Feb 262011

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Gatecrasher Films is pleased to announce that the feature film “Mutants” will be screened at this year’s Marché du Film at the Cannes Film Festival. In addition, it will be submitting its short film “First Date” to the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. Gatecrasher Films and AV1 Productions also recently completed filming a music video for hip-hop superstar Lupe Fiasco.

The feature film “Mutants” will be screened at this year’s Cannes Film Festival’s Marché du Film, currently taking place in Cannes, France. The horror/science-fiction film stars Michael Ironside (“Top Gun”, “Starship Troopers”) and Steven Bauer (“Scarface”); directed by Amir Valinia of Gatecrasher Films / AV1 Productions, produced by George Kostuch and Matt Keith of K2 Pictures and co-produced by Ron Finberg of Gatecrasher Films. The film is being distributed by Spotlight Pictures. Amir also recently directed the films “Lords of the Street”, starring Kris Kristofferson, and “Lockjaw: Rise of the Kulev Serpent”, starring hip-hop superstar DMX.

The Marché du Film is the key business counterpart and heart of the Festival de Cannes, and it is the most important motion picture gathering in the world where, every year, cinema and dealmaking are at their best. More than 8,000 participants from 93 countries from the film industry, including producers, international sales agents, distributors and investors, are expected to converge in Cannes for the Marché du Film making deals for tomorrow’s films.

On a separate note, Gatecrasher Films will be submitting its short film comedy production “First Date” to the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. The plot is about a couple on a blind date and what happens when they become too honest with each other. The film was directed by Amir Valinia and produced by Ron Finberg and Ming Wang. Accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences the LA Shorts Fest is the largest, most recognized short film festival in the world.

Lastly, Gatecrasher Films / AV1 Productions recently completed production on the music video “Hip-Hop Saved My Life” for rap and hip hop superstar Lupe Fiasco. Directed by Dr. Teeth, the video also features singer/songwriter Nikki Jean.

Gatecrasher Films is full-service motion picture production company, specializing in films, music videos and commercials, using cost-effective strategies and efficient processes and techniques resulting in beautiful motion pictures at ultra-competitive rates.


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Feb 242011
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