It’s Official! We Produced An Award-Winning Documentary!

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We had a little blind faith and now everyone believes: It’s AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART!

You can stay updated on our passion project (the feature documentary about a powerful connection between a pop idol and his fans) on our official Rick Springfield documentary website: www.rickspringfielddoc.com

Here are several links you may want to check out.  Please leave comments and LIKES on any of these sites.  Thanks so much for your support!

The latest doc blog: http://rickspringfielddoc.com/yellowrickroad/media/its-official-we-created-an-award-winning-documentary/ 

Watch and share the movie trailer: http://youtu.be/-lDhtW4RUA0

WORLD PREMIERE AT FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL (in our home town): Won a SPECIAL JURY AWARD for OUTSTANDING DIRECTION!  Watch the Q&A with Rick Springfield: http://youtu.be/vylyRxIa7Tc

NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL: Won a SPECIAL JURY PRIZE – THE “GIBSON” IMPACT OF MUSIC AWARD – Recognizing a Surprising Look at the Fan Experience. http://youtu.be/cL31thTNZwo (4:00 mark)

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE at HOT DOCS in Toronto – “10 Hottest Docs at Hot Docs” – http://www.indiewire.com/article/rick-springfield-heads-to-hot-docs-for-an-affair-of-the-heart

Orlando Sentinel feature articlehttp://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-04-11/entertainment/os-rick-springfield-documentary-florida-film-festi-20120411_1_working-class-dog-melanie-lentz-janney-jessie-s-girl

Toronto Star feature articlehttp://www.toronto.com/article/724370–hot-docs-2012-rick-springfield-s-fans-share-the-love-three-decades-later

George Strombo interviewhttp://youtu.be/wJI7C22UUZg 

Growing Bolder Network’s back-story segmenthttp://tinyurl.com/6qo9gd4 

Huffington Post reviewhttp://tinyurl.com/7v2ujw9

The Daily Buzz interview: http://youtu.be/IwLMmaTJXV0

2012 Orlando Fringe Festival Returns May 16 thru 28th at Loch Haven Park

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HISTORY OF THE FRINGE:

Fringe Festivals began in Scotland in 1947 when groups not invited to perform at the Edinburgh Festival of the Arts staged their own “fringe” performances outside the festival boundaries. Fringe Festivals now occur all around the world, with true festivals continuing to be uncensored and non-juried and all performance ticket proceeds going directly to the artists.

ABOUT THE ORLANDO FRINGE FESTIVAL:

As the longest running, non-juried Fringe Festival in the USA, the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, which was created in 1992, celebrates the theatrical and performing arts as it showcases the skills and talents of performers from all walks of life. The performances, range from mild to wild, are uncensored and non-juried, staying true to the history and spirit of Fringe Festivals.

FRINGE PRINCIPLES:

As a member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals, the Orlando Fringe Festival follows four main “Fringe” ideals and principles:

  • Participants are selected on a non-juried basis, through a first-come; first serve process, a lottery or other method approved by the Association.
  • 100 percent of the ticket price goes directly to the artists.
  • Fringe Festival producers have no control over the artistic content of each performance. The artistic freedom of the participants is unrestrained.
  • Festivals must provide an easily accessible opportunity for all audiences and all artists to participate in Fringe Festivals.

HOW TO FRINGE:

The 2012 Orlando Fringe Festival will run from from May 16 to May 28th. Ticket prices usually run between $5 – $10 per show. Since the proceeds go directly to the performers, they are the ones that set the ticket price for their show.To attend any Fringe show, you must wear a festival access button. You only need to purchase the button one time, but you must have it with you for any shows that you attend.

WHERE TO FRINGE:

All Fringe shows will take place within Loch Haven Park at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and at the Orlando REP. The beer tent, food vendors and outdoor stage will be located in between these two venues. Loch Haven Park is located east of I-4 at Princeton Street and Mills Avenue (17-92).

RULES OF THE FRINGE:

For the performers, the rules are minimal, but for those attending there are a few guidelines that must be adhered to:

  • Shows will start on time and once the doors are closed, entry is not allowed – a refund will not be given, so be sure to give yourself enough time for traffic, parking and any other unforeseen obstacles.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed into any shows. A beer tent and food vendors are set up outside of the theater.
  • No photography or video recording devices are allowed in to the theatres.
  • You must have a Fringe access button to attend a show (except for the kids fringe).

KIDS FRINGE:

There are shows, workshops, art projects, and activities that allow children to experience aspects of theatre, art and dance. Kids Fringe is free and does not require the purchase of a Fringe access button. These events are held on the lawn at Loch Haven Park on weekends during the Fringe Festival.

