Tag: independent filmmakers

Moondance – March 20th, 8pm

Moondance, screening March 20th at 8 PM

Moondance is a zany musical comedy that follows a rogue director that turns a run of the mill Hollywood love story into a big band musical with the help of his crew and the out of the loop actors.
Join the cast and crew at this exclusive opportunity to see Moondance during its theatrical run!

Tickets available here!

Moondance was written and directed by Cooper Flannigan

The film stars Jonah Robinson, Carolyn Rabbers, Cooper Flannigan, Sam Jones, Brandon Stewart with Kami Flanders, Jordan Mullins and Adam Conove

The film was produced by Chase Crawford and Cooper Flannigan

**POSTPONED** Feral – March 19th, 7:30pm

Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles presents the second annual celebration of liminal spaces and states of being in film

CINE NEPANTLA  

Featuring the 2018 Mexican horror mockumentary Feral  

Thursday, March 19, at 7:30PM at the Downtown Independent

Nepantla is a Nahuatl word which describes the state of living in-between different cultures. It can also refer to living in the borderlands or being at a literal or metaphorical crossroads. In line with this concept, Cine Nepantla aims to create a space in which meaningful dialogue among audiences of different socio-economic backgrounds, races, ethnicities, ages, abilities, genders, sexualities, nationalities, and religions can take place and effect change.

About Feral (Andrés Kaiser, Mexico, 98 minutes)

Somewhere in the Oaxacan mountains are the burnt-out remains of a shelter that housed a psychoanalyst priest who was obsessed with rehabilitating savage children to place them back into society. Through videotape diaries, viewers are treated to a portrait of a man whose singular pursuit of this goal saw him excommunicated from the church he holds dear, separated from society, and plagued by a self-doubt which chipped away at his humanity. However, a more sinister picture begins to emerge as interviews with individuals from the nearby village and his close family appear.

Kaiser’s found-footage documentary weaves a spellbinding tale by featuring deep character explorations that threatens to spill into malevolence at any moment. Examining questions of blind faith, trust, and doubt, Kaiser explores the individual in relation to the church through a critical lens that highlights the hypocrisies prevalent within religion and builds on the idea of the “other,” an ostracized figure both feared and reviled. A small cast of remarkable actors helps keep the atmosphere tense and frightening in the build-up to a haunting and unforgettable climax. Feral is a compelling debut that marks Kaiser as a talent to watch.

WATCH THE TRAILER! https://youtu.be/L9jRHTiyfHk

About Andrés Kaiser

Mexican director, writer and editor Andrés Eichelman Kaiser studied directing and film writing at Escuela Superior de Artes y Espectáculos in Madrid, Spain. After returning to Mexico, he worked as an assistant editor for the film Rudo y Cursi (2008) by Carlos Cuarón. A year later, he wrote, produced and edited the short documentary En algún lugar, which is about the migration of Central Americans to Mexico. It was presented at the Festival Internacional de Cine Documental in Mexico City, the DOCSDF, in 2010. His directorial debut comes with Feral (2018), which was screened at the Festival Internacional de Cine in Morelia, MX in 2017. Most recently, Kaiser has been working on the horror film Preciosísima sangre, which takes place in 18th-century Mexico and follows a priest sent to investigate a series of strange murders that have taken place within one of the convents of the church.

LACLA curator and screenwriter Guido Segal will host a question and answer session with Kaiser following the screening.

**POSTPONED ** Feral – March 19th, 7:30pm

Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles presents the second annual celebration of liminal spaces and states of being in film

CINE NEPANTLA

Featuring the 2018 Mexican horror mockumentary Feral

Thursday, March 19, at 7:30PM at the Downtown Independent

Nepantla is a Nahuatl word which describes the state of living in-between different cultures. It can also refer to living in the borderlands or being at a literal or metaphorical crossroads. In line with this concept, Cine Nepantla aims to create a space in which meaningful dialogue among audiences of different socio-economic backgrounds, races, ethnicities, ages, abilities, genders, sexualities, nationalities, and religions can take place and effect change.

About Feral (Andrés Kaiser, Mexico, 98 minutes)

Somewhere in the Oaxacan mountains are the burnt-out remains of a shelter that housed a psychoanalyst priest who was obsessed with rehabilitating savage children to place them back into society. Through videotape diaries, viewers are treated to a portrait of a man whose singular pursuit of this goal saw him excommunicated from the church he holds dear, separated from society, and plagued by a self-doubt which chipped away at his humanity. However, a more sinister picture begins to emerge as interviews with individuals from the nearby village and his close family appear.

