New Hope, PA, July 24, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam continues its journey to cinema screens at Madrid International Film Festival and then to the Fifth Annual, New Hope Film Festival, in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Riverside Art Colony, New Hope. Vista Point Pictures in association with Jowharah Films is honored to have The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam as an Official Selection at New Hope Film Festival. It is a cutting edge global film festival known as the “Emerging Sundance East” that discovers and supports new filmmakers and writing talent from many different countries. The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam film screening is part of the Actors’ Union Showcase, set to take place on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 8:45pm at the New Hope Arts Center, PA.
The U.S. Premiere of this Arlene Bogna Film, The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam, took place on May 31st, 2014 at Dances With Films Festival in the Chinese Theater, Hollywood, California. The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam made its debut screening on May 16th, 2014 to an enthusiastic reception at the Cannes Film Festival, Short Film Corner in Cannes, France. The filmmakers experience in France, provided them with a coveted filmmakers’ accreditation to the Cannes Film Festival; they were able to network at the Marché du Film, as well as the International Village with global financiers and distributors.
The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam captivates an audience of young and old alike, transporting you into the Wild Wild West with the inspiring mystical story of a desert traveler, inventor, alchemist and magical elixir salesman in pursuit of redemption. Emerging Filmmaker and Director, Arlene Bogna, had a unique vision for her undeniably daring, artistic and harmonious cast of actors to portray many emotional states of mind without words and to explore the meaning of trust, divine inspiration and the belief of redemption, relying solely on subtext and visuals.
The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam pays tribute to Sergio Leone’s “Spaghetti Western” genre through the film’s moments-in-between-moments with the actors and frontier cinematography. The film, shot entirely on location outside of Joshua Tree, California, also is an ode to famous director, Michelangelo Antonioni, with its remote scenery of the desert wilderness reflecting Snake Oil Sam’s inner struggles. The director Bogna says, “Our film crew went on a desert camping adventure, braving all the elements together as a strong tribe, in order to make it all happen!” It features the music of Los Angeles psychedelic rock band, West Indian Girl, from their latest album Shangri-La. The film’s original score is by Acclaimed film composer, Vivek Maddala. The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam stars Zane Byrdy, Gladys Nyoth, Gabriel Voss, Cristina Balmores, and Eva Zeva.
To purchase tickets for the U.S. screening at New Hope Film Fest, Send an email to: inquiries (at) newhopefilmfestival (dot) com
“With its cool score, far-out set design, hip style and striking cinematography, The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam struck our judges as an upbeat and offbeat wallop of fun. We're honored to screen it in our lineup. Best of luck for you continued success!” New Hope Film Festival Chairman, Doug Whipple.
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.
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