Directed by Jim Macdonald
Produced by Hilary Prentice
Executive Produced by Tracy Poust
Cinematographer, Xavier Tatarkiewicz
Starring Chuma Gault and Jenny O'Hara
Heavy Lifting is the story of two lonely people on the fringe of society who help each other in a situation that could be deemed either an extraordinarily good deed or the perfect crime.
Best Short Film:
Winner - HEAVY LIFTING
1st Runner Up - FLAGPOLE
2nd Runner Up - 18
Winner - CHUMA GAULT (HEAVY LIFTING)
1st Runner Up - DAVID THOMPSON (FLAGPOLE)
2nd Runner Up – PAUL NOBLE (LEFT ALONE)
Winner - JENNY O'HARA (HEAVY LIFTING)
1st Runner Up - TORI COTT (FLAGPOLE)
2nd Runner Up - PORTIA DOUBLEDAY (18)
Winner - TIMO PIERRE ROSITZKI (PROFILE)
1st Runner Up - PAULA HUIDBRO (18)
2nd Runner Up - SETH HAGENSTEIN (FLAGPOLE)
Special Jury Award: PAUL NOBLE - Lead actor, LEFT ALONE
Best Short Screenplay:
Winner - LE PETITE MORT, by Joanna Perry-Folino
1st Runner Up - IT'S TIMING, by Colby Day
2nd Runner Up - THE DOG WALKER, by Jaimee Campbell
Best Short Film:
Winner - FLAGPOLE
Winner - DAVID THOMPSON (FLAGPOLE)
Winner - JENNY O'HARA (HEAVY LIFTING)
Judges for the 15th NYC PictureStart Film Festival:
PETER KELLEY has worked professionally as an acting coach and a writer and director of film and theatre for over fifteen years, and is currently an on-set acting coach for both NCIS - LA (CBS) and DOLLHOUSE (FOX). PK pic: Hoebermann Studio
As an acting coach, Mr. Kelley's clients include Chris O'Donnell, Eliza Dushku, Dane Cook, Spencer Grammer, as well as numerous on-air and public figures, and most of the crazed crew on HBO's "Tourgasm" bus.
He has conducted seminars for the Screen Actors Guild New England, Southwest, and Midwest, among others; he co-taught "The Feature Film Audition," with John Lyons. Mr. Kelley is currently on the faculty of Boston University's School of Film as well as the Studio at C/P Casting in Boston.
Shortly after joining C/P to run the Studio, Mr. Kelley began casting for C/P; his work included Boston principal casting for over a dozen feature films and hundreds of regional and national commercials.
Mr. Kelley is also an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker; The Path Most Resistance, Mr. Kelley's most recent film, premiered in New York, was a selection in over 18 festivals worldwide, and was an official selection in competition at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival.
Sporting Dog, Mr. Kelley's previous film, was an official selection in over forty film festivals worldwide and won awards at the IFC/CMJ Festival in New York, the Northampton Film Festival, The Atlantic City festival, the Crested Butte Reel Fest, among others. It has aired on Bravo and PBS stations nationwide. Onstage, he most recently directed Fool For Love off-Broadway; other theater directing credits include the following Boston premieres: Search & Destroy (Lansdowne Playhouse); Four Dogs and a Bone (Boston Center for the Arts); Etta Jenks (ICA theater); Execution of Justice; Burn This; and Don't Touch that Dial. Other theatrical directing credits include Glengarry Glen Ross, Entertaining Mr. Sloan, T-Bone & Weasel, and Sunday on the Rocks.Peter splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City.
DONN GOBIN (Producer - Racing Daylight) Donn Gobin received his BA in Psychology from Pace University and his MFA in Film Studies from New School University. After an 11-year stint with Showtime Networks/ Viacom, Inc. as Manager of Production, went on to become one of the founding partners of Collective Concepts Entertainment. After success with several short projects and commercials, he branched out to form his own company, DoGo Productions. In 2006, Donn brought his first feature film as executive producer, Racing Daylight, to the big screen, starring Academy Awards Nominees David Strathairn and Melissa Leo. Looking forward, he continues to build DoGo Productions as a conduit of creativity by guiding thought-provoking projects through each stage of development from pre-production through distribution.
CRAIG MACNEILL is a director and screenwriter based in Brooklyn, NY. Macneill's first film, LATE BLOOMER, was an official selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and played at over twenty prestigious festivals worldwide winning the audience award for Best Short Film at the Lake Placid Film Festival and Best short film at the HP Lovecraft Film Festival.
More recently, Macneill, along with co-director Alexei Kaleina, completed a feature film tilted THE AFTERLIGHT. THE AFTERLIGHT opened theatrically at the Quad Cinema in the fall of 2010 and had its world premiere at the International Rome Film Festival. Also Macneill, wrote and directed, LOBOS (WOLVES) a short film shot entirely on location in Spain. LOBOS (WOLVES) premiered at the Zagreb Film Festival and the 2010 Palm Spring Shortfest.
In 2010 Craig was awarded a Jerome Foundation Grant.
His latest film, a short film titled HENLEY, premiered at the 2011 BAM CinemaFEST and the 2011 Gen Art Film Festival. For more information contact Craig at 646-765-6806, firstname.lastname@example.org
15th NYC PictureStart Film Festival competition:
Screened on SUNDAY June 5th, 2011
BELOW NEW YORK, directed by Matt Finlin (NYC - 28 minutes)
18, directed by Joy Gohring (California, USA - 15 minutes)
SURF'S UP, HANG TEN, GET OFF MY WAVE, GNARLY, WIPE OUT, directed by Joey Mintz (NYC - 6 minutes)
PROFILE, directed by Timo Pierre Rositzki (Hamburg, Germany - 7 minutes)
HEAVY LIFTING, directed by James MacDonald (Los Angeles - 23 minutes)
POP, directed by Tobias Andersson (Sydney, Australia - 7 minutes)
FLAGPOLE, directed by Matt Kazman (Brooklyn, NY - 22 minutes)
Screened on MONDAY June 6th, 2011
A VIEW FROM WELL, directed by Ivona Juka (Croatia - 24 minutes) (not shown)
THE TAILOR, directed by Gordon Grinberg (NYC - 6 minutes)
PASSED DOWN, directed by Zachary Goldberg (Plainview, NY - 16 minutes)
IN THE MIDDLE, directed by Thomas Ward (Waco, Texas - 9 minutes)
RAVENS, directed by C.S Drury (Providence, RI - 30 minutes)
THE THORNHILLS OF PARK AVENUE, directed by Thomas Caruso (NYC - 6 minutes)
LEFT ALONE, directed Seth Boggess (Chicago, 15 minutes)
THE DOG WALKER, by Jaimee Campbell
LE PETITE MORT, by Joanna Perry-Folino
WISDOM OF THE ANCIENTS, by Mark Perlick
A FART IN AN ELEVATOR, by Kathy Pyatt
IT'S TIMING, by Colby Day
This year's festival was held on June 5th & 6th, 2011 at XVI Lounge,
251 West 48th Street at 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
Festival hosted by:
The order of screenings within each night's schedule is randomized for fairness and all voting for audience awards is weighted by the number of attendees for fairness.