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November 2019

Nov 13

A Purgatory Story  Online Release 😈

"...very happy to announce that early tomorrow morning (today, if you're on the East Coast) we share our film with the world.  It will be available on Amazon and Vimeo." 


September 2019

Sep 15

Nominated in in two award categories at FilmQuest, A Purgatory Story won Best Screenplay- Short

Sep 14

FilmQuest (6th-14th): Velour Live Music Gallery, Downtown Provo, Utah

"A Purgatory Story" screens as part of block 14 horror shorts on Saturday the 14th @ 12 noon. It is nominated in two award categories: Best Fantasy Short, Best Screenplay - Short. (click here to purchase tickets)

Sep 4-29

Every year the Fantasy Filmfest tours through Germany and every year it offers its viewers a unique mix of genre films that can not be found anywhere else in German cinema. A Purgatory Story is part of this years tour. It is nominated for the 'Get Shorty Award'  and the 'Kurzfilm Award'. Click the Fantasy Filmfest link to learn which cities and dates have screenings.

August 2019

Aug 30

The Independent Cinema Showcase Summer Newsletter

Aug 27 

The ICS Summer Edition 2019 was well attended and  a great success. Thank you everyone who attended, volunteered  and contributed. Congratulations to the special category winners: The Briefcase, Forget  About Tomorrow, and 2 Below 0 .

The 2019 Fall Edition is set for November 17.  Submit your work via FilmFreeway.

The ICS  Fall Edition 2019

Sunday November 17


Tickets: $20

Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE

1000 W. Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Aug 25

The ICS Summer Edition 2019

Sunday August 25th


Tickets: $20

Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE

1000 W. Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

July 2019

Jul 19

"A Purgatory Story"  received a rousing welcome from the packed theatre for its run at The LA SHORTS International Film Festival

Jul 15

Voyage LA Magazine features "Trailblazer Mary Rachel Gardner " in an editorial interview ... Read More

April 2019

Apr 8

Showing to a fully packed theater for both screenings, "A Purgatory Story" wins 'Audience Favorite' for Best After Hours Shorts at the 43rd Cleveland International Film Festival.

Apr 1 

The Independent Cinema Showcase Spring Newsletter

March 2019

Mar 15

The ICS Spring Edition 2019

Sunday April 21st


Tickets: $20

Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE

1000 W. Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015


December 2018

Break Time

Visit the website to view the trailer and get updates on film festival news.

November 2018

ShortsTV  is excited to announce their agreement with Kalliste Zoe Productions for the right to broadcast "Alleys" and "Birds Dropping".

Click on the link for schedule in your area.

October 2018

Oct 27

The ICS Fall Edition 2018

Saturday October 27th, 7pm - 11 pm.

'The Grays Studios' 

5250 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood

Oct 10

The Independent Cinema Showcase  Newsletter

July 2018

Jul 28

The ICS Summer Edition 2018.

Saturday July 28th, 7pm - 11pm

'The Grays Studios' 

5250 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood

Jul 11

The Independent Cinema Showcase  Newsletter

April 2018

 Apr 30

"In an exclusive interview to Anna Krith’s Lifestyle, Actress and Film Producer of “Kalliste Zoe Productions”, Mary Rachel Gardner, talks about the life of Greeks in Los Angeles, how she managed to become Production Assistant at the Ellen Show and explains why she loves hand written cards and letters." Read More

Apr 29

The 2018 Spring Showcase featured an eclectic collection of films from around the world.  The Downtown Independent Theatre was alive with energy and  excitement. Kalliste Zoe Productions and collaborator,, thanks everyone in attendance for their support of independent filmmaking.

March 2018

Mar 24

Congratulations to everyone associated with 'Alleys' !!! It received five nominations (Best Short, Best Writing, Best Sound, Best Cinematography, Best Romantic Comedy) at the recent Top Indie Films Awards and won for Best Romantic Comedy.

"Excellent unconventional love story with fantastic writing, cinematography, sound, and music. Loved the opening with the funny roommate humor and most importantly the dark realistic turn when the homeless friend V passes away. The scene with Josh's friends also felt very authentic and natural. The ending was especially moving when his ex finds him so devastated. Great balance of tone with sadness but some comedy (like Josh riding his skateboard to Lani's house only to be embarrassingly spotted on the approach by her new boyfriend), hope (the nice moment in the kitchen with the redhead kissing Josh), etc. Not your typical terrible Hollywood rom com. Very well done. Most of it all, it felt real." 

