16 05 2013

Q/A session at Dances with Films.

Filmmakers and movie lovers will be treated to scores of films on this year’s lineup of Dances With Films,” at Hollywood’s famed TCL Chinese Theatre.

Dances With Films, one of LA’s most popular showcase of filmmakers, has unveiled its schedule 16th anniversary or billed as “Sweet 16 year,” ,which now goes for an additional 11 days from May 30-June 9. There will a Grand Jury Prize reception this year, too.

Festival organizers say there will be interesting panels of industry movers and shakers, who plan to discuss changes in the business to the latest trends and demand.

Founder Leslee Scallon, Dances With Films Festival

Scores of films on tap are West Coast premieres and award-winning producer/director, Ron Davis’ child pageant documentary “Miss You Can Do It” scheduled for the opening night film premiere.

The 75 min. HBO Documentary Film’ Miss You Can Do It spotlightsAbbey Curran, Miss Iowa USA 2008, the first woman with a disability to compete at the Miss USA Pageant, as well as eight girls and young women from around the country living with special needs, who take part in the Miss You Can Do It Pageant.

Created in 2004 by Curran, the pageant offers them and their families a chance to bond and take part in a special event where inner beauty and abilities reign. Debuts exclusively on HBO MONDAY, JUNE 24 (9:00 – 10:15PM ET/PT).

iss you can do it RON DAVIS director

On the celebrity carpet and expected to attend the festival are celebs: Chris Rock, Melissa EtheridgeKelly Lynch and Christopher Lloyd to name a few.

Since 1998 Dancing with Films has been an innovator and leader in positioning raw and new talented directors and unusual films. This year Festival announced a new Grand Jury Prize for its lineup, where the winner receives a full distribution deal throught Distributor and Festival sponsor, Gravitas Ventures (Sound CityHunky Dory).

Gravitas Ventures plans to release the winning film with a Video on Demand distribution deal with an anticipated reach of more than 100 homes. For more about Dances with Films and ticket info visit: www.danceswithfilms.com.





Downtown Film Festival judges say hand me the envelope please…And the winner is…

14 07 2012
Downtown Film Festival L.A.Announces 2012 Award Winners

Betty I Am” and “We Are Legion” Given Best Picture NodsAnthony Meindl for “Birds Of A Feather” and Caskey Ebeling for “Getting Up”

Honored as Best Directors

Melissa Leo and Joey Capone Take TOP Acting Awards

Heathen and  Thieves” Captures Audience Favorite Award

The downtown Film Festival grows in the number of films entered and people attending each year. This is the first fest since it was in hiatus for two years and was held at the Independent theater with a dynamite afterparty at Towne (9th & Flower).

The winners of the 2012 Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles were announced today (Friday, July 13th) in an awards presentation at The Hayworth Theater in Los Angeles.

Taking top honors were “Betty I Am” and We Are Legion” for Best Picture feature narrative and  feature documentary, respectively. “Betty I Am” by director Jose Renteria Jr.is a stylish black-and-white film shot on 16 mm that follows the story of two siblings brought together by the untimely death of their father. “We Are Legion,” directed by Brian Knappenberger, is an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the secret hacktivist movement Anonymous.

Best Director honors went to Anthony Meindl for his narrative feature “Birds Of  A Feather”and to Caskey Ebeling for her documentary feature “Getting Up: The Tempt One Story.” Meindl’s film is a new twist on the time-honored comedic movie genre where the action revolves around the mounting of a musical play. Ebeling’s film is  a poignant account of the comeback of well-known graffiti artist Tempt One who became ill with ALS, the debilitating neurological affliction also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

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All four films – “Betty I Am,” “We Are Legion,” “Birds Of A Feather” and “Getting Up” made their  Los Angeles premieres during the festival.

“These independently produced feature films reflect the extraordinary quality and diversity of content in today’s independent cinema. We’re very proud to have played a role in providing a showcase for them in the Film Capital of the World,” said Greg Ptacek, Festival Co-Director.

Sharing the Best Picture Short Film award were “Been Good To Know Yuh” by director Corey Brandenstein, an imaginative depiction of a chapter in the life of poet-songwriter and folk singer Woody Guthrie,  and “This Is A Story About Ted and Alice” by director Teressa Tunney, a battle of the opposite sexes with a decidedly different ending.

