Get to know the short film: THE LONG GOODBYE: AN ALZHEIMER’S STORY, 5min, USA, Documentary

Playing at the Thursday April 6th, LA Film Festival

  MOVIE POSTERTHE LONG GOODBYE: AN ALZHEIMER’S STORY, 5min, USA, Documentary
Directed by Christian J. Harris

An intimate short story about Alzheimers and it’s effect on it’s victims and caregivers. Get an inside look of what it’s like to live with this disease through the eyes of a couple who just won’t give in.

Director’s Statement:

“I did this film initially to raise awareness to how emotionally crushing it is to not only be the victim of Alzheimers but to be a caregiver. In this case it’s a husband caring for his wife who he’s essentially lost. I wanted to really harp in on “Long Goodbye” adage and to express that Alzheimers and Dementia are long, tortuous ways to lose a loved one. After showing friends and family they made it clear that this should be shared and that it might have the power to hit people where it counts and really raise awareness.”

Film Type:Documentary, Short, Web / New Media

Genres:Documentary, Journalism, Short Story

Runtime:5 minutes 42 seconds

Completion Date:August 1, 2016

Country of Origin:United States

Country of Filming:United States

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:Digital

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

First-time Filmmaker:Yes

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ACTORDECEMBER FEMALE Directors Film Festival
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ACTORDECEMBER LA FEEDBACK Film Festival – Day 1
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ACTOR11 FILMS/11 COUNTRIES NOVEMBER 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORHIGHLIGHTS September 2016 SCI-FI FEEDBACK Film Festival
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Get to know the short film: GEORGE, 7min, USA, Documentary

Playing at the Thursday April 6th, LA Film Festival

GEORGE, 7min, USA, Documentary
Directed by Mary Gerretsen

A short profile documentary about a man’s life and journey through love, loss and illness.

Film Type:Documentary, Short, Student

Runtime:7 minutes 16 seconds

Completion Date:January 1, 2016

Production Budget:200 USD

Country of Origin:United States

Country of Filming:United States

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:Digital

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

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ACTORDECEMBER LA FEEDBACK Film Festival – Day 1
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ACTORHIGHLIGHTS September 2016 SCI-FI FEEDBACK Film Festival
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Get to know the short film: UNCLE ALBERT, 11min, USA, Dark Comedy

Playing at the Thursday April 6th, LA Film Festival

UNCLE ALBERT, 11min, USA, Dark Comedy
Directed by Summer Blake

A dark comedy about the nuances of emotional response; Karen’s left emotionless following the death of her distant Uncle, Albert, she’ll stop at nothing to prove to fellow guests that she can indeed feel “sad.”

Director’s Statement:

If we prick our finger we cry. But when someone else pricks their finger, how do we feel? Is there a right and a wrong response?

Now consider something larger; something more concrete. Death? That’s pretty concrete. How are we supposed to feel when someone passes away forever?

These are the questions I ask with Uncle Albert and with the character of Karen, who, following her distant uncle’s funeral, begs to feel sad, yet comes up numb.

As she stares wistfully at a bunny on the street outside the wake, she wonders what it’s like to be unaware of one’s own mortality. And then boom – the bunny is hit by a car – and Karen’s still emotionless.

I often struggle with my own emotional response, wondering: if there’s a “right” way to feel, am I wrong?

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ACTORHIGHLIGHTS September 2016 SCI-FI FEEDBACK Film Festival
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Get to know the short film: HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, 12min, USA, Comedy

Playing at the Thursday April 6th, LA Film Festival

  MOVIE POSTERHAVE A LITTLE FAITH, 12min, USA, Comedy
Directed by Ashton Avila

A rebellious teenager is determined to get kicked out of her new Christian High School and teach the new boy she meets there what it really means to “have a little Faith”.

Director’s Statement:

“Have A Little Faith”, while set in Bible School, to me, it is not about religion or Christianity. It’s about a high school girl who has entered an oppressive environment with a past of hurt and anger. Driven by that pain and frustration, she sets out to destroy everything in her path until she meets a boy, who through his friendship, can show her the power of love and acceptance.

Film Type:Short, Student

Runtime:12 minutes 28 seconds

Completion Date:September 25, 2016

Production Budget:5,000 USD

Country of Origin:United States

Country of Filming:United States

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:Digital

Aspect Ratio:1.85

Film Color:Color

First-time Filmmaker:No

Student Project:Yes

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ACTORDECEMBER LA FEEDBACK Film Festival – Day 1
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ACTOR11 FILMS/11 COUNTRIES NOVEMBER 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORHIGHLIGHTS September 2016 SCI-FI FEEDBACK Film Festival
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Get to know the short film: THE WHITE ROSE, 5min, USA, Thriller/Film Noir

Playing at the Thursday April 6th, LA Film Festival

  MOVIE POSTERTHE WHITE ROSE, 5min, USA, Thriller/Film Noir
Directed by Rebecca Scott

A lone gunman, interrogates his prisoner, to find the truth.

