Sunday, October 3, 2010

Independent Film Producer Shadowing Legendary DIrector



Antonio Saillant, an Indie film producer has been given the chance of a lifetime to shadow his mentor "Ted Kotcheff" Executive Producer and one of the Show- Runners of the NBC top television series, "Law & Order: SVU".

Kotcheff directed many U.S. films throughout the 1970's and 1980's perhaps the best-known films being Fun with Dick and Jane (1977), starring Jane Fonda and George Segal; Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978), starring Jacqueline Bisset and George Segal; North Dallas Forty (1979)--which he also wrote--starring 'Nick Nolte' (a film considered by many in the sport to be one of the best ever made about professional football); First Blood (1982), starring Sylvester Stallone--one of the biggest box-office winners of all time--Uncommon Valor (1983), starring Gene Hackman; and Weekend at Bernie's (1989). In the mid-'80s Kotcheff made a film of another Mordecai Richler novel, Joshua Then and Now (1985). This film, starring James Woods and Alan Arkin, was the official Canadian entry in the Cannes Film Festival, and together with "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz", is one of the most widely known and acclaimed Canadian films in the United States.

Saillant initially met Kotcheff in his New York City resident building years ago and after being invited on the set of SVU fell in love with Kotcheff's style of directing and producing and they met many times after to discuss how the mentoring would work.

Saillant commented "Learning from Kotcheff was definitely a stepping stone in the right direction." In order to gain someone's friendship in the industry, when meeting a director or a producer for the first time, "be yourself". Everything you read, learn or experience changes who you are and your goals for who you want to become. You should strive to constantly develop your relationship as you develop yourself.

Saillant, who "work shadowed" Kotcheff for three weeks on Law and Order SVU said the opportunity was "fantastic". Meeting the cast and crew especially Marishka Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T and Sharon Stone was outstanding. Sharon Stone who joined the cast of Law & Order: SVU as a guest spot in which she plays a retired cop who becomes an assistant district attorney. Seeing Sharon Stone in action during the filming last season was breathtaking, said Saillant.

Saillant is best known for his amazing networking abilities and charisma. His networking led him to meet and learn from high profile industry professionals as well as being able to gain trust and friendship from his mentors by simply being genuine. His list of mentors are known to be high established people in the film, television and even Broadway Musical Theater. Just to name a few:

MICHAEL RAFTER - conducted Gypsy on Broadway, as well as the TV movie starring Bette Midler, and won an Emmy award for his music direction of the movie. His recent movie credits include 2 movies with Hugh Grant, Music and Lyrics (piano/vocal coach, produced vocals) and Did You Hear About The Morgans? (produced vocal tracks). RAFTER recently returned from Melbourne, Australia where he supervised the music for the hit Broadway show, Jersey Boys. He has traveled the globe this past year, working on the other 6 productions of Jersey Boys as well - from Toronto and Las Vegas to Melbourne.

He has supervised the Broadway and/or national touring companies of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sunset Boulevard, The Sound of Music, The Buddy Holly Story and the current hit Jersey Boys. On Broadway, Michael has served as music director/conductor of Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Sound of Music, The King & I and Gypsy.

JEANINE TESORI - Tesori married to conductor and musical director Michael Rafter has composed music for the films Nights in Rodanthe, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, Shrek the Third, Mulan II, and The Emperor's New Groove 2: Kronk's New Groove. Tesori's most recent stage project is Shrek the Musical, which earned her both Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for her music.

Tesori has collaborated with Tony Kushner twice, supplying music for Caroline, or Change in 2004 and a new translation of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children, which was produced as part of the 2006 Shakespeare in the Park season staged at the Delacorte Theater by The Public Theater. Caroline garnered her a second Tony nomination for Best Original Score.

SYDNEY POLLACK - was an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films. Pollack showed his best as a comedy director and actor in Tootsie (1982), which was nominated for ten Academy Awards. Pollack also made success in producing such films as The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Quiet American (2002) and Cold Mountain (2003). Pollack returned to the director's chair in 2004, when he directed The Interpreter (2005), the first film ever shot on location at the United Nations Headquarters and within the General Assembley in New York

Saillant, owner of Angel Light Pictures, an independent production company that gives inspired film-makers the chance to make their dreams into reality. Entertainment has a new light.

