HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: Music & Dance Festival – February 6, 2020

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST FILM: SHIFT
BEST DANCE PERFORMERS: SONDER
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: LOOK OUT
BEST MUSIC: DUET NO. 4

Theme of night: Our True Instincts

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE WEB OPERA Episode 3, 13min., USA, Music Short festival posterLOOK OUT, 6min., USA, Experimental
festival posterFREE FALL, 3min., USA, Music Short festival posterSOCIAL MEDIA BLUES, 4min., USA, Music Short
festival posterEVE, 4min., USA, Dance festival posterSCREAMING SHAPES, 6min, USA, Dance
festival posterTAKE ME THERE, 3min., USA, Dance festival posterHIS PARTY, 4min., USA, Dance
festival posterCOHORT 707, 6min., USA, Dance festival posterDUET NO. 4, 3min., USA, Dance
festival posterSHIFT, 8min., USA, Dance festival posterSONDER, 9min., USA, Dance

The 2nd festival in Los Angeles in 2020.
10 more festival events in 2020.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: January 2020 FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST DRAMA FILM: HAYLEY
BEST ROMANCE FILM: LIFT
BEST PERFORMANCES: AN ASPIRATIONAL SPACE
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: LOVE IN SEASONS
BEST MUSIC: SHOOTER

Theme of night: Misunderstanding

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterA TURBAN & A BEARD, 8min, Canada, Drama

festival posterSHOOTER, 11min., USA, Drama

festival posterLATE, 9min., USA, Drama

festival posterHAYLEY, 11min, USA, Drama/Thriller

festival posterAN ASPIRATIONAL SPACE, 8min, USA, Drama

festival posterBOOKENDS, 6min, USA, Romance/Drama

festival posterLOVE IN SEASONS, 6min., USA, Romance/Drama

festival posterPROM QUEENS, 4min, USA, Romance/Teen

festival posterLIFT, 13min., 13min. USA, Comedy

The first event in Los Angeles in 2020.
11 more festival events in 2020.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: February 2019 LA FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: OF SILENCE

BEST DANCE FILM: CAUGHT IN THE CHAMBER

BEST PERFORMANCES: FRANCISZKA

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: PERSONA

BEST MUSIC: LOVE IS WILD

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterOF SILENCE, 6min., Belgium, Dance festival poster“ROPPONGI BOYS” JET LAGZ, 2min., Poland, Music
festival posterPOSITIVE, 2min., France, Experimental festival posterADORINE, 4min., Cyprus, Music
festival posterFRANCISZKA, 8min., Canada, Dance festival posterSOMEWHERE IN THEIR HEADS, 13min., UK, Musical/Documentary
festival posterSTAR IN THE EAST, 2min., USA, Musical festival posterDANCERS, 2min., USA, Dance
festival posterTHE DUCHESS, 7min., USA, Experimental festival posterPERSON(A), 5min., USA, Dance
festival posterCAUGHT IN THE CHAMBER, 7min., USA, Dance festival posterTHE NATURE OF CONSCIOUSNESS, 5min., USA, Dance
festival posterLOVE IS WILD, 2min, USA, Music

The theme of the February 2019 EXPERIMENTAL/MUSIC/DANCE Feedback Film Festival in Los Angeles was “Exploring Self Identity”.

Each film was about one exploring who they really are using many artistic elements and storytelling techniques.

The 2nd event of the Los Angeles festivals in 2019.

10 more festivals to go in Los Angeles this year.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Short Film: SECONDBORN, 17min., USA, Drama

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Aaron, a homophobic teenager, discovers his younger brother Sam is homosexual. Shortly after, that discovery is made public in their rural town. As folks are quick to disown and persecute Sam, including their father Dalton, Aaron must decide what is more important, blood or belief.

Dalton attempts to discipline Sam. He is more afraid of the town’s persecution of his family than retribution from a higher power, however he uses the religion he barely practices as a self-righteous
justification for his refusal to accept Sam.

Aaron promises Sam he will protect him. However, when Sam decides to leave home after no longer feeling welcome, Aaron fails to keep his promise and does not go after Sam.

Some seemingly-friendly kids who are friends of Aaron’s find Sam on the side of the road and offer him a ride to the lake, where they turn on him and forcefully begin dunking him under the water.

Aaron realizes he’s made a mistake. Disregarding his Father’s threats to disown him, Aaron steals Dalton’s truck to find Sam. He arrives at the lake and finds an unconscious Sam laid on the rocks. Aaron tries administering CPR to no avail.

Weeks later, Dalton and Aaron have tried to rebuild their relationship. However, while Aaron has been grieving and blaming himself, Dalton has sunken into denial. Aaron, having had enough, lashes out at his father for his hypocrisy and refusal to claim Sam’s body from the morgue, leading to a tense falling out between the two.

Upon returning home after work, Dalton finds Aaron’s room cleared of his belongings. Dalton’s tough exterior finally cracks as he realizes he has pushed away the last of his family.

Aaron, like the firstborn Cain of the Book of Genesis, faces a long road ahead of him after being partially responsible for his secondborn brother’s death.

