Prelude2Cinema is using our Festival to showcase the careers of up and coming filmmakers and talent that we wish to work with. In this space, we will give a look at the Filmmakers from our Festival and also let you know what they are working on. We will also be doing what we can to help produce their next work.
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Brandon is an LA-based director of both film and theater. Most recently, his short films “Relative Persuasion” and “Laugh Along the Way” premiered as official selections of the LA Independent Film Festival, LA Reel Film Festival, IndieFest, and Pasadena International Film Festival. Another short, “Slice the Musical,”
has been featured on several blogs. Theatrically, his productions of “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Tick, Tick…Boom!,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” and “Merrily We Roll Along” have each earned him StageSceneLA Awards for Best Director. In the fall, Brandon will direct a production of Amy Herzog’s award-winning play, “4,000 Miles.”
When Valentin meets Ludivine, he is convinced she’s the girl he has been dreaming of for the past weeks… Literally, the girl of his dreams ! Only, Ludivine has a feeling this boy meet girl scenario will take a nightmarish turn…
Anthony Nion is an Belgian filmmaker and screenwriter. He began his career as an independent screenwriter in Belgium in 2011. During three years, he wrote some webseries and comedy sketches broadcasted on Internet.
He made his directorial debut in 2014 with the comedy webserie “Doc Cinemad”. In 2015, he directed his first short movie “M’aime pas en rêve” (once upon a dream) that he also coproduced with the french producer Delphine Louradour.
He directed then an independent short movie “Pop Up” and worked as a director/screenwriter with the french youtube channel Goodloose.
In 2016, he codirected the short film “Je suis une illusion” with the french actress Flore Lussato.
He is currently working on a new comedy short movie that will be perhaps produced by a french company
Mimi Spiwak Harris
“Fire Island” is a sexy, quirky comedy. It’s a true story about a young woman finding her way after tragedy. Mimi, a widow in her early thirties living in New York City, is struggling with her relationship with a married man and moving forward in her life.
When her best friends, Bob and Dave, invite her to spend a weekend on Fire Island with all gay men, she never expects to meet Roger, a straight composer. Roger awakens in Mimi her love for singing. Soon after, Mimi is invited to her cousin’s Bat Mitzvah in Cleveland and takes a road trip to Ohio with Bob and Dave where she ultimately finds her way home.
This is Mimi’s first feature length film.
My dream is to spread joy through entertainment. I’m 51 years old and have a BA in Theatre from Michigan State University. I also studied acting at New York University. I work in commercial real estate now, but half a lifetime ago I worked as an actress/singer/dancer.
I love all the arts and adore film because it is the one medium where every other art medium can occupy the same space. I didn’t consciously set out to make this film. It just started pouring out of me. Like a train it took off and a bunch of talented people jumped on board, then there was no stopping it. This process has been magical and filled with serendipity! Directing “Fire Island” has been the most creative experience of my life and I hope that this is the beginning of the creative career I’ve always dreamed of.
Lenny and Harpo
Lenny and Harpo are two brothers who have been making films together since they were childs. Lenny is a professional editor. Harpo studies acting.
Brian’s 20 year career in the entertainment industry spans music, writing, and film making. He was an international recording artist, author and spokesman for White House Youth Outreach programs. More recently, Brian has stayed closer to home, focusing his creative energies on writing while running his horse ranch and managing Ania.K Models, an international modeling agency. He’s written, directed and produced 4 films over the last 5 years. The first was a thirty minute western called The Last Ride, in which he cast his father as an old weather beaten gunfighter on a trail for revenge. The second in which he himself played the lead, was a civil war psychological thriller called The Percy Harris Story which to date has received more than 15 international film festival awards. Ming… Voice of Deception, a 1930’s depression era gritty film was his third and Prisoners of Time a time travel romance set against the Korean war and 17th century Salem witch trials. So far he’s picked up more than 40 awards including Best Actor, Director and Screenplay, 6 of which given to his new screenplay, Blue Skies on Mars, which just wrapped production.
Elisa Possenti was born in 1998 in a small town near Milan. She spent her childhood traveling around Italy because of her parents’ job (they are managers of tourist accommodation establishments). Her itinerant childhood helped her develop an artistic identity, which led to the need of sharing her wealth of experience through art. She studied direction, screenwriting, and acting at Liceo Artistico Piero della Francesca, at Talent Center (a non-profit association based in Arezzo), and at New York Film Academy. She made her debut as an actress and screenwriter for several independent short films, among which “Stripling” was shortlisted for the 48 Hour Film Project in Los Angeles. She wrote, directed and produced her first work “Axioma” in 2017.
Diana Galimzyanova is a writer and director based in Moscow, Russia. Her four award-winning short films were accepted to more than thirty five festivals in thirteen countries. Her latest short script “A Fangirl” is a finalist in several competitions. Right now she is currently in the midst of the pre-production of her debut feature, the first ever female-directed Russian film noir with reverse chronology, The Lightest Darkness.
We screened “february 28” during our 2016 Seasons.