Golden Door IFF 2022

This past weekend (5/12-5/14), the 11th Annual Golden Door International Film Festival was held in Jersey City, NJ.

After a fun opening night gala on the 12th, we had the world premiere of “Tales from the Narrow Bridge: The Wyrmwood Devil” on FRIDAY THE 13th. A spooky day for a spooky movie.

A good number of our cast & crew were able to attend (although there were a few who were sadly absent)… But our screening was a sold out, standing room only red carpet event! The reactions were positive. People laughed when they were supposed to and really seemed to enjoy.

Saturday night was the closing night awards gala… and even though, I know that each and every person involved in this movie deserves all of the awards, it was still a VERY pleasant surprise to receive as many awards and nominations as we did.

Isaac Platizky won BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURE. Jenna Kildosher won BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS. William R. Farley won BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR.

In addition to that, Megan Hoche was nominated for BEST ACTRESS IN A FEATURE. Stephanie Marie Alvarez was nominated for BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS. I (Sam Platizky) was nominated for BEST DIRECTOR. Joey Mosca was nominated for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER. And the entire film was nominated for BEST FEATURE FILM.

Thank you to the Sorvinos (Bill & Michele) and everyone at the Golden Door Film Festival who helped to make this such an amazing weekend.

A wonderful weekend and a fantastic start to our horror anthology’s festival run. Here’s hoping that it’s a great one!

“Tales” World Premiere

It has been a long road to get to this point, but we are pleased to finally announce that Tales from the Narrow Bridge: The Wyrmwood Devil will be having its world premiere at the Golden Door International Film Festival on Friday, May 13th at 7pm at Sip Studios. You can buy your tickets to this RED CARPET EVENT right HERE.

As you may know, we started filming Tales in 2018. We developed some of the segments of the anthology at the Brazen Giant Ensemble in NYC, and continued filming through summer 2021 (with a pandemic sized pause in the middle).

We are very excited for people to get their first look at this movie that we have been working so hard on, and we hope that you can attend!

FIVE FEATURES FINISHED

“Tales from the Narrow Bridge” Poster Designed by Ty Haberichter

The first project we ever did was a feature… Which, in hindsight, is a little crazy. And then we followed that feature with another feature. After that, we delved into the world of shorts and short episodes before we jumped into… more features. And somewhere along the way, we came up with the idea to put some horror shorts together into one feature length horror anthology.

And so, in the Fall of 2018, we started filming the short segments that would become a part of the anthology. As we worked on that, and decided on short scripts to include in the film, I (along with Isaac) adapted an old horror short I wrote called “THE HUNT” into a wraparound story that would become “THE WYRMWOOD DEVIL.”

We decided not to rush ourselves as we put this film together, and so we shot segment by segment over time… We lost a lot of time & momentum because of Covid, but fortunately that was all we lost… And we continued filming until finally wrapping all re-shoots this past summer.

We edited. We tightened. We polished. We sent the film around for notes and applied some of them. And on Tuesday, March 15th, Joey put the finishing touches on our 5th feature length film.

Blaming George Romero, Red Scare, Cabin of Errors, Yellow Scare, and now Tales From the Narrow Bridge: The Wyrmwood Devil!

7 directors. 4 writers. 8 short, horror segments and a wraparound story. (We actually filmed 10 short segments, but decided to take two of them – The Girl in the Basement and Switcheroo – and make them into their own shorts.)

As we speak, the film is exporting before we start sending it off to film festivals around the world and hopefully some good distribution.

Whatever happens with the film, I am incredibly proud of, and thankful for, every single person who played a role in the creation of the film. People in front of the camera and behind the camera. People who worked on the movie directly, and people who contributed to our Indiegogo campaign (and there were a lot of you– I know because I finished the “SPECIAL THANKS” in the end credits the other day).

I am excited for you to see what we put together. Stay tuned for film festival and screening announcements on this website and our social media pages.

