Thank you to Heidi Ecklund and Sayeeda Clarke for inviting BreakThrough to speak with the beautiful and talented students of The Film Club at The Picture House in Pelham, NY. We were thoroughly impressed with these future artists!
INSPIRATION was the lasting impression we were left with for our first time at Sundance. Everything about it, from the majestic snow capped mountain tops, to the genuinely kind people of Utah, to how the festival was operated as a whole and of course, to the fiercely talented writers/directors/film makers/talent who were chosen to compete at the 30th anniversary of the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. This is no joke. These are the best of the best in independent film making and I now know a little better, what quality film should look like.
The highlights were of course, supporting Jim Mickle’s COLD IN JULY and David Cross’ HITS and seeing our favorite recording artist Guy Sebastian, perform at the ASCAP Music Café. We also managed to catch a few fantastic screenings including the very memorable WHIPLASH and THE GREEN PRINCE.
Thank you again to all the talent who took part in COLD IN JULY and HITS. Your presence in these films made all the difference to the films’ story. Keep your eyes peeled for it’s future screenings at a theater new you.
Guys Sebastian’s single, LIKE A DRUM is out now: http://smarturl.it/Like.A.Drum. Soon to follow will be the US release of the LIKE A DRUM music video!!!
BreakThrough is forever grateful to have taken part in these wonderful projects.
For those of you who like movies but have never been to Sundance, I highly suggest that you take the trip and give it a try at least once in your life.
10 Days of Different – 2014 Sundance Film Festival:
COLD IN JULY
New Year — New Web Site!
Welcome to our newly designed web site! We’re so proud of it as it better represents who we are and what we do. Good work stems from the amazing team behind it. While the design of the website was born from our collective vision of how best to project BreakThrough, Dana and Brian Lockhart were instrumental in collecting those ideas and having them perform as we like to think we do; quickly, efficiently and beautifully. Thank you to you both.
Thank you Cliff Vick for your support, assistance and friendship.
We are looking forward to 2014 but not without a re-cap of 2013!
2013 was a turning point for BreakThrough. We kicked off the year with the addition of Johanna Tacadena as partner. Johanna took off running and quickly put her fingerprint on our casting calls and submissions. Our testimonials reflect Johanna’s impact on how we do business. Because she is a working actor, she is a constant resource to actors on how to improve their tools, craft, and ultimately book the job!
We had an incredible summer with the honor of working on 2 indie films: COLD IN JULY and HITS
Thank you to Amy Hutchings for the partnership on COLD IN JULY. Because of your generosity and trust, we had an experience of a lifetime and met incredible people.
To Jim Mickle: An amazing, hands-on director that we absolutely loved working with. You have our un-ending support with COLD IN JULY and all future projects.
To the COLD IN JULY production team: Thank you for showing us what a tight, efficient team looks like. The entire production was a master class on so many levels. Hoping our paths cross again.
During the production of COLD IN JULY, we were called upon to assist with HITS, directed by David Cross. We reached out to Dana Lockhart for assistance which was another turning point for BreakThrough. Dana did an incredible job and did it with respect and kindness for everyone – every day. We quickly realized that we needed Dana on our team permanently. We offered her partnership and lucky for us, she said YES! Dana represents our vision. Do excellent work, have fun doing it and do it with generosity and kindness. Dana’s skills are limitless: producer, director, writer, actor and of course casting director — she continues to surprise us every day with her incredible intelligence, insight and outpouring generosity.
Thank you to the HITS production team. If there is a template on how to make a good movie that includes everyone on set enjoying themselves while trusting that each role of production is performing at their best, well this is the film and these are the people who make it happen. Congratulations on being tapped for Sundance, it is well-deserved!
Thanks to the Screen Actors Guild
LIKE A DRUM/Guy Sebastian music video production team, thank you. A perfect example of how a production can benefit by filming in the Hudson Valley. Middletown, NY proved to be a most accommodating city towards production. Mayor Joe DeStefano and Maria Bruni jumped into action to provide the shoot access and ease of filming as did Jennifer D’Andrea of the Orange County Arts Council/Orange County NY Film Office. The video is beautiful as a result. Guy Sebastian will be playing at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café to perfectly complement all of our 2013 ventures.
TO OUR NEW CLIENTS:
We value every relationship and appreciate the trust you placed in us this year. It is our pleasure to add the following clients to our roster:
Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley
Ellenbogen Creative Media
Central Hudson Gas & Electric
Nebrasky Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
Orange Regional Medical Center
TEG Federal Credit Union
Rich Kaelin, Kaelin Motion Productions
United Services Administrations
Strategic Advantage International
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR CLIENTS THAT HAVE BEEN WITH US FROM THE BEGINNING:
Dina Pace Shackelford, Pace Productions
Ed Roy, J6 Media Works
TO OUR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS:
Growing our community relationships was a highlight this year and something close to BreakThrough’s vision. It has been a pleasure working with and getting to know the following organizations:
HUDSON VALLEY FILM COMMISSION
ORANGE COUNTY NY FILM OFFICE
UPWIFT (Heidi Philipsen, Amy Hutchings, Heidi Eklund, Jane Cottrell, Meira Blaustein, Tracy Cring, Gaby Allen)
WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
HOBOKEN FILM FESTIVAL
To all the ACTORS that shared their talent and passion with us – THANK YOU. None of this would be possible without you. Thank you for your support and for sharing BreakThrough’s story. Here’s to more work in the Hudson Valley and beyond!
SPECIAL MENTION TO:
Jason Fisch, Fisch Internet Solutions
Paul Dekaj of Noble Coffee Roasters
Oscar Rivas, Rivaucci
Matt Dorcas, ND Pro Media
Nuby DeLeon, ND Pro Media
Elijah Kim, Elijah Kim Photography
John Cole, John Cole Photos
Tom Moore, Tom Moore Photo
Cristina Parvu, Parvu PR
Kevin Craig West
Thanks to the following special people for helping with the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Project:
Lorenzo & Eufemia Tacadena of Far East Mart for organizing Typhoon Haiyan Relief
Johanna, Laurie & Addie Tacadena
Elvie & Jimmy Abordo
Barbara Sklar, Relay for Relief
EVERYONE WHO GAVE DONATIONS AND SUPPORT
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
AARON BERK & ERIC LARSON: For all your support from the rooftop to sharing your talents – Love
FRANK BARRIERA, 6th Planet PRODUCTIONS: Thanks for the never-ending support, inspiration and love.
MICHAEL WALTERS: Thanks for always being available when the phone rang and for supporting us now and always.
JULIANNA AUSTIN: Thank you for your help with social media and for keeping us on the pulse of what’s trending, hip, and cool — like you!
ANNA GALLIO: Thanks for the last minute tweets, twits, whatever they’re called. For always being there- no matter what.
BRETT GALLIO: You saved our Skype audition day- thank you!
BRIAN GALLIO: Hearing you say you’re proud of BreakThrough is almost as good as hearing you play your music.
TO OUR FRIENDS & FAMILIES: Thank you for putting up with our schedules and for loving us unconditionally.
WOOOOOHOOOOO!!! Congratulations to Greta Gerwig/FRANCES HA on the Golden Globe nomination for Best Actresss!!!
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
BREAKTHROUGH is so proud of you!!!!
Wonderful power lunch meeting with the lovely Jennifer D’andrea of Orange County NY Film Office!