Narrow Bridge Films Day

Did you know that there is a Narrow Bridge Films Day? It’s true. Among the amazing things that happened at last year’s Golden Door International Film Festival (buy tickets to this year’s here!) we received a certificate from the City of Bayonne declaring September 23, 2018 to be NARROW BRIDGE FILMS DAY.

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See? So, since then, we have been trying to figure out something special to do for NBF Day. We weren’t sure if we wanted to do something as a group, or if we wanted to do something that might involve our fans.

Well, it turns out that (weather permitting), we are actually going to be filming something on 9/23, but we still wanted to do something.

And we are. Stay tuned for September 23rd for some cool stuff from Narrow Bridge Films.

 

-Sam

NBF @ the GDIFF 2019!

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The Golden Door International Film Festival. A film festival right in our backyard in Jersey City, NJ.

We started making films in 2010, and our first film Blaming George Romero was finished in 2011… just in time to submit it to the 1st annual Golden Door IFF. We got in.

Since then, Narrow Bridge has grown alongside GDIFF. In 2012, Red Scare played the HISTORIC Loews Theatre, which was amazing. Since then, Devil You Know, Cabin of Errors, Click Send, & Yellow Scare have all gotten in and we had a great time. Last year, Yellow Scare had a great screening (we PACKED that theatre filled with laughter) and won BEST COMEDY, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (Dan Gregory), and the first ever FOUNDERS’ AWARD. We received certificates from both Hudson County and Bayonne recognizing our contributions to the arts AND Mayor Jimmy Davis of Bayonne named September 23, 2018 NARROW BRIDGE FILMS DAY. It was an amazing weekend.

Bill & Michele Sorvino (and everyone who works with them on the festival) truly care about independent film, probably more than just about anyone else I have ever met… More, they care about the filmmakers themselves, and it shows each year with their amazing festival. Golden Door is not just the best film festival in NJ… It is one of the best festivals in the world, and we are honored, proud, and excited to be celebrating another year with them.

This year will be the first ever year that Golden Door is expanding to more than Thursday-Sunday. While the “Opening Night Gala” will still take place on Thursday, September 19th, there will be films playing on Tuesday & Wednesday as well.

And NBF is proud to represent our hometown of Bayonne, NJ in Block #1 at AndCoWork (201 Montgomery Street, Jersey City 07302) on Tuesday, September 17th. The NJ premiere of Cupid’s First Day and the WORLD premiere of Last Rehearsal of the Dangerous Kitten will screen before a documentary Celebrating Bayonne’s 150th Anniversary.

NBF is proud to be a Bayonne production company. We are excited to celebrate YEAR 9 of Golden Door and YEAR 150 of Bayonne in style.

Get your tickets today. Seating will be limited, and you don’t want to miss this event. Get tickets HERE. Everyone who shows up will get a FREE “Cupid’s First Day” stress ball in addition to a great night.

We hope to see you there.

Yours,

Sam Platizky, Founder

Narrow Bridge Films

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HIRE THESE PEOPLE

How do you assemble a kick ass team? I lucked out. I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working with amazing people, and I want to share that good fortune.

So, if you’re a filmmaker… or if you want to be one. The following people have my complete faith and highest possible recommendation.

Contact them for their rates.

JOEY MOSCA: Sound Design (Production & Post-Production); Email: Joey.Mosca@gmail.com.

SAMI SAAD: Director, Director of Photography, Assistant Camera Operator; Email: UTK.sami21@gmail.com

MAGLINDA PEREZ: Production Designer; Email: Maglinda22@gmail.com

TINEA ABDALLAH: Costume Designer, Stitcher, Pattern Maker; Email: EmeraldStar09@yahoo.com

MARIETTE MARINO: Choreographer; Email: Mmdancefit@gmail.com

MORGAN CRONHEIM: Hair And Makeup; Email: morgan.daniellemua@gmail.com

Busy Week

It has been an eventful week, and things aren’t slowing down yet.

