Monday, October 18, 2010
Park Slope films is now in pre-production for our next film; a new short comedy inspired by an episode of the classic television series The Twilight Zone. There are several roles we're still casting for. Please submit headshots and resumes for any of the roles below by emailing them to: @ email@example.com
THE WILSON'S KELLY & CLAUDE -Older couple, Kelly, a mid forties/fifties black woman, about 5’ tall and always speaks her mind. Can also be a big troublemaker, starting rumors and believing what ever she hears from idiots like Charlie and Bobby. She doesn’t like Charlie or Bobby but sometimes jumps on board just to push people. Kelly is also overly happy all the time but can change to overly suspicious in a minute. She is very much in love with her husband of 23 years Claude. Claude is a tall black man. Early 50’s. Claude is extremely put off by most of the block, is also very much in love with his wife and very protective of her. Claude would rather keep his distance from everyone on the block but Kelly likes to keep up with the gossip and is always in the middle of everything. They have lived on the block a long time, almost as long as Pete. Good luck trying to win an argument when both are around.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
TICKETS ARE ON SALE FOR "APOSTLES OF PARK SLOPE" screening this weekend at The Astoria/LIC Film Festival on Saturday Oct 23rd @ 12pm. Screening at The Secret Theater 44-02 23rd Street #104 in long Island City.
Get your tickets now, go to- http://www.astorialicff.com/view.php?id=26
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
All screenings at The Knitting Factory 361 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211 # 347-529-6696
For more info on the screening, tickets and the festival go to-http://www.royalflushfestival.com/rff/2010/film
TICKETS ARE ALSO ON SALE FOR "APOSTLES OF PARK SLOPE" next screening at The Astoria/LIC Film Festival on Saturday Oct 23rd @ 12pm. Screening at The Secret Theater 44-02 23rd Street #104 in long Island City.
For more info on the screening, tickets and the festival go to- http://www.astorialicff.com/view.php?id=26
For tickets and more info- http://www.royalflushfestival.com/rff/index.php
Saturday, September 25, 2010
"Apostles of Park Slope" is a Official Selection the 2010 Silk City Flick Fest in Hartford, Connecticut from October 7 - 10, 2010. Apostles has also been nominated at the festival and will be screening on Saturday October 9 2010 at 7:30 in the Young Studios, 942 Main Street Hartford, CT 06103.
If you will be in the area that weekend come check out the film.
For tickets and more info go to- http://www.silkcityflickfest.com/schedule.cfm
Friday, September 24, 2010
The Astoria/LIC on Saturday October 23, 12pm in The Secret Theater 44-02 23rd Street #104 . The festival runs from October 22-24, 2010 in Queens, New York.
For tickets and more info go to- http://www.astorialicff.com/tickets
Saturday, September 18, 2010
"Apostles of Park Slope" was a winner receiving The Outstanding Feature Award at The Atlantic City International Film & Music Festival 2010. This is the films second straight award, winning in July at the Manhattan Film Festival and know Atlantic City.
Apostles next screening is...........
At The Astoria/LIC on Saturday October 23, 12pm in The Secret Theater 44-02 23rd Street #104 . The festival runs from October 22-24, 2010 in Queens, New York.
For tickets go to- http://www.astorialicff.com/tickets
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Tickets are on sale now for The Atlantic City International Film and Music Festival 2010 "Apostles of Park Slope" screening on Thursday September 9 in Palace Theater located within the Claridge Tower at Bally's Hotel and Casino @ 7:20pm.
Bally's Address- Park Place and the Boardwalk 1900 Pacific Ave Atlantic City, N.J.
Following that the next screening for "Apostles of Park Slope" is in The New York NewFilmmakers Summer Series on Wednesday September 15, 2010 @ 8pm in the prestigious Anthology Film Archives: 32 2nd Avenue @ 2nd Street New York N.Y.
Tickets can only be purchased at the box office the night of the screening starting @ 5:30PM.For more info, go to- http://www.newfilmmakers.com/
Tickets are also on sale for The Astoria/LIC from October 22-24, 2010 in Queens, New York. "Apostles of Park Slope" is screening on Saturday October 23, 12pm in The Secret Theater 44-02 23rd Street #104 .
