Angel Light Pictures' THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS to Promote Sustainable Filmmaking in NJ
Antonio Saillant is not only a film producer; he also known as a passionate renaissance man for the environment. He's been focusing on his environmental work, which led to EarthKind Energy.
Antonio Saillant has been collaborating with EarthKind Energy to move forward to expanding sustainable growth in the entertainment business that will be propelled by this next evolution of their business model.
This past Earth Month, grateful for people around the world who're helping preserve our planet and happy to work with many of them through Planet Greenfest and the Green Festival.
Angel Light Pictures announced that their film, 'The Golden Knights', currently in preproduction and scheduled for production in 2017, in Old Tappan, New Jersey will be produced 100% sustainable.
Angel Light Pictures will take on project development and screenwriter Mario Vitellozzi will pen the script. The story is by Antonio Saillant. Steven Bruman will act as the Entertainment Law Attorney. He is also an alumni of Northern Valley Regional HIGH SCHOOL of Old Tappan, and an original team member of the 1979 Golden Knights Football Team. Rene Ross Garza, Filmmaker, entrepreneur and founder of VisionChaser Films will produce.
'The Golden Knights', is a feature film about a young teenager whose goal to become a pro football player is changed by dramatic adversity in his life. Tony Dovolani, [Dancing with the Stars], will play the role of one of the coaches that transforms his life. This film will allow Tony Dovolani the opportunity to show audiences his versatility from the dance floor, in which he conveys creative storytelling into art form, to the big screen, where he will take on a more challenging and dramatic range of emotions in this exciting hard-hitting drama, based on a true story. More casting to be announced in the coming months.
As stated by Antonio Saillant in a interview from the International Policy Digest on September 19, 2014. "Film production and development has been slowed since Northern Valley Regional HIGH SCHOOL was contacted in 2011 with the initial idea for the movie. With this film, it's important to try and keep true to the spirit of the initial idea," said Saillant, who intends to keep the film's New Jersey roots.
Production can be scouted to be filmed anywhere -- New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania -- but to keep true to the story the producers have been fighting to ensure the story about New Jersey remains in the state. Funding for independent films can be a struggle, which often times benefit from state tax credits. Investors have been found to move the film forward; however, investment by the state would help with its development.
Part of the problem for Saillant and other filmmakers is that politics, and in particular, myopic anti-tax groups stepped in and pushed Governor Chris Christie to end tax credits for movie and television production. While The Golden Knights had been in development as far back as 2011, Christie ended the tax and film credits in New Jersey, forcing many filmmakers to look elsewhere for locations. While the move made sense for Governor Christie, as he eyes a presidential run in 2016, the decision dealt a blow for production companies and they soon looked elsewhere for locations. "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," "Boardwalk Empire," and other television shows and films relocated to states that incentivized filming.
Inspired by the cinematic wonder of Canadian director, TED Kotcheff ('First Blood', 'North Dallas Forty', 'Wake in Fright', 'Joshua Then and Now', 'The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz') and former executive producer of NBC's 'Law & Order: SVU', Antonio Saillant worked on high level filmmaker's projects, learning the nuts and bolts of production. He spent several years shadowing his mentor, TED Kotcheff and learning from him, not to mention, learning in a highly popular television drama series, 'Law and Order: Special Victims Unit'. Antonio Saillant gained knowledge and insight into how the industry works at the studio level.