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HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: September 2018 Drama/Comedy FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: AMERICAN BOY

BEST COMEDY FILM: GET HOME SAFE

BEST PERFORMANCES: THE COLOR OF ME

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: DISCLOSURE

BEST MUSIC: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE COLOR OF ME, 19min., USA, Drama/Romance

festival posterAMERICAN BOY, 9min., USA, Drama

festival posterDISCLOSURE, 9min., USA, Drama/Crime

festival posterLOOK, 10min., USA, Comedy

festival posterLOVE LEX, 7min., Australia, Comedy

festival posterWEIRD SHIT, 3min., USA, Comedy

festival posterBANANAS, 5min., USA, Comedy

festival posterGET HOME SAFE, 7min., USA, Comedy

festival posterBEHIND CLOSED DOORS, 5min., USA, Comedy

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There is an episode about this festival in our archives as we talk about the audience and all the great films we showcased at this event.

The theme of the August 2018 DRAMA/COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto was “The Self”.

Each film was about something an individual being themselves and the consequences that come with that.

Los Angeles just went VIRAL. We filled up a 250 seat cinema and had the entire crowd talking about the various films we showed this month. Lively crowd. Lots of conversation about the 1st half DRAMA shorts and the “sexy” 2nd half COMEDY shorts.

3 festivals left in 2018. Make sure you attend. Have some amazing films coming up.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: August 2018 Romance/Sci-Fi FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST SCI-FI FILM: MARGARET AND THE MOON

BEST ROMANCE FILM: WHAT IF…

BEST PERFORMANCES: THE VOLUNTEER

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: HOTTER WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN

BEST MUSIC: ZACKMAN

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterWHAT IF, 16min., Germany, Sci-Fi/Romance

festival posterHOTTER WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN, 12min., USA, Romance/Drama

festival posterTEMPORARY, 14min., USA, Drama/Romance

festival posterTHE VOLUNTEER, 27min., USA, Sci-Fi/Romance

festival posterMARGARET AND THE MOON, 12min, USA, Sci-Fi/Animation

festival posterZACKMAN, 5min, Hong Kong, Sci-Fi

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The theme of the August 2018 ROMANCE & SCI-FI FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles was “Human Connection”. Every character on all of these presented films were looking to connect with someone else. Sometimes our themes are riddled in complications and confusions – but this festival is as simple as people wanting to connect. And we used to distinct movie genres to do it in Sci-Fi and Romance.

Them MVP of our festival night was our editor/mic handler Kimberly Villaruel. We had some technical issues where the wireless mics stopped working. So we only had one working mic as the other 2 kept popping. Kimberly was able to fix it in post-production without much angst. A true talent and someone to watch out for. She has a bright future ahead of her.

Eight months into our monthly Los Angeles Festival experiment and we’re doing very well. Starting to obtain a nice regular crowd and people seem to really like what we’re doing.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

FEEDBACK FILM FESTIVAL Thursday – October 4, 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 – Female Directors


THE REVELATOR, 24min., Belgium, Thriller/Mystery
Directed by Deniz Campinar

After an unconventional heart attack, Mason dies in the company elevator as it halts mid-way. The elevator transforms into a place between heaven and hell, the floors representing the years of his life. A man who calls himself God, takes Mason on a trip through various stages of his life. And it’s not looking good.

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I CAN’T SLEEP, 3min, Ireland, Drama 
Directed by Laura Way

Features a dual narrative track, depicting the possible fates of a young girl, Lucy, who leaves State care at the age of eighteen.

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PIN-UP, 20min., USA, Drama
Directed by Liz Lachman

Uninspired and in her forties, celebrated photographer, Lana Freeman, searches for the elusive visual “perfect moment.” When a young waitress saves her life, Lana experiences an awakening; colors are more saturated and crisp, traffic noise becomes music, taste has more depth, and her work is suddenly transformed. As Lana becomes more and more obsessed with the young woman as her “muse,” she pulls away from her husband, her work, and the people who love her, not realizing that the muse could destroy her life.

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2nd ACT PROGRAM – Best of EXPERIMENTAL


VAINSANITY, 7min., USA, Drama/Experimental
Directed by Pierre Schlumberger 

A man attempts to get the best out of himself for himself.

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CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU, 3min., USA, Drama/Music Video
Directed by Gabriele Fabbro 

While partying in a stylized lounge, a confused young man has to reject his top-model girlfriend in order to follow his true love.

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RITUAL, 4min., USA, Dance
Directed by Stacey Menchel Kussell 

Ritual follows four dancers as they rehearse in the studio. Their preparation is prayer-like, full of repetition, meditation, ecstasy, and reflection, reinforcing the sacredness of daily practice.

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SUSPENSION, 2min., USA, Experimental
Directed by Neil Kendricks

An unseen protagonist is drawn to an enigmatic searchlight piercing the darkness in a lonely vigil for lost souls at sea.

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MIMESIS, 4min., USA, Experimental
Directed by Patrick Lee

Nothing in the film is digital, all the visuals are analog, created using miniatures, home-made machines, smoke and mirrors. Plato and Aristotle saw in mimesis the representation of nature.

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NAU, 11min., USA, Experimental/Dance
Directed by Amy Secada & Daniel Garica

NAU (Native Americans Unite) is an audiovisual dance journey celebrating the unification of tribes against the fossil fuel industry. NAU aims to spread Chief Wovoka’s message of inter-tribal unity through song and dance to overcome all obstacles, peacefully.

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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.

Showcasing the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated byShepsut Wilson