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05

Nov

Ladensack Produces Lumber Liquidators National Spot Ad

Adam J. Richman and Matthew Ladensack teamed together to produce a national Lumber Liquidators :30 second spot advertisement seen on HDTV and online.  Congrats to the entire team!

Check out the link.

(Source: youtube.com)

18

Aug

The Palm Springs Cultural Center announced today that Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will return for its Fifth Anniversary with twice the number of screenings. “For the last few years, we’ve screened around eleven feature films,” said Michael C. Green, Festival Director. “This year we will have twenty three feature screenings. We will also continue to include a number of short selections paired with the feature films.”The Fifth Anniversary Edition of Cinema Diverse will take place at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. The Festival will open on Thursday, September 20th and continue through Sunday, September 23rd.  Submissions are still being accepted through www.withoutabox.com, and are open through August 10, 2012. “We’ve had a robust number of submissions,” Green continued. “And with the expanded the number of screenings, we expect to be able to both broaden our scope and explore the genre more deeply.”Some films have already been selected for this year’s Fifth Anniversary edition of Cinema Diverse, including MELTING AWAY (sponsored by the Desert Film Society). “MELTING AWAY is a powerful Israeli film about a family that falls into crisis after the parents discover that their child is secretly a cross-dresser and kick him out of the house,” Green says. “It’s a bold look at a family dealing with a transgendered child.” Other films that have already been selected include TAKING A CHANCE ON GOD, a powerful documentary that follows the extraordinary life of 86-year-old Jesuit priest John McNeill, the co-founder of Dignity NY, and author of the revolutionary “The Church and the Homosexual” which the Catholic Church first allowed to be published and later banned, and FACING MIRRORS, a remarkable Iranian film that tells the story of an unlikely and daring friendship that develops between Rana, a traditional Iranian wife and mother, and Adineh (Eddie), a rebellious transgendered woman who is anxious to get female-to-male sex-reassignment surgery.“In addition to what is shaping up to be a truly exciting selection of feature films, we also have a diverse selection of shorts to share with our audiences.” Green says. “This is definitely a great year for LGBT cinema. We’re thrilled to be able to bring these films to our local audience.”
TICKET INFORMATION:PASSES (on sale August 6th):All Access Pass (includes allspecial events and all festival screenings) = $149.00Dozen Pass: 12 Films for $129.00 ($10.75 ea.)Half Dozen Pass: Six Films for $69.00 ($11.50 ea.)TICKETS (on sale September 1st):Festival Screenings = $13.00Order Tickets Online: http://www.camelottickets.comOrder Tickets In Person: Camelot Theatres Box Office: 11:30 AM to 8:00 PM Daily (PDT)Order Tickets By Telephone: 888-718-4253, 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday-Friday (PDT)Camelot Theatres Box Office.2300 E. Baristo Road,Palm Springs, CA, 92262,Info. Line: 760-325-6565.All CINEMA DIVERSE screenings will be held at Camelot Theatres

The Palm Springs Cultural Center announced today that Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will return for its Fifth Anniversary with twice the number of screenings. “For the last few years, we’ve screened around eleven feature films,” said Michael C. Green, Festival Director. “This year we will have twenty three feature screenings. We will also continue to include a number of short selections paired with the feature films.”

The Fifth Anniversary Edition of Cinema Diverse will take place at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. The Festival will open on Thursday, September 20th and continue through Sunday, September 23rd.  Submissions are still being accepted through www.withoutabox.com, and are open through August 10, 2012. “We’ve had a robust number of submissions,” Green continued. “And with the expanded the number of screenings, we expect to be able to both broaden our scope and explore the genre more deeply.”
Some films have already been selected for this year’s Fifth Anniversary edition of Cinema Diverse, including MELTING AWAY (sponsored by the Desert Film Society). “MELTING AWAY is a powerful Israeli film about a family that falls into crisis after the parents discover that their child is secretly a cross-dresser and kick him out of the house,” Green says. “It’s a bold look at a family dealing with a transgendered child.” 

Other films that have already been selected include TAKING A CHANCE ON GOD, a powerful documentary that follows the extraordinary life of 86-year-old Jesuit priest John McNeill, the co-founder of Dignity NY, and author of the revolutionary “The Church and the Homosexual” which the Catholic Church first allowed to be published and later banned, and FACING MIRRORS, a remarkable Iranian film that tells the story of an unlikely and daring friendship that develops between Rana, a traditional Iranian wife and mother, and Adineh (Eddie), a rebellious transgendered woman who is anxious to get female-to-male sex-reassignment surgery.

“In addition to what is shaping up to be a truly exciting selection of feature films, we also have a diverse selection of shorts to share with our audiences.” Green says. “This is definitely a great year for LGBT cinema. We’re thrilled to be able to bring these films to our local audience.”


TICKET INFORMATION:

PASSES (on sale August 6th):

All Access Pass (includes all
special events and all festival screenings) = $149.00
Dozen Pass: 12 Films for $129.00 ($10.75 ea.)
Half Dozen Pass: Six Films for $69.00 ($11.50 ea.)

