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RIFF Opening Night Gala: "28 Minute Epic"

World Premiere


Preceded by music video "Only Wanna Party" directed by Brian Kohne


Friday, August 28, 2015

6:30pm-7:45pm: Cocktail Hour, Fazioli Room

8:00pm-10:30pm: Screening + Filmmakers Q&A, Hamilton Stage


Rahway International Film Festival Opening Night Feature Film Presentation & World Premiere: "28 MINUTE EPIC (An Independent R-rated Superhero Action Comedy)" directed by GianCarlo Fernandez.


Ticket price includes a Cocktail Hour with complimentary glass of champagne and hors d'oeuvres at 6:30pm. Cocktail attire is encouraged, but not mandatory. The music video "Only Wanna Party" directed by Brian Kohne will precede the World Premiere at 8pm. Following the feature presentation, there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers of both films & the cast of "28 Minute Epic". 


Afterwards, please join us for the Opening Night Party to end the night at Patria Latin Bistro. Show your ticket to ANY of the weekend's events for entry!


10% of ticket proceeds will be donated to the charity "Integrity House".


"28 MINUTE EPIC (An Independent R-rated Superhero Action Comedy)" 

World Premiere


Feature Narrative  |  Runtime: ~1 hr, 30 mins

Country of Origin: New Jersey, USA

Language: English


Synopsis: Two aimless Jersey boy best friends, are fired from their cushy porn-store jobs, and decide to become superheroes for hire after accidentally saving someone's life. With help from a "professional" crime fighter, they find that being a hero isn't always super. 

(This film is rated R. It contains strong subject matter, language, drug use, & sexual content. Viewer discretion advised.)


Director | Writer | Producer | Actor | Editor: 

GianCarlo Fernandez (in attendance)

Born in Los Angeles, California and raised a stone’s-throw away from New York City, GianCarlo Fernandez’s fervor for filmmaking seems only natural. The New Jersey-based director boasts more than 10 short films and as many professional writing credits. GianCarlo honed his creative energies at Montclair State University, where he studied fine arts with a concentration in filmmaking and film production. GianCarlo and Rocco Petrullo recently started their own production company: Gorilla Ocho Films. This will be GianCarlo's first independent feature film directorial debut, Rocco's first time starring in a feature film and Danny's second feature film.


Writer | Producer | Actor: Rocco Petrullo (in attendance)

Rocco Petrullo was born in Hackensack and raised in Garfield, New Jersey. Never has the thought of being anything other than a filmmaker crossed his mind. While still in high school Rocco began his foray into film production by interning for Megavideo Productions and learned video editing. He took his film ambitions to Montclair State University and quickly earned himself a BFA in filmmaking in just three years in a four year program. After months of coming up with ideas for original movies Rocco and GianCarlo decided to develop an old story titled 8 Minute Epic that GianCarlo had starred in, and Rocco had written and directed in college.  This time around, Rocco and GianCarlo will be switching roles in creating their first feature film together. 28 Minute Epic is Rocco Petrullo’s first feature film.

Composer | Co-Producer | Sound MixerManny David (in attendance)

A New Jersey native, a multitalented musician, composer and sound mixer. This is Manny’s first original feature film score, soundtrack and sound mix. “MUSIC LISTENS TO HIM.”


CinematographerDanny O’Halloran (in attendance)

Danny O'Halloran was born in Baltimore Maryland and attended film school at the famed Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He began his passion for photography in high school while studying black and white film processing and printing at the Pratt Institute in New York City. Danny met GianCarlo and they worked together on several projects and finally realized it was time to go for broke and use the resources and experience they have acquired to produce and shoot this amazing feature film that Gian Carlo and Rocco had penned. This is Danny's second feature film and first feature film with Rocco and GianCarlo.


Also in attendance: Steve Boghossian (actor), Patrick Lithgow (actor), & Ryan Sokoloski (animator).




"ONLY WANNA PARTY" by Barefoot Natives 

Film Festival World Premiere


Music Video Short

Country of Origin: Hawaii, USA

Language: English


Synopsis: Hilarious music short developed from Hawaii’s hit comedy, GET A JOB, the motion picture that featured the islands' top entertainers and musicians including resident superstars Mick Fleetwood, Willie Nelson, and Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers.


Artist: Barefoot Natives - Together, Uncle Willie K and Eric Gilliom are the award-winning Barefoot Natives, stars of Hawaii's first major motion picture comedy, GET A JOB, written/directed by Barefoot Natives Producer Brian Kohne.


Director: Brian Kohne 

Named as a “Person Who Made a Difference” by the Maui News in 2012, Brian is producer of the award-winning music act, the “Barefoot Natives”.  He wrote and directed the award-winning comedy GET A JOB, which screened throughout Hawai’i and in such places as Spain, India, and Cambodia, and won multiple festival awards.   Currently, Kohne is in pre-production for the 70's thriller, KULEANA.

Producer: Stefan Schaefer 

Stefan's films have premiered and won awards at festivals such as Berlin, Hawaii Int’l and SxSW, among many others.  In the past six years he has written, directed and/or produced eight feature films, among them MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU, the Maui-produced GET A JOB, Michael Imperioli’s debut THE HUNGRY GHOSTS, Olaf Johannesson’s THE AMAZING TRUTH ABOUT QUEEN RAQUELA and ARRANGED.  His documentary on poet and environmental activist W.S. Merwin, entitled EVEN THOUGH THE WHOLE WORLD IS BURNING, will be broadcast on PBS in the coming months.

Post-Producer: Raymond Rolak (in attendance)

A veteran sports broadcaster and television content provider, Rolak was one of the producers of GET A JOB.  He is currently in pre-production with the Maui thriller, KULEANA and another mainland 70's action-thriller, A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR.  In 2016, along with Dave Goricki, he is scheduled to start the full featured basketball bio-pic, BACK FROM THE DEAD.  Presenting “Only Wanna Party” at the Rahway International Film Festival is a film festival world premiere.  



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