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

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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

Director BIO: Deniz Campinar (THE REVELATOR)

Director Biography – Deniz Campinar

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Debuting filmmaker, Deniz Campinar, is a westernized Turkish woman who grew up between two different cultures. The unbreakable bond between the Turkish temperament and Belgian soberness is nested deep in her personality.
This “movie junkie” likes to incorporate recurring themes such as cultural identity and diversity in her work, unafraid of tackling taboos or sensitive subjects.
For this short film, she drew her inspiration from questions about good and evil, heaven and hell, the current turbulent political-religious tensions, and her daily Flemish-Turkish experiences.

 

Director Statement
“Cinema takes you away from your personal world and takes you on an adventure. It entertains, confuses and misleads you. However, the goal is not finding the hidden treasure or defeating the bad guy. It is discovering the subtle and underlying message of the director. That’s where the real story lies.”

THE REVELATOR, 24min., Belgium, Thriller/Mystery

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New York – 2017
Thirty-year-old Mason Johnson is at the peak of his career at Lambertson Pharmaceuticals. He’s got it all: he’s handsome, successful and rich.
He’s also a narcissistic douchebag.

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.
Judgment day is here. But repentance is not a part of the Mason Johnson playbook. He’s never backed down in his life, and it doesn’t look like he’s inclined to start now.

The Revelator is a thriller with a dark sense of humor, tracing the boundaries of good and evil as we wonder whether a God is still necessary to dictate what is right and what is wrong.

How much is your place in ‘Heaven’ worth?
Who judges the judge, and who should kneel for mercy?
Why should we even bother so hard to be ‘good’?
Shouldn’t God have done a better job to begin with?
And more importantly… who is this ‘God’ guy anyway?

Project Links

VAINSANITY, 7min., USA, Drama/Experimental

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

  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Experimental, Action
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 2, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 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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Director BIO: Gabriele Fabbro (CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU)

Director Biography – Gabriele Fabbro

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Gabriele Fabbro was born on January 21, 1996 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He’s a young director currently studying filmmaking at the New York Film Academy (Los Angeles). He’s known for the award winning shorts “Two Steps Away (2016)” and “The Waltz of the Monsters (2017)”.

 

Director Statement

 

I TELL THE STORY OF MUSIC
Soundtracks are not just an accompaniment to the visual. The score should be composed even before the script. People always tell me “music should not dictate the image”. My films fight against this stereotypical conception. Each composition carries its own sincere story that waits to be told. I always write what music tells me to write and I fight until the audience recognises it.

LIGHT AND CONCISE
No matter how heavy is its content, a story should always feel LIGHT. I’m still exploring new ways to achieve that. What I found out working so far is the technique of “balancing the contrasts”. Opposite actors performance, feelings, camera movements, colors, etc lead to a visual/emotional balance that strikes through a wider audience. You can see the results within this music video.