Sep 302011

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Surreal Film Short ‘The Crooked Eye’ Has Los Angeles Premiere in Dances With Films Independent Film Festival

The Crooked Eye

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 6, 2009

“The Crooked Eye,” the latest film short from film and television character actor, D.C. Douglas, will have its Los Angeles premiere on June 9, 2009 at 5 p.m. at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 as a part of the Dances With Films Independent Film Festival. Chosen by the festival to be a part of an exclusive block of CGI shorts, the film will be discussed by a panel from the Visual Effects Society prior to the screening. Tickets are $ 12 and can be purchased via the Dances With Films website.

Dances With Films supports and celebrates the true independent film spirit by mandating that only films without celebrity actors, writers, directors or producers will be selected for festival competition. Though the film is narrated by Academy Award Winner Linda Hunt, “The Crooked Eye” was accepted due to the independent nature of the production, which was adapted for the screen, directed, produced, edited and financed by D.C. Douglas. In addition to Mr. Douglas, only three talented visual effects technicians, led by Pency Kinnard, created the CGI environment of the 19-minute film.

Starring Fay Masterson (“Eyes Wide Shut” with Tom Cruise) and Katherine Boecher (NBC’s “Heroes”), “The Crooked Eye” spends a day in the life of Sharon (Ms. Masterson) as she struggles with a recent divorce and a current perception problem.

Part live action, part animation, the film dreamily weaves between past and present, delicately painting a psychological portrait of a troubled woman. “The Crooked Eye” is a visually stunning adaptation of Betty Malicoat’s short story of the same name.

Having already played the 26th Miami International Film Festival and the 40th Nashville Film Festival, “The Crooked Eye” is now playing up and down the West Coast this month, most notably at the prestigious Palm Springs International ShortFest at the end of June. Only five months into its festival run, the film has already become an official selection of eleven festivals.

Aside from personal film endeavors, D.C. Douglas is primarily known for his on-camera and voice over work. His high profile projects include NBC’s “Boston Common” and the celebrity GEICO campaigns with the likes of Little Richard, Joan Rivers and the late Don Lafontaine.

For more information on “The Crooked Eye,” visit the official website. For information about D.C. Douglas, visit D.C. Douglas’ Film and TV website and voice over website.



“The Crooked Eye” will soon be available for rent via IndiePix Films and iTunes. You can purchase a DVD from the Amazon movies section for only $ 10.99.



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Sep 042011
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A highly popular and celebrated event, the Los Angeles Film Festival is a world class movie gala that showcases some of the most critically-acclaimed filmmakers, critics, film industry professionals and new talent from other countries. Recognized as a world class event, it is held every year in the month of June in Westwood Village, California, and focuses on the best of American and international cinema for a period of 10 days.

Anticipated crowds for this year’s Festival, which is from 18th to 28th June 2009, are expected to be over 100,000 people as streams of movie lovers from all over the world come together to celebrate it. The main part of this exciting Festival is made up of over 100 feature films, 100 short films and approximately 50 music videos that originate from about 40 different countries. These films run alongside major premieres that feature popular stars, seminars, panels and outdoor screenings.

Highlights of the Festival include the exclusive Filmmaker Retreat that is hosted by the Festival’s annual Guest Director, and the Spirit of Independence Award ceremony and bash. A popular highlight among the younger audience is the short film features that are produced by high school students and the music video section.

At the end of the festival, popular awards that are handed out include the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature, Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short Film, Best Documentary Short Film and Best Animated/Experimental Short Film. Some of the more prizy awards given out carry a cash prize of ,000 and include categories such the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature and the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Documentary Feature.

If you are a movie lover, this event is the right place for you to come and experience the joy of movies together with thousands of other movie lovers. Visitors looking to stay at one of the hotels in Pasadena in Los Angeles should consider the luxurious and elegant Langham Hotel Pasadena which is an ideal base to frequent this Festival.

