How to survive or not in a horror movie (based on cliches)

1.  Stay away from the basement, attic, closet or wherever the weird noise is coming from… You aren’t more brave if you go towards the danger, you are stupid.

2. Shower with your eyes open, cause the moment you close them to wash your hair, the killer will randomly show up in your bathroom.

3. Never ever ask questions, such as hello? Who are you? The killer or supernatural being won’t answer them and you are just wasting precious time

4. Never open your front door and leave it open while you go 1 mile away from it to see who is out there… chances are whoever is will always sneak behind your back into your home.

5. Don’t even bother searching for a knife.. no competition against a chainsaw

6. Never beg a supernatural being to ‘go away and leave you alone’ 99% of the time they don’t give a fuck about what you want and will eventually come back to get you later on or in the sequel

7. Don’t watch a tape that warns you that you will die in seven days if you do

8. Don’t text and drive, or even look at your phone, chances are ghosts or whatever,  will end up randomly appearing on the road, and because you don’t want to ‘run over someone who/that  is already dead’ you try to go around them and end up having a terrible car accident (wait… this totally sounds familiar…. 😉 )

9. Curiosity is never a good trait to have… ever!! How come characters have names such as Grace, Faith, Hope, but never Curiosity?? I just want to name the serial killer Curiosity, so that could be the lame joke throughout the film…’Curiosity  is going to kill you…’

10. Never believe when someone says ‘I am not the killer…’ 99% of the time, they are…

By: Liliana Kligman

Film Production Company Cafe Oscuro Films from Colombian-born movie producer…

From left to right: Starr Jones (Producer) Liliana Kligman (Executive Producer) and Dean C. Jones (Director) on Nevermore's last day of filming in Alamance, NC.

Café Oscuro Films, in collaboration with Atlantic & Pacific Pictures, are pleased to have finished the production phase of their most ambitious project to date, the horror-thriller film titled Nevermore.

Nevermore is a horror-thriller film that takes place in Cedar Rock Falls, a small fictional town in North Carolina where a man (James), his wife (Jennifer) and 7 year-old son (Danny) decide to move temporarily after the death of James’ mother. Soon, the family begins to experience strange and frightening episodes of paranormal activity in the house, as they discover ghostly apparitions of children.

The film is co-written and directed by renowned director and special effects’ artist Dean C. Jones. Winner of two Emmys, Mr.Jones has been actively involved in productions such as “Poltergist” “Poltergist II” “Star Trek,”X-Men First Class” and “Pirates of the Caribbean”, among several others.

Legend of the genre and three-time Golden Globe nominee actor, Lance Henriksen, acts in the film as Father Donovan. Best known for his roles in ‘Alien’ and FOX’s ‘Millenium’, Mr.Henriksen is the perfect complement to a talented cast that includes Jason Cook (Day of our Lives and General Hospital) and Valerie Azlynn (Sullivan & Son and The Big Bang Theory), as well as model and Olympic medalist Lauren Sesselmann and little actor William Pifer in the role of Danny; both making their feature-film acting debut.

Filming of Nevermore took place in the Alamance County in the State of North Carolina for an entire month, giving the opportunity to many local residents to be cast in supporting roles throughout the movie.

Executive Producer for Nevermore, Liliana Kligman (Café Oscuro Films) said:

“Filming Nevermore was one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire career. I had a lifetime dream that started at College, became a great idea a couple of years ago in Bogota, Colombia and then materialized as a production company in the US.  Being able to work on such large and ambitious projects as Nevermore, and then see them become a reality is just phenomenal. Hand in hand with our partners and co-producers, and the entire collaborative team, keeping our focus and working very hard every day, today, we have completed an important stage of a project in which we have put all our expectations on”

After finding and closing a distribution deal in the forthcoming months, Nevermore is expected to come to theaters in the second semester of 2014 for audiences all over to enjoy a world-class independent horror film that will leave viewers wanting more. To follow all that goes with Nevermore from today to its premiere, follow Café Oscuro Films’ and Nevermore’s social networks and visit Café Oscuro Films’ official website:

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http://www.cafeoscurofilms.com

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Young or old, dreams can come true

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life for a typical 6-year-old is sweet and simple, consisting of coloring pictures, playing with toys, going to school and the occasional episode of “Berenstain Bears.”

