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ReelWorld Film Festival

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The screening sequence for our film, Machete Joe, so far, has been as follows: Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, where the cast and crew joined casting agents, distributors, and a large audience for a thrill-filled presentation, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone in the theater. Our second screening was at the Screen Actors Guild in Los Angeles which was well attended. Our third screening took place at the San Diego Black Film Festival where we won a Best Thriller award.

Screening the film outside of Canada has been a great experience. However, I’ve always wanted to screen the movie in my hometown, on Canadian soil. I wanted people in the Canadian industry to see it, because they have not had the opportunity to do so until the film was invited by the ReelWorld Film Festival, to be a part of their 10th anniversary line up of films. When Machete Joe got accepted into the festival, we were very excited about finally having an opportunity to screen the film for a Canadian audience. This was the first time in ReelWorld history that they screened a slasher/horror/thriller film – it was ground breaking!

During the ReelWorld Press Conference, we had a great opportunity to promote the film to different local and national media, such as ET Canada. Sasah Stoltz did a phenomenal job bringing a lot of media attention to the festival. All forms of media were beneficial to our film whether it was online, radio or TV. We worked hard at getting the word out to our Canadian audienceReelWorld Film Festival
With only a few weeks to put the word out there, Marcel Jones (one of the executive producers) and myself made plans to promote the film. We made sure that the local community, including writers, directors, singers and actors, came out to see the film. We promoted the film on Facebook, Twitter, our website: “Machete Joe The Movie”, Craigslist, and Kijiji. My partner Gordon Green (writer/actor) flew from LA to be in Toronto for the festival, which was his town when he was shooting Disney’s The Famous Jett Jackson. I was excited and happy to have him there for the festival. Paul Campbell (actor), was also able to make it out to Toronto to watch the Canadian Premiere. This was his first time seeing the film! ReelWorld Film Festival
Finally, the Canadian Premiere arrived! The night of the festival was very exciting, and simultaneously nerve-wracking. I was unsure about how the Canadian audience would perceive the film, and how they would react to it. I was running late relative to picking up my mom so that she would be able to experience what I’ve been working on for so many years. It was total pandemonium. It felt like people were there to see a BIG Hollywood film, as if it were the opening for Iron Man 2, or some other extravaganza! The turnout was huge, incredible! There was a lot of media and press, people taking pictures, people asking questions and offering congratulations. I was bouncing around from person to person, like a steel marble in a pinball machine. It was all worth the anticipation.

There were so many people that we had to open up a second theatre to accommodate the extra guests. Both theatres were sold out. Some people were even turned away because there were not enough seats! People were fighting to get into the door – a woman was fighting to be the first one into the theatre! There was a cornucopia of hype surrounding the film. The buzz was so thick you could cut it with a MACHETE!

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ONE MORE DAY Until the Canadian Premiere of Machete Joe!

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There’s been buzz all around Toronto about the Canadian Premiere of Machete Joe. The ReelWorld Film Festival hosted a Press Conference in mid-March where dozens of filmmakers came out to talk about the films that would be screening during the ReelWorld Festival that runs from April 7th to the 11th. Filmmakers are flocking to all of Toronto’s hot spots to watch screenings of features, shorts, documentaries and music videos. Such a wide variety of talent to be shown during ReelWorld’s 10th season running.

But make sure you come out to Cineplex Canada Square at Yonge & Eglinton to catch the CANADIAN Premiere of Machete Joe! The screening begins at 8:30 PM, followed by a Q&A, with cast in attendance!

Check out the links below, including a short bio of the wonderfully talented Malika Blessing & Gimel Hooper.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Canadian Premiere:
Saturday, April 10 @ 8:30 PM
Cineplex Canada Square – 2190 Yonge St. @ Eglinton Ave. W.
Get your tickets online at http://reelworld.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=244319

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San Diego Black Film Festival 2010 Red Carpet event

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San Diego 2010 Black Film Festival

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Barbara Smith wrote in the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint, on Thursday, February 4, 2010: “There is so much excitement here,” said Gordon Greene, producer of Machete Joe, which took the prize for Best Thriller. “The panel discussions, the networking, we all feel part of the festival.”, he said. The movie was written, produced by, and co-starred Greene, under the direction of Sasha Krane. Barbara said it best, “Machete Joe, an urban horror thriller, earned a cult following at the festival and had wide-eyed, white-knuckled movie goers gripping their seats in delighted terror.”

