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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Filmmaker Mina Chow about her film "Face of Nation, What happened to the Worlds Fair?"

Mina Chow is interdisciplinary faculty, a licensed architect and filmmaker who teaches 1st year building science studio and professional practice at USC. She has taught 1st and 2nd year design studio, architectural history and theory and served as Faculty Coordinator for Executive Education. She is principal of LA design/multi-media and production firm mc² SPACES, which has completed several international design and multi-media projects.

Mina is interested in expanding the awareness of architecture and design by bringing compelling and passionate stories about the built environment to film and multi-media. Her awards include production grants from the Graham Foundation in Chicago, the California Architectural Foundation, the USC Architectural Guild, the USC US-China Institute and the USC Ambassador's Fund. She has directed/produced films for the National Chapter and local chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the University of Southern California. In 2014, she directed the USC School of Architecture's "100 Years of Architecture" documentary. In 2012, she was on the award-winning U.S. Pavilion team "Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good" at the Venice Architecture Biennale. She also created BRAVE NEW WORLD, a pilot about innovative architecture in the city of Los Angeles. In 2011, she created BRAVE NEW WORLD: Architectural Icons of Los Angeles, a broadcast pilot about innovative architecture for the Mayor’s office in the city of Los Angeles.

Mina has worked for several innovative architecture firms including Eisenman Architects, and TsAO + McKOWN Architects in NYC. At UC Berkeley, she won the Peerless Award for Architectural Design, and was on the winning team for the Amerika Gedenkbibliothek International Library Design Competition. At Harvard University, she co-taught a graduate seminar with Diane Lewis and researched architectural theory with K. Michael Hays. She has collaborated on several design-media projects with the late Doug Michels of Ant Farm.


I had a chance to chat with her about her film "Face of Nation, What Happened to the World's Fair?"  which is receiving tremendous publicity.


Daughter of immigrants, an idealistic architect struggles to keep her dream alive as she journeys to discover why America abandoned World's Fairs.

For generations of Americans, World’s Fairs captured visions of hope for the future as part of their collective memory. Mina Chow became fascinated with World’s Fairs when she saw pictures of her parents at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Beginning with their stories, Mina shares this legacy and the American values that inspired her to become an architect.

She is excited to go to the 1st World's Fair in China. With over 73 million visitors, the Shanghai World Expo breaks all attendance records for any event in human history. But what she discovers there not only destroys her confidence as an American architect; it is symptomatic of a country that has lost its way. Mina is discouraged but she begins a search for answers.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Filmmaker Stefan Beaumont from Red Vault Productions

Red Vault Productions is an environmentally conscious cutting-edge digital media house with the mission to affect change through crafted visual storytelling. Our full-service production company works closely with inspired individuals from the conceptual design to finalized vision of each film and story. We believe great films are designed to inspire, inform and motivate change across genres and generations.  For more information please visit redvaultproductions.com

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Filmmaker Miguel Duran about his film Monsoon.

Synopsis of Monsoon entails a broken relationship.  In the hot desert monsoon season of Arizona, best friends John and Sarah have trouble letting go of each other after a tragedy rips them apart.  For more information please visit http://www.monsoon-film.com

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Brimstone at the Long Beach International Film Festival

Brimstone has had a successful and rewarding career spanning well over three decades; participating in numerous entertainment fields boasting a list of titles including professional wrestler, radio host, actor, voice actor, author, musician, philanthropist, food critic, horror model, and comic book/animated/children’s book/video game hero. He’s been called a Renaissance man by many, but more accurately described as an entertainment entrepreneur.

As a child actor, he made appearances on iconic pop culture shows such as Sesame Street and Romper Room. He later became best known for his career in professional wrestling where he has made countless appearances worldwide for the leaders in sports entertainment and throughout the Independents. Brimstone has had a long history appearing in various films, television programming, short films, documentaries, video game voice acting, and cameos in music videos. Notable nationally televised appearances include WWF Superstars, MTV?s TRL, and The Ricki Lake Show as well as countless appearances on local affiliates including NBC, CBS, ABC and The CW. He’s been featured in documentaries including Wrestling Then & Now and Standing in the Stars: The Peter Mayhew Story as well as music videos like, Touch & Go by rapper Joe Budden, Dawn Monroe’s Get it Poppin, Bethany Davis' Lose Control and multiple videos by Frank Lucas, Jr. (Street Star and Let’s Go). Video game voice-over credits include, Seduce Me 2: The Demon War, and Brimstone’s own, Wasteland Wars. He played the killer in the 2010 horror film, ‘Killer Hoo-Ha!’ as well as roles in independent films like, Bloodline, The Roadhouse and many more.