For tickets go to- http://www.astorialicff.com/tickets
Sunday, August 15, 2010
The Manhattan Film Festival is a small festival in a large city, New York City. It's a modest event with some ambitious films. Without corporate sponsors, it screens low-budget films, yet low-budget films that can rock your socks! Such as Apostles of Park Slope.
The film's narrative is straightforward. A man that is too young loses his not-that-old mother. The neighborhood gang of guys rallies around their distraught buddy. He's taking it real hard. They organize a get-together at a local Italian restaurant for food but mostly drink. The local priest shows up, but he's in his own holy world. Slowly, as the night progresses, the mourner begins to come around.
The message of Apostles of Park Slope is simple: religion is not the key to making it through the hard times of life, although it might not hurt, in fact it might help, yet the real life savers are your friends. Yes, even if those friends are 12 foul-mouthed Brooklyn destroyers-of-the-English-language knuckle-headed Micks, Wops, and Polacks.
"During the film I want the audience to feel they are right there and a part of the dinner," blurts director Jason Cusato in rapid-fire machine gun nasal. After a short gasp for air: "When walking out of the theater I want them to feel the bond of friendship is the most important thing in life -- Hey, Tony! How yuz doin?"
Based upon real events and real characters, Apostles of Park Slope is heart-wrenching, inspiring, funny and solemn. There is a relentless stream of surface conflict -- Brooklyn being the premier culture of conflict -- with crude putdowns and vulgar comebacks. Yet, wrapped inside this maniacal circus of flaming words, where in-your-face is the norm, are genuine feelings and steadfast loyalty. Yes, this is a guy's film.
"Yet, if you come across as real," Cusato insists, his mouth barely moving as words rip through his nose, "there is no girl/guy film. It doesn't exist if the film is viewed as real."
The strength of Apostles of Park Slope is it does come across as real. Not as in "reality" television, and not because audiences suspended their mechanisms of disbelief to believe what they are viewing is real. No, this real comes from the gut. From a meshing of what is on the screen with the audiences personal experiences and what they have learned about life -- or at least about Brooklyn, which is certainly not always the same as life.
The characters are distinct and believable, not Hollywood urban cut-outs, and the acting is strong, with most of the cast and crew from and/or residing in Brooklyn. Their speech is not prettified; the words are blowtorched through the nostrils with a vengeance. The setting is authentic, a restaurant on 3rd and Union in Park Slope. The film is about a particular place, not some "New York" shot in Toronto by people living in California speaking in a Mid-Western voice making it all palpable in Bombay, India. This is Brooklyn. And if you don't like Brooklyn, then go eat your popcorn at a mall multiplex with the rest of the sissies.
And the Q&A after the screening was also Brooklyn. Hands shot up as questions were screamed at the director and 12 actors on the stage. Jokes ripped through the audience; soon the Q&A had a parallel riot in the audience. The good guys with trash mouths were not only in the film. The women's hair resembled huge botanical gardens, bouncing up and down as they hurled verbal questions at the stage or at people sitting around them. It really didn't matter. The men had a particular fondness for scratching themselves and when speaking naming that part of their anatomy. If you censored their cuss words, they couldn't say anything.
This was not Cannes, where the men have slap-fests and the women lose their passports. And the after party at the 420 Amsterdam Bar and Lounge had not even begun. No doubt, this movie was going to run very long into the night. And it would probably take a month for my normal speech patterns to return.
There are film festivals that would not screen Apostles of Park Slope because it cuts too close to a reality that makes audiences feel uncomfortable -- well, at least that's what the festival honchos believe. Yet, what drives skyrocketing numbers of filmgoers to events like the Manhattan Film Festival are authentic films, independent films that sharply convey a reality of a particular place at a definite time, of a certain group of people. This film is not another anyplace at anytime meant to achieve the widest possible audience, which is often the most dumbed down and bored possible audience. Apostles of Park Slope zeros in on one chunk of reality, yet a reality with a universal message.At the end of the film, the local priest who was relentlessly attempting to rebuild his dwindling congregation by getting the gang to attend mass, finally gets the message. Although friends are not higher than God, in this world friends are as important. It's a simple yet immensely important message. One for all of us, even for those who don't live in Brooklyn.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
“Apostles of Park Slope” has been accepted into the Atlantic City International Film and Music Festival from September 8th - 12th 2010. "Apostles" is screening on Sept 9, 2010 7:20 PM @ Claridge Theater.Tickets are on sale now, go to http://www.acifmf.com/
“Apostles of Park Slope” has also been accepted into the Astoria/LIC Film Festival from October 22-24, 2010. "Apostles" is screening on Oct. 23, 2010 12PM @ The Secret Theater 44-02 23rd Street #104 Long Island City. Tickets are not on sale yet, more details to follow. http://www.astorialicff.com/home
SUBWAY: 7 to 45th Rd/Courthouse or E,V & G to 23rd St/Ely. Close to N,W & R Trains at Queensboro Plaza
BOX OFFICE: 718 392 0722
And don't forget Sept. 15 @ 8PM NewFilmmakers Summer Series Screening @ Anthology Film Archives 32 Second Avenue (at 2nd St.) New York, NY. Tickets can only be purchased at the box office the night of the screening starting @ 5:30PM. http://www.newfilmmakers.com/
F train to 2nd Avenue or #6 to Bleecker St.
