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.

NEW YORK FILM AWARDS and more

  “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” wins New York Film Awards, plus more awards from Crown Wood, CARE, Oniros and DIFF and the London Independent Film Awards too     The New York Film Awards announced today that “The … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE HORROR BOWL

  The Horror Bowl Movie Awards, independent horror, thriller and sci-fi movie awards, have given “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” the award for “Best Musical Horror Short”. Yes, I am now the proud recipient of a Horror Bowl!   … Continue reading

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GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM

  The Great American Southwest Adventure Continues!   Driving South from Brice Canyon, we made our way to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, in Northern Arizona just south of the Utah border.     Most people who visit … Continue reading

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Director’s Circle Tell-Tale Screening

  The Director’s Circle Festival Of Shorts, an online film festival, is screening “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” this week. For a small fee, $1.99, you can watch the musical Edgar Allan Poe adaptation, from now through December 7.  … Continue reading

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TOP SHORTS AWARD

  Just woke up to the news that Top Shorts Online Film Festival has given me their First Time Director Award for my short film “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre“. As you can tell from the thumbnail picture Top … Continue reading

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A BUCKETFUL OF SFAAF AWARDS

    5 “Best” and 2 “Honorable Mentions”   The South Film and Arts Academy Festival just announced their November awards.  And they bestowed a whole bucketful on “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre“.   I submitted to the festival … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE TRAILER

It’s here! The trailer for “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre”!     A big thank you to Stolis Hadjicharamboulas, Tell-Tale‘s editor, for putting that together with me. Hope you enjoy it!   Meanwhile, several more festivals have made us … Continue reading

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L’AGE D’OR AWARDS

  The L’Age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival has given “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” three awards in October’s edition of their monthly selections.     “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” is a “Best Actor” award winner, and achieved … Continue reading

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Panaroma View of Grand-Staircase Escalante

  I haven’t completed posting my tour of the Great Parks of the American Southwest.  Just took a little pause.  Coming up next, the Grand Canyon! But first, to re-whet the appetite, a quick panorama faraway view of the Grand … Continue reading

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GOODBYE SPICER

  Well, one long national nightmare is finally over…   It’s been too long.  He should not have been invited onto the show in the first place, because it was likely from the beginning and now has been painfully born … Continue reading

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Tell-Tale Director Award

I received a directing award from the So You Think You Can Act competition. It feels a bit odd typing that, but it’s true; So You Think You Can Act recently added a directing category to their competition, and I … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE MERIT

  Some more good early news for my film “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre“.   The IndieFEST Awards have given it two Awards of Merit:   Award of Merit: Actor: Leading (Danny Ashkenasi as Narrator) Award of Merit: Film … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE BEST ACTOR AWARD

Fun news! I was awarded a Gold Award for Best Actor in a Horror by the Best Actor Awards, a film festival based in Italy that awards acting awards every two months.     I submitted my performance in “The … Continue reading

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An International Smorgasbord of QUEER CINEMA for 2019/2020

  Last weekend I dove into NewFest 2019, New York City’s LGBTQ Film Festival, enjoying 18 screenings over 5 days.  Overall I did well, truly disliking only one of the 15 features and 26 shorts I saw. Here are my … Continue reading

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Some Choice Quotes from “LESS”

  I just finished Andrew Sean Greer’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Less”.  It’s a really good read, with lots of writing you just want to quote for the pleasure of it.  So I will.  Here are some choice bits from … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE DELAY

  It was June.  I was looking forward to finishing my short film “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre“, based on my musical adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe story.     I was feeling good.  Post production was coming … Continue reading

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