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Elsewhere, NY: Official Selection for East End Film Festival 2015 and Other Films You Shouldn't Miss

Elsewhere, NY, directed by Jeffrey P. Nesker from a screenplay I wrote, is headed to the prestigious East End Film Festival this coming July for its European premiere.

Of course, every festival acceptance feels amazing, but this one is made all the more special because we're being joined by some fantastic friends and their movies at the event.

Firstly, there's Take it Back and Start All Over by my great friend and former Bootleg Film Festival collaborator, Neil Rolland.

Neil's been on quite the journey to realize his debut feature, and so first showing on the festival circuit is something special indeed. Telling the story of Jennie (Kerri Clarence), a former musician whose life and marriage is in a rut. But when she meets a charming guy with a guitar, things life soon forces her to take stock.

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As part of the opening gala, there's Amit Gupta's delightful One Crazy Thing, starring my friend Ray Panthaki.

When Jay, a former soap star, finds himself on the wrong side of infamy, thanks to a regretful sextape, he puts himself into exile, running the family restaurant. But a random meeting with American stranger, Hannah (Daisy Bevan) reinvigorates him, and now it's just a case of how to deal with that tape.

Ray is an East End Film Festival alum, after his incredible film, Life Sentence, took the Best Short award at the event in 2013.

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Also on the bill are many of the movies from this year's Cinequest, such as Julie Sokolow's charming and thoughtful Aspie Seeks Love, which took the Best Documentary prizes at both Cinequest and Omaha Film Festival this year.

Following artist David Matthews, a man who has spent the past 20 years posting personal ads on telephone poles, on his quest to find love after being diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of 41. Trust me, this is film is a real gem.

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Astraea, from Kristjan Thor, is a post-apocalyptic drama in which Nerea Duhart plays a telepathic teenager, trekking through the snow with her brother, looking for the rest of their family.

Visually, this is a stunning film, and Nerea is a talent to behold at the center of the drama.

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Next up, Tom Meadmore's feature-length documentary, How to Lose Jobs & Alienate Girlfriends points a camera fiercely into his own universe as he follows his girlfriend and his boss as they seek their own versions of success in Melbourne.

It's total 'warts-and-all' stuff as Tom's own insecurities become part of the film's own creases.

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Malady, from Jack James, is an affective piece, about a bereaved woman (Roxy Bulger) finding solace in a man connected via his own pain.

Industry tome Variety, cited the film's "fearsomely committed performances" and James' own cinematography as key to the film's success, so it's good to see the film finding wider audiences.

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Killswitch is a fascinating documentary that takes the oft-obscure concepts of internet freedoms and controls, and turns the dial to clear.

Ali Akbarzadeh's storytelling skills are definitely on full display here, as he weaves the tale from political to personal via SOPA and the tragic death of Aaron Swartz.

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Last but not least of course, Elsewhere, NY - the little film that we produced out of my small apartment in Astoria, New York.

I've written so much about the making of the movie, that, if you don't know it by now, you can easily read all about it right here.

For me, the biggest smile-maker in all of this is not just that a film we produced in my new hometown is having its European debut in the city of my birth, but rather that it's sharing a platform with so many films by amazing friends.

Best of luck to everyone at East End Film Festival 2015.