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LISTEN to Susan Stackpole's Interview with Director Arlene Bogna(mp3)
YOUnique

The Wrap Examiner

YOUnique - Susan Stackpole's Internet Radio Interview with Director Arlene Bogna, June 9, 2014.
LA Arts Examiner, "17th annual Dance with Films Festival starts this weekend", May 28, 2014
The Wrap, "Dances With Films Announces 2014 Lineup, Distribution for Award Winners", May 2, 2014

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam, A Wild Wild West Steampunk Fantasy, journeys to Dances With Films and Cannes Film Festival

Contact: Nicolette Fontaine, Publicist/Social Media Manager / Tel. 561.302.7782
Email: nicolettefontaine@comcast.net
MEDIA ALERT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam, A Wild Wild West Steampunk Fantasy, journeys to Dances With Films and Cannes Film Festival

A desert traveler embarks on a mystical journey in pursuit of redemption.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 20, 2014) – Vista Point Pictures in association with Jowharah Films announces the U.S. Premiere of an Arlene Bogna Film, The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam, on May 31st, 2014 at the Dances With Films Festival in the Chinese Theater, Hollywood, California. The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam made its debut on May 16th, 2014 at the Cannes Film Festival, Short Film Corner in Cannes, France. Text Box: LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 20, 2014) – Vista Point Pictures in association with Jowharah Films announces the U.S. Premiere of an Arlene Bogna Film, The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam, on May 31st, 2014 at the Dances With Films Festival in the Chinese Theater, Hollywood, California. The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam made its debut on May 16th, 2014 at the Cannes Film Festival, Short Film Corner in Cannes, France.   The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam captivates an audience of young and old alike, transporting you into the Wild Wild West with the inspiring mystical story of a desert traveler, inventor, alchemist and magical elixir salesman in pursuit of redemption. Emerging Filmmaker and Director, Arlene Bogna, had a unique vision for her undeniably daring, artistic and harmonious cast of actors to portray many emotional states of mind without words and to explore the meaning of trust, divine inspiration and the belief of redemption, relying solely on subtext and visuals.

The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam captivates an audience of young and old alike, transporting you into the Wild Wild West with the inspiring mystical story of a desert traveler, inventor, alchemist and magical elixir salesman in pursuit of redemption. Emerging Filmmaker and Director, Arlene Bogna, had a unique vision for her undeniably daring, artistic and harmonious cast of actors to portray many emotional states of mind without words and to explore the meaning of trust, divine inspiration and the belief of redemption, relying solely on subtext and visuals.

Arlene Bogna exclaims, “I literally cannot wait for our U.S. Premiere in Los Angeles; I can feel the excitement and energy already! I know Dances With Films is a very special filmmaker-centric festival, which is why I am so honored to have our film accepted into DWF’s Competitive Selection of festival screenings.”

Dances With Films was the only Los Angeles based festival to reach Moviemaker Magazine’s Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals list on the planet. It is evident, The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam unites with the festival’s mission in seeking films that are compelling and captivating.

The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam pays tribute to Sergio Leone’s “Spaghetti Western” genre through the film’s moments-in-between-moments with the actors and frontier cinematography. The film, shot entirely on location outside of Joshua Tree, California, also is an ode to famous director, Michelangelo Antonioni, with its remote scenery of the desert wilderness reflecting Snake Oil Sam’s inner struggles. The director Bogna says, “Our film crew went on a desert camping adventure, braving all the elements together as a strong tribe, in order to make it all happen!” It features the music of Los Angeles psychedelic rock band, West Indian Girl, from their latest album Shangri-La. The film’s original score is by Acclaimed film composer, Vivek Maddala. The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam stars Zane Byrdy, Gladys Nyoth, Gabriel Voss, Cristina Balmores, and Eva Zeva.

Arlene Bogna brings this film to life by uncovering the influence of snake oil and shamanic medicine that promises transformation and new beginnings, to the pivotal moment in Sam’s stirring realization of redemption, only to be gained through trust and acceptance of himself and his tribe. The story told is a love letter to music subculture and the dance community, depicted with steampunk costuming and Native American jewelry and artifacts. Local designer, Evelyn Hanna from Funky Desert Apparel in Yucca Valley worked on the costume design.

