Program Announced for the 2013 Independent Film Quarterly Film & Webisode Festival

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Independent Film Quarterly Film & Webisode Festival rolls out the red carpet, September 18th-21st, 2013.

Independent Film Quarterly Film & Webisode Festival today announced its lineup of films, webisodes and seminars, taking place September 18th-21st at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave, Hollywood (Chaplin Building). Their legendary opening night red carpet party is on Wednesday September 18th at hotspot Confidential (424 N Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA) from 8pm- 11pm to welcome participating filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world.

Now in its third year, the festival continues to showcase diverse features, shorts and documentaries as well as entertaining webisodes from around the world. Notables featured in this year’s film line-up include: Sharon Stone, Molly Simms, Michael Madsen, Sally Kirkland, Marianne Williamson, Gloria Steinem, Nobel Peace laureates Shirin Ebadi and Mairead Maguire, Maria Bello, Angela Davis, Maria Conchita Alonso, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Mary Buffett, Rickie Lee Jones, Jean Houston, Dr. Sue Morter, Illeana Douglas, Lindsey Morgan, Leslie Jordan, Mark Gantt and Linda Blair.

“We are honored to welcome the brightest filmmakers and screenwriters along with respected industry professionals and film enthusiasts to our event,” said festival director, Nicole Holland. “Our objective is to program quality films, give filmmakers a platform to showcase their work, win awards while attendees get a unique opportunity to view films in many categories.”

A sampling from the official program can be previewed below:

THURSDAY, SEP. 19 at 7:45pm, Chaplin Theatre
Me You and Five Bucks: The lives of several different individuals converge in modern day New York City as they meet at a crossroads in this Woody-Allen style romantic comedy-drama. The story unfolds as Charlie, a depressed lovable loser, dreams of selling his book 'The 7 Steps of Healing the Male Broken Heart' while working as a waiter to make ends meet. Directed by Jamie Zevallos. Cast: Angela Sarafyan, Jamie Zevallos, Michelle Gracie, Shahrooz Nateghi and Tobi Gadison. 90:32 min. Feature/ Comedy/Drama. USA.

SATURDAY, SEP. 21 at 4pm, Chaplin Theatre
Thursday’s Speaker: Rodrigo Orieta is a brilliant, charismatic, twelve-step motivational speaker. He’s also a drunk whose world is a web of lies. Thursday’s Speaker is a dark comedy dealing with unplanned pregnancy, used car scams, twelve step programs, and family. Directed by Gary Hebert. Cast: Ali Mullin, Andrew Shea, Ashley Ledbetter, Del Zamora and Talbot Simons. 83:19 min. Feature/Comedy/Drama. USA.

SATURDAY, SEP. 21 at 6:20pm, Pickford Theatre
Chez Upshaw: An endlessly bickering but truly devoted and quirky couple run a B&B that's about to sink when along comes the opportunity of a lifetime... they turn it into a 'check in, don't check out' last resort for assisted suicides. Directed by Bruce Mason. Cast: Illeana Douglas, Kevin Pollak, George Coe, Greg Grunberg and Molly Sims. 90 min. Feature/ Comedy/ Drama. USA.

SATURDAY, SEP. 21 at 8pm, Chaplin Theatre – CLOSING NIGHT FEATURE
Femme: A celebration of women healing the world. A documentary featuring interviews with 100 influential women from around the world. Directed by Emmanuel Itier. Cast: Sharon Stone, Marianne Williamson, Gloria Steinem, Nobel Peace laureates Shirin Ebadi and Maired Maguire, Maria Bello, Angela Davis, Maria Conchita Alonso, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Mary Buffett, Rickie Lee Jones, Jean Houston and Dr. Sue Morter. The soundtrack of the film includes music and songs from well-known artists such as Annie Lennox, Yoko Ono and Rickie Lee Jones. 90 min. Feature Documentary/USA.

THURSDAY, SEP. 19 at 7:40pm, Fairbanks Theatre
Posey: The story of Linda Flemming, who must make the heartbreaking decision to take her grandmother, Posey (Oscar nominee and Golden Globe Winner Sally Kirkland), to an assisted care facility. Posey suffers from the beginning stages of Alzheimer's Disease, and in a desperate move to avoid the inevitable, she escapes. While her loved ones desperately search for her, Posey finds herself in the middle of a unique situation...one that will change her outlook on life and her future in a profound way. The film seeks to examine the seeming hopelessness of the disease and the fear from both the victim and their families, while at the same time finding hope and humor. Directed by Billy DaMota. Cast: Sally Kirkland, Ray Wise, Erica Rhodes, Jason Stuart and Monica Lee. 22 min. Short/Drama/Musical. USA.

