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.

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

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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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Director BIO: Audrey Arkins (AMERICAN BOY)

Director Biography – Audrey Arkins

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Audrey Arkins began her career lecturing in Politics at Universities in Ireland where she was born. She made her first Documentary For Channel Four in the UK, profiling Irish Prime Minister, Garrett Fitzgerald. It was while filming at-risk youth moving in and out of the criminal justice system in Los Angeles that Audrey was inspired to write and direct her first short narrative film, American Boy – a story about two kids whose lives are destroyed by adult problems.

THE COLOR OF ME, 19min., USA, Drama/Romance

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An adopted African-American named Lewis Clark, falls in love with a young woman named Lisa Adams, who has an unusual condition. Every hour, her skin magically changes color and she turns into 5 different races. Lewis and Lisa struggle with their relationship as Lisa continuously changes skin color, and the two of them explore their own opinions about race and how much it really matters in their relationship.

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HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: July 2018 Drama/Female Directors FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: MUM

BEST PERFORMANCE: JUST SAYING

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: DOWN TIME

BEST MUSIC: PUPPETS AND PUSHPINS

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterMUM, 13min., India, Drama

festival posterDOWN TIME, 15min., France, Drama

festival posterJUST SAYING, 14min., UK, Drama/Dark Comedy

festival posterUNDER THE BED, 5min, USA, Horror/Thriller

festival posterPUPPETS AND PUSHPINS, 4min., Canada, Dance/Music Video

festival posterESKIMO, 6min., USA, Drama

festival posterBREATHLESS, 7min., USA, Drama/Crime

festival posterTHE BUTTER KNIFE, 6min., USA, Comedy/Romance

festival posterHIT, 4min., New Zealand, Sports/Drama

The theme of the July 2018 DRAMA & FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles was “Powerful Women”. Every single film had strong female characters in every single short that played.

The 2nd half of 2018 at the Los Angeles Festival began with a bang! We had our largest crowd and by far our most talkative crowd.

The LA LIVE Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles isn’t the greatest destination spot, despite having three major professional sports teams playing next door at the Staples Center. Parking is always way too much and the traffic exit ramps can be a nightmare. Despite that, we are getting a great crowd 8 months into our monthly festival events.

We do have to figure our where 2019 lands us and if we’ll resign with LA LIVE. Perhaps having the festival at a more indy cinema would suit us better. There is much to decide. I simply want to make sure people don’t have to pay TOO much for parking and can get there on time without worrying about the traffic.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

LA FEEDBACK Festival Testimonial – June 22, 2018

Parry Majmudar
Parry Majmudar
A big thanks to the team team in putting efforts and taking the initiative to showcase films made by filmmakers around the world and discussing it with the audiences. I really appreciate it.
It does motivate filmmakers to express and tell stories through the visual medium.

5 Star Review

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of the Short Film:

FEEDBACK FILM FESTIVAL Thursday – August 2, 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 – ROMANCE


WHAT IF, 16min., Germany, Sci-Fi/Romance 
Directed by Linda Gasser

It’s the year 2184 and big data is omnipresent. A sophisticated system has been developed to analyze people. Perfect partner recommendations have become the norm. But Achille wants to find a partner by himself

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HOTTER WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN, 12min., USA, Romance/Drama
Directed by Julie Haberstick

Two corners of a love triangle confront their selfish affections and responsibilities in the 1970s South.

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TEMPORARY, 14min., USA, Drama/Romance
Directed by Aaron Seever & Brad Skoglund

Ted and Tonya meet while backpacking in the Arizona mountain wilderness, bonding over beer and a game of “pineball”

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2nd ACT PROGRAM – Best of SCI-FI/FANTASY


THE VOLUNTEER, 27min., USA, Sci-Fi/Romance 
Directed by Michael Willer

A woman fleeing a dystopian city forms a connection with someone she cannot touch.

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MARGARET AND THE MOON, 12min, USA, Sci-Fi/Animation
Directed by Trevor Morgan

An unpopular little girl falls in love with her imagination and learns the true value of friendship.

