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“ENGAGING” – Variety
“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”.…
Wonderful Films and Convergent Media team up to produce Francisco Goldman’s Love Story “Say Her Name”
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
Leena Yadav (“Parched”) is set to direct from a script by Oscar nominated screenwriter Scott B. Smith. Wonderful Films’ William 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.…
From the New York Times, May 24, 2017
“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.””…
From Variety.com article, “Tim Story to Direct, Produce Movie on 1921 Tulsa Race Riot”
by Dave McNary – May 17, 2017
Tim Story, helmer of the three “Ride Along” movies, is directing and producing a feature film about the deadly 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.
Story and Doug Griffin are producing through the Story Company with Christine Holder and Mark Holder of Zero Gravity. Zak Kilberg is also Producing via his Social Construct banner, with Blue Ridge Media Capital serving as executive producer. Christopher Kubasik has been hired to write the screenplay, 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.
Story’s directing credits include the two “Think Like a Man” movies, “Fantastic Four,” and “Barbershop.” He’s directing and executive producing Showtime’s upcoming comedy series “White Famous,” based on Jamie Foxx’s personal experiences.
Story is repped by UTA. Kubasik is repped by Zero Gravity and Rob Szymanski of Eclipse Law. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
IMDB Official Movie Page to be posted soon!…
The Song of Sway Lake will be premiered on June 21, 2017 at the LA Film Festival!
A young record collector, haunted by his father’s suicide, brings a bombastic Russian drifter to his family’s lake house to help him steal a one-of-a-kind record from his own grandmother.
From 4x Sundance alumni, director Ari Gold.
WRITERS: Ari Gold, Elizabeth Bull
PRODUCERS: Michael Bederman, Zak Kilberg, Allison Carter, Ari Gold
CAST: Rory Culkin, Robert Sheehan, Mary Beth Peil, Isabelle McNally, Elizabeth Peña, Jack Falahee, Brian Dennehy)
Get info about the premiere by joining the Song of Sway Lake Los Angeles Film Fest Premiere Facebook Event Page!
On May 11, 2017, Rolling Stone released the trailer for the Buena Vista Social Club Adios documentary, and announced the planned release date of May 26. The film is a production of Social Construct’s joint venture, Convergent Media, and is Produced by Social Construct founder and CEO, Zak Kilberg.
The article also includes quotes from Kilberg and a video of the band’s performance in the White House in 2015. Stay tuned for more about the film over the coming months!…