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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival was founded in 1993 by entertainment impresario Stuart Alson and showcases independent films in real theatres in New York City and LA.
Passionate about exposing the films and documentaries of emerging filmmakers from all over the globe, NYIIFVF is a unique platform for emerging and established filmmakers to network and screen their work in the hope of getting exposure and a distribution deal.
Past festivals have included the work of Calista Flockhart, Cameron Diaz, Eva Herzigova, Guy Pearce, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Rod Steiger, Sean Lennon, Tippi Hedren, Willem Dafoe and Vin Diesel. Indie guru Abel Ferrara famously quoted in MovieMaker, "This festival is the real deal: Everybody else just talks about doing it, these guys just do it!”



Controversial award winning docu inks distrib deal with pineaple media

"A professional, emotional and thought-provoking documentary that truly deserves recognition"

(Todd Konrad, Independent Film Quarterly)


"Murder in America: The Sarah Cherry Story is the real Law and Order"

(Gerald Wright, Rotten Tomatoes)


"A compelling and well-balanced film"

(Richard Atteih, Pineapple Media)


Sarah Cherry


Another U.S. independent production gets recognized internationally. Former stand up comedian turned film producer Angelo Lazaro in association with Moonlake Films today announced that his crime documentary Murder in America: The Sarah Cherry Story has been acquired by the Crime Channel in Australia and New Zealand through Pineapple Media (Australia). The documentary will be broadcast on FOXTEL'S CI channel on April 17, 2010 at 8:30pm Sydney Time and 10:30pm in New Zealand.


Murder in America, which earned a Best Director Award for Dora Militaru investigates the kidnapping, sexual assault and violent murder of a 12-year-old girl named Sarah Cherry in Maine more than two decades ago. A 31-year-old farmer Dennis Dechaine was charged, convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. In spite of giving statements to the police admitting that he committed the crime, Dechaine has maintained his innocence from the day of his conviction.


The catalyst and controversy for the film stems from the efforts of Dechaine's friends who formed a support group, Trial & Error dedicated to clearing his name and seeking his release from prison. In particular the time of Cherry's death has been a point of contention as well as claims that Dechaine was set up, circumstantial evidence and a lack of DNA testing. Murder in America uses no voices, no actors, and no reenactments, just the people who were and are still involved. Viewers can decide. Is an innocent man sitting in prison or has justice been served?


Executive Producer Lazaro commented, "It is a great coup to be working with such an innovative company like Pineapple Media. I have taken in interest in the Sarah Cherry case since day one and after many private screenings of the film, I am very pleased that the documentary will reach a wider audience." Lazaro continued, "I believe that in a murder case both sides suffer in different ways. I wanted the audience to see that and to take a hard and close look at our justice system. The conviction is not the end it's really just the beginning, when you consider appeals, how convicts can manipulate the system and the agony the families must go through, how 25 to life does not mean LIFE. By people telling their story independently not via a host or lawyer, their words may bring some peace and maybe even closure. Remember, a lot of these people had to remain silent at trial, now they have been given an opportunity to speak."


Richard Atteih of Pineapple Media stated, "We are excited for Angelo and the team at Moonlake Films. When I first discovered Murder, I thought it was a well-produced and compelling documentary and I had a feeling it could get picked up in Australia." Attieh continued, "Angelo and his team used high production values and presented the facts of this historical crime documentary in a balanced way. Murder is very special to us as it's our first sale for an American producer. The sale of Murder in America into Australia shows the strength of independent production, and we are proud to be part of giving it a wider audience. " 



For media inquiries and interviews please contact Briege McGarrity at 917 783 4042 or via email at For additional information about Angelo Lazaro and Moonlake Films, please call 732 690 1205 or visit For inquiries in Australia and New Zealand please contact Richard Attieh +61 (0)2 9627 2337 or via email at



About Moonlake Films: Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Piscataway, NJ the mission at Moonlake films is to create, develop and produce original high-quality material that educates people of all ages about relevant issues and events in America. The dynamic staff at Moonlake brings over 25 years of experience in producing, directing and executive producing documentaries, dramas, comedies commercials and corporate productions.


About Pineapple Media: Pineapple Media is a cross media and a cross platform production company based in Sydney Australia. Pineapple Media's core philosophy is to think, create, inspire.

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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival was founded in 1993. NYIIFVF has been recognized by the film and entertainment industry as one of the leading film events on the independent festival circuit. The festival hosts film, music and art events in the two entertainment capitals of the United States: New York and Los Angeles.

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