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2010-“Surf's Up” in Honolulu

Cool News Dudes: Surfs up in the Land of Five-O! We have just learned that By The Sea will receive The Silver Lei Award at the Honolulu International Film Festival, on April 25, 2010. Thanks to the Honolulu judges who stated in our notification that “your film demonstrated superior and standout filmmaking.”


Thank You To The British Film Festival,
in Los Angeles for our warm reception and
to: Vin Di Bona & Carlos Bernard (presenters)
for our International Endurance Award
(May 8th 2009).

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Left to right: Vin Di Bona
(America's Funniest Videos), Laura Orr
(British Film Fest-Director), Carlos Bernard
(Fox Series: 24), Elena Aaron, Dean Huh
and Dean Barnes.

2009 Brings The "Sea" An Endurance Award

Over the years, so many great films have come and gone, but how is it that By The Sea carries on?

We believe it's our fans. And the British Film Festival (BFFLA), in Los Angeles recognizes this. Recently, we received a wonderful invitation from them which read:

"In light of not only the accomplishments of your film, but also the sustained presence "By The Sea" has maintained in the worldwide film festival community, we will honor you during our awards ceremony on May 8th, 2009 with "The British Film Festival International Endurance Award."

So, we, Elena Aaron & Chris Rivaro look forward to meeting our fans at this May gala, in LA.

To Learn More About The BFFLA, please go to:


June 3, 2008

"By The Sea" will be screening at the England International Film Festival in June 2008. "Oneth by land. Twoeth By The Sea. And a screening on the opposite shore (ENGLAND) shall be.

October 3 , 2007

Calling it a wrap, is not as easy as you think.
"By The Sea" started its Festival run in 2002 and it amazingly continues to be a favorite all over the world. Now, this Latin themed, but English speaking romance has just received Best American Feature Award at the:
2007 Everglades International Film Festival in South Africa. Thank You Sea Fans!

Everglades International Film Festival Award

April 18, 2007
Hey, "Sea" Fans:
Our little film has just received it's first
International nomination for: Best Feature at the
2007 Swansea Bay Film Festival in England.
Stay tuned for the June results!

December 23 , 2006
We realize it’s truly unique for an indie like ours to experience such an extensive festival run, but people seem to enjoy “By The Sea”. And so we’d like to thank the following International friends for their invitations to their 2007 festivals:

1) The Eilat International Film Festival, ISRAEL
May 2nd-5th, 2007

2) The Swansea Bay Film Festival 2007, ENGLAND
Friday June 1st to Sunday June 10th.

3) The Everglades International Film Festival, SOUTH AFRICA
September 1-7th, 2007

We look forward to screening the “Sea” with you in 2007!


2005 DVD En Espanol Awards

May 5, 2005
Still gaining raves and riding a wave, “By The Sea” just received the “Best US Production” Award” at the 2005 DVD En Espanol Awards.
It was cool to be in the company of the majors like Universal and Warner Brothers…
Thank You: Home Media Retailing, Digital Entertainment Group, & The Hollywood Reporter for this impressive honor.
And We Appreciate the continuous work of Desert Mountain Media.




March 23,2005
Finally! A festival in our own backyard!

By The Sea will be at the 10th Annual Latino Film Festival on Sunday April 10 at 1:00 PM
Click here for details.

"Welcome KKSF of San Franciso Listeners!"
Check out our "By The Sea" Movie Trailer in the Media Section (Above)...And we look forward to seeing you at the 2005 Tiburon International Film Festival (March 11-17th)!


By The Sea DVDMemo To:
  • The Construction Workers of Providence Who Lined Up To Have Their Photo Taken With Elena
  • The Tampa Bay Guy Who Loved Chef Tuscano
  • The Truly Dedicated & Passionate Imagen Awards Family in Beverly Hills
  • The Times Square Fans Who Wanted To Buy A Copy of The Film Even Before
    Our Screening Was Over
  • Our Fellow Filmmakers Who Met Us In St. Louis
  • The Sea Fans Who Continually E-mail us.

Thank You For Taking This Journey With Us!

And it's now great to say "By The Sea" is on DVD: As of July 27, 2004

Here's Where You Can Pick Up The DVD

August Appearances
By The Sea gang and Sara Edwards The BY THE SEA gang with Sara Edwards on the Comcast Network in August.


Elena and "VB" on Fox
BY THE SEA leading lady, Elena Aaron, charms Doug Goudie (aka "VB") on FOX-TV's Morning Show in August.

"By The Sea has just received the
2004 Silver Omni Award. The Omni Award carries with it
the distinction of being chosen by entertainment industry
peers as an example of excellence. Thank You To Our

"Catch Us If You Cannes"-
We'll be at Cannes 2004 in the Riviera Pravillion (E-4), so come "Sea" us...


