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“ARDOYNE” Winner of 6 International Film Festivals Gives Birth to FFF

“ARDOYNE” Winner of 6 International Film Festivals

“ARDOYNE” – by  Philip Clayton-Thompson – creator, director, lyricist and vocalist. Music by Daniel Buhr. Music Production by the late, great Tim Ellis – is the winner of 6 International Film Festivals and an Official Selection in 50 others. It is currently on a year-long tour of embassies in South America, Middle East and South Africa via the Human Rights Festival of Barcelona – New York City.

As a result of our arduous work of submitting “ARDOYNE” to various international film festivals and running into some unsavory promoters, we were inspired to create (FFF) as a means of helping indie filmmakers to navigate the tricky waters of worldwide film festivals. Fashioned after both the Michelin Guide and Yelp, FFF allows filmmakers, filmgoers and festival promoters to write festival reviews on 7,000+ worldwide festivals found on the site. Multiple submission platforms are indicated wherever appropriate.

Read more about the site – which now features a blog – here on MovieMaker Magazine and Filmmaker Magazine.


February 11, 2017   No Comments

“ARDOYNE” Wins at Four International Film Festivals


Blackstone Edge Studios is proud to announce that “ARDOYNE” has become a winner at four International Film Festivals:

New York City International Film Festival; Philadelphia Independent Film Festival; Phoenix Comicon Film Festival, and Lionshead Film Festival in Dallas.

Watch the new opening to our website: which pays tributes to these multiple wins.


Its UK premiere was last week at Sunderland Shorts Film Festival. The message of bringing peace to areas of conflict aided by the wonderful music by Daniel Buhr, lyrics and lead vocal by Philip Clayton-Thompson, music production by Tim Ellis,  animation by Marshal Serna, has helped to make the film an official selection at international film festivals around the world: Balneario Camboriu, Brazil (CineramaBC Film Festival); Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina (Viva); Roma Film Festival and Pietrasanta (Italy); TMMF (Glasgow), and 21 other festivals.

Global Revolution Festival, Mosaic World Film Festival and the Columbia Gorge Film Festivals are coming right up this summer, from Long Island to Rockford, Illinois to Vancouver, Washington! Don’t miss out on the fun and the message!



July 11, 2015   No Comments



We at Blackstone Edge Studios are proud to announce that our film “Ardoyne” is a Winner at the 2015 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. Director, Lyricist, Lead Vocalist Philip Clayton-Thompson wrote the song depicted in this short film based on observing “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland for the past 40 years. He hopes “Ardoyne” will be picked up by a well-known band who will introduce it at the 2016 Commemoration of the Independence of Ireland. Its theme, “We Will March Together” promotes peace among the two religious communities – Catholic Ardoyne and Protestant Belfast – who come to blows every July 12th during the “Marching Season” – stemming from the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 and William of Orange. Daniel Buhr, a Swedish Film Composer, wrote the music. Tim Ellis, music producer. Donna Pizzi, co-owner of Blackstone Edge Studios, produced and co-edited with Marshal Serna, BSE’s Technical Director, who also did the animation. Watch it HERE, with 31,500+ hits. Historic footage from director Philip Clayton-Thompson’s 1973 film “A Place Called Ardoyne,” which won the 1973 Chicago film festival.

May 4, 2015   No Comments

PHOENIX COMICON – “ARDOYNE’S” Latest Official Selection

Phoenix Comicon Film Festival "Ardoyne" is an Official Selection

Phoenix Comicon Film Festival chooses”Ardoyne” as an Official Selection

On the heels of our World Theatrical Premiere at the Tiburon International Film Festival, we returned to Portland to discover “Ardoyne” has become an “Official Selection” for the Phoenix Comicon Film Festival! Here, we will be rubbing shoulders with such film stars as Christopher Lloyd, Ron Perlman, Barry Bostwick and Mary McDonnell (of “Dances with Wolves.”) Three fun-packed days May 28-31st.

