Includes Leading Independent Films Worldwide Along with Q&A Sessions from Writers, Producers, Directors and STARS Making Red Carpet Appearances
New York, NY (June, 2019) – With the 10th Anniversary of the SOHO International Film Festival (SOHO IFF) occurring June 20th – 27th, this year’s schedule includes some of the best short and feature-length independent films from around the world, which will be shown at the historic Village East Cinemas – (189 2ND AVENUE NYC)
Opening night kicks off Thursday, June 20th with “Empty By Design”, written & directed by Andrea A. Walter and features Asian-American stars Chris Pang (Crazy Rich Asians), Dante Basco (Hook), Osric Chau (Supernatural) and known Filipino actors Madeleine Humphries & Rhian Ramos. Also showing is “Burning Bright”, a stylized, animated thriller produced in partnership between IMG Models and filmmaker Aaron Bierman. Inspired by noir classics like The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep, the film features the talents and likenesses of supermodels including Chanel Iman, and Elsa Hosk both scheduled to attend.
As a part of the 10th year celebration, SOHO IFF will celebrate films of socially conscious backgrounds.
“We had another record breaking submission year and an overwhelming alumni submission. Being our 10th year, we felt it important to celebrate independent filmmaking,” said SOHO IFF Executive Director & Head of Programming Sibyl Santiago. “We watched and rewatched many films to make sure we made the right decisions. As filmmakers, we know firsthand what hard work goes into making these films; often with little to no fiscal support… a true testament to an independent filmmaker who will do whatever it takes to create these gems.”
SOHO IFF closes its 10th year Thursday, June 27th with Tim Realbuto’s “Yes”, telling the story of washed up child star Patrick Nolan played by Nolan Gould (Modern Family). Other notable premieres include “You Go To My Head” a film by director Dimitri de Clercq, a documentary by legendary photographer Platon, “My Body Is Not A Weapon”, “Auggie” starring Richard Kind short films “Lillian” with Jonathan Fernandez (Lethal Weapon) & Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Michael Learned & John Wesley in “Second Acts”; Reed Birney & Billy Magnussen (Aladdin) in “W4M” and the world premiere of Daniel Keith’s “Love in Kilnerry” to name a few.
SOHO’s film lineup is accompanied by Q & Answer sessions with cast and celebrity guests, the Filmmakers Lounge and other Festival activities at www.sohofilmfest.com
The 2019 SOHO International Film Festival is announcing the launch of the SOHO Film Forum, a non-profit arts organization that will serve a 501c3 foundation serving NYC filmmakers.
Past attendees to the festival include actors/actresses/writers/directors such as Octavia Spencer, Armand Assante, William Sadler, Dominic Purcell, Danny Aiello, Richard Kind, Frank Vincent, Luis Guzman, Carrie Preston, Beth Grant, Sean Young, Kevin “Dot Com” Brown, Alysia Reiner, James McCaffrey, Joe D’Onofrio, Kevin Jonas, Margaret Colin, Mark Feuerstein, Charlie Bewley, Luke Guldan, Melissa Archer, Constancce Schulman, Yara Martinez, Adam Brody, Josh Lawson, Matthew Daddario, Franky G, Coach Tom Coughlin, Lans Kinsey, Grant Shaud, Spencer Graham, Jessica Hecht, Zach Grenier, Patrick Fischler, Sam Underwood, Neal Bledsoe, David Zayas, Michael Imperiolli, Steve Schirripa, Tony Sirico, and Vinny Pastore, just to name a few.
By enticing filmmakers, journalists and cineastes from The US and across the globe, SOHO Film Fest draws audiences to New York City–known for its artistic community and cultural sophistication–helping boost the profile, the sense of pride, and the economy of the local community and the city itself. Panels, social events, and other networking opportunities for everyone involved will feature leading figures from all disciplines of the film industry including distributors and media, who will also be in attendance.
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The SOHO International Film Festival, which proudly carries the “Made in NY” logo from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Television and Broadcasting is a vehicle to help the economy of the city, enhancing the festival’s sense of pride while boosting filmmaking and tourism in the Big Apple. They are dedicated to celebrating the art of long and short form cinema created from the latest digital technology while still embracing the original goal ‐ incredible storytelling. Founded in the epicenter of New York’s most artistic district, by Jorge Ballos in 2009, the festival is has provided a unique and powerful platform for filmmakers to gain exposure and potential distribution. SIFFNYC is committed to exhibiting domestic and international films, focusing on dynamic, visionary cinema that creates extraordinary experiences.