Bogna challenges herself as a film director to tell the story without depending on words and experiments with creating metonymy for her characters in the middle of a desert. She crosses over from being a successful commercial director into narrative, and also breaks the mold of what time period this film is supposed to take place in. She makes her movie feel anachronistic and timeless with imaginative sequences, dreamlike visuals and costumes. She believes in the Hero’s journey as a timeless structure of mythmaking and cinema. Arlene Bogna wants to make her contribution to film in an “Ars Longa, Vita Brevis” way and figure out whether Art imitates life or not.

While soaking up picturesque desert scenery, fantasy characters and frontier-dream images with a hippy like vibe is a story told mostly with no dialogue but only distinct emotional events. Truly a work of art, this Arlene Bogna Film will make your creative imagination soar and open it up to your own interpretation. The themes in the film keep you thinking about big life questions of trust; redemption and what will Snake Oil Sam do next? Hungry for more? The filmmaker purposely did this to bring in the character of Snake Oil Sam as a cameo in her next feature western, Amaryllis Bang! Bang! The director envisions her upcoming film productions to convey sweeping epic vistas, mind-blowing moments, and colorful dynamic shots. Arlene Bogna is ready to take this show on the road, and she already is.

To purchase tickets for the U.S. film premiere at Dances with Films, visit the DWF festival website at http://www.danceswithfilms.com/slt_ballad_snake_oil_sam.html

"Dances With Films is thrilled to present the exciting, exotic, hallucinogenic trip of the Wild Wild West from the highly creative mind of director/writer, Arlene Bogna and Producers, Romell Foster-Owens & Anthony Ferranti Jr., to the Hollywood Industry.  An exciting envisioning of a story untold, this production promises a story that yearns to uncoil.” Dances With Films Fest Co-Founder, Leslee Scallon

The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam is an official selection and nominated for 4 Awards at the 2014 Madrid International Film Festival for: Best Short Film, Best Director of a Short Film, Best Music in Film and Best Costume. It is also an official selection at the cutting edge, global, 2014 New Hope Film Festival in Pennsylvania. Bogna is planning to get international distribution of this film, on cable and digitally. View all film updates at http://www.TheBalladofSnakeOilSam.com Watch the trailer on Vimeo at http://arlenebogna.com/The-Ballad-of-Snake-Oil-Sam

About Arlene Bogna and Vista Point Pictures
Arlene Bogna is an award-winning writer/director with a passion for character-driven storytelling and compelling visuals. Visit her website at http://www.arlenebogna.com Vista Point Pictures is an award-winning production boutique committed to narrative films, visually compelling commercials, new media, promos and viral campaigns. For more information, visit http://www.vistapointpictures.com Jowharah Films is an award-winning production company of which Romell Foster-Owens is President. For more information, visit http://www.jowharahfilms.com The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam is directed by Arlene Bogna and Produced by Romell Foster-Owens and Anthony Ferranti; the Cast stars: Actors, Zane Byrdy, Gladys Nyoth, Gabriel Voss, Cristina Balmores, and Eva Zeva.

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For media inquiries and interview opportunities, Contact:
Nicolette J. Fontaine
Publicist/Social Media Manager
Tel. 561.302.7782
Email: nicolettefontaine@comcast.net

Download a PDF of the Press Release HERE.

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2014 MADRID INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NOMINATES A LOS ANGELES STEAMPUNK FANTASY SHORT FILM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: ROXANNE LANE
(310) 779-5702
RoxHB@aol.com

2014 MADRID INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NOMINATES A LOS ANGELES STEAMPUNK FANTASY SHORT FILM PRODUCTION
THE BALLAD OF SNAKE OIL SAM nominated in four categories

LOS ANGELES, CALIF (April 14, 2014) – The Madrid International Film Festival (Madrid IFF) nominated “The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam,”a short film production of Vista Point Pictures in association with Jowharah Films, for Best Short Film, Best Director of a Short Film, Best Music in Film, and Best Costume. The 3rd edition of the Festival will take place from July 11th to July 19th in Madrid, Spain.