This past weekend, Billy, Isaac, And I were in Fort Worth for the 2019 Fort Worth Indie FIlm Showcase where “Cupid’s First Day” made its festival premiere.

We didn’t get nominated for any awards, but the short was well received and we had a great time.

While we were in TX, “Yellow Scare” and “Cabin of Errors” were playing at the Bergen International Film Festival in Bergenfield, NJ. Dan, Jayleen, Jenna, Maggie, the Platizky parents, and our youngest fan (Juliana Pinilla) represented NBF there.

Here, Jenna Kildosher was nominated for Best Actress in a Feature for “Cabin of Errors!”

Isaac was nominated for Best Actor in a Feature for “Cabin!”

And Isaac was nominated for and won Best Screenplay for “Cabin!”

A very eventful weekend… and this week is just as busy!

On Thursday, August 1st at 7pm, Narrow Bridge Films in association with Brazen Giant Ensemble will be having a reading of award winning screenwriter Isaac Platizky’s hilarious latest feature film “A Chanukah Story.”

The reading will be at the Players Theatre in New York, NY. Tickets are $15 for non-Brazen Giant members and can be purchased at the door. We are asking all people who wish to attend to RSVP so we have an accurate headcount. Seating is limited.

Then on Friday, Cupid’s First Day And Dream a Little Dream will be screening at the 2019 Gen Con Film Festival!

Then on Sunday, Lost and Found Episode 10 and Toilet Prayers will be making their festival debuts at the Summer 2019 Brightside Film Festival at the Brightside Tavern in Jersey City.

And that is it for festivals for the summer… But we will be shooting a new short in August. “Mirrors” Written and Directed by Jenna Kildosher, which will be a part of the NBF Horror Anthology.

And I think that’s it… for now!

NBF Apparel

Narrow Bridge shirts of all kinds, onesies, and hoodies have been available for awhile over at TeePublic now. They come in all sorts of styles and colors.

But recently, I decided to buy Narrow Bridge Films jackets for the primary production team, and we got a good reaction to them. People started asking me where they could buy one.

So, here they are. NBF Jackets!

Now, here’s the deal. We need to sell a minimum of 6 within 3 weeks, or they won’t be made. Custom Ink takes 60% of what we bring in. The remaining 40% will go towards future Narrow Bridge Films’ projects… and we have tons of projects in the pipeline.

They are very comfortable… nice and light but warm for fall, early winter, and cool spring days.

Whether you’re a member of NBF or a fan, these NBF apparel options are really great, and we hope you get something to show your NBF love!

I’ll Tell You Something Good

In 2012, we had just wrapped production on our SECOND FEATURE. That is pretty much unheard of for a production company as small as ours, but we did it. Next up, we had a season of a webseries planned, but between the 2nd feature and that we wanted a break. We didn’t want to stop making things, but we did want to do smaller things.

And so, Dan Gregory and I started writing shorts that we could film in 1-3 days with minimal casts and crews. (After these inaugural shorts, Isaac would lap us several times over in the amount of shorts he wrote and we produced, but in the beginning Dan & I were the first short writers.) I wrote a short existential comedy called “Toilet Prayers” and Dan wrote two shorts: a dark comedy called “Tell Me Something Good” and a (I don’t know how to classify it) short called “The Dare.”

We filmed “Toilet Prayers” and “Tell Me Something Good” in April of 2012. The plan was to just release these things to YouTube to help build our fanbase and show that we were still working. I don’t know why we never really planned to submit to festivals… Probably to save money.

Anyway, the director of “Tell Me Something Good” (Sean Feuer) had finished most of a cut of the short, but before he could finish, the hard-drive that the movie was on was stolen from his car! Months passed. We thought that we didn’t back it up… But we did. I had a backup, and told Sean whenever he wanted to start over, he could.

