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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

racing to the finish line

8 Sep

Hey, everyone. It’s time (actually, probably overdue) for an update on the film. Short answer: We’re in the editing room, making progress.

Our first editor, Tara Autovino, took the project to the rough cut stage. Since then, we’ve been working with Miranda Devin, who has been cutting features for almost 20 years. With Miranda on board, we’ve been rocking and rolling toward a locked picture, which will likely happen later this year.

I’m very excited about how well the film is turning out. It’s funny and sad and dramatic and weird… and I can’t wait to show it to all of you.

In addition to this website, please check out our Facebook page for more regular updates, and chatter about the film. If you “like” our Facebook page, you’ll receive updates on your News Feed.

That’s all for now. Stay in touch, okay?


Grandview Palace

15 Apr

If you haven’t heard, Grandview Palace went up in flames last night. Read about the fire here and here. View footage here.

Our hearts go out to the building residents and management. No one is known to have been injured in the fire. The building has about 400 units and 75 year-round residents, some of whom have been moved to a nearby shelter.

Grandview Palace was the primary location for our film, and a welcoming home to our cast and crew for about two weeks. We were lucky enough to get to know the building management, staff and many building residents, including several of our supporting cast members and numerous extras. In addition to being a loss for the current residents, this was a cherished place for many who visited Grandview Palace (and its previous incarnation as Brown’s Hotel) over the past 70 years.

Grandview Palace was fascinating and special, and we are sad to see it go.

updating the updates

7 Dec

We finished shooting a month and a half ago, but the film is far from finished, and there’s been a lot going on.

The biggest news is that we have hired an editor, and editing is underway. After meeting many talented candidates, Biljana and I selected Tara Autovino, a talented filmmaker who has written, directed and edited successful shorts, as well as an upcoming documentary feature. Tara recently received an M.A. from N.Y.U. film school, and now teaches editing at New York Film Academy. In addition to a strong resume, Tara brings a quirky style that will be perfect for this film.

We’re off to a strong start in the editing room, but we still have a long way to go. We hope to have a close-to-final cut in place by early February, and then move on to sound mixing and color correction to give the film a professional polish.

Once the film is finished,  we’ll take a deep breath… and begin applying to film festivals, and trying to generate the kind of buzz around the film that will lead to a distribution deal.

In the meantime… check out the film’s Facebook page for occasional updates. And feel free to get in touch with me with questions.

talk soon,


P.S. Here’s a first look at a few stills from the film. Enjoy!


17 Oct

After 18 epic shooting days, and about three weeks in total, we completed production on Palace Living at about midnight on October 12. The shoot was intense, fun, stressful, and remarkably productive. Making a feature film with more than 150 scenes, settings all over the city and state, and about 10 significant characters, in 18 days–let’s just say it’s not easy. It took a lot of hard work from a lot of people.  Thanks so much to our incredible cast of leads and our wild supporting players; our amazing crew, who worked artfully and tirelessly to bring the film to life; everyone who helped provide or manage locations; everyone who invested in the film; the folks at the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture Development; everyone involved in the 2010 trailer or earlier stages of the project; and anyone else I may be overlooking… thanks.

I won’t jinx the film by saying too much about what we shot, but I will say that there’s a lot of optimism about the film. 

I posted a few production photos here, but many more are on the Palace Living Facebook page. Be sure to check that page and this site regularly for updates on the film’s progress.

Thanks again,