Saillant who has a story of his own that can be made into a film all on its own. He was a former baseball player in the minor leagues. More than 400 Dominican born players have made it to the Majors in the United States. The difference is Antonio was an American playing in a foreign country. The Dominican Republic Winter League has 6 teams that play a 50 game schedule from October through December, culminating in a playoffs with the winner moving on to the Caribbean Series against the winners in other Latin countries. Almost every Major League Baseball team sponsors a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic where young prospects eat, sleep, and play baseball in its Summer League. New signees, as young as 16 years old, get at most two or three years to show they warrant a promotion to the U.S. minor leagues before getting cut loose.

Almost reaching the Major Leagues in the late 1980's with the New York Mets. Flew to New York from the Dominican Republic to meet his brother Angel who announced his engagement to his girlfriend. A few days later on the way to Jones Beach the car lost control and turned over which resulted in the death of his older brother. Traumatized by his brother dying in his arms, he left baseball and decided to enroll in The Farmingdale State University of New York where he studied Aerospace Technology. Never to pick up a bat again.

Years later, the family was suffering again with his sister, by means that is too graphic to mention. The experience, according to Antonio, was a turning point in his life that played a large part in shaping him into the accomplished entrepreneur he is today.

Antonio's realization of painful family struggles and personal confusion, led him to embrace the entertainment industry. He evolved through the varied characters he portrayed, which helped him to develop a more fulfilling and emotionally healthy life for himself. He found passion in the entertainment industry which led him away from engineering and carried him into motion pictures. Saillant entered TVI Actors Studio in New York City for two years and then went to LA where he joined AIA Actors Studio in Burbank, California. Upon his return to New York City, Saillant was taken on by Sandi Shurin, whose teachings helped him appear in both film and television.

While relishing his role both behind and in front of the camera, Saillant was also busy pursuing his own film career. He formed his own company "Angel Light Pictures" with the goal of developing films for a global audience. Saillant worked with Director/Producer Robert Stock at "Stocks Eye", an independent production company which produced the SyFy thriller, "The Ascension" starring Corbin Bernsen.

Saillant also worked on the independent film "Heterosexuals" produced by J. Robert Spencer, who starred in two outstanding Broadway musicals "Jersey Boys" and "Next to Normal".

Saillant is on a mission to bring a new light to Indie films. Future works from Saillant include a football drama entitled "The Golden Knights", two comedies entitled "If" and "Pumping Up", as well as thrillers "Wormhole", "The Expendables: Soul Harvest" and "Gripped".

Saillant, who was once a semi-pro baseball player turned Aerospace engineer and now filmmaker studied at the New York Institute of Technology in Long Island, Old Westbury and The Farmingdale State University of New York.

Saillant is true to his beliefs as he remains humble and continues to receive much praise for his works.

Antonio Saillant: IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1258387/

Angel Light Pictures: IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/company/co0201157/

Sunday, September 5, 2010

HETEROSEXUALS Joins this years 2010 Bel-Air Film Festival in California.


HETEROSEXUALS Joins this years 2010 Bel-Air Film Festival in California.


For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The 2010 Bel-Air Film Festival

September 6th, 2010

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the Independent Feature titled HETEROSEXUALS for being selected for The 2010 Bel-Air Film Festival.

Directed and Written by Rob McCaskill, This film features J. Robert Spencer, Ashley Williams, Tovah Feldshuh, Natasha Lyonne and Alexander Lyras. Produced by Tai Burkholder, Sam Lembeck, Debra Sugarman, Alexander Lyras Antonio Saillant, Jason Sokoloff, Robert Nickson.

Executive Produced by J. Robert Spencer under his Independent Film Company 7 SPENCER PRODUCTIONS. Spencer is best known for the role of Nick Massi in the Tony and Grammy Award Winning Musical JERSEY BOYS. Spencer originated the role of Dan Goodman in the Critically Acclaimed Broadway Production of NEXT TO NORMAL. He was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor and nominated for a 2008 - 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.

Associate Producer of the film, HETEROSEXUAL’S, Antonio Saillant, formed Angel Light Pictures with the goal of developing films for a global audience. Antonio worked with Robert Stock at Stock's Eye, the independent production company which produced the Sy-Fy thriller The Ascension, starring Corbin Bernsen.

The Bel-Air Film Festival is an independent international film festival recognized for celebrating cinema in one of Southern California’s most prestigious and storied communities. The Festival attracts thousands of moviegoers each year.

The Bel-Air Film Festival promotes the appreciation and knowledge of film, and seeks to recognize the most creative films and individuals in the film industry each year. The Festival’s goal is to inspire filmmakers and help provide them with the resources needed to further their knowledge.

