"It's Sta-Phan-E-acK!" is awarded the QCA New Work Grant

I've been awarded a $2,500 New Work Grant to create my short film, It's Sta-Phan-E-acK!, from the Queens Council on the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Greater New York Arts Development Fund. 

I'll be shooting the film this year in Queens, New York, and then exhibiting it publicly somewhere in the borough, before submitting it to festivals and releasing it online.

I'm excited to make a narrative film in 2018! https://www.facebook.com/JasonJStefaniak/

BUT NOT FOR ME - Coming soon to FlixPremiere.com

The feature film I produced, But Not For Me, is getting a commercial release in the United States later this summer on the brand new digital platform, Flix Premiere.

Click the image below and then click "Remind Me" to sign up with your email to get a notification when But Not For Me becomes available for rent. 

"Making Your First Feature" Workshop @ NYU Production Lab

On March 30th, the team behind But Not For Me held a roundtable discussion at the NYU Production Lab about our experience making our first feature film. It was a detailed, intimate discussion with great questions from those in attendance. It feels good to share your knowledge and experience with your fellow filmmakers and aspirants. As Kevin Spacey has said, (I'm paraphrasing) when you achieve a certain amount of success, you have an obligation to send the elevator down to those coming up behind you. We're happy to help!

"A Warm Spell" wins big at Queens World Film Festival 2016

A Warm Spell, an Official Selection of the Queens World Film Festival and nominated for three awards - Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Narrative Short - won the big prize last night and was chosen as the best short film of the festival.

Big congrats to Toshimichi Saito, the writer/director, and the whole team!

(A Warm Spell, formerly Koharubiyori, is a short film I produced that we shot in Japan in February 2013). 

March is BNFM Month!

But Not For Me is an Official Selection of NewFilmmakers New York - with a Manhattan screening in March - and Queens World Film Festival (which is also playing the short film I produced, A Warm Spell!) - with a Queens screening in March. 

We're excited for both our Queens Premiere (where my production company, Impolite Company, is based) and our Manhattan Premiere. 

Don't worry Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, we haven't forgotten about you!


"House Rules" - Screencraft Production Fund Semi-Finalist

My short film script, House Rules, is a semi-finalist for the Screencraft Short Film Production Fund. It's one of approx. 200 semi-finalists culled from 1,100 submissions. Winners receives $5,000-$20,000 to make their films. 

Winners are announced next week - fingers crossed. Let's get this money and make this film!

https://screencraft.org/2015/10/26/short-film-production-fund-semifinalists-announced/



"Middle Ground" is going to Europe!

My short film, Middle Ground, will have it's European Premiere at the Student International Film Festival (STIFF) in Rijeka, Croatia, in October. 

The film will screen at the Art Kino theater, which is run by the city and dedicated to exhibiting the best in classic and contemporary cinema. Look at how beautiful this theater is!

I'm excited!

"A Warm Spell" @ Raindance Film Festival

A Warm Spell, the short film I produced that's written/directed/edited by my good friend and frequent collaborator, Toshimichi Saito, will have it's UK Premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in October!

Congratulations, Toshi! I'm very excited for you. 

P.S. Toshi is killing it with this film

"But Not For Me" @ Capital City Black Film Festival

The feature film I produced, But Not For Me, will be playing the Capital City Black Film Festival in Austin, Texas, on Friday, August 14th, 2015.

But Not For Me is going to Texas!

If you're in Texas and want to see the film, check out the festival's website: http://www.capcitybff.com/

Otherwise, like the film's Facebook page for info on future screenings: https://www.facebook.com/ButNotForMeFilm

"But Not For Me" Wins @ Brooklyn Film Festival

But Not For Me, the feature film I produced that's written/directed by my Impolite Company partner Ryan Carmichael, had it's World Premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival on June 4th. The premiere was SOLD OUT and was hosted by the Nitehawk Cinema.

Our film closed the festival on Sunday, June 7th, with an even larger audience. And that evening we won the Audience Choice Award (Feature Narrative) and Best Original Score Award!

The next screening in New York will be held on July 6th at Videology - it SOLD OUT in four hours after posting the invite on the film's Facebook page. BUT - put your name on the waitlist so you can get a ticket if any open up and to be notified about future screenings: butnotformefilm.eventbrite.com

Like BUT NOT FOR ME on Facebook!

My friend Peter wrote a book - and I'm in it!

Sort of. I said this about the book, and he put it in the book ("award-winning" filmmaker attribution courtesy of Peter):

Peter's book The Happenstances at the Yellow County Community Swim and Racquet Club the Summer Before Last is on sale now in e-book form for ONLY $5.99. Support an up-and-coming, independent artist and buy his book here: www.TinyUrl.com/PetesEbook

Print version is coming June 21st! More info: http://peterlharmon.tumblr.com/