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Nelson T. Eusebio III and Kurt Uy’s INS & Outs and Yield to Screen in Planet Connections Film Festival at Paradise Factory

10296583_10154130138740335_2520225180163061917_n Nelson T. Eusebio III and Kurt Uy’s INS & Outs and Yield, Bill Hutchens’ The Beast Next Door; Khidr Joseph’s documentary Clapping for the Wrong Reasons; Matthew Glasson’s The In-Between; Shauntay Cherry’s Just Another Part of Me; Oliver Power’s Straight as an Arrow; and Matthew Slamowitz’s Water Dogs are among the 8 short films screening in The 2014 Planet Connections Film Festival as part of the 6th Annual Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (, on June 2, 2014 at 9 p.m., at Paradise Factory, 64 E 4th St in New York City. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by clicking here.

chandra thomas, Planet Connections Film Festival Coordinator, said, “The incredibly bold and diverse mix of films in this year’s festival cover the spectrum of styles and genres. These ambitious filmmakers offer fresh takes on social and environmental questions that are recognizable, probing, and engaging.”

2014 Planet Connections Films
The Beast Next Door | Drama |

Director – Bill Hutchens
Writer (Screenplay) – Stephen Monger
Writer (Original Short Story) – Susan Howe
Executive Producer – Michael Salmon
Producer – Mark Evans

Gerald is confined to a wheelchair. He lives alone in his flat with his plants and the only people he has contact with are his caregivers. When he tries to reach out to the woman next door suffering domestic violence from her husband, they set off a chain of events which cannot be reversed.

Cast – Scott Hinds, Helen Jenkinson, Tom Bonington, Ross Ericson, Josephine Liptrott
Cinematographer – Patrick Odur
Music – Gabriel Peti
Sound – Ivan Onek
Editor – Charlene Short
Production Designer – Nikhil McDuff
Costume Designer – Holly Broughton
Makeup Artist – Nina Igbino
1st AD – Jaemes Gregory
Stills, Poster & EPK – Karolina Koziel
Camera Assistant – Felice Gioia
Production Assistant – Danai Katopodi

Clapping for the Wrong Reasons
(Director: Khidr Joseph) – A local and rarely explored look at gentrification’s effect on Brooklyn, New York and its effects a community, a culture, and a people from this young filmmaker’s lens.

The In-Between
Director – Matthew Glasson
Writer (Screenplay & Lyrics) – Lori Fischer
Music & Lyrics – Casey Black
Executive Producers – Ripfest, David Matthew Douglas, Christopher Tine, Jackie Stolfi, Bruce Kennedy, Erik Brian Slavin
Producer – Josh Asen

A waitress who wants to climb Machu Picchu begins to lose her central vision, but just when she thinks her life is over, a bartender who had previously forgotten how to dream renews her hope.

Cast – Pamela Sabaugh, Douglas Crawford, Rachel Richards, Stephen Graybill
Director of Photography – David Montecchi
Casting Associate – chandra thomas

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(Director: Nelson T. Eusebio III; Screenwriter: Kurt Uy) – Agents Jackson and Washington are on their rounds as they root out illegal immigrants hiding in the nooks and crannies of our cities. A routine call of suspicious behavior turns into more than they bargained for and our heroes have to make some tough decisions about how to dispense justice.

Director – Nelson T. Eusebio III
Writer & Executive Producer – Kurt Uy
Producers – Eileen Rivera, Siho Ellsmore, Nelson Eusebio, Jason Ma

Agents Jackson and Washington are on their rounds as they root out illegal immigrants hiding in the nooks and crannies of our cities. A routine call of suspicious behavior turns into more than they bargained for and our heroes have to make some tough decisions about how to dispense justice.

Cast – Jackie Chung, Eugene Young, Susan Quinn, Kurt Uy, Kelsey Venter
Cinematographer – Doyle Lee
Composer – Jason Ma
Editor – Siho Ellsmore

Fight Choreographer – Kurt Uy
Location Sound – Dylan Levine
Sound Mixer – Nicolas Rivera

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Director, Writer & Producer – Shauntay Cherry

Shaunna James is successful in many ways, but love doesn’t seem to be one of them. After much frustration and being tempted to settle, she discovers that she’s her own worst enemy.

Cast – Tamika Jones, Matthew Nared, Gregory Mellon, Ighoroga Roland

Cinematographer – Josef Orlandi
Music Composer – Jerry “Juice” Alexidor

Straight as an Arrow

Director – Oliver Power
Writers – Jenny Levison & Steve Klausner
Producer: Kelly Glover
Associate Producer: Anne Loder
Executive Producers: David Matthew Douglas, Bruce Kennedy, Erik Bryan Slavin, Jackie Stolfi, Christopher Tine, Greg Levins

It began with a bump on the head, a stolen kiss, and a surprising infatuation on the eve of marriage equality in New York City. As three young people cross paths, their attempts to reinvent themselves illustrate the screwball wisdom inhabiting Shakespeare’s cautionary wit: “The course of true love never did run smooth.”

Cast – Max Rhyser, Sameerah Luqman-Harris, Txai Frota, Julian Stetkevych
Director of Photography – Samantha Isom
Composer – Joshua Rosenblum
Editor – Jon Baskin
Sound Mixer – Chad Sonenberg
Graphics & Compositing – Cyndi Levine
Casting Associate – chandra thomas
Camera Assistant – Aaron Schillinger
Makeup Artist – Tad Greene
Production Assistant – Rubin Rosenblith

Water Dogs

Director  & Writer – Matthew Slamowitz
Producer – Joanna Bowzer

After winning a dollar from a scratch-off lottery ticket, a discouraged homeless man orders a hot dog from a food cart on the sidewalk. What occurs next sets the unsuspecting homeless man on a path to becoming one of New York City’s most popular street vendors.

Cast – Bob Jaffe, Robby Johnson, Ibrahim Miari, Naci Baybura, Reggie Wilson
Director of Photography – Chris Cannucciari
Editor – Matthew Slamowitz
Composer – Matt Gates


Director & Executive Producer – Nelson Eusebio
Writer & Executive Producer – Kurt Uy
Producer – Ben Bartolone, Dax Valdes, Tina Chilip

Benjamin is a young man on the verge of making a momentous life decision: he wants to propose to his longtime girlfriend. Before he can take the plunge, he needs to find a way to reconcile his relationship with his father. Yield examines how families fight and uses Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a metaphor for the push and pull of fighting with someone you love and how sometimes we can’t just meet force with force, that the best way to “win” is to yield.

Cast – Ali Ewoldt, Jojo Gonzalez, Kurt Uy, Stephen Moore

Assistant Director – Jared Kaner
Cinematographer – Horst Dieter Baum
Location Sound/Boom Operator – Peter Chin
Costume Designer – Angela Harner
Makeup Artist/Makeup Effects/Hairstylist – Leslie Espinosa
Production Designer – Mikaela Liakata
Sound Editor/Mixer – Amy Altadonna
Editor – Jennifer Hahn
Composer – Jason Ma

Paradise Factory
64 E 4th St
New York City
June 2, 2014
9 p.m.
Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by clicking here.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York.  She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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