Dedicated to film education and exploration, the Bel-Air Film Festival offers its filmmakers access to a series of film panels, exciting music performances, and networking opportunities with some of the industry’s top professionals. Film screenings include Documentaries, Animation, Short Films, Student Film and Comedy. The festival also hosts both opening and closing night galas.

Please join us as we celebrate and promote our film Heterosexual's at this years The 2010 Bel-Air Film Festival, Information about the screenings will be posted soon at the website listed below.

Website  http://www.belairfilmfestival.com/
The 2010 Bel-Air Film Festival California, United States
Festival Dates: October 14th - 19th  

IMDB: Antonio Saillant
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1258387/

IMDB: Heterosexuals
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1235430/

Thursday, May 20, 2010

THE GREEN ANGEL IS COMING



Angel Light "Green Team" Group "We Find the Light in Energy," by Going Green for Movie and Film Production in NYC.

By Mr. W. Wee
May 20, 2010

It's commonly believed that when it comes to energy efficiency and movies, there is one person that has a vision and passion for both. Antonio Saillant, President of Angel Light Energy and Angel Light Pictures. He’s known as one of the most outspoken green individual in New York City and soon in Hollywood.

Saillant is very active in energy conservation and helping future television and movie industry to push the idea of the initiatives of going green. He saved energy to major hospitals, pharmaceuticals and major businesses in New York City, New Jersey and even Radio City Music Hall and Yankee Stadium.

A graduate of the New York Institute of Technology with a degree in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering. He is a top Management Executive for over 15 years in the energy field, managing over $1 billion in both the private and public sector. His specialties included energy conservation, energy supply management and energy infrastructure. He evaluated and implemented the following in many companies/projects: Project Management; Project Financing; Construction Management; Operations & Maintenance; Energy Auditing; Energy Engineering; Measurement & Verification.

His passion for the entertainment industry led him away from engineering and carried him into motion pictures. Saillant has appeared on both the big screen and television.

Relishing his role behind the camera as well as in front, Saillant decided to utilize his years of experience and formed Angel Light Pictures with the goal of developing films for a global audience.

Saillant worked with Robert Stock at Stock's Eye, the independent production company which produced the syfy thriller The Ascension, starring Corbin Bernsen. Saillant also worked on the independent film Heterosexuals, produced by J. Robert Spencer, the actor and singer who was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway musical Next to Normal.

Saillant is best known for his amazing networking abilities and charisma. His networking led him to meet and learn from high profile industry professionals as well as being able to gain trust and friendship from his mentors by simply being genuine.

Saillant's long time collaboration with his mentor, Ted Kotcheff, led to the idea of one day working together in producing upcoming film projects. Kotcheff directed many U.S. films throughout the 1970's and 1980's, with perhaps the best-known film being "First Blood" in 1982, starring Sylvester Stallone. Kotcheff is currently the executive producer of NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" .

Saillant also had the privilege to know Sydney Pollack, whose films received a total of 48 Academy Award nominations, winning 11 Oscars. Pollack directed more than 21 films and 10 television shows, acted in over 30 films or shows, and produced over 44 films.

Saillant commented "Learning from Kotcheff and Pollack was definitely a stepping stone in the right direction. In order to gain someone's friendship in the industry, when meeting a director or a producer for the first time, be yourself. Everything you read, learn or experience changes who you are and your goals for who you want to become. You should strive to constantly develop your relationship as you develop yourself."

Saillant's, Angel Light Energy has provided hundreds of clients nationwide with energy and sustainability solutions about perceptions, barriers and opportunities for energy efficiency in new and existing buildings.

Angel Light Pictures was created to educate and inspire future artists that have that entrepreneurial spirit, raw talent, commitment and tenacity to create a career of longevity and mastery. The company has the artistic vision and with the goal of bringing the universal themes of friendship, integrity and goodwill to the big screen, and to television for worldwide audiences who are tired of the stereotyped movie formula.

Saillant stated, "I’m pleased that with the Angel Light Group it will be able to combine both the motion pictures and energy business model in order to make both my vision quests into reality.”
"We at the Angel Light Group will be working diligently toward focusing on energy services business while pursuing the motion picture industry.”

The future of the Entertainment industry will definitely follow an environmental pattern. Stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Forest Whitaker, Chace Crawford, Jason Bateman, Emmy Rossum and more stars appear in a new PSA asking Americans to contact the government about passing a clean energy bill. Efforts are taking place throughout the movie and television industries and in all companies to recycle materials and cut down on water consumption.

"Production is an inherently high-polluting business and the process of turning Green takes time and money," said Saillant.

