2006 WINNERS & NOMINEES
*WINNERS DENOTED BY UNDERLINE*
MISTY MUNDAE – SINFUL
*NICHOLE RODERICK – NIGHTMARE*
GERT PORTAEL – ELLEKTRA
NATASHA LYONNE – MAX & GRACE
DIANE VENORA – SELF-MEDICATED
BEST TV PILOT:
A SPLASH OF COLOUR
*THE CHAPELLABE AFTER SCHOOL SEX ED PROGRAM PRESENTS CHRIS & REED IN: FLAMIN!!*
FAT, BROKE & HORNY
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
CARMEN ELECTRA – SEARCHING FOR BOBBY D
AXELLE RED – ELLEKTRA
*MARIE BOS – ELLEKTRA*
KRISTINA ANAPAU – SELF-MEDICATED
JENNIFER CARTA – NIGHTMARE
THE DOCTOR CARES
*TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING*
BEST SHORT SHORT:
*THE THREAT FROM BEHIND*
THE MEN’S ROOM
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
THE PHOENIX LIGHTS
*AN AMERICAN CANDIDATE*
PRESCRIPTION FOR DISASTER
CRUEL AND UNUSUAL
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
CHARLES DURNING – FORGET ABOUT IT
MICHAEL BOWEN – SELF-MEDICATED
*FRANK VINCENT – VAN VORST PARK*
MANOU KERSTING – ELLEKTRA
HERWIG ILEGEMS – ELLEKTRA
MONTY LAPICA – SELF-MEDICATED
LUCAS FLEISHER – OUTSIDE SALES
*JASON SCOTT CAMPBELL – NIGHTMARE*
DAVID KRUMHOLTZ – MAX & GRACE
BURT REYNOLDS – FORGET ABOUT IT
BLAYNE WEAVER – OUTSIDE SALES
MONTY LAPICA – SELF-MEDICATED
MARC CLEBANOFF & PAUL KAMPF – UNSPOKEN
*DANIEL LAMBERTS AND RUDOLPH MESTDAGH – ELLEKTRA*
DYLAN BANK & MORGAN PEHME – NIGHTMARE
FERNANDEZ MIKIS – LIVING IN EXTASY
*DYLAN BANK – NIGHTMARE*
RUDOLPH MESTDAGH – ELLEKTRA
MONTY LAPICA – SELF-MEDICATED
BJ DAVIS – FORGET ABOUT IT
BEST OF THE FESTIVAL (AUDIENCE AWARD):
TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING
*FORGET ABOUT IT*
JUST ANOTHER ROMANTIC WRESTLING COMEDY
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE:
THE BONNIE SITUATION
Directed by Peter Matkiwsky
Peter returned home to discover that he had lost everything. Distraught, he returns home to seek comfort in the friends he left behind. Peter’s reinvention begins, but when things don’t go as according to plans, his friends take matters into their own hands. Fearing that he will try to get back with his dreaded ex, they begin to plot her demise. All is not lost when Peter finds hope in a local bartender named Bonnie, but it appears that Bonnie has not been 100% truthful about her identity. Can Peter overlook this fabrication of the truth before his friends make a grave mistake? Only time will tell in this hilariously twisted romantic comedy that teaches us – when it comes to love, logic need not apply.
Directed by Rudolph Mestdagh
Following a tragic accident, a number of people lose their principal gift. Hiding behind the mysterious name “eLLektra,” a young girl brings those people together and offers them solace for their loss.
FORGET ABOUT IT
Directed by BJ Davis
Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch, Robert Loggia, Charles Durning, Tim Thomerson, Richard Grieco, Phyllis Diller
An ex-Las Vegas showgirl is looking for love and money at the same time amongst three lovable guys who are retired in an Arizona mobile home park. Their world is forever changed by a mob guy on the run from the Mafia in the Witness Protection Program. Not only did he snitch on the family, but he stole their money. The FBI is monitoring the events as two hitmen are sent from Jersey to get the money and to silence the traitor.
