November 1, 2012
The big day has arrived! You can now download Sneakers & Soul directly from the iTunes store. Watch it at home, on the go or on a ridiculous road trip that you've decided to take with your best friend.


October 27, 2012
A hearty chunk of the Sneakers & Soul crew has recently collaborated on a new project that they'd like to share. This one is much shorter but it packs the same charm and wit that we fell in love with during Sneakers & Soul. "A Short Love Story" was written and directed by S&S helmsman Jonathan Zelenak and he was once again joined in the editing room by the other half of No Pants Productions, Marty Buccafusco.

Brighten up the next few minutes of you day by taking a look at this lovely short that was recently featured in the Cape May Film Festival. Enjoy!

A Short Love Story

July 10, 2012
This summer offers a few more chances to see Sneakers & Soul on the silver screen, regardless of which side of the Hudson you prefer. First, the Center for Active Learning is offering a FREE screening of the film on Tuesday, July 17th at 6pm at their Manhattan space on 21st Street. See the film and stick around for a Q&A with the filmmakers following the flick.

Across the river, the Toms River Arts Company is hosting a week's worth of screenings at their Traco Theater in Toms River. You'll have a chance to enjoy the run from August 3rd to August 9th in the cozy confines of this lovely independent theater.'

CfAL & Traco

May 3, 2012
After a very successful festival run and taking home numerous awards, Sneakers & Soul is finally hitting the small screen. On Tuesday, May 15th the film will be available at Prescreen.com for an exclusive, pre-release viewing opportunity. Although the film launches later this year on iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, and various other digital platforms, Prescreen.com gives audiences a chance to discover the magic of Sneakers & Soul before its official release.

For a limited time, S&S is available to pre-rent for only $4 up until, and including, Thursday, May 10th. After that, the price jumps up to $8. Head on over to Prescreen.com - Sneakers & Soul is only a click away.


April 7, 2012
Catch Sneakers & Soul one more time on the big screen at the New York United Film Festival. Join the filmmakers at the Cobble Hill Cinemas in Brooklyn, NY on May 14th for the big night. The lights go down at 7:00pm and you'll have the chance to pick our brains at the Q&A immediately following the screening.

There are plenty of other great flicks on display throughout the week. Check out their schedule and come see some movies!


December 2, 2010
In the midst of the holiday season, Sneakers & Soul receives a wonderful gift - official selection into the Macon Film Festival. This will mark the Georgia Premiere of the film and there should be a tremendous turnout in the heart of Georgia. This will also be our first festival appearance in 2011. The event runs from February 17th to the 20th.

MaGa looks like it'll have plenty to offer in terms of screenings, panels and workshops and we are looking to take full advantage. More info on screening dates and locations to come. See you in Dixie!


November 1, 2010
Sneakers & Soul was awarded Best Feature Film at the Yosemite Film Festival this past weekend. The setting for the film festival was absolutely gorgeous - Yosemite National Park on a beautiful autumn day - and the night ended with S&S taking home the top prize.

Thank you to Easton Stuart and all those affiliated with the festival. We are very proud to represent the YFF and we look forward to returning to your neck of the woods as possible!

YFF Award

October 4, 2010
The Clearwater Film Festival has recognized Sneakers & Soul for numerous achievements at its inaugural event. Mathias Tjønn's original compostion and the S&S soundtrack as a whole were awarded Best Musical Score / Soundtrack. This marks Mathias' second award (after his Silver Medal at the Park City Film Music Festival) for his beautiful work on this film.

Sneakers & Soul was nomited for awards in other categories as well. Nominations included Marie Cecile Anderson for Best Actress, Carson Grant for Best Supporting Actor and the film also recieved a nod for Best Feature. Everyone involved in S&S deserves a big congrats for this. Most importantly, we extend our sincere thanks to the Mark & Ellen Rembis and all the Clearwater Film Festival's staff and judges for their selection of our film and recognition of our hard work.

CWFF Award

October 1, 2010
In the summer of 2008, a small band of independent filmmakers gathered in the beautiful town of Cape May, New Jersey. For two weeks, they began principal photography on Sneakers & Soul. Yesterday, those filmmakers were told that this film would sceen at the Cape May New Jersey State Film Festival!