Kaiser’s found-footage documentary weaves a spellbinding tale by featuring deep character explorations that threatens to spill into malevolence at any moment. Examining questions of blind faith, trust, and doubt, Kaiser explores the individual in relation to the church through a critical lens that highlights the hypocrisies prevalent within religion and builds on the idea of the “other,” an ostracized figure both feared and reviled. A small cast of remarkable actors helps keep the atmosphere tense and frightening in the build-up to a haunting and unforgettable climax. Feral is a compelling debut that marks Kaiser as a talent to watch.

WATCH THE TRAILER! https://youtu.be/L9jRHTiyfHk

About Andrés Kaiser

Mexican director, writer and editor Andrés Eichelman Kaiser studied directing and film writing at Escuela Superior de Artes y Espectáculos in Madrid, Spain. After returning to Mexico, he worked as an assistant editor for the film Rudo y Cursi (2008) by Carlos Cuarón. A year later, he wrote, produced and edited the short documentary En algún lugar, which is about the migration of Central Americans to Mexico. It was presented at the Festival Internacional de Cine Documental in Mexico City, the DOCSDF, in 2010. His directorial debut comes with Feral (2018), which was screened at the Festival Internacional de Cine in Morelia, MX in 2017. Most recently, Kaiser has been working on the horror film Preciosísima sangre, which takes place in 18th-century Mexico and follows a priest sent to investigate a series of strange murders that have taken place within one of the convents of the church.

LACLA curator and screenwriter Guido Segal will host a question and answer session with Kaiser following the screening.

Rock the Shorts Film Festival – March 7th, 12pm

Rock the Shorts Film Festival – click here for the festival website!

About the festival:

The founders of Rock the Shorts are both filmmakers and huge fans of short films. Shorts can pack an emotional punch and take us on a wonderful ride in 40 minutes or less. We feel the creators of such entertainment deserve recognition and encouragement.

When your film is an “Official Selection” at a well-organized film festival it is the most gratifying experience. This is what we want to bring to you. Our goal is to further inspire you to keep creating…keep writing…keep directing…keep producing…keep acting…keep telling stories…keep making short films!

Tickets available here!

Schedule

12 – 1:30PM – Film Block One:  (RAHEEL, UNDERSEE, YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL, NIGHT TERRORS, SPIES, TOWN HALL with Q&A to follow)
2:00 – 3:30PM – Film Block Two: (IRIC, TRICK OF THE OLD CAT, THE CHANGE, SPACE JUMP, THE TOOTH RACKET, LOST TREASURE OF THE VALLEY with Q&A to follow)
4 -5:30PM – Film Block Three: (LATASHA HARLINS: A ROSE THAT GREW FROM CONCRETE, (UN) DIVIDED, THE DEEJAY, THE FORK, MOVIE NIGHT with Q&A to follow)
5- 6PM -Early RED CARPET for filmmakers & special guests (a professional photographer will take photos in front of the step and repeat banner and interviews by author  & comedian Beth Lapides host of the  UnCabaret Show!)
6 – 7PM – SHORTS FROM OUR FRIENDS: THE HOOSAC by actress Matilda Szydagis of THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL  and THE ARRIVAL featuring Michael McMillian of TRUE BLOOD and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND. Q&A to follow. 
6:30- 7:30PM -Late RED CARPET for filmmakers & special guests (a professional photographer will take photos in front of the step and repeat banner and interviews by author  & comedian Beth Lapides host of the  UnCabaret Show!)
7:30-9:00PM – Film Block Four: (GENERATION LOCKDOWN, THE DIFFERENCE, TOWNES, 9862, BASIC, ME TOO NICE with Q&A to follow)
9:30 -11PM – Film Block Five and Announcement of “Best of the Fest” (ANACRONTE, ACTUALLY DYING UP HERE, THE LAST CALL, THE HUMAN CONDITION, RUG AND A HARD PLACE, APEULOGY, JUST FRIENDS with Q&A to follow)

For those staying for several film blocks THE FILMMAKERS LOUNGE, UPSTAIRS AT THE VENUE, WILL BE OPEN FROM 3-6PM. It will be stocked with complimentary water, soda and snacks. This is in addition to what the venue has available for sale.

