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.





Writer, Director, Producer Eric Wareheim and filmmakers from 32 different countries“The Los Angeles Music Video Festival”

4 05 2012

Los Angeles Music Video Festival through Saturday features Writer, Director, Producer Eric Wareheim and filmmakers from 32 different countries flying in to see their work on a big screen.

“The Los Angeles Music Video Festival”

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Featuring Writer, Director, Producer Eric Wareheim and filmmakers from

32 different countries flying in to see their work on a big screen at the two-day event

 

What:                   2nd Annual LA Music Video Festival (Tickets)

Who:                         Eric Wareheim, writer, director and producer
The comedy team of “Tim and Eric Billion Dollar Movie (2012)”.
Seventeen Evergreen
, a live sync performance by Seventeen Evergreen
LA Music Video Festival Founder, Sami Kriegstan
Junior Wright, “Private Dancer” (2012) Video, “Come To Me” 2012).

 

When:                       FRIDAY & SATURDAY, MAY 4-5TH 

May 4 at 5:00pm until May 5 at 10:30pm

                                    *****Friday May 4th *** RSVP for this event

                                    5pm – Screening – Best of LAMVF 2011     6pm – Screening – Fan/Tribute Category

                                    7pm – Panel – The Comedy Music Video     8pm – Screening – Comedy Category

                                    9pm – Keynote – Eric Wareheim & Friends & Favorites

                                    10:30pmAfter party Reception in the lobby

                                    *******Saturday May 5th*******

                                    4pm – Screening – Student Category                        5pm – Panel – The Business of Music Videos

                                    6pm – Screening – Non-Narrative Category 7pm – Food Trucks/Life’s A Pitch contest

                                     8pm – Screening – Narrative Category        9pm – Live Sync Performances

                                    10pm – Awards/Best of the Fest                    10:30pm – Cinco de Mayo After party!

Where:                     Downtown Independent Theater,
251 S. Main Street (Directions)

                                    (Between 2nd and 3rd Sts.) (parking next door)
RSVP: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/233637

 

Background:   A complete preview of Festival by Kyle Fitzpatrick can be found at LOS ANGELES I’M YOURS BLOG.com – (http://bit.ly/K3l0ht). No red carpet, but a “Green room for media interviews”

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This year’s fest is basically last year’s on steroids. two days instead of one, five categories instead of two…there will be lots of exciting, unique things going on including a one-of-a-kind ‘keynote conversation’ between Eric Wareheim and his favorite collaborators, a live sync performance by Seventeen Evergreen,”said Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival Sami Kriegstan. LAMVF Media Contact: Colleen Curline colleen@lamvf.com  General LAMV inquiries:  info@lamvf.com
Editors: Media for Junior Wright please call Aida Mayo or George Mc Quade for advanced interviews
@ 818-340-5300 or 818-618-9229.

 





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.

image of Blvd. Du Cinema _ Mike Cuenca's Blog.htm

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.




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.





More than a dozen movie premieres at the Downtown Film Festival in Los Angeles starts Wednesday ends on 9-11

8 09 2010

John Hawkes To Be Honored With The
Indie Trailblazer of the Year Award

Los Angeles, CA – Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles announced today that “Everything Will Happen Before You Die,” a hilarious romp through the underbelly of L.A.’s boho subculture, will be presented as the 2010 festival’s Centerpiece Gala premiere film, Saturday, Sept. 11th, 7:30 pm at the new 400-seat Civic Center F. Deaton Auditorium, at corner of 1st and Main St., across from City Hall in downtown L.A.

John Hawkes
(courtesy JHS Class of 1997)

The presentation marks the world premiere of the film directed by Dan Finkel and written by Finkel and Brian McGuire. The film stars McGuire and Bret Roberts. Bruce Dickson is the director of photography.

That evening during the Centerpiece program, actor John Hawkes will be honored with the festival’s Indie Trailblazer of the Year Award, for his body of work in 2010. In addition to appearing in “Everything Will Happen Before You Die,” Hawkes also appears in “On Holiday,” another feature screening premiering at the festival earlier that afternoon. Earlier this year, Hawkes received critical acclaim for his starring role in “Winter’s Bone,” which debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and went on to nationwide commercial release. Hawkes also has appeared in the feature releases “The Perfect Storm,” “Wristcutters: A Love Story” and “Me and You and Everyone We Know” as well as TV’s “Deadwood& quot; and “Lost.”

In “Everything Will Happen Before You Die,” Edgar (Brian McGuire) finally has got his shit together. After years of riding the party train, he has finally stepped off and is living the nerdy, hipster dream. He has his own on-line fabric company where he designs controversial T-shirts, and has a new beautiful Kenyan girlfriend whom he’s marrying at the end of the day (ok, for her immigration status). He’s right on track with his new life when an unexpected visitor from the past sets him on a new (old) course. Doran (Brett Roberts), a Russian expat who has his own private cabin on life’s party train, insists that he gives his best friend an all-day bachelor adventure. Next stop: chaos! Their friendship is tested as they must square off with a low-re nt Russian mobster and embark on a spiritual quest that brings them in contact with a motley crew of characters from L.A.’s self-professed bohemian underbelly.

