Upstate Story

Ellis Martin works for a cleaning service and continues to seek new employment, but to no avail. He yearns for the innocence and ease of his past, while also anticipating his weekends. However, getting to this point is no easy task.

  • Shaun Rose
    Director
    Fine Line, Blocked and Sidetracked
  • Shaun Rose
    Writer
    Fine Line, Blocked and Sidetracked
  • Bruce Rose Sr.
    Writer
    Fine Line, Blocked and Sidetracked
  • Andrea Stangle
    Writer
  • Shaun Rose
    Producer
    Fine Line, Blocked and Sidetracked
  • Charles Trainosky
    Producer
  • Shaun Rose
    Key Cast
    “Ellis Martin”
    Fine Line, Blocked and Sidetracked
  • Kendra Mosher
    Key Cast
    “Kaylee”
  • Adrianna Rose
    Key Cast
    “Nyla Martin”
  • Keenan Rose
    Key Cast
    “Darian Martin”
  • Film Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 16, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Mini-DV
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • CINEMAFEST 2018
    Ellington, NY
    United States
    June 2, 2018
    Winner- Feature Film Silver Award
  • Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards

    United Kingdom
    June 7, 2018
    Nominated- Best Feature Film Made For Less Than $5,000
  • Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards

    United Kingdom
    June 7, 2018
    Winner- Special Mention Prize: Social Conscious Filmmaking
  • Lake George Film Festival
    Lake George, NY
    United States
    August 5, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Five Continents International Film Festival

    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
    September 5, 2018
    Winner- Best Indie Half-Length Film
  • 12 Months Film Festival

    Romania
    October 2, 2018
    Winner- 2nd Place Audience Award
  • 12 Months Film Festival

    Romania
    October 2, 2018
    Winner- Best Feature Fiction
  • Oniros Film Awards
    Aosta
    Italy
    Finalist- Best Indie Film
  • Virgin Spring Cinefest
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    India
    September 24, 2018
    Winner- Gold Award- Best Amateur Film
  • Virgin Spring Cinefest
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    India
    September 24, 2018
    Winner- Gold Award- Best Director
  • Virgin Spring Cinefest
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    India
    September 24, 2018
    Winner- Gold Award- Best Music Score
  • Los Angeles Cinefest
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Semi-Finalist
  • Oniros Film Awards
    Aosta
    Italy
    Winner- Honorable Mention- Best Indie Film
  • South Film and Arts Academy Festival
    Rancangua
    Chile
    October 22, 2018
    Winner- Best Indie Feature
  • Cult Critic Movie Awards
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    India
    November 5, 2018
    Winner- Best Amateur Film
  • Cult Critic Movie Awards
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    India
    November 5, 2018
    Nominated- Best Director
  • Cult Critic Movie Awards
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    India
    November 5, 2018
    Nominated- Best Actor
  • Cult Critic Movie Awards
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    India
    November 5, 2018
    Nominated- Best Music Score
  • Top Indie Film Awards

    United States
    November 24, 2018
    Nominated- Best Director
  • Top Indie Film Awards

    United States
    November 24, 2018
    Nominated- Best Writing
  • Top Indie Film Awards

    United States
    November 24, 2018
    Nominated- Best Music
  • Top Indie Film Awards

    United States
    November 24, 2018
    Nominated- No Budget Spirit
  • Golden Galaxy Awards
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    India
    November 29, 2018
    Nominated- Best Amateur Film
  • Golden Galaxy Award
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    India
    November 29, 2018
    Nominated- Best Director
  • Golden Galaxy Award
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    India
    November 29, 2018
    Nominated- Best Music Score
  • Depth of Field International Film Festival
    Nassau, Delaware
    United States
    December 7, 2018
    Winner- Award of Exceptional Merit- Zero Budget
  • Depth of Field International Film Festival
    Nassau, Delaware
    United States
    December 7, 2018
    Winner- Award of Exceptional Merit- Script Writer
  • Depth of Field International Film Festival
    Nassau, Delaware
    United States
    December 7, 2018
    Winner- Award of Exceptional Merit- Original Score
  • Depth of Field International Film Festival
    Nassau, Delaware
    United States
    December 7, 2018
    Winner- Award of Excellence- Direction
  • Alternative Film Festival
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada
    December 17, 2018
    Nominated- Best Drama
  • Global Film Festival Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Winner- Best Indie Film
  • Global Film Festival Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Winner- Honorable Mention- Best Indie Filmmaker
  • Top Indie Film Awards