But William Pifer of Elon is no typical 6-year-old. For the past several months, he has been spending six to eight hours a day on the set of supernatural horror/suspense thriller “Nevermore.”

Rubbing shoulders with stars like movie actor Lance Henriksen (the “Alien” films), soap opera actor Jason Cook (“Days of Our Lives”) and TV actress Valerie Azlynn (“iCarly”), William is showing the world the definition of prodigy.
William’s mother, Allison, heard about the auditions for “Nevermore” from a neighbor. It was William’s first audition, and he nailed it.

“When I went to the audition they loved me,” William innocently boasts. “My neighbor Tammy told my Mommy about it and I said I wanted to do it. When it was my turn, they had me read lines. One part they had me scream like I was on fire. That was fun.”
Without any training, William’s natural talent impressed Dan Kelly, the film’s casting director, and William was given a starring role as Danny Thomas, a 7-year-old boy playing with his imaginary friends who turn out to be not so imaginary.

“Nevermore” is written and directed by Dean C. Jones, an Alamance County native and Hollywood makeup artist. He and his brother, Starr Jones, producer of “Nevermore,” have worked as Hollywood makeup artists for more than 30 years. Their filmography includes movies like “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and the recently released “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” among many others. They are also the creators of the Original Hollywood Horror Show in Snow Camp.

The two brothers are passionate about their local roots — that’s why the majority of “Nevermore” was filmed in Alamance County, including the Graham Soda Shop, Holly Hill Mall in Burlington, and Rich & Thompson funeral home in Graham.

The film centers on the Thomas family, picking up the pieces after the death of Mr. Thomas’ mother. They move to a family estate in the fictional town of Cedar Rock Falls, where William’s character Danny starts to meet his seven supernatural playmates.
Even with such a full filming schedule, William loved his time on set.

“It was the easiest work and I had fun. I had school every day, too. I didn’t like that part, but Mommy said I had to do it.”

William, a student at Altamahaw-Ossipee Elementary School, was tutored for at least three hours every day. His tutor was in constant contact with his teacher back at the elementary school, so William’s transition back into class was seamless.

“Everyone was great to work with.” William’s mother, Allison, said. He found Lance Henriksen to be very laidback and had a special bond with his director.
“Dean Jones was wonderful. William loved him. He said he wanted to do more movies with Dean,” Allison said.

William wants to continue to act, eventually pursuing a career in film. He and his family and are grateful for the experience.
“My husband and I are thrilled and feel very blessed that our son got to have this experience with some amazing people,” Allison said.
Filming ended on March 6. The film is set to be released sometime in 2014.

Elisa Abele is a student at Alamance Community College and an intern in the Accent department. 

Source: http://www.thetimesnews.com/lifestyles/lifestyles-home/young-or-old-dreams-can-come-true-1.118741

Hollywood Reporter: Lance Henriksen Starring in Supernatural Thriller Nevermore

The “Alien” actor joins Jason Cook and Valerie Azlynn in the cast.

Genre icon Lance Henriksen is starring in Nevermore, a supernatural horror thriller written and being directed by Dean C. Jones.

Jason Cook, a mainstay of the soap operas General Hospitaland Days of Our Lives, and Valerie Azlynn, who has appeared on shows like Castle, also are starring in the movie, shooing in Graham, N.C.

The movie centers on a couple who experience paranormal activity involving dead children when they move to an estate in Massachusetts.

Henriksen will play a parish priest whom the couple turn to, but the move is a mistake because the priest already knows all about resurrected children.

