The official website of Actor & Digital Filmmaker Jeff Kirkendall
This page contains information and photos from events I've taken part in or attended over the years: movie screenings, premieres, film festivals and more. Also, at the bottom of the page are pictures from film conventions and other events. Click the thumbnails to see the full-sized photos.
A Night of B-Movie Indies at The Madison Theater - November 8th, 2007
On the evening of November 8th, 2007 independent filmmaker Joe Bagnardi and I hosted A Night of B-Movie Indies at Albany's historic Madison Theater. The movies screened were my short comedy OF THEATRE & BIKINIS, and Joe Bagnardi's horror anthology feature THE EDGE OF REALITY. Both Joe and I were very pleased with the turnout and the whole event, and I'd like to thank everybody who attended. It's great to see such support for independent filmmaking in the Upstate New York area. Special thanks go out to Jay Pregent from The Madison Theater for having us. We were also fortunate to receive some nice media coverage prior to the screenings, including articles in The Albany Times Union & The Saint Rose Chronicle newspapers. I'd like to especially thank my friends at The College of Saint Rose, and those at The Saint Rose Chronicle for their support. Also thanks to the websites who posted information about the show. Some festival photos are below. These photos come from video footage of the event filmed by Dan Ross of Best Bytes Media - Thanks Dan.
Independent Filmmaking - A New York State Library Public Program series presentation for December 2007
Thanks go out this month to everyone who attended the presentation filmmaker Bruce G. Hallenbeck and I gave for The New York State Library on December 14th. Our talk was one in the NYS Library Public Programs series for December, and was held in the Carol Huxley Theater (previously known as The Museum Theater) at The Cultural Education Center in Albany, New York at 12:15 pm. We spoke about all aspects of independent filmmaking and also showed movie clips from the independent movies THE TEMPTRESS, VAMPYRE, OF THEATRE & BIKINIS and THE DROWNED. The event was very well attended, and I was happy to see how interested people were in what we had to say on the topic. Thanks for all your support! And special thanks go out to Sheldon Wein from The New York State Library for making the whole event possible.
The New York State Museum 2006 Independent Film Festival - October 28th, 2006
The New York State Museum 2006 Independent Film Festival, held on October 28th, was a 12-hour movie marathon celebrating locally-produced independent films in Upstate New York's Capital Region. In deference to Halloween, there was an emphasis on horror films, however other film
genres were showcased as well. This festival was a follow-up of sorts to The Dead Of Winter Free Film Festival held at the museum in January of 2005. There were short films shown from Jeff Burns, Michael Kazlo II, Karen Kristina Jones & Marco Leavitt, Ryun Montenegro, Katharine Leis and yours truly. Features shown were from Bruce G. Hallenbeck, Joe & Dan Masucci and Joe Bagnardi. There were also world premieres: the feature-length psychological ghost story THE DROWNED from Bruce G. Hallenbeck, and my own short comedy OF THEATRE & BIKINIS. I also premiered the "You Gotta Believe" music video I directed for Upstate New York-based singer Katrina Marie. A panel discussion which included many of the filmmakers was held near the end of the day, and the festival garnered some nice media attention in the form of television coverage from Albany, New York news channel Capital News 9. I'd like to thank everybody who attended The New York State Museum 2006 Independent Film Festival. Your support of independent filmmaking in Upstate New York's Capital Region is greatly appreciated! Here's hoping we can do it again next year. Some photos from the festival are below. Enjoy!
The Blood, Fangs & Claws Halloween Film Fest - October 31st, 2006
The Blood, Fangs & Claws Film Fest took place on October 31st (Halloween) at the Madison Theater in Albany, New York. The festival was a night of b-movie fun organized by Upstate New York independent filmmaker Michael Kazlo II. The festival featured two showings of Mike's vampire-action movie BLOODLUST, along with two showings of my vampire movie THE TEMPTRESS. Mike and I hosted Q&A sessions after the showings of our respective films, and everybody who came out received a free honorary vampire hunter license. Also, several of the actors from the movies were on hand. Thanks go out to everyone who attended the festival. Your support of independent filmmaking in Upstate New York's Capital Region is greatly appreciated! Here's hoping we'll have other cool events like this at The Madison Theater in the very near future. Below are some photos from the festival. Enjoy!
The New York State Museum 2nd Annual Classic Horror Movie Festival with Special Guest Betsy Palmer - November 11th, 2006
The 2nd Annual New York State Museum Classic Horror Movie Festival took place on Saturday, November 11th and featured screenings of four classic horror films. The films shown were THE SHINING (1980), POLTERGEIST (1982), THE LOST BOYS (1987), & FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980). The festival was hosted by Upstate New York independent filmmakers Joe Bagnardi, Bruce G. Hallenbeck and I. This year we were happy to welcome as our special guest Ms. Betsy Palmer of FRIDAY THE 13TH fame. Fans of that seminal 1980's slasher film remember her well as the vengeful Mrs. Pamela Voorhees (Jason's mom), and many others no doubt remember her various roles on stage, television and in films dating back to the 1950's. It was truly a joy to have this amazing woman at the festival and listen to her talk about her involvement with FRIDAY THE 13TH. Betsy was also incredibly gracious to the fans who attended, chatting and posing for pictures after the showing. It was a great event!
