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‘Tormenting the Hen’ Mixes Social and Romantic Anxieties During an Ill-Fated Vacation

‘Tormenting the Hen’ Mixes Social and Romantic Anxieties During an Ill-Fated Vacation
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress, as presented by the creators themselves. At the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

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Tormenting the Hen

Logline: A feature film tumult of social malaise and toxic love, set in the picturesque Berkshires!

Elevator Pitch:

When playwright Claire is invited to set her latest work at a rural theatre company, her fiancé Monica tags along for a much-needed vacation. Upon encountering Mutty, an enigmatic groundskeeper with a gross lack of boundaries, Monica’s hopes for respite, her future with Claire, and her very sanity are thrown into jeopardy.

Production Team:

Theodore Collatos – Writer, Director, Cinematographer and co-editor (“Dipso”, “Time”)

Ben Umstead – Producer (“Albatross”, “Three Fingers”)

George Manatos – Producer, Editor
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[Montclair Review] Booger Red

Employing an outsider to disarm subjects deep in Bubba Texas, Booger Red turns to writer/director/actor/provocateur Onur Tukel as its conduit into this world, asking the absurd questions at the heart of a scandal that involves swingers, foster parents and a “sex kindergarten.” Inspired by Michael Hall’s 2009 Texas Monthly article, director Berndt Mader (Five Time Champion) constructs his own documentary/narrative hybrid with Tukel as a reporter named Onur Tukel (although not as himself) in his most restrained role yet.

Playing an Austin-based investigate reporter, he’s dispatched to the small town of Mineola, Texas where the neighborhood swinger’s club is conveniently located across from the town’s newspaper. It’s here where the mysterious Booger Red apparently brought kids he trained in his “sex kindergarten” to perform — an allegation made by a profiteering set of foster parents.

Rather curiously, Mader has insisted many real players
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The 18th Annual Brooklyn Film Festival – The Films and Winners

In our last article, we went over the history and exciting things the Brooklyn Film Festival offers its contestants. And now it’s time to meet the films and the winners.

16Mmonster: directed by Jacob Kindlon; a 12 minute short from the Us.

20 Years Of Madness: directed by Jeremy Royce; a 90 minute documentary from the Us.

Abby Singer/Songwriter: Directed by Onur Tukel , a 75 minute film from the Us.

Abigail Deville’S Harlem Stories: Directed by Nick Ravich, a 7 minute American documentary.

After A Dream: Directed by Tobias Schmuecking, a 17 minute short from Germany.

And It Was Good: Directed by Graham Waterston, a 19 minute short from the Us.

Winner of the Short Narrative Spirit Award

Big Bag: Directed by Ricardo Martin Coloma, a 13 minute animation from Spain.

Block And Piled: Directed by Marc Riba & Anna Solanas, a 5 minute animation from Spain.

Blue-eyed Me: Directed by Alexey Marfin, a 7 minute short from England.
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Brooklyn Film Festival Exclusive: Take Out Your Super 8 With This Clip From 'Abby Singer/Songwriter'

As we learned earlier this year in Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young," middle-age brings with it a different kind of growing up. And that's a theme that seems to continue in Onur Turkel's comedy "Abby Singer/Songwriter," and as it gears up to screen at the Brooklyn Film Festival, we have an exclusive clip from the movie. Read More: Trailer For Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young'. Starring Jamie Block, Stephen Gurewitz, Sophie Block, Johanna Block, Jessica Caldwell, David Malinsky, Jennifer Prediger, and Josephine Decker, with Turkel himself also taking a lead role, the story blends documentary and fiction and follows Onur a middle-aged filmmaker newly arrived to Brooklyn, who convinces former indie rock star Jamie to fund a series of music videos for what will be his musical comeback. But as you can see in the clip, it's not the most organized operation. "Abby Singer/Songwriter
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Famed Production Manager Abby Singer Dead at 96

Unit production manager and TV assistant director Abby Singer, famed for being the source of the name for the penultimate shot of the day, died Thursday at the Motion Picture and Television Country House in Woodland Hills. He was 96.

Directors Guild of America president Paris Barclay said, “From his first job as the assistant to the head of production at Columbia in 1949 to his final film as unit production manager for ‘Family Plan’ in 1997, Abby Singer was renowned for working consistently, enthusiastically and most importantly – efficiently.

“It was this efficiency that led to the coining of a phrase known throughout the entertainment industry and around the world as the ‘Abby Singer shot’ – the next to last shot of the day.”

The last shot of the day is often known as the “Martini” shot.

Singer explained in an interview that announcing the second-to-last shot would give the crew a chance to
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Production Manager Abby Singer Dies at 96

Abby Singer, whose career in production management in film and television spanned over five decades, has died at the age of 96. He passed away at the Motion Picture and Television Country House on Thursday before 6 a.m. of cancer and old age, a Directors Guild of America spokesperson stated.  The longtime industry veteran worked on TV series' The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Remington Steele, Hill Street Blues, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant and The Bob Newhart Show. He is also credited for having the second to last shot of the day on many sets being

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R.I.P. Production Manager Abby Singer, Creator Of The “Abby Singer Shot”

  • Deadline TV
Abby Singer, a veteran production manager and assistant director and a DGA member for more than 60 years, died this morning of cancer and old age at the Motion Picture & Television Country House in Woodland Hills. He was 96. Singer got his start working as an assistant for Harry Cohn’s right-hand man Jack Fier at Columbia Pictures in 1949 after a stint in the Navy and moved on to Universal in 1957 to work in TV. He eventually landed at Mary Tyler Moore and Grant Tinker’s Mtm Productions, where he oversaw such series as Rhoda, Phyllis, The Bob Newhart Show, Wkrp In Cincinnati, The White Shadow, Hill Street Blues and St. Elsewhere. His last film as unit production manager was on 1997′s Family Plan. He later taught at the American Film Institute Conservatory. But Singer’s name is known to film and TV crews everywhere for a production shot that came to
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Private Practice: The ABC Series Wraps Today

The cast and crew of Private Practice are finishing shooting the last episode of the medical drama.

Today, executive producer Shonda Rhimes tweeted this behind-the-scenes photo and wrote, "Shooting the last @PrivatePractice scene you will ever see. Thank you tweeples for joining us 111 times..."

Earlier, she wrote, "Last day of @PrivatePractice and we are about to shoot the final scene of the series finale. Sniff, sniff..."

Paul Adelstein joked, "Last day of Pp... No more being made pretty and having nice men bring me coffee #PrivatePractice #SpoiledRotten"

Amy Brenneman quickly responded, "I'll bring you coffee @adelsteinPaul. Every day."

Caterina Scorsone noted yesterday, "Abby Singer day on Private Practice. #weird"

Audra McDonald tweeted, "Wow. Last day at Pp. Wow."

Yesterday, Kate Walsh wrote, "Final days with my Ppp family.
See full article at TVSeriesFinale »

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