Raising Buchanan, a dark comedy from writer-director Bruce Dellis, will make its Connecticut Premiere at the 2019 New Haven International Film Festival.
Raising Buchanan screens Thursday, May 16 at 3 pm at the Gateway Community College, 20 Church Street, New Haven, CT.
The Fifth Annual Festival Springs Into Action With Films To Explore, Entertain And Inspire! May 16,17 &18 At Gateway Communitty College. This year Connecticut & International Films Again Dominate 2019 Festival Line Up. This year’s NHIFF line up of 189 films is represented by some of the most intriguing and thought provoking film projects of the year. The films cover a wide range of subjects with an emphasis on: Human Rights, Peace (without military intervention), Social Justice, LGBT, STRONG WOMEN, and many of the world’s inequalities and injustices. But, not all films are necessarily on serious topics.
There are many films to explore. Mix and match narrative features with important stories, powerful documentaries, comedy and dramatic short films, and incredible student films, animations, micro shorts and even advertisements! Be entertained, become informed and enlightened. LEARN. But, most importantly, walk away inspired and empowered. $20.00 a day ($15.00 on SaturdaY) is the best deal in town. And, there’s FREE Parking to boot at the Temple Street Garage.
For more information about the Festival: http://www.newhavenfilmfestival.com
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by Ben Ragunton
"...Writer/director Dellis has managed to craft an enormously clever comedy, that had the risk of going of the rails and becoming madcap, but instead through the timely written dialogue between Ruth and Buchanan it oddly enough helps keep the movie grounded, which is also a testament to the quality of Dellis’ directing as well as the outstanding acting between Rene Auberjonois and Amanda Melby..."
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"This is a very well scripted and well edited quirky little adorable comedy about three money struggling women, a ventriloquists mafia and one presidential corpse. The lead, Amanda Melby gave a very endearing performance. Bits of heartfelt drama never cross over into the sappy zone. And supporting performances by M. Emmet Walsh and Rene Auberjonois were quite outstanding.
This film has a great soul and I hope it makes some more noise in the coming months. I'd like to see it get legs."
by Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle
"First off, this is probably one of the most original concepts for a film that I have seen it years."
"This movie did not disappoint. It was side-splitting; just hysterical."
"This is one of those gems that you hope will get picked up."
"This is just a really fun film."
Raising Buchanan, a dark comedy from writer-director Bruce Dellis, will make its New York Premiere at the 2019 Manhattan Film Festival.
Raising Buchanan screens Friday, May 3 at 3 pm at the Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street, NYC.
The 13th annual Manhattan Film Festival is hosted at the famed Cinema Village and takes place when the entire industry ascends upon New York City. All selected filmmakers will be honored with a coveted commercial screening and will receive four filmmaker passes. These passes include access to the 2019 MFF Industry Expo which was established to help filmmakers obtain talent and legal representation, leverage the JOBS Act to raise investment dollars, hire established talent, plan a marketing strategy for completed films and obtain distribution.
Audience choice winners will be awarded encore commercial screenings at Cinema Village following the conclusion of the festival. As New York is host to some of the greatest film festivals in the world, MFF will honor press credential holders for all Manhattan based film festivals.
Manhattan Film Festival is covered by local, national, and international media outlets. This includes The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Good Morning America, The New York Times, as well as international outlets such as The Sun, BBC, and The Guardian. The festival has been named both “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” and “The Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine.
For more information about the Festival: https://www.manhattanff.com
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Producer of Raising Buchanan (and Eleven Eleven) is names 2019 ARIZONA FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR!
The Copper Wing award for Best Arizona Feature goes to RAISING BUCHANAN!
BRUCE DELLIS (Writer-Director) and AMANDA MELBY (Producer-Ruth) accept the Copper Wing for Best Arizona Feature for RAISING BUCHANAN.
Raising Buchanan, a dark comedy from writer-director Bruce Dellis, will make its World Premiere at the 2019 Phoenix Film Festival April 4-14, 2019.
Filmed in and around the greater Phoenix and Prescott, Arizona areas in 2017, the film boasts a remarkable ensemble cast of 28 speaking roles.
Now in its 19th year, the Phoenix Film Festival is Arizona's largest film festival. Every year they host nearly 300 films, hold filmmaking seminars, parties and amazing events for over 27,000 attendees during 11 daysat the Harkins Scottsdale 101.
For more information about the Festival: http://www.phoenixfilmfestival.com/feature-films-2019
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The official trailer for Bruce Dellis' comedy RAISING BUCHANAN. Starring René Auberjonois, Amanda Melby, Cathy Shim, Terence Bernie Hines, Robert Ben Garant, Jennifer Pfalzgraff, Steve Briscoe and M. Emmet Walsh. World Premiere: Phoenix Film Festival 2019.
Produced by Joe Gruberman and Amanda Melby.
Director of Photography by Bret Kalmbach.
Trailer edited by Maggie Salmon.
Aimless Woman. Reckless Plan. Worthless President.
The official teaser for Bruce Dellis' comedy RAISING BUCHANAN.
Starring René Auberjonois, Amanda Melby, Cathy Shim, Terence Bernie Hines, Robert Ben Garant, Jennifer Pfalzgraff, Steve Briscoe and M. Emmet Walsh. Produced by Joe Gruberman and Amanda Melby. Director of Photography by Bret Kalmbach. Teaser edited by Maggie Salmon.
In suburban Phoenix, 40-year-old Ruth Kiesling (Amanda Melby) is not exactly “living the dream.” She’s a donut shop employee with anger issues. She’s got no mother, a dead brother, and a father (M. Emmet Walsh) in hospice. Her few friends include her roommates: Meg (Cathy Shim), her game-for-anything confidante since junior high; Holly (Jennifer Pfalzgraff), a somewhat level-headed janitor and amateur ventriloquist; and her probation officer, Philip Crosby (Terence Bernie Hines).
Ruth’s only creative outlet is playing her cello in the background of a series of popular YouTube videos featuring Errol (Steve Briscoe), an egotistical ventriloquist. Errol lords over a community of loyal ventriloquists who proudly (and literally) wear their allegiance to their “art”; their dummies are strapped across their torsos like badass bandoleros.
Ever the opportunist and desperate for money, Ruth finds herself in a position to “steal” the body of President James Buchanan (René Auberjonois). She does so, hoping to ransom him for a nice windfall –– but she’s surprised to discover that no one seems particularly interested in getting him back. Plan B (and C and D) doesn’t appear to be any more fruitful for the hapless duo, leading to dead ends involving a wealthy widow, a confused LGBT organization, and a hot-headed shipping foreman. The resolution of this increasingly dire situation will require previously untapped resourcefulness from Ruth; a demanding commitment from Crosby; her roommates Meg and Holly and a disconcerting insight into Errol’s ventriloquist horde.
Written and Directed by Bruce Dellis. Produced by Amanda Melby and Joe Gruberman.