As the co-founder, President, and CEO of Hound Comics, Inc.(Hound Entertainment Group), Brimstone and his team of creators launched his comic book series, Brimstone and The Borderhounds on October 31, 2010 at Borders Books and as of January 11, 2011 went nation and worldwide via Barnes & Noble, B.Dalton, BN.com, and Amazon. The Borderhounds brand has since then expanded with a variety of Brimstone branded products including (but not limited to) the “Border-Pups” children's book series, coloring books, video games, plush toys, and the Animated Series. Furthermore, under the leadership of Brimstone, Hound Entertainment has also expanded tremendously and aggressively over the years with the addition of publishing over forty different creator-owned projects between the brands Hound Comics, Hound Publishing, Co-Exist Publishing, and Hound Kids. The most recent of his endeavors has been becoming the host of The Grindhouse Radio, a pop culture talk-based podcast that is currently syndicated on ten networks worldwide with a listenership of a few million weekly.

Brimstone is involved in licensing and partnerships with Eastsport Backpacks for Brimstone branded merchandise sold on WalMart.com and featured on The Big Bang Theory; Troll Lord Games for Brimstone RPG's, CaJohn’s Fiery Foods (Brimstone line of multi-award winning gourmet sauces and seasonings), The Jerky Connection (Brimstone Jerky), Demeter Fragrances (Cologne/Perfume), 3 Coconut Monkey (Vinyl/Plush Toys), Algocrunch (Brimstone video game apps), Dragon Song Forge (Brimstone Swords), Nifty Candy, Serenity Custom Drums, and ButterWinks Cookies among countless others. Brimstone is also endorsed by Worldwide Feather Tribe, INOX Jewelry, Fathom Clothing, Rel3ntless Clothing, Bulky Boy Brand Clothing, Life Snapback Hats, Monster Energy, Yelp, CoKreeate, Yogibo, and Club Fit 24/7. Brimstone is also a celebrity brand ambassador for Loot Crate and Jerrick Media’s "Romper Zombie" brand. He has been featured in Wall Street Journal Best Selling books The Bra Book and Worth Every Penny as well as internationally recognized magazines including Maxim.

Brimstone also stars as the host of Food Hound: Tidbits which is a web-based celebrity food show filmed while on tour making appearances at pop culture conventions around the country including events such as Wizard World, Stan Lee's Comikaze, and New York Comic Con. As a result of the show restaurants around the United States have added Brimstone-themed products to their existing menus including The Brimstone spiked milkshake at My Burger Bar in Buffalo, Dust from Hell Wings at Even Flow Bar & Grill and The Brimstone Pizza at Mulberry Street Restaurant on Long Island, The Brimstone Philly Grindhouse Burger at The Baroness Bar in LI City, and a variety of Brimstone-related dishes around the country.

On top of his grueling schedule, he selflessly acts as a celebrity spokesperson for the Stan Lee Foundation, Jaime Isaacs Foundation, and RADD (Rockers Actors and Athletes against Driving Drunk) and aspires to be cast as a contestant on the Celebrity Apprentice to raise money and awareness for his chosen charity. In 2015, he partnered with the Empire Saber Guild (a Lucasfilm recognized Star Wars costumed charity performance group) to create an exclusive trading card for St. Mary’s portraying Brimstone as a Sith Lord for charity. An avid philanthropist at heart, Brimstone subjected himself to be roasted for charity in 2010 and has been featured on NBC's Cause Celeb twice concerning his efforts. Furthermore, he works directly with Build-A-Bear Workshop, whom is a sponsor of his international children’s initiative.

Brim claims that the cherry on top of his successes is the signature drink “The Brimstone Red” created for him by the Jack Daniel’s Distillery, the use of Brimstone related product on The Big Bang Theory - season 7 & 8, recognition of his philanthropy on MSNBC, being drafted as a Special Forces Commander for the Zombie Survival Crew alongside Michael Rooker & Norman Reedus, and the spotlight on himself and Hound via the legendary Stan Lee’s official website. Other notable accomplishments include a 2008 Award from the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and a 2014 Rule Breaker Award for Best Manufacturer with revenue under $1M for Hound Comics, Inc.

Brimstone’s Official Website: http://www.entrancetohell.com

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Founder Craig Weintraub at the Long Beach Film Festival

Not only is Craig Weintraub the founder of the Long Beach International Film Festival he is also a filmmaker as well.


Craig Weintraub was born on September 22, 1981 in Long Island, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Eddie Monroe (2006), Uncle Melvin's Apartment (2013) and Baby Grand.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the 7th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival

The Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF) celebrated its 7th anniversary with an action-packed line up of independent and studio films from around the globe. The scheduled event took place from August 1 - 4 on Long Island, the Festival screened an international slate of over 50 films, including feature-length narrative, documentary, short and animated that competed for a series of Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards.

During its four day run, the Festival featured an array of nightly special events, including red carpet premieres, gala celebrations, filmmaker receptions, compelling filmmaker Q & As, international spotlights, industry seminars and musical performances. The Festival hosted numerous opportunities to connect with enthusiastic new audiences, fellow filmmakers, film industry professionals, non-profit organizations and the media in the beautiful oceanside locale of Long Beach, New York. The LBIFF is committed to providing an outstanding experience for both their filmmakers and their audiences.