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ZACKMAN, 5min, Hong Kong, Sci-Fi
Directed by Jack Tong

Jeanne, finally recognized that she had to survive from the fierce battle and left this mad world.

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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.

FEEDBACK FILM FESTIVAL Thursday – July 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 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 – DRAMA


MUM, 13min., India, Drama
Directed by Akash Mihani

An eight-year-old Mamta is struggling with her homework. She gains the attention of her always strict class teacher as she reads from the unwritten essay on Mother; leaving the class teacher distressed.

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DOWN TIME, 15min., France, Drama
Directed by Jeff Taver & Mathieu Dinh

A mother of two children, victim of domestic violence, making her confidences. Telling the story of her life, for her, the time stopped at the precise moment letting his imagination in a world apart.

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JUST SAYING, 14min., UK, Drama/Dark Comedy
Directed by Nick Reed

A mother and son argue over sandwiches, mouth organs and forgiveness in this quintessentially British, black comedy. Ewen Macintosh (The Office, The Lobster) and Carrie Cohen (Gnaw, Hellbreeder) star in this dramedy about love, loss and 47 plugs.

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2nd ACT PROGRAM – Best of FEMALE DIRECTORS


UNDER THE BED, 5min, USA, Horror/Thriller
Directed by Jia Li (April)

A girl is working late in her bedroom. All of a sudden, she hears a strange sound comes under her bed. She decides to crawl under the bed and finds out what is underneath.

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PUPPETS AND PUSHPINS, 4min., Canada, Dance/Music Video 
Directed by Melanie Faye

A music video about puppets that come to life on a shelf. One tries to escape while the others try to hold her back. About being trapped in an emotionally abusive relationship.

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ESKIMO, 6min., USA, Drama
Directed by Robyn Killian

On the verge of relapsing on heroin, after hearing his best friend died from an overdose, Devin Walters, a recovering addict struggles to find meaning in his life. He receives and unexpected visit that changes everything.

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BREATHLESS, 7min., USA, Drama/Crime
Directed by Anaiis Cisco

‘Breathless’ is the story of Larry, a middle aged Black man, whose trip to the bodega for coffee and cigarettes leads to his unwarranted death.

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THE BUTTER KNIFE, 6min., USA, Comedy/Romance
Directed by Eshaana Sheth

A young British man and American woman navigate misunderstandings on a first date that takes a bizarre turn.

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HIT, 4min., New Zealand, Sports/Drama
Directed by Nahyeon Lee

As Iris begins to learn the sport of boxing, time and space blend as she recollects the sensations of a party gone awry and confronts her demons once again.

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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.

Director BIO: Nick Reed (JUST SAYING)

Director Biography – Nick Reed

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Nick began life as an actor then moved into writing computer games and TV series. As a writer and director his award-winning comedy shorts have screened worldwide at festivals and sold to Canal + and HBO. He wrote and directed ‘Life Coach’ in the West End which was nominated for a WOSA for best new comedy, and subsequently wrote the film adaptation for Sam Mendes’ company Neal Street. As well as films Nick has directed several successful stage plays including his comedy ‘Never Mind The Botox’, which was nominated for an Offie for Best New Play 2014 and written 3 children’s features. He most recently directed the viral hit ‘Ken Loach’s Star Wars’ which won first prize at Shortcom 2016.

Director Statement

 

Just Saying was originally a stage play I saw with the same cast and its roots are deliberately open to view. It’s filmed in a theatrical style, looking from the foreground to the setting and the protagonists but never looking back at the world they see and comment on throughout. The narrative is a subtle one without an obvious resolution which appealed to me more than some overt plot-driven writing, the journey is a product of the characters and their relationship rather than a plot they service. The location is integral to the film, not many of these social clubs remain in the UK and those that do have been modernised and had their hearts ripped out in the process. Combining the location with a heavy, warm colour palette aims to create a sense of the past living in the present, mirroring the relationship of mother and son. The dialogue is punctuated with moments of black comedy and at its heart the film asks the question; if lies have been told or the wrong thing has been said can we forgive the guilty party, especially when it’s ourselves.