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Zero Budget Indie Film ‘Night, Mother’ scores 3 Webby Nominations

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- "Night, Mother," the "hybrid" feature film from Executive Producer Sheila Houlahan, is an Official Nominee of the 2022 Webby Awards in the following 3 Virtual and Remote Categories: Media & Entertainment, Technical Achievement, and Best Audience Integration.

Filmed in 2021 on during the height of the pandemic, this daring new "hybrid-film" merged cutting edge audience integration and live performances with traditional cinematic media, all while curating accessible/equitable mental health resources and LMHC on-call moderators for all audience members.

A post-film panel discussion centered on mental health and suicide prevention with notable panelists such as Khleo Thomas (Holes) and Eve Crevoshay, Executive Director of "Take This."

"I wanted to ensure that our audience was taken care of while being exposed to incredibly triggering content," said Executive Producer Sheila Houlahan. " gives filmmakers access to dialoguing with audience members in real time, and it only made sense that we'd have resources/cool-down rooms/LMHC providers available to any and all who would need them."

As a zero-budget production, "Night, Mother" is an astonishing contender in the company of fellow nominees such as: Call of Duty, Blumhouse, Paramount, and HBO Max.

"I can't believe this is happening! What a dream it is to see a narrative about suicide next to some of the greatest names in media today," stated Houlahan in response to the nominations.

Winners of The Webby Awards will be announced on April 26, 2022 and the ceremony will take place on May 16, 2022 in New York City.

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About Sheila Houlahan:

Sheila Houlahan is an Indian-American actress, producer, singer, and writer best known for her work in Warner Bros. "The Little Things," Sony/Universal's "Ambulance" and Lionsgate's "Beloved Beast." Houlahan is a Celebrity Champion for Project HEAL, a nonprofit organization that helps people suffering with eating disorders pay for treatment. She is also an ambassador for Ability Magazine and their new platform AbilityE, which seeks to increase inclusion and representation of differently-abled talent in Hollywood. Houlahan uses her strong following on Instagram to spread awareness and to help end the stigma surrounding mental health.

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‘Impolite Boys,’ a slice of life dark comedy set in New York, now available on popular streaming channels

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- "Impolite Boys," a dark comedy film that depicts the life of Peter and John, two unbearable young boys who struggle as they can to survive the adversities of New York life, is now available on Apple TV, VUDU, Google Play and Amazon. "Impolite Boys," written, produced, and directed by Hamado Ouedraogo, is punctuated with provocative gags, intrigues, a fascinating hypocrisy and jealousy of a stepmother.

"My company made a schedule to shoot two feature films per year until 2025 according to our slate," Ouedraogo said. "But because of the pandemic, everything stopped and I found it necessary to make people laugh. So I wrote in 10 days a compilation of hilarious and provocative gags called IMPOLITE BOYS. I am happy because I heard a woman say that this film is a stress killer."

The film stars Marvelous Jarvis, as Peter, and Sam Arthur, as John. Frank Failla, Nedra Shamberger, and Sarai Quinice are cast in supporting roles. The film was produced in September 2020 and post-production by December. Run time is 71 minutes. (US/English release).

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Los Angeles-Based Minority Director, Lakpathy Wijesekara’s Feature Film ‘Free By Noon’ To Hit Theaters In October

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Los Angeles-based, Sri Lankan filmmaker, Lakpathy Wijesekara's latest feature film "Free By Noon" starring John Eisen, Raechel Wong, Justine Herron and Melissa Howell will be theatrically released in Los Angeles from October 15 to October 21, 2021 at the Laemmle theater in Glendale.

According to UCLA's Hollywood Diversity Report 2020, only 14.4% of directors of theatrical films represent people of color. Alarmingly, only 3.4% were directors of Asian origin in 2019.

"L" - Lakpathy Wijesekara has Sri Lankan roots, a tiny island on the coast of India. His last cinematic endeavor was a Virtual Reality film from a newborn's perspective about Child Laundering.