That's right, we'll be bringing the finished film back to the first town that witnessed it's production. The festival takes place from October 22nd to 24th at the historic hotel, The Chalfonte. Come on down and enjoy Cape May in the offseason. The beach is beautiful, the homes are gorgeous, and the film will bring a smile to your face. Check back soon for the screening time.

Yosemite Film Festival

September 27, 2010
The 2010 Williamsburg International Film Festival awarded Sneakers & Soul and its Director, Jonathan Zelenak with the Best First Feature Award at its inaugural event. The 4-day festival took place in venues throughout Brooklyn, NY and showcased some of the best independent film, video and music productions from around the world.

The Saturday evening screening of Sneakers & Soul saw a tremendous turnout and as advertised, there were plenty of smiles when the lights came up. Thank you so much to WILLiFEST and all its supportors. This was the New York premiere of S&S and we definitely felt the local love. Some festivals just feel right from beginning to end, and the Williamsburg International Film Festival is right there with the best of them!

Yosemite Film Festival

September 23, 2010
Sneakers & Soul makes its return to California - and this time it will be screened amidst the gorgeous settings of Yosemite National Park. The 2010 Yosemite Film Festival has accepted S&S and the screening will take place on Saturday, October 30th at 4:20pm. You can purchase tickets here.

YFF gives special significance to eco-friendly and environmentally-conscious filmmakers, so it's an extraordinary honor to be recognized by this festival. S&S celebrates the beauty of mother nature and humanity's sense of adventure, so Yosemite will be a magnificent setting for this film. If you're in the area or if you've been considering a trip to our nation's most beautiful park, this sounds like a good reason to make the visit.

Yosemite Film Festival

September 9, 2010
The Garden State welcomes Sneakers & Soul back for the Asbury Park Independent Film Festival! On Sunday, September 26th at 2:00pm, the APIFF will screen S&S at The Showroom, a quaint independent theater in the beautiful city of Asbury Park.

If you missed a chance to catch S&S on Jersey Soil, head on over Asbury Park, enjoy a day in the city and catch this wonderful film.

Asbury Park IFF

August 27, 2010
The hits keep on coming and this one is a big one for many of the S&S family. Sneakers & Soul has been selected to screen at the Williamsburg International Film Festival from September 23 - 26. This marks the NYC debut of our film and we are so excited to be screening it in our own backyard. WILLiFEST is a film and music festival, so S&S is a perfect fit.

We expect to see an amazing turnout for this event, so stay tuned for screening and ticket info, as seats may fill up quickly. Like Johnny-boy and Ace, it's taken us a while to get to New York, but joining the WILLiFEST roster is most definitely worth the wait.


August 20, 2010
Our home away from home, the Sunshine State, welcomes Sneakers & Soul back to Bay Area! The 2010 Clearwater Film Festival will host S&S during its event occuring September 29 - October 3. We had the opportunity to meet some of the festival organizers in person when we were in Florida for the Sunscreen Festival, so it's extra special to be selected to screen at this festival.

Clearwater Film Festival

August 15, 2010
The Ricochet Film Festival celebrates its inaugural event with the North Carolina premiere of Sneakers & Soul! On Friday, September 15, Asheville's Carolina Theatre will present the film at 5:00pm. Asheville is a beautiful city and we look forward to adding some gorgeous blue sneakers to the scenery

Ricochet Film Festival

July 11, 2010
The Jersey Shore Film Festival presented Sneakers & Soul with its Best Feature Film Award. We had wonderful turnouts at both of our screenings - even our late night encore after the awards ceremony. Thanks to all those who supported the film and the festival!

Jersey Shore Film Festival

July 1, 2010
The film and our wonderful composer have recieved more good news! The Feel Good Film Festival has selected Sneakers & Soul to participate in its Original Score Competition. We've been so proud of the work of composer Mathias Tjønn and it's that his score is being recognized by festival judges and critics throughout the festival world.

The festival is held at the American Cinematheque in Hollywood from August 13th to 15th. We are especially excited about this acceptance because the Feel Good Festival promotes films that "capture the beauty of our world" and "leave the audience feeling good." What an appropriate match for a film like Sneakers & Soul. Check back for screening times soon!

