September, 2016

  • Random Media Proudly Announces the Debut of Travis Gutiérrez Senger’s Breathtaking ‘Found Footage’ Drama ‘DESERT CATHEDRAL’

    September 19, 2016

    Los Angeles – August 8, 2016

    Based on a True Story Blending Actual Archival Materials And Narrative Storytelling On Digital VOD and EST Platforms – September 27!

    Desert Cathedral, Travis Gutiérrez Senger’s stunning debut feature set in the early 90’s about broken real estate developer Peter Collins, who mysteriously disappears into the desert and documents his fascinating but tragic journey on VHS tape, will be released by Random Media, on digital VOD and digital (EST) platforms – September 27. Utilizing real ‘found footage’, this evocative narrative uniquely blends fact and fiction and is carried by a captivating performance by Lee Tergesen (Oz, Generation Kill, Monster), as Peter Collins. The film also features up-and-comer Chaske Spencer (The Twilight Saga, Banshee) as the private detective who tracks down and befriends Collins, having been hired by his desperate wife (Petra Wright). The film incorporates audio and VHS video from the true subject’s real journey seamlessly into the film and explores the psychological breakdown of an all American man.

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    In the spirit of the film and the found VHS footage, Desert Cathedral will also be released on limited edition VHS.

    Desert Cathedral is the directorial debut feature from award-winning filmmaker Travis Gutiérrez Senger (short film accolades include the Tribeca International Film Festival and Austin’s renowned South By Southwest). This promising debut features the breathtaking cinematography of Michael Ragen (Kicks, Faults) and a powerful score from Saunder Jurriaans and Danny Bensi (Enemy, Last Days in the Desert).

    Far from the world of smart phones, tablets and devices that are so pervasive in our everyday life, Desert Cathedral’s fascinating true story unfolds just as the age of personal electronics was dawning. With the advent and affordability of portable VHS recorders, for the first time ever, average people could document daily life, as Peter Collins did. Senger utilizes the existence of this real ‘found footage’ to create a unique cinematic experience that reflects our time.

    Official Synopsis

    Utilizing actual found footage, Desert Cathedral tells the story of a broken real estate developer, Peter Collins (Lee Tergesen), who mysteriously disappears into the Southwest in 1992, leaving behind a series of VHS tapes to his employer and family. Without the aid of the police, his desperate wife (Petra Wright) hires private investigator, Duran Palouse (Chaske Spencer) to locate his whereabouts and bring him home. After the two befriend each other, Peter discovers Duran’s true identity and flees deeper into the depths of the desert where, through a cat-and-mouse chase climax, tragedy strikes.

    LOGLINE: A broken real estate developer mysteriously disappears into the Southwest in 1992, leaving behind a series of VHS tapes to his employer and family.

     

    About the Director:

    Travis Gutiérrez Senger is a New York City based Director, Writer and Producer. His past projects have won top awards at Tribeca, SXSW, Seattle, and other festivals around the world. In 2016 he co-founded Asa Nisi Masa Films, based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and is currently in development on Freewolves, a dark comedy-drama about two brothers navigating through a state-funded rehab in New York City with producer Adam Folk (Cold in July, Bushwick).

    About Random Media:

    Random Media is a content company that acquires and distributes films on a worldwide basis through movie theatres, conventional brick and mortar retailers, digital platforms, cable and satellite companies and television networks.  Random Media’s library includes such acclaimed films as The Motel Life, Escape From TomorrowThe Visit, Meth Head and For Those in Peril.

     

     

     

     

     

  • KILLSWITCH: The Battle To Control The Internet Debuts on Digital VOD and Streaming Platforms – September 13!

    September 19, 2016

    Los Angeles – August 26, 2016

    A Searing Exposé and Cautionary Tale About Internet ‘Hacktivists’ EDWARD SNOWDEN & AARON SWARTZ

    And Their Quest to Save Democracy

     The debut digital VOD and streaming release of Killswitch: The Battle To Control The Internet includes iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, X-Box, Vudu and more.

    Trailer – https://vimeo.com/141338106

    “One of the most honest accounts of the battle to control the Internet — and access to information itself. “

    - U.S. Representative Alan Grayson

    The film is backed by over 70 ‘Open Internet’ activist groups, including Free Press and The Center for Media Justice. Killswitch: The Battle To Control The Internetwas created by Cinecity Pictures and Akorn Entertainment and is directed by Ali Akbarzadeh. It was written by Christopher Dollar and Ali Akbarzadeh. The film is produced by Jeffrey Horn. Lauren Taubman serves as Executive Producer.