The Audience Favorite award was captured by “Heathens and Thieves,” a genre-bending action thriller with a  film noir plotline of intrigue and betrayal but set in the Old West.

Oscar winner Melissa Leo took the Best Actress award for her dark comic role as a woman on the dating circuit in “This Is A Story About Ted And Alice.” Joey Capone was named “Best Actor” for his role in “Carlos Spills The Beans,” playing a character who inherits the family restaurant with disastrously funny consequences.

A complete list of the film awards, as they were presented at tonight’s Closing Night ceremony, follows. Downtown Film Festoval L.A. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spotlighting emerging film talent in the culturally diverse and historic downtown district of Los Angeles.

Downtown Film Festival L.A. 2012 Film Awards

Note: Titles in ALL CAPS indicate feature-length films. Titles in “quotes” indicate short films.

1. Best Director – Short Film

Lauren Lillie – “Paying for It”

2. Best Editing – Short Film

Nayeli Garci-Crespo & Santi Minasi – “Dissent”

3. Best Screenwriting – Short Film

Paul Grellong – “Tracer Gun”

4. Best Cinematography – Short Film

Joe Kocsis – “Legend of the Widower Colby Wallace”

5. Best Musical Score – Short Film

Paul Festa – “The Glitter Emergency”

6. Best Short Films – Honorable Mention

  •  “The Glitter Emergency” directed by Paul Festa
  • “Past Due” directed by Denise C. Plumb
  • “Paying for It” directed by Lauren Lillie
  • “Scenen (Act 1, Scene 1)” directed by Hans Montelius
  • “Substance Ovüse”directed by Burke Roberts

7. Best Short Films (tie)

  •     “Been Good To Know Yuh” directed by Corey Brandenstein
  •     “This Is A Story About Ted and Alice” directed by Teressa Tunney

8. Best Los Angeles Films (All Films)

“Botes al Amanecer” directed by Nikki V. Roberts

9. Best Editing – Feature

Nils Arrington & Thom Newell – JUST LIKE BEING THERE

10.  Best Screenwriting – Feature

Iris Almaraz & Gustavo Ramos – DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR

11. Best Cinematography – Feature

Robert Murphy – CARLOS SPILLS THE BEANS

12.  Best Music/Score – Feature

Adam Blau – FUZZ TRACK CITY

13.  Best Performance by an Actor – Honorable Mention

  •     Michael Buffo – “Slapstick Porno”
  •     Robert Loggia – THE DIARY OF PRESTON PLUMMER
  •     Jimmy Simpson – “Tracer Gun”
  •     Rob Tepper – “Been Good to Know Yuh”

14. Best Performance by an Actor (All Roles/All Films)

Joey Capone – CARLOS SPILLS THE BEANS

15 . Best Performance by an Actress – Honorable Mention

  •     Anishika Fontae – “Gasp”
  •     Kelsey Ford – “Paying for It”
  •     Celeste Pechous – “Past Due”
  •     Matthew Simmons (playing Peg-Leg Ballerina) – “The Glitter Emergency”

16. Best Performance by an Actress (All Roles/All Films)

Melissa Leo – “This Is a Story About Ted and Alice”

17. Best Director – Feature Narrative

Anthony Meindl – BIRDS OF A FEATHER

18. Best Director – Feature Documentary

Caskey Ebeling – GETTING UP:  THE TEMPT ONE STORY

19. Audience Favorite Award (All Films)

HEATHENS AND THIEVES

Directed by Megan Peterson & John Douglas Sinclair

20. Best Picture – Documentary

WE ARE LEGION

Produced and Directed by Brian Knappenberger

21. Best Picture – Narrative

BETTY I AM

Produced by Joe Engelke, Israel Gomez

Directed by Jose Renteria Jr





The World Premiere of “NON COMPOS MENTIS: or Jerry Powell & The Delusions of Grandeur”

18 12 2011
graphic of movie premeire

Tickets available at: http://www.thejerrymovie.com

The Delusions of Grandeur”

 Actress/producer Romina (Hannah Montana, Jonas, 90210 and currently shooting the feature film The Insomniac) is among the confirmed celebrities to attend the Red Carpet event along with the cast of NON COMPOS MENTIS: or Jerry Powell & The Delusions of Grandeur

 

WHAT:           The Los Angeles movie premiere of “NON COMPOS MENTIS: or Jerry Powell & The Delusions Of Grandeur” by guerilla filmmaker Mike Cuenca (creator of the cult web series “Oblivion”). The premiere highlights a Red Carpet event and a gift bag (including wine) for press/celebrities.

