Powerhouse Female Director, Arlene Bogna’s Indie Film Receiving Worldwide Recognition Is An Official Selection At Columbia Gorge Int’l Film Festival, August 2015


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Powerhouse Female Director, Arlene Bogna’s indie film The Ballad of
Snake Oil Sam continues its journey to cinema screens in the Pacific
Northwest at the 8th Annual Columbia Gorge International Film Festival
in Washington State this August 2015. Columbia Gorge was started by
Angaelica- a non-profit organization rooted in the arts and ecology.
They connect artists and collaborators to help bring exposure to
unique and extraordinary projects, and enhance the power of
storytelling. Arlene Bogna is a Powerful Female Voice in independent
filmmaking today and gaining well deserved attention in the movie
industry and film director communities. She is part of the “Support
Women Filmmakers” movement and is in the Alliance of Women Directors,
the only non-profit organization solely dedicated to education,
support and advocacy for women directors in the entertainment
industry. (Free-Pr-Online.com)

Arlene’s production company, Vista Point Pictures in association with
Jowharah Films is honored to have The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam as an
Official Selection at film festivals worldwide, and in 2015 is
selected to be in Cinewomen Cahiers. The U.S. Premiere of this Arlene
Bogna Film began May 31st, 2014 at Dances With Films Festival in the
Chinese Theater, Hollywood, California. The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam
made its debut screening on May 16th, 2014 to an enthusiastic
reception at the Cannes Film Festival, Short Film Corner in Cannes,
France. The filmmakers experience in France, provided them with a
coveted filmmakers’ accreditation to the Cannes Film Festival; they
were able to network at the Marché du Film, as well as the
International Village with global financiers and distributors.
Arlene’s short film was official selection at FILMETS Badalona
Festival and Madrid International Film Festival, Spain, during the
Fall Season 2014.

The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam captivates an audience of young and old
alike, transporting you into the Wild Wild West with the inspiring
mystical story of a desert traveler, inventor, alchemist and magical
elixir salesman in pursuit of redemption. Emerging Filmmaker and
Director, Arlene Bogna, had a unique vision for her undeniably daring,
artistic and harmonious cast of actors to portray many emotional
states of mind without words and to explore the meaning of trust,
divine inspiration and the belief of redemption, relying solely on
subtext and visuals. The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam pays tribute to
Sergio Leone’s “Spaghetti Western” genre through the film’s
moments-in-between-moments with the actors and frontier
cinematography. The film, shot entirely on location outside of Joshua
Tree, California, also is an ode to famous director, Michelangelo
Antonioni, with its remote scenery of the desert wilderness reflecting
Snake Oil Sam’s inner struggles. The director Bogna says, “Our
film crew went on a desert camping adventure, braving all the elements
together as a strong tribe, in order to make it all happen!” It
features the music of Los Angeles psychedelic rock band, West Indian
Girl, from their latest album Shangri-La. The film’s original score
is by Acclaimed film composer, Vivek Maddala. The Ballad of Snake Oil
Sam stars Zane Byrdy, Gladys Nyoth, Gabriel Voss, Cristina Balmores,
and Eva Zeva.

While soaking up picturesque desert scenery, fantasy characters and
frontier-dream images with a hippy like vibe is a story told mostly
with no dialogue but only distinct emotional events. Truly a work of
art, this Arlene Bogna Film will make your creative imagination soar
and open it up to your own interpretation. The themes in the film keep
you thinking about big life questions of trust; redemption and what
will Snake Oil Sam do next? Hungry for more? The filmmaker purposely
did this to bring in the character of Snake Oil Sam as a cameo in her
next feature western, Amaryllis Bang! Bang! The director envisions her
upcoming film productions to convey sweeping epic vistas, mind-blowing
moments, and colorful dynamic shots. Arlene Bogna is ready to take
this show on the road, and she already is.

“With its cool score, far-out set design, hip style and striking
cinematography, The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam struck our judges as an
upbeat and offbeat wallop of fun. We’re honored to screen it in our
lineup. Best of luck for you continued success!” New Hope Film
Festival Chairman, Doug Whipple. “Dances With Films is thrilled to
present the exciting, exotic, hallucinogenic trip of the Wild Wild
West from the highly creative mind of director/writer, Arlene Bogna
and Producers, Romell Foster-Owens & Anthony Ferranti Jr., to the
Hollywood Industry. An exciting envisioning of a story untold, this
production promises a story that yearns to uncoil.” Dances With
Films Fest Co-Founder, Leslee Scallon

The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam was an official selection and nominated
for 4 Awards at the 2014 Madrid International Film Festival for: Best
Short Film, Best Director of a Short Film, Best Music in Film and Best
Costume. Bogna is planning to get international distribution of this
film, on cable and digitally. View all film updates at
www.TheBalladofSnakeOilSam.com Watch the trailer on Vimeo at

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