Albert Dickerson, Michele Weisler and Starr Jones are producing, while Liliana Kligman is executive producing in association with Café Oscure Films and Atlantic & Pacific Pictures.

Henriksen is perhaps best known for his work in the classic Alien quadrilogy and starring in Fox TV’s Millennium (which garnered him three Golden Globe nominations in the television drama category). He is voicing a character in Disney HD’s Tron: Uprising and has several films in the can, including Needlestick, Caretaker and Champion.

Henriksen is repped by APA and Henriksen Talent Management.

Email: Borys.Kit@thr.com

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/lance-henriksen-starring-supernatural-thriller-424920

Thriller Nevermore currently shooting in Alamance County


ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. – A movie thriller focusing on ghosts and the supernatural is currently being shot in Alamance County.

“Nevermore” is in about its third week of being filmed in Graham after shooting started on February 7. Crews shot a car crash on Elm Street and Marshall in downtown Graham on Sunday.

The film takes place in the fictional town of Cedar Rock Falls, North Carolina. It focuses on a man who decided to move his wife and 7-year-old to the family’s estate home.

The family starts to experience strange paranormal occurrences. The house is haunted by the ghostly apparitions of seven dead children.

Producer Starr Jones said the movie was actually written to depict a town in Alamance County. He said North Carolina has many great resources and shooting locations for a movie.

“We always like being in our hometown and we’ve actually put a production company together to shoot movies here in North Carolina,” he said.

The movie stars former “Days of Our Lives” actor Jason Cook and “Aliens” co-star Lance Henriksen.

Elon native William Pifer said he is having a blast in his first film as Cook’s son.

“He sees ghosts and he’s going around the room playing with them,” he said of his role.

The movie seems to be exciting for Graham residents. It is expected to be released sometime next year.

“I grew up in the Graham area and it’s really interesting that they’re filming a movie here,” said Graham resident Jane Mciver.

Source: http://myfox8.com/2013/02/24/thriller-nevermore-currently-shooting-in-alamance-county/

Horror Film Set At Local Home In Graham

Graham, NC — A film company is using a local community as the setting for a new horror film set to come out soon.

Cafe Oscuro Films LLC and Atlantic & Pacific Pictures LLC announced casting for their new film “Nevermore” in January. The movie is a supernatural, horror, suspense thriller that takes place in the fictional town of Cedar Rock Falls, NC.

Well, Cedar Rock Falls is actually Graham, and the group is using a local man’s home for the house in the movie.


Cafe Oscuro Films LLC and Atlantic & Pacific Pictures LLC

Source: http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/article/269585/327/Horror-Film-Set-At-Local-Home-In-Graham

Cast, crew hope depth, suspense make film successful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VILLAGE OF ALAMANCE — The town is picturesque and the people are friendly enough, but something is wrong inside the house at 4377 N.C. 62 South.

The Thomas family has come home to Cedar Rock Falls and — like a Norman Rockwell painting on a bad acid trip — things are getting truly strange. In the set-up for “Nevermore,” set for a 2014 release, all the children have vanished and left behind some dark secrets.

“Their little boy starts seeing ‘pretend’ friends. It just goes downhill from there,” executive producer Liliana Kligman, of Café Oscuro Films said, grinning.

“Nevermore” aims for the supernatural sweet spot between popcorn-spilling thrills and character-driven suspense. The 50-member cast and crew will continue filming in the house for the next 10 days and in various Alamance County locations through March 6.

The movie stars Lance Henriksen, best known for roles in “Aliens” and the TV series “Millennium,” actress Valerie Azlynn, of “Tropic Thunder,” and Jason Cook of “Days of Our Lives.” Lauren Sesselmann, a member of Canada’s 2012 Olympic Medal-winning women’s soccer team, also plays a key role.

Local actors fill out the remaining cast, said writer and director Dean C. Jones and producer Starr Jones.

