OUR FOREVER FRIENDS
A Love Story
Our Forever Friends had its world premiere with an SRO audience at the Cinematique Theatre in Daytona Beach on January 26, 2013.
It is currently on the national film festival circuit.
“We were extremely pleased to be able to debut our very first feature length documentary in a venue like Cinematique, which is so supportive of high quality independent films,” said director Gary Lester.
“We premiered our Safe Haven documentary a few years ago at the historic Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood, and that was pretty exciting also.
However, Cinematique offered the perfect ambiance for a movie proving that true love lives on four legs.”
(Photo courtesy of Petographique)
Beverly Washburn, television’s first child star, appears in Our Forever Friends.
“Beverly was the guest star on almost all of the classic television shows from the 1950’s and 1960’s,” said Gary Lester. "Of course her iconic movie role was as Lisbeth in Walt Disney's classic film, Old Yeller."
“Not only is Beverly one of America’s most beloved actresses, but she also happens to be a life-long animal lover. She treats her own rescued animals as treasured family members."
" Beverly knows the true meaning of a forever friend.”
Appearing with Beverly Washburn is PBS television celebrity Charlie Carlson, along with his boxer co-host and forever friend from the Weird Florida TV series.
"We have a real crowd-pleaser with this one, " said Lester.
WORLD THEATRICAL PREMIERE: CINEMATIQUE THEATRE DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA: JANUARY, 2013
FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERE: FORT MYERS BEACH FILM FESTIVAL FORT MYERS BEACH, FLORIDA: APRIL, 2013
ACTS OF KINDNESS FILM EVENT: CINEMATIQUE THEATRE DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA: MAY, 2013
Safe Haven Broadcast
Fifth Year On Israeli Television
Blue Heron International Pictures announced that its internationally acclaimed Holocaust documentary Safe Haven: The Warsaw Zoo -- was broadcast again in April, 2013 throughout Israel on the nation's annual Holocaust Remembrance Day.
"This was the fifth consecutive year that NANA Channel 10 has requested permission to broadcast Safe Haven," said Israeli producer Alex Ringer. "It is getting to be a tradition here in Israel."
"The film continues to speak to hearts and minds of both young and old," said award-winning director Gary Lester. "The message is both inspirational and timeless --- Do the right thing, no matter how hard it might be."
Executive producer Richard Lester has also arranged with Marc Gras at Tyrannosaurus Entertainment in Barcelona, Spain to distribute a Spanish version of Safe Haven in Spain, Portugal, and Andorra.
The company also expects to secure television broadcast commitments in Spain as well.
Ryszard Zabinski at his childhood home -- theWarsaw Zoo. (Photo by Piotr Bujnowicz)
Safe Haven screened In New York City in November, 2011, where it was honored with a Best Documentary Award at the GIAA Film Festival held in Manhattan.
Safe Haven has also won numerous awards at film festivals around the world, and is the winner of six Crystal Reel Awards from the Florida Motion Picture & Television Association.
The film has been translated into Hebrew, Russian, and Polish, and will now soon be available in Spanish.
In May, 2012, a five minute excerpt was used as part of the United States government's annual Holocaust Remembrance in Washington, DC.
(Graphic Design by Alex Ringer)
COMING SOON ON DVD
While Blue Heron International Pictures is best known for its animal documentaries, the company is sometimes willing to assist in films about fictional animals who may not quite as lovable as the real ones -- such as the fiendish killer cats in the upcoming Spanish production of Corpse-Grinders 3.
One of the executive producers is none other than the iconic Ted V. Mikels, who owns the franchise.
Executive producer and screen-writer Marc Gras in Barcelona contracted with Blue Heron's award-winning director Gary Lester to film the scenes which occur in the United States.
Legendary Godfather star, Johnny Martino, plays a mobster named Gualtieri in the second unit Florida scenes.
Another veteran Hollywood actor and the film's associate producer, Richard Lester (Silverado), doubles as Gualtieri's bodyguard.
Corpse-Grinders 3 is the latest movie from Tyrannosaurus Entertainment, headquartered in Barcelona Spain.
Astro-Zombies M4: Invaders From Cyberspace -- a thrilling new blockbuster movie from TVM Global Entertainment in association with Blue Heron International Pictures -- is now available to Astro-Zombies fans on DVD.
According to Producer/Director Ted V. Mikels at TVM Global Entertainment, the company has signed an agreement with Alpha New Cinema for North American DVD distribution rights.
"I am absolutely delighted with the deal," said Mikels. "Alpha distributes all of my movies on DVD through a number of outlets, including Oldies.com."
"We expect huge sales from the 250,000 movie fans who receive the Oldies catalogue every couple of months," said associate producer Richard Lester, "and we are still in the early stages of lining up foreign distributors. This movie has definite blockbuster potential."
Ted V. Mikels and Gary Lester filming an Astro-Zombie on location in Las Vegas
"AZM 4 goes around the world and ends up in outer space," said assistant director Gary Lester.
"The visual special effects are also absolutely awesome! Ted's fans will not be disappointed. This movie delivers!"
The film is the fourth in the popular Astro-Zombies franchise, first created back in 1968.
For further information, please visit the official Ted V. Mikels website.
BLUE HERON ARRIVING
IN SPAIN, ANDORRA, AND PORTUGAL
Blue Heron International Pictures recently announced a new distribution deal which will make the company's films available to Spanish-speaking audiences in three European countries.
"We are delighted to be working with Marc Gras at Tyrannosaurus Entertainment in Barcelona, Spain," said executive producer Richard Lester.
"Marc is a very talented filmmaker himself, so we are honored to be associated with him and his company."
Marc Gras in Barcelona, Spain
The new agreement allows for Blue Herons films to be sub-titled in Spanish, and then distributed to the home video market via DVD in Spain, Andorra, and Portugal.
The deal also calls for theatrical releases in movie theatres, along with broadcasts on both pay and free television.
Director Gary Lester's international Holocaust blockbuster, Safe Haven: The Warsaw Zoo, will be the first film to be sub-titled and distributed, followed by the soon-to-be-released animal documentary, Our Forever Friends.
Safe Haven: The Warsaw Zoo is already translated into Polish, Hebrew, and Russian.
Producer Feliks Pastusiak handles all distribution in Poland, and producer Alex Ringer handles all distribution activity in Israel.
In April 2012, Ringer arranged for a Holocaust Remembrance Day broadcast on Israeli television for the fourth consecutive year.
A Hebrew version of the DVD is also available in Israel.