We curate our pilots to only showcase the best. Our creators use their independent spirit and resourcefulness to tell ground breaking stories on small budgets. Every screening is followed by a Q+A with the creators. Stay tuned to find out what screenings will be featured in 2018.

2017 INdependent pilots


Death Lives

Screening: Saturday, September 9th - 11:30 AM


After quitting as the Grim Reaper, Death dives into life head-first with dating, intramural soccer leagues, ball-room dancing classes, calligraphy...you name it. While leaning on his mom and brother (Mother Nature & Cupid), his bumbling grim reaper replacement Garrett, and even his spoken-for love interest Laura, his strained relationship with his father (God) sours. When he finally confronts the old man, a verbal spat turns physical, leaving all of humanity to face the aftermath.

Creators: Erick Hellwig, Chris Aurilio

Director: Chris Aurillio

Producers: Erick Hellwig, Chris Aurilio, Elizabeth Galalis, Emmanuel Vozos, Anik Sood

Writer: Erick Hellwig, Chris Aurilio

Cast: Erick Hellwig, David Carl, Elizabeth Galalis, Justin Brown, Victoria Vance, Will Nunziata. 

More cast available on IMDB.


Screening: Thursday, September 7th - 7:00 PM


Written and shot on the North Fork of Long Island, Greenport is inspired by personal chronicles and is a story about a struggling Hollywood filmmaker who is determined to show the world that an autistic kid can do anything. This heartfelt comedy explores a common life conundrum: ambition, family and how to balance it all. Starring Rob Hancock  and Dimitri Spiridakis, a teen with Autism, as “Danny”.

Creators: Shannon Goldman, Tony Spiridakis

Director: Shannon Goldman

Producers: Jim Thompson, Paul Michael Henry, Shannon Goldman, Tony Spiridakis

Writer: Tony Spiridakis

Cast: Rob Hancock, Jennifer Bassey, Dimitri Spiridakis, Geoffrey Owens, Michael Nouri

More info here

Shoot Me Nicely

Screening: Friday, September 8th - 7:00 PM


"Shoot Me Nicely” explores the New York City art and fashion world through the eyes of photographer Sean Wheeler. After losing his cushy magazine job, and his superstar status, Sean is forced to take odd jobs to pay the bills and his rent. Recently, his agent Layla, has been working overtime selling Sean’s paparazzi pics as she attempts to get him back into the spotlight of the fashion world.

Director: Elias Plagianos

Producers: Craig Blair, Elias Plagianos, Debra Markowitz, Brent Montgomery

Writer: Elias Plagianos

Cast: John Behlmann, Linda Hamilton, William Sadler, Jackie Martling, Josh Burrow, Tasie Lawrence, Lukas Hassel, Fiona Hardingam, Joe Holt

Up North

Screening: Saturday, September 9th - 2:00 PM


In the New York prison system, it’s just as hard getting out as it is going in. An innocent teenager, an eldery convict, and a vicious street hustler fight their way out of the corrupt prison system and dangerous city streets.

Creator: Emil Pinnock

Directors: Emil Pinnock, Damaine Radcliff

Producers: Emil Pinnock, Louis Arriola; Damaine Radcliff (Co-EP) Ian Robertson

Writers: Emil Pinnock, Ian Robertson

Cast: Emil Pinnock, Eugene Clark, Ian Duff, Damaine Radcliff, Gabriel Ellis

Special Screening


From the Ashes

Screening: Saturday, September 9th - 5:00 PM


From National Geographic Documentary Films, From the Ashescaptures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. The film invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.

Director: Michael Bonfiglio

Producer: Sidney Beaumont

Executive Producers: Jon Kamen, Joe Berlinger, Katherine Oliver, Justin Wilkes

Editor:  Dave Marcus

Composer: Mark Orton

More info here