The Joneses are Graham natives who founded Snow Camp’s Original Hollywood Horror Show. They’ve spent 30 years in makeup and effects in Hollywood but recently moved toward making their own films.

They wanted to shoot in Alamance County to help the local economy and to prove North Carolina has what it takes to make successful films, they said. Local ties helped secure shooting space inside Holly Hill Mall, Graham Soda Shop and other local businesses.

“It’s kind of amazing to Dean and me,” Starr Jones said. “We came from a small town like this and ended up working in L.A. on big films. It’s good to come back, to pay back the hands up we got.”The setup inside the village home is impressive. It’s currently for sale and was “pristine” when they found it, Starr Jones said.

By Saturday, crews covered all the walls with photos, framed artwork and religious implements. In the basement, they were aging the brick walls with paint and building props and set pieces. A dirt floor will be added next week.

Most of Saturday’s filming was on the ground floor. The crew blocked several dialogue-heavy scenes between Henriksen’s character, “Father Donovan,” and Azlynn’s “Jennifer Thomas.”

Henriksen plays a concerned priest who “gets caught up … and tries to help this family but just ends up making it worse,” he said. The character’s responsibility and depth make for an interesting role, he said.

“To play a priest is a dangerous role for an actor. They spend a lifetime studying for it,” Henriksen said. “I was in a Catholic orphanage at 5 years old … I have appreciation for that level of discipline. It wasn’t too hard to realize that self as a grown man.”

Azlynn plays the wife of a big city district attorney with a haunted past and the mother of a young son — played by William Pifer of Elon — with some troubling new friends. She compared the role to watching someone unravel.

“It’s about realizing that there’s something else other than what you thought possible,” she said.

Dean Jones said his script and vision look up to the stylish, classic films of Alfred Hitchcock, Elia Kazan and Billy Wilder. He hopes the thought and effort behind “Nevermore” will come through for audiences.

“Things aren’t always what they seem. People don’t show you who they really are,” Dean Jones said. “It’s a horror movie, but there’s a lot of dialogue and it’s character-driven. We want to give it depth and make it interesting.”

Source: http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/top-news/cast-crew-hope-depth-suspense-make-film-successful-1.96841

‘Valley Of The Muses’ Sizzle Reel: From the producer’s Perspective

http://vimeo.com/54971375

By Liliana Kligman – Producer of ‘Valley Of The Muses’ Sizzle Reel

Liliana Kligman

Liliana Kligman

The “Valley of the Muses” sizzle reel/demo was thought out as a way to show the kind of high production value we can achieve on limited resources and the essence of what the story is about. The script for this feature lenght film is still in the development stage. The sizzle reel was shot in 5 days with a limited budget in North Carolina. The planning took longer than expected, and production was a bit chaotic, as we were very ambitious on carrying out such a complex demo. It was also a race against time, as we had to get it done before October 31st, in order to  present it at the American Film Market in Los Angeles, where we achieved some interest from agents. Those 5 days were one of the most fantastic experiences I have had in my professional career. Even during some production days we decided to miss out on lunch because we wanted to get some scenes done before we started losing daylight, and everyone was willing to pull through and work. This experience can’t be described in a few words, it was passion at its purest form; the drive, and the adrenaline rush I felt was so much that I only slept about 7 hours in total during those 5 days.

Having the chance to work with such amazing and hard-working people was a truly incredible experience. Mr. Bill Moseley, (check him out in the upcoming LionsGate movie ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’) was a tremendous figure to have in this sizzle reel, and the rest of the actors were also fantastic, including newcomer, Bronze-Olympic medalist at the London 2012 Olympics, Lauren Sesselmann. Yes, pro-soccer players can also act, the industry is not only reserved for ex-NFL and ex-NBA players getting their shot at this industry.

