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USTV America Online Film Festival

USTV America is planning an online film festival for student filmmakers.

They are calling for socially responsible short films (3 to 5 min. in length) that will highlight the current issues that confront America and threaten its constitutional democracy, as well as its economic well-being.

USTV America is a community sponsored internet television network powered by college and university student interns.  But, they need the help of fellow student filmmakers to help guide this film festival to success.

For more information, send an email to

Visit the website:

Sign up for Professional Film Seminars at The Redhouse Arts Center

The Redhouse Arts Center is offering two year-long sequential learning programs that give participants the opportunity to participate in the creative process of film-making. At the end of the process, the films will be part of a professional screening event at The Redhouse!

Visit, call 315-425-0405, or email to register!

The Short-Short Narrative Film Project 
Saturdays: October 22, January 21, March 10, May 19
*Film screening: May (Exact date, TBA)
These workshops allow filmmakers to develop their own short narrative film. The program will be curated by Mark Mocahbee, a professional documentary and narrative filmmaker from the University of Miami! Guest instructors with professional film credits will help Mocahbee lead the intensive workshops and mentor participants through the film-making process. Seminars include screenwriting, cinematography, editing, and post-production.
$350/300 Members

The “My Life” Documentary Project 
Sundays: October 23, January 22, March 11, May 20
*Screening on May 25 at 6pm
The “My Life” Documentary Project allows teens/college students to create a short documentary film that chronicles their life stories. Students will use hand held Flip cameras to create a cinema verite documentary about a year in their lives. 
$250/$200 Members

LGBT Film Fest at the Palace Theatre

AIDS Community Resources presents an all day film festival with three award winning films.

The First Annual eQuality Film Fest, benefiting the Q Center will take place at the Palace Theatre on October 9, 2011.

Visit their website for more info:

Syracuse Cinephile Society announces Fall Series

The Syracuse Cinephile Society is dedicated to the history, preservation and
enjoyment of vintage motion pictures.  Check out their Monday Night Series of classic films at the Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurant.

Visit their website for complete lineup:

Syracuse Horror Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival is part of SCARE-A-CUSE!

At the OnCenter in Syracuse, NY on the weekend of September 9-11, 2011.  Enjoy some great independent films, as well as some recognizable classics now that the Syracuse Horror Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival is part of SCARE-A-CUSE!

Check out the website for more info:

Local film premiere “King of the Neighborhood” at the Palace Theater, Thursday August 18th

The screening is at 7 at the Palace Theater on Thursday August 18th, with the film beginning at 7:30.  Hang out after to talk to the filmmakers.

Straight Outta Chestside Productions Presents: “King of the Neighborhood”, written and directed by Joe Basla. A full-length comedy feature about an ill-mannered and overly expressive teen, Joe, who has just graduated from high school and has no desire to seek the next step in his life. With graduation comes more responsibility and less security, which Joe is going to have to learn. Numerous friends, family and acquaintances, especially Joe’s best friend Alex, begin to effect Joe’s outrageous ploys and it seems that Joe might finally have to do some life-altering decision making after all.

Starring: Joe Basla, Thomas DeSocio, David Marr III, Adrienne Foster, Michael Carroll, Hank Douglas, “The Dish”, Paul Gonzales
Written by Joe Basla (Alex Cartini, a Co-Writer)
Produced and Directed by Joe Basla

Check out the trailer:

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