Scream Craft Horror Script Contest Awards Vera

By angelifilms September 1st, 2013, under Antonio Del Prete

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The Scream Craft Horror Script Contest has come to a close and Lichelli Lazar-Lea took home the Grand Prize for her screenplay Vera.

As the grand prize winner, Lichelli won a $1,000 cash prize as well as a consultation with manager Kailey Marsh, founder of The Blood List.

Lichelli Lazar-Lea was born in Trinidad & Tobago and raised in England. She received a scholarship from BAFTA Los Angeles to earn an MFA in film producing at UCLA. Her script “VERA” was chosen as the grand prize winner of the ScreamCraft Horror Contest from hundreds of screenplay entries by a panel of development executives at 3 major studios.  The screenplay will be recommended to the voting members of The Blood List, a list of the top 13 most liked dark genre screenplays of the year. Each year over a hundred creative executives vote on their top three favorite scripts in the horror, thriller, sci-fi, and dark genres.

The Blood List has quickly become a go-to industry source for fresh and noteworthy unproduced screenplays. “Vera has solid writing, and is an interesting take on the female psychological horror/thriller genre,” said manager Kailey Marsh.

The story centers on a young, traumatized woman who encounters the spirit of her six-year-old half-sister Vera after inadvertently getting her killed in an accident she can’t remember the details of.  While everyone around her questions her sanity, she must uncover the truth about what happened that fateful night and determine just what Vera’s spirit is after.

“I’m very honored and proud to have won ScreenCraft’s “ScreamCraft Horror Contest” as the judges have literally read hundreds of good horror scripts and they really know what constitutes a successful genre film,” said Lichelli Lazar-Lea.

“VERA is an engrossing and naturalistic horror-thriller that features a complex and sympathetic underdog female protagonist,” says ScreenCraft’s Cameron Cubbison.  “It channels quintessential staples of the genre into a fresh framework that’s full of voice and atmosphere. All of the elements of an effective horror narrative are present: mystery, ample internal and external conflict, terrifying images, jump scares, earthly and otherworldly threats, tight pacing, and powerful reversals.  What really sets the script apart is the blending of tension with dramatic character work and expert layering of universal themes.”

“VERA does exactly what a good script should: it draws you in and makes you want to keep reading. It’s a sharp and skillfully-crafted piece of writing that knows how to engage an audience. It deserves to be singled out and celebrated,” adds ScreenCraft’s John Rhodes. “We’re very excited to help VERA and Lichelli garner attention.”

The runner-up prize goes to horror-thriller “Roadside Assistance” by David Sakmyster, while the following screenplays comprise the rest of the top ten finalists:

  • High Stakes by Kelly Goodner
  • The Fad by Michael E. Bierman
  • Noir of the Dead by Kevin Lenihan
  • Pawns by Vanessa Hawkins
  • Suicide Shift by Alexander Walsh
  • The Bonewalker by Brian Lee Johnson
  • The Gaslight Horror by Jeremy D. Christensen
  • Thicker Than Blood by Katelyn Morey

The contest is operated by ScreenCraft, a boutique screenwriting consultancy, dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers master their craft and connect them with studios and producers who need good material.

Lichelli Lazar-Lea’s VERA Wins ScreamCraft Horror Script Contest!

By angelifilms September 1st, 2013, under Lichelli Lazar-Lea

From the Press Release
Lichelli Lazar-Lea took home the Grand Prize at the 2013 ScreamCraft Horror Script Contest for her compelling screenplay “VERA.” As the grand prize winner, Lichelli won a $1,000 cash prize as well as a consultation with literary manager and producer Kailey Marsh, founder of The Blood List.

Lichelli Lazar-Lea was born in Trinidad & Tobago and raised in England. She received a scholarship from BAFTA Los Angeles to earn an MFA in film producing at UCLA. Her script “VERA” was chosen as the grand prize winner of the ScreamCraft Horror Contest from hundreds of screenplay entries by a panel of development executives at three major studios. The screenplay will be recommended to the voting members of The Blood List, a list of the top 13 most liked horror screenplays of the year released annually on Halloween. Each year over a hundred executives vote on their top three favorite horror screenplays. The Blood List has quickly become a go-to industry source for fresh and noteworthy unproduced dark genre material.

For more visit the official The Blood List website, “like” The Blood List on Facebook, and follow The Blood List on Twitter.

“Vera has solid writing and is an interesting take on the female psychological horror/thriller genre,” said manager Kailey Marsh.

