Aaron brings a passion for filmmaking, practical production experience and an endless supply of enthusiasm. Among his other Board duties, he'll be helping staff advise other independent filmmakers working with Film Action and he's taken on the role of chairing our annual fundraiser.
Portland, OR (PRWEB) October 28, 2007
Aaron Douglas Enterprises LLC is pleased to announce a second film festival award for director Cullen Hoback's documentary Monster Camp about a group of Seattle area Live Action Roleplayers (LARP-ers). The film has been awarded the jury prize for Best American Documentary at the Rome International Film Festival. At its world premiere at Cinequest (San Jose) film festival in March, Monster Camp took the Audience Award for Best Documentary.
Monster Camp is currently in the midst of an 18-festival run with an upcoming screening as a featured opening selection of the Northwest Film and Video Festival at 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 10 in Portland, Oregon. The film's previous screenings include Cinequest, Seattle International, Independent Film Festival of Boston, Jacksonville (Fla.), Calgary International, Atlantic Film Festival (Halifax), Icon Fantastic (Tel Aviv), Evil City (New York City), and Newark (DE) Festivals with upcoming screenings in Olympia (WA), Santa Fe (NM), New Haven and Greenwich (CT), Wild Rose (Des Moines, IA) and Cucalorus (Wilmington, NC) fests. Many festival selections for 2008 have not yet been announced, but Monster Camp is expected to remain a contender in festival competitions throughout 2008.
Variety's Dennis Harvey lauded the film, calling it, "A guaranteed fest crowd-pleaser, as amusing as it is endearing."
The Seattle Times gave the film three out of four stars, and reviewer John Tebbutt of Calgary's Fast Forward Weekly wrote: "This breezy documentary follows a group of LARPers during a few of their 48-hour fantasy gaming events, in which participants dress up as knights, "sea elves" and zombie lizards while pelting one another with little cloth birdseed pouches and yelling out incantations like "I call upon Chaos to cause critical wounds." The spectacle is simultaneously ridiculous and fascinating ... Monster Camp offers a delightful glimpse into a wonderfully eccentric subculture and will leave all viewers tickled and entertained."
Aaron Douglas Enterprises LLC (ADE) produced Monster Camp in conjunction with director Hoback's Hyrax Films. Hoback recently relocated to Los Angeles and ADE is seeking donations to the nonprofit Film Action Oregon for the documentary VEER (currently in post-production), and for his future film projects.
ADE's Manager Aaron Douglas has been active on the Portland film scene since 2005, producing one film each year over the last three years. The Man You Had in Mind, a documentary about five Portland area male couples co-produced with director James Tuchschmidt and Elaine Miller, won a Telly award and was picked up for broadcast by Israel's YES satellite network following its premiere at Portland's 2006 Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. In 2005, Douglas produced Film Action Oregon's (FAO) first narrative feature film project, Freedom State. He is currently associate-producing a new FAO-sponsored documentary titled Veer about the coolness of Portland's bicycling scene with director Greg Fredette and cinematographer Jason Turner. Many of Douglas' projects are available for distribution through Multivisionnaire Pictures.
Aaron Douglas' background in broadcast news, professional services marketing and paralegal experience bring great benefit to the value of his film projects, all of which have been completed on time and on budget -- winning accolades and a reputation locally and in the festival community for the development of respectable, offbeat projects.
In addition, as a result of his dedication to independent filmmaking and involvement in Portland's filmmaking community, Douglas has been elected to the board of Film Action Oregon, a nonprofit organization charged with preservation of Portland's historic Hollywood Theatre and ongoing support for both emerging and established Oregon filmmakers. "We are very pleased to have Aaron Douglas on our board," says executive director Ellen Bergstone Beer. "Aaron brings a passion for filmmaking, practical production experience and an endless supply of enthusiasm. Among his other Board duties, he'll be helping staff advise other independent filmmakers working with Film Action and he's taken on the role of chairing our annual fundraiser."