Local Snags 'Best Actor' in NY Indie Fest
Local Snags 'Best Actor'in NY Indie Fest
Schneider, relatively new to the world of acting, was up against actors the likes of Willie Nelson, and "High School Musical" star, Bart Johnson, in a festival that included more than 300 films.
However, it was Schneider's performance in "Love Like Blood" that made him the critics' top choice. Judges described the actor as charismatic and naturally talented.
Schneider talked to The Wave this week about his experiences on the set of "Love Like Blood" and how humbled he was to receive one of the top honors of independent film.
"I was sure it was a mistake," he laughed. "I wasn't even originally up for the award and then I got a call telling me I had won."
"It is weird, I am just a middle class American kid with an acting dream, you know, and I am just really excited about this."
In the movie, Schneider plays New Yorker, "Kevin," a top-of-his-game car thief who is living life a bit too dangerously. His character must face tough decisions that impact his future. Knowing it is just a matter of time before he is caught, his life of cars, cash, and sex must stop. He tries to walk away from the business before it consumes every part of him, but figures out quickly it's much harder than imagined.
"It is really a story about whether or not somebody can change," Schneider said. "It was an amazing experience. I like to compare it to having a kid for the first time."
Schneider describes the tenor of the movie set. Everyone, he says, got along great and had a memorable time making the film.
"You always hear these horror stories about Hollywood movie sets," he said. "But not this one, it was really great and the director's mother cooked for us every single day."
Schneider's award will be presented in June at an official ceremony to honor the winners.
The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival is the largest film festival in the world.
It was started in 1993 and is a well- known leader in independent film festivals. It is a bi-coastal event that also takes place every year in Los Angeles and features entries from all over the world.
The festival is competitive and makes an attempt to promote independent filmmakers, actors, writers, and producers into the public eye.
Schneider hopes the attention "Love Like Blood" garnered during the festival will produce opportunities for him in future projects.
"An award like this definitely helps and the festival was a great experience," he said. "I am working on several other projects."
Schneider says he already shot a TV pilot called "Skels," which is a New York police crime drama that details the lives of three brothers who are NYPD cops.
"It is like 'Law and Order' meets 'Pulp Fiction','' he said. "We are pitching it to all the networks right now."
In addition to acting, Schneider is also a screenwriter and has credits on the upcoming production of a film called "Cartel Heist," about four men who carry out a diamond heist in Manhattan.
"We are trying to pull things off in the fall. The production that is!" he jokingly said.
Schneider stills lives in Rockaway Beach and bartends at the Irish Circle on Thursday nights, all while maintaining and living his lifelong dream as a professional actor.
It is worth noting that not only did Schneider take best actor, but the song from the movie written by Walker and the Brotherhood of the Grape, also won best song for a feature film.