HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: February 2018 FEMALE/COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: GF

BEST PERFORMANCES: THE FUTURE RICHARD DENISONS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: PAPER PALACES

BEST MUSIC: MADEIRA

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE CRYING CHEF, 6min., USA, Comedy
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festival posterTHE FUTURE RICHARD DENISONS, 16min, USA, Comedy/Time Travel
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festival posterFORGOTTEN FLORA, 5min., USA, Animation/Drama
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festival posterMADEIRA, 14min., USA, Drama
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festival posterPAPER PALACES, 6min., USA, Drama
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festival posterTHE FBI BLEW UP MY ICE SKATES, 7min., USA, Animation/Drama
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festival posterAN ACTOR PREPARES, 4min., USA, Comedy
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festival posterGF, 25min., USA, Comedy
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The 2nd LOS ANGELES FEEDBACK Film Festival event of 2018 was a great success.
The theme of the event was “Perspective”.

Every film was about seeing a situation or person from a outside or future point of view.

Whenever you have a festival where every single film receives multiple votes for BEST FILM of the night, you know you have yourself a solid lineup of movies. In our over 100 FEEDBACK Film Festival events, this has only happened a few times; And this festival was one of those nights.

The February LA Festival was a showcase of the best of Female Director’s (1st HALF) and Comedy (2nd HALF) shorts. Eight of the most diverse and solid films from around the world.

Doing the festival in Los Angeles is still a work in progress. It’s almost like we are starting over again. The attendance has been great and the people really get engaged in the FEEDBACK portion of the evening. That said, people don’t know what to expect when they come. There isn’t that “regular” crowd yet because we’ve only done a handful of events so far.

One thing I’m still puzzled by is the lateness in Los Angeles. People have found it difficult arriving on time. Either because of the traffic, or because it’s a “state of mind”. There’s a saying about the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team: people arrive in the 3rd inning and leave in the 7th. They’ll get there – but they’ll get there on their own time.

The MVP of the evening was moderator Shepsut Wilson. She has only moderated 3 events and it seems like she’s been doing this for ages. There was a situation where one of the audience members tried to “overwhelm” the moderation with their negative comments about a film – without using the designated mic. Shepsut handled it so well. She and I have talked about a situation happening like this before, but you really never can be truly prepared for it. What a pro she was! A true talent in many forms, Shepsut has a bright future ahead of her. As you can see when you watch the FEEDBACK videos.

See you at the festivals. And make sure you get there by 6:55pm for the 7pm show!

– Matthew Toffolo, CEO, FEEDBACK Film Festival (Toronto & Los Angeles)

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FEEDBACK FILM FESTIVAL Thursday – April 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 for 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 – Best of DOCUMENTARY


SUNDAY DINNER, 15min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Casey Beck

For years Kwok Wai Chan has orchestrated the making of Sunday dinner. From early morning tea to shopping to the intricacies and timing of cooking the food from his childhood, sustaining a weekly tradition that now spans the generations. This is a Chinese ritual as American as apple pie.

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SCORCHED: MINE FIRES IN PENNSYLVANIA COAL COUNTRY, 6min., USA, Documentary
Directed by John Welsh

A look at the hidden legacy of coal mining in Pennsylvania by examining 5 of the approximate 80 coal mine fires that burn across the state.

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A GOOD BLINDER, 26min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Mike Grundmann

“A Good Blinder” is a documentary about 75-year-old Dan Bowman of Harrisonburg, VA who lost his sight at age 12, became a piano tuner and crafts fine furniture for charity auctions using power tools and precision instruments. He still has all 10 fingers, a lively wit and a theologically trained mind that makes for profound reflection.

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2nd ACT PROGRAM – Best of FEMALE LEADS


I PROMISED HER LIFE, 15min., Drama/Family
Directed by Robert Nazar Arjoyan

On the day of her daughter’s funeral, a grieving Armenian-American mother defies a centuries-old ritual and tests the limits of tradition as she walks the thin line between death and afterlife.

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CITY GIRL, 10min., Drama
Directed by Avery Regen

Over the course of one night out in Manhattan, three teenage girls navigate catcallers, college boys, and each other’s demons at a rooftop party.

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SPINNING IN SLOW MOTION, 12min, Australia, Drama
Directed by Tess Emmerson

Life is hard when you’re young, free, gay and single. In the space of 24 hours, twenty-five year old Tommy finds herself stood up on a date, sharing cheesecake with a baby, being lectured and patronised, sleeping with an off-again-on-again lover and eating ice cream in a 7/11 car park. She uses her youth to excuse her from any responsibility, but ultimately ends up spinning in slow motion, unable to save herself from the adult world. This slice of life, coming of age piece explores what happens when it all gets too much.

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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.

Film Director: Avery Regen (CITY GIRL)

Director Biography

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Avery Regen is a born and bred New Yorker. She graduated from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Film and Television BA program in 2016 and is currently pursuing a career in comedy and television writing.

Director Statement

This short was inspired by my experiences growing up in New York as a young woman in a grown man’s world.

Director BIO: Christopher Carson Emmons (The Survivor: A Tale From The Nearscape)

Director Biography

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Christopher Carson Emmons grew up in Milwaukee. While earning his Bachelor’s at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago he directed the dark comedy “Shine Baby Shine” about a bumbling shampoo salesman.

He went on to direct veteran film/TV actor Mark Metcalf (Animal House, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Seinfeld) in “Prone,” and “Marked Man,” starring Jaiden Kaine (Luke Cage, Vampire Diaries, Hidden Figures).

Christopher’s romantic comedy with a twist, “Serial Daters Anonymous,” starring Sam Page (Mad Men, House of Cards, Gossip Girl) and Scotty Dickert (XOXO, The Last Ship), premiered at the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival, where it went on to get a limited theatrical release.

His short horror/satire “New Skin” garnered international recognition and acclaim in its 2015-2016 festival run, which his short drama “Surrender” continues to do well on the 2016-2017 festival run, having won multiple awards in festivals across the US and UK.

Short Film: THE SURVIVOR, 12min., UK, Sci-Fi/Drama

 

Ad6bfa4bf2 posterIn a post-apocalyptic world, a young boy embarks on a perilous supply run to obtain water and medicine for his ailing mother. With just his toy robot as a companion, he faces many obstacles, but the real danger is waiting for him back at home.

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Director BIO: Anuj Gulati (THE MANLIEST MAN)

Director Biography

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Anuj holds a Masters in Film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Asia. He has written and directed six short films, and has also worked as director for commercials. Anuj’s films have received recognition from the Singapore National Library Board and the British Council Singapore. His short film “Manila Running” won Best Film at the NYU First Run Film Festival, after having premiered at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2012. “The Manliest Man” also made its premiere at the 2016 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. It received a Jury Special Mention at the 2016 Indian Film Festival of Los Angles 2016, and the Carl Lerner Award for Social Significance at the 2016 NYU First Run Film Festival. He is currently based in India, where he continues to juggle time between writing and directing for projects that tell stories, convey a message and challenge conventions at the same time.

Short Film: THE MANLIEST MAN, 23min., India, Drama

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The potter of a secluded village comes under pressure when he fathers another daughter instead of a son. The community Chief then calls for a “manlier man” to replace the potter and give the family a son – only to drag himself into an impossible spot.

  • Film Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 5, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Film Language:
    Hindi
  • Shooting Format:
    2K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1:2.35
  • Film Color:
    Color