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Jun 182011

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Brubaker Films, in association with T-Street Productions, gain acceptance into the 2004 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival.

HOLLYWOOD, CA (PRWEB) July 30, 2004

“Earl’s Your Uncle” was written by Jared Tweedie, directed by Thomas Phillips and produced by

Jason P. Brubaker of Brubaker Films LLC, in association with T-Street Productions.

A very prestigious invitation, the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival is sanctioned by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. In the past, nineteen of the films screened have been nominated for Oscars in the best short film category. Five have won.

Earl’s Your Uncle is a sort-of-film-noir-comedy with a fantastical edge exposing the dark underbelly of crime, deceit, malice, mayhem and wellÂ… stale doughnuts. The film was shot in b/w Super 16mm during March 2004.

Brubaker is excited. “The crew has worked very hard to make this happen. I couldn’t have asked for a better, more talented team. Tom and Jared deserve this. They work very hard. And the LA Short Fest is an honor.”

Phillips says he really enjoys working with Brubaker because he is so supportive and encouraging. “All I know is this… When Brubaker says he is going to do something, he does it. No excuses. He takes the good with the bad. I can’t wait to read Seven Ten Split and move into a feature.” (Brubaker is currently packaging his feature project, Seven Ten Split. The film is slated for production in Brubaker’s hometown of York, Pennsylvania in September 2005).


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May 252011
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Posted: May 24, 2010

If visiting a film festival is on your wish list – the place should undoubtedly be the Los Angeles Film Festival.  Touted as the most happening film festivals amongst the others in the circuit, the LA Film Festival is here again to make you drool over it!

This year the film festival begins from June 17th to 27th of the same month. Passes will be on sale from 1st of June, 2010. You can also find the passes at the Official Website of the festival. It is a one-of-its kind film festival in the world where the best films belonging to each genre are screened. Moreover, you will find only that kind of film buffs here that you always wanted.

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Year after year this film festival has been the testimonial to smash world-wide hits delivered by the film fraternity. For example, it was here that the movie “The Devil Wears Prada” was premiered which went on to become a super-hit world-wide.

The very famed and names of the most acclaimed directors of the world will surely make you understand the kind of response and cheers the festival is met with. This is perhaps the only film festival in the world where the height of anticipation exceeds the film-makers enthusiasm! No wonder that this place is considered as the Mecca of launching new and bold directors and filmmakers.

You can log on to the official site to have a glimpse of what the film festival has in store for you. The magnum opus would surely be the film made by the 10 independent filmmakers of Mexico – together!

Needless, to say, this year it has all the fanfare to already be a history in the making. The participation has seen a record turnout and if the marketing gurus are to be believed, the ticket sales would fly through the roof on the opening day.

If you’re looking for a welcome change from the films that bore you and overly criticized, this is the place to be.

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May 222011

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NCIS: Los Angeles
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While passing through San Pedro on a location hunt for another movie, I came across this filming of an episode of NCIS Los Angeles. To be honest with you, I had never watched more than two previous episodes of this show. I love all the CSIs NCIS, Criminal Mind type shows but I just couldn’t watch this show with any seriousness. It is the little old lady boss that I just can’t get into. Anyhow, I did my best to get some shots of this set. This was shot on Jan 14th so I imagine that it will air sometime in February or early March.

I didn’t realize that this was LL Cool J’s car until I got home and showed my wife. I am still kicking myself for not getting better photos of this machine.

NCIS: Los Angeles
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While passing through San Pedro on a location hunt for another movie, I came across this filming of an episode of NCIS Los Angeles. To be honest with you, I had never watched more than two previous episodes of this show. I love all the CSIs NCIS, Criminal Mind type shows but I just couldn’t watch this show with any seriousness. It is the little old lady boss that I just can’t get into. Anyhow, I did my best to get some shots of this set. This was shot on Jan 14th so I imagine that it will air sometime in February or early March.

