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“Club Life:” A Look Behind the Nightlife Curtain

stillEver wonder what it must be like walking into a star-studded, sparkler-in-your-champagne kind of nightclub? Tons of people see the glitz and glam all the time on TV, but few ever get to experience it, much less live it on a regular basis. That’s because few ever reach the New York or Las Vegas big-name club promoter status. But Danny A. Abeckaser did, and now he’s letting you in on the secret life in his film, Club Life.

The movie follows Johnny D. (Jerry Ferrara), a young New Yorker desperately seeking monetary relief for his father’s medical treatment. Just as the stars align in life every so often, they line-up perfectly for Johnny so that he meets top club-guru Mark (played by Danny A. himself, the legendary NY nightlife don). Little by little, hustle by hustle, Johnny broadens his horizons and becomes a top-dog himself. He no longer waits in line behind that velvet rope, but decides who’s allowed behind it. Drama is inevitable – amongst co-workers, his trusted club-going guide, and girlfriend Tonya (Jessica Szohr). Ultimately, Johnny must decide if the sparkling lights and bottle service are enough to tear him away from a more simplistic, blue-collar life, and how to stay in the runnings.

What’s cool about this flick? For starters, it features Jerry Ferrara (whom you’ll know from Entourage) and Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl’s rebel-darling). On top of that, the film is loosely based on Danny A., the NYC club god who not only stars in the film, but also wrote and produced it. So you know you’re getting a true-to-life insider look.

Be on the lookout for this hot premiere next year! In the meantime, read the full press release here and check out official coverage from The Hollywood Reporter.

Now, press play below for a sneak peak:

Welcome, Jonathan!

September 10, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

JonathanEllisIntroducing Jonathan Ellis, Graphic Designer

Name: Jonathan Ellis
Background: Born in Brooklyn, raised in Brooklyn and Long Island
Height: short
Likes: The New York Knicks, Apple Juice, Pasta, Drawing, The Fugees, Bowling like Fred Flintstone
Dislikes: Ketchup (yuck)
Fav Albums: Good Kid Madd City, College Dropout, The Score, Blueprint, Lupe touch the sky mixtape, Channel Orange
Schooling: LaGuardia Highschool and School of Visual Arts
Work history: One year freelancing at The Orchard, four years at Music Choice as a Graphic Designer. Many years freelancing and illustrating.

I’ve appreciated my time here so far and I’m very excited to continue on full-time. Feel free to drop me a line to say hello, and thanks to The Orchard for having me.

Oh, You Are Most Welcome In This House, “What We Do In The Shadows”

WhatWeDoInTheShadowsIt’s time for TIFF — Toronto International Film Festival, that is — and we have one movie screening there that we’re super excited to tell you about: What We Do In The Shadows. Having first premiered at Sundance, this deep and insightful documentary on how age-old vampires live in modern-day New Zealand will give you chills and blow your mind with the information it reveals.

Just kidding!

Well, only about the “deep and insightful” part. What We Do In The Shadows is, in fact, a hilarious mockumentary/comedy brought to you by Flight of the Conchords and Men in Black 3 veteran Jemaine Clement and Academy Award nominee Taika Waititi. Believe us when we say: this one will have you in stitches, and not because Vladislav, Viago, Deacon or Petyr have sunk their teeth into your sweet, sweet skin. Lucky for us and all vampire lovers out there, we have the privilege of distributing this masterpiece digitally, on DVD and broadcast across the United States in partnership with Funny Or Die and Unison Films.

In What We Do In The Shadows, writers and directors Jemaine and Waititi also star as vampires Vladislav and Viago, who along with their flatmates Deacon and Petyr struggle to adapt to 21st century life, from paying rent and sharing household chores to getting expressly invited into nightclubs. They turn a young hipster, Nick, to feast on both his blood and his knowledge of the modern world. We won’t spoil the rest, but you can expect much discovery, surprise, emotion (vampires have feelings, too) and of course, laughter.

If you’re in Toronto for the fest, catch the film at TIFF on Friday, September 12th at 11:59pm at Ryerson, Saturday, September 13th at 9:30pm at Scotiabank Theatre 12 and Sunday, September 14th at 3:45pm at Scotiabank Theatre 3. Now, we expressly invite you to feast on the trailer below:

Find out more about the deal on our official press release, here.

Welcome, Devin!

September 3, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

DevinPassarielloIntroducing Devin Passariello, Quality Control Coordinator

Hello everyone! My name is Devin, and I’m thrilled to be joining the Audio Operations team here in New York City. If you see me around the office, say hi! I’m the big dude with the tattoos and beard (yes you can touch it, please just ask me first).

I was born and raised in Queens, NY which is where I still reside today. I have a Music Business degree from Five Towns College in Dix Hills, Long Island. Adam Levine from Maroon 5 went there for a semester or two, so we’re basically BFF’s.

I’ve been a music lover my entire life, and spent the better part of the period between 2007 and 2013 touring with a few bands, one of which is signed to Pure Noise Records, who The Orchard distributes (represent, woop woop!).

Unfortunately I reached a point in my life where sleeping in vans and not showering for days got kind of old, so I decided to settle down and get myself a “real job.” I found myself working at Warner Music Group for the legendary A&R man, Seymour Stein at Sire Records. It was an incredible experience, but a few months ago I thought it was time for a change.

I had been following The Orchard’s various social media accounts for a while, and always took notice as to how happy their employees seemed to be. So when a Quality Control Coordinator position opened up, I jumped at it. Thankfully I got the job and my happiness cannot be put into words! I’m excited about the experience that lies ahead!

“Loitering With Intent:” Lessons on Inspiration

0fd4739977459a3caa2decbf1ccf3f07What happens when a couple of friends are down on their luck in the midst of a job-hunt? They make their own work, of course! Which is precisely what Michael Godere, Ivan Martin and a slew of other actors and actresses do in Loitering with Intent, the latest film to be added to The Orchard’s catalog.

The true-to-life film came out of the frustration fellow New York City actors and writers felt about the real-life dramas that come from lack of work in the industry. Director Adam Rapp and his motley crew know what failed efforts in the movies feel like. So they did something about it and created their own work with the help of hand-picked friends and colleagues.

The story: Struggling actors Dominic (Godere) and Raphael (Martin) are on a mission to write a screenplay in 10 days. To do so, they decide a retreat to the Catskills is their best option. But their idyllic, countryside setting quickly becomes the center of house party mayhem when their host’s (Marisa Tomei) crazed group of friends start trickling in. The result? More fodder for a screenplay than the so-called “writers” know what to do with.

The movie itself resonates with many in the film industry, but also those looking for a delightful indie dramedy. The all-star lineup also includes Sam Rockwell, Natasha Lyonne and Brian Geraghty, to name a few. The entire ensemble creates a very special friend-fueled romantic comedy that we’ll soon be dishing out for you in theaters and on-demand. Read more about the deal in Indiewire’s coverage and our official press release.

For your viewing pleasure:

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