“We are excited by this year’s nomination,” comments Jowharah Films President, Romell Foster-Owens, “which reflects our ongoing commitment to all formats of storytelling. It is our hope to engage audiences across the world through the unique lens of independent short film.”

THE BALLAD OF SNAKE OIL SAMtells of a desert traveler driven by desire and ambition who embarks on a mystical journey in pursuit of redemption.   Directed by Arlene Bogna; produced by Romell Foster-Owens and Anthony Ferranti, “The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam” stars Zane Byrdy, Gladys Nyoth, and Gabriel Voss. 

Filmed at various southern California desert locations including Joshua Tree, California, “The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam” is a soaring panorama of a desert Steampunk fantasy.  Inspired by and featuring the music of West Indian Girl, the film is driven by subtext and visuals. It is a story without words. Utilizing the rugged, other-worldly terrain of the desert as a catalyst, the film drives the narrative and mood through dream like visuals, time and costume.  West Indian Girl band members Robert James & Eva Zeva appear in the film in cameo roles.

Director Arlene Bogna is up for her first nomination for Best Short Film and Best Director of a Short Film at Madrid IFF.   In 2012 Producer Romell Foster-Owens production “The Lift” directed by Lyndon Barrios won Madrid IFF’s Best Short Film and Best Director of a Short Film.  “The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam” makes its debut at Cannes in the prestigious Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival, held May 14-25, 2014 in Cannes, France.

About Madrid International Film Festival (Madrid IFF)
Film Festival International brings together Filmmakers and Industry Professionals from all over the world. Founded in 2004, they host multiple events including The Madrid International Film Festival, The St Tropez International Film Festival and The International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema. The Madrid IFF, an English speaking film festival held in the capital of Spain, is an international film event open to all film genres. The 2014 Madrid IFF’s Short Film Awards Ceremony, hosted by Chelsey Baker will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 19th in Madrid, Spain.

About Vista Point Pictures 
Vista Point Pictures is helmed by Director Arlene Bogna and Writer/Producer Anthony Ferranti, an award-winning team adept in the production of visually compelling commercials, new media, viral campaigns, and narrative films. Vista Point Pictures is committed to the creation of eye-catching visuals with a focus on storytelling.   

About Jowharah Films 
Jowharah Films, founded in 2003, creates high-quality entertainment including feature films, short films and original television programming with a focus on projects written and directed by filmmakers of color and African American descent, and with stories written by and about women. Projects currently in development include: “The Colored Waiting Room”, an action drama based on the book of the same name by Patricia Pope; The Jungle Warriors, a Vietnam War action movie, based on the screenplay adaptation of the book of the same name by Bobby Briscoe.  “Artisans” starting Academy Award winner, Louis Gossett Jr. Written and directed by Satie Gossett. Jowharah Films is a wholly owned subsidiary of Romell Foster-Owens Productions, Inc.

Trailer: http://arlenebogna.com/The-Ballad-of-Snake-Oil-Sam 

Download a PDF of the Press Release HERE.

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CANVAS TO SCREEN IN MOVIE THEATERS

[excerpt from A WINDOW BETWEEN WORLDS Newsflash, Sep 2011]

Now In A Theater Near You: AWBW's PSA!

Thanks to the helpful people at National Cinemedia, our Public Service Announcement is playing on 42” video billboards in all AMC, REG and CNK theaters around the country, about 1,050 movie theaters in all!

Our PSA plays about every 20 minutes in the lobbies near concession stands. If you plan on seeing a movie soon keep an eye out for our video, which will be playing until September 15th. Nearly 5.5 million movie–goers will visit theaters with the PSA during its run. This is a great way to get our message out there in our 20th year!

