“Assumption of Risk” plays at NYC Winter Film Awards Film Festival



“Assumption of Risk,” the film co-produced by Benjamin Kanes, will be featured at the Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival in NYC on February 28th! The film has received nominations for Best Director and Best Picture.

If you’re in NYC for the weekend, stop by the Blue Diamond Theater 777  come see this fantastic film and support other independent film makers!

Benjamin Kanes Appears in Full Birdman Regalia

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Benjamin Kanes in full Birdman reglalia.

Birdman,  the critically acclaimed film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, has been described by many, including Patton Oswalt, as “transcendent & crucial” in a release met with praise for its acting, directing, and visual effects along with a successful awards season run.

Benjamin Kanes appears in the film as young Michael Keaton‘s, The Birdman. Of the role, Benjamin has said that it was the most challenging acting experience of his life and that he could not be more proud to have worked with such a stellar cast and talented director.

Birdman‘s accolades include: Golden Globe Winner: Michael Keaton – Best Actor; Screen Actors Guild Award Winner: Best Ensemble; Directors Guild Awards: Alejandro G. Iñárritu – Best Director;  Academy Award Winner:Best Picture; Academy Award Winner: Best Director – Alejandro G. Iñárritu; Academy Award Winner: Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki; Film Independent Spirit Award Winner: Best Picture

Congratulations to the entire cast of Birdman and congratulations Benjamin!

Stay Regular Season One Finale! Episode 11: “Scholars Maintain…” on BirchCoffee.com

In the Season 1 Finale, Birch Coffee co-owner Jeremy Lyman sits down with Oliver Kramer, owner of Dos Toros taco and burrito restaurant in NYC. Oliver shares his passion for all things burrito and how a review about Dos Toros in the New York Times changed his life literally overnight and tripled business.

Oliver also shares what scholars maintain about the origin of the burrito and his love for wrapping burritos & rapping about them with freestyle songs such as “Guac It Out” and “Black or Pinto.”

Thanks to all our guests and fantastic friends at Birch Coffee for a successful Season 1! Keep an eye out for the Season 2 Premiere on March 16th!

Stay Regular Episode 10: “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Horizons” on BirchCoffee.com

In episode 10, “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Horizons,” Birch Coffee co-owner Paul Schlader sits down with John O’Connor, owner of Guiding Shift. John shares his transition from massage therapy to life coaching. Throughout John’s career as a massage therapist, he developed a style of active listening which allowed him to determine harmful behavioral patterns that manifested through the body. This allows him to help heal both the mind and body of his clients and use neuro-linguistic programming techniques.

Stay Regular Episode 9: “New Years in Malaysia” on BirchCoffee.com

In Episode 9, “New Year’s in Malaysia,” Birch Coffee co-owner Jeremy Lyman sits down with Marcello Pacheco, architect and electronic music maker. Marcello shares how Birch Coffee’s environment fostered his work and how his success as a musician has taken him on unique adventures around the world, allowing him to places such as Malaysia!

Stay Regular Episode 8: “The Coffee Also Helps” on BirchCoffee.com

In this episode, Birch Coffee co-owner Paul Schlader sits down with Brad Hargreaves, co-founder of the General Assembly and lover of all things black olive. Brad talks about the challenges of being an entrepreneur and maintaining discipline. He talk about his experience co-founding General Assembly, an education based startup aimed at teaching skills relevant to the 21st century such as coding, design, data science, & digital marketing. Brad shares his success at moving GA over to London in the UK and other other major US and international cities.

Hear Brad Hargreaves talk about sharing a name with the drummer from Third Eye Blind, his love for olives, and his entrepreneurial success on Stay Regular! And catch up on the rest of Season 1!

Stay Regular Episode 7: “Chinatown Meatball Subs” on BirchCoffee.com

Catch up with Birch Coffee Owner, Jeremy Lyman and Celebrity Chef & Food Network Personality, Danushka Lysek on Episode 7 of “Stay Regular,” “Chinatown Meatball Sub.” Danushka shares why New York is special and her experiences for cooking for celebrities such as The Rock as well as her time on the Food Network.

See the rest of Season 1 here!

Stay Regular Epsiode 6: “First Throught, Best Thought” on BirchCoffee.com

Catch up with Birch Coffee and SightSense Productions’ Stay Regular! This episode features Ali, owner & founder of The Peoples Improv Theater & SNL writer. Ali shares how he worked for 9 years to achieve his dream of writing for SNL and how he started the PIT 12 years ago. “Improv your life” and catch up on other episodes of Season 1!

Stay Regular Episode 5: “Broadway & Jazz” on BirchCoffee.com

This Episode, Birch Coffee sits down with Scott Sanders, Broadway Producer! Scott Sanders shares how his NYC career started at Radio City Music Hall and his work to collide the cultures of Broadway & jazz. Scott Sanders is best known for his work on the theatrical production of The Color Purple and Evita.

See the rest of Season 1 here!

Assumption of Risk Nominated for 4 Awards at Film Festival Debut

Assumption of Riskco-produced by Benjamin Kanes, has been nominated for 4 awards after its debut at the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival!

The nominations are:

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Best Feature Director : Mark Kochanowicz
Best Screenplay
Best Supporting Actor : Frankie Faison