HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: April 2018 Documentary/Female Leads FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: THE GOOD BLINDER

BEST PERFORMANCES: I PROMISED HER LIFE

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: CITY GIRL

BEST MUSIC: SPINNING IN SLOW MOTION

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterSUNDAY DINNER, 15min., USA, Documentary

festival posterSCORCHED: MINE FIRES IN PENNSYLVANIA COAL COUNTRY, 6min., USA, Documentary

festival posterA GOOD BLINDER, 26min., USA, Documentary

festival posterSPINNING IN SLOW MOTION, 12min, Australia, Drama

festival posterI PROMISED HER LIFE, 15min., Drama/Family

festival posterCITY GIRL, 10min., Drama

The April 2018 Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival was a tale of two festivals. The audience was overly positive and receptive in the first half documentary moderation, and then the gloves came out in the 2nd half. Perhaps the most “judgemental” and polarizing moderation session this festival has had in over 2 years.

The theme of the festival was “Self Empowerment”.

The LA Festival is building itself up month by month. The co-MVPs of the festival were our camera operators Zack Arch & Aser Santos Jr.. They have really nailed how to shoot in this gigantic cinema and make sure that all the coverage is there for the editor.

They both have to shoot hand-held style as they run up and down the aisles to make sure they have the best shot possible when the audience member is talking. They are in a full sweat after they are done. This type of shooting is not done anywhere else and it took a bit for them to master it – but master it they have!

The crowds are building up and all ready for conversing about the films. I can’t wait to hear what they think about our upcoming lineup of films from around the world.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

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FEEDBACK FILM FESTIVAL Thursday – June 7, 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 – THRILLER & HORROR


BEAST, 20min., Australia, Thriller/Film Noir
Directed by Christopher Sferrazza 

In a small town on the eastern coast of Australia lives the quiet and caring Sophie. Her only relationships are with town gossip Bea, with whom she works at the local butcher, and her grandson Liam, a single paramedic.

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THE LETTERS, 18min., UK, Thriller/Drama
Directed by Terez Koncz

Impatient adoptive parents send secret letters to the teenage orphan Zolika, before meeting him in person. His emerging courage and hope helps him stand up for himself against his bully Feri, and dream of a better future for him and his beloved Dori. While the parents prepare for his arrival outside, Zolika has to find the ultimate solution to make sure his beloved Dori gets free from the orphanage.

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STALKER, 7min., Czech. Republic, Horror/Thriller
Directed by Oldrich Antos

Laura has been through a traumatic experience lately. She wakes up in her apartment at night and is not sure if the threat is still there. Is this a life threatening situation, or is everything just her imagination?

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2nd ACT PROGRAM – THRILLER & HORROR


GORGE, 3min., USA, Horror
Directed by Maxwell Seiler & Gabriel Francis

A woman enters the woods in search of something ancient and evil.

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ABOVE THE MIST, 8min, Canada/South Korea, Horror
Directed by Gabriel Galand

A young man seeks an assisted suicide with an illegal agency in South Korea.

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THE DOLLMAKER, 10min, USA, Horror/Fantasy 
Directed by Al Lougher

A grieving mother latches on to a magical surrogate for her lost child. But small miracles come with big consequences.

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ADDICT, 15min, Israel, Horror/Comedy
Directed by Nir Yaniv

Gershon is an addict. He’s being filmed for a documentary. Unfortunately, his vice isn’t alchohol or drugs – it’s blood.

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IT BEGAN WITHOUT WARNING, 6min., USA, Horror 
Directed by Santiago C. Tapia & Jessica Curtright

“The time has come”, the Walrus said. And all the little Oysters stood and waited in a row. From Couper Samuelson, Executive Producer of GET OUT.

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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.

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. 

FEEDBACK FILM FESTIVAL Thursday – May 3, 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 – COMEDY & ANIMATION


NAMCAR NIGHT RACE, 17min., USA, Comedy/Mockumentary
Directed by Lance Khazei

NAMCAR Night Race is a comedy depicting a league of adults who compete in an after hours, model car racing league. Drivers push the limits of their toy cars, friendships and bitter rivalries as they brave extremely fake conditions and the final frontier in racing, a frontier of plaster, plastic and diecast metal. A “NASCAR on acid,” the show introduces itself as a mock reality competition show before giving way to more and more bits of surrealistic comedy.

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(A) UTOMATED (I)IRRITATION, 6min., USA, Comedy/Sci-Fi
Directed by Ali Presley Paras

A man struggles to make breakfast in a kitchen filled with appliances with a mind of their own.

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SAM THE HAM, 1min., USA, Animation/Comedy
Directed by Michele Haines

A dark animated comedy about a sweet, naive piglet whose father sees him as a meal ticket

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WHEN COMES THE RAIN, 2min., USA, Animation/Comedy
Directed by Brian Giovanni

The local birdbath is empty, and the hot sun won’t let up. An ambitious bird gathers his flock to bring the rain down upon them. But how far will he go to get what he wants?

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THE FINAL SHOW, 9min., USA, Comedy/Romance 
Directed by Dana Nachman

A woman who has lived a long life full of love and loss has to decide, based on all that she has learned, who to take along to eternity.