TICKETS (on sale September 1st):

Festival Screenings = $13.00

Order Tickets Online: http://www.camelottickets.com
Order Tickets In Person: Camelot Theatres Box Office: 11:30 AM to 8:00 PM Daily (PDT)
Order Tickets By Telephone: 888-718-4253, 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday-Friday (PDT)

Camelot Theatres Box Office.
2300 E. Baristo Road,
Palm Springs, CA, 92262,
Info. Line: 760-325-6565.

All CINEMA DIVERSE screenings will be held at Camelot Theatres

24

Jul

A reel I directed for actress Eugenia Kuzmina!

(Source: vimeo.com)

16

Jul

"The Apple Tree" has been selected for the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2012!
Kathy Griffin is set to open the festival which takes place August 10-19th in Durham!

Showtimes: 

Fri, 8/10 @ 11:15 pm | Sat, 8/11 @ 3:15 pm | Sun, 8/12 @ 11:00 am



Strip is about Brent, a recently divorced businessman in Las Vegas who visits a straight nightclub, and gets more than he gambled for when he meets blonde siren Brandi.  After hitting it off—-and several drinks later—-Brandi invites Brent to her hotel suite.  Things really heat up when Brandi asks Brent to sleep with her husband.Absolutely Positive is a dramatic short film that follows four characters, all from different walks of life, as they get tested for HIV. It shows the events of why they decide to get tested, the thoughts that run through their minds as they wait for their results, and how they decide to live their lives after discovering their results.  Shot during and around the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, The Durham Free Hugs Campaign is a fantastic short film about the transformative power of a hug! Fallen Comrade is a story about the bond between two soldiers and the impact after one is lost in combat. When Gabe and Jonathan fall in love in the 1940s, they decide to spend their life together in secret in The Apple Tree. But when Jonathan unexpectedly passes away years later, Gabe is faced with the fact that many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender elders face when they move into retirement homes…he must return into the closet.

Film Info: 

US, 2012, 85 min

"The Apple Tree" has been selected for the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2012!

Kathy Griffin is set to open the festival which takes place August 10-19th in Durham!

Showtimes: 
Fri, 8/10 @ 11:15 pm | Sat, 8/11 @ 3:15 pm | Sun, 8/12 @ 11:00 am

Strip is about Brent, a recently divorced businessman in Las Vegas who visits a straight nightclub, and gets more than he gambled for when he meets blonde siren Brandi.  After hitting it off—-and several drinks later—-Brandi invites Brent to her hotel suite.  Things really heat up when Brandi asks Brent to sleep with her husband.Absolutely Positive is a dramatic short film that follows four characters, all from different walks of life, as they get tested for HIV. It shows the events of why they decide to get tested, the thoughts that run through their minds as they wait for their results, and how they decide to live their lives after discovering their results.  Shot during and around the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, The Durham Free Hugs Campaign is a fantastic short film about the transformative power of a hug! Fallen Comrade is a story about the bond between two soldiers and the impact after one is lost in combat. When Gabe and Jonathan fall in love in the 1940s, they decide to spend their life together in secret in The Apple Tree. But when Jonathan unexpectedly passes away years later, Gabe is faced with the fact that many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender elders face when they move into retirement homes…he must return into the closet.

Film Info: 
US, 2012, 85 min

09

Jun

Our Pilot “Glow” has been selected for iTVfest! Can’t wait to screen in LA and get more word out about this fantastic project!  www.glowthefilm.com

Our Pilot “Glow” has been selected for iTVfest! Can’t wait to screen in LA and get more word out about this fantastic project!  www.glowthefilm.com

05

Jun

The I’m From Driftwood crew is in California for the 11th annual AIDS/LifeCycle, a bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles raising money for HIV/AIDS. IFD founder Nathan Manske and guest videographer and editor Matthew Ladensack will be sharing daily video stories from some of the 2,700 participants who are embarking on the seven-day, 545-mile trek. You can follow IFD’s daily adventures on Facebook and Twitter.

Along the AIDS/LifeCycle route we noticed a woman standing on the side of the road holding a sign. The sign was a photo of a man with his name, Gary Stainback, the years of his birth and death, 1950-1996, and a simple “Thank You” written at the bottom. We pulled over and asked the woman if she would be willing to share her story, and she agreed with one condition: that she wouldn’t have to stop waving and holding her sign for a single second. We agreed, and Steph Stainback began telling us the story of her brother, Gary.

04

Jun

AIDS/Lifecycle Story One on the Huffingtonpost.com

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
Patanjali, author of the Yoga Sutras, you could call him the Original Yogi.

30

May

Matthew Ladensack Joins Press Corps for Aids/Lifecycle

AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully supported, 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Every year, this landmark ride through beautiful California delivers a life-changing experience for thousands of participants from all backgrounds and fitness levels united by a common desire to do something heroic. Whether you’re considering your first ride or are a seasoned veteran, we want you with us on AIDS/LifeCycle 11. You belong here.

Matthew Ladensack will be doing the videography for the interviews of riders, survivors and other individuals along the route. Ladensack will be traveling the coast over 7 days, and over 545 miles in hopes to capture the most inspiration stories.  You can follow the Press Corps at the link above and view videos on Huffingtonpost.com.

19

May

Matthew Ladensack’s Directors Reel Summer 2012!