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SOHO International Film Festival present "Down River" feature with "Little Worlds" short

Ben Ratner’s multiple award-winning feature film “Down River” to be screened this Friday

 
 
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PRLog - May 11, 2014 - NEW YORK -- (SoHo, NEW YORK)-May 11, 2014-The SOHO International Film Festival along with The Little Film Company, Gossamer Creative and Haven Films presents the New York Premiere of the feature film “Down River” Preceding the feature, the short film “Little Worlds” will be shown.

“Down River” was named Best BC Film at the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards and won the Audience Award for Most Popular Canadian Film as well as Honorable Mention for the BC Emerging Filmmaker Award at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival. It also currently leads the list of motion picture category nominees of the 2014 Leo Awards with 13 nominations:  Additionally, lead actor Helen Shaver was nominated for Outstanding Performance – Female at the ACTRA Awards for her role as “Pearl” and actor/singer/songwriter Colleen Rennison was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award  for Achievement in Music Original Song for her song “Molly”.

“Down River” had its World Premiere at the Cinefest Sudbury Film Festival,  and had its US premiere at the Cinequest San Jose International Film Festival in March.

“Down River” is written and directed by multiple award-winning writer/director Ben Ratner (Moving Malcolm) and produced by James Brown. Executive Producer is Jack Ong.Husband and wife team: writer/director Ben Ratner and co-lead actor/associate producer Jennifer Spence will be present for a Q & A following the 6 pm screening of “Down River” on May 16th at Village East Cinemas.

“Down River” is the emotionally stirring story of three young women teetering on the edge between creative breakthroughs and personal breakdowns, and their connection with the older woman they rely on for guidance, support and inspiration. Inspired by Ben Ratner's long-time comradeship with actress Babz Chula who passed away in 2010, this is a film about mentorship, friendship, living life to the fullest, and ultimately letting go.

It stars  Helen Shaver (The Color of Money, Poltergeist, The 4400), Gabrielle Miller (The Listener, Call Me Fitz, Corner Gas) and Colleen Rennison (Da Vinci’s City Hall,Poltergeist: The Legacy TV series, The Story of Us) as well as Ratner’s real-life wife, Leo award-nominated actor Jennifer Spence (Continuum, The Core, SGU Stargate Universe, The 4400). Other actors joining this first-rate cast include Jay Brazeau, Ali Liebert, Brian Markinson and Teach Grant.

BEN RATNER is an award-winning actor, writer and director. His directorial debut, Moving Malcolm, received a Best First Feature honor at the 2003 Montreal World Film Festival and played at festivals all over the world, from Vancouver to Kolkata, India. “Down River” marks his second time as a writer/director.

The eight minute drama/romance “Little Worlds” is a US short film that will precede the feature film. Directed and written by Justin Ho, starring Ryan O’Callaghan (I Love You, ’79 Parts, Muddy Boots), Selina MacDonald (True Blood, Criminal Minds) Allison Hoeni. In this short, we see a woman reflecting upon love, her childhood and the purpose in this universe.

The venue this year will be at Village East Cinema, 189 2nd Avenue (12th Street), New York. These films will play Friday, May 16th and start promptly at 6 pm.

Celebrity guests that are slated to appear during the festival are Spencer Grammer, Josh Pence, Bonnie Swencionis, Tom Bloom, Jay Russell, Andrea Barnes, Sondra James, Brian Avers, William Savage, Jessica Hecht, Grant Shaud, Sean Young, Adam Brody, Tom Pelphrey, Karen Chamberlain, Ilvi Dulack, Rita Gardner, Tom Nardini and possibly Sarah Shaefer ,Candice Coke, Harry Lennix , Courtney Reed  and Bradley Stryker.

“We are excited to celebrate our fifth year with an amazing lineup and we look forward to share this with the audience as the festival steadily grows every year.  We boast a large selection of women and young filmmakers compared to other film festivals”, states Sibyl Santiago, Executive Director and Head of Programming for the festival. “We are very proud of the program and the hard work of our very dedicated screening committee”.

Festival passes and tickets are now available for purchase by visiting www.sohofilmfest.com. Please visit the website to view additional films and programming.

ABOUT THE SOHO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The SOHO International Film Festival was founded by Jorge Ballos in 2010.  The festival receives submissions from around the world from countries such as Canada, Germany, Philippines, UK, Thailand, Australia, Puerto Rico, Kenya, Israel, Turkey, Colombia, Spain, Italy, France, Japan, Bangladesh, Ireland, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Korea, Brazil and of course, the United States.  Greece, Algeria, Ukraine, Zimbabwe and Mayanmar join the group this year. This rapidly growing film festival is attended by thousands of local and international patrons and filmmakers. The screening and judging committee is headed by Carlos Santiago.

This year celebrates their fifth edition with the launch of their new branding, along with a SOHO Featurette to officially open the Festival.  This project is spearheaded by Todd Bellanca as Creative Director and produced by Sibyl Santiago with Sitting Cat Productions in partnership with Handlheld Films, Brooklyn Fire Proof Stages, Hit & Run Productions and dpost. Other partners include mongomedia, priv, Pvblic, Domaines Barons de Rothchild's Los Vascos Wines, with after parties organized by NiteTables.

“We are excited to celebrate our fifth year with an amazing lineup and we look forward to share this with the audience as the festival steadily grows every year.  We boast a large selection of women and young filmmakers compared to other film festivals”, states Sibyl Santiago, Executive Director and Head of Programming for the festival. “We are very proud of the program and the hard work of our very dedicated screening committee”.

The festival draws audiences to New York City, known for its artistic community and cultural sophistication. Full-length features, short films and documentaries are submitted from around the world from professionals and amateurs and the local community embraces the filmmakers, journalists and movie goers with open arms each year. This year the festival will be held from May 15th through May 22nd.

Festival passes and tickets are now available for purchase by visiting www.sohofilmfest.com. Please visit the website to view additional films and programming.

ABOUT THE FILMS

Attached are the poster and stills from “Down River”. To view the trailer, please go to http://youtu.be/33jC3JXagPI




Here is the link for “Little Worlds” for the trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDE-x4VKJHs

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For more information on The SOHO International Film Festival, press passes, interviews or red carpet, please email annemarie@famehampton.com.


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