HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: December 2017 DRAMA FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: DE GLACE

Best Performances: MORNING AFTER

Best Cinematography: CALL COHO

Best Music: MORNING AFTER

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festival posterMORNING AFTER 15min, USA, Drama/Romance
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festival posterDE GLACE, 6min, France, Drama/Thriller
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festival posterLOSING CLAIRE, 6min, India, Drama/Relationship
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festival posterCALL COHO, 16min, South Korea, Drama/Mystery
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festival posterREBIRTH, 12min, USA, Sci-Fi/Thriller
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festival posterPARADIGME, 6min, Poland, Sci-Fi/Experimental
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festival posterTHE NINGYO, 27min, USA, Fantasy/Mystery
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The LOS ANGELES DECEMBER 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences the best of romance short movies from around the world.

The theme of the festival was “FINDING ONE-SELF”.

Every film showcased was about a situation that was about a character(s) looking to find who they really are before it’s too late.

The first part of the DECEMBER 2017 FEEDBACK Los Angeles Film Festival featured a showcase of the best DRAMA short films from around the world. Films from India, France, South Korea, and the USA.

The crowd was very responsive to the films in our 5th venture to Los Angeles in the FEEDBACK Film Festival format. The crowd really enjoyed the screening and it was a nice start to the beginning of doing the festival every single month (first Thursday of every month) at the LA LIVE Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles.

We attempted to give the audience seven different types of drama and sci-fi shorts from all around the world.

We are proud to announce our new moderator, Shesput Wilson, who will be taking over the reigns full time starting in January. She will do an outstanding job in the months, and hopefully years ahead.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

CALL COHO Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from Dec. 2017 LA Film Festival

CALL COHO, 16min, South Korea, Drama/Mystery
Directed by Daeryun Chang

Coho is a proxy driver who gets paid to drive other people’s cars so that they can freely go drinking. His clients only think they see a man who is all out of luck but what mysterious past is he actually hiding?

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MORNING AFTER Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from Dec. 2017 LA Film Festival

MORNING AFTER 15min, USA, Drama/Romance
Directed by Patricia ChicaMichael is faced with a dilemma, when a night of drinking with friends, turns into a sensual exploration of sexual identity.

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LOSING CLAIRE Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from Dec. 2017 LA Film Festival

LOSING CLAIRE, 6min, India, Drama/Relationship
Directed by Parry Majmudar 

A story about psychological anguish from a male’s perspective on having a stillborn child. The main characters are Emily and Perry who are finding it difficult to cope with the devastating loss of their stillborn daughter – Claire and this is having a detrimental impact on their relationship which is becoming strained.

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DE GLACE Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from Dec. 2017 LA Film Festival

DE GLACE, 6min, France, Drama/Thriller
Directed by RautszkoAt night in an empty skating rink, a young artistic skater launches on the ice, and begins a training. After a bad fall, she finds herself in blood, alone in the middle of the track. Unable to get up, she calls for help, when the ground starts to tremble …

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Audience FEEDBACK Video: THE NEON STRUGGLE, 38min, USA, Documentary

  MOVIE POSTERTHE NEON STRUGGLE, 38min, USA, Documentary
Directed by Bert Simonis

A family fights to keep their neon sign business alive as the light of the industry fades away. The process of creating these delicate signs is beautifully photographed to capture the intricacy of this populist American art form. Interviews with neon historians and experts are interspersed with vintage neon signs from across the United States.

Director’s Statement:

When we saw a Jumbotron screen in Las Vegas projecting the image of a neon sign, something clicked. It was as though the image was adding insult to injury. As we dug into the history of making neon for commercial use, we discovered that there are a series of “Mom and Pop” shops around the country that make neon signs for the local businesses. Many of these shops are now going the way of the family farm, as large industries are providing LED and Jumbotron signs that can be instantly customized to display anything.

When we found Rio Score III, working quietly in a small shop in the Inland Empire, we struck gold. Rio was taught the trade by his grandfather who started out in Los Angeles, and whose shop working on many studio films. As business slowed, Rio moved his family out of L.A. to fill a void in Riverside County. Now, as business is slowing again, he is examining the future of his trade, his family and the legacy of generations of “tube benders”.

We hope you will enjoy meeting Rio, learning about his craft and will take a different look at the next neon sign that you see.