ORLANDO FRINGE FESTIVAL INFORMATION:

  • Orlando Fringe Website
  • Phone: 407-648-0077
  • Fringe Address: 398 West Amelia Street, Orlando
  • Orlando Shakespeare Theater: 812 E. Rollins Street, Orlando

Happy Fringe-ing!  Check out this article by Matt Palm of the Orlando Sentinel: http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-05-09/entertainment/os-orlando-fringe-festival-intro-20120509_1_orlando-fringe-festival-fringe-experience-orlando-sentinel-columnists 

RECORD BREAKING YEAR FOR UPCOMING 2012 FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL

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The 2012 Florida Film Festival announced that a record-breaking 167 films were selected from 1706 entries, representing 31 countries.  Of the 167 films, 144 are having their Florida premiere (or higher) at the Festival. There will be 27 World premieres (including Yellow Rick Road Production’s feature documentary, AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART), 5 North American premieres, 2 US premieres, 34 East Coast premieres, and 50 Southeast premieres. This year’s Festival runs April 13-22, 2012 and is located in Central Florida.

Today the Narrative and Documentary Feature Film selections for the 2012 Florida Film Festival American Independent Competition were announced. Nineteen of the selections will be celebrating a premiere: three World, one North American, four East Coast, seven Southeast and four Florida premieres.

Henry Maldonado, President of Enzian and the Florida Film Festival, remarked, “The Florida Film Festival continues to attract filmmakers in record numbers. The selections this year will give our audience the chance to have a first look at some truly independent and amazing work with a broad range of themes, styles, and surprises. Every entry has a great story behind it and the spirit of independent film is so passionately represented. There really is something exciting for everyone.”

Among them, DeLand based director Sylvia Caminer unveils her documentary on pop star Rick Springfield. The Zellner brothers, whose bizarrely funny films are regulars at the Festival, bring something quite unexpected and different. FSU graduate Ken Adachi makes his feature film debut. Among recognizable faces on screen this year are Penelope Ann Miller (The Artist), Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Andrew McCarthy (St. Elmo’s Fire), Robin Tunney (TV’s The Mentalist), Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs), and newcomers including EJ Bonilla and Veronica Diaz-Carranza.

“I just love this group of films.  While the selection process was more difficult than ever due to the sheer volume of wonderful entries, I’m confident our audience will be as entertained, engaged, surprised, and moved as we were,” commented Matthew Curtis, Florida Film Festival Programming Director. “The fact that nearly half of the doc features in the American Independent Competition take place in a foreign country is a fascinating one, and we have a great mix of fresh talent and returning Florida Film Festival veterans doing outstanding new work.”

The 20 feature competition films will be eligible for up to three awards each: a Grand Jury Award for best film in that category, a Special Jury Award given at the jury’s discretion for exceptional achievements, and an Audience Award determined by audience votes.

The opening night selection was also announced today.  The prestigious pole position belongs to RENEE, which will have its East Coast premiere at the 2012 Florida Film Festival.  Based on the life of Renee Yohe, the film tells the story of a 19-year-old who received national and international attention when her courageous story was posted on MySpace. The film deals with the cycle of self-injury which plagues many teenagers and young adults worldwide.  Her experience was the inspiration for the “To Write Love on Her Arms” movement. The Orlando-based production skillfully blends gritty reality with rich fantasy as the film powerfully visualizes this young girl who grew up loving fairy tales but lived through a considerably darker truth.  Kat Dennings (TV’s 2 Broke Girls, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist) is a knockout as Renee, and Chad Michael Murray (TV’s One Tree Hill), Rupert Friend (The Young Victoria), and Corbin Bleu (High School Musical) lend superb support along with a great music score and appearances by Rachael Yamagata and Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes. It is directed by Nathan Frankowski.  Deeply rooted in its own community with people on both sides of the camera whose investment is both personal and passionate, RENEE is a vivid reminder of how the independent film can generate incredible power out of its own reality and bring a story so effectively to life using the support mechanisms available around it.

The Competition Feature Film lineup and Opening Night Film will be released online at www.FloridaFilmFestival.com this Thursday, March 1.  Downloadable images will be available online at www.FloridaFilmFestival.com/Press this Thursday, March 1.