Desire Lines – March 3rd, 7:30pm

DESIRE LINES, Patrick Connolly’s first independent feature, explores the purpose of meditation and the parameters of the conscious mind.

Tickets available here!

It centers on Honey Zeal (Camille Calvin), a conflicted adult-film actress, who is directed to a mediation group and mixes with an offbeat clientele while being drawn to the troubled guru Joel Caldwell (co-writer Nigel Lysaght).

Part ensemble, part deep-character study, all cinema verite – DESIRE LINES is openly informed by adult-themed, darkly humorous narratives like Carnal Knowledge and My Dinner With Andre- making the most of a sparse budget, limited locations, and a moody, synth-based soundtrack by local Los Angeles band Drinking Flowers.

Doors will open for this screening at 7 PM, the screening will start at 7:30 PM. Filmmaker in Person, Q&A discussion with Cast and Crew to follow

Hollywood’s New Inside Baseball Panel – February 26th, 7pm

Vendetta Management Presents: “Hollywood’s New Inside Baseball: a Panel Discussion” in partnership with Roadmap Writers and Filmocracy.
Join us for a lively discussion regarding new trends in the entertainment industry from Hollywood’s “new elite”. We will be discussing different versions of film financing, the importance and impact of diversity, as well as trends in current talent representation.

Tickets available here!

Speakers Include:

  1. Executive Producer Viviana Zarragoitia, VP of Three Point Capital (Credits include critical and
    commercial hits: ‘Manchester By The Sea’, ‘Permission’, ‘Tragedy Girls’, ‘Tully, Destroyer’,
    and ‘To Dust’!)
  2. Manager/Producer Antonio D’Intino, Manager at Circle of Confusion (Clients include writer
    Micah Ranum (THE SILENCING) and directors Keith Thomas (FIRESTARTER) and Cat
    Solen (THE SHIVERING TRUTH). His clients’ films have played at TIFF, Cannes, Sundance
    and SXSW, among others.)
  3. Director of Development Auri Maruri, Director of Development at Day Zero Productions
    (Trevor Noah’s Production Company. Auri is known for her work on billion-dollar blockbusters
    Twilight, The Hunger Games and the Step Up franchise).
  4. SVP, Acquisitions and Distribution at Vertical Entertainment Josh Spector. Josh has been
    responsible for acquiring and releasing such titles as GOTTI, BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB, THE
    HEAD HUNTER, CODE 8, DRUNK PARENTS, CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET, LYING AND
    STEALING, PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN and PROSECUTING EVIL.
    Hosted by Jasper Grey (Manager/Producer, Vendetta Management).
    20% of ticket proceeds will be donated to WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue.
    This event will sell out so get your tickets now!
    Panel speakers will be announced on 1/30/2020.
    The night’s agenda:
    7-8p: Mix & Mingle
    8-9p: Speaker Panel
    9-10p: Networking Mixer
    Early bird tickets are available until 1/30/2020!

VIP Tickets include access to the VIP Lounge before and after the panel where you will joined by the panel speakers as well as other VIP guests. Beer + Wine and small bites will be available to VIP ticket holders as well as reserved seating in the theater. Limited number.
Speaker Bios:

Viviana Zarragoitia (Executive Producer, Three Point Capital) –
Viviana Zarragoitia began her career in the entertainment industry working in production accounting at Millennium Films and Bold Films. She then spent 5 years at Lionsgate, where she started working in the accounting department and segued into the finance division, specifically,
profit participation. While working in profit participation, she oversaw the preparation of multi-million dollar film and television distribution deals. She was then promoted to the group’s audit division, where she managed film and television royalty audits of producers’ profit participation statements. In 2013, she joined Three Point Capital, a boutique firm that
specializes in senior lending on film and television projects. While at Three Point Capital, Viviana has been involved in the financing of over 70 independent films, and worked with such producers as Cassian Elwes, Rob Barnum, Anthony Bregman, James Schamus, Aaron Gilbert,
Kimberly Steward, Nicolas Chartier and Kevin Frakes, among others. As Vice President, Viviana closes the financing on every film that the company is involved in, as well as manage the company’s operations in its satellite offices (Ohio and Louisiana). Viviana has received over a
dozen Executive Producers credits on titles she has financed. She graduated Cum Laude with a double-major in Business and English from Loyola Marymount University, where she also teaches classes on film finance.