Saillant will be setting up future meetings with studio executives to discuss ways the industry can be more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly and if money is an issue, the Angel Light Group will work with State, City and utilities to develop rebate incentives in order to help in the green efforts.


© 2010 Angel Light Group.

Antonio Saillant IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1258387/

Angel Light Pictures IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/company/co0201157/

Monday, May 10, 2010

Independent Film Producer invited to set of Law & Order: SVU



Independent Film Producer invited to set of Law & Order: SVU

By Martha Swartz


Antonio Saillant, an Indie film producer has been given the chance of a lifetime to shadow "Ted Kotcheff" on the set of the Hollywood television series, "Law & Order: SVU".

Saillant, who lives in New York City, is the owner of Angel Light Pictures, an independent production company that gives inspired film-makers the chance to make their dreams into reality. Entertainment has a new light, "Angel Light".

Ted Kotcheff, Executive Producer and one of the Show- Runners, is a friend of Saillant, which led to the idea of Kotcheff one day mentoring him. Kotcheff directed many U.S. films throughout the 1970's and 1980's, with perhaps the best-known film being "First Blood" in 1982, starring Sylvester Stallone.

Saillant, who "work shadowed" Kotcheff for two weeks, said the opportunity was "fantastic". Meeting the cast and crew especially Marishka Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T and Sharon Stone was outstanding.

Sharon Stone who joins the cast of Law & Order: SVU as a guest spot in which she plays a retired cop who becomes an assistant district attorney. Seeing Sharon Stone in action during the filming of the last episode of the 11th season was breathtaking, said Saillant.

In addition, French actress “Isabelle Huppert” was also involved in the filming of the last episode of the season as guest star. Huppert is best known for her in the “Piano Teacher” and the “Lacemaker” along with a handful of American Movies such as “I Heart Huckabees”.

I would be reluctant to say something like, "film is a lot more challenging and filled with philosophical depth than TV" when the reality is that film merely has more freedom to be that way. "I hope as my career develops, I'll end up working on bigger budgeted films and hopefully with Kotcheff. "I'm hoping to join the set in Canada which will be my first time on a proper film sound stage involving Kotcheff," said Saillant.

The film November Gale, is the human and tragic story of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, an event immortalized in Gordon Lightfoot's epic song. This film project is being produced by Gerry Arbeid who has hundreds of screen credits to his name and will be directed by Kotcheff. No set date has been established yet for filming.

Saillant, who was once a semi-pro baseball player turned Aerospace engineer, studied at the New York Institute of Technology in Long Island, Old Westbury.

Saillant commented "Learning from Kotcheff was definitely a stepping stone in the right direction." In order to gain someone's friendship in the industry, when meeting a director or a producer for the first time, "be yourself". Everything you read, learn or experience changes who you are and your goals for who you want to become. You should strive to constantly develop your relationship as you develop yourself.

Saillant initially met Kotcheff in his New York City resident building years ago and after being invited on the set of SVU fell in love with Kotcheff's style of directing and producing and they met many times after to discuss how the mentoring would work.

Although the formal mentoring period is over, Kotcheff will continue helping Saillant on an informal basis.

Saillant is also busy pursuing his own film career. He formed his own company "Angel Light Pictures" with the goal of developing films for a global audience. Saillant worked with Director/Producer Robert Stock at "Stocks Eye", an independent production company which produced the SyFy thriller, "The Ascension" starring Corbin Bernsen.

Saillant also worked on the independent film "Heterosexuals" produced by J. Robert Spencer, who played Nick Massi in "Jersey Boys" and is currently starring on Broadways new musical as Dan in "Next to Normal".

Future works from Saillant include a football drama entitled "The Golden Knights", two comedies entitled "If" and "Pumping Up", as well as thrillers "Wormhole", "The Expendables: Soul Harvest" and "Gripped".



Antonio Saillant: IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1258387/

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Dancing's Tony Dovolani: What's With All the Kate Hate? by Joyce Eng


Article below, Tony Dovolani mentions Angel Light Pictures independent films "Wormhole" and "Pumping Up."





Dancing's Tony Dovolani: What's With All the Kate Hate?

Mar 21, 2010 10:01 PM ET
by Joyce Eng


Tony Dovolani was the only one in the dark. The Dancing with the Stars pro says he doesn't read casting rumors about the show, so the possibility of working with Kate Gosselin (a widely speculated pairing since they both live on the East Coast) never crossed his mind. "Everyone was thinking that except me!" he tells TVGuide.com. "I don't read rumors. If you do and set your heart on somebody and don't get them, or it turns out the person is not doing the show, then you're disappointed even if you get somebody great." And great is exactly what the mom of eight is, says Dovolani, a dad of three — whatever "haters" might think.