"Free By Noon" has a truly diverse cast and a crew. Not one or two but seven different languages were spoken on the "Free By Noon" set.

"Free By Noon" is about a married man who tries to have some "extra" fun in Las Vegas, where he gets locked up in a very unusual situation. He has to get himself out of this quirky situation to save his marriage before his wife gets home.

"I felt like this was a unique Hollywood Film and a really good human drama done with a small plot," said Mr. Aruna Gunarathna, Editor of Sarasaviya newspaper, a trade magazine equivalent of Hollywood Reporter / Variety in Sri Lanka.

The film was shot on an Arri Alexa camera with a single Anamorphic lens.

Once the film is screened at the Glendale Laemmle theater from Oct. 15-21, 2021, the filmmakers plan to take it to New York, Texas and Atlanta and screen it in Sri Lanka as well.

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MoBo’s new streaming service allows anyone with the talent to create a quality film or TV show a worldwide platform to display those talents

RALEIGH, N.C. -- MoBo, an exciting new Streaming Service showcasing Independent Filmmakers is proud to announce their very first original film, "The Big Adventures of Lil' Slick" - an animated feature film.

For Lil' Slick, a 10-year-old fun loving kid and his best friend Stone, every single day is filled with adventure, from sunrise to sunset there is always something exciting happening. While at the neighborhood Rec Center with Stone and his little sister, Candy, they see a flyer for a dance competition with a grand prize of $500. Lil' Slick can't believe it; this is too good to be true. He can finally get that new MP3 player he's been wanting. -- Unfortunately, the Rec Center is robbed of the prize money by the most notorious gang in the entire world...3D. - Lil' Slick has to find 3D, save the Rec Center and be home before the street lights come on. - No problem.

"The Big Adventures of Lil' Slick" will stream exclusively on MoBo.

MoBo believes opportunities shouldn't be limited to who you know or what you look like.

MoBo's streaming service will allow and provide anyone with the talent to create a quality film or TV show a worldwide platform to display those talents. With the huge boom in the streaming industry, the independent filmmaker is still being left out.

MoBo is now streaming amazing content - available globally now on Roku, FireTV, AppleTV and AndroidTV. Log into your streaming device, search for MoBo and start enjoying excellent content! Stay tuned for more shows, titles, services, live events and fun!

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Founded by independent filmmaker, Anthony "Slick" Boone. MoBo is committed to supplying the world with quality content and a great media experience while offering a home for independent filmmakers to flourish.

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RVA Environmental Film Festival Announces Award Winners

RICHMOND, Va. -- On February 14 the Richmond Environmental Film Contest Committee will virtually award the winners of the Environmental Film Contest and screen each film. The contest was open to novice and experienced Virginia filmmakers submitting films on environmental topics regarding Virginia. The winners, listed below, were announced recently by Gill Sigmon, President of the Richmond Virginia Environmental Film Festival (RVAEFF).

HONORABLE MENTIONS (Awards presented at 4:05 p.m.)

"Farm Pond" explores the ubiquitous farm pond, its origins, and the vital role it plays as a mini ecosystem. Produced by Phillip Audibert.

"Hidden Dangers - Z Dam" addresses the dangers of low-head dams, specifically focusing on the Z Dam in Richmond, VA. Produced by Stephen Wolf and presented by Colton Wolf.

BEST CATEGORIES (Awards presented at 4:20 p.m.)

Best Short: "Plastic Oceans" highlights the impact of plastics on marine biodiversity using film animation based on a series of ten oil paintings. Produced by Eugene Maurakis, Ph.D and Tyler Rhodes.

Best Cinematography: "Treasures of the Chesapeake" addresses the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its declining wetlands as it suffers from nutrient pollution, human development, sea level rise, and climate change. Produced by Chris Lapinski.

FIRST PRIZE (Award presented at 4:55 p.m.)

"Lynnhaven" is a Virginia Beach fishing town with a big challenge due to seafood imports. As land is developed and seafood is imported, three watermen face the threat of being pushed out of the river they have called home for decades. Produced by Lizzie Bankowski.

