Happy New Year

Sgt. Cole Lewis, mentally and physically scarred by his time served in Iraq and Afghanistan, finds humanity, compassion and friendship in a group of similarly injured veterans in the psychiatric ward at a remote Veterans Hospital. Through humor and pathos, Lewis becomes a ray of hope in the ward, as the men find a way to combat their post-war grief. However, just as their luck starts to change, Lewis soon faces his fiercest battle yet. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW]

An American in Hollywood

Are there any Heroes left? Hailing from New York City, a talented filmmaker Josiah aka “The Dissenter” (Richard Carroll Jr.) leads childhood friends and fellow artists Dorian and Paul (JD Williams and Hassan Johnson from HBO’s hit series “The Wire”) to Los Angeles in pursuit of the Hollywood dream. Wielding the artistic powers of writing, directing, acting, stand-up comedy, music, drawing, painting, and graffiti, this team of “Real Artists” battles the “Entertainment Empire” of Hollywood through a humorous and satirical graphic novel animation-based reality. In LA, Josiah meets his match in a beautiful feisty young actress named Ayoka aka “Power Girl” (Azur-De). Backed by her crew of “Bad Girls” (including Amber Lee Ettinger and Samantha Esteban from “Training Day”/”Harsh Times”), Ayoka and Josiah embark on a series of battles as they seek to create and succeed in Hollywood together. But soon… they are confronted by an even deeper obstacle… life.