Monday, November 13, 2017

"The Trail To Yesterday" 1918 (the reincarnation begins)

This above non-restored screen-shot from the 1918 Silent Era film "The Trail To Yesterday. 
Psychotropic Films is undertaking the production under the direction of Bart Santello.

This is the scene where Sheila Langfort (Anna G. Nillson) take refuge from the night and storm at the cabin of a stranger Dakota (Bert Lytell).  

"..The apprehensive and scoping gaze Anna G. Nillson is a gem for its moment in this scene.."  - Bart Santello

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

THE DOME wins 'Best of Arizona' at AIFF

Psychotropic Films is pleased to announce that "The Dome" short film has won "Best of Arizona" at the 2017 Arizona International Film Festival in Tucson, Arizona.  The Dome a film by Adam Ray of Taxman Entertainment in collaboration with Psychotropic FilmsTM was screened on 23 April 2017 as part of a documentary shorts program of the AIFF.  

Photo: Bart Santello (front left) along with other award winners
at the 2017 Arizona International Film Festival

Additional links to further information:

The Dome's information page on the festival's site can be accessed here:

Interview link with Bart Santello for the AIFF in regards to The Dome

Video link to the AIFF documentary panel discussion with  Bart Santello and Adam Ray

An early "teaser" posted by Director Adam Ray on YouTube

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The DOME to Screen at AIFF, Tucson on April 23rd

The 26th annual 2017 Arizona International Film Festival in Tucson opened last night and will run through the end of the month.  Here's a quick plug for the fest from KVOA News:

The news spot contains a few clips from THE DOME a collaboration between Taxman Films and Psychotropic Films, with will screen on April 23rd at 1:00pm, preceded by a panel discussion on the film at 11:00am

Films are shown at Screening Room, Congress Street.  See website:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

TaxMan Films Title Card

Psychotropic Films announces a 'title card' release for Taxman Films, to coincide with the release of their experimental doc-u-film short:  "The Dome", directed by Adam Ray.  Director of the title card Bart Santello designed the look to compliment the mysterious and dark nature of previous Taxman Films and to prepare a viewing audience for the style of "The Dome" film.  This work also supports final post-production for The Dome's preparation for screening as accepted into the 2017 Arizona International Film Festival ( in Tucson, Arizona for the dates 19-30 April, 2017. 

TaxMan Films Title Card from Psychotropic Films on Vimeo.

Monday, February 13, 2017

MZUNGU to Screen at the Arivaca Film Exhibition

Psychotropic Films is proud to announce the screening of MZUNGU - A Stranger's Dream in Africa at the Arivaca Independent Filmmakers Exhibition on Saturday March 4th at 12:45pm, as part of the program's afternoon documentary program.

Post-production for MZUNGU took 10-years to complete due to both the artistic and technical challenges inherent in the complexity of the production.

Bart Santello, MZUNGU's director says that the technical challenges stemmed from the fact that filming used a 2005-vintage Sony TRV-38 digital camera, recording onto Mini-DV tape (SD). The film also used a couple of consumer-based digital cameras at the time that only recorded in 480P!

So scaling-up the footage to look presentable on today's modern HDTV's (2K) was a considerable effort.  Where the imaging was inadequate, the images were processed to create and artistic effect.

Psychotropic Films employs a 'sub-conscious' filmmaking process in which a film is created based inspired images based on an idea (concept).  The film was assembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle of visual 'elements', over the years slowly revealing the experience of two months in Rwanda and Uganda -  a memory of that experience.  The result is a 'dream-like' imagery and sound experience, which provides the viewer an experience as if they have woken-up inside a dream.

New Video Editing Computer

Psychotropic Films has added a new high-performance Video Editing Computer to handle 4K footage from its Samsung NX1 Digital Camera.  Primary editing software is Magix Vegas Pro 14 & Video ProX.

Built Specifications:

CASE: Corsair Carbide 300R w/USB 3.0
CPU: Intel(R) Core™ Processor i7-6800K 6-Core 3.40GHz 15MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011-V3
MOTHERBOARD: MSI X99A XPower Gaming Titanium, Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, USB 3.1 Type-C, Intel GbE LAN, 5x Gen3 PCIe x16, 1 PCIe x1, 2x M.2 PCIe9
PRIMARY DRIVE: M2SSD: 256GB Intel(R) SSD 600p Series PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD - 1800MB/s Read & 560MB/s Write
SSD: 480GB SanDisk Z410 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 535MB/s Read and 445MB/s Write
VIDEO CARD: ASUS GeForce(R) GTX 1070 Dual-Fan OC Edition 8GB GDDR5 (Pascal)
MEMORY: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR4/3000MHz Quad Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance)
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network & built-Wifi Dual band
SOUND: High Definition On-Board 7.1 Audio
OPTICAL: LG BluRay 16x Reader/Writer w/M-DISC support
POWERSUPPLY: 800 Watts - Certified Power Supply 
FAN: Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED CPU Cooler w/ PWM fan Plus 3X 120mm Case Fans
USB HUB: Internal USB 3.0 4-Port Hub
FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer
OS: Windows 10 Home (64-bit Edition)