GRAND PRIZE (Award presented at 5:05 p.m.)

"Goose Creek Watershed" covers the history, culture, and threats to the Goose Creek watershed, an integral part of the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. It also highlights the Goose Creek Association's efforts to address these threats. Produced by Goose Creek Association and Lincoln Studios.

All are invited to view the films, free of charge, however registration is required at

For further information about the Virginia Environmental Film Contest, contact Jean Masters at 804 683-2568.

Visit for a schedule and descriptions of the 20-plus films being shown throughout the RVA Environmental Film Festival, February 12-26, 2021. You will also find information about sponsorship/volunteer opportunities, and how to sign up for the RVAEFF mailing list.

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11th Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival to be Presented Virtually, February 12-26, 2021 – Free and Open to the Public

RICHMOND, Va. -- The RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) announces its 11th annual showcase of over 20 free local and national films. Many films are hosted by like-minded organizations. Two films are of particular interest to youth: "Microplastic Madness" and "Frozen Obsession." Award-winning Virginian films will be shown on February 14, 2021. Audience members will participate in Question/Answer sessions via chat box following many films. RVA EFF will live stream at fixed times and days. Advance registration is required at

Films are selected to raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond, Virginia (RVA) region, our nation, and our world. Unique aspects of the festival include the Virginia Environmental Film Contest, and a film for children, "Microplastic Madness," which documents 56 fifth graders from Brooklyn whose actions on plastic pollution morph into extraordinary leadership and scalable victories.

"Frozen Obsession," the world premiere of the feature-length film, kicks off the festival with a panel discussion to follow. The film is a visually stunning and historically poignant expedition through a dramatically changing Arctic aboard the Icebreaker Oden. The expedition included scientists, historians, journalists, education professionals, and college students, including several from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). The panel includes director and producer David Clark, Gonglai Gong of Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and the VCU students who were part of the expedition.

"Into the Okavango," from National Geographic Documentary Films, documents a 1,500-mile expedition across three countries and shows the effects of increasing pressure from human activity. The Okavango River Basin and the Okavango Delta, one of our planet's last wetland wildernesses, provide a vital source of water to people, African elephants, lions, cheetahs, and hundreds of species of birds.

Major sponsors include: Ellwood Thompson, Ian Patrick of Merrill Lynch, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Citizens Climate Lobby, Enrichmond Foundation, Natural Awakenings, Sierra Club - Falls of the James Group, and Vegan Action.

Thanks to the generous support of these and other sponsors, there is no charge to view any of the films. Advance registration is required through the RVAEFF website or the film festival Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Sussman-Hoyt PROductions’ Wildomar Movie Ranch Brings A Major Film Production to The Inland Empire

WILDOMAR, Calif. -- SAG Production Comes to Wildomar! Surprisingly, in the midst of a pandemic when most businesses are operating in limited capacities or closed altogether, Wildomar Movie Ranch continues to develop partnerships with film producers to bring projects to Wildomar and Lake Elsinore areas of the Inland Empire.

Last month, as a result of Sussman-Hoyt PROductions' efforts, Wildomar and Lake Elsinore became hosts to a tightly controlled COVID-compliant, closed set SAG Hollywood film production. A recognized, award-winning-actress-turned-director, Jamie Anderson, was up against a tight deadline and had exhausted her search for ideal properties near LA to film her sitcom pilot. Along came Wildomar Movie Ranch!

Three properties offered by Sussman and Hoyt created the variety, immediacy, affordability, and privacy needed to complete the large 40-member cast/crew production and prepare it for anxious investors eager to fund the pilot in hopes of creating enough buzz to launch the series.

All this would not have been possible without the accommodating services provided by Sussman-Hoyt PROductions and their Wildomar Movie Ranch.

"They (Sussman and Hoyt) were so lovely and willing to do what it took to just make it work," Anderson said.