Monday, July 26, 2010
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Saturday, July 10, 2010
“Apostles of Park Slope” screening at the Red Carpet Opening Night of The Manhattan Film Festival on Wednesday July, 21st 2010, 7:45pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York.
Tickets have already gone on sale, admission is $10, $12 at the theater the night of.
For more info on the festival go to www.manhattanfilmfestival.org
Also screening in the Manhattan Film Festival
"The Confession" on Thursday July 22nd @ 12:30pm
"Sunday Dinner" on Saturday July 24th @12:30pm
All films are screening in the same theater: Peter Norton Symphony Space 2537 Broadway at 95th Street
Thursday, June 10, 2010
"Apostles of Park Slope" has been selected to be part of NewFilmmakers summer series and will be screening at the Anthology Film Archive: 32 2nd Avenue and 2nd street on Wednesday September 15,2010 @ 8pm. For tickets and more info please go to: http://newfilmmakers.com/regularseries/sum2010.php
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Apostles of Park Slope will be screening on Thursday June 3rd at 8pm in The St. George Theater. The St. George Theater is located at 35 Hyatt St. Staten Island, N.Y.
Sunday Dinner will be screening on Friday June 4th at 10pm in The College of Staten Island's Lecture Hall in the Family Matters Film Block.
The College of Staten Island's Lecture Hall is located at 2800 Victory Blvd. Staten Island, N.Y.
On Saturday June 5th both films will be screening,
Sunday Dinner will be screening at 1pm in The College of Staten Island's Lecture Hall in the Family Matters Film Block. The College of Staten Island's Lecture Hall is located at 2800 Victory Blvd. Staten Island, N.Y. and
Apostles of Park Slope will be screening at 6pm in The College of Staten Island's Recital Hall.
For tickets and theater location go to- http://www.sifilmfestival.org/index.html
LONG ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM EXPO
Apostles of Park Slope will be screening on July 8th at 7pm at Bellmore Movies
For tickets and theater location go to- http://liifilmexpo.org/
MANHATTAN FILM FESTIVAL
Apostles of Park Slope will be opening the festival on Wednesday, July 21 at 7pm at The Symphony Space Theater, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York.
The Confession is playing in the Dramatic Shorts program on
Thursday, July 22 at 12:30pm at The Symphony Space Theater, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York.
Sunday Dinner is playing in the Brooklyn Shorts program on
Saturday, July 24 at 12:30pm at The Symphony Space Theater, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York.
For tickets and theater location go to-http://www.manhattanfilmfestival.org/Index.htm
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Staten Island Film Festival tickets TicketWeb.com
Manhattan Film Festival tickets http://www.manhattanfilmfestival.org
Long Island International Film Expo tickets www.longislandfilm.com
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Chris LaPanta, one of the stars of Apostles of Park Slope is in the Daily News......Check it out
Friday, May 14, 2010
Apostles of Park Slope & Sunday Dinner have both been accepted into the New York City International Film Festival from August 12th-19th. We don't have screening times and dates yet but we will let you know as soon as we know more. For info on the festival go to www.NYCIFF.com
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Apostles of Park Slope has been accepted into The Long Island International Film Expo and will be screening on Thursday, July 8, 2010 @ 7pm. More details to follow.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Manhattan Film Festival Announces ‘Apostles of Park Slope’ Will Headline First Round of 2010 Official Selections
NEW YORK, May 1, 2010 — Manhattan Film Festival (http://www.manhattanfilmfestival.org) has just unveiled their first round of official selections. The festival, formerly known as Independent Features, announced today 10 features and 48 short films headlined by Jason Cusato’s “Apostles of Park Slope.” The event will be hosted July 21-25 on the Upper West Side and out of the 58 films revealed today, 24 feature the work of New York filmmakers and 11 are international selections.
