Fred Sayeg’s “The Encore of Tony Duran” Winner of Best Feature Film at The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

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Another win for this Indie favorite! "The Encore of Tony Duran" starring Gene Pietragallo, Cody Kasch, Nikki Ziering, and Elliott Gould received the award for Best Feature Film at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Saturday night October 22, 2011.

"The movie was shot in just nine days." Director Fred A. Sayeg

Director Fred A. Sayeg told the enthusiastic audience how the movie was shot in just nine days. The award was received by Fred A. Sayeg, lead actor Gene Pietragallo (Tony Duran) and Producer/Screenwriter Mitchell Cohen. Mr. Sayeg had just arrived in Santa Fe from Wichita, KS where co-star Elliott Gould received the Ad Astra Lifetime Achievement Award after the film received a heartfelt reception on October 21, 2011.

The Encore of Tony Duran tells the story of a down-and-out singer (Gene Pietragallo) on the day he hits rock bottom. The victim of personal and financial failure, Tony is a broken man. However, just when he thinks life can't get any worse, he finds redemption with the help of his mentor (Gould), his son (Kasch), and his muse (a decidedly dressed down Ziering). Embarking on a human transformation to become the man he aspires to be, Tony works to turn his life around losing nearly 50lbs, and reconciling with his son.

The Encore of Tony Duran recently was awarded The Jury Award for Best Feature Film at the Las Vegas Film Festival. Now receiving the Best Feature Film Award at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is truly an indication how this Indie darling is capturing the hearts of the audience allowing them to see a little of themselves in Tony Duran and feel the redemption and inspiration that resonates with many of us.

The Encore of Tony Duran’s lead actor Gene Pietragallo (Hill Street Blues) is now staging a successful comeback thanks to his outstanding performance and stirring vocals (yes, that’s really Gene singing in the film).

Next up for "The Encore of Tony Duran", Two More Festivals in the next 2 weeks!

The film is set to make it's East Coast Premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival on Sunday October 30, 2011 at 5:00pm at the Theatre: Muvico Pompano and on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm at the Theatre: Cinema Paradiso.

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Three Rivers Film Festival in Pittsburgh, PA, Mid-festival Highlight on November 12, 2011 at 8:45pm at Regent Square Theater,
The Encore of Tony Duran is produced by One More Time Productions, LLC, in associations with Mister Moon Media. A Fred A. Sayeg Film.

The Encore of Tony Duran
January 2011
Genre: Comedy. Drama, Independent
Written by: Mitchell Cohen
Run Time: 1hr: 25min

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