Special Programs planned for 2018 LBIFF included the following: Shorts On The Beach Film Series, Taste On The Beach, Chef's & Shorts Culinary Dinner. The Long Beach International Film Festival exhibited films of Action Sports, Environmental, Art and Family.

Below are the LBIFF 2018 Jury Award Winners:

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Best Picture: Rockaway

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Best Director: John J. Budion, ROCKAWAY

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Best Documentary: The Push

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🔸Shorts:

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Animation: The Velvet Underground Played at My High School

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Comedy: The Love

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Documentary: Once Around is Never Enough

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Drama: Don't Be a Hero

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Foreign: Bohemia

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CONGRATS!

“Rockaway” was written and directed by John J. Budion about his experiences growing up in East Rockaway. On the left side of the graphic were stars Maxwell Apple (young John), being carried, and, from left, James DiGiacomo (Dom), Tanner Flood (Brian), Colin Critchley (Sal), Keidrich Sellati (Anthony) and Harrison Wittmeyer (Billy). On the right, from left, were Executive Producer Billy Glynn, Anthony Budion, Dominic Carre, John J. Budion, Sal Corso and Brian Gallagher.

The City of Long Beach serves as host to the Festival's film screenings and special events. Located just 25 miles east of Manhattan and 20 minutes from JFK Airport, LBIFF offers an optimal setting to experience filmmaking at its finest. Long Beach boasts one of the largest movie consumer groups in the world with a rich filmmaking history right here on Long Island. Thousands of visitors every year are drawn to the City's spectacular coastline, fine dining, shopping, and endless recreational activities.


For more information please visit http://www.longbeachfilm.com


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NY Premiere of Love and Everything in Between at the Socially Relevant Film Festival At the Cinema Village Theater in Manhattan

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Actor, Producer and Screenwriter 

Michael Dougherty

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Actors Gary and Katherine Andreassen

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Producer Ned Dougherty

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Actress and 

Internet Star Mikaela Happas

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Actor and Producer Michael Dougherty Poses for Photo-ops with Actress  Margot Steinberg and Actor Rick Zahn

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for photo-op at the after party for the film "Love and Everything In Between" with Producer Ned Dougherty, Patricia Parenti and Actress Katherine Andreassen

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at  the Socially Relevant Film Festival At the Cinema Village Theater in Manhattan

This past weekend on St. Patrick's Day the independent film, "Love and Everything in Between" premiered at the Socially Relevant Film Festival at the Cinema Village Theater in Manhattan. Brilliantly written produced and acted by Michael Dougherty the film has gone on a journey throughout the country premiering at festivals and theaters for seven months after being shown last summer at the Southampton Cinema.

The mission of S.R.F.F. is to shine the spotlight on filmmakers who tell compelling, socially relevant, human interest stories across a broad range of social issues. In this regard, the film festival is recognizing Michael Dougherty's screenplay and compelling film which addresses the issue of sexual assault awareness, 

particularly among the millennial generation.

The synopisis of the film starts with the opening scene at a black-tie gathering at the Southampton Arts Center. MICHAEL, 50, a Hamptons architect and recent widower, is trying to give life a second chance. He is captivated by LEAH, 45, an attractive divorcee. Michael and Leah are both seeking a second chance at love. 

What could possibly go wrong?

Michael and Leah go back to his home where they find Michael’s only daughter overdosed and unconscious on the bathroom floor. ABBY, 17, is pretty, privileged, innocent, naive, and risk-prone. She is rushed to the Southampton Hospital where she survives her near-death experience.

Leah arrives home from the hospital to be greeted by her son, MATT, 21. Matt is good-looking and athletic, blonde-haired, blue-eyed, alpha male, yet sensitive. He is a recent college graduate, who otherwise spends his time, surfing, partying, and seducing women. Matt reminisces over the love and security he lost with his parents' divorce, and longs for that love himself, but in the meantime, during his last wild summer in the Hamptons, 

he is experiencing 'everything in between'.

Leah and Matt are invited to dinner at Michael's home, where Matt meets Abby. Despite Michael's tirade directed at the millennial generation, the dinner date proves to be a success. Michael and Leah's relationship continues to blossom while Matt and Abby connect and share an obviously mutual attraction. The dinner concludes with Matt quietly inviting Abby to share several day trips to Montauk.

At Matt's graduation and birthday party at his home during July 4th weekend, Matt and Abby are seen falling in love. Matt’s party is a major success with the Southampton Preppie crowd, as the champagne flows during

 the high energy dancing and partying.

Matt is newly-acquainted with CHRISTIAN, 21, dark-haired, WASP, privileged, with an arrogance polished in elite prep schools. Matt, Abby, and Christian head down to the ocean to join a group at a bonfire party. As the 4th of July fireworks explode over the ocean, in the darkness of the dunes, a violent sexual assault takes place.

