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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!”



"How the game is played" to Premiere at NYIFVF


Award-winning director and co-writer Forrest B. Peterson and award-winning producer and co-writer Stewart J. Peterson in association with Royal Te Ranch Productions recently announced that their debut film "How the Game Is Played: Lessons Learned in the Game of Life" will screen as part of the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF). The sold out premiere plays at 8 p.m. on Friday March 20 at City Cinemas Village East, 181 2nd Ave. & 12th Street in Manhattan (screen 6)  and again on Sunday March 22 at 12 noon (screen 6). Following success on the festival circuit, it will also have a market screening at the prestigious Marce du Film, Cannes, May 13th - 24th, 2009.

"How the Game Is Played: Lessons Learned in the Game of Life" is a true story about twin brothers Stewart and Steven Peterson who have learned valuable life lessons: perseverance, responsibility and being a team player. They wish to share their captivating and treasured experiences that prepared them for the most important game . . . The Game of Life! Notable highlights of the documentary which was shot on Stewart's horse ranch in rural Duluth, Minnesota includes, insightful interviews with close family members, and compelling narration by Dennis Anderson (WDIO-TV Channel 10) an award-winning news anchor. Co-writer and Producer Stewart and his twin brother Steven tell their experiences with entertaining footage from the 1950's and 1960's filmed by their devoted father Dennis L. Peterson on an 8mm camera as well as a catchy theme song performed by Dave Tak and The Finnbilly's.

In an interview for Independent Film Quarterly, Krista E. Peterson, Associate Producer and Stewart`s daughter, further explained the catalyst and some objectives for the film. "Our is to inspire people of all ages to strive for success. Our goal is to motivate people to get involved in sports and competitions to better prepare you for college, your careers, and family life. We feel being involved in sports, competitions, 4-H or whatever moves you, will help teach you dedication, responsibility, perseverance, discipline, honesty and being a team player," said Petersen.

"Royal Te Ranch Productions has a goal to distribute one thousand Teacher's Facilitating Guides to Minnesota Northland Schools. The Facilitating Guides will include a DVD of "How the Game Is Played: Lessons Learned in the Game Is Life" a Teacher's Facilitating Guide, worksheets for the students and a CD-ROM. We are having a fundraising concert in November, 2009 in Duluth, Minnesota featuring a world-renowned pianist James Oneil Miner."


According to NYIIFVF's Founder/Executive Producer Stuart Alson "I was impressed with "How the Game Is Played" More than just a foray into filmmaking, the film is well shot, inspirational, insightful, and educational andf successfully gives a positive message to audiences of all ages that hard work ambition, a game plan and determination will always pay off."

Tickets are $12 in advance ( and $15 at the door. For all interview requests and an invitation to the red carpet screening, please contact Briege McGarrity at (917) 783-4042 or email her at For further information about "How the Game Is Played: Lessons Learned in the Game of Life," please contact Krista E. Peterson at (218) 786-9807, cell# (218)428-8333 or via email at

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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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