Intl Film Festival Manhattan Search Engine Oct 18 @ 935 PM

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International Film Festival Manhattan Search Engine October 18 @ 935PM

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International Film Festival Manhattan #IFFMNYC2019

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 935PM - 1135PM Producers Club 358 W 44th St NYC

Please buy discounted tix. Tix @ the door is $20

"Search Engines" (Drama, Comedy USA) Dir: Russel Brown

Sanity and relationships are put to the test when mysterious circumstances force a family to survive the annual American Thanksgiving holiday without their cell phones.

About the Director: DirL Russel Brown

Russell Brown is currently editing Loren and Rose starring Jacqueline Bisset and Kelly Blatz, featuring Gia Carides, Erin Cahill and Paul Sand. The film wrapped principal photography in May, 2019.

He is also completing post-production on two nonfiction films — a short conceptual documentary entitled The 44 Scarves of Liza Minnelli and Above the Arroyo: A Dream of the Stairs of Los Angeles, a feature length art installation which includes a live performance component.

His most recently exhibited film — a mid-length documentary entitled The Kaleidoscope Guy at the Market — had its festival premiere at the 21st Dances with Films in June, 2018, and has continued to play over 25 festivals since its release, garnering awards in a variety of categories.

“Thanks to Russell Brown’s slick direction and the vast array of kaleidoscope related topics the movie covers, it is a spellbinding, brilliant watch.” (FilmThreat)

His fourth narrative feature, Search Engines, starred an ensemble cast including Joely Fisher, Connie Stevens, Daphne Zuniga, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Barry Watson and Michelle Hurd. It premiered at Cinequest and has played more than 70 festivals across the country and internationally, picking up over 25 awards in categories ranging from acting, directing and writing to audience awards and best picture recognition. It was released theatrically in October, 2016.

“Well-considered insights… Sharp banter… Insinuating camera moves…”

(The Hollywood Reporter)

"Filmmaker Russell Brown clearly had something pertinent he wished to say about our plugged- in, tuned-out obsession with the Internet and was obviously going for a Luis Buñuel-Robert Altman style of social commentary…” (The Los Angeles Times)

Brown’s third feature film, Annie and the Gypsy, starring Cybill Shepherd, premiered at the Seattle Film Festival in June, 2012. Osiris Entertainment distributed the film in Spring, 2013.

“Writer/director Russell Brown makes short, sharp films that investigate how and why friends treat each other badly... In Annie and the Gypsy, Brown’s most ambitious, and arguably most accomplished film to date, Brown provides a keenly-observed study of the title character (deftly played by Cybill Shepherd) who throws a Spanish-themed dinner party hoping to reconnect with Gordon, a man she loved in Spain decades ago.”

(Film International)

The Blue Tooth Virgin, his second feature narrative, was released theatrically in the United States by Regent Releasing in September, 2009. It won the Special Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival in the New American Cinema competition, as well as other festival prizes.

“Hilarious, acutely knowing... Yet comedy enables Brown to dig into the art-industry equation that is the eternal Hollywood challenge, as well as questions about values, priorities, standards, goals -- all leading to what is all-important: self-knowledge. It’s not too much to hazard that Billy Wilder would have enjoyed The Blue Tooth Virgin.” (Los Angeles Times)

“What's striking, brilliant, and refreshing about this story is its sheer minimalist quality... And what dialogue it is! Beautiful and quotable, intriguing and challenging. There are so many great themes here, you truly wonder how writer/director Russell Brown will find something else to write about in future projects.” (MTV.Com)

Race You to the Bottom was released theatrically in the United States in March, 2007, by Here Films. The film played at festivals worldwide and earned a best actress award at Outfest.

“Top notch... Writing and directing with perceptive wit, Brown adroitly captures the quicksilver shifts in moods within a tempestuous, passionate romance between two articulate, free-thinking young people.” (Los Angeles Times)

“Brown’s screenplay and direction, both economical and unshowy, sketch character dynamics in crisp terms that resist the temptation to explain all, beg sympathy, or heighten drama for purely histrionic purposes.” (Variety)

Brown directed the educational program Karen Black: On Acting, a master class seminar with the iconic actress. The film has screened at festivals across the country and had its television premiere in August, 2014, on PBS stations. It is being distributed by First Light Video.

He has also made numerous well-received short films, which have had extensive play on the festival circuit.

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