Festival passes and ticket packages are already available for purchase online or at the Enzian box office. Festival Pass Holders gain VIP access to all films as well as other great benefits.  Ticket package purchasers are invited to participate in early redemption which gives them the opportunity to redeem film vouchers for individual film tickets before they are available to the public.  The complete Festival film lineup will be revealed Wednesday, March 21.  Early redemption occurs Wednesday, March 21 – Saturday, March 24.  Individual film tickets will be available to the general public starting Sunday, March 25.  For more information on purchasing Festival tickets, packages, and passes, visit www.FloridaFilmFestival.com.

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY FEATURES COMPETITION:

AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART / USA (Director: Sylvia Caminer) WORLD PREMIERE

Local filmmakers Sylvia Caminer and Melanie Lentz-Janney explore the life, fame, and fans of pop idol Rick Springfield. The film reveals a behind-the-scenes portrait of hard-working Springfield and delves deep into the lives of a few of his devoted fans and what the people closest to them think about their loved ones 30 year obsession.

 

BERT STERN: ORIGINAL MADMAN / USA (Director: Shannah Laumeister) EAST COAST PREMIERE

Photographer Bert Stern revolutionized the world of advertising, changed the taste of America during the post-war boom years, and convinced Marilyn Monroe to reveal her deepest heart during what turned out to be her last photo session.

 

BURY THE HATCHET / USA (Director: Aaron C. Walker) SOUTHEAST PREMIERE

BURY THE HATCHET takes the audience behind the scenes and through the vast history of the Mardi Gras “Indians” and their great Chiefs and shares the culture as well as the extraordinary music that underscores this captivating and hidden corner of New Orleans.

 

GIRL MODEL / USA (Directors: David Redmon and Ashley Sabin) FLORIDA PREMIERE

Directed by the filmmaking team that brought us Mardi Gras: Made in China (FFF 2005 Grand Jury Award for Best Doc Feature), Kamp Katrina (FFF 2007), and Intimidad (FFF 2008), GIRL MODEL takes the viewer deep into the underbelly of the international modeling industry by following the paths of both model and scout. 

 

GIVE UP TOMORROW / USA (Director: Michael Collins) SOUTHEAST PREMIERE

Paco Larrañaga’s arrest and trial were a media circus reflecting schisms of race, class, and political power in a Philippine legal system marred by corruption. GIVE UP TOMORROW is the gripping result of over a decade of filming, on three continents and four countries, a Kafkaesque trial and conviction where justice was abandoned.

 

JOBRIATH A.D. / USA (Director: Kieran Turner) NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

In the 1970’s music scene, the vastly talented Jobriath, nabbed one of the richest deals in rock history and openly proclaimed his homosexuality by declaring himself “The True Fairy of Rock & Roll.”  Now, nearly 40 years after his solo debut the bizarre, tragic, and nearly forgotten mystery that was Jobriath is ready for its close-up.

 

KUMARE USA / (Director: Vikram Gandhi) SOUTHEAST PREMIERE

To make a point about blind faith, filmmaker Vikram Gandhi grew out his hair, adopted a kooky accent, and presented himself as Kumare, a perpetually grinning guru recently arrived from India.  Setting up shop in Phoenix with a pair of lithe yoga babes, Kumare recruits a cadre of followers. KUMARE starts as an indictment of religious beliefs but ends up a weirdly sincere ode to the true power of faith.

 

NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT / USA (Director: Sabrina Lee and Shasta Grenier) FLORIDA PREMIERE

Retired Marine Colonel Eric Hastings knows first hand about the reality of war and the disconnection soldiers feel when they return home from battle. Beautifully shot and featuring music by Sean Eden (ex-Luna), this moving and powerful look at the human cost of war is the work of Sabrina Lee (Where You From, FFF 2009) and Emmy winner Shasta Grenier.

 

SALAAM DUNK / USA (Director: David Fine) SOUTHEAST PREMIERE

Nightly news coverage of Iraq typically offers a monolithic vision of violence, fanaticism, and repression. SALAAM DUNK reveals a different reality—intelligent young women developing leadership skills as well as tolerance for diverse religious and ethnic groups via the most American of pursuits, basketball.

 

THE SHEIK & I / USA (Director: Caveh Zahedi) EAST COAST PREMIERE

Cinematic provocateur Caveh Zahedi (I Am a Sex Addict) is commissioned by the Sharjah Biennial to make a film on the theme “art as a subversive act.” Similarly hilarious yet far more disturbing than the mega-hit Borat, THE SHEIK & I is a breathtaking display of filmmaking chutzpah.