TVGuide.com: What was your reaction when you found out you had Kate?

Tony Dovolani: I knew my wife was going to be very happy because she's a big fan of hers. I think there's a bond between people who have had twins. I was pleasantly surprised and happy she was doing our show. You hear about people and you're always curious to see if they are who you think they are. In this case, I was very happy to learn she was just as sweet as I thought she was going to be. She's so nice, and we're having so much fun together.




TVGuide.com: Evan Lysacek said Kate showed some rhythm during your title shoot. Is she going to be a dark horse?

Dovolani: [Laughs] Kate has never taken a dance step in her life! The one thing she does have is drive. That's something that I love about her. She's fantastically driven. There are a lot of hours packed in and she's 100 percent present the entire time. She wants this really badly and she's willing to work really hard. But as far as her having any advantage over the contestants — no. The other ones come with way more experience.




TVGuide.com: How often do you rehearse?

Dovolani: Every day for six hours a day at her home in Pennsylvania. The rest of the time, she's with her kids. People think she's away from her kids and she's not. She's a single working mom. Instead of being supportive of her, they're bashing her. I don't understand that. My sister told me, "Tell Kate that all of us mothers understand and we're standing behind her." To hear that confirms that I'm thinking the right way. She has to provide for those kids. They're so sweet! They came up with a routine they showed us one day! Once in a while we perform for them. She's a great mother. They're all over her.


TVGuide.com: How does your Viennese waltz look?

Dovolani: We're ready. I'm excited to show everyone what she's accomplished in such a short amount of time, not having any experience whatsoever. You're expecting a person to go from zero to 160 mph in seconds. There has to be a lot of trust. It's a process. As a teacher, I'm excited because I have an empty canvas to work with. She has the work ethic and that's all you can ask for. I would say she's an average learner, but the hard work makes her a fast learner.




TVGuide.com: She's a very divisive figure. Are you concerned about how that will affect voting?Dovolani: I'm new to this whole thing about hating somebody and I don't understand why people hate her. Our show is so positive that it's going to be difficult to hate someone. I love our show. It's the only show you can watch with the whole family. For me, it's mindboggling to think people think negatively in general, let alone at someone they don't know. I guess if you're a hater, don't watch when we're dancing. ... Honestly, I think the side she has shown — not what the tabloids have shown — there's nothing wrong with her. She's a mom taking care of her kids. She doesn't buy into the tabloids. She's a great role model for her kids.


TVGuide.com: What do you think of the rest of the cast?

Dovolani: It could be one of the best seasons ever. We have a little bit of everything. Niecy [Nash], Nicole [Scherzinger] — I'm a huge fan of hers. Erin [Andrews], Evan — I can't wait to see them. Chad [Ochocinco], what a personality! ... I'm excited about the changes too. Brooke [Burke] coming on is awesome. There were changes that needed to be done, like with the big cast. I think the producers listened to the audience. The audience was the one that suggested these things.




TVGuide.com: Are your or Kate's kids going to come out for the tapings?

Dovolani: I don't know if hers will come. My wife comes out every three weeks every season with our [4-year-old] daughter. My wife's my hero. She goes through so much on a daily basis so I could do what I do. When we got pregnant with our first child, I said I was going to quit competing to be around. She said, "No. You're going to compete and you're going to win because I want you to share this with your kids to set an example for them. I want them to say, 'My dad is a champion.'" It's because of her I am where I am now.


TVGuide.com: You also act. What do you have coming up?

Dovolani: There are some projects. I love being able to create — acting, choreography, dancing, whatever it is. ... There's an independent movie called Wormhole that I'm going to do. I have Pumping Up, which has to do with bodybuilders, and it's really cool. I'm looking forward to the summer because there are a bunch of projects lined up.


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Tony Dovolani set to star in the upcoming comedy "Pumping Up"



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April 9, 2010 ~ Dancing with the Star, Tony Dovolani set to star in the upcoming comedy "Pumping Up"

"PUMPING UP"produced by Angel Light Pictures is an independent film to be shot in Queens, NY. The story revolves around three local friends who work out at an old gym.
Tony Dovolani is slated to star as Tommy, weight-lifter who joins his friends every year in the annual "Mr. Hercules" weightlifting contest. The film will depict how the competition affects their lives and personal relationships. Looking at a 1970's & 1980's remix soundtrack. Think of Saturday Night Fever in a gym!

