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Yianni Stamas Announces Tomorrow is the Platinum Pias

Yes, tomorrow is the Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Actors and Artists who are Making a Difference in their Communities and Internationally! The Pias are no cost to attend because they are a community project!

What: the Platinum Pias
Where: DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, near Canal Street
When: Monday, March 20, 6:30pm
Why: to celebrate actors and artists who are making a difference

See you there!

Tickets for the Platinum Pias Awards

artists-platinum-pias-2017The Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists is coming in a matter of weeks on Monday, March 20 at 6:30pm, at DCTV Community Media Center located at 87 Layfayette Street in downtown Manhattan, New York.

This year we have a fascinating group of nominees from the Performing and Fine Arts. Also, there will be food and refreshments!

For those wanting tickets who are subscribed to the NYC Make a Difference newsletter, please follow these instructions:

1. Email us with your name, stating how many tickets you will need.

2. We will return your email with a written confirmation which in turn can be printed out as your tickets.

3. Also, your email address and name will be on the list at the door.

Remember we will be filming this year for the “Thrillumentary” promo, so you might end up briefly on camera.

For more information on the Platinum Pias, please go here.

Thanks. And we hope to see you there.

Yianni Stamas Lets the Cat Out of the Bag Regarding New Movie Funding

As someone who speaks to college classes on occasion, I inevitably get asked about movie funding. Why? Probably because it is becoming increasingly difficult to acquire funds for movies or other creative projects, therefore new approaches are needed.

One of the reasons that it is becoming more difficult to get funding for films is because for small independent motion pictures, unless they are using alternative online distribution, are not as easily getting viable distribution deals. In other words, if an investor invests in a for-profit movie venture, she or he is not usually going to make a profit, let alone get her or his money back.

A possible solution is to go nonprofit rather than for-profit. This means that rather than getting investors for your movie, you are getting donors. But how do you get donors? They key is to have a film that addresses some important public issue therefore there is an interest in getting the word out.

The strategy then is a three part process as seen in this article.



News About Thrillumentary and the Platinum Pias

bw-thrillumentary-reading-cast“Thrillumentary” takes a step forward by having a table read with actors this past Sunday, February 5th.

While doing the reading the voices of the actors were recorded for possible use in a trailer that is slated to be made.

The “Thrillumentary” actors will be at the 2017 Annual Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists. They will be “in character” because footage at the awards will be filmed for the trailer and possibly the web series and movie.

“Thrillumentary” is a theater/web/film project that will be shot almost entirely in Upper Manhattan in the Inwood, Washington Heights and Harlem areas.

Here are more details about the relationship between “Thrillumentary” and the “Platinum Pias” in the press release below which is written from an Upper Manhattan perspective.


artists-platinum-pias-2017The Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists of Upper Manhattan (since 2010) is coming March 20!

Special Upper Manhattan movie is being shot at the awards!

And now for the first time ever there will be some filming for an extreme low budget feature film done at the Pias for a motion picture being shot almost entirely in Inwood/Washington Heights/Harlem! The Platinum Pias and their producer, Lights Camera Read, are involved in the development of a mystery/thriller feature film called “Thrillumentary.” “Thrillumentary” is the story of a media artist who must solve a murder to save his community awards show, hence the alternative title “Thrillumentary: Making a Difference Can Be Murder.”

“Thrillumentary” is being done in part to prove that you can make, market and distribute a feature length motion picture for under 500 dollars with no crew and using your cell phone! The movie will first be a 27 installment web series and then will be strung together, creating the film. If you would like to appear in this “no budget” production as an awards guest, join us for the free Platinum Pias Awards. We are seeking nonunion actors from the Bronx/Inwood/Washington-Heights/Harlem as well as anyone else who is interested in making a difference (which could lead to a nomination for the Platinum Pias Awards).

What are the Platinum Pias Awards?

Lights Camera Read, in association with Empire State College, State University of New York, present – the 8th Annual Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists, 2017. The Platinum Pias is an awards show produced by Inwood Manhattan resident John Yianni Stamas, And although the show is not held in Upper Manhattan, it involves artists from Inwood/Washington Heights/Harlem who see themselves as ambassadors for the area. The Pias, since 2010, have consisted of recognizing creative individuals who are making a difference in their NYC neighborhoods and internationally.

When and where.

The Platinum Pias Community awards Show for Artists will be held on Monday, March 20 at 6:30PM at DCTV Community Media Center at 87 Layfayette Street. There will be food and refreshments and admission is free!

Artists nominated.

The artists nominated this year include…For the “Actor Making a Difference Platinum Pia” – Danny Hicks (“Evil Dead 2”), Upper Manhattan Advocate Lin Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”) and Washington Heights resident Victor Verhaeghe (“Bridge of Spies”). For the “Artist Teacher Making a Difference Platinum Pia” – Alina Bloomgarden (MOTI), Bruce Payne (Baruch “Arts Administration” Program) and Mamedjarra Diop (Sunu Thiossane). For the “Musician Making a Difference Platinum Pia” – Chi-Y (Hip Hop Artist), Justin Giordano (Singer/Songwriter) and Thrillumentary International Band (Movie Soundtrack for “Thrillumentary”). And finally, for the “Pop Icon Making a Difference Platinum Pia” the nominees are Bobby Hart (Monkees Songwriter), Karolyn Grimes (“It’s a Wonderful Life”) and the late Tony D. Fields (Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”).

The judges and presenters.

The Platinum Pias is a video and live presentation. Live awards presenters this year include Richard T. Oliver (two time Grammy Award winning producer and engineer), Inwood Manhattan resident Tina Casula Gross (Broadway Performing Arts Center), Inwood Manhattan resident Ali Baynes (“Thrillumentary”) and Rodger Taylor (WurkNprogress and formerly of the NYPL).

Come join us for the movie shoot and awards show and celebrate Upper Manhattan!


Platinum Pias Nominees are Named

Things have been quite busy here at the Platinum Pias headquarters with the holidays and all, so we didn’t get around to formally announcing yesterday’s latest.

The big news is that the nominees of the 2017 Platinum Pias have been named.

Please check it out if you haven’t already. As you will see there are some new categories and the emphasis is on artists,

We’ve been receiving questions along the lines of “Why just artists?” The answer to this question is that it was a natural evolution of the Pias finding its “voice.” A lot of artists gravitated toward the Platinum Pias Awards shows, so to “go all artists” so to speak, was a natural step.

Platinum Pias Date is Set

platinum-pias-logoBreaking news from the 8th Annual Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists front – the date has been set for the program! It is, Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Downtown Community Television Center at 87 Lafayette Street, New York, NY.

Yes, we are doing a second year at DCTV. The environment is very conducive to neighborhood gatherings and therefore appropriate for the Platinum Pias. The exciting thing about this ceremony is that it will focus on artists who are making a difference in their NYC and international communities.

For example, the much heralded “Thrillumentary” International Band have been nominated with its members collectively making music from their respective countries.

The performance will again be, as it was last year, at the 7th Annual Pias, a combination of video introductions with live readings of the winners.

Tickets will be available to subscribers of the NYC Make a Difference newsletter.