HIGHLIGHTS – April 6, 2017 LA FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: THE NEON STRUGGLE

Best Performances: UNCLE ALBERT

Best Cinematography: CONFESSION

Best Music: The music from THE NEON STRUGGLE

WATCH THE AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEOS for each film: 

festival posterCONFESSION, 5min, USA, Horror/Thriller
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festival posterTHE WHITE ROSE, 5min, USA, Thriller/Film Noir
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festival posterHAVE A LITTLE FAITH, 12min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterUNCLE ALBERT, 11min, USA, Dark Comedy
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festival posterGEORGE, 7min, USA, Documentary
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festival posterTHE LONG GOODBYE: AN ALZHEIMER’S STORY, 5min, USA, Documentary
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festival posterTHE NEON STRUGGLE, 38min, USA, Documentary
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The LOS ANGELES APRIL 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences the best of short movies from the United States. The first half was a selection of “Female Directed films”. The second half was a selection of “Documentary films”.

The theme of the festival was “END OF THE LINE”.

Every film showcased was about a moment or situation that was the final chapter in a life or career.

NOTE: Our 3rd festival in Los Angeles. Many more to come!

Los Angeles definitely has a different vibe in comparison to Toronto, our usual festival city. The first difference is when people arrive to the cinema. In Toronto, most people arrive and are in their seats with refreshments by 6:50pm for the 7pm event. In Los Angeles, we had 124 people attend the festival. Our of those 124, 56 people came between 7:05pm and 7:30pm – for the 7pm start time!

Their are many reasons for this. For one, people drive in LA and everyone seems to be an hour away from everything in the spread out city. And there is ALWAYS traffic. I was chatting with the manager of Regal LA LIVE and suggested that perhaps we should move the start time to 8pm next time. He said good idea, but that means people are just going to come at 8:30pm instead!

In Toronto, most people either walk or take the subway to their destination, so their arrival time is more predictable.

There is always the West Coast/East Coast generalizations theory. On the East Coast, people are more intense and schedule their day more – which leads to everyone arriving on time. On the West Coast, people are more relaxed and chill – which leads to them not worrying about time in general.

Moving the festival to Los Angeles has proven to be a success as of date. I just need to shift to the “West Coast” and perhaps call the festival to start at 7pm, while we really start at 7:20pm so when the first film begins, we have a packed house.

See you at the festivals in 2017.
NEXT Los Angeles event is Thursday June 1, 2017.

– Matthew Toffolo

Audience FEEDBACK Video: CONFESSION, 5min, USA, Horror/Thriller

  MOVIE POSTERCONFESSION, 5min, USA, Horror/Thriller
Directed by Sofia Vyshnevetska

The loving father, after kidnapping and cruelly killed his little daughter by pedophile, turns into a proficient butcher. Desire of revenge will be confessed in other way of expiation…

Film Type:Short, Student

Runtime:5 minutes 19 seconds

Completion Date:May 8, 2016

Production Budget:1,250 USD

Country of Origin:United States

Country of Filming:United States

Shooting Format:Digital

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

First-time Filmmaker:No

Student Project:Yes

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short films short films short films


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

ACTORDECEMBER FAMILY/ANIMATION 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from December event
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 Video: THE WHITE ROSE, 5min, USA, Thriller/Film Noir

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

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

Directors Statement:

“The White Rose” is a contemporary Film Noir. One man’s struggle to find the truth at any cost. In a rhythmic, filmic poem, the character must delve into the psychology of his captive. This is very much a writer and actors piece, designed to show case the strength of simple visual story telling and allow the performers to shine.

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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short films short films short films


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

ACTORDECEMBER FAMILY/ANIMATION 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from December event
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 Video: UNCLE ALBERT, 11min, USA, Dark Comedy

  MOVIE POSTERUNCLE 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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short films short films short films


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

ACTORDECEMBER FAMILY/ANIMATION 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from December event
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 Video: HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, 12min, USA, Comedy

  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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short films short films short films


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

ACTORDECEMBER FAMILY/ANIMATION 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from December event
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 Video: GEORGE, 7min, USA, Documentary

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

ACTORDECEMBER FAMILY/ANIMATION 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from December event
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 Video: THE LONG GOODBYE: AN ALZHEIMER’S STORY, 5min, USA, Documentary

  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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short films short films short films


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

ACTORDECEMBER FAMILY/ANIMATION 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from December event
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