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On the scene: TFF premieres 'Summer of Blood' presented by Heineken

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Yesterday on April 17, 2014, was on the scene at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of "Summer of Blood." We were invited to attend the screening by the festival's sponsor Heineken. The screening was part of the beverage's Green Room Series. Writer, director and star of the film "Summer of Blood," Onur Tukel gives a different spin on what it is to get a wake-up call on life and love.

At the AMC Loews Village 7 theater in Greenwich, New York City, specially invited guests, press and ticket purchasers were delighted with an exclusive screening of the comedy/thriller. Although, not quite what I was expecting, the film was infectious with its alloy of humor and gory-like premises which ultimately brought about a bizarrely happy ending.

The film follows a middle-aged and slightly delusional Eric as he stumbles upon Cupid, who comes in the form of a blood-sucking vampire. His cynicism and oblivious perception of his self is awakened after a night stroll down a wrong New York City alley. Not before getting dumped, and losing his job does he realize that all the blood in the world isn’t worth more than that of selfless love. With his newfound vampire wit, he lures and manipulates for his benefit alone, but finds that his enduring dissatisfaction could only be cured by the fulfillment that only begets from love.

In terms of the overall message, Tukel explained, “when approaching those crossroads of a chosen career paths and building a family, you must choose between selfishness and the non-selfishness of giving your life to someone else.” He makes reference to himself being a man of a certain age and having to choose between the many positions he holds and the idea of becoming a husband and father before totally graying out. The independent film-maker said after a failed attempt at Hollywood following his college graduation, he continued his path of filmmaking across a fifteen year time period; and with 6 movies under his belt, a few more in the works, being a children’s book author, and still holding onto his day job as a graphics designer, the completeness of it all hasn’t quite yet been met without a family to share it with.

The after-party was held at The Brazen Fox, where guests drank Heineken, of course!