Feel Good Film Festival

June 21, 2010
The New Jersey International Film Festival has awarded Sneakers & Soul its Director's Choice Award! We are tremendously proud of this honor and of our showing at the NJIFF. The screening saw a wonderful turnout and we had some great conversations afterwards.

Congratulations to Jonathan, the producers, the cast, the musicians and all those who had a hand in making this film a possibility.

NJIFF Director's Choice

June 17, 2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival in Flagstaff, Arizona has officially selected Sneakers & Soul to screen at its inaugural event. This a wonderful treat for us to be a part of a new festival - especially one with the character of charm of the FFF. We highly recommend that you take a tour of their site and enjoy all the work they've put into it. They also posted a nice little article about S&S on their Festicular Blogomatic.

So all of you west coast fans who couldn't make it out to Riverside, here's another chance to see Sneakers & Soul on the festival circuit in Flagstaff. The festivities take place from August 9th to 16th and as always, we'll update the screening page as soon as we have a screening time and location.

Flagstaff Film Festival

June 15, 2010
Tres Crow is a member of Noble Three, one of the spectacular bands highlighting our soundtrack on Sneakers & Soul. He's also an avid reader, writer, and all-around great guy. Recently, he chose to feature S&S in the Movie Spotlight section on his blog, Dog Eat Crow World. There's a quick article and an in-depth interview with S&S Co-Writer, Marty Buccafusco, that you're sure to enjoy.

Head on over to the blog and check out the interview to learn more than you ever thought you could about the stories behind the story. While you're there, click around and check out his other insightful posts - you won't be disappointed.

Dog Eat Crow Interview

June 3, 2010
Big congratulations are in order for Sneakers & Soul composer Mathias Tjønn for being awarded a Silver Medal by the 2010 Park City Film Music Festival. His award comes for Best Impact of Music in a Feature Film.

Everywhere we go, we hear glowing reviews about Mathias' work for Sneakers & Soul. He certainly deserves all of this and if you haven't seen the movie or heard his music, you're missing out. Head over this his website or pickup his latest relase, Interim EP (available on iTunes) and tap your feet to his wonderful diddies.

Park City Film Music Festival

May 30, 2010
Sneakers & Soul and the New Jersey International Film Festival have been featured in the Sunday New York Times! Pick up a copy today or check out the article online.

Big thanks to Professor Al Nigrin of Rutgers University, the director of the NJIFF. He's done so much to spread the word about his festival and help promote our film. Let's pack the house this Friday night, June 4th, and show Professor Nigrin how much state of New Jersey loves Sneakers & Soul.

New York Times

May 27, 2010
The northeastern tour of Sneakers & Soul continues! We are proud to announce that the film has been accepted into the Philadephia Independent Film Festival. The event takes place from June 23rd to June 27th.

We have some close ties to the city of Philadelphia, so it's a tremendous honor to be a part of this festival. Check out their site and be ready for a screening time/place in the upcoming weeks. In the communications we've had with the festival coordinators, it's obvious that this is a team that really appreciates indie cinema and we're sure they're going to put on a top notch event. Get your tickets right away!

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival

April 26, 2010
Our latest screening info for the Garden State premiere of Sneakers & Soul has just been released. Head over to the New Jersey International Film Festival website to get ticket prices and the exact address for the venue. Looking forward to seeing plenty of friends and family in attendance.

You can also visit our Screenings page to get infor about this and other festivals we'll be attending.

New Jersey International Film Festival

April 21, 2010
More great news from the Garden State! Now you can plan your summer around Sneakers & Soul - we've been accepted to participate in the Jersey Shore Film Festival. The festival will be from July 8 to July 12 in locations around Asbury Park and Deal, New Jersey.

This is your chance to enjoy some fun in the sun, skeeball on the boardwalk and great indie cinema - all in one glorious weekend. More information to come soon, hope to see you there!

Jersey Shore Film Festival

April 16, 2010
We've spent a long time away from home, but the northeast has given us some wonderful news...We've recently been accepted into the New Jersey International Film Festival in New Brunswick, NJ! This will be our much-anticipated New Jersey premiere and we'll be kicking off the festival on Friday, June 4th at 7:00pm.

