25TH , 2003
Nitestar Productions is
honored to be selected to produce: Looking Back at the Future: Celebrating
25 Years of Battlestar
Galactica set to premiere at the 25th
Anniversary Galacticon Convention at Universal Studios on October
24th through the 26th.
The very special retrospective
and tribute program will feature new interviews with Galactica
producer and writer Glen Larson, actors Richard Hatch, Laurette Spang,
and Anne Lockhart .
This will be the second
team-up between Jerry and Galactica
star Richard Hatch,
who is producing the convention. Jerry is directing the retrospective.
2003 for more information on the convention, where the retrospective
will have it's world premiere.
24TH , 2003
Jerry has completed authoring
the DVD program Jose Feliciano: Yesterday, Today and Forever
for Raggaforce and Universal latino
Music. The concert video was also edited by Jerry at Nitestar Productions.
Jose Feliciano: Yesterday, Today and Forever will be available
in late 2003 on Universal Music DVDs.
The presentation trailer
for actor/writer/director Richard
Hatch's sci-fi epic The
Great War of Magellan has finished editing here at Nitestar Productions
with Jerry as editor. It will be premiered at Dragon Con in Atlanta and
other conventions across the world. Congratulations to Richard and Shu-Shann
Inspired - and angered --
by websites with a pro-conservative, pro-war slant, Nitestar president
and film director Jerry Vasilatos and creative collaborator Lisa Nowicki
decided that pro-war Republicans needed to be called to the mat about
their own lack of armed service records. The result was The
Deck of Republican Chickenhawks, a deck of playing cards the
couple created intended as political satire of the "Iraqi Most Wanted"
card deck produced by the U.S. Pentagon to aid stationed troops in Iraq
identify the most wanted and notorious members of the Saddam Hussein regime.
The website, at:
www.chickenhawkcards.com, has already had over 30,000 visitors and
over 1,500 orders placed.
Jerry has been contracted
to edit the feature film Now
You Know, a romantic comedy written and directed by Jeff
Now You Know
is being produced by Ray Ellingsen and Jean-Luc
Martin and is being executive produced by Thomas Stelter, Eric Nordness
and Alec Petrovic of Chicago based Lumberyard
On a tragic note, writer / director Jane
Cusumano passed away in June right after finishing the final edit
of What Matters
Most. Jane had been battling breast cancer for the past year as
she valiantly pressed forward with production on her film. We wish her
husband Jim and daughter Polly our condolences.
Nitestar has been given
the assignment of editing the video training series Skills for Actors
for Ugly Old Bird Productions. The series is hosted by actor Richard
Galactica) and covers such areas as stage combat, weapons handling,
voice skills and more! Skills for Actors was produced by Ray Ellingsen
Martin and was also directed by Ray Ellingsen. Expect to see the Skils
for Actors series available for rental and purchase in video stores
near you soon!
Jerry is going to be an uncle! Stacy Sennott (nee Vasilatos) and her husband
Burke are expecting a delivery in October. Congratulations Stacy and Burke,
this is a production much anticipated and well worth waiting for!
This month we are editing
the AFM Film Market trailer for the documentary Marlene
Dietrich: Her Own Song. Directed by her great grandson David
Riva and produced by Gemini Film and the Associated Producer's Group,
the documentary itself should be released by summer 2001. For more information,
visit the official site by clicking here: Gemini
Jerry and Nitestar are currently
involved in cutting the trailer for the film What
Matters Most written and directed by Jane
Cusumano and being produced by Chateau Wally Films. What
Matters Most is the touching coming of age drama focusing on two
teenagers from different sides of the tracks in Rural Texas. It features
("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"), Polly
Cusumano and Marshall
Teague. Expect to see What
Matters Most at the end of 2001.
Refugee and Me has been selected for screening at the Denver International
Film Festival in Denver Colorado. Director Kevin Leadingham and co-producer
Jerry Vasilatos were invited as guests to speak at the festival premiere
screening, which drew raves reviews from the local press. Read more about
at the Metropolitan!
Jerry and Nitestar Productions
are proud to have been assigned the task of editing the film festival
montage for The American
Film Institute's tribute to director Philip
Kaufman (The Right Stuff, Henry and June, Quills)
being shown at the Egyptian
Theater here in the heart of Hollywood on October 22nd!
Jerry and Nitestar Productions
are proud to announce the completion of A Refugee and Me
which will enjoy it's debut at the American
Cinematheque on February 29, 2000. We hope you can attend!
Congratulations to Mary
McCloud (Solstice) and
her new husband Scott Moore! Mary and Scott were married on October 17th
here in Los Angeles, and we wish them a long and happy life together!
Nitestar Productions is proud to announce two new projects now available
on it's recently launched home video label. First up, and right in time
for Halloween, is the feature length spoof The
Blair Witch Rejects. Satirizing (quite obviously) the original
independent hit The
Blair Witch Project, The
Blair Witch Rejects chronicles the misadventures of an inept Beverly
Hills producer (Deborah Wolff)
who believes she can ride the coat-tails of the original movie╠s success
by filming a follow-up. Bankrolled by her father, she hires a documentary
director (Kevin Leadingham), his
production crew and four actors (to give the project a sexy Scream-like
quality) in an attempt to track down evidence related to the ¤West Wood
WitchË. This witch (supposedly) fled to the forests of California and
ritualistically sacrificed several Spanish settlers in the early 1700╠s.
