Public Relations Contact: Briege McGarrity or
Nicole Holland at 917 783 4042
Fax: 702-361-6309


November 9-16, 2006

Featuring the talents of Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy), Johnny Alonso (One Tree Hill, Samaritan) actress and activist Tippi Hedren (The Birds), Alex Murrel (Laguna Beach), Jeremy Sumpter (Peter Pan), Clayne Crawford (Swimfan), former Jerky Boy Kamal Ahmed and renowned Belgian actor Patrick Bauchau (The Pretender).


New York, NY October 26, 2006 —  The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) proudly announces its return to its hometown Manhattan for eight days of film screenings, world premieres, industry panels and after-parties. The festival, known as “the voice of independent film,” will showcase over 200 international and domestic feature, shorts, documentaries and animations. The festivities kick off on November 9 with a networking party for filmmakers and artists at West Chelsea hotspot Crobar. Film screenings run from November 10th-16th exclusively at City Cinemas Village East.

NYIIFVF, passionate about exposing films and documentaries of emerging filmmakers from all over the globe, is “the place to have your projects seen and reviewed by the best of the best,” comments Editor Dave Sardella (Micro Cinema Magazine). “This world-renowned festival can be the launching pad to a successful career for aspiring directors and producers.

The scope of the festival ranges from high profile to novice, so viewers experience an array of films driven by the passion of independent movie-making. Founder and Executive Producer of NYIIFVF Mr. Stuart Alson commented, “We are excited about our line-up of films especially the documentaries and look forward to hosting our filmmakers from all over the world. The festival represents a new wave of independent filmmakers and offers a unique opportunity for members of the film industry as well as delegates and attendees to mingle without the pretentiousness!

Highlights in this year’s Fall/Winter line-up include:

Samaritan – With Samaritan “Star Circle Pictures is remaking moviemaking,” according to Adam Penenberg of Fast Company Magazine.  In an uncertain world we fear what we do not understand.  This High Definition motion picture is reminiscent of classic Twilight Zone – suspenseful and dramatic.  A stranger reveals his supernatural powers while saving a young woman’s life and thwarting an armed robbery.    Victor, the Samaritan, uses extrasensory abilities to disarm the assailant.  Who or what is Victor?   Is the Samaritan a force for good?  When two worlds collide, the veteran detective investigating this mystery is left with more questions than answers after his encounter with the enigmatic Victor.

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“No film was used to make Samaritan.  No tape.  It was shot straight onto memory cards and editing began on set,” says SCP Producer Ethan Marten.  “When wrapped — after two nights and 81 set ups — Samaritan was already in a rough cut form having never left our possession.”
(Tuesday, November 11th at 6:05pm, Screen 3)

Out of Ali’s Shadow: The Larry Holmes Story. Documentary. Directed by Evan Grant. Larry Holmes is undeniably one of the greatest champions in heavyweight history. Yet despite his accomplishments, Holmes never managed to escape the presence of the beloved Muhammad Ali. This documentary sheds light upon the man and brings the legacy of Holmes “Out From Ali’s Shadow.”
(Friday, November 10th at 6:00pm, Screen 7)

Heart to Heart. Documentary. Directed by Brian Gordon. A young girl’s heart is failing and will die soon. Doctors implant a device rarely allowed in the United States. After 6 months in the hospital, we learn her fate. Film is hosted and narrated by Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy).

(Saturday, November 11th at 6:10pm, Screen 6)

For all interview, feature, review requests and more information on the upcoming NYIIFVF, please contact Briege Mc Garrity at 917 783 4042 or via email at or Nicole Holland at or by telephone at 702-361-1430. Media credentials can be obtained by faxing a request to 702-361-6309 on company letterhead no later than November 1, 2006. A Press Credential form and complete film program is available online in the press room section of

Post-screening parties will be organized by dynamic party-planning company, Rula PR and will be held each night at various upscale lounges and clubs from 10pm-1am. All after-parties will have a strict dress code and are 21 and over.

Crobar is an award-winning space located in West Chelsea (530 W28th St (Between 10th & 11th Aves). City Cinemas Village East is located at 189 E12th and 2nd Ave). Movie tickets are priced at $12 and can be purchased in advance at or at the Box Office from November 10th onwards.

ABOUT NYIIFVF: The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival was founded in 1993 by entertainment impresario Stuart Alson and is recognized as the largest competitive independent film event in the world. Passionate about exposing the films and documentaries of emerging filmmakers from all over the globe, NYIIFVF is a unique platform for emerging and established filmmakers to network and screen their work. in the hope of getting exposure and a distribution deal. Past festivals have included the work of Calista Flockhart, Cameron Diaz, Eva Herzigova, Guy Pearce, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Rod Steiger, Sean Lennon, Tippi Hedren, Willem Dafoe and Vin Diesel. Indie guru Abel Ferrara famously quoted in MovieMaker, “This festival is the real deal: Everybody else just talks about doing it, these guys just do it!”