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D'AGOSTINO (USA/UK/GREECE - 2012)
Heading on a transatlantic voyage at sea from an Italian lab to America, D'AGOSTINO is the story of a human clone left for dead at the shores of Santorini Greece. This lost cargo, commissioned by wealthy individuals for organ transplants, is abandoned as the freight cannot be recovered. Allan Dawson has recently inherited his grandmother's island estate. He's in a loveless relationship with his common law spouse Sylvia Krystel. As he finds this interesting freight, what follows is a macabre tale of self realization as Allan proceeds to set himself out of his sedentary existence to mold his latest discovery into a new best friend with dire consequences.
People are a mere obtrusive distraction to Allan Dawson. Stuck in a sedentary relationship with fiancee Sylvia Krystel, his dull repetitious existence gives no gratification. He has a sublime disposition yet an underbelly filled with perceptions of atrocities. His social reality lies bleak in a life situation he sees no solution to until one day he's informed about the inheritance of property left by his grandmother in Santorini, Greece. His impressions and interpretations of his life are obstructed by his constant whaling of irreparable social political and moral solutions he has no control over. However, with his new found real estate acquisition, his inner thoughts and points of view will gradually be coming into being as he's unexpectedly introduced to D'Agostino.
The discovery of D'Agostino encourages a well-meaning ineptitude that rises to empyreal absurdity for Allan, but as his interactions progress, we are exposed to a monstrousness; a penetrating ferociousness within his state of mind that leads to a quality of being ruthless, cruel, harsh, and unrelenting. We soon see Allan fall into the depths of moral perversion which will ignite an explosive and unforeseeable backlash, hence becoming the victim to his own actions.
THE DARK SIDE OF LOVE (USA/2012)
Two brothers on different life paths reunite to mourn the death of their mother. Julian, who's been his mother's caretaker for years, must now confront his brother Michael who's been a drug addict and has now reached rock bottom. Both brothers will be tested as they deal with each others prejudice and rage.
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JORGE AMEER FILMOGRAPHY
Jorge Ameer began his professional career while in his late teens. At the age of 18, he was selected to participate in the Walt Disney College Program. He worked in the marketing departments of New Line Cinema, Paramount and Columbia Pictures. In motion picture development, Jorge worked as a story analyst for Richard Gere's production company and Wendy Finerman's productions at Tri Star Pictures in the early nineties and the now defunct Fries Entertainment. His acting credits include, " Gramercy's "Panther" and "Tales from the Hood", HBO's "Social Friction Fables" New Line's "Friday", and cameo appearances in his films "The Truth Within", "Strippers", and a supporting roles in "The Singing Forest", "Contadora is for lovers", "The House of Adam", "The Dark Side of love" and "D'Agostino". He is co-stars opposite award winning actor Matthew Leitch (Star of AKA) in the carnival romp "Sabor Tropical".
In October 1997, he founded and Executive directed The Continental Film Festival, better known as the first American Independent film festival overseas on an island, was held on the island of Contadora off the gulf of Panama. Upon the festival's completion, filmmakers returned to their destinations with reviews from the national and international press.
There is where his film career actually began. He served as a festival coordinator during the very beginnings of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. At the LALIFF, he worked alongside Edward James Olmos and Marlene Dehmer the current festival director. Ameer also served as the coordinator for the 1988 Latino Entertainment Industry Conference and as a member of the advisory board of the Methodfest Film Festival. Other previous industry positions include being a U.S. representative for the Barcelona G & L Film Festival and a film programmer for the Palm Springs G & L Film Festival. At these festivals, Ameer helped in the selection of many foreign features. After noticing a lack of recognition of foreign and independent gay themed films released theatrically, he founded the International Gay Film Awards, the Glitter Awards (2001-2008). Ameer currently is the US representative for Festival Mix (Mexico) where he assist in curating foreign features and shorts.