JUST ANOTHER ROMANTIC WRESTLING COMEDY
Directed by Kim Sky
Marty Shalom Weinstein fell in love at first sight with Sandy Gold Piedra, a wrestling princess who comes from a muscular wrestling family. The tradition of the Piedra family is for the women to marry Pro-wrestlers; poor Marty does not fit into that category. This made Marty hide behind bushes while growing up as he watched his love be romanced by Monster, the chosen Pro-wrestler. Now as adults, Monster has suffered one indiscretion too many and he has been dumped by Sandy Gold. Which clearly means that Marty can come out from hiding to prove that “little guys” can earn the respect and affection of even the most beautiful, muscular people. Can Marty stand the beating to win the love of his life?
LIVING IN EXTASY
Directed by Mikis Fernandez
Sam, Ach, Romain and Emma are pure products of the techno generation. They live at 200 miles per hour and vibrate at the rate of house music. Upon their return from Bali, their old dude and mentor Tod is warning of the end of their problems. Impatient to find him, they go to the Full Moon Party, the biggest techno evening of the summer. The club is crammed, the DJ makes the pressure rise, bodies touch and the party is going up. Only problem: Tod is untraceable…
My Sucidal Sweetheart
Directed by Michael Parness
Natasha Lyonne , Tim Blake Nelson, David Krumholtz, Guillermo Diaz, David Paymer, Karen Black, Rosanna Arquette , Lorraine Bracco, Ralf Moeller
A suicidal comedy about two young lovers who get married and escape from a mental institution in search of new ways to die…and the white light.
Directed by Dylan Bank
After a wild party, a film student awakens in the arms of a mysterious actress. Sitting up in bed, the couple discovers a video camera pointed at them. Their distress jolts to terror as they play the tape. It’s of them, committing a vicious murder. There’s no time to investigate; the director must pitch a film to his class that morning. Arriving panicked, he describes to the class the horrifying confusion of the night before, playing it as fiction. When the class enthusiastically votes to produce his “pitch,” it is too late for him to back out. So now, the director spends his days filming the nightmares that he finds every morning on video tape, and his nights searching for who is filming him.
Directed by Blayne Weaver
Paul Wells is not happy and he is not a good salesman. He used to be. He used to be great. Before his “tough times” Paul was a closer. But it all changed when he came home early to find his wife in bed with his co-worker. Paul hasn’t been the same since. His sales dropped, he began sweating at inopportune times, and couldn’t close a deal to save his life. A new salesman has been brought into replace him. A beautiful hot shot sales rep named Dagny Green. Now Paul has to outsell Dagny in order to keep his job, regain his self respect and pull his life back together…if he doesn’t fall in love with her first.
SEARCHING FOR BOBBY D
Directed by Paul Borghese
Carmen Electra, Tyson Beckford, Sandra Bernhard, Tony Darrow, Kevin Dobson, Michael Nouri, William DeMeo
Johnny Aragono, a young Italian-American actor born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, is frustrated with his lackluster career and also with how he and his actor friends are frequently typecast. Obsessed with meeting and getting to work with his idol Robert DeNiro, Johnny writes his own screenplay and sets out with a few of his best buddies to try to raise the money to make the movie and to get Robert DeNiro to star in it with them.
Directed by Monty Lapica
Dianne Venora, Greg Germann and Michael Bowen
Based on true events. Having recently suffered the unexpected death of his father, seventeen-year-old Andrew Eriksen’s inability to cope with the loss catapults him down a path of denial, self-loathing and emotional entropy. Once a promising young scholar, Andrew finds himself on a drug-addled path to self-destruction. Resentful of his mother (Diane Venora) for her own drug addiction, Andrew withdraws even further at a time when they need each other most. His mother’s last resort is to hire a private company that kidnaps troubled teens and places them in a locked-down and corrupt psychiatric hospital. After being subjected to the secret physical and emotional abuses of the program, Andrew discovers the only way he will come to terms with the death of his father is to first face his own demons head-on.
