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.

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“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/).





“Keiko The Untold Story Makes Los Angele Dubut @LA Femme Film Festival, Hollywood

16 10 2010

LA Femme Film Festival Oct. 14 -17th Renberg Theatre.

Millions of Keiko fans around the world will finally learn the truth about what happened to the “Free Willy” star

Los Angeles October 13, 2010   Keiko the Untold Story by Theresa Demarest will screen at the 6thAnnual LA Femme Film Festival, on Friday, October 15 at 12 pm.  Four years in the making, this compelling documentary presents never before seen footage of Keiko – the Free Willy star, the first and only captive Orca to released back into the wild.  The film provides insight into the unique culture of Orcas, and how the impact of being taken from his pod affected Keiko’s survival instincts. The film offersexclusive accounts of his day-to-day existence by Keiko’s last two caretakers, Colin Baird and Thorbjorg (Tobba) Valdis Kristjansdottir

“It seems like everything I’ve ever done, everybody I’ve ever known, every piece of music and poetry I’ve ever written, has gone into making this film,” says first-time filmmaker Theresa Demarest, a celebrated singer and songwriter from the Northwest, retired critical care nurse, former Catholic nun, single parent and two-time breast cancer survivor. It has been a phenomenal journey.”

Keiko first swam into Demarest’s life in 1996, while she was recovering from several major surgeries related to her second battle with cancer. The day the ailing whale arrived in Oregon, Demarest found herself mesmerized by his spirit after an eleven-year ordeal surviving in a tank that was never designed for anything larger than an eight-foot bottlenose dolphin.

“There was something about the story,” she recalls, “something about the people involved in the story, something about him and his spirit got me going after his story.”

Among Demarest’s ‘other hats” on the film include stints as producer, singer, songwriter, composer, and executive producer (along with EP’s Nola Wilken and Jay Schornstein).  The film’s expert advisors include Baird, Director of Field Operations, the Free Willy- Keiko Project, Dr. Naomi Rose of the Humane Society International, Mark Berman of the Earth Island Institute, and Dr. Paul Spong of OrcaLab.

The film just won Best Documentary from the Accolade Film Competition and will compete as an Official Selection at the Starz Denver Film Festival November 3 – 14, 2010.

The LA Femme Film Festival, now in its sixth year, runs October 14- 17, 2010. Keiko the Untold Storywill screen at the Davidson Valentini Theater, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Hollywood on Friday, October 15 at 12 pm.  Tickets for the festival can be purchased online at www.LAFemme.org or at the box office.

See you on the blue carpet!

 

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Contact:

 

Theresa Demarest/ Producer                                    Deborah Gilels

Joshua Records, LLC                                              LA Media Consultants

2435 SW 5th Ave., #201                                              Cell 818-648-9513

Portland, OR 97201                                                      Office- 758-6509

(503) 807-3524 (Cell)                                             ddgilels@prodigy.net

(503) 235-6072 (Office)

info@keikotheuntoldstory.com

www.keikotheuntoldstory.com

Synopsis:

Nowhere in recent history has a captive mammal garnered so much attention as Keiko, the orca star of the 1993 hit film, “Free Willy.” The film’s success, partnered with growing public interest in animals held in captivity, launched a children’s crusade that called for Keiko’s release into the wild. The result: a multimillion-dollar project that spanned four countries, weathered endless controversy and lasted nearly a decade. Through first-hand accounts by the marine mammal experts charged with his care, “Keiko The Untold Story” follows Keiko, his life, his legacy of hope, and the untold story of his extraordinary years in Iceland and Norway.


 

 





New Entertainment & Los Angeles Media Study finds runaway TV/film production a threat to Hollywood

21 01 2010

Runaway TV/film production stilll poseing threat new LAEDC Study finds.

LAEDC’s Entertainment Report Sees Modest Increasein Industry Employment, Another Strong Year at Box Office

Despite a boost from California’s film incentive program, runaway TV/film production remains a significant threat

Los Angeles, CA —  A new study released today by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s (LAEDC) Kyser Center for Economic Research predicts a modest increase in industry employment in 2010.   The report also forecasts another strong year at the box office, no foreseeable labor issues, and a boost in production from California’s film incentive program.

Other pluses include NBC’s programming of scripted series in the 10:00 p.m. primetime spot being vacated by Jay Leno and the ongoing investment in the entertainment industry’s infrastructure such as NBC Universal’s Evolution Project and the Disney/ABC Studios at the Ranch. However, key issues include changes in the business model, with an intense focus on costs.  Run-away production remains a significant threat and changing technology, distribution, exhibition and marketing models are noted.

The media industry will continue to struggle, reflecting a slow rebound in advertising and changes in the way consumers access information.

Jack Kyser, LAEDC

The LAEDC study recommends a renewed focus on entertainment as a serious business because it is a high-wage, high-multiplier activity.  The study cited efforts by the cities of Los Angeles and Santa Clarita to become more “film-friendly.”  It also recommends watching the state’s film incentive plan that has helped boost employment in this sector.

“The coming changes in how the industry operates also need to be monitored,” said LAEDC  Founding Economist Jack Kyser.  “At the end of the day, content is still king and leaders need to be alert so that much of it is still produced in the County.”

For the full study and highlights of the report visit: http://tinyurl.com/yfmwjzj