VISIONFEST – June 23-27, 2010

VISIONFEST to kick off 10th anniversary edition with the East Coast premiere of Ron Brown’s CONSENT; Larry Brand’s CHRISTINA and 5×5 NY Digital Project will close fest.

A provocative little indie with a huge heart, five ‘world premiere’ digital shorts executive produced by festival organizers, and an intimate period drama, set during the latter part of WWII, bookend five evenings of exclusive, premiere screenings at NYC’s Tribeca Cinemas.

Stephen Lang from Christina


New York City, (May 12, 2010) – VISIONFEST 10: The Other Festival (VFX), which runs June 23-27, 2010, at Tribeca Cinemas (corner of Varick and Laight streets in New York City), is proud to announce the complete line-up for its 2010 Independent Vision Showcase.  The list of ‘official selections’, which exceeds 40 titles from all over the United States, includes narrative features, documentaries, shorts, and experimental & animated films.

This year, VISIONFEST will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an opening night “disco themed” party to be held at the Tribeca Lounge (adjacent to the Tribeca Cinemas) featuring 70’s specialty group, Disco Unlimited, and a “closing night” celebration that will mark the return of VF’s own filmmaking initiative, the 5×5 NEW YORK STATE OF MIND DIGITAL PROJECT, a special ‘world premiere’ event unveiling 5 digital shorts (each running approx. 5 minutes) created by VF alumni: Nyle Cavazos GarciaAlexandra RoxoJustin SullivanAri Taub, and Elizabeth Van Meter.  

This year’s Opening Night Selection kicks off with CONSENT, by Ron Farrar Brown, making its East Coast debut at VF10.  The film, which examines a “wealthy Manhattan family’s inability to cope with the suicide of their eldest daughter,” is a powerful drama, which pinches many tense nerves as it intimately portrays its central characters becoming entangled in a “downward spiral of drugs, alcohol, and sexual taboos that threatens to destroy them.”  VF co-director, Bruno Derlin, described the film as a “riveting tale that explores the dynamics of this particular family with uncompromising honesty and courage,” adding that: “it must have been a very challenging project for its writer-director, Ron Brown, who cast his own son,Peter Vack, and his daughter, Betsey Brown, in a tale that juggles homosexuality, adultery, and incest.”  Completing the family circle in the realization of this film, are producer Jane Brown,  who is also the director’s spouse, and many relatives and friends who contributed their own time and resources to the production of CONSENT, which also features a star-making performance by Troian Bellissario.

Official Closing Night Selection is Larry Brand’s CHRISTINA, making its NYC debut.  Already a winner of several awards at numerous film festivals, the film features three great performances by Nicki Aycox (DARK BLUE), Jordan Belfi(ENTOURAGE), and Stephen Lang (AVATAR and the upcoming CONAN).  VF co-founder, Mark Doyle, called the film “one of the best looking projects I’ve seen this year utilizing the popular RED ONE camera for image acquisition and possibly director Larry Brand’s most intimate work to date.”   Screening with CHRISTINA, is a short subject film originating from Florida State University, Stephen Bell’s THE QUARTERING ACT, an FSU Thesis project, also shot with the RED ONE camera and set during the same time period, which marks the first time a student film has ever been featured in a special “closing night” program at VF. 

In celebration of last year’s Feature Screenwriting Competition’s award winner, Nyle Cavazos Garcia, (who is also one of this year’s 5×5 filmmakers), a staged reading of his 1st place winning script, TAG, will be held on June 26, 2010, with exact time and venue to be announced later this month on the film festival’s Web site.  Nyle will also be directing the reading, which is currently in the early process of casting.  Exact line-up, show times, and ticket info will be available starting Monday, May 17, 2010, on the film festival’s Web site at: www.visionfest.com and tickets may be purchased in advance via the box office of Tribeca Cinemas or online, on the film festival’s Web site.

For additional details and/or to request Press Accreditation, please contact Ed West at press@visionfest.com   or visit: www.visionfest.com  

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