Thursday, July 16, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: No more “local film” on TvFILM!

TvFILM’s new season is jammed-packed with exciting and entertaining independent short films that are the perfect balance to this summer’s gluttony of recycled Happy Meals disguised as movies.  Our new season has 14 shorts films that stand up to anything you’re considering watching this summer, on the big or little screen.  So, from here on out, we’re going to lead off with how engaging these films and filmmakers are and then secondly we’ll mention they are local.  Sorry for the bait and switch, we are still delivering local independent films.  But the real announcement is how excited we are to bring you these films and filmmakers, so that’s going to be the headline! 
TvFILM, Sundays at 11pm with repeats Tuesdays at 7:30pm!

Friday, July 3, 2015

“Calling PBR street gang, this is Almighty. What’s with the t-shirt?”

Yes, I’m a fan of the film, “Apocalypse Now.”  But, that is not why I had a t-shirt of the director, Francis Ford Coppola, holding a gun to his head on the set of the film.  I wore the shirt on episode three as a testament to a filmmaker and film production that were pushed to the limits of their ability, both physically and mentally.  It’s also a very cool t-shirt.  Francis’s wife, Eleanor, produced a great doc on the making of the film, “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse.”  I highly recommend you watch this.   “Apocalypse Now” is not an independent film but there are many lessons any filmmaker can take away from such an incredible artistic endeavor.

Meanwhile, back on planet earth, TvFILM is all new Sundays at 11pm!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

I'm Matt Pinfield

When I was a kid I thought I would be the next George Lucas.  As I matured things changed, I saw “Taxi Driver” and just like that, I thought I would be the next Martin Scorcese.  Then one day in 1995 I saw a film I heard was just at Sundance, “Clerks.”  And just like that, I thought independent film was my in and Kevin Smith was my man.  Well fast forward 20 years and two cheesy horror, sci-fi films and two uncompleted films later and here I am working in television in Albany, New York.  I’m not complaining.  Recently, I was cruising in my new car – see I do have it pretty good.  Anyway, it came with Sirius, you know satellite radio.  Yes, the one with Howard Stern.

One day I heard Matt Pinfield on the 90’s alternative channel, Lithium.  Just in case you do not know who Mr. Pinfield is, he started out as a radio DJ but is best known as a vee-jay on MTV, most notably MTV2’s 120 Minutes.  He brought the best alternative music, yet-to-be discovered to suburbia.  As I listened to Matt on Sirius spew a multitude of music jargon I found myself walking down memory lane.  His knowledge of the past, current and future music scenes is expansive but it’s his obvious love of everything music that draws you in as a listener.
I’m not sure if Mr. Pinfield ever was or considered being a musician.  I always thought of myself as a filmmaker.  But here I am more of a commentator on local independent filmmaking then actual participant.  Now I’m not saying that I’m done trying to make my own “Citizen Kane.”  But listening to Matt made a link in my brain with my experience as host of TvFILM and his curation through the years of music.  While on this same car ride home from work I had a brief, Walter Mitty daydream that I could be as good as Matt in the hosting department but instead of music it would be indie-film. 
So, my goal for TvFILM season seven is to be the Matt Pinfield of local indie-film!  Longshot?  Yup, but tune-in anyway, it’ll be funny.  The PREMEIRE of TvFILM season 7 is Sunday, June 21st at 11pm!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


TvFILM season seven is now WRAPPED!  Three furious days of production and we have our next season in the can, so to speak in this digital age.  What are some highlights?  Well, I think it really started back when we received so many amazing films for our call for entries.  There are so many talented filmmakers, making great films in Upstate New York.  Every year I’m blown away.  It is a privilege for me and everyone at TvFILM to showcase these films and filmmakers each year.
This season we’re going to bring more of the same!  We have some great stop-motion animation, a professional dancer turned filmmaker, a musical adventure in space, creatures in the dark and hatred for Christmas trees.  And that’s just the tip of the ice burg.  For you to connect all the dots you’ll just have to tune-in.
And for you, who actually read this blog, a teaser.  We, here at Team TvFILM are 99% sure that this October we will have our first, EVER TvFILM Halloween Special! More to come on this very soon. We have an amazing season that is set to premiere on our new night and time – Sunday, June 21st at 11pm with a repeat Tuesday at 7:30pm.
Again, TvFILM season seven premieres Sunday, June 21st at 11pm! 

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, Sara Jecko and Daniel Scot Kadin
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.