John C. Brown and Bert Simonis

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WATCH 2016 FILM FESTIVAL EVENTS and the FEEDBACK VIDEOS of EACH SELECTED FILM

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ACTORDECEMBER FEMALE Directors Film Festival
Best of the Dec. 22, 2016 Fest.
ACTORDECEMBER LA FEEDBACK Film Festival – Day 1
Best of the Dec. 7, 2016 Fest.
ACTORHIGHLIGHTS LA FEEDBACK Film Festival – Day 2
Best of the Dec. 8, 2016 Fest.
ACTOR11 FILMS/11 COUNTRIES NOVEMBER 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from November event
ACTOROCTOBER THRILLER/HORROR 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from October event

Audience Feedback: HEAD SPACE, 5min, Drama/Thriller

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  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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Audience Feedback: ENCORE, 10min, Drama/Musical

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  MOVIE POSTERENCORE, 10min, Drama/Musical
Directed by Kris Theorin

Lifelong friends November and Rosie, a popular YouTube duo, are hosting a live stream tour of November’s new apartment, an event that forces them to confront their impending separation and uncertain future in real time and online in front of their 500,000 YouTube fans.

Director’s Statement: Encore is a look at the age-old scenario of someone growing up and moving away. It’s something that forces people to change and reevaluate their life. My brothers and I were dealing with this while filming Encore. I was graduating form college and they were graduating from high school. Realizing you are growing apart from old friends is something everyone faces at some point. We wanted to show a unique modern twist on the situation and the world of YouTube stars proved to be an interesting perspective to approach it from. These ordinary teens and twenty-somethings’s find their everyday lives and hobbies a source of entertainment for thousand of people. They have to perform for an audience while doing simple everyday things like walking through their own house. Our film shows what might happen when difficult real life problems arise while they are trying to perform for a crowd.

Film Type:Short, Student

Genres:Coming of age, drama

Runtime:10 minutes 10 seconds

Completion Date:August 22, 2016

Production Budget:7,000 USD

Country of Origin:United States

Country of Filming:United States

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:RED

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

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Audience Feedback: ORANGE YOU GONNA DANCE WITH ME?, 3min., Comedy/Romance

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ORANGE YOU GONNA DANCE WITH ME?, 3min., Comedy/Romance
Directed by Mary Gerretsen

A quirky love story between George, Alma and some oranges.

Film Type:Short, Student

Runtime:3 minutes 23 seconds

Completion Date:January 1, 2016

Production Budget:200 USD

Country of Origin:United States

Country of Filming:United States

Shooting Format:Digital

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

George Martin – Key Cast

Mary Proteau – Key Cast

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Audience Feedback: WHEN STRANGERS TOUCH YOUR HAIR, 7min., Drama

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  MOVIE POSTERWHEN STRANGERS TOUCH YOUR HAIR, 7min., Drama
Directed by Anisha Adusumilli & Samantha Neyland

She fits everywhere but nowhere at the same time.

Introduction

When Strangers Touch Your Hair is a fresh new perspective on interracial dating. Based on true events, this film tells the story of SAM, a 21-year-old who, with a Caucasian mother and African-American father, is the product of an interracial relationship. With a little bit of romance and a whole lot of reality, this is a glimpse at dating when you’re biracial.

Synopsis

Sam and Daniel are a young new couple still getting to know each other. Sam is mixed: black and white and Daniel is white. The two are so wrapped up in each other that neither of them gives any thought to why it might not work. However, once Sam’s friends point out the obvious racial difference between her and her new

guy, it’s all she can think about. Feeling torn and confused Sam ultimately tells Daniel her concern. While his initial reaction is very reassuring, Sam soon learns that one conversation will not solve her problem.

Filmmaker Statement

This film is based very closely on real life experiences. When I grew up the black kids always told me I was white and the white kids always told me I was black. As a kid this was very unsettling. I always felt like I had to pick a side and I hated it because to me that meant picking a parent to love more. Making this film was my way of talking about the insecurities that I’ve always lived with but only recently chose to acknowledge. To me, being biracial comes with its own struggle that is almost never talked about. I made this film because for once I want to talk about it. I think we’ve made a tremendous amount of progress as a society but the fight for equality and acceptance is far from over.

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