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Preview: Panels for Primates

Panels for Primates

Writers: Stuart Moore, David Petersen, Jason McNamara, Gareth Gaudin, James Vining, Fred Van Lente, Colin Upton, Rich Tommaso, Faith Erin Hicks, Tara Abbamondi, Michael May, Kevin Church, Ben Towle, Mark Shainblum, Toren Atkinson, Roger Stern, Mike Carey, Stan Lee, Jamie Delano, Jeffrey Burandt, Paul Kupperberg, Douglas Rushkoff
Artists: Simon Roy, Rick Geary, David Petersen, Rahsan Ekedal, Gareth Gaudin, James Vining, Colleen Coover, Colin Upton, Rich Tommaso, Faith Erin Hicks, Tara Abbamondi, Max Riffner, Ben Towle, Toren Atkinson, Caleb Hystad, Carla Speed McNeil, Dean Haspiel, Adam Domville, Gideon Kendall, Simon Fraser, Jeff Lemire, Richard Case, Aaron Florian, John Byrne, Molly Crabapple
Letter: Ryan Ferrier, Jeff Leblanc
Price: $9.99
Pages: 81
Rating: 15+

PANELS FOR PRIMATES is a charity anthology of primate-themed comics, prose, and illustration, with contributions from veteran creators and talented newcomers alike, assembled by Troy Wilson. Proceeds from this anthology go to benefit the Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, KY, a nationally respected sanctuary housing more than 50 primates, including 11 chimpanzees. The organization’s work has been featured in the award-winning book Animal Underworld, by investigative journalist Alan Green and the Center for Public Integrity, in the magazine Animals’ Agenda (now Animals and Society Institute), on television and in newspapers nationwide.


Filmmakers & Cast of “The Price” Attending Comic-Con International Film Festival Screening and Panel

Official Press Release

Filmmakers & Cast of “The Price” Attending Comic-Con International Film Festival Screening and Panel

Los Angeles and NYC based filmmakers James St. Vincent & Zeke Pinheiro will be attending Comic-Con to promote the film alongside their cast which includes renowned indie filmmaker, Carlos Gallardo (“el Mariachi”), Solomon Trimble (“Twilight”) and Mali Elfman

SAN DIEGO, CA – Filmmakers James St. Vincent and Zeke Pinheiro will travel from NYC and Los Angeles for the screening of their short film, “The Price,” at the Comic-Con Convention & International Independent Film Festival on July 20-24th.  They will be joined for the screening and panel by established actor and producer, Carlos Gallardo, whose film “el Mariachi” catapulted him and partner Robert Rodriguez into independent film acclaim when they won the Sundance Film Festival in 1993, and Mali Elfman, daughter of legendary composer Danny Elfman.

Set in an abrasive and economically devastated New York City, “The Price” tells the story of two outlaws and the bounty hunter who pursues them. Inspired by Italian Westerns of the 1960s, the film is a mash-up of “A Fistful Of Dollars” and “Mad Max” with a little “Escape From New York” to complete the highly stylized vision of this production.

“The Price” short was produced as both a stand-alone piece as well as a way to create awareness of the feature film version which is slated to begin principal photography Summer 2012 in New York City.  Explains writer and co-director James St. Vincent, “I wanted to make a western. It was that simple. I wanted to make a 1960’s Italian style western with Zapatista overtones a la Sergio Corbucci. And I wanted it to be a complete story from beginning to end rather than just a chapter in the bigger story.”

Official festival selections since Spring 2011 include The Vail Film Festival, CineFest San Antonio, The Long Island Film Festival and The Los Angeles International New Wave Film Festival. Upcoming screenings include The Manhattan Film Festival and The AOF Festival in LA. In September the team will travel to Almeria, Spain as an Official Selection for the Almeria Western Film Festival which takes place amongst the still standing sets from many of the most well known Spaghetti Westerns such as “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly” and “A Fistful of Dollars”.

James, Zeke, Carlos, Mali and producers Michael May & Ashleigh Snead will be available for interviews Wed July 20th through Sunday July 24th to speak about this current film, their plans for the feature film based on this concept and their experiences with Comic-Con as independent filmmakers.

If interested, please contact Dayna Ghiraldi at Big Picture Media to schedule a time at the festival or a phoner before/after.

  “The Price” Starring:

Carlos Gallardo (“el Mariachi”), Solomon Trimble (“Twilight”), Mali Elfman, Michael May and James St. Vincent. Original music and end title song composed by Australian singer songwriters, The Kin

Visit “The Price” Website

Comic-Con Screening & Panel
Thurs July 21 | 11:45AM | Marriot Marquis Hall 1 & 2

Comic-Con Film Festival Schedule


James St. Vincent (Writer, Co-Director & Actor) is a NYC based filmmaker who wrote, co-directed, and starred in “The Price.” He has previously appeared in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and several independent films. Upcoming work includes a lead role in “Cheerleaders Must Die!” with distribution through National Lampoon as well as developing the feature length version of “The Price” and TV series titled “Avondale.”

Zeke Pinheiro (Co-Director & Editor) is a Los Angeles based director. He is currently directing the feature length documentary “Behind The Mask: Lifting the Veil Off of Plastic Surgery” and will then be moving on to directing the slasher film “Cheerleaders Must Die!” 

Carlos Gallardo (Actor) is a Latino actor, producer, screenwriter, director and frequent collaborator with his friend, director Robert Rodriguez. Gallardo’s first taste of fame came with the feature “el Mariachi,” a critically acclaimed film renowned for costing US$7,000 to make. The film won the 1993 Sundance Film Festival and won Gallardo and Independent Spirit Award for best feature.   He has gone on to directing, producing, and acting in films such as “Desperado,” “Bandido,” and “Grindhouse.”

Mali Elfman (Actor) is a writer, actor and producer who recently released her first feature film titled “Do Not Disturb” through Warner Brothers. She is currently producing the claymation “Morton’s Fork,” directed by Jon Mann-Krieger and written by novelist and NBA nominated writer Mark Danielewski and is also producing “Jesus Hates Zombies” directed by Eric Balfour.

Solomon Trimble (Actor) gained an overnight fanbase after landing a role as part of the Wolf Pack in “Twilight” and making the rounds at Comic-Con, MTV, and the film’s press junkets.  Prior to being discovered, he had been in many productions in the Portland area since the age of nine. Solomon recently graduated with a degree in mathematics from Portland State University.

The Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF) for 2011 offers a full schedule of some of the finest in genre films. All screenings and panels for the CCI-IFF will be held in the Marriott Marquis and Marina, right next door to the Convention Center (next to the Hall A end). Included in this year’s schedule is the return of the popular “Comic-Con Film School” panels on all four days, along with an assortment of other film-oriented panel discussions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. A special opening night event, the “CCI-IFF Meet and Greet” party, will be held on Thursday, July 21, in the foyer outside the Festival room at the Marriott. This event is open to the filmmakers, attendees, and interested fans from 8:00 to 9:00.   The CCI-IFF celebrates independent film, with the accent on genre-related entries, including action/adventure, animation, comics-oriented, documentary (related to pop culture topics), horror/suspense, humor, and science fiction/fantasy.  Now in its twelfth year, the CCI-IFF is a juried event. Respected individuals in the fields of film and popular arts view the submissions and decide which films will be included in the festival and those deserving of prizes and awards. The 2011 judges are Michael Gross (“Ghostbusters,” “Ghostbusters 2”), Eric Vespe (“Ain’t it Cool News”) and Kevin Walsh (“Transformers,” “Cowboys & Aliens”).