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“CANVAS” - A PSA for AWBW
Directed by Arlene Bogna

ABOUT ARLENE BOGNA
Arlene Bogna is an award-winning director with a passion for storytelling and has directed over 30 commercial spots and branded entertainment segments for television. “Canvas”, a dramatic narrative shot on 35mm film, won a Platinum Aurora Award for Best of Show, a Telly Award, a Remi Award, and a Davey Award. “Canvas” aired in broadcast rotation, screened in film festivals, and was featured in Moving Pictures Magazine.
http://cargocollective.com/arlenebogna

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BEAUTY WORLD WINS A DAVEY AWARD!
Beauty World on TV
Beauty World, the commercial for Almay Pure Blends directed by Arlene Bogna & produced by Vista Point Pictures, has won a 2009 Davey Award. A Big Congrats to Cast & Crew!

For more information & credits click here, or you can watch the winning spot here.

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ABOUT THE DAVEY AWARDS
The annual International Davey Awards honors the achievements of the "Creative Davids" who derive their strength from big ideas, rather than stratospheric budgets. The Davey is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms. IAVA members include executives from organizations such as Alloy, Coach, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Estee Lauder, Fry Hammond Barr, HBO, iNDELIBLE, Wunderman, MTV, Polo Ralph Lauren, Refinery, Sotheby's Institute of Art, Victoria's Secret, Wired, Yahoo! and many more.
Award: Silver Davey Award
http://www.daveyawards.com/

ABOUT ARLENE BOGNA
Arlene Bogna is an award winning writer/director. She won a Davey Award for "Beauty World", and the Platinum Aurora Award for Best of Show, a Telly Award, and a Davey Award for the PSA "Canvas". Her feature screenplay "Earth Kids", which she co-wrote with Nicole Schubert, won 1st Place Best Screenplay at the 2007 KIDS FIRST! Film Festival as well as the Sponsor Award. Currently she is developing an untitled action feature to direct.
http://www.vistapointpictures.com/arlene.html

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BEAUTY WORLD AIRS ON TELEVISION NATIONWIDE
Beauty World on TV
Beauty World, a :30 commercial directed by Arlene Bogna and produced by Vista Point Pictures, won the popular vote and went on to be chosen by Almay Pure Blends to air on Current TV nationally.

For more information and credits click here, or you can watch the winning spot here.

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MORE TELLY AWARD WINS FOR VISTA POINT PICTURES

Congratulations to Vista Point Pictures for four recent Telly Award wins in the fields of producing, art direction, and use of graphics.

ABOUT THE TELLY AWARDS
The Telly Awards is an international competition that has recognized the best creative work in video and film production. Started 28 years ago, it is the largest and most prestigious award of its kind.
http://www.tellyawards.com

ABOUT VISTA POINT PICTURES
Vista Point Pictures is an award-winning design, vfx & production boutique providing professional creative services for commercials, trailers, promos, music videos, new media, behind-the-scenes, documentary and feature films.
http://www.vistapointpictures.com

For more information contact: (310) 204-4665

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VISTA POINT PICTURES ANIMATES LOGO FOR DISNEY BLU-RAY

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Vista Point Pictures was invited by Jump! Creative to pitch design ideas for a Disney Blu-Ray project, and we got it! Not only did we get to create and produce our "Blue World" animated sequences, but we also got to animate the Disney Blu-Ray logo in HD as well.

ABOUT VISTA POINT PICTURES
Vista Point Pictures is an award-winning design, vfx & production boutique providing professional creative services for commercials, trailers, promos, music videos, new media, behind-the-scenes, documentary and feature films.
http://www.vistapointpictures.com

For more information contact: (310) 204-4665

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Reviewed in ARTSCENE!

ARLENE BOGNA and BARBARA BLATT
By Suvan Geer (July 2008)

[Click here to read the full article.]

For more information click here or go to arlenebognafineart.com.

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Arlene Bogna's photography exhibit made "The List" in Los Angeles Times!

Los Angeles Times, "The List: Art Openings"
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich, June 19, 2008.

For more information click here or go to arlenebognafineart.com.

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METROMIX has a preview!