“We’re delighted to be the launching platform for this film that so much captures the spirit of L.A.’s ‘alt subculture.’ Brian, Bret, Dan and the rest of their filmmaking team have proven that you don’t need a huge production budget to make a superior – and I’ll add, extremely funny – feature film,” said Greg Ptacek, DFFLA’s Festival Co-Director. “It’s also our honor to award John Hawkes with our Indie Trailblazer Award. John has had an amazing year, and his talent for completely transforming himself in roles, as evidenced in ‘Everything,’ never ceases to amaze me, and audiences everywhere.”

The 2010 Downtown Film Festival L.A. will be held Sept. 8-12 in venues throughout Los Angeles’ historic core. More than 100 feature-length and short films – narrative, documentary and experimental – will be presented along with filmmaker Q&As, panel discussions, cocktail parties, live music events and receptions. For more information, please visit us online at www.dffla.com.

PRESS CONTACT

Katie Littlejohn, publicist
Downtown Film Festival L.A.676-898-3587; katie@dffla.com

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“The Bill Hicks Story” comes alive at Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival

23 08 2010

Los Angeles, CA – Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles announced today that “American: The Bill Hicks Story” will be presented as the 2010 festival’s Opening Night Film, Wed., Sept, 8th, 7:30 pm at the new 400-seat Civic Center F. Deaton Auditorium, at the corner of 1st and Main St., across from City Hall in downtown L.A.
The presentation will mark the Los Angeles premiere for the critically acclaimed film that has been commercially released in Europe and previously screened in North America at HotDocs in Toronto, SXSW in Austin, the Boston Int’l Film Festival and the Seattle Int’l Film Festival. In its review, The Hollywood Reporter said “the groundbreaking comedian gets a step closer to immortality with American…funny, well executed” and achieving a “compelling intimacy.” The Daily Mirror (UK) called it “hysterically funny and deeply moving tribute to a true American outlaw.” Variety called it a “fascinating portrait of a born funnyman who seemed to know early on that his time was limited.”

With exclusive interviews from the people who knew Hicks intimately, filmmakers Paul Thomas and Matt Harlock boldly recreate scenes throughout the comedian’s life using a stunning new form of photo-animation that Esquire called “brilliant and beguiling,” allowing the audience to be immersed in Bill’s world as he moves from Houston to Los Angeles, where he achieved his first level of success at the famed Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. (His name is still featured on the Comedy Store’s Wall of Fame.) Hicks would go onto to make his mark not only in the LA comedy community, but nationally as well, appearing on “Late Night with Letterman” eleven times, as well as two of his own HBO specials.

His life and career, which promised even more to come, was tragically cut short when he was diagnosed at age 32 with pancreatic cancer and died in 1994 within a matter of months. Known as a comedian in the vein of Lenny Bruce, Dick Gregory and Mort Sahl who wasn’t afraid to tackle “big ideas” on politics, religion and even the meaning of life in a stand-up comedy routine, Hicks started with a cult following, first through word-of-mouth, bootlegs and VHS, and is now tipping into a much wider mainstream following.

The filmmakers comment: “Although Bill was a superstar outside America, the challenging nature of his material meant he never got the chance to be seen unedited by mainstream US audiences, but since the rise of Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show,” Stephen Colbert and Lewis Black, the landscape has changed. Considered by many in the comedy community to be one of the most important stand-ups America ever produced, this firebrand comic’s freethinking message of acceptance and hope is more relevant in today’s world than ever. Above all though, his is the human story of an artist who had to overcome great obstacles, personal and professional, to try and make the world a better place. As such, its for everyone.”

Headlining at festivals around the States, and now the second most successful theatrical documentary release in the UK this year, the film is now primed to firmly secure Bill’s place on America’s cultural map.

In “American,” Hicks’ story is told by the 10 people who knew him best; his family and closest friends who recount the twists and turns of his life with a freshness that hasn’t faded in 15 years. From Los Angeles filmmaker Kevin Booth, Bill’s lifelong friend, to the Outlaw Comics who introduced Bill into their heady world of drugs and alcohol, to photographer David Johndrow who perceptively captures some of the most revelatory moments of Bill’s life, each speaker is a compelling narrator who still carries a piece of Bill with them and, woven together, they bring a palpable sense of Bill’s presence to the screen.

“We’re privileged to present the Los Angeles premiere of this compelling film about a truly original comedian whose humor still resonates today,” said Rod Ramsey, DFFLA Director of Programming. “For those who already know Bill Hicks, the movie reveals all, including how some of his most famous skits were directly connected to events in his early life. For those who aren’t acquainted with Hicks, suffice to say that Letterman taped and then banned his last televised skit from his show. He was a rebel with a cause and a punchline.”

The 2010 Downtown Film Festival L.A. will be held Sept. 8-12 in venues throughout Los Angeles’ historic core. More than 100 feature-length and short films – narrative, documentary and experimental – will be presented along with filmmaker Q&As, panel discussions, cocktail parties, live music events and receptions. For more information, please visit us online at www.dffla.com.

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