"By The Sea" (BTS) News:



UPDATE - February 3, 2004

The Deans and Elena

"Dean & Dean are delighted to report some Sea Worthy News: The Domestic Distributor for "By The Sea" will be Desert Mountain Media. You can look forward to seeing the film on VHS/DVD in late Spring!"

UPDATE - January 30th, 2004

Shall We Cha-Cha one more time?

Tropical Breezes and a Warm Invitation has come from the 2004 Palm Beach International Film Festival as they have just invited "By The Sea" to participate in this year's festival...We look forward to the Sun & this gala by the sea.

What A Year It's Been!
Chris, Elena and the "By The Sea" Gang wish you Happy Holidays!

Sea Storms into Times Square

To The People of New York: Thank you for coming to our screenings (all 3 jam-packed). You Guys were so vocal and so into it...

To Media of New York: Thank you for acknowledging our indie."

The New York Photos


Chris, Elena and Nilo Cruz.

Chris, Elena and WCBS Anchor/Correspondent: Mario Bosquez take a break from a "Sea" story.


"Elena & Chris visit Telemundo 47 Reporter: Odalys Molina."

"Elena & Chris visit Telemundo 47 Reporter:
Odalys Molina."

UPDATE - November 11th, 2003

"Elena and Chris" BTS Big Apple Media Tour had them visiting New York's Numero Uno Station for "Lovers": 93.1 Amor. Kisses to all the Listeners!

UPDATE - October 28th, 2003

"The Sea" Breezes into Times Square:

For those who live in the city that never sleeps, "By The Sea" has finally made it to Broadway (in manner of speaking) as the film will have it's New York City Premier at the Latino Expo ( on November 16th. The Expo will be held at the Marriot Marquis in Times Square, so pick a screening time and see us on Broadway!

UPDATE - October 14th, 2003

Awards! Awards! Awards!
We've won Accolade Awards of Excellence for Directing, and Producing and an Honorable Mention for Visual Effects!

UPDATE - September 30th, 2003

Accolade Awards"By The Sea" celebrates
its new Accolade Award!

As the Fall Festival Season gets under way, "By The Sea" has won a "Best of Show" award

Bob & Elena
Hey, Miami: We're coming to "sea" you, too! On April 16-25th we will also be partcipating in the Miami Latin Film Festival.

Best Feature Film
The Hope
Film Festival

The Proud Winners

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The By The Sea Premiere
WOW! We sold out 4 theaters as we premiered "By The Sea" at the Providence Festival of New Latin AmericanCinema. Thank You Castle Cinema!

Opening night of the film festival.
Elena Aaron, Chris Rivaro and Dean Huh speak to the crowd at the closing ceremonies of the Providence Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

UPDATE - August 14th, 2003

St. Louis International Film Festival

"We'll meet you in St. Louie! The Festival Run continues as: "By The Sea" will be one of only five films featured at the
St. Louis International Film Festival this November!"

UPDATE - July 27th, 2003

Aurora Awards
The Aurora Award

"A Mid-Summer's Delight: The "By The Sea" Team has just been notified that they are the recipient Of The Gold Award For The Feature Film Category in the 2003 Aurora Awards. More Details Soon.... "

UPDATE - June 17th, 2003

Read the article in La Voz about "By The Sea".

UPDATE - June 3rd, 2003

Photos of "By The Sea" cast and crew hobnobbing at "the 18th Annual Imagen Awards!

UPDATE - May 29th, 2003

Read the Imagen press release for "By The Sea". In English or Spanish. Formatted for Microsoft Word.

UPDATE - May 26th, 2003

The Imagen Awards are in three days! Here are some photos of the "By The Sea" nominees. And the nominees are!

PRESS UPDATE - May 5th, 2003!

"By The Sea" in the Boston Globe

'Sea' recognized for Latino portrayals

Read the Boston Globe article on ''By the Sea,'' (co-written by Dean Huh and Dean Barnes, produced by Tony Bennis, and directed by Dean Barnes) and it's Imagen Award nomniations! (Read The Full Article)

UPDATE - May 5th, 2003! Dean, Dean & Drew At Busch Gardens

"Question: Hey, Dean & Dean (and Drew?),
Now that you've earned 3 Nominations to
the prestigious Imagen Awards what are
you going to do?

Answer: Go to Busch Gardens!"

UPDATE - April 24th, 2003!

It is with great pleasure that we announce that "By The Sea" has been nominated in the "Best Picture Category," "Best Actress Category", and "Best Supporting Actor" Category for the Imagen Awards to be held at the Beverly Hilton on May 29th.

For the Best Picture Category "By The Sea" will be competing with
films like "Frida", "Tuck Everlasting" and "City of God".

For the Best Actress, Elena Aaron will go against Jennifer Lopez,
Alexa Vega, Alexis Bledel, Salma Hayek and America Ferrera.

For Best Supporting Actor, Chris Rivaro will compete with Luis Guzman.