Both Matt and Christian are arrested, but the District Attorney initially pursues charges only against Christian, pressuring Matt to turn against Christian to make their case, but Matt's attorney advises him not to get involved and deny that he was even there. Michael wants Matt to rot in prison for leaving Abby alone and unescorted on the beach where the assault takes place. He refuses to allow Abby to contact or connect with Matt. Leah is destroyed, and knows her son’s future may be forever tainted and she also believes that she has lost her second chance at true love.

As the events twist and turn, Matt believes he has the fortitude to rule his own destiny, while Abby struggles to survive the loss of her mother, the near-fatal drug overdose, and the incident on the beach. Will love turn out to be the outcome? Or will love be destroyed by unforeseen events yet to come? What unravels is

 'Love & Everything in Between.'

This is Michael Dougherty's first produced film.

Michael Dougherty was born on April 7, 1991 in Southampton, NY. He grew up in the Hamptons and began acting at a young age appearing in school plays at Our Lady of the Hamptons. He recalls: "After being cast as Bobby Darin in fifth grade and singing the hit "Mack the Knife" before a crowded auditorium of 500 people, I knew this was my passion that I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing, when I heard a deafening applause!" Michael studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City, The Art of Acting - Stella Adler Conservatory in Los Angeles, and The Ivana Chubbuck Studio, also in Los Angeles. In addition to a variety of film and television roles, he has a vast amount of diverse stage credits in L.A. theatres. Michael divides his time between New York and LA.

The film has already started winning awards. "BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD"... went to "LOVE & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN" at the World Premiere at Culver City Film Festival on December 9th in Los Angeles. Special recognition went to D.P Jon Carr and his crew, including Drone Cinematographer Andrew LePre.

WORLDFEST HOUSTON has announced that Michael Dougherty's Romance/Thriller "LOVE & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN" has been nominated as a finalist for the prestigious REMI AWARDS to be held at the conclusion of WORLDFEST HOUSTON (April 20-29, 2018). "LOVE & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN" will screen on Friday April 27th at 5:00pm at The Memorial City Mall Cinemark 16 Theatres, 310 Memorial Way, Houston, TX. 77024.

Worldfest Houston is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious independent film festival in the world, celebrating its 51st year. As a nominee and first-time filmmaker, Michael Dougherty will be joining the ranks of previous Remi Award Nominees who were discovered at Worldfest where they received their first awards, including Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas, Oliver Stone, Ang Lee, John Lee Hancock, Randal Kleiser, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, Robert Townsend, the Coen Brothers, Spike Lee, and David Lynch. More info: https://worldfest.org/

SR Socially Relevant(TM) Film Festival New York aims at be the catalyst in helping production move towards broader Socially Relevant content in films through:

Showcasing filmmakers and helping them develop new films that address socially relevant topics in an entertaining manner designed to reach a wider audience.

Fostering industry professionals and taste makers to effect change by showing that SR films can be entertaining, funny, enlightening, uplifting, appealing and when made well even commercially viable.

Identifying socially relevant content and reaching new audiences by using online social media and

 other marketing strategies.

Assisting sales and distribution companies in selecting socially relevant content and distributing it.

Establishing international partnerships (with film festivals, film commissions, industry partners) in order to support a currently underserved style of motion pictures in the marketplace.

For more information please visit http://www.ratedsrfilms.org and for more information about the film "Love and Everything in Between"

please visit https://hamptonfilmworks.com

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Filmmakers and Horror Stars From Around The Globe Attend The 6th Annual Macabre Faire Film Festival


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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Director Alison Hall and Executive Producer Frank Brullo from The Film Walk With The Devil – 16min

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Director: Lindsay Serrano and the cast of Beneath – 10min

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane Interviews Director: Shiva Rodriguez from Coming Home, Director,  Director: Pete Jacelone from Chad’s Dental Nightmare – 61min and Director  Director: Andrew Merto from Red Sweat – 24min

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews  Director: Jill Poisson and the cast of 

A Room In Cairo – 9min

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews French Filmmaker and Director Kevin Mendiboure from the Film The Follower – 79min, Founder Elsie Ginsberg and Horror Entertainer Queen Lilith at the 6th Annual Macabre Faire Film Festival

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Festival Director and Founder Elsie Ginsberg at  The 6Th Annual Macabre Faire Film Festival

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The 6th Annual  Macabre Faire Film Festival

International Filmmakers and Horror Stars from around the globe attended The 6th Annual Macabre Faire Film Festival.


For starters the word "Macabre" is pronounced: Ma-Cob.


The "re" is hardly ever heard. What does it mean?


Although it is an adjective meaning: disturbing and horrifying because of involvement with or depiction of death and injury, the festival usually approaches the Macabre Faire Film Festival with a lighter touch in the sense that, not all of the films screened have been a gore fest. Of course, there isn't anything wrong with adding some gore to your film but, when when the horror audience hears the word "Macabre" they remember those hauntingly fascinating films that starred legendary greats such as: Vincent Price & Peter Cushing. Or those fantastic Gothic horrors like those from "Hammer" films. These names in themselves represent what "macabre" means to the founders of Macabre Faire Festival.


