Author Archives: dannyashkenasi

About dannyashkenasi

I'm a composer with over 30 years experience creating music theater. I'm also an actor, writer, director, producer, teacher and general enthusiast for the arts.

Up the Hudson to Albany and NYSIFF

“The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre” wins Best Horror at the New York State International Film Festival Yes, my musical Poe adaptation was awarded Best Horror at the New York State International Film Festival, and I will report … Continue reading

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DINOSAUR SAFARI

August 11 I shared a wealth of photos from our trip to the Bronx Zoo. What I left out then was the Dinosaur Safari, part of the zoo experience, but a little different, for obvious reasons. It’s silly scientific fun, … Continue reading

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13HORROR.COM reviews P&P

from Andrew Hannon <editor@13horror.com> Hi Danny,   Thanks again for submitting The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre to the 13Horror.com Film Contest.    It’s an extremely accomplished short. You have some very nicely worked camera movements (most notably … Continue reading

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SHORT FILM AWARDS nominations for P&P

The 8th Annual Short Film Awards (AKA The Sofie Awards) nominated “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre” for Best Actor and Best Styling Enjoy all the SOFIE Award nominated short films, in person… ​ November 15 – 17, … Continue reading

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NYTVFF Awards BEST MUSIC SCORE to P&P

“The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre” receives the award for “Best Music Score” from New York True Venture Film Festival The day after the screening of my musical short film Edgar Allan Poe classic short story adaptation (how … Continue reading

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AFRAID. ONLINE FILM AWARD for P&P

Update (9/9/22): Afraid. Online film awards gives “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre” the award for Best Horror Film (over 25 minutes). Click here for full awards listing Previously posted: Afraid. Online film award is streaming “The Pit … Continue reading

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P&P’s INDEPENDENT HORROR MOVIE AWARD

“The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre” won a Best Actor Award and was nominated for Editing, Special Effects and Music by the Independent Horror Movie Awards

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P&P Screening in NEW YORK this Friday

“The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre” will screen this Friday at 6:15pm as part of the New York True Venture Film Festival You have another chance to see my second singing horror short screen in NYC. The New … Continue reading

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BEST HORROR MUSICAL IN CYPRUS

3 AWARDS for THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM – a musicabre from THE CYPRUS HORROR SOCIETY The Cyprus Horror Society will screen an award-winning selection of short films this Saturday, including yours truly’s “The Pit and the Pendulum – a … Continue reading

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Watch OPERA KIDS on September 5 and beyond

“Opera Kids” is a documentary about the Creating Original Opera program that I had taught and also helped develop starting in 1990. I write about the film, directed by Max Sturm, who first experienced the program as a participating 5th … Continue reading

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P&P for FREE on FRIDAY!

FOTOFILM INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL IS SCREENING “THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM – A MUSICABRE” ONLINE FOR FREE ALL DAY FRIDAY AUGUST 26 “THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM – A MUSICABRE” is also nominated for BEST HORROR SHORT The 3rd … Continue reading

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The FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE at INDIE GATHERING, CHAIN NYC and NYACK

Over the course of five days this past week “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre” screened in film festivals in Cleveland, New York City and Nyack. This blog post is about all three. I was in New York … Continue reading

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P&P WEDNESDAY in KOLKATA and NYACK

Last Friday and Saturday “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre” screened in festivals in Cleveland and New York City respectively (more on that in a-soon-to-be-posted blog piece), but Wednesday just said “hold my beer”, because on Wednesday, August … Continue reading

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BRONX ZOO

Ed and I took a day trip to the Bronx Zoo. Never been before, or at least not been since childhood, many decades ago. It is over an hour’s ride by subway from our place in Brooklyn, but well worth … Continue reading

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P&P at CHAIN NYC FILM FESTIVAL

The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre will screen August 13, 1:30pm as part of the Chain NYC Film Festival “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre“, my second musical short film adaptation of a classic Edgar Allan … Continue reading

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P&P’s WORLD PREMIERE FILM AWARDS

WORLD PREMIERE FILM AWARDS GIVES FOUR AWARDS TO THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM – A MUSICABRE BEST MUSICAL BEST DRAMA BEST EXPERIMENTAL BEST COSTUMING

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