Mark Stolaroff is an independent producer and the founder of No Budget Film School, a series of classes specifically designed for the no-budget filmmaker. His most recent project, the self-financed low-budget feature film Pig written and directed by Henry Barrial, recently played a string of festivals–13 in only six weeks. He personally attended eight of those festivals in four weeks. Mark graciously agreed to take some photos and write up articles about this series of film festivals for The Weird Review. For more about Mark check out the links at the end of his article. Here is his report on the SOHO International Film Festival.
In only its third year, over-achieving festival director (and filmmaker) Sibyl Santiago is building something special in New York. No small order, considering all the competition for eyeballs in the New York area, including well-established TriBeCa Film Festival, which overlaps the Soho fest by a couple of days. Soho’s success starts with a terrific screening venue, the Landmark Sunshine Cinema. Spacious stadium seating and killer projection and sound, plus areas for meeting and greeting fans of your film, all centrally located in the vibrant Soho area, make this one of the best theaters in town.
Soho also understands the value of networking, and they go to great pains to organize parties each night of the festival, including a rousing affair on closing night, with plenty of free food and drinks. Most importantly, we were treated to a nearly full house in one of the most important movie cities in the world, with perfect picture and sound quality. I’m looking forward to seeing this young festival grow in stature in the coming years.
“PIG” – A FILM BY HENRY BARRIAL
“Highly recommended! Along the lines of Nolan’s Memento.” – The Horror Zine
“A brilliant sci-fi thriller…the most
provocative film I saw at the Palm Springs Film
Festival.” – Desert Star Weekly
OFFICIAL SELECTION AT OVER 30 FILM FESTIVALS
WINNER! BEST FEATURE FILM – SCI-FI-LONDON
WINNER! BEST FEATURE, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENPLAY – ATHENS SCI-FI
WINNER! BEST SCI-FI FEATURE – SHRIEKFEST
WINNER! BEST SCI-FI FEATURE – PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER! BEST FEATURE FILM – THRILLER! CHILLER!
WINNER! BEST SCI-FI FEATURE – SHOCKERFEST
WINNER! BEST EDITING – BOSTON SCI-FI
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