Glitter Awards, the only award show of its kind, attracted celebrities presenters such as Academy Award nominated actress Lupe Ontiveros, Karen Black, "Grease" and "Summer lovers", "Blue Lagoon" director Randall Kleiser,Ayre Gross, comedian Jason Stuart, Peter Miller (star of "Mambo Italiano") to name a few.
In 1997, as a distributor, Ameer started Hollywood Independents with the theatrical release of "California Myth" starring Tyron Powers Jr.. Thereafter, the company has released such titles as the Jamaican/American co-production "Klash" starring Jazmine Guy, "Eastside" starring Mario Lopez, "Tequila Body Shots" starring Joey Lawrence, "Poor White Trash" starring Jamie Pressley, Jason London, William Devane and Sean Young, Spain's Academy Awards Winning film (Goya Winner) "I will Survive" (Sobrevivire), and "Hotel Room" from the director of "Nico & Dani". Other releases include his film "The Singing Forest", and "Junked" starring Thomas Jane (star of "The Mist", "Punisher" and the popular HBO series "Hung") and Jordan Ladd (star of "Cabin Fever", "Hostel 2"). Mr. Ameer has authored, produced, and directed the theatrical features "The Truth Within", "Strippers","The Singing Forest", "Contadora is for lovers", "The House of Adam", "The Dark Side of Love","Sabor Tropical", "D'Agostino". All projects released theatrically through Hollywood Independents.
Ameer has produced, written and directed countless 35mm comedic shorts films to name a few "Misguided Piss", "My Straight Boyfriend", "Popcorn & Coke", "Uninhibited", "Midnight Snack", "Tease", "Misguided Piss" now available on DVD as a compilation of shorts called Straight Men & the Men who love them. This collection has been so successful, Ameer has executive produced, program and curated two programs of the same titled Straight Men & the Men who love them 2 and the upcoming Straight Men & the men who love them 3. The latest compilation of shorts is a collection of international shorts curated from the Cannes Film Festival (short film corner).
His documentary works include the 2005 Glitter Awards, 2006 Glitter Awards and "Classic Hollywood Cinemas" an in depth look at the old Hollywood movie palaces, their historic and preservation value and impact. In this documentary, the movie theatres are the stars!!!.
He's also produced and arrange the publishing of the historical and award winning first ever "Guide to Gay & Lesbian Film". The first edition was published through Blood Moon productions. The book has won many book awards for its detail, educational and historical contribution to independent films, specially gay & lesbian films released in theatres.
A human rights activist, Ameer has spent most of his carreer creating controversial, cutting edge trivial stories with thought provoking subject matters to challenge audiences from the stereotypical social conventions and outdated traditional values which detract from enhancing the global human experience.
In addition to filmmaking, within the exhibition industry, Jorge Ameer was the last person to re-open the historic Vogue theatre in Hollywood as a movie theatre to showcase independent films. Films such as "Nico and Dani" (TLA Releasing) and "Just one time" from the now defunct Cowboy Releasing played at this theatre. The resurgence of film exhibition at the Vogue was short lived due to alleged hauntings at the venue where a paranormal research group leased the theatre from Mann theatres to set up shop as headquaters for their research group. The theatre was gutted a few years later to make way for a nightclub that never opened. This short stint with this historic theatre has made Ameer a part of the Hollywood Historic Cinema experience as he was the last person to play films at what was a great film venue back in its day.
Jorge Ameer's theatrical distribution company Hollywood Independents International opened its theatrical distribution operations in Central and South America in 2006 with the theatrical release of "Grande Ecole" a film by Robert Salis. The French film was censored and banned in Panama due to its explicit sexual content where his company was schedule to open it in theatres in January 2007. Ameer took a trip to Panama to denounce the banning of this film. After outraged from the Panamanian press, the film opened successfully in Panama. It opened number one at the Alhambra-Plus Transistmica beating studio films "Night at the Museum" and "Deja Vu". It broke box office record locally, for this genre of film, playing for eight week theatrically.
On January 26, 2009 the Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture study invited Mr. Ameer's to have his screenplays be a permanent part of "The Core Collection". The screenplays in this collection are made accessible for research purposes; students, filmmakers, writers and actors are among the patrons.
