Assumption of Risk wins Best Director at Winter Film Awards

Assumption of Risk, one of 75 films screened at the 2015 Winter Film Awards, received the award for Best Director. Congratulations to Director – Mark Kochanowicz, Executive Producer – Benjamin Kanes, SightSenseproductions, Liberty Bell Films, and the rest of the incredibly talented cast and crew!


Executive Producer – Benjamin Kanes and Actor – Frankie Faison on the set of Assumption of Risk.

Learn more about this standout film on the official website!



“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!

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

Critics praise “Piranha Sharks”


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The reviews are rolling out for “Piranha Sharks,” following its release to Vimeo’s new video-on-demand platform in mid-August. The sci-fi comedy about bio-engineered micro-sized sharks wreaking havoc on New York City was co-produced by SightSense Creative Director Benjamin Kanes and directed by former Asylum director Leigh Scott.

Read what critics have to say!

“A well-made, competently acted and crisply edited film….great acting and back and forth exchange of zippy and hilarious dialogue.”

Ruthless Reviews

“When I said the character development was impressive, that was me being skimpy with the adjectives. It might feel like a slow build, but its worth it – these players aren’t your standard one-dimensional dumb blondes and jackass jocks, we’ve got real depth and genuine emotion…. Some GREAT one liner’s, brilliant conversation and generally genius rapport.”

Horribly Hooched

“They take more time developing their characters than Asylum, especially the characters we have of the exterminators here…. They had enough depth for you to care about them. ”

Mark Krawczyk of The Final Cut

Watch the film on Vimeo on Demand and see what they’re raving about!

Official Selection for the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival


Community Starts at Home,” a short documentary produced for AmeriCorps about their current Rebuilding Together efforts in Philadelphia, was selected to play at the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival as one of their official 2014 selections.

With the help of AmeriCorps volunteers, low-income homeowners see even the smallest improvements as life changing occurrences for their daily lives. Adding a playground to a neighborhood, supplying new appliances, and fixing a leaking roof are all physical fixes. However, the labors of love overflow to open conversations and unite neighbors in otherwise closed off communities. The film dives into the heart of these volunteers and draws on the experiences of the locals in the “City of Brotherly Love.” The economy may have rusted out beneath these residents but their souls have stayed strong.

“Community Starts at Home” is the first in a series following the Rebuilding Together work. Soon to follow will be renovations and volunteer work done in Pittsburgh.

SightSense Productions is proud to be able to put the work of AmeriCorps on display in one of the many cities where their impact is greatly felt. The film was featured during the festival’s “Made in Pennsylvania” section. The fourth annual festival was held in June at the Father Ryan Arts Center’s Baverso Theater.