FRIDAY, SEP. 20 at 7:35pm, Chaplin Theatre
Destroy The Alpha Gammas: A musical comedy centered around two sororities at war. Driven by today's biggest pop hits, the not so popular Delta Pi house vows to take down the Alpha Gammas who have terrorized them for years. Directed by Scott Brown (Larry King Now, Blue Movies). Cast: Anastacia McPherson, Anna Roberts, Cara Manuele, Christie Burson, Dennis Haskins, Jeff Dagostino, Jon Robert Hall (Glee), Julina Creamer, Leah McKendrick, Lindsey Morgan (General Hospital) and Sara Fletcher (Comedy Central’s My Secret Girlfriend). 7 min. Webisode/ Comedy. USA.

THURSDAY, SEP. 19 at 9:45pm, Chaplin Theatre
Heather, Thelma, Louise and Dellany: Inspired by society's norms, a few offhanded comments from friends & family and the constant stigma of 'spinsterness' hanging over their heads, 2 HOPEFUL SPINSTERS is a little a bit 'Thelma & Louise,' a little bit ADHD and 100 percent 'crazy/real.' Join the SPINSTERS & Michael Madsen in their wild PILOT episode as they embark on their sometimes humiliating, occasionally time-bending and always empowering adventures of self-introspection and societal experimentation to shatter the GLASS CEILING that still tries to hold them back... 'Heather, Thelma, Louise & Dellany' marks the jumping off point for 2HS' mission statement to Redefine the word SPINSTER by blowing up every myth and double-standard that lies in their path. Directed by James Parris. Cast: Michael Madsen, Heather Olt, Dellany Towne Peace, Jim Turner and Todd Sherry. 14 min. Webisode/ Comedy Romance. USA.

FRIDAY, SEP. 20 at 7:35pm, Chaplin Theatre
WHOA! WHOA! centers around Corey Neiman (Mark Gantt), a recently divorced family law attorney who loses his Hollywood Hills home in a mudslide and is then conned by his ex mother-in-law (Linda Blair) into buying a condo in the Westerlies Homeowners Association (WHOA), a seemingly tranquil complex. Corey's new home, however, immediately becomes his worst nightmare since his neighbors include mobsters, a hooker, horny seniors and gay porn stars, just to name a few. As if that weren't bad enough Corey's ex-wife (Taryn Southern) lives across the courtyard with her gigolo boyfriend, and the Westerlies Homeowners Association President Theodore Willinghouse III (Leslie Jordan) is a power hungry little dictator who runs the WHOA like the Third Reich. Directed by Tom Blomquist. Cast: Leslie Jordan, Linda Blair, Mark Gantt and Taryn Southern. 16 min. Webisode/ Comedy. USA.

Stuart Alson, CEO of leading indie film distribution company, ITN will host panels to educate filmmakers on the fundamentals of foreign and domestic distribution, taking place on Saturday, September 21st from 2-4pm at the Fairbanks Theatre.

This year’s screenplay semi-finalists are: She Is Not Here by Molly McAlphine; Dead Dolores by Michael Yagnow; Where the Rubber Meets The Road by Nick Taylor; The Girl Who Got A Second Chance: A Fairy Tale by Dale Andersen; Nasty Games by Massimiliano Mauceri, Tobacco Roses An Antebellum Adventure by Raymond Harrison; A Long Way From My Heart by Hannah Eade, The Tapestry by Steve Prowse, Narcosis by James Hsiao and Grace by Jeffrey A. Russel and Lynda Lemberg.

TICKETS & BOX OFFICE INFORMATION: Tickets are $12 in advance on http://www.ticketweb.com. Guests can go to http://www.ticketweb.com and type in the name of your film’s title in the ‘search’ box or type in ‘IFQ.’ Or, guests can purchase tickets for $15 at the door (if the screening is not sold out). All screenings are all ages and open to the general public with tickets. For a complete festival schedule, please visit http://independentfilmquarterly.net/ifq-festival-schedule.html.
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