CUT! Film Festival Announces Line-Up

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CUT! Film Festival celebrates film and those who create them! From concept to pre-production, production and post, you'll hear the back-story of how a concept became screenplay and how screenplay became film.

The Evolution of a Filmmaker's Career;

liquidSPACE proudly presents in conjunction with Graykin Entertainment and GALS Charitable Foundation, CUT! Film Festival 2009 - A benefit and celebration of cinema dedicated to the art and imagination that goes into the creation of film. Taking place the weekend of March 14-15, 2009 at the historic Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave. at 14th Street, Santa Monica, CA, this event promises to be a cinema lover's dream!

Via film screenings and audience interactive Q&A panels with special guests: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor, Zoe Bell, Clifton Collins, Jr., Terry Crews, Keith David, Efren Ramirez, Nick Bicanic, Dominika Wolski, Ariel Vromen, Gilad Benamram, Johnathon Schaech, Steve Niles, Ted Collins, Andy Cowan, Paul Winston, Daniel Vest, Jason Connery, Mark Ryan, Mike Grell, Tim McCann, Marques Pardue, Eric Egan, Loren Dean, Lori Heuring, Molly Irwin, Jana Kramer, Johnny Messner, Judy Reyes, along with some surprise guests not yet announced.

Schedule

Friday Night, March 13th:

VIP Party for Guests and Platinum registrants

Saturday, March 14th:

The festival kicks off with Graykin Entertainment presenting "Code Name: Zeus" with its creator, Daniel Vest. A big hit at Comic Con 2008, "Code Name: Zeus" interweaves the past with the future, pulling in the mythology of the Greeks into a future world where Sam, taking on the code-name Zeus, must master his own past to lead his team of deified avatars to uncover the mystery that threatens New Olympus and the very fabric of the universe."

Daniel and guests will unveil the trailer for the very first time; discuss the origins of "Code Name: Zeus," and how it went from concept to reality.

After witnessing and experiencing racism first hand, Paul Winston knew he wanted to open eyes and educate people about racism. Paul will be screening his short film, "Shattered Allegiance," about a young man who is bonded by brotherhood, blinded by hatred and compelled by tragedy. Paul brings with him a few of his cast members for what is sure to be an insightful discussion on racism in America.

Nick Bicanic, co-founder of Purpose Films and winner of multiple Leo Awards for his documentary, "Shadow Company," comes to the film and television industry from 8 years of experience in the world of new media. Nick will screen the trailer from his first dramatic short film, "Art History," which he wrote, directed and produced and will be discussing his upcoming feature film projects, the differences between them, and the numerous challenges he's experienced in his quest to get them to the screen.

To lighten the mood a bit, you'll meet some of the stars of the British hit series, "Robin of Sherwood," as they celebrate its 25th Anniversary. Mark Ryan ("Transformers," "The Prestige") and Jason Connery, director, writer, producer ("The Devil's Tomb"), and actor ("Shanghai Noon") lead this group of merry men on a journey down memory lane. Join us while we watch a clip of this hugely popular hit series and see what all the fuss is still about!

Jason Connery will also discuss what it's like to move from "in front of", to "behind the camera" and the process involved with directing. Jason, along with a few invited cast members, will give us a sneak peek at their new film, "The Devil's Tomb," starring Academy Award Winner, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Ron Perlman and "Robin of Sherwood" buddy and co-star, Ray Winstone.

"Comics and the Impact on Film Today" Panel, showcasing the talents of legends in the comic world, MIKE GRELL, a 30+ year veteran of comics ("The Green Arrow," "The Warlord," "Jon Sable") and winner of the prestigious Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comic Art, partnered with Mark Ryan, who together have written a new graphic novel entitled, "The Pilgrim," and fellow veteran of comics and film, "30 Days of Night," creator and writer, Steve Niles, will discuss the evolution of comics in film today. This promises to be a fascinating topic of discussion.

"Jewel of the Sahara," which completed in 2001, marked the beginning of Ariel Vromen's filmmaking career. He will screen his underground short hit, which he wrote, produced and directed. It starred a young Scottish actor, Gerard Butler ("300," "Phantom of The Opera"), who was launching his film career as well.

In the eight year ride from desert to ice, Ariel has since produced, written and directed the edgy and psychological thrillers, "Rx" and "Danika," is currently directing a feature documentary, "Point of No Return" about the 30 year secret war with Iran, Israel and the US. He is very excited to realize his biggest project to date, The "Iceman," based partly on the novel of the same title by Anthony Bruno. This project is currently casting and was written and will be directed by Vromen.

Ariel, along with some pals, will conduct a panel entitled "The Evolution of a Filmmaker's Career;" discussing the ups and downs they experience pursuing their passion for making films.

Ted Collins' (multi-award-winning film producer) directorial debut - the short comedy feature, "Knocked Down," written by award-winning Cheers/Seinfeld veteran, Andy Cowan, is about a wide-eyed wannabe, whose youth is but a speck in his rearview mirror, finally sets out from the hinterland for the brass ring marked "Hollywood," and to make his father proud - or at least stop his giggling. Can Tommy Williger's optimism withstand the reality of a town with enough lack-of-success stories to fill its latest entertainment news magazine show, "Unemployment Tonight"? Or will he crack and one day transform into a ticking time bomb with a fake Mohawk?

This jam-packed day, will be capped off with the premier of the theatrical release of Sony Pictures "The Poker Club" about four friends discovering and accidentally killing a burglar -- who may not be alone -- in the kitchen during their weekly poker night. Following the screening, star of the film and screenplay co-writer, Johnathon Schaech and Director, Tim McCann will head the panel, which will be joined by some of his fabulous co-stars.

Sunday, March 15th: The Neveldine/Taylor Approach to Film:

Innovative and edgy Writers/Directors, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the masterminds behind "Crank," "Crank 2" and "Game" bring back to the big screen their cult hit, "Crank."

Chev Chelios is a professional assassin working for the West Coast crime syndicate. Chev's girlfriend Eve doesn't know what Chev does and Chev is planning to quit the crime syndicate so he can spend more time with her. But for Chev, things are about to get very bad, when he learns he has been injected with a poison called "The Beijing Cocktail" by his rival Verona, which will kill him if his heart rate drops. Trying to stay alive and seeking help from friends, Kaylo and Doc Miles, to keep his heart pumping, Chev sets out to find answers as well as protecting Eve, and get his revenge on those who have betrayed him before the poison kills him.

For the encore showing of "Crank," Mark, Brian and cast members will regale us with live commentary for a very "unique" viewing experience.

They will also be sharing news of other projects with members of the cast in an additional Q&A panel.

All screenings and panels will be followed by a Meet and Greet session with the guests. Bring your camera and a sharpie and most of all, enjoy the weekend!

About the Charity

GALS Charitable Foundation is a registered 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charitable corporation whose vision is to assist in women and children's causes, working with CUT! Film Festival to organize the raffle/auction, which proceeds, will benefit Down Syndrome Association, Los Angeles (DSALA).

The DSALA was chosen due to their outstanding efforts to support, educate and improve the lives of individuals and families dealing with Down Syndrome.

Festival details can be found at the event website: http://www.cutfilmfestival.org or by contacting Ms. Linton.

Media Contact: Dayna Linton dayna (at) cutfilmfestival (dot) org

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