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Premiere in downtown Los Angeles

For more information about the movie or for press passes (and Red Carpet inquries) for the event please contact Julia Alexander at juliaalexander2002@hotmail.com

WHEN:           Tuesday, December 27 2011

6:15 press check-in

6:30 Red Carpet

7:00 Movie Premiere

WHERE:         Downtown Independent Theater

251 S. Main Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

THE MOVIE: NON COMPOS MENTIS: or Jerry Powell & the Delusions of Grandeur  is a crime comedy written and directed by Mike Cuenca (creator of the cult web series Oblivion).

Cuenca’s directing style is best described as a “great mixture of Woody Allen and Jim Jarmusch.” The film is shot in stunning black & white by Los Angeles & New York based fashion photographer Amberlie Bankoff  and chronicles a series of vignettes based around Jerry Powell, a low-level thief with memory distrust syndrome. On the edge of sanity, Powell finds himself chased by a gang of criminals, as well as his neurotic girlfriend, as he attempts to deliver a mysterious package for a known money-launderer.


Purchase Tickets online at:
www.thejerrymovie.com
www.blvdducinema.com




“Fathoms Deep” is deep with drama, action and comedy – premieres this week in Los Angeles

11 10 2011
Hollywood, CA – Buzz is starting to mount around a new movie coming out called Fathom’s Deep. Director: Zachary Ryan Block
Writers: Russell Whaley and Zachary Ryan Block (more) »

Stars:Zachary Ryan Block, Gregory Andrejko (One Man’s Goal, Missing Persons, 2010)  and Linda Bella (Monsters in the Woods (post-productionAshley; 2011 Filth to Ashes, Flesh to Dust, Caitlin, 2011 and EcstasySusan 2011.  

headshot of LInda Bella

Linda Bella Stars in "Fathoms Deep"


It is a comical, yet thrilling look inside the life of two partners in crime, Hicks and Cash. They now have to wait out the storm while opposing crime boss Lou Garris has them hunted down. Will they make it out just in time?

In the aftermath of a deal gone bad, two partners in crime, Hicks (Zachary Block) and Cash (Robert Dill) are mere puppets in a twisted lineup of crime lords and “not quite so right in the head” villains. Amongst the haunting backdrop of the Mojave Desert, they now have to wait out the storm with a less than appealing safety man, Pox (Austin Galante of Bad Fathers) while an opposing crime boss Lou Garris (Duane Daniels) has them hunted down.

FATHOMS DEEP coming soon

Will they make it out just in time, or is there even a way out? Fathom’s Deep is a thrilling and often comical look into the life of un-organized crime and one things for sure… “There’s no such thing as Good Guys.” I give this movie two thumbs up and a must see of independent films. Let me know in the comments below if you do see it. Thx.




“I Am Neda” a Powerful Indie Film from Today’s Headlines

5 10 2011

 This year a powerful movie is the featured film of 14th Annual ARPA International Film Festival ‘ShortProgram

SYNOPSIS:

June 2009 marked another turning point for Iranians, when mass anti-government protests erupted across major cities in Iran, following the June 12 rigged Iranian presidential election against the disputed victory of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which came to be known as the “Green Movement”.
These events provoked the Islamic Republic government to declare war on its own people and the world became a witness to some of the most horrific acts that were shown daily through major news outlets, twitter reports and even youtube. Many innocent Iranians were, imprisoned, tortured, raped and killed for standing up for their basic human rights in non-violent civil disobedience.
This story is centered on a courageous young woman who has since become the symbol and face of this movement
Voice of America Television Network Interviews Actress/Producer Nicole Kian about her movie “I Am Neda” on the red carpet.

