Los Angeles, California (November 10th, 2017) — California Pictures is partnering with the domestic indie label, Ariztical Entertainment, to release three exciting relevant motion pictures, all directed by internationally based female directors.
Kingston Paradise, directed by Mary Wells and shot in Jamaica, vividly deals with the universal struggle to break free of poverty and marks one of the first female-directed Jamaican narratives to be distributed internationally.
Vigilante: The Crossing, directed by Marcia Weekes and shot in Barbados, acutely portrays the boiling pot of racial prejudice, passion, love and hate and is also one of the very first films from Barbados to be distributed internationally. While both films are located in different countries with different social climates, they mirror many of the same issues we are experiencing here in the United States.
Michael Jack Shoel, the chief executive of Ariztical Entertainment, previously acquired Fear of Water, an exciting film directed by UK native, Kate Lane, and shot in England, to complement the already substantial company LGBT catalog and is just beginning to release the film. Fear of Water continues to expand upon the company’s progressive images, viewpoints, and sensibilities and is a coming of age story of two teenage girls whose friendship sparks a sexual awakening despite their very diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
Steven Istock, President and CEO of California Pictures looks forward to the growing distribution relationship with Ariztical Entertainment and encourages filmmakers from around the world to continue to share their revolutionary and groundbreaking stories.
The Revolutionary Hollywood International CineFest announces lineup for 2017, exceeds it's guarantee to provide distribution to at least two films.
Los Angeles, CA, June 16, 2017--- Hollywood International CineFest has announced an exciting weekend of screenings. The 2017 lineup includes the world premiere of both After Ever After & Easy Money as well as the North American premiere of both Emulsion & Before the Fall (Cambodia's entry to the 2017 Oscars).
Hollywood International CineFest is proud to feature films from all over the world including America, UK, India, China, South Korea, Cambodia and Hong Kong.
It is the festival's guarantee to provide distribution to at least two films. This year, they have exceeded their goal. All four films screening this weekend will receive distribution: California Pictures (Before the Fall, Emulsion) and Hollywood Pictures International (After Ever After, Easy Money).
Steven Istock, President and CEO of California Pictures, sees a lasting relationship with the groundbreaking festival, "We are thrilled to bring these exciting motion pictures to North American audiences. We are very happy to partner with AMC Theatres and Hollywood International CineFest. A film festival with guaranteed distribution is a great new concept, and we see it as the beginning of a great relationship for all of us."
Hollywood International CineFest was founded with the goal of connecting independent filmmakers with distributors. Since the festival's conception, they have had four feature films, six short films, and one screenplay finds distribution.
Zack Zublena, the festival director, wants to strengthen the relationship between filmmaker and distributor, "We are happy that we could exceed our goal of providing distribution to at least two films, but much work needs to be done".
In 2017 the festival received over 400 submissions and they are confident that those numbers will continue to grow. The festival will be held at AMC Sunset 5 8000 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles on June 24 and 25, 2017.
SVP of Acquisitions - (Films/TV Pilots)
Jenniffer Margo Giron
LATAM Sales Representative - (Scripts with Lookbook)
Please send screeners of your completed film(s) or TV pilot(s) to Alison Mihlik. Scripts with Look-Book go to Jenniffer Margo Giron. At the moment, we are not acquiring movies under 85 mins. Buyers, contact Monique R. White.
A determined woman grapples with going public to save an important, protected natural reserve from officials and new found love.
In ‘Spirit of the Seahorse’ a strong, determined woman grapples with going public in the fight to save a valuable protected natural reserve, while attempting to save her sanity from two romantic relationships: (her country and a new boyfriend), with mixed values.
In a beautiful love story Moya may have to choose between the love for her home, (a small fishing village in the largest protected natural reserve on the Island of Jamaica ), and a love for a man she’s recently met and falling hard.
Life becomes increasingly unsettling because of a Chinese company that maybe given the go ahead to build and lease a huge billion dollar trans-shipment port in her village bay, which will destroy the countries richest marine life and wetlands and a living for hundreds of fisher folk.
If developed, it will also intensify climate change problems already on the Island, by destroying coastal land protection against unusual rain storms and monster systems that’s now the new norm. In short, it will change an entire way of life that could perhaps bring long term poverty instead of wealth.
Sick of the injustice, the short sightedness and the siege imposed on citizens, as a lawyer and a junior Member of Parliament, she decides to sue her own party and speaks out about the wrongs of the deal and with village support tries to stall the project as these gatekeepers will stop at nothing.
Grappling with going public in a poor Island nation from the south, such a move is not only dangerous, it's suicidal. Unfortunately her boyfriend who begins to understand her, throws a curve by having mixed feelings due to his own financial constraints, as he and his buddies have a plan to make a killing from the Chinese.