HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: June 2018 Horror/Thriller FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: THE DOLLMAKER

SCARIEST FILM: IT BEGAN WITHOUT WARNING

BEST PERFORMANCES: ADDICT

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: BEAST

BEST MUSIC: THE LETTERS

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterBEAST, 20min., Australia, Thriller/Film Noir

festival posterTHE LETTERS, 18min., UK, Thriller/Drama

festival posterSTALKER, 7min., Czech. Republic, Horror/Thriller

festival posterGORGE, 3min., USA, Horror

festival posterABOVE THE MIST, 8min, Canada/South Korea, Horror

festival posterTHE DOLLMAKER, 10min, USA, Horror/Fantasy

festival posterADDICT, 15min, Israel, Horror/Comedy

festival posterIT BEGAN WITHOUT WARNING, 6min., USA, Horror

The theme of the June 2018 HORROR/THRILLER FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles was “Sins”. Every single film was about a world and/or characters dealing with sins and conflicts of the past.

This is the festival that I’ll always remember because I consider it the turning point of the Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival. It wasn’t the easiest event to get through for the crew, but they grinded it out and produced the best night we’ve had so far in Los Angeles. The feedback videos are great (make sure you watch them), put together by our new editor Kimberly Villarruel, who was the MVP of the night.

In Toronto, the great team (lead by Mary Cox & Kierston Drier) had been a part of the festival for over 2 years before they were brought on in a moderator & leadership capacity. So they were able to witness many events, and see how they can achieve success despite the muliple conflicts that can occur when producing an event where the audience’s comments are the only thing that really matter

In Los Angeles, it was a fast process for all of them. Shepsut Wilson, who moderates the festival in Los Angeles, only attended two events before she took the mic to lead the discussion. So she’s literally been doing and learning on the job at the same time. And our Festival Director’s Rachel Elder, and Natasha Levy worked at a few events in a 12 month span before they took the leadership duties. So the first few events were definitely a work in progress and learning curve for everybody.

Then June 2018 appeared and we found out what the Los Angeles team were made of. They demand perfection in a festival with so many moving parts that perfection is impossible to obtain. But attempting to get to that goal is what turns something good into something great.

Before I get too “motivational speaker”, I simply wanted to say that we have arrived in Los Angeles and we are saying put forever! With a team like this, we have nowhere to go but up for a long, long time.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

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LA FEEDBACK Festival Testimonial – June 11, 2018

From director Dinh Thai (MONDAY)

There were four of us in attendance (lead actor – Kevin David Lin, supporting actors – Intae Kim and Steve Castillo, and myself). It was a very warm audience and they seemed to laugh and gasp at all the right moments. We had a great time feeling the vibe of the room and that sensation was very satisfying, so the feedback wasn’t surprising. Many of the comments were compliments and even the criticism was on-point. It’s priceless to be in the theater with an audience that connects and understands our movie. So thank you for creating such an interesting environment for filmmakers to showcase their work!

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

FEEDBACK FILM FESTIVAL Thursday – July 5, 2018. 7pm.

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival coming to Los Angeles.. Our LA home is Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles (beside the Staples Center) at 1000 W Olympic Blvd.. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.Showcasing the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Shepsut Wilson.

Tickets are FREE or PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Reserve your tickets online.

If you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us at latickets@wildsoundfestival.com  and we’ll reserve seats for you.

1st ACT PROGRAM – DRAMA


MUM, 13min., India, Drama
Directed by Akash Mihani

An eight-year-old Mamta is struggling with her homework. She gains the attention of her always strict class teacher as she reads from the unwritten essay on Mother; leaving the class teacher distressed.

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DOWN TIME, 15min., France, Drama
Directed by Jeff Taver & Mathieu Dinh

A mother of two children, victim of domestic violence, making her confidences. Telling the story of her life, for her, the time stopped at the precise moment letting his imagination in a world apart.

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JUST SAYING, 14min., UK, Drama/Dark Comedy
Directed by Nick Reed

A mother and son argue over sandwiches, mouth organs and forgiveness in this quintessentially British, black comedy. Ewen Macintosh (The Office, The Lobster) and Carrie Cohen (Gnaw, Hellbreeder) star in this dramedy about love, loss and 47 plugs.

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2nd ACT PROGRAM – Best of FEMALE DIRECTORS


UNDER THE BED, 5min, USA, Horror/Thriller
Directed by Jia Li (April)

A girl is working late in her bedroom. All of a sudden, she hears a strange sound comes under her bed. She decides to crawl under the bed and finds out what is underneath.

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PUPPETS AND PUSHPINS, 4min., Canada, Dance/Music Video 
Directed by Melanie Faye

A music video about puppets that come to life on a shelf. One tries to escape while the others try to hold her back. About being trapped in an emotionally abusive relationship.

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ESKIMO, 6min., USA, Drama
Directed by Robyn Killian

On the verge of relapsing on heroin, after hearing his best friend died from an overdose, Devin Walters, a recovering addict struggles to find meaning in his life. He receives and unexpected visit that changes everything.

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BREATHLESS, 7min., USA, Drama/Crime
Directed by Anaiis Cisco

‘Breathless’ is the story of Larry, a middle aged Black man, whose trip to the bodega for coffee and cigarettes leads to his unwarranted death.

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THE BUTTER KNIFE, 6min., USA, Comedy/Romance
Directed by Eshaana Sheth

A young British man and American woman navigate misunderstandings on a first date that takes a bizarre turn.