Persepolis Pictures, United States of America. “I Am Neda” (http://www.IAmNeda.com/), Official Selection – 14th Annual ARPA International Film Festival ‘ShortProgram’(http://affma.org/).





An emotional film to “CHOOSE” from coming soon

21 07 2011

Los Angeles, CA –  “Choose,” the emotional true story about a young husband’s agonizing choice to save his wife or unborn child, is at the heart of the short film by Robbie Bryan which will have its local premiere at the Los Angeles Shorts Film Festival on Monday, July 25, 5:30PM at the Laemmle Sunset 5 theater in West Hollywood.

Director Bryan based his screenplay on the real-life experiences of a college friend and the film is dedicated to the young mother who lost her battle with cancer.

A sleeper hit on the festival circuit, the film has just been accepted by Germany’s prestigious Oldenburg festival, widely considered “the Sundance of Europe.”

“What a thrill it is to be in a festival with folks like Terry Gilliam, Jessica Biel, Rachel Weisz and Eva Mendes, as well as the talented group of indie filmmakers I will be in company with. Can’t wait to storm the castle and have an amazing screening and see everyone’s reaction to “Choose”.

The film has been used as a fundraising tool for cancer support groups such as Susan G. Koman and has been endorsed by both the medical and spiritual community for its honest portrayal of the many ethical issues it raises.

A trailer is available to view on YouTube and there is also a Facebook page for “Choose the Movie” with more information.

Following the screening, there will be a short panel and Q&A led by director Bryan. The group will also be joined by renowned Rabbi David Wolpe (author “Why Faith Matters”) and Keisha Whitaker, actress-producer and cancer advocate, who will introduce the panel. She is also married to Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker.

Tickets for the screening are available at the box office, Laemmle Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, California 90048.





Red Wolf puts on a proper premiere for “A Proper Violence”

3 06 2011

TWO THUMBS UP – A THRILLER MYSTERY THAT WILL KEEP YOU ON THE END OF YOUR CHAIR ALL NIGHT 

Culver City, CA –This is dark and unpredictable independent film “A Proper Violence.”

POSTER OF A PROPER VIOLENCE MOVIE

Coming to theaters soon

Shot for next to nothing in the woods of upstate NY, this deep psychological thriller has moving performances, lots of suspense, and one of the most shocking endings in recent cinema.

Directed by Chris FaulisiMatt Robinson. Starring Randy SpenceJustin MorckShawn Mahoney.

A Proper Violence

Los Angeles Premiere

Hosted by: Cinema Epoch & Red Wolf Films

www.AProperviolence.com

 

WHAT:
A Proper Violence Los Angeles Premiere
www.AProperviolence.com
Event will include press/media/celebrities, red carpet, gift bags, complimentary drinks and entertainment…

WHEN:
Friday June 3, 2011
Red CarpetArrivals begin at: 8:30 p.m.
Press Check-in at: 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Culver City Plaza Theatres

9919 Washington Blvd.

Synopsis:

How far can we go before change becomes impossible?  After being released from prison, Morgan Edwards is striving for change and searching for a new life.  Desperate for connection, he accompanies three strangers into the woods, and is forced to confront the demons of his past.  When it is revealed that his new found friends are connected to his alleged crimes, redemption becomes secondary to survival.  A slow burn to an explosive finish, A Proper Violence is at once a compelling human drama that builds into an edge of your seat thriller that will keep audiences guessing until the final shocking frame. Ultimately a discussion piece, the film challenges its viewers to question their perception of morality.

Director Chris Faulisi: Fresh on the industry circuit, this 22 year old director is making a statement with his debut feature “A Proper Violence”.  Blended with layered themes and dark content, Faulisi explores and exposes the human condition, as it has never been seen before.  Immediately recognizable is Faulisi’s innate ability to foster truthful, engaging performances and tell a dynamic story.  Chris is currently shooting “The Critic” with James Duval and Dominique Swain.  After “A Proper Violence”, Faulisi and lead actor Randy Spence began collaborating on “Shift” a drag racing feature that Chris will direct and Randy will star in.
Official Website: http://www.aproperviolence.com.

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