-Sam

WHERE TO WATCH?

One of the questions we often get is, “Where can we watch your projects?” The answer, my friends, can be found below. We hope you watch & share.

BLAMING GEORGE ROMERO: Most people may start with shorts, but our first project was a feature length zombie comedy written by Sam Platizky & Directed by Robert Lise. It can be found right here, for free, on our website. We also have a limited number of DVD’s for sale. Contact us for more information.

RED SCARE: We followed BGR up with another zombie comedy (written by Sam Platizky & directed by William Dautrick Jr.). Our second feature length film (and first award winning project) can be found right here, for free, on our website. We also have a limited number of DVD’s for sale. Contact us for more information.

TOILET PRAYERS: After two feature length films, we decided to do a series of experimental shorts. Our first short film can be found right here on our website. Written & Directed by Sam Platizky.

TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD: Our award winning 2nd short film can be found right here on our website. Written by Dan Gregory and Directed by Sean Feuer.

BLACKOUT: Sam Platizky wrote our 3rd short during Hurricane Sandy, and a few months later Joey Mosca directed it. You can view this short right here on our website.

LOST & FOUND: After we finished our features, Sam Platizky & Keith McCord came up with the idea for our first webseries. Then, we created a writers room that consisted of Sam Platizky, Isaac Platizky, and Dan Gregory. Episodes were directed by Sam Platizky, Isaac Platizky, Dan Gregory, Joey Mosca, and Tony Pineiro. The first episode can be found below, but our entire 12 episode webseries can be found right here on our website.

REX STEEL & THE PC OFFICER: You can watch this Yellow Scare prequel short (written by Isaac Platizky & Directed by Sean Feuer) right on our website.

DEVIL YOU KNOW: Isaac Platizky wrote this award winning short film & Sam Platizky directed it. It can also be found on our website.

CABIN OF ERRORS: Written by Isaac Platizky, and directed by Sean Feuer, this multi-award winning feature rom-com can be found on Tubi and Amazon Prime. You can also purchase a copy on DVD here and here. The trailer for the movie can be found below.

YELLOW SCARE: You can view our multi-award winning 4th feature length film on IFT Network or on Amazon Prime. We also have a limited number on DVD for sale. Contact us for more information. The trailer can be viewed below.

CUPID’S FIRST DAY: Written by Isaac Platizky and Directed by Sami Saad, this short can also be viewed right here.

CLICK SEND: This horrific, award winning short was written by Isaac Platizky and Directed by Joey Mosca. It can be found right here.

I’VE GOT YOU BEAT: This short (written by Isaac Platizky and Directed by William R Farley) had its festival run virtually because of the pandemic. We put it up to view at the start of the pandemic to give people something new to view and you can still view it right here.

LAST REHEARSAL OF THE DANGEROUS KITTEN: This award winning short (written by Dan Gregory and Jenna Kildosher and Directed by William R. Farley) can be viewed on the IFT Network. A short teaser can be viewed below.

FIRST! Written by Sam Platizky & Directed by Sam Platizky and William R Farley, this short had the majority of its festival run virtually because of the pandemic. You can view it on IFT Network. A short teaser can be found below.

GHOST TOUR: Ghost Tour was filmed in 2018, but finished in 2021 after delays caused by other filming priorities and a global pandemic. It had its festival premiere at Gen Con 2021 and premiered it on Halloween 2021 on our website.

TALES FROM THE NARROW BRIDGE: THE WYRMWOOD DEVIL: Our 5th feature length film is a horror anthology written by Sam Platizky, Isaac Platizky, Jenna Kildosher, and William R. Farley & directed by Joey Mosca, Jayleen S. Perez, Isaac Platizky, William R. Farley, Sam Platizky, Jenna Kildosher, and Sami Saad. You can view the trailer below. The film is in the late stages of post-production now.

MONSTER MASH: You can watch this trailer we filmed for Isaac Platizky’s feature length screenplay right here.