Joining the cast is J. Robert Spencer, best known for his role as Nick Massi in "Jersey Boys".J. Robert Spencer was part of the original cast of the "Jersey Boys" who won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical. Spencer was also nominated for a Tony Award for his current role as Dan in the Broadway musical "Next to Normal."
Also joining the cast playing himself is Goumba Johnny who is heard in the afternoons on KTU! Tune in every Monday- Friday from 3pm-7pm for the "Hollywood Hamilton and Goumba Johnny" Show.
"Pumping Up" written by Peter Papageorgiou, Executive Producer, Antonio Saillant, owner of Angel Light Pictures and Tony Timpone, Editor of both Fangoria Magazine and Fangoria.com will Produce. Antonio Saillant is also heading structuring on the film's financing and fund-raising.
Saillant formed Angel Light Pictures with the goal of developing films for a global audience. Saillant worked with Robert Stock at Stock's Eye, the independent production company which produced the syfy thriller The Ascension, starring Corbin Bernsen.

Saillant also worked on the independent film Heterosexuals, produced by J. Robert Spencer and will be screened at the 2010 Boston International Film Festival in April.
Pumping Up has no start date. Further details about the upcoming feature movie, including cast and targeted release date, will be revealed in the months ahead.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

November Gale - Feature Film



November Gale recounts the legendary true story of the Edmund Fitzgerald which sank on Lake Superior in 1975, resulting in the tragic deaths of the entire crew. This maritime disaster tells the dramatic tale of the crew's bravery, their relationships with their loved ones and it's significant impact on a country.

It was great shock to many, that despite the extensive safety features and experienced crew, the Fitzgerald sank. The frenzy on the part of the media about the victim's, the legends about the mysterious sinking, the resulting changes to maritime law and the discovery of the wreck have contributed to the interest in and fame of the Fitzgerald that continues to this day.

Currently scheduled for a winter 2010 shoot date.


Director - Ted Kotcheff
Writer - Gerald Wexler
Producers - Gerry Arbeid, Ratch Wallace, Gary Howsam

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Upcoming Seminar at the NYC Film Center: Actors Connection



There are only a few Spots available for the Thinking Smart: Getting your foot in the door seminar at the New York Film Center : ACTORS CONNECTION! This is the time to get your business in front of your exact target market.

Come learn the tricks to getting your foot in the door from Producer/Actor Antonio Saillant. ( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1258387 ). He is currently casting 3 features and in development on 4 other films.

In a recent seminar, Antonio spotted actress Vania Bezerra whom he subsequently cast in the feature film The Ascension http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1067062 ) This information packed seminar will include:

Discussion of Networking and Preparation
Question and Answer Session
Actor Presentations of a Monologue, with feedback from Antonio
Concluding Comments

So, please join us Monday, April 12th at the Film Center: Actors Connection (630 9th Avenue, Suite 1410 btwn 44th & 45th) from 4:00 - 6:00pm

Tuition is $59. Seating is limited, so please RSVP early to assure a seat.

No cash at the door - must pre-pay online to attend.Hurry, these spots won't last!

RSVP fees are non-refundable unless event is cancelled or postponed.

Questions? Email us today at Angellightpictures@nyc.rr.com

'Gripped' promises West Texas touch



'Gripped' promises West Texas touch



Tuesday, 06 October 2009

By THOMAS JENKINS

Staff Writer

Lights. Camera. Action.

While Hollywood may be more than 1,000 miles away, these very words could be heard soon in the Crossroads area, as Big Spring native and Midland resident Deborah Thompson Allen and several other West Texas natives prepare to film “Gripped.”

According to Allen, who is the creator of “Gripped” and is serving as screenwriter for the film, the movie will be shot in Austin and throughout the West Texas area.

“Producers on the film are Rene Ross Garza, a Midland native and 1990 graduate of Lee High School, and Don Tynes of Florida,” said Allen. “Together, they have formed Vision Chaser Productions in Orlando, Fla. Previously they filmed a comedy with Gordon Tynes, “National Lampoon's RoboDoc,” which is due to be released to DVD Nov. 10 of this year. Also on board is Angel Light Pictures of New York, N.Y., including Antonio Saillant, a veteran of the film industry. Together, Salliant, Garza and Tynes will be producing this thriller.”

Allen, who previously published a mystery romance novel entitled “The Prey of the Shadow,” said she and Garza are hoping to bring the film industry to the doorstep of West Texas.

“Casting and crew calls will be announced,” said Allen. “We're very excited about being able to film in Austin and West Texas. For me and Rene, this is a tremendous opportunity to bring something special to West Texas, and we're very much looking forward to it.”

