Director Varda Hardy Wins $100,000 Grand Jury Prize

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Director Varda Hardy of LiveTribe Productions Wins Grand Jury Prize!

Varda Hardy’s Ode to Los Angeles (LiveTribe Productions; producers Marina Viscun, Dawn Higginbotham) won the Grand Prize – recording and editing services valued at $100,000 from Equilibrium Entertainment - and the Audience Award at ON LOCATION: The Los Angeles Video Project. The event was presented by NewFilmmakers LA at Sunset Gower Studios on May 21, 2011. The film will premiere on the LA INC. website on June 13, 2011.

Ode to Los Angeles is part of the On Location program, spearheaded by Larry Laboe, that challenges filmmakers to create a video featuring Los Angeles as the premier global destination. "Creating Ode To Los Angeles,” said writer/director Varda Hardy, “gave me the opportunity to honor and celebrate the city's rich cultural and artistic community. I loved making this film because it embodies the very creative and collaborative spirit that makes Los Angeles so special to me.”

The film was shot in one day with a minimal crew of five people, ten set locations around Los Angeles, and twenty-six cast members whose call time varied from sunrise to sunset. “From pre-production to completion,” said producer Marina Viscun, “people wanted to be a part of Varda’s vision – to give back to the city they love, to be part of a team that saw Los Angeles differently, and to share Varda’s inspiration with others.”

The poem read by David Babich, who also composed the original score for the film, further emphasized the breadth of the city captured by cinematographer Daron Keet. Editor Chanel Eakin brought out the poetry in these images. “Varda has always committed herself to meaningful and important causes,” said executive producer Karen Lavender of LiveTribe Productions, “something that our company strongly supports.”

Hardy accepted the win on behalf of all participating filmmakers. “This prize,” she added, “will go toward Big Voice my next project advancing the arts in Los Angeles and continuing the scope of this contest.”

Big Voice is a feature documentary – a cross between a real-life Glee and Mr. Holland’s Opus. It follows a “larger than life” public school music teacher whose love of classical vocal music, inspirational teaching methods, and his determination to maintain the highest of standards enrich and transform the lives of his students. LiveTribe Productions is accepting investor partnerships to finalize the funding for this remarkable project.

LiveTribe’s Varda Hardy is an award winning writer/director committed to creating artful, meaningful and engaging content. Her shorts, web series, and branded projects have garnered multiple honors from around the globe. She was named one of the top new Directors of 2010 by SHOOT Magazine. Varda co-chairs Women In Film/LA PSA Program for where she directs and executive produces Public Service Announcements.

Marina Viscun


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