Dean C. Jones is a truly inspiring up-and-coming director and producer (Atlantic & Pacific Pictures), and so is his brother Starr Jones. Together they have one of the biggest haunted house attraction in the USA (for which they created all the make-up effects for), The Original Hollywood Horror Show in Snow Camp, NC. We shot the sizzle reel during the highest time of the year for this attraction, and therefore we had the honor of working with some of the phenomenal actors and actresses from the show, as well as the crew. It was an inspiring experience, as I got to see the amount of support there is when people come together to do something they truly love. Can’t mention all the people that I’m very happy I got to meet and worked with, because then this blog would be about ten pages long, but I’m very grateful to have had the chance to meet them and work closely with them and I wouldn’t have had it any other way! I have never been involved with such respectful, hard-working, lovable, passionate, kind and fascinating people in my life, and Cafe Oscuro Films certainly looks forward to work with all of them again in the very near future. If you haven’t checked out The Original Hollywood Horror Show, you must do so next Halloween! It will scare the socks out of you… it certainly did for me…. I almost even lose a shoe.

Produced By: Liliana Kligman
Directed By: Dean C. Jones
Director of Photography: Jeff Stepp
Camera: Jeff Stepp and Brett Bortle
Editor: Sherwood Jones
Based on the script “Valley of the Muses” by Lucas Torres and David A. Mazzarri

Cast:
Bill Moseley
Lauren Sesselmann
Gil Newsom
Krystal Harlow
Agostina Fusari
Mellianne Norwood
Lawrence Alvis
Lynette Rimmer
Whitney Collazo
David Jernigan

From the American Film Market!

Cafe Oscuro Films will be part of the American Film Market!
From October 31st to November 7th, we’ll be presenting our latest project of a feature film  in development called “Valley of The Muses”

See what this event in the film industry is all about:
From AmericanFilmMarket.com

More Than 10% Increase in Buyers Expected, Including 120 New Buying Companies

Industry Conversations FeaturingDirectors Sacha Gervasi and Victor Levin, “Harry Potter” Franchise Executive Producer Michael Barnathan, Producer Bonnie Curtis, Jonathan Silverman, Pamela Adlon and Many More Also Announced

Santa Monica, CA
10/30/2012

The 2012 American Film Market (AFM®) will kick-off tomorrow with more than 120 new buying companies and a 10% increase in buyers, according to AFM Managing Director Jonathan Wolf.  Additionally, a significant number of high profile projects with top talent attached will also be unveiled for pre-sales at the market.

Wolf commented, “Independents – the industry’s true entrepreneurs – are bringing the world a diverse and exciting array of films for 2013.  The 2,000 plus projects at AFM include films in every genre and budget, all destined for theaters and screens of every size around the world.  AFM is a marketplace for all – there is no gatekeeper.”

AFM will screen 442 motion pictures, including 82 world premieres and 327 market premieres for thousands of film buyers and industry professionals from more than 70 countries over the eight-day event. Films premiering include the works of Annette Bening, Helena Bonham Carter, Chow Yun-Fat, Jennifer Connelly, Roman Coppola, Elle Fanning, James Franco, Christina Hendricks, Dustin Hoffman, Kate Hudson, Julianne Moore, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alexander Skarsgård, Juno Temple, Kristen Wiig and Elijah Wood, among many others. A complete list of films and the screening schedule is available at www.TheFilmCatalogue.com.

The 2012 Market also opens with national organizations exhibiting from Australia, Dominican Republic, Panama, Russia and Thailand making their AFM debut.