Art attack: Arlene Bogna's 'Safari Americana'
By Kimberly Waid & Alie Ward, METROMIX (June 2008)
[Click here to read the full article.]

For more information click here or go to arlenebognafineart.com.

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PHOTOGRAPHER & AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER,
ARLENE BOGNA’S SAFARI AMERICANA: SCENES OF DELIGHT
PHOTOGRAPHS FIRST SOLO EXHIBIT AT GALLERY 825
IN WEST HOLLYWOOD JUNE 21 - JULY 18, 2008

For more information click here or go to arlenebognafineart.com.

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ANOTHER TELLY WIN FOR PRODUCER ANTHONY FERRANTI

Congratulations to writer-producer Anthony Ferranti for his recent Telly Award for his work on the “Eternal Sonata” video game trailer for Namco Bandai Games, which also recently won an Aurora Award.


ABOUT THE TELLY AWARDS
The Telly Awards is an international competition that has recognized the best creative work in video and film production. Started 28 years ago, it is the largest and most prestigious award of its kind.
http://www.tellyawards.com

ABOUT ANTHONY FERRANTI
Anthony Ferranti is an award-winning writer/producer of entertainment advertising, promotions, & narrative. His clients include: Microsoft, Paramount Studios, The CW, FX, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Namco Bandai, THQ Inc., CBS, FOX, HBO and independent filmmakers. Tony takes projects from concept to completion creating Television commercials, trailers, EPKs, presentation pieces, webisodes and short films. He now lives in Los Angeles and works at one of the top Entertainment Advertising agencies. His work speaks to his generation and beyond with a quirky and clever sensibility.
http://www.vistapointpictures.com/producing.html

For more information contact: (310) 204-4665

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"CANVAS" SCREENS AT WORLDFEST AND WINS A REMI AWARD!

"Canvas", the narrative PSA directed by Arlene Bogna for the charity A Window Between Worlds, was an official selection of the 41st Annual Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival and took home a 2008 Remi Award. This is the 4th award win for Canvas which has been screening at independent film festivals as a short film.

WORLDFEST - HOUSTON FILM FESTIVALofficial selection

WorldFest is one of the oldest and largest film & video competitions in the world, with more than 4,500 category entries received from 37 countries in 2007.

http://www.worldfest.org

ABOUT ARLENE BOGNA
Arlene Bogna is an award winning writer/director. In 2007 she won the Platinum Aurora Award for Best of Show, a Telly Award, a Davey Award, and a Remi Award for the PSA "Canvas". Her feature screenplay "Earth Kids", which she co-wrote with Nicole Schubert, won 1st Place Best Screenplay at the 2007 KIDS FIRST! Film Festival as well as the Sponsor Award.
http://www.vistapointpictures.com/arlene.html

For more information, contact (310) 204-4665 or projects@vistapointpictures.com

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TWO AURORA WINS FOR PRODUCER ANTHONY FERRANTI

Congratulations to writer-producer Anthony Ferranti for his recent award wins. Anthony recently won a “Platinum Best of Show” Aurora Award for his work on the video game trailer for Sony Computer Entertainment’s “Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction.” He also won an Aurora Award for his work on the “Eternal Sonata” video game trailer for Namco Bandai Games, which YouTube viewer gaara20079 (aka Mandy) describes as "wow..... BEST TRAILER THERE IS!!!!!!"


ABOUT THE AURORA AWARDS
The Aurora Awards is an international competition designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries.
http://www.auroraawards.com

ABOUT ANTHONY FERRANTI
Anthony Ferranti is an award-winning writer/producer of entertainment advertising, promotions, & narrative. His clients include: Microsoft, Paramount Studios, The CW, FX, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Namco Bandai, THQ Inc., CBS, FOX, HBO and independent filmmakers. Tony takes projects from concept to completion creating Television commercials, trailers, EPKs, presentation pieces, webisodes and short films. He now lives in Los Angeles and works at one of the top Entertainment Advertising agencies. His work speaks to his generation and beyond with a quirky and clever sensibility.
http://www.vistapointpictures.com/producing.html

For more information contact: (310) 204-4665

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GET THE POINT!

