New documentary on Troma and Lloyd Kaufman in production!

Filmmaker Adrian Esposito is currently working on a new documentary film, Greetings From Tromaville, about the life and work of independent film champion, Lloyd Kaufman.

Lloyd and Michael Herz founded Troma Entertainment, a film company that produces edgy, bold, humorous and sometimes “over the top” films. Their films make a strong statement about visual art and its psychological effect on viewers. Troma films now have a world wide fan base and cult following. In fact, upon the announcement of the production of a Troma film, fans travel from all over the world just for the experience of being in a Troma production. Many come at their own cost and work in challenging circumstances.

Independent films like Troma’s, with innovative and shocking content, ultimately contributed to a change in Hollywood films, which followed Troma’s lead in presenting more graphic visuals. But behind their facade of sex and violence are often topical or political themes that even today Hollywood films won’t touch..

This film is a break from Espocinema’s usual presentations. Adrian Esposito is a Troma fan and intends to honor Lloyd Kaufman and his contribution to the art of filmmaking and independent films (and filmmakers).

Hold on to your seats — this will be a shocker!

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Filmmaker Adrian Esposito with Lloyd Kaufman at Troma Entertainment in NYC

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Filmmaker Adrian Esposito with Pat Kaufman (former NYS Film Commissioner and wife of Lloyd) and Lloyd Kaufman at the Buffalo Dreams Film Festival.

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Filmmaker Adrian Esposito Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for filmmaking

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On October 27, 2016 , Adrian Esposito received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his film making from the National Conference of Executives of The Arc (NCE) in in Orlando, Florida.

The Arc is an international organization that offers support and professional development for individuals, families and professionals working for people with intellectual disabilities.

In choosing Adrian they wrote  “we recognize your ( Adrian’s) accomplishments and honor your work on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.  Your continued reflection of the Arc’s core values is a shining example of what a leader can and should be.”

Trailer for Diffability Hollywood

Diffability Hollywood is the newest film from Espocinema currently in post production. The film is about the history of people with disabilities in Hollywood films and TV–how things have changed and still can improve.

Featuring Interviews with

  • Johnny Knoxville (The Ringer, Jackass)
  • Robert David Hall (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
  • Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld)
  • Chris Burke (Life Goes On)
  • Edward Barbanell (The Ringer)
  • Jamie Brewer (American Horror Story)
  • Lauren Potter ( Glee)
  • and many more

The documentary will be submitted to film festivals soon.

Currently in production: Diffability Hollywood

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Adrian with Lawrence Carter-Long

Diffability Hollywood is new film currently in production. It is about the history of people with disabilities in films and TV, how things have changed, and how they can be improved. One of the main goals for this film is to help pave the way for people with disabilities to be portrayed in a less stereotypical way in films and TV.

Already interviewed:

  • Edward Barbanell (The Ringer)
  • Chris Burke (Life Goes On)
  • Jamie Brewer (American Horror Story)
  • Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld)
  • Emily Kingsley (writer for Sesame Street)
  • Rachel Simon (Riding the Bus with My Sister)
  • Lawrence Carter-Long from the National Council on Disability, Washington DC

Public Speaking Engagements

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Adrian Esposito & Barbara J. Velazquez, Coordinator of International Intercultural Education at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha Nebraska 11-2015

Espocinema filmmaker, Adrian Esposito, recently gave two talks at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska. His talk was based on his film, Inner Healing: Journey with Native Trees of Knowledge, which is about his own search for understanding, healing and acceptance of his autism through Native American spirituality. He was warmly received and is ready and available for future talks.

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Filmmaker Adrian Esposito is available for public speaking engagements.  His presentation focuses on how his passion for films and filmmaking helps him with his own struggles with autism.  His presentation includes clips from his films as well as a question and answer segment from the audience.  It would be of interest to a wide audience including parents of autistic and developmentally disabled children, agencies and groups serving the developmentally disabled and college programs that focus on special education.

Please call to arrange for an honorarium that would work for you and Adrian. (If out of our geographic area, accommodations and travel would have to be covered.)

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • ARC (NCE) Conference Award Ceremony-Lifetime Achievement Award-Orlando Fl- 10/16
  • SANYS New York State Conference -9/16
  • SANYS Western NY Region- 6/16
  • Developmental Disabilities Conference–Niagara Falls NY -5/16
  • Nazareth College- York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute-Rochester NY-5/16
  • Metropolitan Community College-Omaha Nebraska-11/2015
  • SANYS  New York State Conference-Albany NY 2015
  • SANYS ( Self Advocacy NY) Western Regional Conference-Niagara Falls NY-6/2015
  • Developmental Disability Day Conference-Niagara Falls NY-5/2015
  • Nazareth College-Rochester NY- 4/2015
  • Monroe Community College-Rochester NY-3/2015
  • SANYS Western Regional Conference-Batavia NY-6/2014 (keynote speaker)
  • Developmental Disability Day Conference-Niagara Falls NY-5/2014
  • Southwest Conference on Disability-Albuquerque NM-10/14
  • SANYS New York State Conference-Albany NY-10/2014 (keynote speaker)
  • Nazareth College-ARC Program-Rochester NY 2/2014
  • Genesee Community College-Batavia NY-4/14
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Adrian Esposito awarded tribute as Self Advocate of the Year

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Filmmaker Adrian Esposito received the “Self Advocate of the Year” award from the Western New York Region SANYS (Self Advocacy Association of New York State) at their annual Self Advocacy Conference in Niagara Falls NY on June 2015.  This is the third time he has received a “Self Advocate of the Year Award.” The SANYS Self Advocates chose him for the award in 2013 and in 2010 he was chosen as leading Self Advocate of his graduating school class.