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Addicted To Social Media

Yes, I am absolutely, positively, one thousand percent addicted to social media. I use it as a production tool, as a fast and quick way to connect and communicate with family, friends, and collaborators. It as played a key role in every aspect of my social interactions. Facebook’s messenger keeps me in contact with friends, family and those who I work with. For me, its a free and effective way to get the word out about the projects I am working on, to recruit cast, crew and connect with others who share my passion for the things I like to do.  I spend an average 20+ hours a week, interacting with friends, family and others via facebook, and twitter. More so Facebook than any other.

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Blissful Morning

My mother inspires me, she is my muse. Today is her 65th birthday, and I thank God for giving me such a loving and caring woman to be my mum. Every time I look at the golden rays of a morning sunrise, or the wonderful orange hues of a summer sunset, I am reminded of her, of her undying love, and hope for me.

Her belief in me and my dreams, has given me the confidence to create, explore, to take chances to better myself and to pursue my dreams, and to believe in others. Today I get to see her smiles, hear her laugh, taste her cooking, and share many wonderful birthday moments with her. It is pure bliss. Happy Birthday Mom.

Finding Tony Eulo…

There are moments in life when one is emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically changed. What makes these moments special, especially the positive ones, is that we become anew, reborn in a sense, and we see the world from a new perspective, we view situations and people in a new light, overcome our emotional fears and experience joy and peace within ourselves, and were better able weather life’s storms.

In the past year, I have become “anew” many, many times. As a father, a filmmaker, and a son. I recently reconnected with my father, a man whom I have not seen in 32 years. I was 11 years old when I last seen him, and spent the rest of my life searching for him, for my identity, and my place within the world. I searched for him the people I met and places I found my self in.

In my first year of college I wrote and directed a kens burns style biopic about my search for him entitled “Chasing my fathers shadow.” The film represented my final presentation for a child psychology class at Union County College. It examined the effects of Paternal Absence from a freudian perspective, using my childhood as an example ( you can see it http://vimeo.com/4399647). Later, I adapted it into the short film I never finished called “chasing shadows”, a story about a young boy living on a barrier Island in south Jersey, in search of his father, a war-torn Vietnam vet suffering from PTSD.You can see the dailies here (https://vimeo.com/43255858).

Several years ago, I reconnected with my little sister on facebook for whom I also haven’t seen for 32 years. It was because of her, that I was able to work through the abandonment and bitterness and gathered the courage to friend him on facebook and eventually speak with him on the phone. I had so many questions, ones that a son should know about his father. It was the beginning of my relationship with him.

I know sit, in his living room typing this post. This short time, with him and his wife, has profoundly effected me. I am leaving today, back to NJ more complete, more whole, then anytime in my life. Many of my anxieties, and fears have gone and I feel more confident in my self, in my identity, and comfortable about my self. In finding my fahter, I found my self and now can move forward with my head held high, complete, and confident.

Finding Dad…

There are moments in life when one is emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically changed. What makes these moments special, especially the positive ones, is that we become anew, reborn in a sense, and we see the world from a new perspective, we view situations and people in a new light, overcome our emotional fears and experience joy and peace within ourselves, and were better able weather life’s storms.

In the past year, I have become “anew” many, many times. As a father, a filmmaker, and a son. I recently reconnected with my father, a man whom I have not seen in 32 years. I was 11 years old when I last seen him, and spent the rest of my life searching for him, for my identity, and my place within the world. I searched for him the people I met and places I found my self in.

In my first year of college I wrote and directed a kens burns style biopic about my search for him entitled “Chasing my fathers shadow.” The film represented my final presentation for a child psychology class at Union County College. It examined the effects of Paternal Absence from a freudian perspective, using my childhood as an example ( you can see it http://vimeo.com/4399647). Later, I adapted it into the short film I never finished called “chasing shadows”, a story about a young boy living on a barrier Island in south Jersey, in search of his father, a war-torn Vietnam vet suffering from PTSD.You can see the dailies here (https://vimeo.com/43255858).

Several years ago, I reconnected with my little sister on facebook for whom I also haven’t seen for 32 years. It was because of her, that I was able to work through the abandonment and bitterness and gathered the courage to friend him on facebook and eventually speak with him on the phone. I had so many questions, ones that a son should know about his father. It was the beginning of my relationship with him.

I know sit, in his living room typing this post. This short time, with him and his wife, has profoundly effected me. I am leaving today, back to NJ more complete, more whole, then anytime in my life. Many of my anxieties, and fears have gone and I feel more confident in my self, in my identity, and comfortable about my self. In finding my fahter, I found my self and now can move forward with my head held high, complete, and confident.

Garden State IFC & The Golden Door International Film Festival Collaborate to Connect New Jersey Artist, Actors, and Filmmakers Together….

gsp10_SMALLAs an indie filmmaker living in the greater New Jersey/New York city area I am always looking for an opportunity to work and collaborate with other like minded artist who share my passions. I enjoy surrounding myself with people who are “about the work” and committed to their craft. Filmmaking is a profession that demands the collaboration of people with different skills, backgrounds, and experiences.

