SOHO INT’L FILM FESTIVAL 2013

Arnold Vegafria, Baron Geisler, Maylyn Enriquez, Philippine Consul General Mario Lopez de Leon Jr. and actress LORLI VILLANUEVA. Photos courtesy of Champion Eye Media

The SOHO International Film Festival closed its 4th annual celebration of independent filmmaking worldwide on April 12th.

Jorge Ballos (Founder), Sibyl Reymundo-Santiago (Executive Director) with “El Presidente” Actor Baron Geisler. Photos courtesy of Champion Eye Media.

“We are thrilled to have broken so many records this year such as screening films from the most countries ever, as well as including the most women and young filmmakers. We also had more celebrities attending like Julia Stiles, who came in support of producer Julie Pacino’s film, “Billy Bates,” and beloved character actor Luis Guzman, who went undercover as a homeless person for his docudrama, “The NIMBY Experience,” part of a larger project that has celebrities going undercover to expose the underbelly of causes their passionate about,” said Sibyl Santiago, executive director and head of marketing for the festival.

Cast of " What's The T?" Photos courtesy of Champion Eye Media

The festival has experienced stellar growth in the past two years, bringing out celebrities in droves such as the ever dapper and handsome “Mambo King” Armand Assante, Dominic Purcell from “Prison Break,” AnnaLynn McCord from “Nip/Tuck,” Kevin Brown – Dot Com from 30 Rock, NY Giants coach Tom Coughlin, Tom Pelphrey, Joe D’Onofrio, Erin Karpluk, Patrick Fischler, 80’s Star Diane Franklin, and German director Uwe Boll with the premiere of his much talked about film, “Assault on Wall Street”.

Center: JULIE PACINO (Producer of “Billy Bates”). Photos courtesy of Champion Eye Media

“General Hospital’s” Jon Lindstrom’s screening of his film “How We Got Away With It,” was attended by many of his well-known Soap Opera colleagues and Latin actors, Franky G, and Jeffrey DeSerrano, stars of the eerie religious thriller, “36 Saints,” by the up-and-coming “talk of the town” Joey Dedio. The last film shot in Seaside Heights before Hurricane Sandy, “West End,” also screened, starring Neal Bledsoe, William Duvall, Peter Onorati & Melissa Archer, all of whom were in attendance. Elke Gazzara, wife of the late consummate and prolific character actor, Ben Gazzara, who passed away before the documentary on his life simply called “Gazzara” was completed, also attended with her friends and family as a tribute to her late husband’s astonishing body of work and personal life.

Actress Julia Stiles (Bourne Series, “Silver Linings Playbook”). Photos courtesy of Champion Eye Media

Below is the list of films screened, highlighting the winner of each category:

BEST WORLD SHORT FILM

NOMINEES & WINNER
THE BEARD by Yaz Rabadi (Canada)
EN HEMLIGHET by Dennis Petersen (Sweden) *** WINNER
STALLED by Shannon Kholi (Canada)
EL INVENTO by Giovanni Granada (Columbia)
A BOY WITH ARMS by So-jin Park (South Korea)
GLUE by Michal Lavi (Canada)

BEST WORLD SHOWCASE

NOMINEES & WINNER
ASSAULT ON WALL STREET by Uwe Boll (Canada)
BODY COMPLETE by Lukas Sturm (Austria)
EL PRESIDENTE by Mark Meilly (Philippines) *** WINNER
TIM SANDERS GOES To HOLLYWOOD by Andreas Schaap (Germany)

BEST SHOWCASE SHORT FILM

NOMINEES & WINNER
SHOOT’ER by P.R. Brown
GROS by Adam Taylor
THE LEPIDOCTOR by Jonathan Barenboim ***WINNER
HERE YOU GO by Jill Durso
THE TEST by Anthony DiBlassi
THE CONDITION by Stephen Graziano

BEST SHOWCASE FEATURE FILM

NOMINEES & WINNER
WET BEHIND THE EARS by Sloan Copeland
AS HIGH AS THE SKY by Nikki Braendlin
BILLY BATES by Jennifer DeLia
HOW WE GOT AWAY WITH IT by Jon Lindstrom
JUNCTION by Tony Glazer
LESS LOST by Chase Conner
PLACEBO by Justin Ho
THE BOYZ OF SUMMER by Antonio DiFonzo
THE SILENT THIEF by Jennifer Clary ***WINNER

BEST DOCUMENTARY

NOMINEES & WINNER
GAZZARA by Joseph Rezwin (US)
HORSE & RIDER by Ben Stamper (India)
MAYAN BLUE by Rafael Garcia (Mexico/Guatemala)
RUNNING FOR JIM by Dan Noyes & Robin Hauser Reynolds (US) ***WINNER
WHAT’S THE T by Cecilio Asuncion (US)

BEST ANIMATED FILM

NOMINEES & WINNER
DANCE OF THE BOOKS by Lorena Fernandez
KING TIGERMORE IN STRAWBERRY FIELDS by Tunde Reid-Kapo
PAPER PLANE by Dave Barnis
FOXED by James Stewart
CONCRETE JUNGLE by Steven Cartoccio ***WINNER

NYC AUDIENCE AWARD: Winner- WET BEHIND THE EARS by Sloan Copeland

SPECIAL JURY AWARD: Winner- JUNCTION by Tony Glazer

SOHO’S PICK FOR 2013: Winner- WEST END by Joe Basille

Cast of "Boyz of Summer". Photos courtesy of Champion Eye Media

Wee Wan, SIBYL SANTIAGO and Cicero Oca. Photos courtesy of Champion Eye Media

Photos courtesy of Champion Eye Media

Follow us for more exciting news and event coverage: http://www.facebook.com/AsianInNYFans

AsianInNY

About AsianInNY

AsianInNY.com is New York’s leader in Asian networking and a multi-cultural entertainment site. AsianInNY has established itself as the premier social and cultural authority for Asians in New York City. AsianInNY maintains the highest standards in providing reliable online content and producing live offline events. AsianInNY seeks to inspire, educate, and connect our community, using a versatile platform that engages our audience via a multi-layered digital presence that showcases the best of New York City. Our pages are updated daily with a rich cultural mix of news, events, interviews, and more. AsianInNY: Connect with Everything Asian!