The New York State Museum Classic Horror Film Festival - October 29th, 2005
This marathon event, the first of its kind to be held at the New York State Museum, took place on Saturday, October 29th, and featured four landmark, classic horror films. The films shown were HORROR OF DRACULA (1958), CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962), THE HAUNTING (1963) and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968). Myself and fellow Upstate New York independent filmmakers Joe Bagnardi and Bruce & Rosa Hallenbeck were on hand to host the event. We also had a Q&A with audience members and showed several of our own independent movie trailers to kick off the day. I'd like to thank everybody who attended the film festival and also my co-hosts. And finally a special thank-you goes to Pat Whalen at The New York State Museum for putting the whole thing together.
The 2005 Dead Of Winter Free Film Festival - January 22-23 & 29-30, 2005
The 2005 Dead Of Winter Free Film Festival was held on January 22-23 & 29-30 in the theatre at the New York State Museum in Albany, N.Y.
The four-day festival was a celebration of locally-produced horror films in Upstate New York's Capital Region. Each day spotlighted a different filmmaker: The festival kicked off on Saturday the 22nd with the films of Bruce G. Hallenbeck. Sunday, January 23rd featured the films of Joe Bagnardi. My day of films was on Saturday, January 29th; and on Sunday, January 30th the films of Albany's own Brandon Bethmann and Eric Szmyr were shown. Festival highlights included the world premiere of Bruce G. Hallenbeck's long-in-the-works feature LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT on Day 1, and a panel discussion with all the filmmakers which wrapped up the festivities on Day 4. Additionally, the festival generated extensive local media coverage with articles in eight newspapers including The Albany Times Union, The Record, Metroland, The Saratogian and The Schenectady Gazette, among others. Dead Of Winter was also mentioned on several area television and radio stations, as well as on many movie websites. I'd like to thank everybody who attended The 2005 Dead Of Winter Free Film Festival. Your support of independent filmmaking in Upstate New York's Capital Region is greatly appreciated!
Shocktoberfest: A Hometown Horror Film Festival - October 30th & 31st, 2003
This free Halloween event was held on Thursday, October 30th & Friday, October 31st at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y. Co-sponsored by my own Very Scary Productions, the festival featured a talk from Upstate New York independent filmmakers Joe Bagnardi, Bruce G. Hallenbeck and myself. This was followed by screenings of several of our short films and features. Thursday's films included SHADOW TRACKER: VAMPIRE HUNTER and THE EDGE OF REALITY from Joe Bagnardi, Bruce G. Hallenbeck's VAMPYRE, and my own THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER and THE TEMPTRESS. Friday's films included Bruce's vampire documentary FANGS, and BLOOD OF THE WEREWOLF - a joint production between Bruce, Joe and Kevin Lindenmuth of Brimstone Productions. I'd like to thank everybody who attended and everybody who helped promote the festival, including Siobhan Quinn from HVCC and Upstate New York independent filmmaker Jeff Burns.
THE EDGE OF REALITY - The Upstate New York Area Premiere - September 19th, 2003
This sold-out area premiere screening was held on Friday, September 19th at Broadway Joe's Theatre Grille in Saratoga Springs, NY. On behalf of Director Joe Bagnardi and myself, we'd like to thank everybody who attended, and also the good folks at the theatre for having us. The cast and crew and many others stuck around afterwards to celebrate, and we took some great photos. Enjoy!
THE TEMPTRESS - The Upstate New York Area Premiere - January 30th, 2003
This sold-out area premiere screening was held on Thursday, January 30th at The Off-Broadway Theatre & Grille in Saratoga Springs, NY. I'd like to thank everybody who attended, and also the good folks at the theatre for having us. The cast and crew and many others stuck around afterwards to celebrate, and we took some great photos. Enjoy!
The Muckman Monster Movie Festival at The New York State Museum - October 22, 2011
This festival, orgainzed by filmmaker Bruce G. Hallenbeck, Pat Whalen from the museum, and yours truly, featured an afternoon of independent movies directed by monster maestro Brett Piper. These included MUCKMAN and the horror-comedy BITE ME! This day of fun, b-movie cinema was a good time for all who attended!
A Creature Double-Feature at The Madison Theater - April 27th, 2014
The movies on this creature double-feature screening were Michael Kazlo's CRYPTID, and MEATEATERS from Mark Polonia. MEATEATERS, which is now known as JURASSIC PREY, was shown for the first time this day. Thanks go out to all who attended this fun event!
Premiere of PROJECT D: CLASSIFIED and THE HUNT at The Madison Theater - June 27, 2015
The historic Madison Theater in Albany, New York hosted the area premieres of filmmaker Joe Bagnardi's Sci-Fi feature PROJECT D: CLASSIFIED, and my short horror movie THE HUNT which stars scream queen Deana Demko. It was a packed house and many of the actors from both movies attended. In fact, the screening was such a success that a second showing was held there later in the year. Thank you to all who attended to support independent cinema in Upstate New York's Capital Region!
Photos with friends and celebrities at film conventions and other events:
I've found that the independent film world is full of many talented, diverse and eclectic people. And I always enjoy meeting new folks (some of whom even become friends) in my travels to conventions and at other events. These pictures certainly illustrate that diversity. Enjoy!
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