The Wildomar Movie Ranch locations were ideal and found in the nick of time plus Sussman and Hoyt offered local resources and amenities for the cast and crew from local restaurants, hotels, and other vendors so the production could continue as planned, on schedule, and under budget.

"We were pleased to have done our part to bring revenue to our local businesses, especially those hurt hard financially this year," said Hoyt.

Sussman passionately added, "And we do whatever it takes to prove that southwest Riverside county has the right stuff for the entertainment industry to produce its next projects right here. Wildomar Movie Ranch has other unique properties like caves, rivers, ranches and historic structures for filming. The region has the affordability and qualified talent. Plus, we have the added benefit of a professionally engineered sound studio and green screen room to create a world of possibilities. What else do you need?"

Endorsed by the local communities and the Riverside Film Commission, Sussman-Hoyt PROductions continues to build upon their one-stop-shop business model and is staking their reputation on being southwest Riverside County's premier, client-based, world-class service entertainment production company - whether small indie film productions, music producers, or as proven last month, top level SAG productions.

From feature and short films, documentaries, podcasts, commercials, vignettes, event commemorations, to set designs and full-scale music productions, recordings, arrangements, mixing, and compositions, Sussman-Hoyt PROductions, Inc. delivers a client-centric approach and multiple service options to accommodate most sized projects and budgets.

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Wildomar Movie Ranch is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sussman-Hoyt Productions, Inc. (S-Hp), a California based corporation founded by CK Sussman (CEO) and LE Hoyt (COO) - two seasoned professionals with back lot film studio and LA music studio work to their credits. Both Sussman and Hoyt are experienced musicians and industry professionals, with independent proven track records as successful business owners and entrepreneurs.

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PRINDIE Presents its 6th Annual Film Festival – VIRTUALLY!

PRINCETON, N.J. -- In light of the unprecedented events of 2020, PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival will hold its first all-virtual film festival, open this year to all film-lovers in United States. Running from Thursday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, the 13th, the festival features 37 short films. This year's film lineup focuses on issues surrounding immigration, mental health, youth, and cultural diversity / Black Lives Matter.

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Films will conclude with question and answer sessions with the directors hosted by PRINDIE board member, novelist, and Princeton University professor Aleksandar Hemon (co-writer of the upcoming Matrix 4) and others on the PRINDIE team. 70% of the included films have granted PRINDIE a New Jersey premiere, East Coast premiere, or US premiere. The festival will also include films from the Princeton Environmental Film Festival that were not able to be screened during the regular event due to COVID-19 and a section of films by Princeton University students.

Ticket sales will follow a pay-what-you-can model starting at $2.99 per film and 50% of profits will be shared with the filmmakers directly.

We are fortunate to have the support of Princeton University's Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding and would like to especially thank our major sponsors, Simpatico (title sponsor), Slated (official sponsor), and SAGindie / NRG (patron sponsors), for their support; we are also thrilled to announce a partnership with ShortsTV, "the global home of short movies with the world's largest catalog of high-quality short movies available on TV, online & in theaters," and host the theatrical-release of Oscar-nominated short films.

Continuing the special relationship PRINDIE has formed with powerhouse A24 over the past few years, there will also be a special screening of BOYS STATE, an Apple Original Films and A24 Release. The fil profiles a group of Texas teens as they travel to Washington D.C. to create a mock government and engage in politics. Princeton Lecturer Lauren Wright will conduct a Q&A with the subjects of the film following the screening. Additionally, there will be a special out-of-competition screening of NIMIC, a short live-action film starring Matt Dillon from Best Picture Academy Award nominee, director Yorgos Lanthimos.

"We're so proud to be aligned with PRINDIE," said Jill T. Whiskeyman, CEO, Simpatico Studios, PRINDIE's Title Sponsor. "The success of the festival speaks for itself, but we were really drawn to the mission and vision put forth by its leadership."

