Director BIOS: Juliet Johnson, Venita Ozols-Graham (LIFT)

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Juliet is the writer and co-director / co-producer of LIFT. She is an NYU Film alumni, and has worked in the film industry on and off since leaving NYU. She has written ten screenplays, had six short plays produced in various theaters in NYC, LA, Seattle and Annapolis (as well as having them published in playwriting anthologies). She’s published a comedic book of essays called Somebody’s Always Hungry, and has published numerous short stories and essays in anthologies, newspapers and magazines around the country. She has also written two novels.

Venita is the other co-director / co-producer of LIFT. She is a member of the Director’s Guild of America and a previous DGA Award nominee. She’s enjoyed a successful run in production in film and TV, working on projects such as the hit TV shows Veronica Mars, CSI, The Shield, The District, and The X Files. She’s segued into writing, producing and directing and has written numerous screenplays as well as produced and directed the indie feature Black Widows. Her horror short, Used Body Parts, was a film festival hit last year, winning several awards and getting distribution on Amazon. She starts this year’s film festival season with two new shorts she’s produced, Angel and Amy’s in the Freezer.

Director Statement

We have a dream. We want to make an independent feature film called The Jed and Maisie Story. We are making it a piece at a time, a series of short movies. First, in the Spring of 2018, we shot CHICKEN and then at the beginning of December. we shot LIFT.

LIFT is not merely a ride in a car; it is, we think, the whole roller coaster. Several years after Jed has split with Maisie and is finally managing to feel a little sane, she unexpectedly gets into the Uber vehicle he drives. For a few brave moments, Jed is over Maisie; then, like lightening striking, Jed is over nothing. Maisie is still Maisie, wonderful and exasperating. Fireworks ensue, it’s hard to tell whether they’re the good or bad kind.

LA Feedback Festival Testimonial – March 6 2019

I was elated, sitting here across the world, viewing an entirely fresh audience talking about their impressions of the film. Thank you to the festival for the opportunity.

Filmmaker Anuj Gulati (THE MANLIEST MAN)

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Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of the Short Film:

 

Top 5 1pg. Short Screenplays from the last year

Watch the readings of the top screenplays performed by professional actors:

THE CLICHE by Eileen Wilson
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2018/12/14/1pg-short-screenplay-of-the-cliche-by-eileen-wilson/

Lexy Woos Amber by Matt Schutt
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2018/10/05/1pg-short-screenplay-lexy-woos-amber-by-matt-schutt/

Fight Club Rebuttal by Matt Schutt
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2018/10/02/1pg-short-screenplay-fight-club-rebuttal-by-matt-schutt/

MISTAKES, by Rene Collier
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2018/07/01/1pg-short-screenplay-mistakes-by-rene-collier/

The Infinite, Not Beyond, by T.J. Peters
https://lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/2018/04/17/1pg-short-screenplay-the-infinite-not-beyond-by-t-j-peters/

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

Director BIO: Santiago C. Tapia & Jessica Curtright (IT BEGAN WITHOUT WARNING)

Director Biography – Santiago C. Tapia, Jessica Curtright

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TAPIA / CURTRIGHT, Directors

Santiago & Jessica co-direct/write/edit. Santiago’s a first generation Peruvian-American from Brooklyn & attended Harvard University. Jessica’s background is in theater, ballet, & opera in the States & abroad. Growing up on a steady diet of Hitchcock, Twilight Zone, Lovecraft, & King, they’re rabid lovers of the thriller/horror/sci-fi genres. Their latest short film premiered at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival as one of 15 shorts in the Midnight Shorts Program.

COUPER SAMUELSON, Executive Producer

Couper Samuelson is the President of Feature Films at Blumhouse Productions and Executive Producer of Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed GET OUT. Blumhouse, which has a first-look deal with Universal Pictures, has produced the highly-profitable Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious and Ouija franchises which have grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. Blumhouse’s model began with the original Paranormal Activity, which was made for $15,000 and grossed close to $200 million worldwide, making it the most profitable film in Hollywood history. Blumhouse’s award-winning projects include The Normal Heart and Whiplash, the latter of which he incubated from a Blumhouse-produced short film to the lowest-budget feature film in Hollywood history to win three Oscars. In addition, he shepherded the critically acclaimed thriller THE GIFT which was the directorial debut of Joel Edgerton and the pathbreaking supernatural thriller UNFRIENDED which grossed nearly $35m in the US on a budget of $1m. Samuelson began his career at Mark Cuban’s 2929, where he co-produced movies including James Gray’s We Own the Night and Two Lovers, both of which were nominated for the Cannes Palme d’Or.

EFREN RAMIREZ, Co-Producer

In the years since playing Pedro in Napoleon Dynamite, Efren Ramirez has appeared in scores of films and television shows, including leading roles in HBO film’s “Walkout” with Edward James Olmos, “Employee of the Month” opposite Dane Cook and Dax Shepard, “Crank” and “Crank II High Voltage” opposite Jason Statham (playing his own twin brother in the sequel). He also appeared in the indie two-character drama “Crossing the Heart” opposite Kris Kristofferson, “Casa De Mi Padre” opposite Will Ferrell, and HBO’s “Eastbound and Down” with Danny McBride. Most recently, you can see him in FOX Television’s “The Grinder” with Rob Lowe, the animated series “Bordertown” with Hank Azaria and Alex Bornstein, HULU’s “Deadbeat” with Tyler Labine, and in the feature film from James Patterson’s best selling book, “Middle School The Worst Years of My Life.” You can expect to see him in the upcoming feature “Trafficked” and in the new Rod Lurie/Plan B Entertainment TV show “Monsters of God” on TNT.

