken family. See Trailer Here…

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6:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

LISTENING – Feature Film

Directed by Khalil Sullins – California

Penniless grad students invent mind-reading technology that destroys their lives and threatens the future of free will itself.

CRACKED – Short Film

Directed by Adria Tennor – California

Marguerite Moreau, Kerrie Keane

A nine-year-old girl tries in vain to connect with her awkward ten-year-old uncle, until her grandmother unwittingly turns an unfortunate mishap into an opportunity for her to bravely win her uncle’s trust and friendship forever.

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6:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

PLACEBO – Documentary

Directed by Abhay Kumar – India/Finland

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is one of the toughest med schools in the world (with an acceptance rate of less than 0.1%). After a student gets involved in a violent accident on campus, a filmmaker goes undercover at AIIMS to investigate the rising incidents of violence amongst the best minds of the nation.

BUMMERTOWN – TV Pilot

Directed by Adam D’Arpino – New York

Bummertown follows a piano-playing introvert named Darin as he attempts to navigate the online dating landscape, and make sense of the non-stop non-advice being doled out by his friends and family prior to a big night out.

LICHT – Short Films

Directed by Charly Wenzel – New York

Licht’ is an experimental short dance film that speaks of a peaceful co-existence of all people, no matter their race, religious belief or sexual orientation.

SERVITUDE – TV Pilot

Directed by Jason Fisher – New York

Dark secrets unfold when a group of friends work as ‘the help’ of San Francisco’s elite, and their immigrant coworkers start to disappear.

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8:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

WAITING IN THE WINGS: THE MUSICAL – Feature Film

Directed by Jenn Page – New York

Shirley Jones, Lee Meriwether, Sally Struthers, Christopher Atkins

Waiting in The Wings: The Musical is a feature film where two entertainers, destined for the big time, are mismatched in a casting office from two very different on line contests. Tony, a stripper from New York, is cast in an Off-Broadway musical and needs to trade in his tear-away trunks for tap shoes and tights. See Trailer Here…

BRIGADE DE CUISINE – Short Film

Directed by Javier Arcelus Cano – Mexico

A housewife will discover the difficulties of cooking stuffed chicken. See Trailer Here…

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8:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

CAPTURED – Short Film

Directed by Carolyn Hodge – Texas

When a renowned artist’s beloved wife disappears, he spirals into a deep, dark depression and refuses to accept that she’s gone. In an effort to keep her close to him, he sketches her portrait over and over again.

THE LAST MINUTES – Short Film

Directed by Mauricio Ovalle – New York

A day Like Any Day, Someone Can Make A Difference, Open Your Eyes, Do You get A Second Chance?

FINDING HOME – Short Film

Directed by Rohit Sonak – New Jersey

Two Immigrants in New York get in immigration problem and have one month to decide where they belong.

LILITH’S SONG – Short Film

Directed by Julia Aldana – New York

About 20 minutes fairy tale of unrequired love that begins in 1950s, lasts till 70s and till our days and finds its resolution somewhere…beyond time and space.

CORAZON – Short Film

Directed by Shavon Meyers – New York

Corazon is a beautifully haunting short film that depicts a tragic love story involving religion, sexuality and a life altering decision. See Trailer Here…

LASHES – Short Film

Directed by Christine Sherwood – England

Scarlett Bryne

Lashes’ is a short film about a teenage girl who realizes that the world she was trying to fit into isn’t everything she had hoped it would be and lashes out.

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10:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

THE LAST APARTMENT – Feature Film

Directed by Larry Rosen – New Jersey

Lloyd Kaufman, Melantha Blackthorne, Seregon O’Dassey

A seemingly happy couple moves into a new apartment in the city. Things take a turn for the worse, as blind ambition corrupts and a vengeful ghost haunts them. When a new couple move in, the ghost hasn’t left, she has only found her new victims as her reign of rage and terror grows.

THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE – Short Film

Directed by Larry Rosen – New Jersey

While attending the wake of someone close to her, Emily and Jeremy hide upstairs to avoid everyone else and begin to sort the issues with their relationship – airing every issue that has left Emily angry.

FATED ECHOES – Short Film

Directed by Randy Lao – New York

A man, a broken heart and a baffled mind

THE BOY AND THE BUS – Short Film

Directed by Simon Pitts – England

World-renowned cinematographer Christopher Doyle, HKSC, frames the harshly beautiful landscape of the UK’s isolated Northumberland region for ‘The Boy and The Bus’- a story of childhood loss.

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10:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

ALIENATED – Feature Film

Directed by Brian Ackley – New York

On the brink of a possible alien abduction, a married couple is forced to confront their fatal relationship issues.

WORK IN PROGRESS – TV Pilot

Directed by Paul Liatsis – New York

Two life-long slacker friends struggle to get by in life working very odd jobs.

YAYO! – TV Pilot

Directed by Chris Bradford & Aaron Katter – New York

Would you date your drug dealer? YAYO! follows Angel, a cocaine delivery boy in New York City, on a night of deliveries to an assorted cast of drug-addled city dwellers.

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