 

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE FEATURES COMPETITION:

THE BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST / USA (Director:  Ryan O’Nan)

A failing singer-songwriter (Ryan O’Nan) decides to hit the road with a self-appointed music revolutionary and rediscovers his love for life and music. This inspired musical comedy also stars Andrew McCarthy (St. Elmo’s Fire) and features pitch-perfect cameos by Wilmer Valderrama (TV’s That 70’s Show), Jason Ritter (TV’s Parenthood), Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore), and Melissa Leo (The Fighter).

 

DEAD DAD / USA (Director: Ken J. Adachi) WORLD PREMIERE

In the highly accomplished feature debut of FSU graduate Ken Adachi (Picture Day, FFF 2010), three estranged siblings reunite for their Dad’s funeral and end up leaving with way more than they bargained for: his remains.

 

DOG YEARS / USA (Directors: Warren Sroka and Brent Willis) WORLD PREMIERE

An emotionally withdrawn Japanese-American is working in Japan and struggling with the unwanted  arrival of his needy American half-brother. Skillfully shot and boasting terrific performances, the film is at once haiku poetry and psychological monograph.

 

DREAMWORLD / USA (Director: Ryan Darst) EAST COAST PREMIERE

In this refreshing romantic comedy, an animator finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery. A talented cast led by Whit Hertford and Mary Kate Wiles gives the script just the right balance of dreaminess and weight.

 

KID-THING / USA (Director: David Zellner) EAST COAST PREMIERE

The Florida Film Festival has been home to many of the Zellner Brothers’ uniquely bizarre short films and screened their acclaimed feature Goliath in 2008. KID-THING is a haunting fable that will surprise even their most die-hard fans. A troubled ten-year-old girl (Sydney Aguirre) with a part-time demolition derby driver and goat farmer father (Nathan Zellner) hears the distress call of a woman coming from an abandoned well and takes matters into her own immature hands.

 

MAGIC VALLEY / USA (Director: Jaffe Zinn) SOUTHEAST PREMIERE

A high school student in the small town of Buhl, Idaho, returns home early one brisk October morning bearing the burden of a terrible secret.  Meanwhile, members of the community go about their day completely unaware of how their lives are about to be changed forever.  A strong and powerful cast of actors (led by veteran Scott Glenn, The Silence of the Lambs) reveals this haunting story.

 

MAMITAS / USA (Director: Nicholas Ozeki) FLORIDA PREMIERE

A coming-of-age romance rooted in Los Angeles Mexican-American community, MAMITAS introduces two wonderful young actors, EJ Bonilla and Veronica Diaz-Carranza, and first-time feature filmmaker and Independent Spirit Award nominee Nicholas Ozeki.

 

AN ORDINARY FAMILY / USA (Director: Mike Akel) SOUTHEAST PREMIERE

A funny, bittersweet family reunion at a lake cabin centers around two brothers in conflict.  Director Mike Akel (Chalk, FFF 2006 Special Jury Award winner) has created a world where love, faith, and reason are brought together with such gentleness that it still seems possible to believe that America is a nation of tolerance and forgiveness.

 

SEE GIRL RUN / USA (Director: Nate Meyer) FLORIDA PREMIERE

Nate Meyer (FFF 2007 Special Jury Award winner, Pretty in the Face) returns to the Florida Film Festival with a different style of love story starring Robin Tunney (TV’s The Mentalist, The Craft), Josh Hamilton (The Bourne Identity), and Adam Scott (TV’s Parks and Recreation, Step Brothers.)

 

THINK OF ME / USA (Director: Bryan Wizemann) SOUTHEAST PREMIERE

THINK OF ME tells the gripping story of Angela (Lauren Ambrose, HBO’s Six Feet Under and Best Actress Independent Spirit Award nominee), a jobless single mother doing her best not to fall apart. This disturbing drama, co-starring Dylan Baker (Happiness) and Penelope Ann Miller (The Artist), raises important questions about the claims of parenthood, privilege, and the complicated and powerful ethics of familial love.

 

About the Florida Film Festival:

The Florida Film Festival is the premier showcase in Central Florida for American independent and international film. Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the Festival debuted in 1992 and is a core program of ENZIAN, a nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1985. ENZIAN and the Florida Film Festival have served more than 1.5 million guests and hosted hundreds of notable celebrities including Paul Newman, Christopher Walken, Oliver Stone, Glenn Close, John Waters, Emma Stone, Campbell Scott, James Caan, Ed Burns, Jason Lee, Gena Rowlands, William H. Macy, Jon Voight, and Edward James Olmos. The Festival is funded in part by national and local businesses including Primary Sponsor Full Sail University and receives support from United Arts of Central Florida and the State of Florida, Department of the State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, National Endowment for the Arts, and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, this project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.

