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Opened: 07/13/2012 Limited
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Drazen (JOHN VENTIMIGLIA), Wallace (KEVIN CORRIGAN) and Ken (BABS OLUSANMOKUN) immigrated to America in search of their piece of the American Dream. Drazen and Wallace spend their days engulfed in seedy off-track betting while Ken grudgingly drives a New York cab. Bad luck and desperation bring these men together, and they are forced to fight for their very survival and their most valued prize: the right to stay in America.
Ultimately, PONIES is about the tenuous hold we each have on the American Dream during these dark, uneasy times of war, fear and terrorism...
About the Filmmakers
Nick Sandow (Director/Producer)
Nick Sandow was born and raised in the Bronx. While well known as a character actor in film and television, Sandow has also directed extensively for the New York Stage. Favorite directing credits include the Off-Broadway premieres of Julia Jordan's DARK YELLOW (starring Elias Koteas and Tina Benko), John Belluso's HENRAY FLAMETHROWA (starring Tim Daly), and Anna Traina's RIVERDALE TO RIVERHEAD. He also directed two of Mike Batistick's plays, CHICKEN (starring Michael Imperioli and Sharon Angela) and PONIES (starring John Ventimiglia and Otto Sanchez). PONIES is Nick's first time directing a feature film. His screenplay WANNABES is currently in development. Film, Television acting: THE SITTER, SWIM FAN, RESURRECTING THE CHAMP, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, BLUE BLOODS, THIRD WATCH, among others. He currently resides in Brooklyn.
Ginny Galloway (Producer)
Ginny Galloway has worked in feature films and theater for over 15 years. In 2007, she co-founded Greenbox Films with a vision to develop and produce compelling projects that entertain and inspire, spanning the entertainment spectrum.
In 2009, Galloway made her directorial debut with her award-winning feature documentary, THE MUSIC LESSON, which premiered to a sold out theater at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival as well as at the National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, DC.
The film went on to win the Edith Lando Peace Prize at Vancouver's Real to Reel, the Newport Beach Film Festival Audience Award and the Best North American Documentary at the Women's International Film Festival.
She is currently in pre-production for the next MUSIC LESSON projects set for 2012 in Kerala, India and Oaxaca, Mexico.
Galloway has a busy year on the books for Greenbox. The company is in development on a comedy series inspired by stories from inside the luxury med-spa industry, as well as collaborating with award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger on a feature project based on a real-life tragic story of self-destruction, betrayal and redemption; and in talks with Eden Project, UK to develop programming for the international launch of their global Eden2 project.
Tom Donahue (Producer)
Donahue is an accomplished director and producer and a founding partner of CreativeChaos vmg. He most recently directed the feature documentary, CASTING BY (now in post-production). Donahue's documentary feature GUEST OF CINDY SHERMAN premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews (5 stars -Time Out New York). In association with Sundance Channel, the film (which opened theatrically in March 2009) was selected by the New York Times as recommended watching when it made its premiere on the cable network in May 2009.
Donahue has produced and edited numerous features that have, combined, won over twenty-five awards at such prestigious festivals as Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, SxSW, Venice, San Sebastian and Tribeca. Donahue's credits as producer include MAN PUSH CART (Sundance 2006, Venice 2006, New Directors New Films 2006), HIGHWAY COURTESANS (International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam 2005, Berlinale 2005) and WASHINGTON HEIGHTS (winner of five Best Picture awards, the Audience Award at LAFF, and runner-up for the Jury Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, an Open Palm Award nomination at the Gothams).
Pamela Gwaltney (Executive Producer)
Pamela Gwaltney started her media career in publishing, with The Chronicle of Higher Education, the premier source of news in Academe, in 1976. She was instrumental in developing the display advertising, circulation, and marketing side of the company.
From there, she went on to work with several other business-related publications, including Europe magazine for the European Union, and Governing magazine for Congressional Quarterly, and one daily newspaper, the Oakland Tribune, directing their national advertising and marketing efforts. She also served as the first director of Business Volunteers for the Arts in Washington, DC. Gwaltney is the co-owner of GreenBox and serves as executive producer on all projects in development and production.
Michael Batistick (Writer)
Michael Batistick is the author of three critically acclaimed off Broadway plays -- CHICKEN, PORT AUTHORITY THROW DOWN, and PONIES. He adapted the screenplay for the film version of PONIES himself. CHICKEN is now having it's West End Premiere in London. His television pilot WE COUNTED YOUR KNIVES is currently in development with NBC Universal/USA Network. A graduate of Julliard's writing program, Michael grew up in New Jersey, went to undergrad at Fordham University in the Bronx, and currently lives in Brooklyn. His plays are available through Dramatists Play Service.
About the Cast
John Ventimiglia (Drazen)
John's early stage work was primarily with the Machine Full Theater Company. Since then he's gone on to work in such productions as THE EXONERATED, THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI, Joyce Johnson's DOOR WIDE OPEN, PONIES at Studio Dante and Anthony Nielson's Stitching at the WILD project. His film credits include: ANGELA, GIRLS TOWN, ON THE RUN, MICHEY BLUE EYES, ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE UNDEAD and THE MISSING PERSON. He plays Weinstein in the upcoming FLYPAPER. Of his many television appearances, most notable is as Arthur Bucco on the acclaimed HBO series, THE SOPRANOS. He is proud to appear in two films at this year's festival, PONIES and BANG.
Kevin Corrigan (Wallace)
Kevin Corrigan has had an illustrious career in both the mainstream and indie worlds, playing quirky, unconventional characters in films such as TRUE ROMANCE, LIVING IN OBLIVION, and BUFFALO 66. Corrigan became well-known for his role as the slacker Eddie Finnerty on the sitcom GROUDED FOR LIFE. He has since appeared in Martin Scorsese's best picture winner, THE DEPARTED, the critically acclaimed SUPERBAD, and AMERICAN GANGSTER. Corrigan starred in BIG FAN, nominated for a 2009 Gotham Independent Film Award, and has appeared on tv series COMMUNITY, FRINGE, DAMAGES and LAW AND ORDER: SVU.
Babs Olusanmokun (Ken)
Actor Babs Olusanmokun was born in Nigeria and spent his childhood in France, Brazil, and New York City. Babs has performed in various New York City theatre productions and has guest starred on various television shows including LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, VERONICA MARS, and THE UNIT. He's also seen in LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT and LIFE ON MARS.
Tonye Patano (Cashier)
Tonye Patano garnered multiple nominations and an award for her outstanding performance as series regular Heylia James on Showtime's WEEDS. She is also known for her work in the Academy Award®-nominated feature THE HURRCANE starring Denzel Washington. Her past film credits include: THE SAVAGES, TRAINWRECK, LITTLE MANHATTAN, COMPANY MEN and many others. She recently toured in the multiaward winning production of RUINED, receiving critics circle awards for performance as "Mama Nadi".