Comedy ‘Ernesto’s Manifesto’ Due on Disc and Digital From Random Media Jan. 14

The comedy Ernesto’s Manifesto will come out on DVD, Blu-ray, on demand and digital from Random Media Jan. 14.

The film stars Cuban-born American Fernando Hidalgo (“The Fernando Hidalgo Show”), Amy Davidson (“8 Simple Rules”), Adam Huss (“Power”), Lisandra Tena (“The Good Place”), Randy J. Goodwin (“The Rookie”) and newcomer Tabitha Caulfield.

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Written and directed by David M. Matthews, it follows Ernesto, a sweet, simple and gentle man, who is doing the best he can to get by in Los Angeles. A series of bad breaks, however, cause him to lose his job, his girlfriend, and his home. Then, just when all seems hopeless, he finds employment, which leads to housing, an important friendship, and unexpectedly, a new and improved career trajectory.

Matthews and actor-executive producer Hidalgo met through a U.S.-based online advertising outlet, Craigslist, and the production was completely funded by Hidalgo’s Bitcoin profits.

The film was released theatrically Dec. 13.

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Actioner ‘El Coyote’ Due on DVD and Digital Feb. 25 From Random Media

The action-comedy El Coyote will come out on DVD and digital Feb. 25 from Random Media.

The film made $1.3 million at the box office and was screened in 400 theaters across 50 cities in October.

Starring Michael Saquella (Dream Round), Robert Costanzo (Die Hard 2), John Capodice (Speed) and Tom Sizemore (Black Hawk Down), the film follows a father, Stone Spencer (Saquella), who is living in Arizona in the witness protection program for helping the United States government. Stone is a self-made man — and hit man — for the mafia and an undercover killer for the CIA, who has to negotiate a deal with the Mexican cartel because they have captured his son Jax, a federal ice agent. After doing what the cartel requests of him, they renege, and all hell breaks loose. With too many cartel members to handle, he makes a call to New York and a dozen or so Italian mobsters fly from New York to Arizona to take care of business with the cartel.

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El Coyote is a classic showdown between two high profile gangs, the Italian mafia and Mexican cartel,” stated Michael Saquella. “When was the last time you saw, or heard, about the mafia taking on the cartel?”

Thriller ‘Truth’ Due on DVD, VOD and Digital Nov. 12 From Random Media

The psychological thriller Truth will come out on DVD, Digital and VOD Nov. 12 from Random Media, Valhalla and Dual Visions Productions.

It tells the tale of captured army officer Xavier Faraday (Eric Paul Erickson, who also directs) who is offered amnesty if he will detail his time at a notorious internment camp. When Xavier reluctantly agrees, his interrogator peels away the layers of his life, only to reveal he’s not the only one hiding something. The film, also starring Rachel Alig, unfolds with only two actors in a single location, in real time.

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It won Best Director honors at the Marina del Rey Film Festival and the Silver State Film Festival. Additionally, Erickson won Best Actor at the Laughlin International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Actor at Japan’s Bloodstained Film Festival. He also traveled to Russia as a guest of the Arctic Open Film Festival as part of the award-winning slate that featured the film’s inclusion as an Official Selection at stops including the Cardiff International Film Festival, the Silver State Film Festival, and the Worldwide Women’s Film Festival where, among other awards, it picked up Best Feature. Alig took home Best Actress honors at the Laughlin International Film Festival.

LGBTQ Coming-of-Age Drama ‘The Experience’ Due on VOD, EST and DVD Nov. 5 From Random

The LGBTQ coming-of-age drama The Experience will arrive on VOD, EST and DVD Nov. 5 from Random Media.

The film stars Allison Kove (Rotten), Ava Capri (Little Rituals) Shawn Christian (“Days of Our Lives”), Lou Ferrigno Jr. (“S.W.A.T”), Sabina Gadecki (“Entourage”), Brigitte Nielsen (Beverly Hills Cop II) and Gordon Thomson (“Dynasty”).

Set against the unique backdrop of a tough love wilderness program for the wayward children of the elite upper class, The Experience examines the life of Scarlet (Kove), a teenage girl whose ongoing behavior — partying, piercings and suicide attempts — has landed her at the Hills of Heaven wilderness camp, where she begrudgingly hauls a 40-pound backpack in the sweltering heat of an arid, hilly back country. When a mysterious girl named Dillion (Capri) arrives at camp, Scarlet begins to open up and maybe even fall in love. However, just when the girls are making a meaningful connection, they are forced to reconcile their reality in ways they cannot begin to fathom and question the very fabric of their own existence.

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The Experience is a powerful and offbeat coming-of-age story that has every emotion conjured for our teenage lead characters,” said writer-director Katerina Gorshkov in a statement. “We are particularly excited to have powerhouse Brigitte Nielson cast in the film, as her role is not her usual action-thriller villain.”

‘Hamlet in the Golden Vale’ to Bow on DVD, Digital and VOD Oct. 8 From Random Media

Hamlet in the Golden Vale, New York-based theater company Roll the Bones’ film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, will come out on DVD, digital and VOD Oct. 8 from Random Media.

The production follows a team of actors to a 500-year-old castle in Co. Tipperary, Ireland, where — over the course of three weeks — an re-telling of Shakespeare’s greatest work emerges. The film tells a story-within-a-story, blurring the lines between the actors and their characters as eight actors living in close quarters are immersed in the world of Hamlet and the play’s search for meaning.

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In addition to the feature, the team also tackled a 360 virtual reality experience with production support from the National Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling Studio and presented two onsite immersive performances for the surrounding community.

