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“The Song of Sway Lake” set for September Release

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After enjoying a successful festival run beginning nearly one year ago at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 21st, 2017, “The Song of Sway Lake” is set for release with The Orchard and Kew Media this coming fall. 

Though the festival run is now winding down, the film is still set to screen at several international festivals through the end of the year. The German premiere will take place later this month at Munich International Film Festival, followed by the Italian premiere at Ischia Film Festival on July 3rd, 2018.

The film was presented by Kew Media Group at the international film market at Cannes Film Festival last month. 

The film, which Variety called “Engaging”, is set for a limited theatrical release beginning September 21st, 2018. It will become available for VOD and digital HD shortly after on September 25th, 2018.

The U.S. rights to the film have been acquired by The Orchard, who negotiated the theatrical run and VOD deal with Benjamin Weiss and Derek Kigongo of Paradigm and attorney Orly Ravid from MSK.

The film is a nostalgic, character driven piece that focuses heavily on weathered family relationships and lost glamour. During an interview with Sarah Delpizzo for LA LifestyleAri Gold spoke on the powerful presence of the character Ollie Sway, played by Rory Culkin

“Whether or not it is a real spirit, there is a malevolence in the energy of a suicide that could kill him. Rory Culkin is someone who carried that, you could see it in his face, the risk that he might go off the deep end. When he smiles it’s heartachingly beautiful, because you know how hard it is for someone carrying that kind of weight to actually smile” said Gold. 

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“The Song of Sway Lake” Now Playing Festivals Worldwide

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“ENGAGING” – Variety

“The Song of Sway Lake” has enjoyed a successful festival run since its premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 21, 2017.

“The Song of Sway Lake” sees Ollie Sway, a young jazz enthusiast, forced to confront his own emotions and dysfunctional family relationships in the wake of his father’s suicide as he and his outlandish Russian friend scheme to steal a rare record from his grandmother.

Since the Los Angeles Film Festival premiere, “The Song of Sway Lake” has screened nationally and internationally at festivals such as the Norwegian International Film Festival, the Sidewalk Film Festival, and Oaxaca Film Festival.

The film was recently awarded the “2017 LIFF Pick” Award at Laughlin Film Festival in Laughlin, Nevada following two screenings on Thursday, October 12th and Saturday, October 14th.

Most recently, “The Song of Sway Lake” was featured at Woodstock Film Festival in Woodstock, New York. The film’s star, Rory Culkin was in attendance, among others. Variety described the film as “engaging” following the screening at Woodstock Film Festival (Mitch Myers, Variety).

Also screened at Woodstock Film Festival was “40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie”. This documentary from veteran television producer Lee Aronsohn (“The Big Bang Theory“, “Two and a Half Men”) sees the reunion of “Magic Music” a local Colorado soft rock band that seemed to have disappeared with the era after a series of lost opportunities.

Social Construct Films Founder / Producer Zak Kilberg served as a producer’s rep at the “Magic Music” screening via SmithDehn. The film’s premiere screening sold out during the closing night at Woodstock Film Festival and earned an emotional reception from audience members young and old. “Magic Music” was also mentioned in Variety wherein it was described as being “in the spirit of Woodstock”.…


The Friendship Game

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STATUS: In Development

SYNOPSIS:

In a small town, three high school outcasts and a pre-teen internet voyeur unlock a mysterious cosmic force via a seemingly harmless yard sale trinket, revealing the terrible fate of their missing friend, and sending them spiraling down a cataclysmic collapsing of realities.

CAST & CREW:

Writer:  Damien Ober
Producers: Daniel Bekerman of Scythia Films (Producer of “Rememory” and “The Witch”), and Executive Producer Zak Kilberg of Social Construct Films (Producer of “Would You Rather” and “Buena Vista Social Club Adios”)

Read the project announcement on Variety.com – September 6, 2017

IMDB Official Movie Page


Wonderful Films and Convergent Media team up to produce Francisco Goldman’s Love Story “Say Her Name”

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A new project from Social Construct’s joint venture, Convergent Media:

From Variety.com article, Francisco Goldman’s Love Story ‘Say Her Name’ Set Up as Movie (EXCLUSIVE)
by Dave McNary – May 17, 2017 

Francisco Goldman’s autobiographical love story “Say Her Name” is in the works as a feature film with Wonderful Films and Convergent Media.