GREEN SCARE: You can watch the trailer we shot for Sam Platizky’s feature length finale to the Scare trilogy GREEN SCARE right here.

THE DISTANCING MONOLOGUES: In an attempt to stay creative as the pandemic raged in the spring of 2020, Sam Platizky created a series of monologues and assembled a fantastic group of actors to perform them. You can view them right on our website.

QUARANTINE NIGHT LIVE: Another attempt at staying creative during the early days of the pandemic gathered different actors together for a variety of short skits.

THE GIRL IN THE BASEMENT: Initially, this short by Isaac Platizky was going to be a part of our horror anthology, but it didn’t fit as well as we hoped and will be a standalone short. Currently in post-production.

BONUS!!!

HENDRICKSON’S COMMERCIAL: In 2019, Hendrickson’s Corner (a local bar/restaurant that has allowed us to film multiple projects in) had a bad fire. When they reopened, we created a short commercial for them (and a longer one)… and then we cut a slightly different version when they reopened after the Covid shutdown.

NBF Ghostober 2021

Welcome, Foolish Mortals!

I love this time of year. I love having an excuse to watch horror movies, even though you never really need one. Personally, I try to watch as many horror movies as I can in the month of October. If you are anything like me, you do the same.

To add to the usual “Shining” and “Friday the 13th’s” and other horror movies, might I suggest adding some indie horror to your lists this year. Below, you will find all of the horror content we have finished so far from our latest projects to our oldest, including the brand new GHOST TOUR, which will only be up for the month of October for now, so make sure you watch it before it disappears…

And who knows? By watching these projects and sharing them, maybe you will be helping us get our other horror screenplays produced. Screenplays like: The Indie Project, Monster Mash, Horror Box, The Tragic Life of Timothy Finch, Murder on the Southbound, The Dybbuk Box, SlasherZ, and more!

First up, GHOST TOUR!

PASSWORD: Ghostober
The trailer for our upcoming feature length horror anthology!

Tales from the Narrow Bridge: The Wyrmwood Devil Trailer 2 from Sam Platizky on Vimeo.

I’ve Got You Beat Vimeo from Sam Platizky on Vimeo.

A sizzle reel/trailer we made for a feature length screenplay written by Isaac Platizky.

Monster Mash Sizzle Reel/Trailer from Sam Platizky on Vimeo.

Click Send from Sam Platizky on Vimeo.

Red Scare from Sam Platizky on Vimeo.

Blaming George Romero from Sam Platizky on Vimeo.

Help us finish Tales from the Narrow Bridge!

Well, it took us a little longer than we intended, but a few weeks ago we wrapped principal photography on our horror anthology – Tales from the Narrow Bridge: The Wyrmwood Devil.

We are now in post-production, and we could use a little help. Post-production costs include:

  • Original Score – A horror movie can be made or broken with its score, and we would very much not like to be broken thank you.
  • SFX – We are hoping to add some special effects to the film to enhance some of the horror aspects of it.
  • Sound design
  • Color correction
  • E&O Insurance & Quality Check (QC) – These are two things that we will need to pay for once we get distribution.
  • Film Festival entry fees
  • And if we can somehow raise enough money, we will attempt to get a name actor to cameo in the movie to help our chances of success even more.

If you go to https://igg.me/at/TalesFromTheNB, you can donate to our Indiegogo campaign and help us with all of that. Every dollar helps.

In exchange for your kind contribution, you will receive perks like autographed posters, shirts, DVD’s, digital copies of the film, and more.

And please do not hesitate to share the crowdfunding campaign with your friends and families.

NBF at GDIFF 9.5

Our first film, Blaming George Romero, was released in 2011. One of the first film festivals it was screened at was the 1st annual Golden Door IFF.

Since then, we have screened a film at almost every Golden Door IFF. Bill & Michele Sorvino, along with everyone who works with them have created a film festival environment that is more filmmaker friendly than a lot of other festivals.

