Wednesday, May 21, 2014

TvFILM Guy does Dylan!

Here is a promo that was produced for the first season of TvFILM way back in 2008!  It's so good we had to dust it off for one more go-round!  Special thanks to Mike Melita for providing a Bob Dylan inspired, TvFILM tune!


PS - Ignore the date at the end of this promo -- TvFILM returns Monday, June 16th at 7:30pm!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

TvFILM Class of 2014!

Okay, enough suspense, without further ado, here are the filmmakers and films for the new season of TvFILM.  It all starts on our new date and time, Monday, June 16th at 7:30pm only on WMHT!  

Monday, June 16th at 7:30pm
“Corrugated” - Stephen Blauweiss
This film is about visual artist Wayne Montecalvo's unique work with cardboard.  He is a multi-disciplinary artist whose wide-ranging works include mixed media, printmaking, paintings, sculpture, video and collaborative street performance.

“They Will Be Here Tomorrow” - Lawrence White
Is it possible for nature to counter-attack mankind?  Filmmaker Lawrence White brings us a poem about humanity’s assault on Mother Nature.

“Demons” - Loki Rasmussen
This short film and animation video was created to express the difference between who people are perceived to be and who we actually are and feel. At the end, there is a coming to terms with the people we are, inside and out.

“Still” - Nicholas Colbert
This short film depicts a troubled young man's journey home.  It is told in short, disconnected chapters to allow the audience space to invent their own origins for the main character.

 June 23rd at 7:30pm
“First Name: Jogger, Last Name John” - Kaleigh Griffin
This is a true story of a successful man who falls into drugs and picks his life back up as a homeless man.  One day, he rides a bike from NYC to Woodstock, NY, and found the town to be so welcoming, he never left.

“DNA Spoofing” - Heather Dewey-Hagborg
In this project, we anticipate the possibility of genetic surveillance in the post-apocalyptic present. As humans, we are constantly shedding genetic material in public space. It is becoming increasingly common to use those traces for surveillance and reconstruction.  In this spirit, our work offers some DIY techniques for counteracting genetic surveillance.

June 30th at 7:30pm
“Killer” - Kristin Holodak
Sometimes waiting for the bus can be the most dangerous part of your day.  Filmmaker Kristin Holodak brings a who-dunnit murder mystery to the corner bus stop.

“The Girl In The Storm” - Tim Appleman
This is a short in the style of classic American film noir. The piece is a two-character drama concerning a drifter and a young woman who, by coincidence, met up when seeking shelter in an abandoned cottage during a severe storm and flood. 

July 7th at 7:30pm
“The Damned McMarters” - Jim and Steve Powers
The two patriarchs of feuding families meet in Hells Kitchen, 1923.

“D22: Day of Eviction” - Bhawin Suchak
On December 22nd the Occupy Albany encampment at Academy Park was forcibly removed by The City of Albany. This short documentary follows the day’s events as they unfolded.

July 14th at 7:30pm
“Plans” - Aaron Peck
This short film tells the story of a son longing for his father and a father trying to juggle it all. Even the best-laid plans can go wrong.

“Blog Zombie”- Lawrence White
Zombies do not wander the streets. They haunt the internet. This music video stars actor/comedian John Byner and features an original score by Lawrence White, performed by the infamous Beatniks From Mars.

“Inside The Ring” - Imani Peterkin and Darian Henry
This Youth FX short documentary tells the story of Albany's city youth boxing program through the sights and sounds of the gym, the words of longtime coach Jerrick Jones and the aspiring young boxers.

July 21st at 7:30pm
“Extraterrestrials” - Molly Durnin and Mike Feurstein
This music video featuring Molly Durnin follows a group of kids on a Gooney reminiscent adventure as they follow a mysterious map, while guided by glowing crystals.

“Thanks For Looking: Behind the Art of Welldunn” - John Glenn and Gregory Maxwell Dunn
Meet Albany's own street artist, Welldunn.  He is conflicted by his love of building and loathing of covering up old history as he restores old abandoned buildings in Albany and finds ways to preserve their history in his own unique and artistic way.

Monday, May 5, 2014

*Producer's Note.

 TvFILM is a lot like Austin City Limits.  Ok, I’m not trying to be presumptuous by comparing us to the very definition of live music on television.  What I mean is that week after week, year after year, ACL brings us music- new music, classic music, music you’ve never heard, all kinds of music. Maybe you like the music, maybe you don’t, but the point is you tune-in to listen and watch.

This is our goal with TvFILM.  We strive to bring you all sorts of independent film from our community.  Maybe you’ll love it, maybe not, but by bringing you the art (locally made short films) and the artists, maybe, just maybe we can expand the reach (success) of our own independent film community. At some point someone has to stand up and say I want films (movies) that don’t need a corresponding Happy Meal.  Yes, this is a dig on Hollywood.

That is where TvFILM comes in.  So, please enjoy our upcoming season premiering this June!

Brandon B.
Producer/Host --- aspiring indie-filmmaker

PS – this is not a mission statement.