The story centers on a young, traumatized woman who encounters the spirit of her six-year-old half-sister, Vera, after inadvertently getting her killed in an accident she can’t remember the details of. While everyone around her questions her sanity, she must uncover the truth about what happened that fateful night and determine just what Vera’s spirit is after.

“I’m very honored and proud to have won ScreenCraft’s ScreamCraft Horror Contest as the judges have literally read hundreds of good horror scripts, and they really know what constitutes a successful genre film,” said Lichelli Lazar-Lea.

“VERA is an engrossing and naturalistic horror-thriller that features a complex and sympathetic underdog female protagonist,” says ScreenCraft’s Cameron Cubbison. “It channels quintessential staples of the genre into a fresh framework that’s full of voice and atmosphere. All of the elements of an effective horror narrative are present: mystery, ample internal and external conflict, terrifying images, jump scares, earthly and otherworldly threats, tight pacing, and powerful reversals. What really sets the script apart is the blending of tension with dramatic character work and expert layering of universal themes.”

“VERA does exactly what a good script should: It draws you in and makes you want to keep reading. It’s a sharp and skillfully-crafted piece of writing that knows how to engage an audience. It deserves to be singled out and celebrated,” adds ScreenCraft’s John Rhodes. “We’re very excited to help VERA and Lichelli garner attention.”

The runner-up prize goes to horror-thriller “Roadside Assistance” by David Sakmyster, while the following screenplays comprise the rest of the top ten finalists:
High Stakes by Kelly Goodner
The Fad by Michael E. Bierman
Noir of the Dead by Kevin Lenihan
Pawns by Vanessa Hawkins
Suicide Shift by Alexander Walsh
The Bonewalker by Brian Lee Johnson
The Gaslight Horror by Jeremy D. Christensen
Thicker Than Blood by Katelyn Morey

The contest is operated by ScreenCraft, a boutique screenwriting consultancy, dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers master their craft and connect them with studios and producers who need good material.

Scream Craft

http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/69872/lichelli-lazar-leas-vera-wins-screamcraft-horror-script-contest

Harvey Weinstein Hosts Emma Roberts, Erika Christensen at Beverly Hills Charity Art Exhibition

By angelifilms July 17th, 2012, under Antonio Del Prete

Art inspired by Hollywood was the theme of the Gallery for the People Summer 2012 Preview benefiting Art of Elysium.  Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein hosted the Gallery for the People Summer preview at Mr. C Beverly Hills, Ignazio Cipriani’s new signature hotel, on Thursday night.

The art event benefitted the Art of Elysium’s Fine Art Program. The summer collection — also viewable online at Gallery for the People – was displayed around the pool area at the Mr. C Yacht Club and featured over 20 paintings and drawings. The collection was filled with creative and inspired works that reflect the interlocked worlds of both cinema and art, and created by up-and-coming LA based artists.

Weinstein posed for photos in front of one of the night’s stand-out artists — Antonio “Nino” Del Prete, an Italian artist, actor and producer based in LA, who showed his Art Doesn’t Pay modern day satirical re-imaginings of famous classical paintings. In 2011, he had a show at the Chateau Marmont, which was attended by Johnny Depp, a big fan of his work.

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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fash-track/harvey-weinstein-hosts-charity-art-beverly-hills-hotel-344177

Original Soundtrack – Now Available on iTunes

By angelifilms April 14th, 2012, under Enrico Sabena

Our composer, Enrico Sabena, did a fantastic job with the score for the movie. The last track, “Ending,” still moves me…

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fallen-angels/id516433337?i=516433466&l=en

The Truth About Angels Interview by Tony Money

By angelifilms December 7th, 2011, under Antonio Del Prete, Lichelli Lazar-Lea

A 1 on 1 on 1 interview!
Shayne Anigan sits down with the director, Lichelli Lazar-Lea, and the lead actor, Antonio Del Prete of The Truth About Angels. The movies tell a story about how an ordinary guy escapes his turbulent home life when he is invited to an exclusive Hollywood party by his movie star friend, only to discover that there’s more to the glamorous world than meets the eye.

In the interviews you will find out what videogames Antonio did voiceovers for and what Naughty Dog game is on his top wish list. You will also find out the deeper meaning behind the movie, what it was like to work with people like Dirt Nasty (Simon Rex) and what other projects they have in store.