    United States
    January 14, 2019
    Nominated- Best Actor
  • L'Age d'Or International Arthouse Film Festival
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    India
    February 2, 2019
    Winner- Critics Choice Award- Best Amateur Film
  • L'age d'Or International Arthouse Film Festival
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    India
    February 2, 2019
    Winner- Audience Choice Award- Best Director
  • L'age d'Or International Arthouse Film Festival
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    India
    February 2, 2019
    Winner- Honourable Mention Award- Best Actor
  • L'age d'Or International Arthouse Film Festival
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    India
    February 2, 2019
    Winner- Audience Choice Award- Best Music Score
  • Calcutta International Cult film Festival
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    India
    February 6, 2019
    Winner- Best Amateur Film
  • Barcelona Planet Film Festival
    Barcelona
    Spain
    February 11, 2019
    Winner- Best Man Filmmaker
  • Barcelona Planet Film Festival
    Barcelona
    Spain
    February 11, 2019
    Nominated- Best Screenplay
  • Barcelona Planet Film Festival
    Barcelona
    Spain
    February 11, 2019
    Nominated- Best Film Score
  • Royal Wolf Film Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    March 8, 2019
    Winner- Best of the Month
  • Royal Wolf Film Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    March 8, 2019
    Winner- Platinum Award- Best Feature Film
  • Royal Wolf Film Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    March 8, 2019
    Winner- Gold Award- Best Director
  • Royal Wolf Film Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    March 8, 2019
    Winner- Platinum Award- Best Actor
  • Royal Wolf Film Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    March 8, 2019
    Winner- Gold Award- Best Screenplay Feature
  • Royal Wolf Film Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    March 8, 2019
    Winner- Gold Award- Best Original Music Score
  • Royal Wolf Film Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    March 8, 2019
    Winner- Platinum Award- Best Narrator
  • Pinnacle Film Awards
    Hollywood Hills, CA
    United States
    March 10, 2019
    Winner- Gold Award- Best Feature Film
  • Pinnacle Film Awards
    Hollywood Hills, CA
    United States
    March 10, 2019
    Winner- Diamond Award- Best Director
  • Pinnacle Film Awards
    Hollywood Hills, CA
    United States
    March 10, 2019
    Winner- Diamond Award- Best Actor
  • Pinnacle Film Awards
    Hollywood Hills, CA
    United States
    March 10, 2019
    Winner- Platinum Award- Best Screenplay
  • Pinnacle Film Awards
    Hollywood Hills, CA
    United States
    March 10, 2019
    Winner- Diamond Award- Best Original Score
  • Aphrodite Film Awards
    NYC, NY
    United States
    March 26, 2019
    Semi- Finalist- Best Feature Fiction
  • Aphrodite Film Awards
    NYC, NY
    United States
    March 26, 2019
    Semi- Finalist- Best Fiction Director
  • Aphrodite Film Awards
    NYC, NY
    United States
    March 26, 2019
    Semi- Finalist- Best Actor
  • Cinema World Fest Awards
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Canada
    March 29, 2019
    Winner- Produced Screenplay
  • Cinema World Fest Awards
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Canada
    March 29, 2019
    Winner- Comedy Feature
  • Flicks Film Festival
    Fulham, England
    United Kingdom
    April 18, 2019
    Winner- Best Drama
  • Flicks Film Festival
    Fulham, England
    United Kingdom
    April 18, 2019
    Winner-Best Produced Screenplay
  • Flicks Film Festival
    Fulham, England
    United Kingdom
    April 18, 2019
    Winner- Best Voice- Over
  • World Premiere Film Awards
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Canada
    April 29, 2019
    Winner- Best Comedy Feature
  • World Premiere Film Awards
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Canada
    April 29, 2019
    Winner- Best Produced Screenplay
  • World Premiere Film Awards
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Canada
    April 29, 2019
    Winner- Best Voice-Over
  • International New York Film Festival
    New York City, New York
    United States
    June 14, 2019
    Winner- Best Narrative Feature
Director Biography - Shaun Rose

Shaun Rose was born on December 23rd, 1985, in Saratoga Springs, NY. Around the age of 14, he started to develop a strong love for movies and the filmmaking process. Frequent visits to the local video store fed his growing interest and by the age of 16-17, he started writing his 1st screenplays. Due to inexperience both behind and in front of the camera, as well as the lack of a dedicated supporting cast, he didn't get around to completing his 1st film until 2009 at the age of 23. The result was "Fine Line," a production that saw him rely heavily on the help of his family to complete. His father, Bruce Rose Sr., was credited as co-producer/ writer/ director and even played a part alongside his son. The film was largely a learning experience for Shaun, as he feels it helped him gain a strong grasp of what the process is about. Even with his amateur status, the film got accepted by the NYIIFVF and screened on March 3rd, 2010. Also in 2009, his 2nd feature "Blocked and Sidetracked," was completed. Considered an improvement over the last, it was yet another learning experience. However, this film was also accepted by the NYIIFVF and screened on July 27th, 2010. He was 24.
Thick into the schooling experience and working a full-time job, the opportunity for more personal projects was hard to come by. An attempt to squeeze in a filmed version of "Summer Daze" was quickly abandoned due to time constraints and issues over the physicality of the role. Several student shorts were made in this time period that were well received by his professors and fellow classmates. These include "Without Her" and "Heavy," both in 2013. In March of 2014, a window opened up in his school/ work schedule and he started work on his 3rd feature. Originally titled "I," it was his most personal and ambitious project yet. A brief break from that produced another student short called "Without Him." It served as a companion piece to his earlier short "Without Her" and was also well received by his peers. Following the end of that semester, production picked up heavily on "I" again, but then a location change and laptop crash halted the production. Even after the return of his repaired laptop and salvaged editorial work on the film, severe creative block prevented further work on the film for over 2 years. In the meantime, he obtained his AA degree in film directing.
In April 2016, after over 2 years without any solid progress towards a finished product, Shaun picked up work on the film again, renamed it "Upstate Story" and finished it in mid 2018.

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