Directed by Tony Marsiglia
Writer/director Tony Marsiglia delivers a dark, brutal and disturbing film that is both sexually provocative and psychologically intense. “Sinful” is a horrifying vision of maternal instinct gone past the edge of sanity…a story literally “torn from today’s headlines.” Lilith simply cannot conceive a child no matter how hard she wishes nor how desperately she tries. As her marriage reaches the breaking point, so does her hold on reality slowly, painfully and dangerously slip away. Lilith must become a mother – immediately and irrevocably – however terrifying the act or the consequences might be.
Directed by Marc Clebanoff
The world outside no longer exists. Brandon, his girlfriend Katie, and his younger brother Guy have finally decided that it is better to die at their own hands in the company of the ones they love, than to continue living helplessly, confined to a dark, miniscule abandoned storefront. Before long an unhinged, suicidal father and a catatonic young brother, who bring out the dark truths of everyone involved, join them. Can they survive each other in order to end themselves?
VAN VORST PARK
Directed by Kathy Cacicedo
Van Vorst Park was his hallowed ground. Ever conscious of the vow “whatever is said in the park stays in the park,” Johnny DeCarlo learns that there is a fine line between trust and betrayal when his brother is murdered. He learns the only person he can trust is himself.
AN AMERICAN CANDIDATE
Directed by Srikant Chellappa
In the heat of America, an average Joe decides to run for Congress on a third party ticket. The only problem: he is running against Congressman Dick Gephardt and has no campaign war chest. A satirical look at American democracy from an immigrant’s perspective portrays why third parties have not and will not gain a foothold…and why some people are better off sticking to their day jobs instead of running for office.
Directed by Paola Mendoza and Gabriel Noble
“Autumn’s Eyes” is a feature documentary seen through the perspective of a 3-year old girl as she tries to navigate through the harsh reality of severe poverty, her teenage mother’s incarceration and looming foster care. With the camera placed at Autumn’s eye level, we capture this impressionable time in a child’s life, and ask the greater societal question: Is there truly hope for a child growing up in these circumstances?
BARE HANDS AND WOODEN LIMBS
Directed by Alison McMahan
In 1974 former Khmer Rouge Commander Touj Soeurly and the fourteen year old Chhem Sip were deadly enemies. Sip was imprisoned, tortured, and just barely managed to escape with his life to the US. Now these two former enemies are working together to make possible the community of Veal Thom, a cooperative village composed primarily of soldiers – from both sides of the war – disabled by landmines, and their families. The amputees of Veal Thom cope with extreme poverty, the elements, poor health, lack of education and lack of resources. This film is a testament to the new feeling of cooperation in Cambodia and the courage of the villagers of Veal Thom.
CRUEL AND UNUSUAL
Directed by Dan Hunt
“Cruel & Unusual” is an unflinching look at the lives of transgender women in men’s prisons in the United States. Linda, Ashley, Anna, Yolanda and Ophelia overcome humiliation, denial of medical treatment, solitary confinement and rape but somehow never lose sight of their ultimate goal of fully becoming women…
Directed by Rajesh Raju
There are many factors that determine whether an artist “makes it” in the hip hop industry. The industry has become more about fitting into formulas, having the right connections, the right look and marketing schemes, and less and less about creativity and artistry. The public deserves to see the skill and inventiveness that is REALLY out there, rather than what is spoon-fed to them. “Flow” takes the viewer where the record labels, music videos, and radio stations don’t go: the streets. “Flow” shows true hip hop, in its purest and rawest form, before the trimming and shaping. Hip hop is about to change and this is the future…..
THE PHOENIX LIGHTS
Directed by Lynne Kitei
Producers Lynne D. Kitei, M.D. and Steve Lantz present their internationally award-winning film, “The Phoenix Lights Documentary,” an in-depth examination of the mile-wide, V-shaped light formations and craft seen over Phoenix and throughout Arizona on March 13th 1997, as well as the wider implications of these worldwide enigmatic phenomena. UFO buffs call it the most documented unexplained mass sighting ever recorded.