 

For additional information:

www.floridafilmfestival.com

www.facebook.com/floridafilmfestival

Twitter:  @FloridaFilmFest

 

About Enzian:

Enzian is Central Florida’s only full-time, not-for-profit cinema for first-run independent and international films, classic revivals, documentary features, and select family entertainment. Enzian, a member-supported organization serving the community for 27 years, is home to the internationally recognized Florida Film Festival and the Eden Bar.

 

For additional information:

On-line:  Enzian.org

Phone:  (407) 629-1088

Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/EnzianTheater

Twitter:  @EnzianTheater

 

About Full Sail University:

Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs by Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed Magazine. In 2011, Full Sail received the “21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award” from the United States Distance Learning Association, was named the “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by Studentadvisor.com.

Full Sail offers on-campus and online Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree programs in areas related to animation, art business, education, graphic design, film, marketing, web development, music, recording arts, sports, and video games.  Full Sail graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Spike Video Game Award nominated and winning projects.
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Submissions for the 2012 Global Peace Film Festival Now Open!

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The Global Peace Film Festival is now accepting entries for the 2012 festival, to be held Sept. 18 – 23, 2012.

The Global Peace Film Festival (GPFF) was established to utilize the power of the motion picture to further the goal of peace on earth. With a mission to expand the definition of peace beyond anti-war, ideology, activism or specific causes, the GPFF films and events suggest a more personal message as reflected in the daily lives of individuals and communities the world over.

The GPFF presents films from around the world and global discussions that highlight the power of this extraordinary medium as it relates to new peace issues. The 2012 GPFF marks the 10th anniversary of the Orlando, Florida-based Festival.

GPFF prefers online entries submitted via Withoutabox.com, which provides cost-saving, paperless submission to film festivals around the world. Withoutabox’s internet-only submission platform features online applications via one master entry form, online fee payments, press kits, and the option to use Secure Online Screeners, an economical, eco-friendly, and secure alternative to traditional hard-copy DVD submissions.

Fill out one master entry form and take advantage of quick entry, extended deadlines, and powerful submission management tools. There’s no extra cost to you, and by submitting, you’ll join Withoutabox’s global filmmaker community and stay in the loop about international exhibition opportunities.

www.peacefilmfest.org

LIKE the Global Peace Film Festival on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeaceFilmFest

Will SMASH Flop or Live Up to the Hype? Watch the Pilot Episode NOW and YOU Decide!

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SERIES PREMIERE FEBRUARY 6th  — MONDAYS 10/9C on NBC

Due to the already positive buzz surrounding the show Smash, NBC is offering early viewings of the pilot on several different platforms.

We have been watching the promos for Smash for weeks now and just discovered that starting today the pilot is available via on-line streaming at www.nbc.com and www.hulu.com.  You may also download it for a limited time for FREE on sites such as Amazon on Demand and iTunes.

For those of you who are not familiar with the show, Smash is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire — to be a “Smash.”

The series centers on a desire to create a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe — written by the successful songwriting duo of Tom (Tony Award nominee Christian Borle, “Legally Blonde: The Musical”) and Julia (Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, Will & Grace).

Julia recently began the process of adopting a child with her husband of many years, but her focus is torn when she has the opportunity to write another Broadway hit. A rivalry soon forms for the lead role between a youthful, inexperienced Midwestern beauty (Katharine McPhee, American Idol) — who is trying to find fame in the big city against all odds — and stage veteran (Megan Hilty, 9 to 5: The Musical), who’s determined to leave the chorus line and finally get her big break. A tenacious producer Eileen (Oscar winner, Anjelica Huston, Prizzi’s Honor) discovers the “Marilyn” project and jumps on board with a brilliant director (Jack Davenport, Pirates of the Caribbean films) — whose talent is matched by his cunning and egocentric amorality.

The series stemmed from an idea of executive producer and multiple Emmy and Oscar winner Steven Spielberg (ER, Schindler’s List). The pilot was written by acclaimed playwright/screenwriter Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius, NYPD Blue). Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Oscar-winning Chicago, Hairspray) and Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (United States of Tara, The Borgias) will also serve as executive producers. Original songs are written by Tony and Grammy Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can), who also serve as executive producers. Smash is a production of Universal Media Studios in association with DreamWorks. The pilot was directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot).

Watch it here: http://www.nbc.com/smash/video/special-full-length-preview-episode-1/1380656

Check it out and feel free to post your comments below …