More time passed. We got heavily involved with our webseries “Lost and Found.” Then, in January of 2015, I set several goals for myself: FINISH ALL THE PROJECTS THAT WE HADN’T FINISHED. So, I finished “Lost & Found.” I finished “Devil You Know” (which we filmed the summer before. And I finished “Tell Me Something Good.” “Devil You Know” became the first short that we would send out to a bunch of festivals… L&F and TMSG were put up on YouTube. And that was that.

Until late 2018 or early 2019, when Dan decided that he wanted to start submitting TMSG to festivals. This short that we filmed in 2012 and finished in 2015 would now get a festival run.

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And so it has. It has been an Official Selection at the Brightside Film Festival (Spring 2019) where Dan won a “Rising Star Award” for it, the Point Lookout Film Festival where it won “Best Concept,” and will soon play at the Northern Horror Fest in Bergenfield and the Cutting Room International Short Film Festival in NYC.

Last night it played at the Grove Film Festival (its second screening at the Brightside Tavern), and we came out to support and represent!

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And, as luck would have it, we were there as Dan won Best Actor!

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Started in 2012. Finished in 2015. Finally getting its due in 2019. Just goes to show you that persistence is key. Never give up.

Congratulations to the cast & crew for getting this film made and for all the success it has enjoyed so far. And congratulations to its writer Dan Gregory on his first-ever BEST ACTOR award. Well deserved. And thank you for remaining a part of the Narrow Bridge Family since Day 1, through all its ups and downs.

TMSG can next be seen in BLOCK 5 at the Northern Horror Fest in Bergenfield, NJ on Thursday, July 18th.

 

-Sam Platizky, Founder

Narrow Bridge Films

Bergen International Film Festival of NJ

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Well, looks like our last two features are coming back to NJ! Bergenfield, NJ to be exact. The site of our first ever film festival. (BGR had its first festival screening at the Bergenfield Film Festival in the same theatre.)

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“Cabin of Errors” (the movie formerly known as “Summer Cabin”) will be playing at 6pm on Saturday, July 27th. The film is still listed as “Summer Cabin” on the festival schedule, so don’t get confused.

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“Yellow Scare” will be playing on Friday, July 26th at 2:30pm.

The full schedule is below:

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All movies will have an AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD, which basically means the movie with the biggest crowd will win. So, the bigger our crowds, the better our chances. Come out to support NBF!

Tickets are $12 for each showing and are available HERE.  

 

Northeast Mountain Film Festival

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Well, the Narrow Bridge boys were at it again. This time, the world of film festivals took us to Georgia. Dillard, Georgia to be exact for the first annual NORTHEAST MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL.

 

For a first-time festival, Northeast Mountain more than surpassed our expectations. Everything ran smoothly, the festival people were great, and we had an amazing time. We even got to spend some time with our friends and BEST SHORT FILM WINNERS (for Shyft) Brooke & Harry!

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Not only was the festival really great, but the area itself was beautiful too. We managed to not only eat a ton of great food, but we also got to explore some nature while we were there.

Dillard was great, and then for our last day with time to kill in Atlanta, we had to continue our traditional film festival zoo visit.

Finally, with a little extra time, we decided to drink too much soda in honor of our missing brother, Joey Mosca, at the WORLD OF COCA COLA!

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And that was our trip to the Northeast Mountain Film Festival. Filmmakers, I recommend that you submit to this one!

Next up, we have TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD playing at the Grove Film Festival at the Brightside Tavern in Jersey City on Wednesday, June 26th in Block 3B at 8:30pm.

After that, we have a small break before the Film Festival premiere of CUPID’S FIRST DAY at the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase on Friday, July 26th in Theatre C in the 4:50pm block.

After that, we have another screening of CUPID’S FIRST DAY (Friday, August 2nd at 7:30pm in the Short Comedy Block) and a special advanced, premiere screening of one of the horror shorts from our anthology DREAM A LITTLE DREAM (Friday, August 2nd at 10:30pm in the horror short block) at the Gen Con Film Festival in Indiana.

Beyond that, we may have a few more screenings in the summer months. So, stay tuned!