PRESCRIPTION FOR DISASTER
Directed by Gary Null
“Prescription For Disaster” is an in-depth investigation into the symbiotic relationships between the pharmaceutical industry, the FDA, lobbyists, lawmakers, medical schools, and researchers, and the impact this has on consumers and their healthcare. During this thorough investigation, we take a close look at patented drugs, why are they so readily prescribed by doctors, the role insurance companies and HMO’s play in promoting compliance, and the problem of rising health care costs.
ROMMEL AND THE PLOT AGAINST HITLER
Directed by Nicholas Natteau
“Rommel and the Plot against Hitler” focuses on how Field Marshal Erwin Rommel became implicated in the July 20, 1944 officers’ plot against Hitler. It is a morality tale highlighting the excruciating dilemma of the modern soldier forced to choose between obeying orders and following his conscience.
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Directed by Kum-Kum Bhaynanin
Narrated by Susan Sarandon
“The Shape of Water” weaves the poignant stories of five women – Khady, Oraiza, Bilkusben, Dona Antonia, Gila – in Senegal, Brazil, India, and Jerusalem. These stories reveal the women’s realities and visions through their passions to create a more just world.
SITA, A GIRL FROM JAMBU
Directed by Kathleen Man
Sita, a beautiful young girl who lives in a remote village in Nepal, has fallen in love with Sushil, a rickshaw driver. But when her marriage arrangement falters, she meets a stranger who promises her a new life in the city. Sita is faced with a choice that will change her life forever…
THE SLANTED SCREEN
Directed by Jeff Adachi
From silent film star Sessue Hayakawa to “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle,” director Jeff Adachi examines portrayals of Asian men in film and television, and how new generations of independent filmmakers are re-defining age-old stereotypes.
A COLD BLOOD
Directed by Louie Cowan
Ben and his sister Haley were close, until something shocking happened to her. Ben promises to help, but the situation has become too big for her to handle by herself. As the facts start to reveal themselves, Ben faces a choice – will he be able to resist the impulse for Vengeance or will he find a better way?
ADIOS PAPITAS FRITAS
Directed by David Appelbaum
Papitas Fritas are more than just food for our protagonist; they are a coping device, used by generation after generation to distract from the tragedies that constantly beset his family.
Directed by Guy Shahar
Joe is a serial apologist. Totally self-absorbed, he says “I’m sorry” so often, even he doesn’t know what the words means anymore – that is, until a female he tramples refuses his apology. Face to face with his own hypocrisy, he learns just how powerful sincerity can be.
Directed by Sean Howse
Jack Sparks, an ambitious executive, has become quite used to throwing his weight around with everyone from his employees to his family. But he’s about to discover that when he had nothing, he had everything. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
A THROUGH M
Directed by Heidi Marshall
“A through M” chronicles the journeys between a tense torture room and flashbacks to a romantic and pained reunion of a husband and wife. A Resistance member returns home to ask for her husband’s help, but learns that he now works for the government she is committed to overthrowing. When she is captured, he must choose between saving his wife’s life and ideals or his own.
BINTA AND THE GREAT IDEA
Directed by Javier Fesser
Binta is a 7 year old girl who lives in a small charming village on the Casamance River in southern Senegal. She goes to school. Her cousin Soda does not have the same good fortune. She is not allowed to learn about the things of the world. Binta admires her father, a humble fisherman who, concerned about the development of mankind, is determined to carry out an idea that has occurred to him.
Directed by Duncan Rogers
It’s the middle of the night. A break in a Russian mob-related double homicide case brings Det. Sgt Sam O’Neil back to work with his old protégé, Lt. Pete Fuselli, to interrogate Theresa, a prime suspect in the case. What unravels in this interrogation will challenge your perception of right and wrong.
Directed by Ana Djordjevic
A naive gas station clerk receives a visit from a zombie in the dead of night. The zombie’s ex-partner in crime arrives and attempts to rob the station, followed by the zombie’s pregnant girlfriend. A Zombie. A Gun. A Girl. A Romantic Zombie Comedy!
