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THE JONESTOWN DEFENSE

Christopher Waite, a businessman struggling with both a collapsed economy and a personal life in freefall, spends one hot Florida weekend facing the alienation of his family, and the onerous task of firing the employees at the tech company he manages.  The Jonestown Defense tells the story of how professional corruption and personal narcissism nearly destroy a man who thinks he’s fighting for financial survival, but discovers that what is truly at risk is his soul.

“Captivating... a poignant and timely story.” 

--The Observer Group, Sarasota


“Authentic... a celebration of our shared humanity.”  --Herald-Tribune

Official Selection of the Sarasota International Film Festival

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An impromptu, guerrilla film about a teenager from East Harlem who is accepted to prep school upstate, and must deal with the collision of cultures between his new home and his old one.

“Unusually compelling [with] an air of streetwise neorealism... edgy, documentary-style immediacy.  Rivera is a standout in a drama enhanced by apt use of hand-held camerawork and naturalistic lighting.”  --Variety


“Innovative... a gripping immersion course on urban youth.”  --O, The Oprah Magazine


“The honesty of [the characters’] voices and touching poetry of their language draw you in with their authenticity, heart, and youthful determination.”  -- Austin Chronicle


“Novel... refreshingly raw and highly intimate [as] the winding score guides the story toward a quietly tragic conclusion.”  --The Isthmus, Wisconsin

SXSW Film Festival -- Special Jury Winner

Urbanworld -- Special Jury Winner

LA Greek Film Festival -- Orpheus Award

Sarasota Film Festival -- official selection

Rooftop Films -- official selection

Bergen Film Festival, Norway -- official selection

New York Latino Film Festival -- official selection

Vail Film Festival -- official selection

Wisconsin Film Festival -- official selection

Flatland Film Festival -- keynote film

An epic journey by three brothers on the run through Alaska, from the southeastern rain forests to the Arctic tundra, in search of the secrets to their father’s legacy.

DISTRIBUTED BY IFC FILMS

THE LIMIT OF WOODED COUNTRY

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Starring Casey Neistat. 


Produced by Daryl Freimark, Julie Christeas, and Schulyer Weiss.


Co-written by Steve Rinella and Greg Takoudes

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