The Festival's description of the word "Macabre" DOES NOT mean they only accept HORROR films but instead that they welcome those films that can tap into our fears through what you don't see or hear. Films that fall in the "Dark Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller and Dark Comedy" can also touch upon some elements of fear/horror and so they embrace those as well. Of course, let's not forget those fantasy films or comedies with their horror twists. Truth be told that those exist too and yes, they welcome them. How could they not? Would you have turned down something like "The Evil Dead's: Army of Darkness" which is both a fantasy, a comedy and a horror wrapped into a tight burrito? Yes, well they wouldn't either. So folks, this is what many of the films selected for the Macabre Faire Film Festival offer.


About the only thing they may have to say "No Thanks" to would be a romantic comedy/drama... unless, there's a monster under the bed during love making or other dark element ingredient that can take the viewer to the other side would they then consider. All submitted films are pre-screened by select judges to ensure the films have followed guidelines and are an overall fit for the festival. Then the films are passed on to another set of judges consisting of filmmakers, film critics and or seasoned actors to identify the Official Selections. Once these selections have been identified there is an additional judging process in collaboration with the original pre-screening judges to identify the different category nominees.


I was happy to attend and interviewed many of the filmmakers and horror stars below:


16 MINS– 16min – Director: Stephane Verzi / NJ / In a Post Apocalyptic world, two lovers race against time and the elements to secure enough penicillin to save a life.


A Peculiar Thud – 13min – Director: Ross Morin / CT / Billy wakes up in the middle of the night to find a man at his door who wants to come in – and he won’t take no for an answer.


A Room In Cairo – 9min – Director: Jill Poisson / RI / Early morning in Egyptian Hostel a CIA Operative must decide what to do with the man she lays next to.


Beneath – 10min – Director: Lindsay Serrano / Queens / After a naughty video is uploaded online, a girl plots revenge against her deceptive boyfriend.


Chad’s Dental Nightmare – 61min – Director: Pete Jacelone / A group of teenagers become involved with a mad dentist and doctor who invade their dreams, prey on their fears, murder them and steal their teeth! By the way this was one of my favorites!


Coming Home – 16min – Director: Shiva Rodriguez / An angry teenager commits a series of horrific murders, unaware that he is being tracked by a family who takes a special interest in serial killers.

Gnaw – 99min - Director: Haylar Garcia


Hablar Con Los Muertos (Talk To The Dead ) – 97min – Director: Jerry Landi / Bronx / For generations, Andy's family has had the gift of talking and communicating with ones who have passed over. A non-believer, Andy finds himself in a mystery, and only the dead can help.


Lunch Time – 15min – Director: Alireza Ghasemi / Iran / A 16-year-old girl deals with the responsibility and harsh bureaucracy of having to identify the body of her mother.


Red Sweat – 24min – Director: Andrew Merto / Brooklyn / A underground fighter falls in love with a call girl who must escapes the clutches of sadistic crime lord. Not knowing who he can trust, he must fight for his and her life in hopes of escaping the consequences of his actions.


The Devil’s Cut – 14min – Director: Phil Kral / A film maker is hired to edit together a cursed film.

The Follower – 79min – Director: Kevin Mendiboure / Young Youtuber David Baker is invited by Carol, a lonely woman, to investigate supernatural occurrences in her home. But it takes a turn as he slowly uncovers that things aren't what they seem. Another favorite of mine, French Director Kevin Mendiboure loves American Films and actors so all you actors out there in the good old USA submit your reels and resume!


The Lurking Man – 90min – Maritza Brikisak (Writer) 'Cailean' started drinking very young in an effort to forget a childhood trauma. She became a functioning alcoholic. Had a happy family and life until one day an accident in the playground took her control away. Her drinking is now destroying her and her family. Her attempts to recovery continue to fail, the last one sends her to the ER and is now on her deathbed. Death has been watching her all her life and now sees this as an opportunity, breaking the rules he takes her soul before she dies hoping that by exposing the forces that manipulated and consumed her soul will concede her to accept his offer.


Unto Death – 8min – Director: Jamie Hooper / UK / Unto Death is a Gothic horror drama about a priest struggling with his faith after something seemingly impossible happens to his partner. It explores religion versus love, and how much faith people have when it conflicts with something they know to be true.


​The Snowman’s Hat – 3min – Director: Jeff Draheim / “The Snowman's Hat” is a stop motion short film about the lengths a Snowman will take to retrieve his beloved top-hat.


​The Sin Reapers Halloween - 9min – Director Matthew Forte / NY / Halloween time is here and Jared Scrimm and Pandora Crane are ready to bring up their own tricks and treats. The Sin Reapers help the soul of a young woman who was murdered on a Halloween night by the Babyface Killer.