And make no mistake, Allen is no stranger to West Texas or Big Spring, having attended both Big Spring High School and Forsan High before graduating in 1976. She went on to attend Howard County Junior College, and after publishing her novel in 2001, began screenwriting, winning first place with “I'll Always Be With You” in the WriteMovies A/Exposure competition, a true-based story on dealing with Alzheimer's in a family.

Allen said “Gripped” is currently in the research and development stage, and already sports a tremendous amount of talent.

“Don Tynes, our executive producer, has more than 10 years of experience in television and film production, most recently along with Rene Garza, when they produced National Lampoon's Comedy Night School,” said Allen. “The show aired on WKMG-TV, the CBS Orlando, Fla., affiliate for three successive summer sessions on the National Lampoon cable network.

“After graduating from Midland's Lee High, Rene Garza went on to attend Metropolitan Film School in Orlando, Fla. He then went on to work with Don Tynes on the National Lampoon's Comedy Night School and was the associate producer on 'National Lampoon's RoboDoc.'”

Antonio Saillant of Angel Light Pictures in N.Y. is also onboard as co-producer, and according to Allen, brings with him many years of experience in the film industry.

“He's acted in movies and television series such 'Blood Cauldron,' 'Expendables: Soul Harvest,' 'Angel's Blade' and many more in the preproduction state,” said Allen. “In television he has appeared in several episodes of 'Rescue Me' and 'All My Children.' Taking the seat as producer on films such as 'Pumping UP' and 'Blood Cauldron,' he has continued to broaden his field of expertise.”

Allen said Saillant's list of accomplishments is lengthy, including work as a stunt man and stunt coordinator.

Contact Staff Writer Thomas Jenkins at 263-7331 ext. 232 or by e-mail at

citydesk@bigspringherald.com

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44 wins "Best Narrative Feature Film" at the 2007 Long Island Latino International Film Festival




Antonio Saillant playing Juan, the Drug King Pin of Brooklyn, from the movie "44" . 44 wins "Best Narrative Feature Film" at the 2007 Long Island Latino International Film Festival... 44 is an "Official Selection" of the 2007 Long Island Latino International Film Festival.
Inspired by actual events, 44 is the story of Migs, an 18 year old high school student trapped between the two opposing forces of his father, a drug dealer and convicted felon, and his mother, an NYPD cop. For the last two years, Migs has been forced to lead a double life. His ambitious yet arrogant father has placed Migs in charge of his drug operation while he is incarcerated. At the same time, Migs is living with his well-meaning but hot-tempered mother. Now, with his father out of prison and attempting to regain control of his business, and his mother trying to regain control of her son’s life, Migs is forced to make the most difficult choices of his life. Determined to find his own destiny, he must navigate the forces around him that threaten his dreams of what life should be. Out of this power struggle emerges a story that lives in the blurry twilight between right and wrong, and finds that all choices, whether made voluntarily or forced upon us still have definite consequences.
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Antonio Saillant, Angel Light Pictures Joins Gripped the Movie a Psychological Thriller Announced


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


April 4, 2010 -- New York-- The movie, Gripped, is being produced by Rene Ross Garza and Don Tynes. Antonio Saillant as co-producer, Story by Deborah Thompson Allen.

The story is about a married couple that hate each other and are heading for a divorce when they are kidnapped by a psycho and taken to a house in the middle of the desert. Each one must endure a night of terror while dealing with a moral dilemma of what they must to do to save themselves. Escape this nightmare by leaving their spouse to a mad man, or will they find love again for the person that they secretly wish where dead.


Antonio Saillant, owner of Angel Light Pictures is in post-production with the thriller The Ascension, starring Corbin Bernsen. Saillant also worked on the independent film Heterosexuals, produced by J. Robert Spencer and will be screened at the 2010 Boston International Film Festival in April. Other expected works from Saillant include a football drama entitled The Golden Knights, two comedies entitled If - the Film and Pumping Up, (also starring Tony Dovolani) ,as well as thrillers, The Expendables: Soul Harvest, and Gripped.


Rene Ross Garza recently finished working on National Lampoon's hilarious comedy,” RoboDoc”, starring Alan Thicke, David Faustino, David DeLuise, Corin Nemec, Michael Winslow, and introducing Will Haze. Produced by Don Tynes and Doug Gordon.


Gripped is currently in research and development and will be filmed in Austin, TX and West Texas. Casting and crew calls will be announced.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Big Event! - Fundraiser for Wormhole,The Movie

SUPPORT WORMHOLE!!!!