In additional to his filmmaking, acquisition and distribution activities, Ameer programs and curates films and has been a guest speaker at countless film festival and media events worldwide.
In April 2011, Mr. Ameer started his own film series in Panama called JORGE AMEER presents CINE SERIE INDEPENDIENTE, a showcase to promote and exhibit high profile award winning independent and foreign films in Panama. Among the few films Mr. Ameer was responsible in bringing to Panamanian audiences was Aluzio Abranche's controversial incestuous drama of brotherly love "From Begining to End" (Do Comeco ao Fim), Andre Shortell's "Psych 9" starring Sara Foster & Cary Elwes, Karee Andrew's "Altitude". During the film presentations, directors presented their work to Panamanian audiences in person and live via skype on the movie screen. This is the first time in Panama's cinema history technology has allowed local cinephiles the opportunity to interact with award winning filmmakers virally before and after their film presentations. During the film series screenings, Panamanian audiences shared comments and exchange opinions with the artists live on-screen from their home countries. Unfortunately, the presenting cinema and only theatre exhibitor to support independent films - the Alhambra Theatres- would close the following year, on January 31, 2012, due to financial troubles. It was the last of a series of vintage stand alone cinemas constructed during the boom of single screen theatres and drive-ins in Panama. There are currently only two theatre chain exhibitors (Cinepolis & Cinemark) operating in Panama. Both chains have their multiplex cinemas located throughout today's popular mega malls. More details of the end of the single screen theatres and era is exposed in Mr. Ameer's documentary Classic Hollywood Cinemas.
Several months after his film series, Mr. Ameer served as producer to the opening night after party to the October 2011 edition of SCREAMFEST, the world's premiere horror film festival based in Hollywood, California. The event was held at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel. The event brought luminaries of the genre such as Paranormal Activity's Oren Peli, "Saw" and "Insidious" director James Wan, as well as "Grease", "Summer Lovers", "Blue Lagoon" director Randal Kleiser and "Firestarters", "Class of 1984" director Mark Lester to name a few celebrity attendees. With a seance theme, over 400 votive candles were used to create the atmosphere. In addition over one hundred skulls, the screamfest symbol, were featured as centerpieces and part of the morbid "look" throughout the event. A well lit coffin surrounded by neon lights was featured in the gift room where guests retrieved their gift bags from the open casket.
He was the last person to exhibit first run independent films in the now defunct historic Vogue theatre in Hollywood, California. Films such as "Nico & Dani" and "Just One Time" starring Guillermo Diaz were one of the films that Jorge projected in this theatres during its last days as a theatrical exhibition venue. The theatre was gutted for a nightclub that never opened. To this day it still remains closed.
Jorge is the first ever 35mm filmmaker raised in Panama. He is also the only one from this country who writes, direct, produces and own his own production and distribution company in Hollywood.
On January 26, 2009 the Library of the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences contacted Mr. Ameer to invite his screenplays to be a permanent part of the Core Collection. The screenplays in this collection are made accessible for research purposes; students, filmmakers, writers and actors are among the patrons. The screenplays may be found at the Margaret Herrick Library - Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture study.
Jorge was the second person to review Oren Peli's "Paranormal Activity". A review Mr. Peli originally added to the website and used to promote his film prior to its acquisition by Paramount Pictures.
Jorge left his home at age 16 in the late 80's due to political unrest and civil instability in Panama during the dictatorship of the Noriega regime. It was widely rumored that Noriega was recruiting young men to fight in his military army for a looming confrontation with the United States. In 1989, the United States invaded Panama on December 20 and ousted the Panamanian dictator during operation Just Cause.
Jorge Ameer's "The Dark Side of Love " was the last film to shoot at the Regent Showcase Theatre in Hollywood prior to its closing. "The Regent Showcase Theatre, originally the Gordon Theatre (1938), is one of the older art houses in Los Angeles until its closing in May 2009