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HIT, 4min., New Zealand, Sports/Drama
Directed by Nahyeon Lee

As Iris begins to learn the sport of boxing, time and space blend as she recollects the sensations of a party gone awry and confronts her demons once again.

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The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival coming to Los Angeles.. Our LA home is Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles (beside the Staples Center) at 1000 W Olympic Blvd.. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Director BIO: Nick Reed (JUST SAYING)

Director Biography – Nick Reed

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Nick began life as an actor then moved into writing computer games and TV series. As a writer and director his award-winning comedy shorts have screened worldwide at festivals and sold to Canal + and HBO. He wrote and directed ‘Life Coach’ in the West End which was nominated for a WOSA for best new comedy, and subsequently wrote the film adaptation for Sam Mendes’ company Neal Street. As well as films Nick has directed several successful stage plays including his comedy ‘Never Mind The Botox’, which was nominated for an Offie for Best New Play 2014 and written 3 children’s features. He most recently directed the viral hit ‘Ken Loach’s Star Wars’ which won first prize at Shortcom 2016.

Director Statement

 

Just Saying was originally a stage play I saw with the same cast and its roots are deliberately open to view. It’s filmed in a theatrical style, looking from the foreground to the setting and the protagonists but never looking back at the world they see and comment on throughout. The narrative is a subtle one without an obvious resolution which appealed to me more than some overt plot-driven writing, the journey is a product of the characters and their relationship rather than a plot they service. The location is integral to the film, not many of these social clubs remain in the UK and those that do have been modernised and had their hearts ripped out in the process. Combining the location with a heavy, warm colour palette aims to create a sense of the past living in the present, mirroring the relationship of mother and son. The dialogue is punctuated with moments of black comedy and at its heart the film asks the question; if lies have been told or the wrong thing has been said can we forgive the guilty party, especially when it’s ourselves.

Short Film: JUST SAYING, 14min., UK, Drama/Dark Comedy

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A mother and son argue over sandwiches, mouth organs and forgiveness in this quintessentially British, black comedy.

Ewen Macintosh (The Office, The Lobster) and Carrie Cohen (Gnaw, Hellbreeder) star in this dramedy about love, loss and 47 plugs. Grace has lost her husband, Billy has lost his Dad…and his wife. Through guilt-tripping and embarrassing mouth organ music Grace hopes that she can drive Billy to repair his relationship with his wife in a way she’ll never be able to with her husband.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 20, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:1
  • Film Color:
    Color

 

Director BIO: Jean Francois Taver & Mathieu Dinh (DOWN TIME)

Director Biography – Jeff TAVER , Mathieu DINH

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Director Statement

STATEMENT OF INTENT

Once upon a time, there was a charming prince, not so charming after all as he reveal himself to be a violent man but who apologizes concessions after concessions, humiliations after humiliations, punch after punch until the down-time!

In my neighborhood, there was a couplewith three children, very discreet: a very elegant husband that I met very rarely and a beautiful and smiling woman I see every time she fetched her children from school. Until the day when a morning I saw about ten police cars in front of their home. The young woman had just killed her husband.
The violence with in the couple defines itself as situations where the cases of violence (physical, sexual, verbal, psychological, economicabuses) aree at the same time recurring, often cumulative, and they deteriorate and accelerate (phenomenon described as the « spiral ») and are situated in a asymmetric and frozen system of power (dominant / dominated). They are different of quarrels or conjugal conflicts where two points of view oppose in a relationship of equality.
the violence, there is a ratio of domination and seizure of power by the author of this violence on the victim. This violence creates a permanent climate of fear and tension. The consequences for the victim are disastrous: fear, guilt, loss of the self-respect and of the autonomy, the isolation, the stress but also the split of the family. It is one of the major risk factors for the women’s health in the world but the men can also be victims.

Victoria TOLLIER is a 46-year-old woman, with a rather common curriculum – a degree in law, married, two children – until the path of her life turns towards the routine. “Down-time” is a fiction of reality. If the story is only a product of imagination, it shows a situation which is unfortunately still too frequent today: the Domestic Violence.

According to a national study on mortality within the couple, led by the delegation of the Ministry of the Interior to the victims , the violence between spouses or ex-spouses caused, in 2013, the death of 146 people, a number in light drop compared to year of 2012 when 174 deaths within the couple had been registered. (women as well as men).
The domestic violence has noxious consequences for the victims as well as for the children of the couple.

The law says: THESE ACTS ARE FORBIDDEN AND PUNISHED BY LAW .
The law of July 9th, 2010 concerning the violence made specifically against women, for the violence within the couple and for the incidences of the latter on the children.
In this movie, I wanted to present the story of a life, from a romantic begenning to a violent break. Victoria TOLLIER’s character let her heart choose her own path. Moreover one can observe that love has a big part of responsibility in this kind of story. By love, can we accept everything?

Also, I wanted to show a very extreme situation, which is the murder in all its madness, not to understand but to elucidate the causes and the consequences of such an act.

Finally, I opted for a narration of the main character because who else than Victoria can express her real-life experience by allowing the viewer to be in total connection with her feelings.

Inspired by “Usual Suspects” de Bryan Singer, I like take the viewer where he or she does not expect it.

Jeff TAVER.

Short Film: DOWN TIME, 15min., France, Drama

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A mother of two children, victim of domestic violence, making her confidences. Telling the story of her life, for her, the time stopped at the precise moment letting his imagination in a world apart.

Project Links
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Temps Mort
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Fiction
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 10, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    France
  • Country of Filming:
    France
  • Film Language:
    French
  • Shooting Format:
    Red Epic 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:39
  • Film Color:
    Color