Dovolani, Dancing with the Stars, dances into a Wormhole.
Tony Dovolani has agreed to appear in Angel Light Pictures/Stock's Eye indie syfy thriller, "Wormhole," to be shot in Granby, Massachusetts.

Where: Kennedy's (Manhattan)When: April 14, 7 pm
Who: Ted Kotcheff (Rambo: First Blood, Law and Order SVU), Bobby Spencer (Jersey Boys, Next to Normal), Heather Locklear, Goumba Johnny, and more!
What: Fundraiser for Wormhole, The Movie

Advance RSVP required: www.angellightpictures.com

See you there!


Sincerely,

Your Friends at Angel Light Pictures!

HETEROSEXUAL’S Joins the 2010 Boston International Film Festival

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Boston International Film Festival

April 4, 2010

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the Independent Feature titled HETEROSEXUALS for being selected for the 2010 Boston International Film Festival.

Directed and Written by Rob McCaskill, This film features J. Robert Spencer, Ashley Williams, Tovah Feldshuh, Natasha Lyonne and Alexander Lyras. Produced by Tai Burkholder, Sam Lembeck, Debra Sugarman, Alexander Lyras Antonio Saillant, Jason Sokoloff, Robert Nickson
Executive Produced by J. Robert Spencer under his Independent Film Company 7 SPENCER PRODUCTIONS. Spencer is best known for the role of Nick Massi in the Tony and Grammy Award Winning Musical JERSEY BOYS. Now Spencer originated the role of Dan Goodman in the Critically Acclaimed Broadway Production of NEXT TO NORMAL. He was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor and nominated for a 2008 - 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.

Associate Producer of the film, HETEROSEXUAL’S, Antonio Saillant, formed Angel Light Pictures with the goal of developing films for a global audience. Antonio worked with Robert Stock at Stock's Eye, the independent production company which produced the Sy-Fy thriller The Ascension, starring Corbin Bernsen.

The Boston International Film Festival, created to celebrate and honour the work of filmmakers from all over the world, the annual Boston International Film Festival provides an arena for screening, championing and discussing a range of works by independent filmmakers. The festival screens fiction features, shorts, documentaries, animations and experimental works from both professional filmmakers and students. A number of prizes are awarded to directors on the final night of the festival which usually closes with a big party.

Please join us as we celebrate and promote our film Heterosexual's at this years Boston International Film Festival. Information about the screenings will be posted soon at the website listed below.

Website  http://www.blogger.com/www.bifilmfestival.com
Boston International Film Festival,Boston, United States
Festival Dates: 16 Apr 2010 - 25 Apr 2010  

IMDB: Antonio Saillant
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1258387/

IMDB: Heterosexuals
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1235430/

Dovolani, Dancing with the Stars, dances into a Wormhole


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 3, 2010 - New York - Tony Dovolani has agreed to appear in Angel Light Pictures/Stock's Eye indie syfy thriller, "Wormhole," to be shot in Granby, Massachusetts.

Dovolani has traveled the world and won many dance championships. He is best known for his involvement in Dancing with the Stars on ABC. Dovolani also portrayed a Latin bad boy in the hit film Shall We Dance? and spent time coaching actress Jennifer Lopez. he can be seen now on DWTS on ABC for Season Ten with partner and former reality star Kate Gosselin from Jon and Kate Plus 8.

Robert Stock, who co-wrote "Wormhole", is directing and producing under his production company Stock"s Eye. Saillant worked with Stock's Eye which produced the syfy thriller The Ascension, starring Corbin Bernsen. Saillant, owner of Angel Light Pictures and Tony Timpone, Editor of both Fangoria Magazine and Fangoria.com will produce. Saillant is also heading structuring on the film's financing and fund-raising.

Joining the cast is J. Robert Spencer, best known for his role as Nick Massi in "Jersey Boys". Spencer was part of the original cast of the "Jersey Boys" who won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical and was nominated last year for a Tony Award for his current role as Dan in the Broadway Musical "Next to Normal. Saillant also worked on the independent film Heterosexuals, produced by J. Robert Spencer and will be screened at the 2010 Boston International Film Festival in April.

Other expected works from Saillant include a football drama entitled The Golden Knights, two comedies entitled If - the Film and Pumping Up, (also starring Tony Dovolani) ,as well as thrillers, The Expendables: Soul Harvest, and Gripped.

Wormhole has no start date. Further details about the upcoming feature movie, including cast and targeted release date, will be disclosed in the months ahead as details become available.