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2nd ACT PROGRAM – Best of EXPERIMENTAL & ANIMATION


PENTHOUSE SWEET, 9min., USA, Comedy/Drama
Directed by Marcus C. W. Chan 

A sit-com actress must decide whether to apply the lesson her character learns in the show to a real life crisis when she loses her phone on which she has stored some sensitive videos.

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ROSIE, OH, 8min, USA, Experimental/Family
Directed by Andy Koeger & Apple Xenos

An unsupervised little girl goes looking for her lost dog, only to find something else unexpectedly lost.

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THE BUS TRIP, 13min., Sweden, Animation
Directed by Sarah Gampel

Sarah is invited to show her film in Israel as part of a film festival bus trip. She is hoping for political discussions and friendship, except the conversation stops each time she brings up the occupation of Palestine. So instead, Sarah talks to her dead dad over a noisy phone line.

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AFTER LOVE, 6min., Hungary, Experimental/Romance
Directed by Daniel Orosz

Pa says a prayer, takes a pill and sets out in a dreamlike quest to search for her lover, only to realize and come to terms with the fact that he is gone for good.

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MARY & MARSHA IN THE MANOR OF MADNESS, 3min., USA, Animation
Directed by Kris & Kurtis Theorin

Sinister secrets await as Mary helps her girlfriend Marsha escape from her parent’s gothic mansion one dark and eldritch night. This hand drawn and digitally animated ‘one shot’ film takes us on a Lovecraftian escapade through the Manor of Madness.

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HANDS, 6min., UK, Experimental/Dance
Directed by Michael Lane

Its subtitle is -‘A Dance: A Meditation: A Hope’ : We show hands moving rhythmically to our specially composed music to show our natural readiness to create, with flexibility and sensitivity. By contrast, slow sections allows contemplation about the variety, complexity and beauty of the natural human hand. Our hope is, in this fractured world, we can still blend together. While we remaining distinct in our gender, race and age, we may achieve by our sharing.

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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.

Short Film: SPINNING IN SLOW MOTION, 12min, Australia, Drama

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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.

Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 18, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    4K Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Film Director: Robert Nazar Arjoyan (I PROMISED HER LIFE)

Director Biography

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As a child, award-winning filmmaker Robert Nazar Arjoyan was consumed by rock & roll and movies, especially those directed by Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. He began playing guitar at the age of 10, and started taking his filmmaking to a professional level at the age of 14, in the early 2000s. For his higher education, he studied cinema at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and since then has worked as a writer, producer, and director of shorts, commercials, and features in Los Angeles. He typically chooses to picture edit his own projects, and often writes original music as score and diegetic music for his films.

After writing, producing, directing, and editing 3 shorts films – Pencils, Connect, MidNight FistFight – 5 commercials, and editing dozens of projects for other companies and filmmakers, Arjoyan was ready to move upwards.

His feature directorial debut, When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen Ra & the Theremin, has played the world over in festivals, garnering awards and praise everywhere it screened. A focused character piece, the film chronicles the life and tribulations of the glamorously eccentric and enigmatic Theremin master Armen Ra, who alchemizes his ancient sorrow into timeless beauty with the magical power of music.

Arjoyan founded his production company, Garuna Film Group, Inc., in 2017, going on to write, produce, direct, and edit its first project – a short film entitled I Promised Her Life. It tells the story of Elena, a grieving Armenian-American mother who, on the day of her daughter’s funeral, defies a centuries-old ritual and tests the limits of tradition as she walks the thin line between death and afterlife.

Arjoyan’s next directorial feature, Kill Rock & Roll, is a visceral story ripped from his own past, one that sets its sights on innocence lost, growing up unexpectedly, and the follies of idolatry. His desire is to continue to work with stories that showcase fantastic character, working alongside actors to help shape dynamic performances, and ultimately, unforgettable films.

Director Statement

My great-grandmother died when I was 10. 18 years ago now. I was lucky to spend that first decade with Elizabeth, picking up the wisdom she was putting down. Among the various tidbits of Armenian lore she bequeathed, the ritualistic washing of one’s hands after a funeral has always stayed with me. Why should we do that, I asked. To keep the dead from coming home, she replied. Soon after her funeral – my first – I washed my hands.

But what if I hadn’t? I have returned to this question many times over the years. Would anything have happened? Could there have been some benefit? And if she did return, in what form would it have been?

I PROMISED HER LIFE explores the line between tradition and superstition. How do these tenets benefit us? Why do we hold them, and is it our right to defy them? Armenians are not ones to break from the mold. Having fought to keep our heritage alive, we are by nature traditionalists. Rebellion is often met with concern, criticism, or downright derision.

But what if your legacy was taken from you? What, if anything, is still worth holding onto? I PROMISED HER LIFE tells the story of a grieving mother, the dead daughter she hardly knew, and the lengths to which she’ll go to make things right.

I treasure my culture and explore the nooks and crannies by making movies about it. In telling this story, I invite people of all cultures to examine their own. Our traditions help define us – but not, ultimately, more so than our actions.

Short Film: I PROMISED HER LIFE, 15min., Drama/Family

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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.

Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    drama, fantasy, magical realism, lgbt
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 21, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    33,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    Armenian, English
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: CITY GIRL, 10min., Drama

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.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    8,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color