The American Film Market’s Industry Conversations program will take place at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel in the AFM Studio. The sessions present intimate, interactive and exclusive conversations spotlighting many of the film industry’s prominent players, giving AFM attendees an opportunity to hear directly from key Hollywood and global players. This year’s speakers include:

Friday, November 2, 2012:

·         BAFTA: A Conversation with Sacha Gervasi  

Director of Hitchcock – starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett JohanssonHosted by John Simon (BAFTA)

Time:        2:30-3:30PM

 

Saturday, November 3, 3012:

·         5 to 7– A Conversation with Bonnie Curtis and Victor Levin

In New York, an aspiring novelist has a cinq-a-sept affair with the beautiful wife of a French diplomat. Cultures, world views, personal ethics and dietary preferences clash as love deepens, with remarkable results. (The Solution Entertainment Group)

Time:        4:00-5:00PM

 

Sunday, November 4, 2012:

·         Conception– A Conversation with Josh Stolberg, Jonathan Silverman and Pamela Adlon

Conception is a clever, romantic comedy that proves it takes more than sex to make a baby. From a couple fighting the odds of fertility to young teenagers losing their virginity, the film follows nine very different couples on the night they conceive, showing that sex can sometimes be more neurotic than erotic. (Double Dutch International)

Time:        2:30-3:30PM

·         Doc Talk: One-on-One with Participant Media’s Courtney Sexton and Filmmaker Eddie Schmidt(This Film is Not Yet Rated, Twist of Faith)

Time:        4:00-5:00PM

 

Monday, November 5, 2012:

·         Working with the U.S. Guilds with SAGIndie/DGA/WGAW

Hosted by Kevin Iwashina, Managing Partner, Preferred Content

Time:        2:30-3:30PM

·         IDA: The Doc Remake…A Conversation with Michael Barnathan and Sue Turley.  Hosted by Matt Holzman (KCRW’s The Business).

Time:        4:00-5:00PM

For the full schedule, please visit www.AmericanFilmMarket.com/industry-conversations.

As previously announced, the AFM Conference Series gives attendees tremendous knowledge, insight, access, and a rare opportunity to hear from the industry’s global thought leaders, prominent filmmakers, financiers and industry executives. The AFM Conference Series consists of a range of timely and valuable topics including a Finance Conference, Pitch Conference, Marketing Conference, Video-on-Demand Conference and Micro-Budget Conference. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Entertainment Partners Financial Solutions will serve as the presenting sponsors.

The scheduled speakers include: Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairman and CEO, Exclusive Media,  Tom Ortenberg, CEO, Open Road Films, Bahman Naraghi, Independent Film Producer and former COO of GK FilmsCassian Elwes, Independent Producer/ Agent, Alison Thompson, Co-President, Focus Features International, Charlotte Mickie, EVP, International Sales, Entertainment One, Bruce Eisen, Vice President, Online Content Development & Strategy,Dish Network, Jason Janego, Co-President, RADiUS-TWC, Todd Green, General Manger, Tribeca Film, Paul Hertzberg, President, CineTel Films, Roger Corman, President, New Horizon Picture Corp., Lloyd Kaufman, President, Troma Entertainment, Jonathan Schwartz, Producer, Super Crispy Entertainment, Nobody Walks, Like Crazy, Douchebag, Liza Foreman, Film Reporter, The Wrap, Tatiana Kelly, Producer, Sunset Stories, The Words, Wristcutters: A Love Story  and Ry Russo-Young, Writer/Director, Nobody Walks, You Won’t Miss Me. For more information about conferences, please visit www.AmericanFilmMarket.com/conferences.

Download the 2012 AFM poster art athttp://www.americanfilmmarket.com/sites/www.americanfilmmarket.com/files/AFM2012_Poster.jpg.

About the AFM

The business of independent motion picture production and distribution reaches its peak every year at the American Film Market, Oct. 31 – Nov. 7, 2012.  The global film industry converges in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making on films in every stage of development and production, as well as screenings, conferences, networking and parties.

With 8,000 industry leaders from more than 70 countries, 700 screenings and the industry’s largest Conference Series, AFM is the pivotal destination for independent filmmakers, directors, distributors, financiers, industry executives, producers, talent, writers, the international media and all those who provide services to the worldwide motion picture industry.

