Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 06, 2012
Each weekend award season inches closer, and movie theaters are filled with highly anticipated releases sure to be the frontrunners of Oscar buzz discussions. Tom Hooper’s live singing Les Miserables (starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway), and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz) both open Christmas Day, and without a doubt will score nominations in all the top categories along with huge weekends at the box office.
Also in the mix are indie darlings “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Sessions”, near guaranteed nominations for stars Jennifer Lawrence and Helen Hunt, respectively, while December release “The Impossible”, starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, has already begun whispers of nominations.
As a fresh alternative, NewFilmmakers LA Film Festival presents an evening of independent shorts and features, showcasing the faces of Young Hollywood, and created by the next wave of filmmakers and screenwriters sure to be on the tips of tongues during future award seasons. A red carpet gala provides the opportunity to meet and connect with the filmmakers, casts, and crew, while enjoying cocktails and music in a lively atmosphere.
Selections on the November program include:
A Conversation about Cheating with My Time Traveling Future Self (Dir. Pornsak Pichetshote / USA ) - A Conversation follows a guy who travels urgently back in time to tell himself one thing: that his life will get better if he cheats on his girlfriend.
Pornsak Pichetshote serves as a Creative Director for DC Comics, where he got his start as a rising star editor for DC’s mature readers imprint Vertigo, editing works by cult favorites Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman, and Darren Aronofsky. Pichetshote’s screenplay, “Widescreen, USA”, reached “Project: Greenlight”’s Top 250, beating out over 7,000 other projects. A graduate from Tufts University and NYU, he’s also written comics including the title “Flashpoint: Green Arrow Industries”.
“A Conversation...” features Bobby Campo (“The Final Destination”, “Queen”), Haley Webb (“The Final Destination”, “Wonderstruck”), and Lauren Kruse (“Trust Me”, “Primetime: What Would You Do?”).
The Kill Hole (Dir. Mischa Webley / USA ) - The story of a troubled Iraq war vet haunted by his actions in the service.
Mischa Webley’s directorial debut has flourished on the festival circuit, winning awards coast to coast including Best Feature Film at the New Jersey International Film Festival and Special Jury Prize at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival. The Kill Hole has been named an official selection of the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Montreal International Black Film Festival, Bend Film Festival, NewFilmmakers LA Film Festival and many more.
The all star cast includes Chadwick Boseman (the upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic, “42”, “Fringe”), Tory Kittles (“Steel Magnolias”, “Sons of Anarchy”, “CSI:Miami”), Billy Zane (“Titanic”, “The Roommate”, “Back to the Future”), Peter Greene (“Pulp Fiction”, “Hawaii Five-0”), and Ted Rooney (“Grimm”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “Legally Blonde”).
The Hiccup (Dir. Matt Smukler / USA) – Two friends desperately trying to skip town find that an overheated radiator is the least of their problems.
Director Matt Smukler began his career as an art director and copywriter at some of the top ad agencies in the world, including Partners, and Goodby Silverstein. He’s received numerous awards for his work on campaigns such as Nike, Saturn, HP, and Milk, and currently works as a commercial director having completed spots for McDonald's, Budweiser, MTV, 20th Century Fox, Absolut, Reebok, and AT&T.
The Hiccup stars Dennis Howard (“Laurel Canyon”, “Annie”), Carol Mansell (“Desperate Housewives”, “Down to Earth”, “Ed Gein”), Eric Normington, and Robert Chester Smith who’s been cast in the upcoming Eric Balfour project.
Life in Parallel (Dir. Mike Basone / USA ) - A student filmmaker goes through the trials and tribulations of his senior thesis, all the while learning that his life on screen is so not different from the one off.
East Coast native Mike Basone graduated from LA Film School in 2008. Basone co-wrote Life in Parallel with his brother, Dan Basone, a Fairfield University Graduate. Shot in Stamford, CT, the film features actors from Los Angeles and New York including Joe D’Onofrio (“Are We There Yet?”, “Goodfellas”), Joe Stevens (“American Outlaws”, “Justified”), Christopher Cafero (“As The World Turns”), David Ambramsky (“Splinter Cell: Extinction”), and Bashir Gavriel (“Broken Hearts Club”).
Blackstory (Dir. Christoph Brunner & Stefan Brunner / Austria ) - Max loves Lucille. Lucille toys with Gabriel. Gabriel gets in the way of Fred. Fred has a grudge against Sylvester. Sylvester is sleeping with Lucille. Lucille needs Max and Max meets Fred.
Austrian natives Christoph Brunner and Stefan Brunner bring forth a delightful short featuring Georg Friedrich (“Faust”, “Measuring the World”), Raimund Wallisch (“Four Women & A Funeral”, “Contact High”), and Stefanie Dvorak (“Dorfers Donerstalk”, “Die Mutprobe”).
Christoph’s directorial debut, “3 Minuten”, was well received internationally, with appearances at the Istanbul International Shortfilm Festival, Norwich International Animation Festival, Vienna Film Academy Film Festival, Madrid Experimental Cinema Week, Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul, NewFilmmakers LA Film Festival, among many more. “3 Minuten” also won the Best Experimental Short Film Award at the Nashville Film Festival.
Ojala (Dir. Ryan Velasquez / USA ) - World Premiere. Ojala is the story of a mother, Olga, and her daughter, Ana, struggling to come to terms with each other. Spanning twenty years and two countries, Olga attempts to reconcile her dream of becoming a singer with the wants and needs of her young daughter.
Ojala began as an AFI Conservatory thesis project, directed by Ryan Velasquez and written by Joshua Beirne-Golden. A finely assembled cast includes Marisa Quinn (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2”, “Animal Practice”), Sal Velez Jr (“Go On”, “Savages”), Edy Ganem (Marc Cherry’s upcoming “Devious Maids”), Ingrid Oliu (“Real Women Have Curves”, “Stand and Deliver”), and Diana Elizabeth Torres (“Femme Fatales”, “East Side Sushi”).
For more information and to purchase tickets for the November 17th screening, please visit http://www.newfilmmakersla.com. Submissions are also currently being accepted for consideration of future screenings.
About NewFilmmakers Los Angeles
NewFilmmakers is a non-profit 501(c)3 providing the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and film goers with a constant surge of monthly screening events. NewFilmmakers LA Film Festival continues to provide a forum where filmmakers can be recognized for their contributions, have open audience discussions about their projects and connect with industry professionals for insight on distribution, production, acquisition and representation.