THE DOCTOR CARES
Directed by Doug Bost & David Baeumler
“The Doctor Cares” is the absurdist tale of Doctor Frank Fezik, a Doctor who takes his work seriously. Doctor Fezik is concerned about the high cost of prescription drugs and he has found some very creative and painful ways to get his patients the drugs they need. He will take you on a special trip with one of his patients, caring as fast as he can. He will speak to you as only a caring Doctor can, and show you the wonder of medicine through his special eyes. It isn’t always clean and it isn’t always pretty, but really, isn’t life just about results? Doctor Fezik says yes, yes, yes! So watch him work, won’t you?
THE ENCHANTING BOX
Directed by Katherine Allen
In this film a young girl must face her fears and deliver a mysterious package to a stranger in a haunted hotel.
Directed by Claire Thomas
Ignored, belittled, invisible – for us this is a bad day, for Paul, this is his life. Paul is an imaginary friend. He spends his days accompanying Lucy, his host and the object of his affection, whenever she is feeling lonely, insecure, or in need of a good scapegoat. However, Paul must endure the sufferings of a voiceless existence, for, if he maintained his dignity and gave up, there’d be no existence to have. His fate is directly linked to Lucy’s belief that he exists; without her, his window to the world is shut and he fades into oblivion. Thus, Paul must come to reconcile his existence and his love, realizing that there is more to life than the imaginary.
Directed by Avie Luthra
Lucky is moving from rural Zululand to Durban to live with his uncle. He is very excited until his uncle refuses to send him to school. Instead he gives him a tape of his mother’s last message made just before she died. Lucky struggles to play this however, and manages to do so on the tape-deck of a racist old Indian woman, Padma. This message upsets Lucky so much that he runs away from home and becomes a street-child for a night. On his return Padma feels sorry for him and they bond as an unlikely mother and son.
THE MEN’S ROOM
Directed by Gladys Bensimon
“The Men’s Room” is a 5 ½ minute animated film satirizing Hollywood’s history of male domination. In its 76 years, the Academy Awards has essentially disregarded women as
film directors. The film goes through the three times in the history of the Academy when women were nominated for an award but never received one. The characters, although unconventional, represent the behavior of some producers in the industry toward women directors.
Directed by Jerome Oliver
After developing a time machine, the inventor finds himself enwrapped in a war ignited by his creation. Special animation and imagery.
Directed by Rory Blanchard
An emotional drama about a couple whose relationship has grown so poor, that they only communicate with each other through videotapes.
NO MENUS PLEASE
Directed by Edward Shieh
Two immigrants come to an unlikely compromise while distributing restaurant menus. Ming quickly learns that competition is fierce in the neighborhoods of New York City. And he’s forced to embrace an ingenious solution to keep his vision of the American Dream alive.
Directed by Mike Doto
Kurtwood Smith and Nancy Lenehan
Howard and Betty have been married for 40 very long years. Howard has always had a bit of a temper, but now that he is retired and spending so much time at home, he is finding it even harder to contain his irritation with his doting wife. Nearing the end of his rope, Howard makes one last effort to maintain peace with Betty – he promises to control his temper for an entire day.
PERILS IN NUDE MODELING
Directed by Scott Rice
For lonely souls like Ted Minor, a shot with a beautiful woman is a once-in-a-lifetime event. So when the nude model at the center of his old-school art professor’s studio transforms from a lifeless statue to a flesh and blood temptress, Ted finds himself at a terrible crossroads between a lifelong ambition and a taboo kiss with the woman of his dreams.
Directed by Nathan Marshall
When Kuz, a troubled teenager, gets into a hallway fight with a bully at his high school, the principal steps in and sends Kuz to meet with a guidance counselor. What at first seems a well-meaning lecture from the counselor shifts to become a lesson in prison etiquette as Kuz is slowly convinced that he is on a path towards incarceration.
