This Town Is Where it “Crumbles.” Thriller Premes Saturday Night at 6PM at Village East

makes her producing debut and stars in Renatta Bialkowska’s “Crumble” which will have its world premiere at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) at Village East Cinema on Saturday July 24, 2010 at 6:10 PM on Screen 3. “Crumble” originated from a short story written by former film publicist Renata Bialkowska, who wanted to make a statement about the empowerment of women and exploitation of their sexuality.

Inspired by “Thelma and Louise” and “Requiem for a Dream,” the narrative unfolds as refined upper class trophy wife Lorna loses her seemingly perfect husband Mike to sordid affairs and dark addictions. She is then lured into the seedy New York City underground scene and empowers herself through an unlikely relationship with a prostitute named Bianca. A sexy arthouse thriller, “Crumble” is one woman’s journey through self-discovery and eventually out of the “box” that has imprisoned her for so many years.

Greed, lust, addiction, chaos… this truly gritty tale pays homage to the underworld of New York City and ends with a surprise twist sure to please even the most discerning fan of the genre. Bialkowska approached Golden Globe nominated actor Steven Bauer to play the role of the ruthless and dark antagonist named Reda. Bauer, best known for his role as Manolo opposite Al Pacino in “Scarface,” immediately took a liking to the script and his complex character. He has appeared in over 100 films including “Traffic” and “Primal Fear.”  The female protagonist, Lorna, is played by Ukrainian beauty Oksana Lada who is best known for her recurring role in HBO’s “The Sopranos,” and was recently in the Sundance nominated film “Cold Souls.”  NYIIFVF’s founder and Executive Producer Stuart Alson stated “’Crumble’ is a compelling and well made film with an outstanding effort from a first time director, and an unforgettable performance by newcomer Alexandra Grossi who plays ‘Bianca.’”

“Crumble” will have its world premiere on Saturday July 24th in New York City. For more information please go to  NYIIFVF will take place July 22nd-29th 2010 and is a competitive film event that screens 250 diverse films from all over the globe. Film Tickets are priced at $12 and can be purchased through Tickets for “Crumble” will also be available at the Village East Cinema during the festival. Accreditation: If you wish to receive complimentary industry/media VIP Passes, email Please include your name, title, company. Interested parties will receive credentials for the whole event as long as they are approved.


ABOUT NYIFF: The New York International Film Festival was founded in 1993 by entertainment impresario Stuart Alson and is recognized as the largest competitive independent film event in the world. 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!”  Passionate about exposing the latest independent films from all over the globe, NYIFF 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 Abel Ferrara, Cameron Diaz, Dick Van Dyke, Eva Herzigova, Guy Pearce, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Meryl Streep, Michael Madsen, Rod Steiger, Sean Lennon, Tippi Hedren, Willem Dafoe, Willie Nelson and Vin Diesel.

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