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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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

Lexy Woos Amber by Matt Schutt

Fight Club Rebuttal by Matt Schutt

MISTAKES, by Rene Collier

The Infinite, Not Beyond, by T.J. Peters

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: February 2019 LA FEEDBACK Film Festival







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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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.


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.

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    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 9, 2017
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    Digital UltraHD
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