Rumors persist however, of campers disappearing in the woods to this very
day. Events start to unravel very early on as the motley group encounter
other film crews in the woods and end up getting lost themselves. Is the
curse of the ¤West Wood WitchË for real... or something else entirely?
Mix the frenetic pacing of And
God Spoke... with the chaos of It╠s
a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Spinal
Tap and the style of the original Blair
Witch Project, and you should get an idea of the mayhem that ensues
(with a hilarious surprise twist at the end.)
Next up, is the documentary film directed by Kevin
Leadingham and co-produced by Nitestar Productions entitled A
Refugee and Me. A
Refugee and Me documents Kevin's journey to Thailand and his relationship
with Burmese refugee and monk Twai Thongdee. Twai's efforts to secure
an illegal Thai ID card so he can obtain a well paying job to help support
his refugee family sets the stage for this fascinating and entertaining
"road" documentary. A
Refugee and Me was recently entered into the Sundance and Slamdance
Film Festivals, and will have it's world premiere at the Egyptian Theater
in Hollywood in early November. Watch for more details here or order a
copy of this entertaining film by clicking here.
Check out the Nitestar Lounge
for updates to Jerry's Photo Album,
and make sure to leave a hello in our guestbook by clicking here.
Jerry and Nitestar Productions wish you a scary and safe Halloween season,
and check back soon for more updates!
It's been awhile since the
last update, but thankfully it's because we've been very, very busy ;-)
This past weekend Jerry produced and directed a Blair
Witch Project spoof entitled The
Blair Witch Rejects in which a producer, director, camera crew
and four actors attempt to track down evidence related to the "West
Woods Witch" (not to be confused with the Wicked Witch of the West),
who is the sister of the original Blair Witch. This witch (Nelly) fled
to the forests of California and ritualistically sacrificed several Spanish
settlers in the 1700's until she was eventually tracked down and burned
at the stake. Rumors persist however, of campers disappearing in the forests
of California. Could it be Nelly's restless spirit... or something else?
Once it's cut, The Blair Witch Rejects
will be shopped around for a straight to home video release, so check
back soon for more details. The very talented ensemble cast includes:
Kevin Leadingham, Chanda
Willis, Brent Beebe, Deborah
Wolff, Kristl Allison, Monique
Russell, Lisa Nowicki,
Sam Shorr, Mary Laina, Jennifer
Parsons, and Al Magliochetti.
Speaking of Kevin Leadingham (another
Columbia College Alumni), his documentary project A
Refugee and Me is very close to nearing completion. Kevin has
been editing Refugee here
at Nitestar since June, and the response to it in test screenings thus
far has been extremely positive. A
Refugee and Me will be submitted for consideration to the Sundance
Film Festival later this year.
Aaron Vanek's Return
to Innsmouth was onlined here at Nitestar, and has been screened
at several horror conventions to a rousing response. Make sure to visit
the official website at the link right above!
Also completed recently at Nitestar was the rock video Ellegirl,
Shegirl, Bitchgirl, Model performed by the Petrol Fish and directed
by Geri Gordon Miller. Her
Got the Music (In Me) will be going into post-production here
in September, check the link to her website above for more info on the
Watch for the "101-6868" long-distance television spots featuring
Murder She Wrote regular Ron Masak and Dee Wallace Stone... they
were edited by Jerry for the Winning Edge Group.
Also being edited at Nitestar this month were the projects Black Beach
produced by Mark St. Juste for U-Group, Crawlspace
written and produced by Sara
Coover Caldwell and directed by Amy Klitsner, and the independent
comedy short Too Sexy by first-time director Kristen Dehn. Congratulations
More momentum on the Shelter
Me front as it is sent out for consideration to actresses and
a trip to Chicago coming up for my younger brother Lee's wedding will
make this summer a memorable one... check back soon for more news and
information as it happens here at Nitestar Productions, and make sure
to drop a line in the guestbook to say hello too!
Nitestar Productions is
now open for business, editing projects currently slated for post-production
Got the Music (In Me), a documentary on the Los Angeles Karaoke
sub-culture directed by Geri
Gordon Miller and produced by John Halecky, and the horror film Return
to Innsmouth, adapted from an H.P. Lovecraft tale and directed
by Columbia Alumni Aaron Vanek.
The Avid MC Express has been
delivered this week, and we are proud to announce the opening of our offices
at Crossroads of the World, 6671 Sunset Boulevard, Building 1509, Suite
# 104 in Hollywood, CA, 90028. The phone number is(323) 468-8089. Check
back soon at our post-production link to the left for pictures of our
edit suite as well as forthcoming rate information..
We are getting our Avid
in place the second week of March. On a personal note, Jerry was elected
President of the Columbia College Alumni Association, the west coast alumni
chapter of his alma matter in Chicago.
Make sure to visit the development
area for Jerry's newly unveiled story treatment The
Seahawks , a fantasy adventure story that he is currently scripting.
And make sure to sign our
guestbook on the front page too!
Greetings, and welcome to
the first update page posted here at Nitestar Productions.
Lots of exciting stuff is
happening behind the scenes here, as well as renovating the site with
it's new look (make sure to check out the Lounge and Development areas),
Nitestar is very close to acquiring it's own Avid Non-Linear System for
soon to be offered Post Production Services. We'll make an official announcement
as soon as the new office space is selected and system is in place. As
well as advertising in Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, we will also
be posting an ad in the IFP West and rely on heavily on word-of-mouth
referrals so if any of you out there need post-production services on
your projects, give us a call as our rates will be extremely competative.
Until the next update, good
luck on your projects, stay safe, and thanks for visiting!