NJIFF is expecting a big turnout and we have every reason to believe that the theater will be packed. So mark your calendar and prepare to root, root, root for the home team. Ticket info is coming soon...

New Jersey International Film Festival

April 13, 2010
Sneakers & Soul has made its world premiere and the results have been extraordinarly positive. Both screenings at the Tallahassee Film Festival saw a packed theater and a wonderful ovation when the credits rolled. The wonderful folks of Tallahassee and all those volunteers on the festival staff were so incredibly welcoming and supportive. This was such an incredible experience to begin our festival tour and it ended with a big surprise...

Sneakers & Soul was nominated for Best Narrative Feature! In our premiere festival in a far away land, the astounding support and positive feedback gave us such a positive charge. Thank you so much for all the love, Tallahassee! Now it's on to Saint Petersburg, Florida to keep the momentum rolling at the Sunscreen Film Festival on April 15th.

Tallahassee Film Festival

April 5, 2010
Attention West Coast folks! We have just recieved our screening date and time for the Riverside Film Festival. We're very happy that Riverside has placed our screening on Saturday, April 24 at 7:00pm. The theater will be at UltraStar Cinemas and we'll be on-hand for some Q&A after the screening. Come show us some California love!

Riverside Intl Film Festival

March 30, 2010
If you've seen the film, then you're aware of the beauty that is Palmyra. Their song "June's Disappointment" accompanies our opening titles and it's a perfect way to start the movie. Well, if you want more than just a taste, then we've got good news for ya. They've just released a 5-song EP called The City, On Repeat.

You can head over to their Myspace page to hear the new single "Pink Planes" and a few of their other tunes. The EP is only available at shows, so mark the dates on your calendar and check this gang out.

Palmyra "The City, On Repeat"

March 28, 2010
Just a quick announcement for a good friend and member of the S&S family... Mathias Tjønn, our esteemed composer, has been awarded a Norweigan state grant to record his new album. He plans to get the album out sometime in 2010, but until then you can still hear him sing & strum his sweet tunes on his first relase, Interim EP.

Mathias Tjønn

March 19, 2010
A week after S&S is introduced in Tallahassee, we'll travel down the panhandle to St. Petersburg for the 2010 Sunscreen Film Festival! That's right, from April 14th to the 18th we'll be even further south down the Gulf Coast. We are so excited to have our calendar full for the month of April. Read more about the festival here. So come on by and check us out, hope to see you there!

Oh, and a special shoutout to Professor Gay's SEU Film Business class! We look forward to working together.

Sunscreen Film Festival

March 18, 2010
We have just been notified of the screening times and locations at the Tallahassee Film Festival. Our first screening will be held on Friday, April 9 at 9:15pm in the Regal Miracle 5 Theater. We'll then have the opportunity to show the film again on Sunday, April 11 at 12:15pm in the All Saints Cinema.

Take a look at our screening page for more information.

Tallahassee Film Festival

March 12, 2010
More happy news has come our way this week, as we've been accepted into the 2010 Riverside International Film Festival. This event comes right on the heels of Tallahassee, but all the way across the country in southern California. We're thrilled to have so much good news at once, and hopefully this will give folks on both coasts a chance to see the film and support the cause.

Again, we don't have our official screening time or date, but the event takes place from April 16 to 25 in Riverside, CA. It's a long way from home so we look forward to seeing our west coast fans packing the theater to the gills. Stay tuned for further info, we'll see ya there!

Riverside Intl Film Festival

March 4, 2010
We are very proud to announce that Sneakers & Soul has been accepted to the 2010 Tallahassee Film Festival. The event will be in Tallahassee, Florida, from April 8 to 11. More screening and festival info will available soon, so book your travel now and stay tuned.

This will mark the world premiere of the film and we're really excited not only to screen the movie for all to see, but also to meet the other filmmakers and fans who will be attending. If you're in the area or looking for an excuse to travel to Florida (who isn't, right?) we'd love to have as many S&S fans there to support us. More specific info is on the way but you can always head over to their site and pick up a weekend pass.