The Truth About Angels Interview

BCBGMAXAZRIA on the Art of “Truth” star Antonio Del Prete

By angelifilms November 21st, 2011, under Antonio Del Prete

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Art Doesn’t Pay by Antonio “Nino” Del Prete

Antonio “Nino” Del Prete caught our attention with his contemporary take on historical paintings. Apparently, we’re not the only ones… Johnny Depp was among the attendees at Nino latest show at Hollywood’s famed Château Marmot next to Spanish artist Domingo Zapata and actor/painter Jordi Molla.

Through his collection, Art Doesn’t Pay, Nino hopes to challenge people by giving historical paintings a new meaning that applies to the current world. His artistic revisions highlight present issues such as the recent oil crisis and America’s ongoing fight with obesity, among others. “Taking famous paintings and reworking them allows me to give them a new meaning that is applicable to today’s crazy world,” Nino told us about his work.

Nino’s early paintings were mostly portraits of Hollywood celebrities. His extraordinary talent and a bit of good luck is what eventually led Nino to take the art world by storm. His art came across a show producer, who eventually asked him to participant in one of his shows. “That first show I was a part of helped create demand for my pieces and that was the turning point for me as an artist,” Nino said. “Frankly, I was happy to sell a few pieces and I ended up selling everything that evening!”

Nino’s show with Domingo Zapata and Jordi Molla, is headed to Miami next. It will be part of Art Basel Miami Beach, one of the most prestigious art shows in the Americas. Nino gave us an exclusive rundown of what we can expect for that show – Medusa and Madonna are among his next subjects.

In addition to his art, Nino is also a successful actor and talented musician. “I mainly can’t stay still,” he told us about his many projects. Nino’s work has inspired us and other contemporary art aficionados around the globe, this is way we’ve placed Nino on our list of “Artist to Watch in 2012.” To learn more about Nino and his upcoming shows, friend him on Facebook at Art Doesn’t Pay www.facebook.com/artdoesntpay.

ShockYa.com – Interview: Simon Rex Talks The Truth About Angels

By angelifilms October 30th, 2011, under Simon Rex

Read our exclusive interview with Simon Rex, who portrays up-and-coming actor Kane Connor in the new drama-thriller ‘The Truth About Angels.’ The film, which is now available on Blu-ray and DVD, follows Kane’s high school friend Pablo, played by Antonio del Prete, who feels trapped in his turbulent marriage. As a struggling artist looking for his big break, Pablo goes to a Hollywood party with Kane, only to have his dreams slip away after being tempted by a mysterious party girl, Kristi, played by Dree Hemingway. Rex discusses with us, among other things, why he was attracted to the role of Kane, and what it was like working with first time feature director Lichelli Lazar-Lea.

ShockYa (SY): ‘The Truth About Angels’ focuses on Pablo discovering the dark side of the world he once coveted, and in turn learning to appreciate his life at home. Do you feel that many people crave the Hollywood and celebrity lifestyle, and don’t realize how good their lives are at home?

Simon Rex (SR): Yes, I think that’s true. I think everybody around the world is enamored with Hollywood. Everybody, at one point in their life, at least most people, want to be in the movies, or be famous for whatever reason. So there’s an allure to it. So I think the movie is good at showing the dark side of Hollywood, which no body really sees. You just see the final product in the movies, or with all these celebrities going shopping, with the paparazzi.

But what you don’t see is what this movie shows, which is there is a very dark side to Hollywood. It’s the only place in the world where people come here, and their chances of making it are so small, so there are so many crushed dreams. There are so many people who have to do other things. Like you see all these beautiful girls in L.A., and they’re all trying to make it, and there’s so much competition. But the reality is that 99.9 percent of the people aren’t going to make it. Then there’s all the drugs and there’s a lot of affairs and temptations, and it’s like Sin City. That’s what the movie shows, the dark side that exists. It feels like a cool party, but sometimes it’s a dark party.

SY: You play Pablo’s high school friend Kane, who recently garnered fame as a up-and-coming Hollywood actor. What attracted you to the role?

SR: It actually wasn’t really too much (of a stretch) because in real life, I do acting. I play an actor, and I made him a little more arrogant and a little more full of himself, and a little more selfish, I guess you can say. When the situation comes up at the end of the movie, I kind of run away, instead of being a man.

I mean, a lot of these actors, if you think about it, if you go back to the Roman era, actors were not considered to be a glamorous thing. (Actors were) like clowns, or jugglers. It wasn’t like they were held on a high plateau-actors were kind of looked down on. Nowadays, Hollywood actors are treated like royalty. It’s funny, because they’re just humans, we’re just humans, and they’re treated so differently.