Unfortunately, due to Covid, the 2020 GDIFF (which was supposed to be the 10th anniversary) was postponed. This week, Golden Door will be having, what they are calling the 9.5, and it will be virtual. We have two projects screening in it.

I’ve Got You Beat is screening as a part of the Local Film Block & First is screening as a part of the Adult Comedy Block.

There is an Audience Choice Award this year which means that YOU can help us win! Buy a ticket, and vote for one of our films.

You can buy tickets HERE.

Amazon, the IFT, and Festivals!

Oh my! A lot to unpack today.

First, some good news! Narrow Bridge has been recognized by the Tagore IFF Sun of the East Awards with several nominations including: BEST ACTOR – Sam Platizky (Yellow Scare), BEST ACTOR – Isaac Platizky (I’ve Got You Beat), BEST DIRECTOR – William R. Farley (I’ve Got You Beat), BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE (Yellow Scare), BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY (Yellow Scare), and BEST SHORT COMEDY (I’ve Got You Beat).

We also have to shout out our friends at Cross the Line Productions & Maniac Productions for their Sun of the East Award nominations for: BEST DIRECTOR – Jayleen S. Perez (Karmen), BEST ACTRESS – Loarina Gonzalez (Karmen), BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Dan Gregory (Karmen), BEST ACTOR – Joey Mosca (The IIFF), BEST DIRECTOR – Joey Mosca & Dan Gregory (The IIFF), and BEST COMEDY SHORT (The IIFF).

Now, for the less good news. A few years ago, Amazon presented itself as a supporter of independent film. However, over the last year or so, they have shown that that is not the case. First, Click Send was completely taken down from Prime. Then they announced that they would no longer be accepting short films to Prime. Then, they announced that their Media on Demand side of the business was closing, which meant that there would be no more DVD’s/BluRays after June 1. Finally, today, we found out that they removed Cabin of Errors & Yellow Scare from Prime.

Now, you can still rent/buy the films digitally (for now), but Amazon Prime subscribers can no longer stream them as a part of their subscription.

It is extremely discouraging, but Amazon Prime is a business, and even though they have made billions and billions during the pandemic alone, they decided that somehow they couldn’t afford to have indie films on their service any longer.

But that opens the door for other streaming services that actually do care about indie film.

Starting on April 20th, the Indie Film Theater Network will launch. Some of our extremely talented friends are a part of this, and they have invited us along on the journey. So… THREE NBF films will be streaming on IFT. Two of the three will be exclusive to IFT, and will be streaming for the first time outside of the festival circuit. We’ll post more details as we get closer to the launch.

Finally, tomorrow we are scheduled to finish production of Tales from the Narrow Bridge: The Wyrmwood Devil! We will be shooting the segment The Devil’s Threeway, Directed by Sami Saad; Written by Isaac & Sam Platizky; Lights & Sound by Joey Mosca; Starring: Alannah McCord, Rivers Duggan, and Carlos Rivero.

After that, we will move into post production, and we MIGHT be asking you for some help with that… But more on that later.

Stay tuned!

NBF SALE!!!

A few days ago, we announced that Amazon was closing its “Media On Demand” arm. That means anyone who relies on it to sell their DVD’s will be out of luck. We rely on it to sell our DVD’s.

So, as of June 4th, Blaming George Romero, Red Scare, and Yellow Scare will no longer be available on DVD… unless we find another option.

I decided to put them all on sale for the remaining time. And Cabin of Errors is already on sale! So, for the first time ever, you can own the complete NBF Feature collection for $30! (If you choose the Yellow Scare BluRay over the DVD, $35.)

NBF Sale!!!!

Blaming George Romero

Red Scare

Cabin of Errors

Yellow Scare on DVD

Yellow Scare on BluRay

We put so much work into these movies. You can still stream them all after June 4, but streaming feels so temporary and intangible. Own hard copies and own pieces of NBF history.