Directed by Chris Byrne
September, pre-German Invasion Poland: a Jewish family sits down around a table for the Shabbat…we see the table in present time being prepped for a sale – flash back to Poland post German Invasion…Maps of war are placed on the table…
TAKE ME OUT TONIGHT
Directed by Emily Rosdeitcher
“Take Me Out Tonight” is the story of Sybil, a troubled 30-something woman who lives and works with her mother Hortense, a famous writer of science-fiction romance novels. Sybil’s desire to strike out on her own and find herself finally bubbles to the surface when she discovers the power of flamenco dancing. Her discovery causes her to flirt with a Panamanian plumber, fight with her mother, leave her prison of a home, and somehow, perhaps, find a way to be her own person.
THE THREAT FROM BEHIND
Directed by Mitchell Bisschop & Soren Bailey
Johnny is addicted to steroids, and only the love and special attention of all his friends can protect him from that pernicious threat to his very humanity. But Johnny’s friends have uniquely persuasive methods, and you’ll never guess how they liberate him from “The Threat From Behind.”
TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING
Directed by Paul Schneeberger
A Gold Star Mother’s son has been MIA in Viet Nam for thirty years. Before Alzheimer’s steals the last memory of him, she begins a search to bring him home.
THE UNBROKEN CIRCLE
Director John C. Ludwig
“The Unbroken Circle” tells the “true to life” story of an Israeli family and a Palestinian family in Israel. Their young sons, hospitalized from injuries in the ongoing Israeli Palestinian conflict, are the catalyst for an unexpected bond. Despite each family’s pledge to foster peace among their people, there is a poignant and gut-wrenching twist to the story that is reflective of the real struggles endured in their daily lives. “The Unbroken Circle” is a story of the times.
Directed by Jack Roberts
On the eve of a hometown show, rock and roll’s newest sensation sits down with a Rolling Stone reporter to talk about his journey to stardom. As he reflects on the road he has taken to get there, he finds himself lost and confronted with ghosts everywhere he turns.
A SPLASH OF COLOUR
Directed by Barry J. Wale
“My canvas is my world.” Those are the words that echo the lifestyle of Australian artist Robert Hagan. In a distinguished career that has spanned over 30 years, this renowned multi-award- winning artist has traveled the world seeking inspiration for his work. Like Don Quixote, Robert Hagan has been on a quest – but his is not to Dream The Impossible Dream – but to paint it. And now that inspiration is about to be reflected in an entirely original and stunning new show – “A Splash Of Colour.”
THE CHAPELLABE AFTER SCHOOL SEX ED PROGRAM PRESENTS CHRIS & REED IN: FLAMIN!
Directed by Christopher Baldi
“Chris & Reed in: FLAMIN’!” is one installment of a fictional television show, “The Chappellabe After School Sex-Ed Program,” a spoof of 70s-era sex-ed filmstrips and 80s-era after school specials. In this week’s “episode,” heroes Chris and Reed swear off girls forever, with disastrous results.
FAT, BROKE & HORNY
Directed by Scott Keiner
Unfortunately pretty much based on a true story, “Fat, Broke & Horny” tells the story of one big man’s struggle with the small time. Mark, our hero, gets kicked out of his apartment, attacked by a customer at work, attacked by his lover at home, dismissed by his agent, kicked out of Overeater’s Anonymous and fired by an executive, all in the course of a lousy couple of days. Oh yeah, he also makes sure that his best friend loses his girlfriend of five years. It’s a hard life in Hollywood if you’re fat, broke, and horny.
THE FRANK & JUDY SHOW
Directed by Dennis Maguire
“The Frank and Judy Show” is a unique independent sitcom pilot. The show puts an edgy new twist on the classic black-and-white 1950s sitcom, in which an ex-child star has to produce a traditional show with a very non-traditional group of misfits, including a British puppet monkey.
Directed by Ian Gelfand
Two NYU film grads, hot off the success of their smash hit student film, prepare to pitch their big action movie to a film studio, in hopes of making the leap to “the next level”.