UPDATE - April 18th, 2003!
It's Official: "By The Sea" will be playing at Boston's Famous Hatch Shell (Outdoor Home of the Boston Pops' 4th) on May 9th as a part
of the Boston International Comedy and Movie Festival.
This will be a great Homecoming for the "Sea" Gang, so bring your blankets and come join us under the stars!

UPDATE - April 9th, 2003!
The International Family Film Festival (IFFF) Has Just Notified
Us That We Will Screen at their Festival in Sunny Santa Clarita,
California on April 28th. Their mission is: "to promote socially
responsible films that are suitable for a general audience and
express a fundamental respect for the positive values of life."

So, it 's "By The Sea" in 2003!...And your Airline e-tix should
now read: Tucson (April 10th,), Tampa Bay (April 24th),
Santa Clarita (April 28th) and on May 9th the Boston International
Comedy & Movie Festival (The Surprise Venue to TBA).

UPDATE - March 6th, 2003!
Nation of Navajo.
Land of the cactus and diamondbacks.
And now home of the "Sea?" That's right!
"By The Sea" will be in the 12th Annual Arizona International Film Festival in Tucson, on April 3-13th. That makes two festivals
(Tampa Bay on the 25th-28th) for April!

UPDATE - January 20th, 2003!
As 2003 begins, "By The Sea" continues to ride the Festival Wave! The Tampa Bay Film and Video Festival has just selected our film for screening in competition at this years' event (April 10-13th). So, if you're in the area, come "Sea" us: By The Bay.

UPDATE - December 30th, 2002! A Tale of Two Cities!
If you can't catch "By The Sea" at the First Night Film Festival you can see it in Providence, Rhode Island at the Castle Cinema. Showtimes are 7 PM and 9 PM on New Year's Eve and 3 PM, 7 PM and 9 PM on New Year's Day.
A Happy New Year to all!

UPDATE - December 13th, 2002!
First Night Show Time & Place!
On New Year's Eve-"By The Sea" will have it's Boston premiere
at the First Night Film Festival and Tony V (Chef Tuscano) will
be performing his comedy...So, get your HATS and HORNS ready!
See it at The Hynes Convention Center at 9:00pm.

UPDATE - December 6th, 2002!
"In our Film Fest travels, many folks have been asking us if Lena (Elena Aaron) did the sketches in her book. Nope. It's Toni Goffe. He has written/illustrated over 200 childrens books (including: Paddington Bear) and resides a lovely "Manse" in England.
Here's a link to his website."
Check out his sketches of the cast here!

UPDATE - October 15th, 2002!
"Hope and Dreams" Photo!
Dean Huh and members of the cast at the "Hope and Dreams Festival".

UPDATE - October 5th, 2002!
Who said "dreams don't come true"?
"By The Sea" has won Best Film of the 2002 Hope and Dreams Film Festival in Hope, NJ!

UPDATE - August 26th, 2002!
The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival will screen "By The Sea" on September 13th (Opening Day)...So grab your tux and your hiking boots!

UPDATE - August 12th, 2002!
New "By The Sea" Trailer! Check it out!

UPDATE - July 31st, 2002!
Music seen and heard in By The Sea! Latin Grammy Award Nominees, Vocal Sampling!
Full Story

UPDATE - July 30th, 2002! "By The Sea" in Variety Magazine!

Just Added July 15th, 2002! The "By The Sea Poster" is here!

Read the synopsis of "By The Sea"!

"Go West!"
West Coast Screening: Wednesday -July 17th -7pm
Dolby Labs - 3601 West Alameda - 3rd Floor-Burbank, CA.
(818) 823-2800
Limited Seating - Please RSVP at

Update! June 26, 2002!
Listen to Dean Huh's interview on Renaissance Radio's "The Executive Connection", hosted by Joe Nugent.

"By The Sea" in NYC
A New York City Screening of "By The Sea"for
distributors took place on June 4th at 7pm.

UPDATE! May 8, 2002!
The winner of the autographed conga goes to raffle ticket # 395034...By the way the raffle raised $150 for the "Tomorrow Fund". To those who participated, "Thanks for helping the kids"!

UPDATES! April 28, 2002!

New photo of Chris, Elena and Robert at the Pawtucket Red Sox game Friday night!
New photo of Elena Aaron and Robert Pemberton with the WPRO-FM Morning Show team of Giovanni and Kim.
New links to press coverage of "By The Sea"!
Gloria Estefan song to be used in "By The Sea"

Thanks to the Estefan Gang in Miami: Gloria Estefan's
"Tengo Que Decirite Algo" ("I Have To Tell You Something") will be featured in "BTS".

...More superb Cuban soundz for BTS come from the acapella salsa band known as "Vocal Sampling". Two songs from their new CD (March 15th) "Cambio de Tiempo" will be featured in the film...They sing all the instrumental parts, too...Check'em out at:

...Lovely Elena Aaron can be seen on The Sopranos next
fall. She will be a Bada-Bing Bartender...

More BTS News to come...