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Tales from the Narrow Bridge…

For those who have been following us for awhile, you may know that we’ve been planning a horror anthology for a number of years now.

We grew up with classic horror anthology movies like The Twilight Zone movie, Tales from the Dark Side, Creep Show, Amazing Stories (more sci -fi than horror). So, as we worked on horror shorts more, we wanted to collect them into a feature… And we are finally ready to announce….

TALES FROM THE NARROW BRIDGE: The Wyrmwood Devil.

We have already filmed two of the shorts, and will be filming more this summer and fall.

GIRL IN THE BASEMENT: Written & Directed by Isaac Platizky; Starring- Esther “Ayo” Akinsaya, Dan Gregory, Megan Bussiere, Eva Visco, Cassandra King, And Ariana Pinilla- FILMED.

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM: Written by Isaac Platizky and Directed by Joey Mosca; Starring- Isaac Platizky, Esther “Ayo” Akinsaya, Dan Gregory, Jenna Kildosher, Andrew Wallace, William R. Farley, Eric Parkin, Andrew Platizky, Charlene Platizky, Ariana Pinilla, & Juliana Pinilla- FILMED.

CLEAN-UP: Written by Isaac Platizky, Director & Cast-TBD

DON’T LOOK BACK: Written by Isaac Platizky and Directed by Sam Platizky; Starring- Dan Gregory, Isaac Platizky, And more TBF- FILMING THIS FALL

HITCHHIKER: Written by Sam Platizky and Directed by Sami Saad; Starring – William R. Farley & Alannah McCord- FILMING THIS SUMMER

MIRRORS: Written & Directed by Jenna Kildosher; Starring- Eva Visco, Mike Mumola, And Megan Bussiere – FILMING THIS SUMMER

THE WYRMWOOD DEVIL: the wraparound story Written by Sam Platizky and Directed by Joey Mosca; Starring- Isaac Platizky, Megan Bussiere, Sam Platizky, Dan Gregory, Jenna Kildosher, Esther “Ayo” Akinsaya, Alannah McCord, And Cassandra King

And at least one more horror short! Stay tuned!

Festivals!

It seems that I have neglected to update the Website with information regarding our recent festival acceptances, so here we go.

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Back in 2012, we had just wrapped our 2nd feature, Red Scare, and while we didn’t want to stop making movies, we also wanted to slow down. So, we decided to start making short films. Our 2nd short film, Tell Me Something Good, was written by Dan Gregory & Directed by Sean Feuer and filmed in April of 2012. During the edit, the hard drive that the footage was on was stolen from Sean’s car, and we thought that it may be lost… until I found that I had backed it up. It took awhile, but we finally were able to complete the film in 2015. It had been so long, we just wanted to get it into the world, so we uploaded it to YouTube and never sent it to festivals… Until this year when writer Dan Gregory wanted to give it a whirl. Since then, it has been an Official Selection at the Brightside Film Festival (where actor Dan Gregory was nominated for best actor & won Rising Star Award) and the Point Lookout Film Festival (where Dan was again nominated for Best Actor and won “Best Concept”).

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“Click Send” (which is available to stream on Amazon Prime) recently got into the Die Laughing Film Festival in Los Angeles, and screens on Friday, May 10th. This extra laurel makes “Click Send” our most accepted short film so far.

 

Both “Cupid’s First Day” (available on Amazon Prime) and “Dream a Little Dream” are making their film festival debuts later this year at the Gen Con Film Festival in Indianapolis. This will be the only place you will be able to see “Dream a Little Dream” for the time being as it is a short that is intended for our feature length horror anthology.

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Finally, we have “Yellow Scare,” our 4th Feature and our most accepted and award winning film to date. “Yellow Scare” has just been accepted to the Minicon Sci-Fi convention in Minnesota (April 2020) where, for the first time, it will play alongside “Red Scare.” It was also accepted to the Northeast Mountain Film Festival in Georgia this June.

 

That is it for now. Hopefully, we have many more exciting film festival announcements to make before too long.