Leena Yadav (“Parched”) is set to direct from a script by Oscar nominated screenwriter Scott B. Smith. Wonderful FilmsWilliam Horberg is producing. Russell Smith, Michael Cleaver, and Zak Kilberg are executive producing on behalf of Convergent Media, which is financing development of the project.

Goldman married young writer Aura Estrada in a romantic Mexican hacienda in 2005. A month before their second anniversary, she passed away after a body surfing accident. Goldman was blamed by her family and himself and wanted to die but wrote “Say Her Name” as a novel chronicling his love and loss. It was designated a “Best Book of the Year” by The New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly.

“This is a beautiful and deeply romantic cross-cultural love story, and a suspenseful drama of life and death, all at the same time,” said Horberg. “I got to know Leena working with her on ‘Parched” and I am really excited to see where she takes this true and timeless story.”

“Parched” premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival and won the Impact Award at the Stockholm Film Festival. Convergent Media’s credits include “Buena Vista Social Club: Adios” and “Guantanamo Diary.”

Horberg’s credits include “Kite Runner,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Cold Mountain.” Smith received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for “A Simple Plan.”

Yadav is repped by Gersh. Scott B. Smith is repped by ICM Partners, Circle of Confusion and law firm, Behr Abramson Levy.…


Untitled Historic 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Project with Director Tim Story

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STATUS: In Development

SYNOPSIS:

Inspired by Corinda Marsh’s historical novel “Holocaust in the Homeland: Black Wall Street’s Last Days.”

The book’s account, seen through the eyes of a fictional reporter, focuses on the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Okla., which was called “Black Wall Street” because of its economic success. The riot completely razed Greenwood, destroying the lives of its 10,000 residents.

The riot was mostly ignored until 1996, when the state legislature authorized the Oklahoma Commission to Investigate the Tulsa Race Riot.

CAST & CREW:

Director: Tim Story (“Fantastic Four,” the “Ride Along” franchise, the two “Think Like a Man” movies, “Barbershop.” Also directing and executive producing Showtime’s upcoming comedy series “White Famous,” based on Jamie Foxx’s personal experiences.)
Writer:  Christopher Kubasik
Producers: Zak Kilberg of Social Construct, Blue Ridge Media Capital, Tim Story and Doug Griffin of the Story Company, Christine Holder and Mark Holder of Zero Gravity.

Read the project announcement on Deadline Hollywood or Variety.com – May 17, 2017 

IMDB Official Movie Page to be posted soon!


New York Times Gives Glowing Review of “Buena Vista Social Club Adios”

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“Review: ‘Buena Vista Social Club: Adios,’ Analytical but Still Loving”

From the New York Times, May 24, 2017
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  • NYT Critic’s Pick
  • Directed by Lucy Walker
  • Documentary
  • PG
  • 1h 50m

“In Wim Wenders’s 1999 documentary, “Buena Vista Social Club,” Ry Cooder, who helped unite once-forgotten masters of Cuban popular song for an album, told of something he learned to do early in the project. Upon hearing a particularly great tune, he would ask two questions: “Who wrote it?” and “Is he or she still alive?””

“At that time, so many of the writers and players and singers were indeed still alive. Ibrahim Ferrer, the singer referred to in Mr. Wenders’s movie as “the Cuban Nat King Cole,” was making a meager living shining shoes a few blocks down the street from the studio where Mr. Cooder and Juan de Marcos González were working on what would become the 1997 album “Buena Vista Social Club.” That record, and Mr. Wenders’s subsequent film, made international stars out of Mr. Ferrer and several other Cuban musicians who had thought time and the world had passed them by.””

““Buena Vista Social Club: Adios,” directed by Lucy Walker (and of which Mr. Wenders, among others, is an executive producer) is both an exemplary sequel and a vital, informative companion piece. It not only chronicles the late-life careers of the “Buena Vista” stars, many of whom have since died. But it also tells some painful and fascinating back stories, and insists on putting the music in its social and historical contexts.”

“Mr. Wenders’s film didn’t do much of that; it was content to be a kind of hangout movie, capturing musicians playing dominoes while awaiting their turns at the microphone. “Adios” shows furious arguments at sound checks and reveals the ambivalence with which some of the musicians viewed newfound fame. It’s not as poetic or immediately enjoyable as the first film. But it is tougher and more analytical, with real challenges embedded in its pleasures.””…


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