Antonio D’Intino (Manager/Producer, Circle of Confusion)-
Antonio is a Literary Manager at the production and management company Circle of Confusion, whose clients include writer Micah Ranum (THE SILENCING) and directors Keith Thomas (FIRESTARTER) and Cat Solen (THE SHIVERING TRUTH. His clients’ films have played at TIFF, Cannes, Sundance and SXSW, among others. Circle and their clients have worked on some of the biggest releases in film, television and online including Oscar-winners and Nominees THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE OF EBBING,
MISSOURI, THE FLORIDA PROJECT, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, THE MATRIX, COCO, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, FIRST MAN, MUDBOUND, and ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. Circle is also known for their commercial hits including AQUAMAN, BLACK PANTHER, DOCTOR STRANGE, “The Walking Dead”, THE BOOK OF ELI, “Alias Grace”, THE
SHALLOWS, “Sense8”, V FOR VENDETTA, the JOHN WICK franchise, “Outcast”, “Daredevil” and THE CONJURING.
Antonio previously worked in the Motion Picture Literary department at APA Talent & Literary Agency. He then moved to Plattform, a management company led by Jeremy Platt whose clieny credits include Cinemax’s “Outcast”, the upcoming GODZILLA VS. KONG, Warner Bros. IT, Guillermo del Toro’s THE SHAPE OF WATER, the BBC’s “Broadchurch”, and HBO’s NIGHTINGALE.

Auri Maruri (Director of Development, Day Zero Productions) –
Originally from Austin, TX, Auri Maruri began her career on the agency side at CAA working for Richard Lovett and Adam Kanter before making the switch to the studio side. Since then, Auri has worked on billion-dollar blockbusters such as Twilight, The Hunger Games and the Step Up franchise. Previously, Auri was Director of Production, Development & Acquisitions at Lionsgate’s Latino label: Pantelion Films. At Pantelion, she oversaw the production of three films, including the hugely successful comedy and family films: How To Be A Latin Lover, which grossed over $61
million worldwide.
Prior to Pantelion, Auri worked directly for Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group Co-Chairman, Rob Friedman, as part of the development team behind such feature films as Wonder, The Glass Castle, The Shack, Divergent, Warm Bodies, Ender’s Game, Now You See Me, The Hunger
Games, Perks of Being A Wallflower, Gone, The Twilight Saga, and Step Up.

Josh Spector (SVP, Acquisitions and Distribution, Vertical Entertainment) –
A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Josh started his career working for various indie producers before moving to the studio side at eOne doing TV distribution then spent 5 years at MGM doing feature acquisitions. Josh returned to the indie space to head acquisitions at
Gravitas Ventures and is now SVP, Acquisitions & Distribution at Vertical Entertainment where he is responsible for acquiring over 50 titles a year out of festivals and markets including Sundance, EFM, Cannes, SXSW and Tribeca. Josh has been responsible for acquiring and releasing such titles as GOTTI, BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB, THE HEAD HUNTER, CODE 8,
DRUNK PARENTS, CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET, LYING AND STEALING, PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN and PROSECUTING EVIL.
About WIRES: “Catastrophic fires, the worst drought in history and record high temperatures are taking a tragic toll on native wildlife. Wildlife Rescue 7 days a week, 365 days a year. WIRES mission is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same.” Learn more at: https://www.wires.org.au/

Tickets available here!

Tickets are non-refundable.

Desire Lines – March 3rd, 7:30pm

DESIRE LINES, Patrick Connolly’s first independent feature, explores the purpose of meditation and the parameters of the conscious mind.

Tickets available here!

It centers on Honey Zeal (Camille Calvin), a conflicted adult-film actress, who is directed to a mediation group and mixes with an offbeat clientele while being drawn to the troubled guru Joel Caldwell (co-writer Nigel Lysaght).

Part ensemble, part deep-character study, all cinema verite – DESIRE LINES is openly informed by adult-themed, darkly humorous narratives like Carnal Knowledge and My Dinner With Andre- making the most of a sparse budget, limited locations, and a moody, synth-based soundtrack by local Los Angeles band Drinking Flowers. 

Doors will open for this screening at 7 PM, the screening will start at 7:30 PM. Filmmaker in Person, Q&A discussion with Cast and Crew to follow