PALACE LIVING is available now!

1 Jan

poster smallThe first day of the new year is also the beginning of a new chapter for PALACE LIVING, which is now widely available for the first time. Watch the film here in HD as a video on demand (48-hour rental) or as a digital download that you can own and watch whenever you want.

For those of us behind the scenes who have been working on the film for years, and all the fans, supporters and curious onlookers who have followed the film’s progress, it’s very exciting to finally see the film get out there. This film would not have happened without the support of so many people, and I personally feel an enormous amount of gratitude to have been able to take this journey with all of you. I’m proud of the film we made. I think it not only holds up on its own as a comedy/drama with unexpected twists and turns, but it stands as a tribute to last days of Grandview Palace/Browns Hotel and a Catskills resort scene that effectively no longer exists.

If you’re checking out the film for the first time… enjoy! Thanks for your support. Email us at, or post on our Facebook or IMDB pages to let us know what you think.


Zack Ordynans
Writer/Director, PALACE LIVING

What’s next, PL?

16 Sep

I appreciate all the inquiries about the film lately. We’ve been quietly working on navigating distribution options to make the film available to everyone, and I do have some exciting news: we are preparing both online and physical releases of the film. We’re talking about online VOD, downloadable HD copies of the film, a deluxe Blu Ray edition… the whole deal. We don’t have release dates locked in, but we are targeting the next couple of months. I know this is all vague, but trust me, it’s going to be worth the wait!

Watch this space for more updates, including release dates.

Hugs and kisses,


PALACE LIVING meets the Magic Kingdom

15 Jan

starlite-logo-web-headerLike many New Yorkers, PALACE LIVING is heading to Florida this winter: the film is an official selection of the Starlite Film Festival in Winter Garden, Fl. PL will be the festival closing film, with a screening on Sunday, January 26, at 4:30. Winter Garden is right outside Orlando, and the screening will take place in the historic Garden Theater, a restored cinema that dates to 1935.

Tickets to our screening are available now for just five bucks, which, frankly, is the kind of offer that’s too good to refuse. Even better, catch the whole festival–including screenings, parties, panels and a t-shirt–for just thirty dollars. Writer/Director Zack Ordynans, and his hopefully mild-mannered 15-month-old twins, will be on hand for the screening and Q&A. Hope to see you there. 

New England premiere this weekend

16 Oct

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First of all, thanks to everyone who attended our screening at the Golden Door International Film Festival in Jersey City last weekend. And of course, thanks to the festival organizers for a great time. Jason Daniel Siegel, Miranda Devin and Biljana Ilic joined me for a lively Q&A–it was a lot of fun.

Our next screening is coming up fast: THIS UPCOMING SATURDAY, on October 19, PALACE LIVING will screen at the Central Massachusetts Film Festival in Worcester, Mass.  The screening will be at 7 pm at The Varsity (9 Kelley Square), and tickets will be available at the door for $5. (Five bucks! A bargain!)

This is our New England premiere, and if you go to the screening, you’re also supporting a new film festival in a cool city… so check it out if you’re in the area.


Zack Ordynans

(on behalf of the PALACE LIVING team) 

Jersey City, here we come

7 Oct


PL is crossing the Hudson this weekend to screen at the Golden Door International Film Festival in Jersey City. PALACE LIVING is screening with the short film MASQUE on Saturday, October 12, at 4:30 PM at Art House Productions. Tickets are available now.

Several members of the PALACE LIVING cast and crew will be in the house, so if you’re there, say hi. 

If you’re looking for a place to eat before or after the show, check out Hard Grove Cafe for great Cuban food–it’s across from the Grove Street PATH and a short walk from the theater. I ate there several times a week when I lived in the neighborhood ten years ago. 

See you soon, 


Screening announcement!

13 Aug

1090996_639506416073956_160762725_oWe’re heading back upstate! PL will be screening at the Beacon Independent Film Festival on Saturday, September 14 at 3:30 PM. Beacon is an artsy town in upstate New York, a short drive from NYC and not far from where the film was shot. If you’re in the area, come hang out for the day!

Tickets for the entire festival are on sale now. Hope to see you there!

two screenings, two awards

12 Jul

Biljana awardOur premiere week is in the books! Thanks again to everyone who attended our two NYC film festival screenings, and helped make our first two screenings feel like celebratory events. Really, it was so much fun that we wish we could do that every week.

We’re  proud to announce that PALACE LIVING won Independent Vision Awards for Best Production (awarded to Biljana Ilic, Producer) and Best Production Design (Ioannis Sochorakis) at VISIONFEST 13. In addition, PALACE LIVING received an Honorable Mention at the Manhattan Film Festival.

If you missed all the fun in New York, and want to catch the film, don’t fear. Stay tuned to this website and our Facebook page for announcements about future screenings.


Zack, Biljana and the rest of the PL team

One more screening in NYC!

26 Jun

IMG_0975Our World Premiere at the Manhattan Film Festival is in the books, and by all accounts it was a success, with a nearly full house, a fun Q&A session with members of the cast and crew, lots of positive feedback, and a packed after-party. Really, it’s all we could have ever hoped for from a first screening.

But now it’s on to the next one… in just a few days. If you missed the fun last Sunday, you can still catch the film in Manhattan on Friday, June 28, at 7 PM at Tribeca Cinemas. The screening is part of VISIONFEST, and a number of screenings from that festival are already sold out, so make plans in advance. PALACE LIVING was one of only four narrative features accepted to screen at this festival, so we’re honored to take part. You can buy tickets and read more about the lineup here. There’s going to be another cast and crew Q&A; because it’s a hometown show, we should be able to pull a number of people onstage again. We’ll have another after-party too, so check the Facebook page for details (or just come to the screening and follow the crowd).

Hope to see you there.


20 May

We already have another screening to announce! PALACE LIVING will be part of the 13th VISIONFEST on Friday, June 28, at 7 PM at Manhattan’s Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick St.).

Out of hundreds of entries, PL was one of only four narrative features selected to screen at this festival, so we feel honored to have been chosen. The program will include a Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening, as well as a short film before our feature. Tickets will be available soon through the VISIONFEST website.

If you’ve been waiting to see the film, and you live in the NYC area, you now have two chances to catch PALACE LIVING: Sunday, June 23 at Quad Cinemas, and Friday, June 28 at Tribeca Cinemas. See you there!

PALACE LIVING World Premiere, trailer and more!

17 May

poster smallWe have lots of exciting news about PALACE LIVING! First off, we’re thrilled to announce that the film will have its World Premiere at the 2013 Manhattan Film Festival. Our screening will be on Sunday, June 23, at 3:15 PM, at Quad Cinemas on West 13th Street. You can already buy advance tickets HERE.

The Manhattan Film Festival is now in its seventh year, and was named one of the “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee: 2012” by MovieMaker Magazine. It’s especially exciting for us to be premiering so close to home, with most of the cast and crew based in New York City, and part of the film shot here in the city. (Talk about full circle: On our very first shooting day, we shot in the subway just a couple of blocks from Quad Cinemas.)

The image on the left is our brand new official poster. It was designed by Hillary Gronvold of Mini Design Co. Hillary has designed official posters for movies like THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, THOR, SHERLOCK HOLMES, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE. You can see more of her work here.

On top of all that… here’s our trailer! Thanks to Brian McCann and Jonathan Bowman for putting this together.

We expect to have another festival appearance to announce within the next week, and we are looking at additional festivals in the coming months, so stay tuned to this site and our Facebook page for regular updates.


Zack Ordynans, Biljana Ilic and the rest of the PALACE LIVING team