(Top Indie Film Awards 2018)


February 2018

Feb 19

The ICS Spring Edition 2018 has been announced. Sunday April 29th is the big day. Book your tickets early. More announcements regarding what is on the bill will be coming soon. RSVP NOW!

Feb 07

Coming Soon !

A Purgatory Story (2018) 

A demon relegated to spirit board duty falls in love with a girl on the other side.

This collaboration with Mad Hat Entertainment is currently in post production aiming for release this Spring. 

December 2017

Dec 14

Last Sunday, December 3rd, Cinemacy was invited to cover an up-and-coming series of short films presented by The Independent Cinema Showcase at the Downtown Independent.  (Read More)

Dec 4

Kalliste Zoe Productions  thanks everyone who came out to support and brought some Holiday Cheer, as we packed the theatre yesterday for the Independent Cinema Showcase !

November 2017

Nov 22

Kalliste Zoe Productions announces "The Independent Cinema Showcase" !  

Coming Sunday, December 3, 2017 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST 

October 2017

Oct 17

Kalliste Zoe Productions is now affiliated with  You can stream Alleys and Birds Dropping anytime, anywhere on any device.

Oct 16

BIRDS DROPPING screenings were well received and attended at the 40th MVFF !

September 2017

Sep 12

Birds Dropping  will be featured at the 40th Mill Valley Film Festival

"Dear Mary Rachel,

I am writing to invite you and your film BIRDS DROPPING to be part of the 40th Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF), which will take place this year from October 5-15.  The San Francisco Bay Area, as you may know, has a diverse and discerning audience, and we feel that your short will be an excellent fit in our program.

Founded in 1978, the eleven-day festival sells over 40,000 tickets annually, and hosts over 250 filmmakers from around the world. You can check out our website at  to get a look at this festival known internationally as a high profile, prestigious event celebrating the best of independent international cinema. Our commitment to helping celebrate shorts and features, both American and foreign, has made it a festival of choice for filmmakers worldwide, and we would be thrilled to have you attend. 

Again, we extend our congratulations on an excellent film. We would be honored to have it in this year's festival.

Best regards,


Sterling Hedgpeth

Programming Manager 

Mill Valley Film Festival"

Sep 10

Birds Dropping  to be featured at another festival!

Milwaukee Womens Film Festival  hosted by Film Girl Film

@ The Underground Collaborative

August 2017

Aug 12

The excitement around Alleys continues to grow!

CineArtistry Shorts Fest IV

Saturday, August 12 at 2 PM - 5 PM

@ Secret Rose Theatre

"This will be a very special Showcase because Mary Rachel Gardner will be RETURNING with her new film Alleys just a few months after screening her last one! That's exactly how we roll at CineArtistry!"

Aug 5

ACME Comedy Film Nights 

Saturday,  Aug 5th @ 6pm

Featuring Birds Dropping

Directed by Mary Rachel Gardner, Coral Huerta 


July 2017

Jul 8

Birds Dropping Review 

Author -  CineArtistry 

"A hilarious little short film about two women headed to a wedding when their car suddenly breaks down in the middle of the desert. Much in the same vein as a show like Seinfeld, the two characters are so petty that their actions ultimately worsen their own situation ... We’re excited to see kinds of films these guys will be making in the future, especially if they ever make a feature film."

March 2017

Mar 2

Hollywood North Magazine  Reviews "Chocolate Cake"

“A romantic conjuring of the tangential ideations that exist in every charged moment—a visual poem of the mind engaged.”

February 2017

Feb 28

Mary Rachel Gardner: Making Her Mark in the Film Industry

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February 2016

Feb 4

This Hufflepuff Rap Parody To "Bubble Butt" Is The Anthem We Were All Waiting For

Author -

Bustle delivers everything you want to know, see, and read right now whether you're starting your work day, taking a study break, waiting for a flight, preparing a bottle for your kid, or doing something else entirely. 

December 2015

Dec 22

'Hufflepuff' Rap Video To The Tune Of 'Bubble Butt' Is Pure Gold

Author - Movie Pilot

We started Movie Pilot with one mission in mind: to make fan voices heard in the movie industry. Millions of film lovers worldwide visit to discover and create content about their favorite movies and TV shows.

Dec 15

There's finally an ENTIRE song celebrating the greatness of Hufflepuff 

Author - Radio Times