Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TvFILM Season SEVEN Films and Filmmakers!

The new season of TvFILM premieres Sunday, June 21st at 11pm.  TvFILM will also repeat the following Tuesday at 7:30pm!  Here's to another entertaining season!

Sunday, June 21st at 11pm
“The Break”  Kaarlo Luntta
A story about backstabbing, betrayal, and bowling. A man obsessed with bowling, and clueless to the rest of his life, has his game sabotaged by the people he thinks he knows and loves.
“Dark Legacy”  Daniel Sparling
A young boy is lured into an abandoned barn by a dark spirit intent on eating him.  When the trap is sprung the spirit finds the boy to be more than a challenge.

“A Dangerous Question”  Zaoli Zhong 
 This video is based on the concept: the part of a part. Ms. Zhong chose a real story of a friend who went back to Syria and died in Homs on May 28th, 2012. The video is about conversations, memories and questions with her friend.

Sunday, June 28th at 11pm
“Ghost Tours”  Kristin Holodak
Sarah is torn between what she needs to do and what she loves to do. Only when she opens her eyes to the world around her can she make her choice.

“Plea For The Tree”  Lawrence White
A different perspective of a cherished holiday symbol.

“XXXO”  Patrick Stephenson
Shot in the lush woods of the Adirondacks and a massive old marble quarry in Vermont, "XXXO" tells the story of a Space Cowboy intercepting a transmission of love while traveling through a lonely galaxy. Scored by, and starring, the Brooklyn based glam-rock band, Smile Swamp Princess.

Sunday, July 5th at 11pm
“Life in Fort Eden”  Caitlin Stedman
 Five-year-old Eden wants to visit her Dad. She can't understand why her Mom is reluctant to take her to the Army Fort where they were last together as a family. Not wanting to disappoint Eden, her Mom relents. The two pack a picnic and go see Eden's father, not at the fort where he was a soldier, but at the blanket fort Eden builds for him above his grave.

“Wire Life”  Daniel Sparling
This stop-motion short film is about a junk yard that gets a spark of life and that life has a mind of its own.

“Mama’s Boy”  Darian Henry and Majestic Tillman
A son has to consider desperate measures to help save his mother from a terminal illness, but what is the cost of his decisions?

Sunday, July 12th at 11pm
“Breakfast of Champions”  David Bunce
A finalist in the regional championships of the Scripps Spelling Bee prepares for his big moment. Dad is a proud father and a firm believer that hard work and preparation are the keys to success. This is the story of a boy with a big day and the attempts of his dad to prepare him for the test of his life."

“Spooner”  Jon Russell Cring and Sara Jecko
A musician has a very revealing day with her boyfriend and learns to trust herself and her own talent.

Sunday, July 19th at 11pm
“The Baby Monitor”  Zach and Frank Appio
A mom and baby are home alone.  Despite the baby monitor, mom does not hear the sound coming from the child's closet. When she finally investigates, we gain a shockingly new perspective.

“We Are Walking on the Same Great Road”  Zaoli Zhong
This is a short video dance that compared the lives of two generations in China. It’s based on Zaoli’s grandfather’s diary in a particular political context in 1960s and her experience of living in 21st century. 

Sunday, July at 26th 11pm
“Persephone”  Laurent Rejto
Estranged parents (Melissa Leo and Gilles Malkine) move heaven and hell to control their teen daughter Persephone (Lindsay Andretta) but she has dreams and aspirations of her own.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Thank you to all the film and media makers who submitted their work for consideration for the new season of TvFILM premiering this June.  Also, thank you to everyone who helped to get the word out for our latest call for entries.  We received many fantastic short films, which is great, but this makes the job for our selection panel even harder.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice problem to have.  We promise to pack as much upstate-indie film into our new season as we can.   
Stay tuned for more as we journey to our June premiere!
Thanks again, to everyone you submitted, supports and continues to watch! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

TvFILM's TOP Five Reasons to Submit Your Film!

1.     You can tell your mom, you’re on TV.  Beats YouTube, right?

2.     Inspire others!

3.     Public TV is to television, what Apple is to computers. (cough) Cool Kids!

4.     Talk about your film.  TvFILM interviews the filmmakers before their film is shown.

5.     We will pay you!  TvFILM pays filmmakers for the right to broadcast their film.   

Friday, February 20, 2015

Happy Birthday Sam.

Sam Peckinpah, iconic filmmaker, may not be a natural fit for TvFILM.  He made Hollywood films his whole career, and the films he made were very divisive- some hate them and some love them.  His filmography ranges from the genre re-defining, “The Wild Bunch,” to the car chase staple, “The Getaway,” to his old west character study,“Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” to his vastly underrated, “The Osterman Weekend.”  Unfortunately, he passed away in 1984, but his legacy lives on. 

My first exposure to Sam was watching the documentary, “Hollywood Mavericks.”  The film tells how many of our beloved American filmmaking auteurs such as John Ford, Orson Welles and Martin Scorsese made films, their way, in Hollywood.  It included archived footage of Sam Peckinpah being interviewed on television, I think sometime in sixties.  Sam sat the on stage wearing silver-mirrored aviator sunglasses, a pencil thin moustache, smoking a cigarette.  He mumbled his answers, barely answering the question that was presented to him.  The fourteen-year-old version of me was not particularly struck by him, considering I had not seen any of his films yet.  It was when Paul Schrader, writer of “Taxi Driver,” (which at that time just blew my mind) started to talk about Peckinpah’s films.  Schrader explained that many of Peckinpah’s protagonists are usually not good men.  Peckinpah did not sugar coat who these men were, but even in showing their true nature-killers, gangsters, rapists, he felt they could still do good.  This is apparent in his masterpiece, “The Wild Bunch.”  The film tells the story of a group of aging gun fighters facing the twilight of the western frontier.  They do whatever it takes to survive, including letting a rogue Mexican General torture one of their own.  In the end they choose one last stand to help their man in the face of the General and his many armed men.  Cue bloodshed.  As a filmmaker he is most known for how he used violence in his films, most notably the use of slow motion while depicting violence.  This is most evident in the climax of “The Wild Bunch.”
Sam told stories from material that other filmmakers of his time would deem as nothing more than Saturday morning serials.  He used standard film genres like the western or war film to explore themes concerning change, masculinity, violence, technology, and morality, just to name a few.  In this sense, I think he is very much in step with TvFILM’s independent spirit.  It is well documented how much Peckinpah butted heads with Hollywood studio bosses.  I have no doubt that if he lived longer he would have made independent films.   

Sam Peckinpah would have been 90 years old on Saturday, February 21.  I’ll admit-I’m a fan.  I recently purchased a limited release, Blu-Ray copy of his 1974 film, “Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia.”  Do I like all his films?  No, and learning about his real-life problems with alcohol and drugs is very sad.  It’s his spirit of creating something so personal on such a broad stage that resonates with me most and pushes me to do the same.  I recommend you check out some of his films or even re-watch some of your Peckinpah favorites.

PS – The TvFILM Call for Entries is still open – you can still submit.  Pleas