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‘Oma & Bella’ become stars, thanks to granddaughter

“It’s like Andy Warhol said,” Alexa Karolinski said, “You can make anybody famous if you treat them like stars.”

Karolinski is director of “Oma & Bella,” a quest to make her grandmother, and her friend, stars.

Grandmother, Oma, and friend Bella, have quite a story. They survived the Holocaust and the concentration camps (Oma was transferred from Poland to Germany) and they were put in a displaced persons camp. Some stayed, like Oma and Bella. They continued their lives in Germany, best friends, and turned to cooking as a way to escape the memories of the past.

“It’s their therapy and the language that they speak,” said Karolinski, who was born in Berlin and lives in New York City. Oma and Bella don’t really speak about their past; instead, they cook to remember good times, to recapture their heritages, and most of all, to bring warmth into their lives. Cooking means family. Cooking means love.

Karolinski, who worked in television production in Germany before coming to America, first wrote a cookbook to help bring Oma and Bella’s love of cooking into the world. But she was struggling finding visual accompaniment for the book, and when she thought more intensively about her grandmother’s story, she realized she could film a documentary.

“Oma & Bella” tells the story of two women with extraordinary stories and cooking skills (they can make a 20-person dinner in 20 minutes, alleges Karolinski). Most of all, they’re extraordinarily warm, and it shines through. The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, which is amazing, as Berlin is their home, it’s an acclaimed festival, and this was Karolinski’s first film.

“Which is insane,” she said. “It’s in my hometown and I can take them to festival; the whole experience … like everything big is happening.”

“Oma & Bella” is a hit in Berlin. It’s in theatrical release there. Best of all, Karolinski got her wish.

“They went on their evening walk, and just so happens a theater that was showing the film was near their house,” Karolinski said. “So when the film ended people saw them walking outside … people hugged them and kissed them and ran to the flower shop and bought them flowers. One person sent them a plastic Oscar.”

Karolinski smiled through a slowly developing tear. She made Oma and Bella famous.

Oma & Bella screens at 12:15 p.m. at Utopia Studios in Woodstock.

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Newburgh Actors Studio

Finally some visability. Thanks Tim Malcolm & THR. Newburgh is well on her way to becoming a hub for the arts. If we can start entertaining people instead of taxing them to death I think the revenue will come. Newburgh will have one of the most extensive motorcycle museums in the country opening up April 16th of this year. People will come to Newburgh. We want them to see our theaters, film center, resturants and live music venues through out the city. With the people will come revenue. It’s up to us to make it happen.

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4th Annual MSMC Student Film Festival A Success!

Thank you to everyone who journeyed to Mount Saint Mary College last night for the fourth annual Mount Saint Mary College Student Film Festival! The event was a tremendous success that brought around 300 people together for a night of laughter, tears, and entertainment! Fourteen different films were shown throughout the two hour event. Films ranged from parodies of popular television shows to a 20 minute documentary focusing on the horrendous earthquake that shook Haiti. Also, the class of 2010 seniors did an incredible job showcasing the knowledge and skills they have learned throughout their careers. There were four videos by seniors shown and each brought a rupture of applause that matched the anticipation of their films. Congratulations to all of the students who submitted films to the event! Simply put, the 5th annual MSMC Student Film Festival cannot come soon enough!

Many of the videos will be posted online soon and I will make sure to post the links to them when they become available!

Guests wait for the start of the fourth annual Mount Saint Mary College Student Film Festival

Guests wait for the start of the fourth annual Mount Saint Mary College Student Film Festival that was held on April 27

John Como

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Mount Saint Mary College Student Film Festival Is Tonight!

This event will be taking place tonight (April 27) at 7:30 p.m. in the Aquinas Theatre! All are welcome to this FREE event! For more info click on this picture

This event will be taking place tonight (April 27) at 7:30 p.m. in the Aquinas Theatre! All are welcome to this FREE event! For more info click on this picture

The time has finally arrived! The fourth annual Mount Saint Mary College Student Film Festival will be taking place tonight, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Aquinas Theatre (located on the college campus). A total of 14 short films will be shown at the event. Films will range from several minute long movies created in beginner production classes to longer films created by seniors as part of their senior thesis projects. Think of the night as going to a movie theater and seeing 14 different films in the same amount of time it would take to watch one motion picture! Quite simply, the 4th annual MSMC Student Film Festival will be a unique entertainment experience not available at your local cinema! An immense amount of hard work has gone into making this event possible so grab some friends and family and journey to Mount Saint Mary College for this remarkable event! The event is open to the public and there will be free admission, free refreshments, prizes, and the first 50 people in attendance will even receive a free film festival T-shirt courtesy of the MSMC Video Club! Come show your support for the film director’s of tomorrow! 🙂

-John Como

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MSMC Student Film Festival Is Only 6 Days Away!

Click here to join the official MSMC Film Festival Facebook group! And be sure to "attend" the official MSMC Film Festival event!

Click here to join the official MSMC Film Festival Facebook group! And be sure to "attend" the official MSMC Film Festival event!