Directed by Phil Ross
“S.A.V.E.” (Survive A Violent Environment) was created by Master Philip G. Ross. Mr. Ross has been victorious in over 300 fights. In addition to his own students, Mr. Ross has instructed the Federal Marshals, Numerous Police Agencies as well as Private Security Forces. The S.A.V.E. self defense program was bred from this wealth of experience.
Wriiten by Charles Valenza
“My name is Hope Parsimony. I’m twenty-two years old. This is the story about how a girl in a coma saved me from myself.”
SHERLOCK & JACK
Written by Jeff Wolverton
As Sherlock Holmes chases Jack the Ripper through the centuries, he finds what he seeks and what he’s missing are two sides of the same twisted coin.
THESE 2 MEN ARE IMPOSTERS
Wriiten by Douglas Bost
“These 2 Men are Imposters” is the true story of a con man and an ad man who became an unlikely comedy team in the 1960s: Coyle & Sharpe. Their subversive pranks took San Francisco by surprise — until Coyle took the joke too far.
THE SECOND COMING
Written by Paul Guzzo and Michael Marchetti
A naive and angry homosexual, who has endured a lifetime of discrimination,
sues God for defamation of character, opening the door for the world’s most
powerful media tycoon to begin his “corporate” takeover of the church and
fulfill his dream of ultimate power.
FILMS BY FESTIVAL CHAIRMAN, KENNETH DEL VECCHIO
THE DRUM BEATS TWICE
Amy Redford, Kenneth Del Vecchio, Eileen Fulton, Julia Barnett, Justin Deas, Susan Misner, Lisa Peluso, Laura Bell Bundy, Richard Barclay, Evan Bryce Hart, Ed Fry, Robert Clohessy
John Carreck, a Vietnam War hero and police officer, was brutally attacked by two brothers in an effort to avenge their father’s death. Carreck, left without sight, speech and hands, has no means to communicate with the world. As the mystery of the true reasons of his attack unfolds, Carreck is brought back into the world of human communication by a determined young nun whose guidance also marks the growth of this former war hero as a man and musician. A shocking, unlikely ending, though, may change everything….then again, it may not.
Directed by Kenneth Del Vecchio, and written by him and his wife Francine, The Drum Beats Twice is being released by Echelon Entertainment this spring.
PRIDE & LOYALTY
Rebecca Budig, Seamus McNally, Sonia Satra, Gene Terinoni, Mark Consuelos, Marj Dusay, Gina Tognoni, John Bolger, Joseph Barbara
Where does Jake DeMitro’s loyalty lie? When the lives of the people around him are laid on the line, this is the question he faces. Jake DeMitro, an Ivy League law graduate, cannot maintain his relationship with his girlfriend Kelly Francini or concentrate on his prestigious position with the Prosecutor’s Office. He suffers from an obsessive-compulsive personality and fights on a regular basis with his professional nemesis, Brian O’Leary. But that’s not the cause of his struggles. Finding himself in the middle of an investigation of his father, Dr. Nick DeMitro, is what triggers his problems. And his situation worsens when his sister’s murder is connected to the investigation. Jake knows the Prosecutor’s Office wants to nail his father as a drug kingpin and he learns the mafia wants to kill O’Leary. What will determine how he will react? Jake DeMitro, thrust into this world of moral dilemmas, can only focus on where his loyalties lie.
Pride & Loyalty, directed by Kenneth Del Vecchio and based on his novel, was a TV Guide Channel pay-per-view pick of the day. TV Guide Online writes, “CouldPride & Loyalty be a contender at the upcoming Oscars?” ABC Soaps callsPride & Loyalty “an engaging crime thriller” and tells their readers that they “will love a copy” of it. Soap Opera Digest calls the film’s actors “daytime’s finest”and pronounces the movie an “indie hit.” Pride & Loyalty is being re-released by Echelon Entertainment this summer.
