Festival dates: 8/7 - 8/9
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starting on Friday August 7 at 3PM
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MEET EMORY PARKER, NATALIA BOUGADELLIS, SHANTELLE ROCHESTER, & CHRISTIAN A. MORAN
SUNDAY AUGUST 9
EMORY PARKER & NATALIA BOUGADELLIS -
Blue Slate Films is a queer, female-run production company that aims to bring underrepresented voices to the forefront. Founded by filmmakers, Emory Parker and Natalia Bougadellis, Blue Slate focuses on emotional, visual storytelling, as well as content creation for companies and brands like Pepsi, McDonald’s, and Swarovski. Emory and Natalia’s work has been featured on NBC, PBS, and Bravo, and in festivals worldwide. You may recognize the Blue Slate team from their appearances on ABC and Pix11 or from write-ups in TimeOut, Billboard, and The New York Post. Blue Slate’s short film, “Coming Home,” was recently named a finalist in the Curbside Shorts Film Challenge sponsored by ReFrame, Women in Film LA, and IMDB Pro. Emory and Natalia’s COVID-19 inspired PSA finished second in Governor Cuomo's #NewYorkTough competition and has aired on TV nationally. Emory and Natalia are in pre-production on their first feature film, Whirlpool.
SHANTELLE ROCHESTER -
Shantelle Rochester is a London-based director, producer, musician, educator, and founder of production company Ida Rose. Working in the industry since the age of 18, she has extensive experience bringing European independent films to new audiences. Her directorial debut, Phoenix, is a time-travelling love story for the ages, premiering this year.
With Ida Rose, Rochester’s mission is to make international content in all forms, focusing on diverse stories and diverse creative teams on both sides of the camera. The company’s first in-house production, Two Graves, won the British Urban Film Festival’s best feature film award and is now available on Netflix. Their next two films, co-productions with South Africa and Canada, are slated for production in 2021.
CHRISTIAN A. MORAN -
Christian A. Morán is an award winning filmmaker that has been working on feature films, shorts, music videos and in documentaries. As a Production Manager and Senior Editor at Media Blasters Inc., he has worked on and revived numerous Cult and Horror titles such as Lucio Fulci's Zombie 2, Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer and One Missed Call. He also worked on post-production for Fever Dreams' feature, "Shadow: Dead Riot", starring Tony Todd of Candyman and worked on "Death Trance" directed by Yuji Shimomura and starring Versus' Tak Sakaguchi. Christian has also worked on animated titles including Invader Zim, Berserk, Giant Robo, Samurai Deeper Kyo, 12 Kingdoms and Voltron: Defender of the Universe. He also produced and edited a promotion video for a branch of The United Nations called Alliance of Civilizations which featured President Barack Obama. Currently, he is working with legendary producer Roger Corman, Code Red DVD, and MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) films. At this time he is producing and directing his own films such as Silentious (2013), Flawed God (2014), Halloween Treat (2014) and the award winning Let's Play Dead Girl (2016) in which he has received the BEST PICTURE (MFSPFF), BEST FILM (GFF), BEST HORROR FILM (OLSFF), BEST HORROR/SCIENCE FICTION (RMFF), BEST NJ DRAMA (HOYSFF), AUDIENCE (OLSFF), DISTINCTION (CSFF), BEST DIRECTOR (MFSPFF), BEST DIRECTOR-HORROR (BTSFF) and BEST SCREENPLAY (NJHCFF) awards. In 2017, Christian became recipient of the JERSEY CITY HONORARY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD in the ART of FILMMAKING (BTSFF). In 2018 Moran became Chief Executive Producer of the Hudson River International Film Festival as well as a Latino Advisory Committee Member for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. And in 2019 Christian became Managing Editor of LatinHorror.com. Currently Moran is the lead Producer of the upcoming motion picture Nice to Meet Me (2020) and launched his own production company, Lightning Eye Media.