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Welcome, Emma!

March 4, 2015 Orchard News No Comments

EmmaHawkinsIntroducing Emma Hawkins, Digital Advertising Coordinator

My name is Emma and I am so excited to be working at The Orchard as a Coordinator in the Digital Advertising department. A little bit about me: I’m originally from outside of Seattle, WA and moved here six years ago to attend NYU, where I studied English Literature and Art History. Before The Orchard, I worked in digital advertising sales at Tasting Table, an NYC based digital food magazine, and interned at a small book publisher in college. I’m generally obsessed with arts and entertainment and I can discuss David Bowie, Michelangelo and Oscar Wilde with equal enthusiasm. Recent music/film/TV obsessions include HOMESHAKE, D’angelo, FKA Twigs, SOHN, Broad City and anything directed by Richard Linklater. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and to start learning the ins and outs of The Orchard!

Welcome, Monisha!

February 25, 2015 Orchard News 1 Comment

MonishaGandhiIntroducing Monisha Gandhi, Client Manager, Film & TV

Hey there! I’m Monisha and it’s great to greet you! I’m super excited to be joining The Orchard Team and look forward to getting to know everyone. In the meantime, here’s a little bit about me…

I was born and raised in the suburbs just outside NYC, round about a little artsy village north of the Hudson, called Nyack. Post Nyack, I spent many years living in Buffalo, NY assisting in the management of one of the city’s most legendary indie music venues catering to such acts as, Moe, Jeru the Damaja, Every Time I Die, and Fishbone.

Upon my return to the New York Metropolitan Area, or as Buffalonians like to say, “Downstate,” I was offered the opportunity to continue working in support of my passion for Arts and Entertainment becoming a consultant to a number of film festivals in Venue and Programming Operations, starting and ending with the Tribeca Film Festival as Screenings Operations Manager.

But alas, home is where the heart is and after many years of living a nomadic lifestyle, I am ready and eager to settle down and make a home for myself both personally and professionally. Aside from work, you can find me in my kitchen cooking, in my car singing, in the park playing with my pitbull, at the bar shooting pool, on the phone making reservations, on the dance floor… well, you know, or simply on my couch watching Netflix.

Now that you know a little bit about me, please feel free to drop me a line in the comments to say hello!

Laugh, Cry, Smile in Our Latest Film, “Nasty Baby”

cdn.indiewireIn what Vanity Fair deemed “2015’s greatest ‘shit happens’ movie,” we find actor/director Sebastián Silva, TV on the Radio‘s Tunde Adebimpe and everyone’s celebrity crush Kristen Wiig cooking up a modern day ménage-à-trois dramedy. Nasty Baby finds the threesome grappling with heavy subjects, albeit with a fair bit of humor, and we’ve just picked up this roller coaster of emotion so that we can dish it out to North American audiences later this year.

So what’s all the fuss about here? Brooklyn couple Freddy (Silva) and Mo (Adebimpe) are in the neighborhood for a child of their own, and they’ve asked Freddy’s best friend Polly (Wiig) to add her half to the baby-making process. But when Freddy learns that his sperm count is too low, all eyes are on Mo to take over. Intimate conversations and clashing opinions ensue until the film’s final act, when Silva (as director) throws everyone a nasty curveball. The movie takes a very dark turn, one that, much like life itself, goes from creating life to pondering just how quickly it can be taken away.

Nasty Baby, filmed almost entirely in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, has its initial moments of comedy and naïveté, but matures into a poignant look at how life’s extreme situations can take a toll. The “naturalistic, accessible and likable” performances from the trio (apparently Wiig’s best since Bridesmaids) create a film that could very well hit close to heart and home.

Be on the lookout for the film’s release happening later this year — you do not want to let this one slip you by. For more info on the deal, check out our press release and Indiewire’s coverage.

Welcome, Tara!

February 18, 2015 Orchard News No Comments

image (1)Introducing Tara Mulvaney, Operations Manager, Performance Rights Services

Hi everyone, my name is Tara Mulvaney and I’m very happy to join the Performance Rights Services team.

I come to The Orchard directly from Harry Fox Agency where I most recently worked as a Distributions Technology Analyst to support the implementation of innovative royalty applications and related systems. I’m currently working on my Master’s at NYU Gallatin with an area of concentration on Business, Technical, and Creative Aspects of Music in Media.

I’m looking forward to meeting and working with everyone!

Martial Arts’ Next Big Thing: “Kung Fu Elliot”

static1.squarespaceWhat happens when Napoleon Dynamite is mixed with a few Jackie Chan-esque films? You get Kung Fu Elliot, one of our recent film acquisitions and the documentary that’s headed your way next week.

How could those two very different genres quite possibly meld together into movie form? It’s simple, really. You’ve got Elliot “White Lightning” Scott — Canada’s first great action hero (or so he hopes). Elliot, the amateur, very low-budget filmmaker he is, has already taken a stab at filmmaking with They Killed My Cat, among other non-blowout karate short films he’s made. Though not the blockbuster knockout expected, it’s amassed (somewhat) of a cult following. This martial arts fetish along with aspirations for a Hollywood hit make for an interesting bit of nonfiction by way of Elliot himself.

Hence why Jaret Belliveau and Matt Bauckman (filmmakers and directors in their own right) asked to document the making of Elliot’s next film, Blood Fight. In doing so, the perplexing eccentricities of this Canadian martial artist are captured. The film explores not just the making of Elliot’s film, but his real-life complex crisis. The initial humor slowly flows into a much deeper and darker look into Elliot’s background, his lies and how he plans on making it out on top.

The documentary, which raked in awards at this past year’s Fantastic Fest and Slamdance, is hitting movie theaters & VOD next week, and you do not want to miss out on this next cult classic. Check out more info on our press release, and watch the official trailer below:

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