Check out The Point, our newsletter.
This issue covers the The Hot List, HD Solutions, & Festival Screenings.

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"CANVAS" SCREENS AT TWO INDIE FILM FESTIVALS

"Canvas", the narrative PSA directed by Arlene Bogna for the charity A Window Between Worlds, will be screening at two upcoming indie film festivals that celebrate independent films and women filmmakers.

You can read more about CANVAS in
MOVING PICTURES MAGAZINE
:

[Click here for the article]

INDIE SPIRIT FILM FESTIVAL official selection
The Indie Spirit Film Festival is an annual event for filmmakers and film lovers alike, with a superb program of feature films, shorts, docs, animation and many other films from around the world. Indie Spirit is about filmmakers establishing a relationship with audiences, distributors, and other filmmakers.
SCREENING : Saturday, April 26, 2008
The Independent Film Society of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO
http://www.indiespiritfilmfestival.org
SHOW ME SOMETHING REAL official selection
A film festival honoring single mothers and women filmmakers, the Show Me Something Real Film Festival is designed to inspire and empower other women to be creative and expressive in their lives and for everyone to recognize the voices of women filmmakers.
SCREENING : Monday, March 24, 2008 - 7:00 PM
Regal Arbor Cinema @ 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX 78759
http://www.showmesomethingreal.com

ABOUT ARLENE BOGNA
Arlene Bogna is an award winning writer/director. In 2007 she won the Platinum Aurora Award for Best of Show, a Telly Award, and a Davey Award for the PSA "Canvas". Her feature screenplay "Earth Kids", which she co-wrote with Nicole Schubert, won 1st Place Best Screenplay at the 2007 KIDS FIRST! Film Festival as well as the Sponsor Award.
http://www.vistapointpictures.com/arlene.html

For more information, contact (310) 204-4665 or projects@vistapointpictures.com

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"CANVAS" WINS 2007 DAVEY AWARD

"Canvas", the PSA directed by Arlene Bogna for the charity A Window Between Worlds, has won a 2007 Davey Award. This is the third win for "Canvas", which has also won a Telly Award and a Platinum "Best of Show" Aurora Award this year.

You can read more about it in
MOVING PICTURES MAGAZINE
:

[Click here for the article]

[more info below]

 


ABOUT THE DAVEY AWARDS
The annual International Davey Awards honors the achievements of the "Creative Davids" who derive their strength from big ideas, rather than stratospheric budgets. The Davey is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms. IAVA members include executives from organizations such as Alloy, Coach, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Estee Lauder, Fry Hammond Barr, HBO, iNDELIBLE, Wunderman, MTV, Polo Ralph Lauren, Refinery, Sotheby's Institute of Art, Victoria's Secret, Wired, Yahoo! and many more.
Award: Silver Davey Award
http://www.daveyawards.com/

ABOUT ARLENE BOGNA
Arlene Bogna is an award winning writer/director. In 2007 she won the Platinum Aurora Award for Best of Show, a Telly Award, and a Davey Award for the PSA "Canvas". Her feature screenplay "Earth Kids", which she co-wrote with Nicole Schubert, won 1st Place Best Screenplay at the 2007 KIDS FIRST! Film Festival as well as the Sponsor Award. Currently she is pre-production to direct a comedy she wrote called "Whoa Nelllie!" in which a young woman starts a different life after receiving some dire news.
http://www.vistapointpictures.com/arlene.html

For more information, contact (310) 204-4665 or projects@vistapointpictures.com

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"EARTH KIDS " WINS 2 BEST SCREENPLAY AWARDS
AT 2007 KIDS FIRST! FILM FESTIVAL


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
October 24, 2007
(PRLEAP.COM) Entertainment: Film News

"Earth Kids", the family feature screenplay by writer/director Arlene Bogna and writer Nicole Schubert has won the 2007 Best Screenplay Award from the 2007 KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. The writing duo also received the Screenplay Award from festival sponsor Feature Films for Families, a film production and distribution company.