Sometimes people get caught up in what people see them as. There’s a weird psychology behind fame. Sometimes you see actors play these roles, and in real life, they take on these roles, and act like it in real life. Like Tupac Shukar, he played in that movie ‘Juice,’ he played a tough gangster (Bishop), and then in real life, he kind of adapted that character, and became that guy. It’s a weird thing. For me, all I did was play myself, but more exaggerated for the Hollywood fame.

SY: ‘The Truth About Angels’ marks the feature film directorial debut of award winning short filmmaker and screenwriter, Lichelli Lazar-Lea. What was it like working with her on the set?

SR: She was great, she was really sweet. She’s a really nice woman. She communicated good with the actors. I just liked her as a person. If you don’t like a director you’re working with, then it will affect the performance, the mood on set. She’s a very sweet person, and we got along fine. It was a good group of people on this movie. A lot of times on independent movies that have a low budget, you’ll have the person who wrote it direct it. So they’ll have the same vision, and it’s a lot easier as a process.

SY: Since Lichelli also wrote the movie, did that help with her vision as a director?

SR: Yeah, absolutely, I always say that, if the writer directs it. A lot of times I’ve seen movies where the writers are on set, and their vision isn’t the same as what the director wants to shoot. It causes tension on set, and it cause drama. If the person who wrote it is directing it, it’s quite simple to execute that. It’s always easier when the writer directs it, I think.

SY: Lichelli’s husband, Antonio del Prete, plays Pablo in the movie. What was your working relationship like with him?

SR: I think is he a really good actor. We became really good friends through the movie. You’re on set all day, hanging out. He’s just a really good person, which is rare in Hollywood. Most actors aren’t necessarily the nicest people, there’s a lot of attitude and ego. He couldn’t have been more of a sweet guy. I have nothing but good things to say about both of them.

SY: Dree Hemingway plays Kristi, who causes Pablo to face both temptation and his conscience at the party. Do you feel Kristi represents the temptation many people feel in their lives?

SR: Yes, absolutely, that’s everywhere. There are so many beautiful girls in L.A. everywhere, and temptations. As shallow as it is, it’s not just about someone’s beauty (elsewhere). But here in L.A., it really is. It’s kind of messed up, because around the corner, there’s just so many beautiful girls everywhere. Like the movie shows, it’s never ending. You can drive yourself crazy out here, because around the corner, there’s a beautiful girl everywhere, and it’s not reality almost. I think it was a perfect representation of the (Hollywood) allure.

SY: What was Dree’s work ethic like on the set? Given that she’s Ernest Hemingway’s great-granddaughter, was she able to distinguish her work in her own right?

SR: Yeah, she was a total professional. You know, this was a low-budget movie, and no one was making money off of it. So everyone was doing it for the artist (aspect). A lot of times on movies, people are just doing them to get their money and to then go home. On this movie, we worked a lot of long hours, and no one was making a lot of money. So everyone was putting their heart in the right place.

I think for a model who hadn’t had a lot of acting experience, she did a very good job. I mean, she’s so beautiful, you just have to point the camera at her, and she doesn’t have to do much. She definitely has that star quality. She looks like a movie star from another era, almost.

SY: Lichelli has said she finds it interesting that viewers are affected by ‘The Truth About Angels’ based on the point they are in their lives, rather than their elasticities or economic backgrounds. Do you agree with that observation?

SR: Yeah, that makes sense to me. I’m not sure if that’s what she was going for, I can’t speak for her. But for me, it definitely connected to a lot of truth. In Hollywood, as an actor, you have a lot of ups and downs, peaks and valleys. Sometimes you’re doing good, and sometimes you’re not. My character in the movie is doing really good, and is a really successful actor. I can relate to that, but then there’s also times when you’re not doing so good. It was cool to play a successful actor who’s doing really well, because I can connect with that. There were times in my life where I was on top of the world, and there are times where you’re not. So that was pretty cool.

Written by: Karen Benardello

Read more: http://www.shockya.com/news/2011/10/28/interview-simon-rex-talks-the-truth-about-angels/#ixzz1cFHjSZdY

Pop Sugar – Johnny Depp Toasts His Creative Pals During an Art-Filled Night at the Chateau Marmont

By angelifilms October 27th, 2011, under Antonio Del Prete