You are all invited to the fourth annual Mount Saint Mary College Student Film Festival  that is only six days away! Mark the date!  This Tuesday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Aquinas Theatre is your chance to sit back, relax, and be entertained by Mount filmmakers. The event is FREE to attend and there will even be FREE refreshments, prizes, and the first 50 people get a FREE Film Festival T-shirt! For more information about the event, click here: http://www.msmc.edu/News/mount_student_film_festival_to_present_10_films.be

I have spent the last few weeks promoting this event as part of my Senior Project and it is safe to say that it is crunch time! Promoting this event along with classes, homework, creating my own senior film (“Kappa Iota Lambda”), and playing tennis for the Mount has presented some interesting challenges. However, I am starting to see my hard work payoff 🙂 Days have been long and I find myself running around more than sitting still, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Time and effort are needed to make events successful and I assure you that I am doing everything in my power to make this event a  memorable experience for all that attend!  Mark the date once again and invite your friends and family to a night of pure entertainment!

– John Como

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“Kappa Iota Lambda” Student Film Buzz!

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Kappa Iota Lambda will be priemiering on April 27 at the fourth annual Mount Saint Mary College Student Film Festival! The event starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Aquinas Theatre & Admission is FREE!

“Kappa Iota Lambda” is the name of the film I am working on with fellow Mount seniors Marty Kane, Chris Repetti, and Brian Kluska. The four of us are no strangers to making films and have a tremendous passion for this art. In fact, some of you may have even stumbled over “Awesome Man” or “Awesome Man 2: Something Legendary” on our Youtube page (http://www.youtube.com/user/AwesomeProductionsNY).  Quite simply, we are IMMENSELY EXCITED about showing the world our latest film, “Kappa Iota Lambda.”

Q: What movie genre does “Kappa Iota Lambda” fall under?

A: Psychological drama. Our film will make you think, laugh, and most importantly, entertain you!

Q: What’s the film about?

A: Kappa Iota Lambda is a mysterious organization that promises to make college senior  Brian Thorton’s financial ends meet if he joins their ranks. However, joining the Kappa ranks is not that simple. “Success Through Sacrifice” is the Kappa Iota Lambda motto and before Brian knows it, he has one impossible decision to make. How Far Would You Go?

Q: Who stars in “Kappa Iota Lambda?”

A: The talented Max Glanovsky, Gianna Cesa, Daniel Marinoni, and Brian Murphy play the lead roles.

Q: How long is the film?

A: Although our film is not yet complete, a final duration around 25 minutes can be expected.

Q: Where can I see “Kappa Iota Lambda?”

A: At the fourth annual Mount Saint Mary College Student Film Festival at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday April 27 in Aquinas Theatre!

My group and I have put a tremendous amount of effort into this film. In fact, we have spent over 50 hours filming thus far! We have a few small scenes left to film courtesy of some setbacks (what film doesn’t have setbacks!?) and then it’s post production time. Things are looking VERY GOOD and we really feel that we are accomplishing our goal of creating a professional looking entertaining film! Stay tuned 🙂

– John Como

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Rising up for Rosendale

All about the Rosendale Theatre, people.

So Saturday, expanding on my Market Market visit, I was intrigued by the Rosendale-armband-wearing woman holding a clipboard that’s collecting signatures to help save the theatre. Then I was piqued by the opening salvo from the stage, a call to help the Rosendale Theatre Collective secure the money to pay down the mortgage. Everywhere I turned, the theatre was the subject. All about the Rosendale Theatre, people.

Today I dove into what should be a great piece early next week. The Collective is doing such a good job with its fundraising that it’s leading the Pepsi Refresh challenge, meaning it should (crossing fingers) win a $50,000 grant, which would secure the purchase. Then the theatre stays open under community leadership and continues its tradition of showing wonderful films you can’t normally get at a multiplex.

It’s a testament to the community at large that this is such an overwhelming success. Eve Waltermaurer, who is in charge of the Pepsi Refresh wing of fundraising, told me every person she has encountered has shown complete support for the the Collective. No politics. No bickering. No sides. One full united front in support of the arts.

Amazing.

But that’s Rosendale, and Ulster County, and the arts community at large, really. That’s who we are. If one of our friends is down, we pick them up. And here you’re seeing a friend who could stray from us. Tony and Michael Cacchio have done a splendid job with the theatre, but there’s always a time when things have to end. Doesn’t mean another family can’t keep it close. And that family – the arts community of Rosendale and beyond – is the perfect heir to the throne.

I can’t wait until the theatre (likely) crosses the $160K barrier (the amount needed for a down payment on the mortgage). There’s a benefit Vaudeville-style show set for May 1 starring Mikhail Horowitz, Gilles Malkine, Lori Wilner and Melissa Leo. It’s very likely that’s the day it crosses the barrier (the Pepsi Refresh challenge ends at the end of the month), and man, what a celebration they could have that night. All in the name of the human spirit. All about the Rosendale Theatre, people.

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