FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam, A Wild Wild West Steampunk Fantasy, journeys to Dances With Films and Cannes Film Festival
A desert traveler embarks on a mystical journey in pursuit of redemption.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 20, 2014) – Vista Point Pictures in association with Jowharah Films announces the U.S. Premiere of an Arlene Bogna Film, The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam, on May 31st, 2014 at the Dances With Films Festival in the Chinese Theater, Hollywood, California. The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam made its debut on May 16th, 2014 at the Cannes Film Festival, Short Film Corner in Cannes, France.
Arlene Bogna exclaims, “I literally cannot wait for our U.S. Premiere in Los Angeles; I can feel the excitement and energy already! I know Dances With Films is a very special filmmaker-centric festival, which is why I am so honored to have our film accepted into DWF’s Competitive Selection of festival screenings.”
Dances With Films was the only Los Angeles based festival to reach Moviemaker Magazine’s Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals list on the planet. It is evident, The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam unites with the festival’s mission in seeking films that are compelling and captivating.
The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam pays tribute to Sergio Leone’s “Spaghetti Western” genre through the film’s moments-in-between-
Arlene Bogna brings this film to life by uncovering the influence of snake oil and shamanic medicine that promises transformation and new beginnings, to the pivotal moment in Sam’s stirring realization of redemption, only to be gained through trust and acceptance of himself and his tribe. The story told is a love letter to music subculture and the dance community, depicted with steampunk costuming and Native American jewelry and artifacts. Local designer, Evelyn Hanna from Funky Desert Apparel in Yucca Valley worked on the costume design.
Bogna challenges herself as a film director to tell the story without depending on words and experiments with creating metonymy for her characters in the middle of a desert. She crosses over from being a successful commercial director into narrative, and also breaks the mold of what time period this film is supposed to take place in. She makes her movie feel anachronistic and timeless with imaginative sequences, dreamlike visuals and costumes. She believes in the Hero’s journey as a timeless structure of mythmaking and cinema. Arlene Bogna wants to make her contribution to film in an “Ars Longa, Vita Brevis” way and figure out whether Art imitates life or not.
While soaking up picturesque desert scenery, fantasy characters and frontier-dream images with a hippy like vibe is a story told mostly with no dialogue but only distinct emotional events. Truly a work of art, this Arlene Bogna Film will make your creative imagination soar and open it up to your own interpretation. The themes in the film keep you thinking about big life questions of trust; redemption and what will Snake Oil Sam do next? Hungry for more? The filmmaker purposely did this to bring in the character of Snake Oil Sam as a cameo in her next feature western, Amaryllis Bang! Bang! The director envisions her upcoming film productions to convey sweeping epic vistas, mind-blowing moments, and colorful dynamic shots. Arlene Bogna is ready to take this show on the road, and she already is.
To purchase tickets for the U.S. film premiere at Dances with Films, visit the DWF festival website at http://www.danceswithfilms.com/
"Dances With Films is thrilled to present the exciting, exotic, hallucinogenic trip of the Wild Wild West from the highly creative mind of director/writer, Arlene Bogna and Producers, Romell Foster-Owens & Anthony Ferranti Jr., to the Hollywood Industry. An exciting envisioning of a story untold, this production promises a story that yearns to uncoil.” Dances With Films Fest Co-Founder, Leslee Scallon
The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam is an official selection and nominated for 4 Awards at the 2014 Madrid International Film Festival for: Best Short Film, Best Director of a Short Film, Best Music in Film and Best Costume. It is also an official selection at the cutting edge, global, 2014 New Hope Film Festival in Pennsylvania. Bogna is planning to get international distribution of this film, on cable and digitally. View all film updates at http://facebook.com/
Watch the trailer on Vimeo at http://arlenebogna.com/
About Arlene Bogna and Vista Point Pictures
Arlene Bogna is an award-winning writer/director with a passion for character-driven storytelling and compelling visuals. Visit her website at http://www.arlenebogna.comVista Point Pictures is an award-winning production boutique committed to narrative films, visually compelling commercials, new media, promos and viral campaigns. For more information, visit http://www.vistapointpictures.com Jowharah Films is an award-winning production company. For more information, visit http://www.jowharahfilms.comThe Ballad of Snake Oil Sam is directed by Arlene Bogna and Produced by Romell Foster-Owens and Anthony Ferranti; the Cast stars: Actors, Zane Byrdy, Gladys Nyoth, Gabriel Voss, Cristina Balmores, and Eva Zeva.
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