The Candle – 9min – Director: Rene Ashton / CA / Ryder makes a wish for all of her dreams to come true, but she didn't realize it included her nightmares.


​The Ningyo – 27min – Director: Miguel Ortego / CA / A Faustian tale about losing oneself in the process of achieving our goals. Episode One: Professor Marlowe finds a piece of a map pointing to the place where the Ningyo, a mythical Japanese creature, could be found. The legend claims whomever consumes its flesh will attain remarkable longevity. He presents the project to his peers, who mock and dismiss him as a fraud. He decides to risk everything and go after the Ningyo on his own in hopes to bring to light what could be one of the greatest contributions to science. What he could not anticipate is that, in his search, he is confronted with a choice that puts the very foundations of his morality to the test.


Walk With The Devil – 16min – Director: Alison Hall / MASS / In a world where the Devil plans your fall, an abused young sex slave must choose between kidnapping an innocent girl for her pimp or suffer the deadly consequences of her disobedience. 


Winners to be announced Soon!


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IT WAS THE SILVER ANNIVERSARY AS THE HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 25 YEARS




MOVIE STAR LEGEND JULIE ANDREWS RECEIVES THE

 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR DAVID NUGENT AT THE 25TH HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AT THE OPENING NIGHT PARTY AT THE MAIDSTONE CLUB IN EAST HAMPTON


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS DIRECTOR ALISON CHERNICK AND MAJOR GIULIANI AT THE 25TH HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS DIRECTOR TONY ZIERRA ABOUT HIS FILM "FILMWORKER" AT 

THE 25TH HAMPTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Directors Codie & Chike From the Film "THE FIRST TO DO IT"


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane attends the New York Premiere of the film LBJ directed by Rob Reiner at The 25th Hamptons International Film Festival


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane has cocktails with Celebrity Photographer Rob Rich at the Daniel Crown & The Red Crown Team for Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres to celebrate the 25th Hamptons International Film Festival. The event took place at The Palm - East Hampton, 94 East Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937 from 6pm-7:30pm on Sunday, October 8, 2017


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP ON OPENING NIGHT AT THE 25TH HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Hamptonites, celebrities and media attended the silver anniversary of the 25th Hamptons International Film Festival.

Below is a list of notable films that I had the pleasure of interviewing the directors and filmmakers:


FILMWORKER

World Cinema | documentary feature | 95 min

At the age of 27, actor Leon Vitali met Stanley Kubrick during the filming of BARRY LYNDON. Despite having his own respected acting career, Vitali’s fascination with Kubrick led him to throw it aw…

Directed by Tony Zierra


THE FIRST TO DO IT

World Cinema | documentary feature | 88 min

WORLD PREMIERE

In 1950, three years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball, Earl Lloyd stepped onto an NBA basketball court and changed the game forever. During Lloyd’s 22-year NB…

Directed by Coodie & Chike


FRANKIE KEEPS TALKING

Shorts Program | narrative short | 7 min

NEW YORK PREMIERE

Will someone please tell Frankie to shut up?

Directed by Annabelle Attanasio


ITZHAK

Opening, Closing, Centerpiece | documentary feature | 82 min

WORLD PREMIERE

OPENING NIGHT FILM

Alison Chernick’s documentary ITZHAK examines the life and music of Itzhak Perlman, widely considered one of the world’s greatest living violinists. Exploring the wa…

Directed by Alison Chernick


KILLER BEES

Views From Long Island | documentary feature | 82 min

WORLD PREMIERE

KILLER BEES spotlights the famed Bridgehampton basketball team as they prepare to defend their state championship title. Following the young men on and off the court, filmmakers Benjamin and Orson C…

Directed by Benjamin Cummings, Orson Cummings


NIGHT

Shorts Program | narrative short | 10 min

The carefree dynamic between four friends suddenly shifts following an unpleasant encounter with a nightclub bouncer.

Directed by Joosje Duk


NIGHT CALL

Shorts Program | narrative short | 18 min

WORLD PREMIERE

A newly promoted police officer is forced to make a life-altering decision when she encounters a familiar face on a routine patrol.

Directed by Amanda Renee Knox


WAITING FOR HASSANA

Shorts Program | documentary short | 11 min

NEW YORK PREMIERE

The personal account of one girl's harrowing escape from the imprisonment of Boko Haram.

Directed by Ifunanya Maduka


THE YELLOW BIRDS

Spotlight | narrative feature | 94 min

EAST COAST PREMIERE

In the midst of the Iraq War, Bartle (Alden Ehrenreich, soon to be Han Solo in an upcoming STAR WARS film) and Murph (Tye Sheridan), two young soldiers fresh out of training camp, find themselves wo…

Directed by Alexandre Moors


The 25th Hamptons International Film Festival announced their award winners at a ceremony on Monday October 9th in East Hampton.