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Simpatico Studios is a full-service branding, public relations, and integrated marketing communications firm emanating from the Doylestown, Pennsylvania area. Simpatico began in 2011 as a modest freelance consultancy, and in the years since, founding partners Jill and Steve Whiskeyman have remained at the helm, leading the studio to dozens of successful partnerships with brands of all sizes and at all stages, around the corner and around the world.

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Christian Film Producers Target Audiences in Digital Spaces

TAMPA, Fla. -- "Christians in the Mirror," a first-of-its-kind independent documentary produced by Joshuacord, Inc. and In Altum Productions, takes a hard look at how America and the West have not been very involved in the global persecution of Christians. The producers say they're creating a social media marketing plan for this indie film that interviews Christians from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Paul Jallo, president, Jallo Oil Distributors, and one of the film's major benefactors and executive producer, says that they hope to reach new audiences, nationally and internationally. They're hopeful that this new social media campaign will create momentum, encourage viewers to download the film, view it and share it.

It's the hope of the film's executive team that "Christians in the Mirror" will activate Christians across America to stand united to help those under persecution for their faith. Whether it prompts people to volunteer, donate or spread the message, the desired outcome is more recognition and support about the importance of religious freedom.

"Christians in the Mirror" includes interviews with religious leaders and persecuted Christians in Syria, India, Iraq, South Sudan and Egypt. Ultimately, it's a wake-up call for people to help.

"We want our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East, Asia and Africa to know that they're not alone and to encourage all who believe in human rights, religious freedom and freedom of conscience to step up and speak out," Jallo says.

This social media campaign is designed to build awareness and to drive audiences to view the film on select web platforms.

"We have much to be thankful for as we move into the Christmas season," Patrick Carberry, founder of Joshuacord and film co-executive producer, says. "We have religious freedom in the West. Many others in the world do not. I ask for everyone's prayers and support for the persecuted church by watching our film 'Christians in the Mirror.'"

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Aaron Ozee Secures Agreement with Production Studio Filming ‘Regulus’ Movie

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Aaron Ozee, the author of bestselling children's book, "Regulus" (ISBN: 9781387010790), has sold the production rights from his notable creation to a prominent stop-motion animation studio that will adapt "Regulus" into an unorthodox theatrical feature. "Regulus" was released through Lulu Press, being the lead self-publishing house that coordinated the launch of the famed tale, and has entranced the global literary community for the past three years.

"Regulus" has secured praise from iconic celebrities, has produced custom merchandise for younger audiences such as video games or plush animals, has entertained influential political figures, and has touched unreachable locations such as space.

Readers everywhere have remained patient for "Regulus" to be reimagined for the big screen but have only heard rumors as the legend circulating this prodigious book keeps growing larger than anyone could have ever pictured. Ivan Rodriguez, leader of the animation team coordinating the production of the film, has instructed his talented ensemble of artists to construct the movie with bewildering notions.

"Rather than becoming another theatrical feature that people will forget in a week once they have seen it for the first time, 'Regulus' will soon become a film that people will remember for generations. We are pursuing an experimental direction that will use loving music, unique sound effects, illustrious scenery, manuscript passages, and character movement in order to convey the progression of the storyline," said Ozee during the first announcement of the film.

Production on the film has been scheduled for completion at the end of February, but the official release month of "Regulus" has been disclosed as July 2020.

The premiere of "Regulus" has been arranged for the same month as the release of the film and will be privately hosted in Chicago for national media, crew members, family, and friends to see the first screening. Following midnight of the Chicago premiere, Ozee has informed fans the film will be launched on streaming services and video-on-demand services for rental or purchase.

Future announcements will be shared about which streaming services or video-on-demand services will make "Regulus" available but should be disclosed once production on the film has wrapped.

"Being someone that appreciates catching new movies when they reach theaters, hosting the premiere in my hometown of Chicago was the meaningful choice. However, there has always been something about movies that are distributed using the means of the virtual universe which fascinates me. The reason for distributing this film through streaming services or video-on-demand services comes from the need to be relevant and remain accessible to consumers worldwide," said Ozee during the first announcement of the film.

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