RULES FOR MEN
Jackie Martling, Robert Capelli, Jr., Vincent Pastore, Frank Gorshin, Jerky Boy Kamal, Nancy Sirianni, Kenneth Del Vecchio
For successful criminal attorney Michael Vigilante, the “Rules” are a code of conduct for seducing beautiful women—quickly, smoothly, and often. Michael believes a man’s world revolves around sex, and everything else in life must support achieving that goal. And that’s exactly what his 10 tried-and-true rules are all about! Between bedroom conquests and a rekindled affection for an old girlfriend, Michael must deal with his wisecracking law partner, an inept opposing attorney, a sex-starved judge, bizarre clients, a Mafia tough guy, and a burnt-out psychiatrist. As Michael reveals his “Rules,” he woos judges, wins court cases, educates his buddies—and successfully beds numerous hot women.
Produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio and based on his book, Rules For Men hit top 10, Yahoo! Top Sellers list (2001) and will be on cable television later this year. Rules For Men is distributed by EI Independent Cinema.
Paul Taylor, Ed Fry, Eileen Fulton, Conor Dubin, Gene Terinoni, Ilene Kristen, John Palumbo, Johnny Williams, Marshall Hilliard, Chuck Zito
Somewhere in the industrial Northeast lies a decaying community where crafty crooks and ruthless cops fight for supremacy. It’s not in any guidebook. It’s not on any map. And it’s not in California. But it is Tinsel Town.
A film written and directed by Kenneth Del Vecchio, TV Guide Online writes “The film tackles the deeper issues of man’s hidden desires.” Soap Opera Update calls Tinsel Town a “stylish crime thriller” and Soap Opera Digest tags ita “legal thriller.” Soap Opera Weeklyadvises that “Tinsel Town will treat audiences to new views of [actresses] Ilene Kristen and Eileen Fulton.” Tinsel Town will be released by Echelon Entertainment this summer.
Shot in an actual courtroom, Esquire is The People’s Court on Crack. Real attorneys. Real cases. Real consequences. There is a live audience, interacting and involved. And because there is Esquire controlling it all—there is insanity. Esquire is the nation’s greatest modern-day Renaissance Man. But no one ever knows Esquire’s true identity. He sits at the judge’s bench in a suit with no shirt on underneath—and he always wears a mask.
Award Winners, in all categories, were announced at the Gala Awards Ceremony on May 25, 2006.
Awards for the 2006 Hoboken International Film Festival were as follows:
Best Feature Film – $1000.00
Best Screenplay (Feature Film) – $500.00
Best Director (Feature Film) – $500.00
Best Actor (Feature Film) – $500.00
Best Actress (Feature Film) – $500.00
Best Short Film – $500.00
Best Documentary Feature – $500.00
Best TV Pilot – $250.00
Best Unproduced Screenplay – $500.00
“Cash prizes are conditioned upon winners personal presence at the festival’s Gala Awards Ceremony.”
The following terms and conditions apply to cash awards and they cannot be deviated from under any circumstances: Cash prizes are conditioned upon winners personal presence and acceptance at the festival’s Gala Awards Ceremony. The winner of Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Film, Best TV Pilot and the Audience Award Best of the Festival, must be personally accepted by the projects’ producer, director or executive producer in order to be eligible for the cash prizes. In order to receive any cash prize, the winner’s film must have been submitted with the appropriate submission fee; films submitted without their respective submission fees are not eligible for cash prizes, though they may win HIFF award(s) and are entitled to the trophies if they do win any HIFF award(s). In the event that HIFF pays for airfare, hotel accommodations and/or ground transportation for any filmmakers and/or any individuals whatsoever and/or provides any free HIFF tickets (beyond the two complementary passes given to filmmakers) for any filmmakers and/or any individuals whatsoever, those said filmmakers/individuals shall forfeit the right to receive any cash prize(s) in a monetary value up to an amount equal to HIFF’s payment of his/her airfare, hotel accommodations and/or ground transportation and/or HIFF tickets(beyond the two complementary passes given to filmmakers).