Spike Lee

Howard Green • Spike Lee • Gordon Greene

Howard Green, Spike Lee, and Gordon Greene:
The San Diego 2010 Black Film Festival was truly a memorable event, with Spike Lee, and Danny headlining the event, along with songwriter Kenny Gambel, and celebrated songstress Freda Payne, and Victor Willis of the Village People in attendance. Spike Lee reminded filmmakers: “Learn your craft. Even for the veteran film maker, there is still a universe to learn about cinema.” What a pleasure it was to sit and listen to iconic filmmaker Spike Lee. Award-winning actor, Obba Babatunde, and the wonderful Kiki Sheppard, from Showtime at the Apollo, hosted the event. These headliners created a buzz, and the event was sold out. The raw talent of hundreds of up-and-coming filmmakers, cinematographers, actors and writers, who came eager to learn more about their craft, and to support and celebrate each other’s accomplishments, was encouraging and inspiring to see.

THE RED CARPET/SCREENING

I must say that I was caught off-guard at the San Diego 2010 Black Film Festival when a young man stopped me in the hallway and told me that after seeing our film, Machete Joe, he started spreading the buzz! It’s been a long, almost three year journey, for my producing partner, Howard Green, and me (Gordon Greene). It took a lot of drive and determination to get our first full-length feature out of the gate…YES!…WE DID IT!!! The journey, like most journeys, was a bit rugged (to say the least) yet still, we came out smelling like…I wouldn’t exactly say the obvious (a rose). Instead we came out smelling like we needed a shower (lol)!!!! After spending fourteen days…or should I say nights (night shoots) at a castle, in the middle of the Palmdale desert, it was all worth it. Three years after yelling, “THAT’S A WRAP!” We find ourselves at our first film festival, and a world premiere red carpet at that! Machete Joe on The Red Carpet
Our cast and crew, who worked so hard to help make MACHETE JOE a success, (BEST THRILLER FILM) at The San Diego 2010 Black Film Festival, showed up making the most NOISE!!!! The cultic-chant (is that a phrase?)…MACHETE JOE! MACHETE JOE! MACHETE JOE! MACHETE JOE! certainly had all heads and eyes turning to see what all the commotion was about on the RED CARPET. And, of course, our wonderful Red Carpet host Kiki Sheppard (from Showtime at the Apollo) pulled out all the stops by feeding into our freakishly-frenzied behavior.

Most importantly, it was the pleasure both Howard, myself, the cast and crew received while sitting back and watching the audience connect with the movie. Some talked back at the movie screen, while others burst out abruptly with laughter from some of the funnier moments in the film. It was great to see faces, from various cultures, sitting in the same room watching a unique story unfold, without the wires and without the multi-million dollar special affects, (that’s because we couldn’t afford them)!

THE GALA

Oh, yes! The GALA!! Who could forget that special evening? The evening of January the 30th, 2010, at the Hyatt (downtown San Diego)! Karen Huff-Willis, the Festival Director, pulled out all the stops for this filmmaker friendly, star-studded event. What made it a star studded event was the fact that everyone and anyone, even if they were not an actor, filmmaker, writer, producer, etc., I believe that on that night they felt like a STAR!! We were in good company on that special evening. My beautiful wife on my arm and the Machete Joecast and crew by my side (how memorable)!

Gala

Gala Machete Joe Cast Crew

Actor/Producer Oba Babatunde (by the way, he is one of the Broadway stars of the original Dreamgirls.), along with his co-host Kiki Sheppard, kept the evening exciting by bringing their professionalism, charm, and best host/presenter game to the table. Oh, and how could I forget to throw in the fact that I got a chance to rub elbows and take a few photos with world renowned filmmaker, Spike Lee? I guess rubbing elbows and a quick photo was all I was getting, seeing how everyone was trying to steal my moment that Spike had promised me. Spike and I had had a quite lengthy conversation about how he admired and respected my work and that he envisioned working with me on his next nine films…Oops!…sorry…I slipped off into a dream…this part never happened (but rubbing elbows and taking a few photos did). I actually had the opportunity to talk to, Victor Willis of the Village People, and tell him that his songs were responsible for many bunions on my feet, from wearing out the dance floor to his music. Although Bobby Brown was in earshot and I did cut a few rugs dancing to his music as well, I decided to give him a break for the evening…Hey, it’s my prerogative! On that note, it would only be fitting that I end by saying, thank you so very much, from the bottom of my heart, to the hard working cast and crew, executive producers and friends, that made Machete Joe what it is today! A SUCCESS!!

Synopsis

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A group of out-of-work actors decide to take their careers into their own hands by shooting a low-budget horror film about an urban myth. With only fifteen days to shoot their unfinished script at a remote castle in the desert, getting through the first night becomes a nightmare. As their egos begin to surface, so do the dead bodies.

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