NewFilmmakers Announces Lineup For August LA Film Festival

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The NewFilmmakers LA August 17th 2012 event includes a red carpet filmmaker and audience lounge throughout the evening. A dozen plus independent films from around the World that are currently debuting on the LA film festival scene will be shown. A great place to see something new!

Short Film 'Reunion' Directed by Jason Z. Wong

The cameras are rolling in Los Angeles.

Many may be thinking, hasn't there a been a decline over the past few years of filming in the World famous TMZ, Thirty Mile Zone, the 30 mile radius from the intersection of Beverly Blvd. and La Cienega Blvd. that entertainment industry unions use to determine rules for film, television and commercial actors and crews?

There certainly has been a dramatic drop in the number of media productions taking place in the entire State of California over the past few years, especially mega TV and movie productions happening on studio lots such as Warner Brothers, Sony, Disney or Universal. However, unique independent film productions happening all around Los Angeles County are going strong and continue vying for audiences crucial to their success via grassroots marketing efforts.

The non-profit cinema organization NewFilmmakers Los Angeles is on a constant mission to celebrate and promote these local artists among other international Directors though its monthly LA film festival program. The organizations eclectic take and strong variety of film programming provides a wide range of genres and subject matters sure to please audiences and critics alike while honoring filmmakers and educating the community.

The event will mix an evening red carpet gala with new auteur work from Hollywood moviemakers and other creative professionals hailing from destinations around the World including Romania, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The program provides an extraordinary array of both domestic and international shorts, ensuring that filmmakers voices are heard during the August 17th exhibition of 13 movies at venue Sunset Gower Studios. The studio houses television hit productions like Showtime Network’s ‘Dexter’ (starring actor Michael C. Hall), HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ (created by Oscar Winner Aaron Sorkin) , ABC’s ‘Scandal’ (created by Shonda Rhimes) and Disney’s ‘Pair of Kings’ (created by Dan Cross and David Hodge).

In 2011, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles held the LA film festival premiere of 'Modern Imbecile's Planet World' which played at the Austin and Slamdance Film Festivals. The narrative feature comedy tells the story of two hapless television actors who believe they're stranded on a desolate planet after they inadvertently blow up the space shuttle they're riding in. The project was directed and written by Doug Manley and produced by Kevin Brennan. In addition, the duo also lent additional talents to the production as the films lead actors.

Kara Kurcz documentary feature 'BigTime' also had its LA film festival premiere to audiences at NewFilmmakers Los Angeles and the city’s cinephiles praised the diverse doc with sheer delight. With a bright idea, director Kara Kurcz rolled cameras as she and her husband emptied their bank accounts and launched the Solas handbag company from their apartment. Their handbags were gracing the red carpet, magazines, and made over a million dollars in sales in just four years. Then the recession hit. Kara, in search of insight, met and sometimes lived with, some of America’s most successful entrepreneurs and innovators to learn what it takes to make it in this compelling documentary.

Select August 17th 2012 featured short film selections include:


The father son tale of teenage alienation hindered around the concept of a sofa that magically distances you from any person sat on it. Its powers emphasize dispute and disagreement between a teenager and his grandfather until soon, they are able to set aside there differences.

Director Sang Joon Kim has an extremely well crafted background in VFX and this is shown in his ability to tailor terrific narrative story elements with well-timed compositing and video FX. Anyone interested in directors with a VFX focus should look no further than the NewFilmmaker Sang Joon Kim.

Funny in Love

When a girl’s sense of humor is her romantic problem, she decides to contact a failed date to talk through what went wrong. She soon undergoes a rude awakening. In some ways ‘Funny in Love’ is an ode to modern men and women who have been struggling to find comfortable identities in relationship politics.

Multi talented Kate VanDevender who wrote, produced and starred in the film as Julie wore many hats in the production, collaborating closely with director Tyler Gillett. Kate, however, is no stranger to the world of comedy. Kate directed the hit short film ‘Will and Fiona’ which touched on similar subject matter of colleague intertwined relationships in the same comedic fashion.

Death by Scrabble

Directed by Luke Davis and based on the short story ‘Death by Scrabble’ by Charlie Fish, ‘Death by Scrabble’ tells the story of an alienated man who sits down to play scrabble with his wife. He soon finds that the words have definitive undertones as they bring the couple closer to the dramatic conclusion.


Reunion is the heartfelt drama about an isolated woman who spends most of her time taking care of her sick grandfather. She lives a solitary life until a good childhood friend shows up to give his own last words to her father. Both learn dark secrets through their own personal struggle and find a second chance at living again through each other.

Writer/Director Jason Z. Wong is an award wining filmmaker and a recent graduate from the USC, University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Jason’s awards and merits came early in his career when he was awarded the prestigious Peter Stark Producing Grant at the Angelus LA Film Festival.

The films star Jessika Van got her start as an actress playing the annoying but lovable dork in the comedy ‘Foreign Exchange’ alongside Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie, Legally Blonde) and Vanessa Lengies (Hawthorne, Waiting). Actress, singer, dancer, and classically trained pianist, Jessika made her network television debut starring as an ambitious dancer turned murder suspect on CBS’s Cold Case.

Jason is currently working on a film with director and producer Jim Whitaker (American Gangster, Robin Hood, Changeling, Cinderella Man) at Disney Studios. The film is set to become a permanent installation at the Ground Zero Memorial Museum in New York City.

Reunion has seen a strong run at festivals including the Newport Beach Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and Big Bear Lake International Film Festival.

You can submit your film to the festival or get more information and purchase tickets for the August 17th 2012 screening at

About NewFilmmakers Los Angeles

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is a non-profit 501c3 organization providing the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and film goers with a constant surge of monthly screening events. NFMLA 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.

The NewFilmmakers Series began over thirteen years ago in New York at the Famous Anthology Film Archives which was founded by Lithuanian-born American filmmaker Jonas Mekas who has often been called "the godfather of American avant-garde cinema." Mekas works have been exhibited in museums and festivals across the globe.

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