The post production on VERA is complete! Color was completed by the incredible crew at Technicolor New York and our sound design and mix was finished by Skip Lievsay and his talented team at Warner Brother Sound New York. Our first feature is finished and will be premiering in 2016!
Last night DAY 39 was awarded the Gold Circle Award presented to the top student film. The award was presented by The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors at their annual awards dinner.
About the Caucus: Linking the best of Hollywood's and Television's creative content providers (i.e. the top 100 Television producers, writers and program directors of Primetime, Daytime and Children's programming) with the rest of the web world! For the past 40 years in Network Television (and now in Cable and Satellite Television as well), The Caucus has provided a forum for the best and the brightest creative talent in Hollywood, to network together as the 'creative conscience' of the Television industry.
This week I am very excited to begin a feature adaptation of the novel The Valley by John Renehan with producer Dan Lupovitz.
Braven Films and CEO Frida Torresblanco have optioned my feature script, A GOOD SHOOTING.
DAY 39 has just been announced as a finalist for the 42nd Annual Student Academy Awards, making it one of the top seven of all narrative student films in 2015.
Very happy to announce that I have signed with the Agency for the Performing Arts. I'll be represented by Lucy Stille in NewYork and Adam Perry in Los Angeles.
After just over three weeks of shooting our first feature, Vera, is wrapped. Big thanks to writer/director Laurence Vannicelli, fellow producer Andy Li and our incredible cast and crew.
Photography on Vera enters its second week.
VERA, the feature film written/directed by Laurence Vannicelli and produced by Jesse Gustafson and Andrew Li begins principal photography in New York City.
Day 39 premiered at Lincoln Center in New York City as part of the 2015 Columbia Film Festival. At the festival the film was awarded faculty honors and it won the IFP Audience Choice Award. Producer Josh Cohen also won the Richard Brick Memorial Award for best producer.
Sound mixing on DAY 39 has begun at SOUND LOUNGE in New York
DAY 39 was selected to take place in the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) film scoring workshop. As part of the workshop we partnered with the incredibly talented composer Francis Rodriguez to develop a unique score for the film. Once the scope was designed ASCAP sponsored a recording session at MSR Studios in New York City with 16 union musicians from the New York area.
DAY 39 poster designed by Jesse Gustafson
ACE OF SPADES has made it to the finalist round of the 2014 Austin Film Festival. The finalist round represents the top 6 drama scripts out of 6,700 submissions.
ACE OF SPADES made it to the Semi-Finals of the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition which means it's in the top 30 out of 6,700 submissions. The Austin Film Festival has one of the top writing competitions in the country (http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/). The top 8-10 finalists will be announced in early October.
ACE OF SPADES is in the Semi Finals of The 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. The script is the in the top 60 from an applicant pool of over 7,500. The Nicholl Fellowship is sponsored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and is one of the most prestigious screenwriting awards available (http://www.oscars.org/awards/nicholl/).
I'm very proud to have been awarded the Erza Litwak Award for Distinction in Screenwriting at the 2014 Columbia Film Festival. The award is given to the top screenwriter for 2014 in the Columbia MFA Film Program. ACE OF SPADES was a faculty select in the 2014 festival.