UNDER THE TREE, directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson won the Award for Best Narrative Feature. LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE, directed by Gustavo Salmerón, received the Award for Best Documentary Feature, sponsored by ID Films. DEKALB ELEMENTARY, directed by Reed Van Dyk, and EDITH+EDDIE, directed by Laura Checkoway, received the Award for Best Narrative Short Film and for Best Documentary Short Film, respectively.

COMMODITY CITY, directed by Jessica Kingdon, received an Honorable Mention for Documentary Short Film.

The Tangerine Entertainment Juice Fund Award was awarded to NOVITIATE, directed by Maggie Betts. This award honors an outstanding female narrative filmmaker.


WANDERLAND, directed by Josh Klausner, was awarded the Suffolk County Next Exposure Grant. This program supports the completion of high quality, original, director-driven, low-budget independent films from both emerging and established filmmakers who have completed 50% of principal photography within Suffolk County. The film was awarded a $3,000 grant.


HONDROS, directed by Greg Campbell, was awarded the 2017 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution, sponsored by HighTower Sports and Entertainment.


THE LAST PIG, directed by Allison Argo, was awarded the Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award. This award is presented to a film that raises public awareness about contemporary social issues, including the moral and ethical treatment and the rights of animals as well as environmental protection.


I AM EVIDENCE was presented with the Victor Rabinowitz & Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice. The award was presented to directors Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir & producer Mariska Hargitay on Sunday, October 8th. The annual award is handed to a film that exemplifies the values of peace, equality, global justice and civil liberties, and is named after iconic civil rights lawyer Victor Rabinowitz and his wife Joanne Grant, an author, filmmaker and journalist. The award, which is accompanied by a cash prize of $1,500, is named in honor of two people who spent their entire lives fighting for those values.


As previously announced Julie Andrews was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, Patrick Stewart was presented with Variety’s Creative Impact in Acting Award and Dick Cavett was honored with the inaugural “The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award” at the festival.


This year’s Narrative Jury was compromised of Eric Kohn, chief film critic and a deputy editor for Indiewire and chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle; actor Harris Yulin, who has starred in films including WANDERLAND (HIFF25), TRAINING DAY, SCARFACE, and television series Ozark and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; and producer Daniela Taplin Lundberg, who recently launched Stay Gold Features and has produced over 25 features, including PATTI CAKE$, BEASTS OF NO NATION, HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS and THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT. The Documentary Jury included Oscar®-nominated and Emmy®-winning producer Julie Goldman, founder of Motto Pictures, who has produced films including LIFE, ANIMATED and THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS, and executive produced WEINER and BEST OF ENEMIES; artist and ceramist Toni Ross, the founder of HIFF and the Founding Chair for five years; and director Roger Ross Williams, who is the first African American director to win an Oscar®, and who directed films including LIFE, ANIMATED and MUSIC BY PRUDENCE.


This year the Festival was honored to partner with Variety for the sixth time and the New York Film Critics Circle for the ninth year.


“This year’s lineup offered our audiences an opportunity to enter new cinematic worlds through thought-provoking, entertaining, stories,” said David Nugent, HIFF Artistic Director. “This anniversary year built on 25 years of programming and commitment to bringing the best in cinema from around the world to our audiences on the East end.”


“Our festival would not be possible without the passion and dedication of our brilliant staff and volunteers,” said Anne Chaisson, HIFF Executive Director. “We are so grateful to all the filmmakers and actors who joined us to bring powerful engagement to their stories, and to the donors and sponsors whose support made this 25th Anniversary festival a resounding success.”


HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CONGRATULATES THE 2017 WINNERS:


The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature

UNDER THE TREE, directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature sponsored by ID Films

LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE, directed by Gustavo Salmerón

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Short Film

DEKALB ELEMENTARY, directed by Reed Van Dyk

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Film sponsored by ID Films

EDITH+EDDIE, directed by Laura Checkoway

Honorable Mention for Best Documentary Short Film sponsored by ID Films

COMMODITY CITY, directed by Jessica Kingdon

Tangerine Entertainment Juice Fund Award

NOVITIATE, directed by Maggie Betts

Suffolk County Film Commission Next Exposure Grant

WANDERLAND, directed by Josh Klausner

The 2017 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution

HONDROS, directed by Greg Campbell

The Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” Award: Dedicated to Those Who Suffer in Silence

THE LAST PIG, directed by Allison Argo

Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice

I AM EVIDENCE, Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir & producer Mariska Hargitay

And as previously announced:

Variety's Creative Impact in Acting Award

Patrick Stewart

HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award

Julie Andrews

The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award

Dick Cavett

HIFF Narrative Feature Jury

Eric Kohn, chief film critic and a deputy editor for Indiewire and chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle

Harris Yulin, actor of WANDERLAND (HIFF25), TRAINING DAY, SCARFACE, Ozark and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Daniela Taplin Lundberg, producer of PATTI CAKE$, BEASTS OF NO NATION, HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS and THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

HIFF Documentary Feature Jury

Julie Goldman, founder of Motto Pictures and producer of LIFE, ANIMATED and THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS, and executive producer of WEINER and BEST OF ENEMIES

Toni Ross, artist and ceramist and the founder of HIFF and the Founding Chair for five years

Roger Ross Williams, director of LIFE, ANIMATED and MUSIC BY PRUDENCE.