     

    Logline:

    The Internet is under attack. Free Speech, innovation, and democracy are all up for grabs.

    Official Film Synopsis:

    The Internet is under attack. Free speech, innovation, and democracy are all up for grabs.

    Killswitch: The Battle To Control The Internet is about the battle for control over the internet. Lawrence Lessig, Tim Wu and Peter Ludlow frame the story of two young hacktivists, Aaron Swartz & Edward Snowden, who symbolize the disruptive and dynamic nature of the internet.

    Their lives parallel one another as they free information to millions on the internet, putting them directly in the cross-hairs of the most powerful interests in the world. Will this be a cautionary tale of what happens when you dare to take on elite power structures? Or will it be the spark that ignites a revolution that will redefine democracy in the digital age?

    About Random Media:

    Random Media is a content company that acquires and distributes films on a worldwide basis through movie theatres, conventional brick and mortar retailers, digital platforms, cable and satellite companies and television networks.  Random Media’s library includes such acclaimed films as The Motel Life, Escape From TomorrowThe Visit, Meth Head and For Those in Peril.

     

     

     

     

     

  • ‘LOLA’S LAST LETTER ’ National Debut on Digital VOD and Streaming Platforms – September 6!

    September 19, 2016

    Los Angeles – August 8, 2016

    On September 6, Indie film leader Random Media proudly debuts Lola’s Last Letter, the powerful and relatable story of a young girl who tries to piece her life back together in the aftermath of a huge mistake. Making an apology video letter for her mysterious pen-pal “Henry,” Lola seeks the answer to a question all too familiar to anyone who’s ever done something they wish they hadn’t – “How do we move on?” The directorial debut of Valerie Brandy, who also wrote and stars in the titular role, Lola’s Last Letter features Annamarie Kenoyer (TV’s ‘Southland’ and ‘Lie To Me’) as Lola’s best friend ‘Ree.’ Talented actor Travis Quentin Young (‘The Replacement Child,’ ABC Family’s ‘Teen Spirit’) plays Lola’s new love interest. The film also features Peter Banifaz (TV’s ‘Moms’) and versatile actor Tom Colitt (“On the Rocks” and “Kristall-Nacht Sonata”).

    The national digital VOD and streaming release of Lola’s Last Letter includes iTunes, Amazon, Youtube, X-Box, VUDU, FandanagoNOW and more.

    ‘Lola’s Last Letter Explores Atonement and Redemption with a Unique Twist…’

    - Jennifer O’Connell, The Examiner

    ‘Valerie Brandy is Breathtakingly Real and Raw … Her Work is Utterly Unforgettable’

    - Jason Coleman, StarPulse

     

    Logline: Lola is making a video apology for a mysterious man named Henry. Who is he, and why can’t Lola move on?

    Official Synopsis

    “Have you ever made a mistake, Henry?”

    Lola (Valerie Brandy) — a 22 year old ex-con who spends her time completing her community service by picking up trash on the side of the highway – while making an apology video letter for her mysterious pen-pal “Henry.” Through her antics, which range from darkly humorous to heartbreakingly honest, we discover a girl who’s full of contradictions. Tugged in opposite directions by her best friend Ree (Annamarie Kenoyer), and her new love interest Sam (Travis Quentin Young), Lola tries to piece her life back together in the aftermath of a huge mistake. Lola seeks the answer to a question familiar to anyone who’s ever done something they wish they hadn’t: “How do we move on?”

    About the Director:

    Valerie Brandy is a director, screenwriter, and actress based in Los Angeles.  As an actress, she recurred on FX’s Emmy award-winning series “Justified” as Trixie, working with Mykelti Williamson in episodes directed by Adam Arkin. Features and shorts she’s appeared in have screened at dozens of festivals across the country, including Tribeca, AFI, Starz Denver, the Santa Barbara Int’l Film Festival, the Dances with Films festival, and many others. In 2015, her performance as Lola in “Lola’s Last Letter” earned her a Best Principal Actress Nomination from the Los Angeles Film Review. Valerie directed, wrote, and starred in the film, which was shot in just seven days.