Short Film: AFTER LOVE, 6min., Hungary, Experimental/Romance

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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.

  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 9, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    Hungary
  • Film Language:
    Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital UltraHD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: HANDS, 6min., UK, Experimental/Dance

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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.

News & Reviews

FEEDBACK FILM FESTIVAL Thursday – February 1, 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 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.

1st ACT PROGRAM – Best of FEMALE DIRECTORS


FORGOTTEN FLORA, 5min., USA, Animation/Drama 
Directed by Reanna Miller

A short, 2D animated film about a successful businesswoman named Megan living in the big city. With work life becoming harder and harder to say no to, Megan forgets to nurture the important things in life and gets a thorny wake up call.

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MADEIRA, 14min., USA, Drama
Directed by Kaitlyn Fae

An ex-couple meets to sign divorce papers over dinner and wine. As the night progresses, it becomes increasingly apparent one of them has something up their sleeve.

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PAPER PALACES, 6min., USA, Drama
Directed by Heath Harris

Paper Palaces is a film about a teenage boy named Charlie (played by Emmy winning actor Austin Trace), during the onset of schizophrenia. Tormented and unable to tell reality from fiction, Charlie begins to believe his mother is out to get him. Taking matters into his own hands, Charlie finds a gun in the spare bedroom.

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THE FBI BLEW UP MY ICE SKATES, 7min., USA, Animation/Drama
Directed by Sara Zia Ebrahimi & Lindsey Martin

Based on a true story, the film tells a story from the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1980 from the perspective of Haleh, an eight year old who just wants to enjoy her ice skates. The film raises questions about the human cost of surveillance and the criminalization of immigrant communities, linking past policy decisions with current national discussions around security and xenophobia.

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AN ACTOR PREPARES, 4min., USA, Comedy
Directed by Ani Cohen

An ode to “An Actor Prepares” by Constantin Stanislavsky as a how-to instructional… Or more like a how-not-to.

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2nd ACT PROGRAM – Best of COMEDY


GF, 25min., USA, Comedy
Directed by Ross Harris

GF is the story of Anita, an LA Native who’s just lost her best friend (She didn’t die, they just don’t talk anymore). Looking to fill the void in her life, she struggles to search for a new BFF and finds more than she was looking for along the way in this feel-good, female driven comedy.

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THE CRYING CHEF, 6min., USA, Comedy
Directed by Zack Arch

A mockdoc about an extremely gifted chef who , at first glance, prepares what could be considered basic recipes. But what sets her apart is her tears. She cries over all of her dishes and her tears transform the otherwise pedestrian meals into works of art.

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THE FUTURE RICHARD DENISONS, 16min, USA, Comedy/Time Travel
Directed by Gabriel Renfro

25 year old Richard Denison encounters many future 45 year old versions of himself, all of whom have pursued different careers and women. These future Richard Denisons compete with one another for young Richard’s choice of one of them as his path in life.

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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 – January 11, 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 Shesput 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 atlatickets@wildsoundfestival.com and we’ll reserve seats for you.

1st ACT PROGRAM – Best CRIME/MYSTERY


STORY TO TELL, 15min., Japan, Crime/Drama 
Directed by Sayaka Nakane
A crime Japanese yakuza story.

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MONDAY, 18min., USA, Crime/Comedy
Directed by Dinh Thai
“What can I get to you?” That’s the question driving a conflicted young hustler who sells everything and anything to make money. As he code-switches through various cliques, he’s forced to confront racism as well as the immorality of his occupation.

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CONVERSATIONS, 8min., Ireland, Crime/Mystery
Directed by Emma Jackson & Igor Osipov
Detective thriller set in Dublin.

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2nd ACT PROGRAM – Best of ACTION/ADVENTURE


MIND GAME, 2min., China, Action/Experimental 
Directed by Weisi Dai
A dance? A game? Or a fight?

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FREEDOM OF THE WHEELS, 17min., USA, Adventure/Comedy
Directed by Jon Glassberg
An unmotivated and languishing Matt Segal gets inspiration from an unlikely place and recruits Will Stanhope, his life-partner-in-crime to accompany him on a winter adventure that will test their strength, stamina, and friendship. On Matt’s 50cc scooter, the boys set out with an iron resolve to ride from Boulder to Aspen, Colorado to do a little ice climbing. What happens in between is nothing short of extraordinary.

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VIKING TOOTHACHE, 4min, USA, Action/Fantasy
Directed by Philip Baumhardt
A young warrior must confront the consequences of his violent past.

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LILAC TV Pilot, 15min., USA, Adventure/Family
Directed by Hank Isaac
What if Robin Hood was a homeless ten-year-old girl living in a modern city.

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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.