Independent Film

Compilation of the Latest Work- 2019

Russ Wins ‘Best Villen’ for ‘Bad Frank’ Performance


Russ as ‘Nico’ in ‘Bad Frank’

Russ has just won ‘Best Villan’ award for the movie ‘Bad Frank’ at the ‘Action on Film’ Festival.

The award was accepted on Russ’s behalf by Producer George Stohr as seen below.

Congratulations Russ!

‘An Act of War’ New Review – Screen Nut Magazine


“It is an Oscar-worthy performance that deserves a wealth of world-wide recognition and

Check out the review here!

The Hollywood Outsider Review: “The Projectionist.”


There is a new, in-depth review of “The Projectionist” out today via “The Hollywood Outsider.”

“As the tortured lead, Russ Russo injects Jacob with just enough emotion to enable us to relate, even as things begin to spiral out of control. He is the absolute heart and soul of the film, and his performance thankfully lives up to the task. This is not acting on the level of exaggeration, this is a carefully restrained portrait of a man whose fragile mind has no concept of its own fractured state. The reels of film nor the pinch of the needle are enough to free Jacob from his personal hell, though try he does. Russo’s performance reminds one of a more low-key PTSD suffering Travis Bickle.”
– Aaron Peterson of The Hollywood Outsider

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“The Projectionist” featured on IndieWire


Fantastic article out today on Indiewire “Is Kickstarter the future of DIY film distribution?”

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“The Projectionist” DVD: Special Edition Limited Release, Jan 31st 2014


Evince Productions & Create Entertainment are thrilled to announce the launch of our 45 day online limited release of The Projectionist. Beginning this Friday JANUARY 31, 2014, you’ll finally have the chance to own a Special Edition Limited Release DVD, Blu-Ray, or digital download of the film.
Visit on Friday January 31st, 2014 to place your order.

Until then, please stay tuned for more updates prior to the launch via:
The Projectionist Facebook Page
Follow @TProjectionsit Twitter

Private Screening of “My Friend Dick”

Last night Russ, Kevin Interdonato and assorted friends attended the first private screening of
“My Friend Dick” a film in which they both appeared in lead roles.

Bored-to-death (literally) Trevor Mills is about to pull the plug on his sad, numb (and impotent) existence when testosterone driven Richard – Dick – Burns enters his life and declares himself as his ‘Drill Sergeant Therapist, Dick’.

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Heat Wave

A Dark Comedy about two friends taking a Cross Country trip to get away from their narcissistic behavior only to find morals chase you wherever you go…

Heat Wave is a Dark Indie Road Comedy written & directed by Russ Russo (The Projectionist, Donner Pass) and to be co-directed the film features an All-Star cast that includes Twilight’s Kiowa Gordon, True Blood’s Natasha Alam, John Carter’s Amanda Clayton, Machete’s Mayra Leal, Broadway’s Olja Hrustic, Twilight’s Bronson Pelletier, Liberator’s Jessica Andres & more.

On August 31st 2012, Heat Wave meet it’s target raising $20,880 of a $20,000 crowd-funding goal !
We are all very grateful to everyone that pledged to make this movie happen. THANK YOU!

Production is slated to begin in January 2013.

Heat Wave is about life in Modern day society, Gen Y friendship, Moral decay, Narcissism and the winding roads, discoveries of self and all the people you meet along the way with a twist.

Visit Official Heatwave Website

The Projectionist

In 2011, Russ completed work on a buzzed about thriller “The Projectionist” opposite True Blood’s Natasha Alam, Cool Running’s Doug E. Doug, Donnie Brasco’s Robert Miano, Twilight Saga’s Kiowa Gordon and The Soprano’s Joseph Gianascoli. Russ plays Jacob Nicks the lead in the film. It is an incredible project into which he poured his heart and soul.

In 2011 Russ gave his most detailed Interview to date for HDSLR film workshops where he discusses the good, the bad and the amusing elements of shooting this film and why it means so much to him.
Read Interview Here

Synopsis: A solider suffering from PTSD attempts to cope with loneliness and paranoia fueled by an eight-month ordeal as a prisoner of war in this psychological thriller.

Visit The Projectionist Website