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Heat Wave Digital Release!!!


Heat Wave will be releasing digitally on January 26th at 12.01am EST. We will be announcing the link HERE

About Heat Wave:

Kiowa Gordon (Twilight Saga’s Embry Call, SundanceTV’s The Red Road) stars in this tale of four friends who awaken to find that their reality may not be what they expected in the midst of a 2015 heat wave in LA. Also starring Aaron Jaeger (TV’s Youthful Daze), Wolfgang Weber (The Magician’s Son), Jessica Andres (TV’s The Lizzie Bennet Diaries) & Russ Russo (An Act of War, Ryan Phillippe’s Catch Hell) who also wrote & directed the dark tale inspired by the early 60’s Twilight Zone TV series.

‘The Projectionist’ Lands Worldwide Distribution

From The Projectionist Facebook Page:

After months of fielding multiple distribution offers, followed by a spell of lengthy contract negotiations, we are proud to finally announce that the producers of The Projectionist have reached an agreement with Revolver Entertainment for the acquisition of US distribution rights.

As promised, The Projectionist will be made available on a multitude of prominent streaming platforms by the end of this year, on shelves at Walmart stores across the country, available at thousands of Redbox locations, all in addition to our limited theatrical release that we anticipate taking place in NYC & LA before the end of the year.

Thanks to everyone for your patience and continued support. We certainly could not have done any of this without all of you.

Ryan Phillippes ‘Catch Hell’ Trailer Out Now!

Formerly known as the movie ‘Shreveport’ retitled ‘Catch Hell’ by eONE Film Distributor is the directorial debut & stars Ryan Phillippe . Russ plays Eastern European Movie Director, Tim Remmitt opposite Phillippe & James Dumont (Treme , Dallas Buyers Club)

Russ Wins ‘Best Lead Actor’ Award for ‘The Projectionist’


Russ was recently nominated for Take Two Film Festivals,  ‘Best Lead Actor’ Manny Award for the work he did on ‘The Projectionist and tonight HE WON!!!! The film also won ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Director’ Manny Awards.
This is a very important milestone for such a wonderful and important film.
Congratulations to everyone involved.
To follow is an interview with the guys.

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The Projectionist Campaign Video – 80% Raised!

We are getting so much love and some excellent reviews and press. The campaign is continuing to grow and we thank you all for your support. Thank you.

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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Brave New Hollywood Review: “The Projectionist.”



New review out for “The Projectionsit” via Brave New Hollywood.

“The Projectionist” is a heartbreaking, hard-hitting film that imprints on the soul. The bond between screenplay and photography successfully paint a cold, hopeless world to which the hero must adapt. Within these gray, shadowy confinements the film also showcases a heart and compassion for its subject.”

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“The Projectionist” on Bloomberg Television’s “Taking Stock”

Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) –- Director & Writer Ryan M. Kennedy and Actor Doug E. Doug discuss using Kickstarter to fund film distribution with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television’s “Taking Stock.” (Source: Bloomberg)

“The Projectionist” Writer/Director Ryan M. Kennedy & Lead Supporting Actor Doug E. Doug  appeared on Bloomberg Television today on the show “Taking Stock” with Pimm Fox discussing the story, the cause, and how “The Projectionist” is the first film ever to use Kickstarter as a release platform.

At the time oif writing “The Projectionist” has raised $7000 of it’s $10,000 goal on Kickstarter.

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The Projectionist Campaign Video + Almost 40% Raised! *UPDATED* 100+% Raised!

UPDATED! April 3rd 2014: The Project was fully FUNDED! Thank you to everyone who participated.

The Projectionist Kickstarter Campaign Video from Ryan M. Kennedy on Vimeo.

Please watch the short Exclusive Release campaign video and consider supporting “The Projectionist”  which is currently available on exclusive limited release via Kickstarter.

By pledging today not only will you be helping this film reach a worldwide audience, but you will receive an instant digital download of the movie!

Since the launch of the campaign “The Projectionist” has become one of the 25 MOST POPULAR projects currently on Kickstarter! Unlike the other 24, we are offering something that they aren’t; an instant incentive!

Thanks to everyone who has participated so far we have already raised nearly 40% of our goal but we still need your help!

Visit to contribute and get your copy of the film today!

About “The Projectionist.”

Battling insomnia & undiagnosed PTSD, Jacob Nics (Russ Russo) a war veteran works nights as a projectionist at a decrepit theater. While struggling to adapt to civilian life, he soon finds himself tangled in an inescapable web of seduction, addiction, & violence.

Director: Ryan M. Kennedy – Starring: Russ Russo, Natasha Alam, Kiowa Gordon, Robert Miano & Doug E Doug.

“His empty eyes gaze in anguish at the few people willing to acknowledge him, and his voice has the halting cadences of someone who has forgotten the basic tenets of human interaction. It is a fascinating and devastating feat of acting.”

Russ Russo as Jacob Nics in “The Projectionsit” – Film Threat Magazine Review.

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“A fascinating vision of emotional isolation and physical angst along the seedier edges of New York.”
– Film Threat Magazine