‘Horror Movie: A Low Budget Nightmare’ Coming to DVD and Digital Sept. 10 From Random Media

The docu-film Horror Movie: A Low Budget Nightmare will come out on DVD, on demand and digital Sept. 10 from Random Media.

Directed by Gary Doust, the film is a comic fly-on-the-wall-style documentary that follows a filmmaker’s attempt to live out a childhood dream by making a super-low-budget horror feature, about an aborted fetus that seeks revenge on its family. Tired of playing roles like the diabetes patient or the weird friend on Australian TV, actor/filmmaker Craig Anderson sets his sights on a career upgrade. With his and his brother’s life savings on the line, he manages to sign up Hollywood “scream queen” Dee Wallace (E.T., Cujo) to star in the film, but it is not long before things go wildly off the rails and his dream turns into a nightmare. With the budget spiraling out of control, union issues and even a circumcision to overcome, viewers follow the moviemaking rollercoaster journey from pre-production to the very end.

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Filmed in Australia, Horror Movie: A Low Budget Nightmare aired on ABC TV (Australia) and was listed in The Guardian as one of their top 10 Australian TV programs of the year (2017). The docu-film went on to win Best Feature Film at the 2018 Hollywood Horror Fest and was nominated Best Documentary at the Adelaide Film Festival.

Fantasy Thriller ‘Shadowplay’ Coming to DVD and Digital Aug. 27 From Random Media

The fantasy mystery-thriller Shadowplay will come out on DVD, on demand and digital Aug. 27 from Random Media.

Starring Tony Eusoff, Juria Hartmans, Radhi Khalid and Stephen Rahman Hughes, it follows private eye Anton Shaw (Eusoff), who is hired to find a young woman Lamya (Hartmans) whose disappearance may be linked to a traumatic event in his own childhood. While investigating, his obsession with finding her awakens evil forces from his youth and he must overcome his own demons who have returned to prevent him from unlocking a dormant power to manifest his dreams into reality. As the truth of the case merges with the fiction of a 1980s game book Anton is reading, he’s drawn deeper into the story, unsure if he’s losing touch with the real world. In Anton’s search for answers, a mysterious man seems to either be guiding him, or luring him into a fatal trap but nonetheless is holding the key to Lamya’s disappearance.

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As Anton gets closer to the truth, he finds Lamya’s diary, and discovers it is a magical tome that enables its owner to rewrite their life into whatever they wish it to be. Did Lamya vanish into a realm of her own creation or has Anton inadvertently re-imagined his own life through these pages? With everyone involved either gunning for his life or roping him into deadly situations, Anton is certain that wherever the labyrinthine path leads him, he will find Lamya — if he can stay alive long enough.

Filmed in Kuala Lumpur, Shadowplay is executive produced by Ken Petrie of 27 Ten Productions and directed by Tony Pietra Arjuna.

Drama ‘Tomorrow, Maybe’ to Be Released on DVD, On Demand and Digital Aug. 20 From Random Media

The family drama Tomorrow, Maybe will come out on DVD, on demand and digital Aug. 20 from Random Media.

It stars Robert Blanche (Men of Honor), Bethany Jacobs, Grant Davis (Crimson and Clover) and Brian Sutherland (“Z Nation”).

Directed by Jace Daniel, the film follows Lloyd Hayek (Blanche), a career criminal who has spent the last five years in jail for dealing drugs. Upon release he attempts to reunite with his estranged daughter Iris (Jacobs). While Lloyd was in jail, Iris married an undercover narcotics detective who is dealing with some major issues. Iris’s life is falling apart, and things begin to spin out of control.

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The film had its world premiere at the 20th edition of the independent film festival Dances With Films and won Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor at the Portland Indie Film Festival.

Dramatic Thriller ‘Lamp Light’ Beams to DVD and Digital July 30 From Random Media

The dramatic thriller Lamp Light is coming to DVD, on demand and digital July 30 from Random Media.

The feature is directed by and stars Mason Rey. It also stars Joel P.E. King, Chelsea Christopher and Kelly Frances Hager.

Lamp Light follows Don Goss, a broken man. Upon his chubby shoulders rests a crumbling mountain of dreams and crippling doubt. Unfortunately for Don, these pressures are about to become far more literal. A sudden tunnel collapse while driving leaves Don hopelessly trapped in his car. With the help of another survivor, Don clears out the ruins of his life while evading the suffocating grip of his mountainous tomb.

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Cosplay Fantasy ‘Captain Black’ Due on DVD and Digital July 17 From Random Media

The cosplay fantasy Captain Black will come out on DVD, on demand and digital July 17 from Random Media.

The film follows Mike, a mild-mannered restaurant manager whose life gets turned upside down the night he discovers a mysterious bag left behind by one of his employees. Inside are several comic books, including one about a superhero, Captain Black, that captures his imagination. He is especially taken with Captain Black’s sexy cohort, a beautiful heroine named Kitt Vixen. A Halloween party gives Mike the opportunity to act out his superhero fantasy as he dresses up in a homemade Captain Black costume. Putting on the suit gives Mike confidence and courage. To his delight, he meets up with a costumed Kitt Vixen (Georgia Norman), who seduces him and gives him a night to remember. Before he can even ask her for her name, she disappears into the night. Mike is content to consider the adventure a lovely memory until two months later when he meets up with her again, accidentally. Out of costume, he discovers she’s not the women he thought she was, and this revelation makes him question every aspect of his life.

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Starring and directed by Jeffrey Johnson, the film also stars Linara Washington and Georgia Norman.

The film won Best Director and Best Actress at the 2018 Atlantic City Cinefest, Best Director at the 2018 Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival and at the 2018 Indie Gathering International Film Festival.