The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance®, the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television industry and the voice and advocate for the Independents worldwide.  Visitwww.AmericanFilmMarket.comand www.IFTA-online.orgfor more information.

About The Film Catalogue
Available in nine languages, The Film Catalogue lists more than 6,000 recent motion pictures and projects, making it the world’s most extensive online resource for producers, distributors and buyers. The Film Catalogue’s advanced search tools allow users to browse or search for films by language, production status, year of completion, budget, director, cast, company, title and genre. Users can also track changes to the catalogue by searching new updates within the past day, week, month or quarter. The site operates year-round and includes market line-ups at AFM, EFM, Filmart and Cannes.

 

Welcome to Cafe Oscuro Films!

Liliana Kligman

Liliana Kligman

Welcome to our company’s website. You may want to go and prepare yourself a dark coffee, because this blog is going to be a long one… just kidding. I will try to keep it short.

Thank you for visiting Cafe Oscuro Films, LLC. I decided to open this company a few months ago with the idea of bringing to life innovative, captivating, and inspiring stories. The name of the company, Cafe Oscuro, or dark coffee, is attributed to my addiction to coffee, and what better way to start off the day and end it than with a nice hot cup of Colombian coffee.

My obsession with cinema started at a very early age. I remember coming home from school when I was about 6 years old, and begging my mom to put on the beta tape we had of “Alice in Wonderland” – the greatest classic of all times. I would watch the movie every single day, not once, but sometimes even three times in a day. I am still trying to analyze what was my mad fascination with the film, but one thing is for sure, it certainly did something for me…made me fall in love with the arts. I did theatre in middle school and high school. I became fascinated with the idea of being able to bring to life stories that start in our minds, to have the freedom to do anything and everything to a character, and the feeling of being able to convey and manipulate the lives, thoughts and feelings of these fictitious players. There is no limit to imagination in the arts, and everything is possible. It frees us from the limitations we have as humans, and that is the most beautiful thing about all of this… anything is possible, anything can be created from nothing, everything can be built, destroyed, and actors playing these roles become the physical presence of our imagination.

After high school graduation, I had my vision set on going to college for visual arts, and ended up getting my degree in Visual and Media Arts with specialization in Television and Video from Emerson College in Boston. I volunteered to do a lot of freelance work throughout the New England area. Then I had the opportunity to do my internship at Lifetime Networks in Los Angeles. After college, I worked as a writer and director for a Hispanic TV show. I was able to get hands on experience in production and work with all aspects behind the scenes, but it wasn’t fulfilling enough. I knew there was still something I needed to do to improve my skills. That’s when I decided to pursue my Masters degree in Television and Film Production…and not much longer after that, here we are.

I want to be able to share the passion I feel for this medium with the world. I want to be able to keep learning, and teaching. The most important goal for us as a production company is to be able to work with newcomers, hard working people who are blessed with unspeakable talent, but who haven’t had the chance to show their skills yet in the business. It is a very difficult industry to break in to. I have learned that the hard way. It’s all about closed circles. That is exactly why Cafe Oscuro Films aims to discover new talent and put them on the big screen, while having the opportunity to also work with A-listers, and with other producers who have worked in big studio films. This is still a learning process for us, and we have been so blessed to have encountered great people throughout our early journey, fascinating people who share our same passion, who are willing to stick with us on this bumpy ride, hand in hand, to help make our dreams come true.

We are currently developing our very first motion picture – a feature length independent film called “Valley of the Muses.” You can read more about it here on our website. It’s a bewitching story, and what better way to begin this business than with some thriller, some suspense, and some horror.

We are hoping to create a new and fresh look to the genre, expose new talent to worldwide audiences, work with talented people from around the world, and take our audiences on the adventure of a lifetime.

“Always aim for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”– W. Clement Stone

“Always aim for a latte, even if you miss, you’ll end up with an espresso” – Cafe Oscuro Films

LILIANA KLIGMAN
Café Oscuro Films – CEO