Cusato, who leads a list of 9 Brooklyn filmmakers, said, “The Manhattan Film Festival is a unique festival that goes above and beyond to make each filmmaker and their work feel special. We are excited and honored to be part of this year’s festival, especially opening night.” Cusato’s film “When Broomsticks Were King” was the first film the festival ever screened. Founder Philip J. Nelson said, “I believe Jason is the next great filmmaker to come out of New York and it’s only fitting he opens our first year as the Manhattan Film Festival.”
In January the festival legally became the Manhattan Film Festival. In one short year they have grown over 729% and are on track to become the largest independent film festival in New York City. While those facts are alone staggering, what is more impressive is they accomplished this without the benefit of a corporate sponsor. Their rise was not easy.
After hitting a brick wall in 2008 their chances to make it were slim to none. After a partner failed to perform they were left with an economic nightmare. Nelson had no way to support his family and his situation was dire. While cleaning out his office he noticed a content partnership agreement he was given. He thought of it as the only opportunity he had to get himself out of the mess that he was in. He started a vlog and 50 million views later he credits that partnership for saving his life. Little by little he started digging himself out of a seemingly insurmountable hole and their vision of creating a film festival that would level the playing field for independent filmmakers was still alive.
A year later, at a fundraiser for the “Apostles of Park Slope,” Nelson saw how Cusato brought his community together and was reminded of the true independent spirit. The festival has since reached out to local businesses to bring special screenings and festival events such as after-parties into the community. “Our goal is to bring local businesses added clientele, give attendees a unique festival experience, while creating a product equal to or greater than Hollywood on a shoestring budget,” said festival co-founder Jose Ruiz Jr. For more details or a list of official selections, please visit http://www.manhattanfilmfestival.org.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Films on Fifth 2010
Twenty Indie Films in ten days along Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn
Also our friends at Feenix Films will also be screening their new feature Lock, Load, Love.
Sunday, May 2 Timboos- 477 5th Ave & 11th street @ 7pm- When Broomsticks Were King, The Confession & Sunday Dinner
Tuesday, May 4 Aunt Suzies- 247 5th Avenue- @ 6 & 9 pm-When Broomsticks Were King, The Confession & Sunday Dinner
Thursday, May 6 Black Horse Tavern- 568 5th Ave @ 7pm Lock, Load, Love &
Timboos- 477 5th Ave & 11th street @ 8pm York Street
Here is a list of some of the other films that will be screening.
Arusi Persian Wedding *** Half Nelson *** King Corn *** Lock, Load, Love *** Mardi Gras (Made In China) *** Misconceptions *** New World Order *** P Star Rising *** Reel Works (4 Compilations of short films)*** Sparrow *** Sugar (in Spanish)
For more info on films that are screening, screening dates, times & locations please go to- www.parkslopefifthavenuebid.com/filmsonfifth
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Check out "Apostles of Park Slope" in last weeks Daily News.- http://anthonydevito.com/FilmFestival_4_20_10.jpg
Also"Apostles of Park Slope"will be headlining the Manhattan Film Festival starting July 21-25. The schedule for the festival is on the website and tickets for all screenings are on sale now. Here is a list of our films that are screening.
Apostles is the opening night film, Wednesday July 21 @ 7pm,
The Confession is playing in the Dramatic Shorts program on Thursday, July 22 @ 12:30
Sunday Dinner is playing in the Brooklyn Shorts program on Saturday, July 24 @ 12:30
For tickets and schedule go to
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Join us at the 2010 Staten Island Film Festival on June 2-6th.
Screening dates to be announced. Go to http://www.sifilmfestival.org/index.htm
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Monday, April 5, 2010
Breaking News: AoPS will headlining the Manhattan Film Festival! The MFF runs from July 21 - 25, and Apostles will be the first film to screen on opening night, complete with a red carpet even and a Q&A session after the film with director Jason Cusato and several of the film's actors. Save the date!
For moe info go to: www.manhattanfilmfestival.org
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