    Brandy’s first feature length screenplay “Dying with Daisy,” was a quarterfinalist in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowships (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). She sold her second full-length feature at age 21, and became one of the youngest female members of The Writers Guild of America. She is currently adapting multiple projects, contracting both with major studios and independent production companies. She most recently completed an adaptation of the young adult novel “The Summer of Naked Swim Parties,” which she is also attached to direct.

    Lola’s Last Letter is co-produced by Sherri Lennon. Katie Walker is director of photography.

    About Random Media:

    Random Media is a content company that acquires and distributes films on a worldwide basis through movie theatres, conventional brick and mortar retailers, digital platforms, cable and satellite companies and television networks.  Random Media’s library includes such acclaimed films as The Motel Life, Escape From TomorrowThe Visit, Meth Head and For Those in Peril.

     

     

     

     

     

  • ‘ARROWS OF FIRE ’ Debuts on Digital VOD and Streaming Platforms – September 6!

    September 19, 2016

    Los Angeles – August 15, 2016

    Across the Spectacular Australian Outback

    A Powerful Story of Comradeship; of Discovery; of Endurance!

    A unique and powerful motorcycle adventure taking audiences across the vast Australian outback, Random Media proudly presents the national digital VOD and streaming debut of Arrows of Fire on September 6, 2016. What began as documentary filmmakers taking a respite from everyday life by taking an extreme adventure — became instead a very personal story testing the bonds of friendship and family as the group came face-to-face with their own mortality, when one member suffers a terrible accident in the remotest part of the journey. A true-life adventure filmed by the riders themselves without the assistance of support vehicles, using only on-board cameras, the film brings audiences closer to the action and ultimately the dramatic story. More than just a chronicle of a picturesque ride in the Australian outback, Arrows of Fire is a compelling, thought-provoking tale of comradeship, discovery and endurance, through the eye of the rider.

    The debut digital VOD and streaming release of Arrows of Fire includes iTunes, Amazon, Youtube, X-Box, VUDU, FandanagoNOW and more.

    Logline: Seeking relief from city life, four mates ride motorbikes into the Australian outback where a disaster fractures their mateship and calls into question their need for adventure.

    Arrows of Fire stars Josh Evans, Paul Evans, Duncan Menge and Ben Rollison. It was created by Lost Highway Productions and is written and directed by Duncan Menge. The film is produced by Duncan Menge and Josh Evans.

    About the ‘Eye of the Rider’ Series:

    ‘Eye Of The Rider’ is a series of films exploring the mind of the motorcycle rider. Arrows Of Fire is the latest installment. These documentaries are some of the earliest examples of filmmaking using “Point-Of-View” cameras to show the action from the riders’ perspective. Duncan Menge and Josh Evans do this by using a variety of cameras, some mounted on the rider, some on the bike.

    Official Film Synopsis

    Arrows of Fire is more than just a chronicle of a father, his adult son and two mates on a picturesque motorcycle ride in the Australian outback. Drawing parallels between the early space explorers, Paul, Josh, Duncan and Ben don their riding gear and take off on a journey into their physical, mental and emotional limits. The ride will ultimately test the bonds of their mate-ship as they seek respite from every-day life through adventure.

    However, what confronts them is something they could never prepare for, coming face-to-face with their own mortality when Josh crashes in the remote Australian Outback and needs to be rescued by the Flying Doctors. As Josh undergoes emergency surgery to save his leg, his absence sparks a chain of events that plays out beyond the completion of the ride, as friendships fracture with Ben when he shows a lack of compassion towards the crash incident, and he clashes with Duncan as Paul leaves to join his son in hospital. Duncan and Ben keep riding to the planned destination but the damage is done and ultimately Ben stops riding motorbikes.

    The journey also brings Paul face-to-face with his greatest fear, and a recurring dream becomes a reality as he cradles his son’s head in his lap after the crash. Fortunately, Paul’s life and that of his son are changed for the better but the scars of the crash are felt by all involved for many years to come.

    Filmed by the motorbike riders with no support vehicles and using on-board cameras to put you in the saddle with the action, Arrows of Fire tells the story of comradeship, discovery and endurance through the eye of the rider.

    About Random Media:

    Random Media is a content company that acquires and distributes films on a worldwide basis through movie theatres, conventional brick and mortar retailers, digital platforms, cable and satellite companies and television networks.  Random Media’s library includes such acclaimed films as The Motel Life, Escape From TomorrowThe Visit, Meth Head and For Those in Peril.

     

     

     

     

     

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