My favorite part about collaborating is getting to know the people I work with, listening to their ideas, learning about their passions, and observing them apply their craft . It is synergistic when people work together to bring the written word to life. Everyone playing their a part. and then celebrating the hard work and success afterward.

The hardest part about being an Independent filmmaking is finding people like these who share you commitment, and work ethic. It is a challenge to say the least.

I created the Garden State Indie Film Collective, a member run organization to take on this challenge with a purpose of bringing New Jersey’s based artist, actors, and storytellers together to collaborate on projects, share knowledge with a pay it forward attitude. All working together for the greater good of the people involved and the project they are working on.

I am pleased to announce a collaborative collaboration with the Golden Door International Film Festival (GDIFF) to foster community among filmmakers in the Garden State. The GSIFC and the GDIFF goal is to bring people together to to celebrate New Jersey cinema, screen films, foster relationships and practice the art and craft we all come to love.Black-GDIFFLogo2-1024x491

I proud to announce The Garden State Indie Film Collective will host a meet-up at the festival at the Filmmakers Lounge during the festival. In the collaborative spirit of this new relationship I am reaching out to friends, family, and fellow filmmakers, members and supporters of the Garden State Indie Film Collective to sign up to volunteer at this years Golden Door International Film Festival. This a great opportunity to rub elbows with celebrities, build your network, and screen films.

If your interested in volunteering for the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City​ contact Wendy Warren via email at wawarren1@gmail.com or visit http://goo.gl/FNfSm4 and complete the online volunteer form. Let them know that you were referred by Joseph Eulo and the Garden State IFC..

ACCEPTED Brooklyn CUNY MFA in Cinematography The Next Evolution of Joe 2.0
ACCEPTED Brooklyn CUNY MFA in Cinematography The Next Evolution of Joe 2.0

My Next Evolution as a Storyteller, Filmmaker, Cinematographer…Collaborator

As an artist, its imperative to grow, to collaborate, and to learn. To never become complacent, stagnant, or over confident. I have been very fortunate to meet so many people with difference backgrounds, experiences, and

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talents. I have been inspired, encouraged, and motivated by their passions. As artist we must express ourselves, bare our emotions, listen to feedback and critique, and take our art to the next level. I am both fortunate and honored to have been accepted into the inaugural class in Cinematography at Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College this fall. Its the beginning of my evolution as a storyteller.

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Trafico…Needs your support

I am excited. anxious, and ready to finally bring to life the collaborative efforts of this character driven American crime drama TV/Web series . I come to know and appreciate, that it will require your help and support to get this project off the ground.

Within the next seven days from now. We will be launching two awareness and crowd funding campaigns. THE FRIENDS of TRÁFICO stop the traffic awareness campaign, and the official TRÁFICO SEED&Spark fundraising campaign. The goal of both is to raise the much need funds to produce and complete the first three episodes of tráfico, which begin production in January 2015, create awareness about the project its goal and mission, and to open a dialog with the audience about the topics and themes presented within the series.

THE FRIENDS of TRÁFICO stop the traffic awareness campaign is made up of Ambassadors and supporters. Ambassador’s host screenings of tráfico in their homes, businesses, colleges, and/or places of worship, reach out to their friends, family, colleagues, and communities to get people to talk and find solutions that will lead to the end of the human trade. Ambassadors represent tráfico and share our core values and mission with others. They collect contributions, recruit supporters, and share our passion for telling a character driven dramatic narrative that entertains, engages, and informs audiences about the dark realities of human trafficking.

Supporters, are people like you and me who are willing to donate their time, resources, and money to produce the show. They can become Ambassadors by hosting their own screenings and raising awareness, about the show and our mission. T

trafico is a journey into the dark and invisible side of human traffickingwithin the United States. Its the story of Ricardo Rodriguez, the abandoned son of a sex slave, who goes undercover, as himself,  to infiltrate a very violent and furtive sex trafficking ring to find his mother and exact revenge.

Through Ricardo, the audience is given a provocative and unflinching look into the lives of the women and children who are bought, sold, and forced to serve in the sex trade, the pimps, johns, and criminals responsible, and those dedicated to bringing the trafficking trade to its end.

Wry, powerful, and unpredictable, tráfico boldly reminds us that slavery, indeed, still exists in the United States of America, and anyone can be a victim or be the victimizer. tráfico shines a light into the dark crevices of modern day society in a blatant attempt to shock, disturb, and horrify its audience, uncover the darker side of human nature, and make visible the atrocities of human trafficking.

tráfico dives headlong into the diverse melting pot of a post 9/11 world where women and children are traded, coerced, commodified, bought and sold for sex, exploited, and forced to labor in sweatshops, american homes, and back alley brothels. tráfico scrutinizes these characters who find themselves within a world where no one is who they seem to be and every body has a price.

The overwhelming support by friends, family, fans and cast and crew from around the world has inspired me, and encourage me in my darkest moments of self-doubt, despair, and frustration. I am forever grateful.  For more information about how to be an ambassador for THE FRIENDS of TRÁFICO stop the traffic awareness campaign email us at friends@trafico-series.tv. Thanks.

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