Arlene Bogna and Nicole Schubert are currently working on their next feature script/project—a female action buddy comedy that Arlene is attached to direct.

 

About Arlene Bogna & Nicole Schubert:

Arlene Bogna is an award-winning writer/director. In 2007 she won the Platinum Aurora Award for Best of Show and a Telly Award for the PSA "Canvas". Currently, she is in pre-production to direct a comedy she wrote called "Whoa Nellie!", in which a young woman starts a different life after receiving some dire news.
http://www.vistapointpictures.com/arlene.html

Nicole Schubert is an award-winning writer. She enjoyed another side of storytelling while working in the cutting rooms of numerous feature films for Dreamworks, 20th Century Fox, Paramount and Universal, among others. She is currently writing her first teen novel "How I Made Out With A Rock Star". http://www.vistapointpictures.com/nicole.html

2007 KIDS FIRST! Awards:
The 2007 KIDS FIRST! Awards Ceremony was held at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, Ca. Also honored were children’s entertainer and book writer Mallory Lewis (Phonics 4 Babies), who received the 2007 KIDS FIRST! Palmer-Vision Award for her contributions to children’s programming, Carly Shroeder (Eye of the Dolphin) who won Best Emerging Actress, and Zach Mills (Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium) who received Best Emerging Actor. Winning the Best of Fest films were Charlotte’s Web, Paramount; Firehouse Dog, 20th Century Fox; Viola, James Marcus Haney; My Backyard Was A Mountain, Palmavejo Films and Phonics 4 Babies, Starz Home Entertainment.
The Coalition For Quality Children’s Media (www.kidsfirst.org) created the KIDS FIRST! program to evaluate, rate and endorse feature films, DVDs, videos, CDs and TV for children.
KIDS FIRST! Film Festival is an international festival that showcases new and classic children’s films, TV shows and DVDs from studios, independent producers and youth producers and travels to over 100 venues nationwide annually.
http://www.kidsfirst.org/filmfestival/Best2007Winners.html

For more information, contact (310) 204-4665 or projects@vistapointpictures.com

Judy Sandra
JS Media, Publicity & Development
Email JS Media, Publicity & Development
(323) 463-1536

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Read about us in MOVING PICTURES MAGAZINE!
Click here for the article.

Arlene Bogna's Canvas
By RaeAnne Marsh (July 2007)

[Click here to read the full article.]

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DIRECTOR ARLENE BOGNA PAINTS A CANVAS THAT HEALS
A PSA wins two awards and screens at a major film festival.

Los Angeles, Ca: For the second year in a row, Arlene Bogna was again recognized by Women In Film at the WIF 2007 Crystal + Lucy Awards, an evening that celebrated the "Best of the Best". In the midst of her stirring acceptance speech for a WIF Crystal Award for excellence in film, Academy Award winner Renee Zellwegger graciously acknowledged, "I want to congratulate Director Arlene Bogna for her PSA for A Window Between Worlds, which won the Platinum Aurora Award for Best of Show."

Flashback to last year.

It was at the 2006 Crystal + Lucy Awards that Bogna's PSA, called Canvas first screened. The event planners were so impressed with her engaging story boards that they printed them in the Awards program booklet. Since then, Canvas has gone on to win two awards and has been accepted in the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, where it will be screened next month.

Currently airing on broadcast television, Canvas was produced by the prestigious WIF PSA Program and co-funded by the LA Department of Cultural Affairs. The PSA describes and benefits the arts organization A Window Between Worlds, a national nonprofit with headquarters in LA that uses art workshops as a means to heal mothers and children who have experienced domestic violence.

Besides Ms. Bogna's outstanding direction, the film was graced by the talents of Academy Award winning film editor Paul Hirsch (Star Wars) and more recently an Academy Award nominee for Ray. Composer Rob Simonsen (Surfs Up, Fractured, Breach) contributed the sensitive piano and cello score.