PICTURE FORMAT: Color

ASPECT RATIO: 1.85 USA

SHOOTING FORMAT: HDV

FILM CATEGORY: Short

PRODUCTION LOCATION: U S A

FILMING LOCATION: U S A

FINANCING: 800 USD

MAIN DIALOGUE LANGUAGE: English

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ACTOR11 FILMS/11 COUNTRIES NOVEMBER 2016 Film Festival
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ACTOROCTOBER ACTION/CRIME 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORSEPTEMBER DOC/COMEDY 2016 Film Festival
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FEEDBACK LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL – Highlights from the Thursday December 8, 2016 event.

The LOS ANGELES DECEMBER 8 2016 FEEDBACK Film Festival was a night that I personally will always remember. Our first venture to the West Coast was indeed a success because the audience was terrific with their comments and the films were solid all around. That said, it was an education. The next time we hit LA we will make sure that the cinema is filled to capacity.

The theme of the festival was “Attempting to belong”.

All the of the films had a story or situation that was about a character who was attempting to belong to a group or situation. The irony of this theme was that was what we were attempting to do in the city of Los Angeles: belong!

This was a showcase of 7 distinct short films made from all corners of the United States. Films with shoe string budgets and films with budgets in the hundreds of thousands. Films in the genres of Western, Comedy, Romance, Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi, and Musical.

I wasn’t feeling very good the night before but didn’t think nothing of it. Then I awoke the day of the festival in a full fledged sweat. I officially had the flu. I managed to get through the day and moderated the festival without a major crisis. I did screw up the opening because I couldn’t breath very well, but the audience forgave me because of the solid lineup of films.

The Los Angeles audience was terrific. They all seemed to be really taken with the films we showcased. This was a risky festival lineup for us because all the films are hard to categorize in a conventional box. I was worried for many reasons before this festival began – but it turned out that I had nothing to worry about at all.

I so appreciated this night and all of the work my Los Angeles crew of camera operators and volunteers put into it. This will be a festival that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. The gamble of going to Los Angeles paid off and the reason for its success was the filmmakers and the amazing audience. As a former California Governor once said: “I’ll be back!”

– Matthew Toffolo

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: MARTY: A WILD WEST NEVERLAND

Best Performances: MARTY: A WILD WEST NEVERLAND

Best Cinematography: HELIO

Best Music: The music from ENCORE

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festival posterMARTY: A WILD WEST NEVERLAND, 16min., USA, Fantasy/Adventure
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festival posterHEY YOU, IT’S ME, 8min., USA, Webseries/Comedy
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festival posterWHEN STRANGERS TOUCH YOUR HAIR, 7min., Drama
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festival posterHELIO, 20min., USA, Sci-Fi/Action
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festival posterORANGE YOU GONNA DANCE WITH ME?, 3min., Comedy/Romance
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festival posterHEAD SPACE, 5min, Drama/Thriller
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festival posterENCORE, 10min, Drama/Musical
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Audience Feedback: HEAD SPACE, 5min, Drama/Thriller

See the best of the December 8, 2016 Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO:

  MOVIE POSTERHEAD SPACE, 5min, Drama/Thriller
Directed by Emma Huibregtse

A single mother concerned with her son’s inability to cope, sees the tables turn when faced with danger.

Director’s Statement: After numerous scripts of mine were returned by USC faculty members claiming the concepts were “too big” for the scope of our class projects – we had only $1,500 and 5 weeks to make a film from casting to final sound mix! – I knew I had to keep my story simple. In a last minute panic the night before our scripts were due I came up with the concept for Head Space, resorting to the affordable unique location of under the kitchen table as my primary setting.

With my strong interest in cinematography I was inspired by the unique shot compositions and angles offered by a child’s limited perspective in an unusual space. I have no idea how this story came out of me, but I’m glad it did. As my first major production it was an honor to collaborate with our dedicated cast and crew. As a trumpet player music has always played a vital role in my films and the opportunity to work with composer Steve Gaboury to develop the score was incredible. Recording with our live jazz band brought our visuals to an entirely new level. It was a pleasure to work along side such creative professionals. We hope you enjoy the film!

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