2017 VARIETY 10 ACTORS T0 WATCH

Hong Chau, INHERENT VICE, DOWNSIZING

Kiersey Clemons, DOPE, THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK, JUSTICE LEAGUE

Daveed Diggs, WONDER, Black-ish, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Ali Fazal, VICTOR & ABDUL, FURIOUS 7, FUKREY, KHAMOSHIYAN

Daniel Kaluuya, GET OUT, BLACK PANTHER, WIDOWS

Barry Keoghan, DUNKIRK, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER

Danielle Macdonald, PATTI CAKE$, LADY BIRD, EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Kumail Nanjiani, THE BIG SICK, Silicon Valley

Grace Van Patten, THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED), TRAMPS, UNDER THE SILVER LAKE


ABOUT THE HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL


The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) is a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization with events, screenings, film workshops, comprehensive summer programs and an annual film festival each October. The Festival is the premiere film event on New York State's east end, and is an intimate showcase of some of the year's best offerings in contemporary cinema from around the world. With cash and in-kind prizes handed out totaling more than $225,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year.


Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. 2017 marked the 7th time in a row that a film in the Festival has become the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars, making HIFF the only Festival on the East Coast with such a distinction. For more information please visit: www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.

Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in award ceremonies, film festivals and red carpet events.


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TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS FILMMAKERS AT THE 6TH ANNUAL

 LONG BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 

Actress and Filmmaker Karola Raimond poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at The 6th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival


Actor Justin S. Kirkland poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the 6th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival


Brooke Moriber, singer/songwriter  poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at The 6th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival


Sponsor David Ungar from korgusa.com poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at The 6th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival


Filmmaker Frank Dalearroyo poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at 6th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival


Rockers Joe DiGiglio and Matt Cusack from City Alley poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at 

The 6th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Performer Performer Benjamin Metzger at The 6th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival


Congratulations to James Hodge on your Weisenberg / Elovich community achievement award presented today at the Long Beach International Film Festival (Official) http://www.longbeachfilm.com/community-achievement-award/ {Photo: Len Marks Photography} — with Harvey Weisenberg, James Hodge, Craig Weintraub, Todd Kaminsky and Jack Schnirman at Long Beach Hotel.


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at The 6th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival - photos by Debra Rothberg

It was a day at the beach as actors, directors and press celebrated the The 6th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF.)


That's right it is the 6th year of film and food in Long Beach, New York. This unique, beachfront film festival celebrated its final night on Friday, August 4 with a star-studded red carpet right on the beach in front of the Allegria Hotel. The red carpet began at 5:00 PM and kicked off the Taste on the Beach portion of the festival, Long Island’s ultimate culinary event. Dozens of directors, renowned filmmakers, television and film stars, iconic athletes, and local artists walked the red carpet on the festival’s final evening. Among the celebrities, highlights included:


Brooke Moriber, singer/songwriter known for acting appearances on Law and Order, A Town’s Revenge, Off-Track Betty and more.

Actress and filmmaker Karola Raimond from the film "The Cuddler."

Actor Justin S. Kirkland and Melanie Melanie Rothman from the film "Dope Crash."

Sponsor David Ungar from korgusa.com

Filmmaker Frank Dalearroyo from the film "Good Business."

Rockers Joe DiGiglio and Matt Cusack from City Alley

Performer Benjamin Metzger



Supporting Politicians:

Edward Mangano, Nassau County Executive

Todd Kaminsky, New York State Senator

Jack Schnirman, City Manager of Long Beach


The Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF) featured an action-packed line up of independent and studio films from around the globe which took place from August 1 - 4 on Long Island. Eighty films were screened including feature-length narrative, documentary, short and animated that were competed for a series of Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards.


During its four day run, the Festival featured an array of nightly special events, including red carpet premieres, gala celebrations, filmmaker receptions, compelling filmmaker Q & As, international spotlights, industry seminars and musical performances. The Festival hosted numerous opportunities to connect with enthusiastic new audiences, fellow filmmakers, film industry professionals, non-profit organizations and the media in the beautiful oceanside locale of Long Beach, New York. The LBIFF is committed to providing an outstanding experience for both our filmmakers and their audiences.


Special Programs planned for 2017 LBIFF included the following: Shorts On The Beach Film Series, Taste On The Beach, Chef's & Shorts Culinary Dinner, Casino Night In Long Beach and Comedy Night In Long Beach. It also be exhibited films of Action Sports, Environmental, Art and Family.

For more information please visit http://www.longbeachfilm.com

Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in red carpet events in Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons.


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