Acting talents include Giselle Tongi as the mother, Manuel Jimenez Jr. as the boy and Anthony Ferranti Jr. as the adult male. Production began with Executive Producer Judith Parker Harris, Producer Erika Gardner, Associate Producer Claudia Zalokar, and writer Julie Nicholsen, and resulted in a 35 millimeter shoot with film provided by Kodak. For a PSA, Canvas has a unique narrative structure, telling the story of a battered woman who finds redemption through art and the process of art making.

Says Bogna, "I'm very interested in complex female characters, and I didn't want to convey a stereotype. We began with the idea that art can heal, and we discovered that the true message is that the soul is beyond abuse."


THE AWARDS

The Aurora Awards is an indepdendent international competition designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries.
Award: Platinum Aurora Award for Best of Show


The Telly Awards is an international competition that has recognized the best creative work in video and film production. Started 28 years ago, it is the largest and most prestigious award of its kind.
Award: Bronze Telly Award


THE FESTIVAL

Founded in 1993, the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival is the largest film festival in the world and hosts events in New York and Los Angeles. Past NYIIFVF festivals have included the work of Abel Ferrara, Andy Garcia, Calista Flockhart, Selma Blair, Ewan McGregor, Dominique Swain, Busy Phillips, Cameron Diaz, Christopher Walken, Daryl Hannah, Eva Herzigova, Guy Pearce, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Modine, Rod Steiger, Tippi Hedren, Tony Danza, Willem Dafoe and Executive Producer Vin Diesel.

This year's festival takes place in New York City from July 19-26, 2007 at the Village East Cinemas, located at 181 Second Avenue at 12th Street in Manhattan.

MORE PRAISE FOR CANVAS

"Canvas so beautifully conveys the essence of A Window Between Worlds, how creative expression can bring healing and hope."
Cathy Salser, Executive Director
A Window Between Worlds

"A thousand kudos to Arlene Bogna for this beautiful creation!"
Roxanne Lane, PSA Production Program Coordinator
Women In Film

ABOUT:

Vista Point Pictures
Creatively Serving the Indie Filmmaker.
Main Titles - Key Art - Visual Effects
Contact: Arlene Bogna, Director
Tel. (323) 841-7464
Email: projects@vistapointpictures.com
www.vistapointpictures.com

Women In Film
Women In Film’s purpose is to EMPOWER, promote and mentor women in the entertainment and media industries.
Contact: Roxanne Lane, PSA Program Coordinator
Tel. (310) 657-5144
8857 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite 201
Beverly Hills, CA 90211-3605
Email: psa@wif.org
www.wif.org

A Window Between Worlds
A nonprofit organization dedicated to using art to help end domestic violence.
Contact: Cathy Salser, Executive Director
Tel. (310) 396-0317
710 4th Avenue, Suite 5
Venice, California 90291
Email: info@awbw.org
www.awbw.org

Aurora Awards
The Aurora Awards is an international competition designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries.
Tel. (801) 535-4339
299 South Main Street - 17th Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Email: winaurora@aol.com
www.auroraawards.com

Telly Awards
The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions.
Tel. (212) 675-3555
19 W. 21st Street Ste 602
New York, NY 10010
Email: info@tellyawards.com
www.tellyawards.com

Judy Sandra
JS Media, Publicity & Development
Email JS Media, Publicity & Development
(323) 463-1536

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PATRIOT JOHNNY SELECTED FOR BOULDER ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Patriot Johnny, a 20 minute narrative film written and directed by Arlene Bogna, was selected by the 2007 Boulder Asian Film Festival.

Patriot Johnny is a drama about a young soldier who cannot return to the life and love he left behind. [more]

For more information, contact (310) 204-4665 or projects@vistapointpictures.com.

The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam
Link to Dances With Films DWF17 Premiere & Cannes SFC Press Release (PDF)

Link to MadridIFF Nominations Press Release (PDF)


Link to MOVING PICTURES Article (PDF)


Link to "Canvas" Press Kit (PDF)


Link to LA Dept of Cultural Affairs DCA Article (PDF)


Link to AAC Article (PDF)


Link to Women In Film Article (PDF)


Link to "Canvas" Photo Gallery (PDF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT Arlene


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