"The Lilac Papers" Soft title, hard subject

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The Lilac Papers will make its World Premier in the NY International Independent Film & Video Festival this April 29th. The film festival events will run April 22-May 2 at the Village East Cinemas located at 181 Second Ave @ 12th St.

Jeff Goldstein’s newly formed company Joey Vegas Productions has produced his screenplay as its first venture. This tragic but poignant story centers on the mother, wife, sister, and brother of a man dying of cancer. Based partly on true events from the passing of Goldstein’s younger brother in 2001, this story has become a huge source of support for others. “I needed closure”, said Goldstein “as well as shouting to the world how did my mother do it?” This is the second time Goldstein’s mother has buried a son, the first in 1973 from Leukemia, as a single parent. “I always wondered how my mother never turned to drugs or liquor.” Goldstein reports. “This film is meant to pay tribute to Mothers who have lost a child, and to inspire others”. “I’m moved that my son wants to help others in similar situations” says Arlene VanAmburgh.

Jeff Goldstein left his Marketing position at SYSCO Frosted Foods (Albany NY) at the age of 40 to purse his dream of professional acting. Since 1996 when he began his quest, he is now a member of 3 Performing Arts Unions, and recently completed the film “Death by Committee”, where he stars opposite Tovah Feldshuh (“Golda’s Balcony” currently on Broadway).

Two time Emmy winner Stephanie Braxton (Hill Street Blues, The Jeffersons, The Secret Storm) will portray the mother. Jeff Goldstein will play the brother, with Sara Brians (Radio City Rockette, 42nd St.) as the sister and Stefanie Black (Williamstown Theatre Festival) as the wife. Directors are Lertsiri Boonmee and Jeff Goldstein; Editor is Christopher Boldon and Simon Barber of Liverpool, England will compose original music, and performs the title song.

$10 Tickets can be purchased from Ticketweb by calling 1866-468-7619 or log on to the festival web site at http://www.nyfilmvideo.com
Accreditation - Press and industry can get all access festival passes by faxing requests to (212) 387-0873 on your company letterhead (Attn: Jack Campbell).

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