It’s going to be a busy season for “Ardoyne,” which will also appear at the New York City International Film Festival (4/30-5/7), where William Shatner will be showing his doco on Star Trek: “Chaos on the Bridge.” He’ll be following us from NYC to Phoenix, where both of our films will be shown! Go Trekkies!

If you can’t make those festivals, chin up! You can find “Ardoyne” being shown around the world: Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, Media City FF, Brooklyn, NY Bahche FF, North Hollywood FF Sizzle Reel this summer, BARCELONA – Paris – NYC Human Rights, FF and Big As Texas FF in Austin, the latter are both in October. If you want to pitch a tent, you can see “Ardoyne” at the Columbia Gorge FF this summer in Vancouver, Camas & Washougal.



April 19, 2015   No Comments



In a moment of total synchronicity, we learned today that  the Belfast Film Festival is featuring our award-winning documentary “A Place Called Ardoyne” as part of their upcoming festival.The film was recently chosen out of 450,000 British films by the British Film Institute (BFI) to be restored and digitized as part of the British Film Heritage program. That restored version will be playing at the festival in April 16-25, 2015.

“A Place Called Ardoyne” will be running concurrently with my music video, “Ardoyne,” at its theatrical world premiere at the Tiburon International Film Festival in California – April 9-17th. The music video utilizes footage from the 1972 film, which won the 1973 Chicago Film Festival .  “Ardoyne” opens the festival on Friday, March 10th at 10pm at the Tiburon Playhouse Theater. Tickets available here:

I am very moved that a new generation of audiences will see my historical film. At the time it was made, the film was deemed controversial, but its message has stayed the same, namely, as one person says in the film, ‘We’ll never have peace until we all get together!”

March 6, 2015   No Comments

New BSE Band Song – Avenues of Manhattan

Avenues_of_Manhattan_workWriting a song about New York City is a tricky thing, especially when it’s already been written about by the likes of Cole Porter and Irving Berlin! Each line needs to be perfect before I can even come close to these lyricists’ work. On the other hand, pop songs tend to repeat a simple bridge a hundred times over, and usually aren’t very tuneful. Either way, composer Daniel Buhr in Sweden (“Ardoyne” – NOW with 23,600+ Youtube hits – and the upcoming “Soweto Bound”) and I really have our work cut out for us to make “Avenues of Manhattan” a hit!  Stay tuned for the results! We look forward to my Blackstone Edge Band performing live!

January 2, 2015   No Comments


Out of 450,000 films, British Film Institute selects "A Place Called Ardoyne" to be digitized.

Out of 450,000 films, British Film Institute selects “A Place Called Ardoyne” to be digitized.

This morning we received notification at Blackstone Edge Studios from the British Film Institute that Philip Clayton-Thompson’s 1973 film “A Place Called Ardoyne” has been selected to be digitized as a way of preserving British history for future generations.  This is ironic given that PCT’s song “Ardoyne,” which uses footage from this award-winning film, has currently been accepted into 7 International Film Festivals. “A Place Called Ardoyne” won the 1973 Chicago Film Festival Silver Hugo Award.

You can see and hear “Arodyne” on YouTube. PCT, who directed the original film, wrote the lyrics and is the lead vocalist for his band “Blackstone Edge Band.”

November 13, 2014   No Comments


Children of Belfast paintings created for original film "A Place Called Ardoyne

Children of Belfast paintings created for original film “A Place Called Ardoyne” by Philip Clayton-Thompson and animated for “Ardoyne,” the music video.

In only 2 short weeks, “Ardoyne,” the music video produced by Blackstone Edge Studios with lyrics by Philip Clayton-Thompson and music by Daniel Buhr, is among the top ten songs on ReverbNation.
The video uses clips from “A Place Called Ardoyne,” and animates the children of Belfast’s paintings created for the original 1972 film, which won the Chicago Film Festival in 1973.
Watch it HERE:


October 18, 2014   No Comments