Tallahassee Film Festival

November 13, 2009
One quick announcement! If you're in the NYC area and need your fix of Baroque Folk music (or you're just looking for an ear-ticklin' good time), check out S&S Composer Mathias Tjønn at 10pm on Thursday, November 19 at Pete's Candy Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He'll be joined by "bass playing fiend Kendall Eddy" and there's no cover. Mathias' performances are always a lot of fun and well-attended, so get there early and maybe he'll show you his SpongeBob slippers.

S&S Trivia: It was at Pete's Candy Store on April 3rd, 2009, that Jonathan and Marty first witnessed the musical splendor of Mathias' live performance. He was unaware of our attendace, but afterwards we introduced ourselves and the rest, as they say, is history...

Mathias Tjonn

October 11, 2009
Today is the official re-launch of SneakersAndSoul.com and there's plenty to enjoy. The first official trailer is now complete! Big thanks to Sean Borjes for his editing contribution and also to Brooke Waggoner and Lindsay Kattfor the beautiful music. We've also established our presence on all of your favorite social networking sites. You can now keep track of all the S&S developments on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Friend us, follow us and spread the love! At MySpace, you can listen to some tracks from the artists who contributed their music to the film including a surprise original song from one of our stars, Marie Cecile Anderson.

In addition to revamping the website, we've also submitted the movie to numerous film festivals in the past few weeks. We're optimistic that this film will begin to get some high profile exposure soon, so this is an exciting time in the life of Sneakers & Soul. The submission expenses are beginning to taken a toll on our very small budget, so we've decided to offer our fans the opportunity to support the festival run by partnering with us in the submission process.

Festivals charge anywhere from $20 to $200 just to submit a film for consideration, so we're calling on our fans to support the dream by sponsoring our festival entries. You can learn more about our mission and the festival by visiting our Festivals page. Please give it a look and see if there's anything you can do to contribute.

Finally, if you join our group on Facebook, you can see some wonderful photos from the first private screening event. Our buddy, Ben Johnson was kind enough to contribute his photography skills, so thanks big time, Ben!

Sneakers & Soul title screen

September 1, 2009
We are proud to announce that on August 29th, Sneakers & Soul was finally introduced to our closest family, friends, crew and colleagues at a private test screening held at the Visual Arts Theater in Manhattan. The evening was an enormous success - it was a full house and there was plenty of love and support before and after the film. We'd like to thank all those who came out to see the film and we sincerely appreciate all the feedback that's come our way. Special thanks to Gene Stavis, Tom Arnold, Jerry & Regina Buccafusco and the LaMorte family for helping make the night a reality.

In other news, we are prepping a submission package for the folks at the Sundance Film Festival. This deadline has been in our sights for a year now and the time has finally come to put this film in the hands of the judges. Wish us luck as we begin the long and anxiety-ridden process of the festival circuit. Check back often for more news as it's available.

Sneakers & Soul screening

August 2, 2009
As you may have noticed, we haven't updated this page lately. July has been an insanely busy month for Sneakers & Soul, but we've come a long way and the end is finally in sight. Here are a couple updates:

A wonderful collection of musicians have agreed to contribute music to the film. Head over to the Music page and check them out. There's plenty to read and you'll find links to all of their pages. Give these artists a listen and pass their names along to your friends.

We've also been hard at work with our Sound Designer, Pete Romano and his gang of dialogue editors, sound editors and foley artists. They're all doing a great job and their expertise and creative input is bringing this film to another level.

JZ & martyB at the sound mix

June 16, 2009
We're happy to announce the addition of Proud Simon to our musical menagerie.

Proud Siomn

June 8, 2009
Brooke Waggoner has joined S&S, lending her delightfully complex music to our soundtrack.

Brooke Waggoner

June 3, 2009
A photo gallery has been added to the site. Surf on over and check out some stills from the film and bask in the magic of the blue sneakers.

Sneakers & Soul final salute

May 22, 2009
Mathias Tjønn has signed on as the composer. He'll not only compose new music for the film, he'll also be adding some of his original songs to the the soundtrack.

Mathias Tjonn

May 20, 2009
Picture-lock has been achieved, it's time to put the finishing touches on S&S.

Sneakers & Soul pickups

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