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

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Downtown Film Festival Draws Huge Crowd and Stars On the Red Carpet

9 09 2010


An exclusive interview with Actor Director John Hawkes

Los Angeles, CA – A larger crowd packed into the opening night of the 2010 Downtown Film Festival L.A. , where Actor Director John Hawks received the  “Indie Film Trailblazer Award.” The event was held at the Civic Center Theater (Ronald. F. Deaton Auditorium), 100 W. 1st St. Los Angeles, 90012 (s.e. corner of 1st & Main across from City Hall in downtown L.A.)
Actor John Hawkes former Deadwood co-star

John Hawkes, Actor Director, Downtown Film Festival on the red carpet with his friends at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles that honored him with the Trailerblazer Award.

John Hawkes – Born and raised in rural Minnesota, John Hawkes moved to Austin, Texas to begin his career as an actor and musician. He co-founded the Big State Productions Theatre Company and appeared in the group’s original play, In the West, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. John starred in the critically acclaimed “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” which received wide praise and was awarded the special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival as well as the Camera d’Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Isabella Cascarano, Actress, Model and Choreographer on the red carpet at DFFLA.

Additional feature credits include, the Lion’s Gate film A Slipping-Down Life(1999) with Guy Pearce, the psychological thriller Identity(2003) alongsideJohn Cusack andRay LiottaMiami Vice (2006) withJamie Foxx andColin Farrell,Playing God (2004),The Perfect Storm(2000), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) andHardball (1997). Hawkes also starred and co-produced the independent filmButtleman (2002) for which he received a Breakout Performance Award at the 2004 Sedona Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at the 2003 Deep Ellum Film Festival. Hawkes’ television credits include a lead role in the critically acclaimed HBO series, “Deadwood” (2004) in which he played Sol Star, a spirited entrepreneur in a lawless town

Here’s the upcoming festival  schedule

Digital Art L.A. @ ART WALK

Thursday, Sept. 9. Noon to Midnight
Join us at the September Art Walk for the one-of-a-kind, free-to-the-public annual Digital Art L.A., Downtown Film Fest’s experimental program, featuring digital video exhibitions, free screenings and live performances by killer bands!

EXHIBITIONS
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
7-9 pm
107 W. 5th (between Spring & Main)
Los Angeles 90013

LACDA presents a dynamic performance collaboration including Tiffany Trenda, video by Victor Acedevo, and experimental electronic music by SigAlert (Rex Bruce, Neil Kohanski and Alex Cole) that explores electro-communicative overkill, L.A. style. Prior performances by this exceptional group have caused a sensation in the Downtown art scene. As well, LACDA presents it annual international new media exhibit of juried submissions. More than 30 artists have been selected from hundreds of entries from around the world, by noted Los Angeles critic and curator Peter Frank of the Riverside Art Museum.

Board of Directors Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles opening night.

Rosslyn Hotel Lobby
2 pm to 9 pm
112 W. 5th St. (between Spring & Main)

Downtown Film Festival L.A. and LACDA present an invitational exhibit in the extravagant lobby of the historic Rosslyn Hotel with works from leading local, regional and national arts organizations: iotaCenter · UCR ARTSblock | California Museum of Photography · Dance Camera West · Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles · Orange County Center for Contemporary Art · Vortex Immersion Media · The Museum of Hyperreal Art (MOHA) More information for both exhibits: lacda Official Site

FREE SCREENINGS
DFFLA Cinema Lounge & Screening Room
Spring Arcade Building, Suite 214
514 S. Spring St. (between 5th & 6th)
Los Angeles 90013

LACDA Digital Short Fest Winners
1:30 pm
The winners of LACDA annual international contest will be screened. Wine & cheese reception to follow.

Destricted
3:30pm

This celebrated collection of experimental, erotic shorts gets a rare public screening as part of the 2010 Downtown Film Fest. The films explore the intersection of sex and art in a series of films created by some of the world’s most preeminent and provocative artists and directors. Explicit in content they reveal the diverse attitudes by which we represent ourselves sexually. Participating artists include Matthew Barney, Richard Prince, Larry Clark, Marina Ambromavic, Marco Brambilla and Gaspar Noe. More info: Destricted Official Website

ART WALK PARTY: The DFFLA Sterephonic Arcade
7 pm to Midnight
Spring Arcade Building
541 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles 90013

DFFLA 2010 presents an indie rock explosion of bands that help define the future of modern music. In conjunction with the screening of the rockumentary Echotone – a highly-stylized film that explores the diversification of the current music scene in Austin, Texas – the producers and DFFLA have assembled a collection of musicians and bands that reflect the fomenting kaleidoscope of new sounds, which emphasize a stringent, uncompromising ideology. L.A.’s Eastside ‘hoods shares a disitinct musical bond with many of the bands from Austin. Almost every week you can find at least one Austin band performing at one of L.A.’s music clubs, and L.A. bands are always in full force at Austin’s SXSW music fest.


Echotone, screening Thursday, Sept. 9, 8 pm, Downtown Independent Theater

Live Music Line-Up:

7-7:45pm – George Glass
8-8:45pm – The Changos
9-9:45pm – Kissing Cousins
10-10:45pm – Twilight Sleep

Press Contact:
Greg Ptacek
Downtown Film Festival L.A.
323-841-8002; greg@dffla.com

Press Contact:
Katie Littlejohn
Downtown Film Festival L.A.
Mobile: 676-898-3587; Katie@dffla.com