I didn’t realize that this was LL Cool J’s car until I got home and showed my wife. I am still kicking myself for not getting better photos of this machine.

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May 212011

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Into A Compelling & Humorous Short Film Directed By Craig Macneill

NEW YORK (PRWEB) August 23, 2004

North lake Films is pleased to announce that Late Bloomer, the new short film by emerging director Craig Macneill and winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Lake Placid Film Festival, has been selected for the 2004 Los Angeles Short Film Festival.

Craig was inspired to make “Late Bloomer” while shooting a documentary on the film’s writer, Clay McLeod Chapman, star of the long-running off-Broadway sensation The Pumpkin Pie Show that has been called a “downtown cult hit” by Time Out New York.

In Late Bloomer, one boy discovers that something strange is happening in Miss Lovecraft’s seventh grade sexual education class –something much darker than the normal curriculum. AinÂ’t it Cool News says Late Bloomer is a “Cute funny film – a treat to horror fans.” The Richmond Times Dispatch reports “The audience didn’t move, except to breathe, laugh and apply bug spray.” Late Bloomer will screen at the Arclight Theater: Sat Sept 11th at 5:30pm (Theater #12).

Director Craig Macneill is a based in New York, where he has been building a career as a writer and director of films since graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999 with a degree in film production.

Playwright and storyteller Clay McLeod Chapman has seen his short fiction transposed to the stage for over a decade, produced in Romania, Scotland, Ireland and in the U.S. At the age of 26, Clay has published a collection of short stories, Rest Area (Hyperion Press, 2002), a novel entitled Miss Corpus (Hyperion Press, 2003), and been selected by The New Yorker as the featured emerging author for its 2003 “Reading Glasses” series.

The film score for Late Bloomer was composed and performed by One Ring Zero. The band has shared billings with pacesetting performers and musicians such as Cibo Matto; Medeski, Martin, and Wood; The Magnetic Fields; Thurston Moore; and The Roots.

Entering its eighth year, the LA Shorts Fest is the largest short film festival in the world and one of the few recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. The festival attracts the highest caliber of short films made each year. Since itÂ’s inception, nineteen festival participants have gone on to earn Academy Award nominations and five have won the Oscar.

Craig Macneill will be at the Festival and available for interviews. To schedule an interview or request a copy of the film, please contact Craig Macneill at 646.765.6806 or visit


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Mar 222011

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IFP Los Angeles Film Festival and the Festival Rag Announce Partnership

NEW YORK CITY, NY (PRWEB) January 23, 2004

The Festival Rag, a new online periodical dedicated to true independent filmmaking and filmmakers, has recently announced a new partnership with the Los Angeles Film Festival.

The Festival Rag, through the online entertainment portal KeMeK (, recently emerged as a major voice in independent cinema. Since its flagship issue in November 2003, this new ally of indie-film has gained staggering momentum, and is now broadcast to thousands of media-industry subscribers. Yet, it is the Festival Rag’s grass-roots approach that, by turns, created a hub for the independent film community to network, aquaint and communicate.

The IFP Los Angeles Film Festival (, held annually for ten days in June, showcases the best of American and International independent cinema. With an attendance of over 40,000, the festival screens over 150 narrative features, documentaries, shorts, and music videos. Now in its tenth year, the Festival has grown into a world-class event, uniting new filmmakers with critics, scholars, film masters, and the movie-loving public. Slated for June 17 – 26, 2004, the IFP Los Angeles Film Festival promises to maintain its reputation for excellence in showcasing the best of independent film.

The Festival Rag will be recognized a Promotional Affiliate of the 2004 IFP Los Angeles Film Festival, in a partnership of two entities whose targets in the promotion of independent cinema are closely linked. “The primary goal for The Festival Rag is to amplify the voice of independent film,” says Myles Samuel Iezzi, Publisher of The Rag. “The impact of joining forces with IFP Los Angeles Film Festival will be profound because we share a similar vision in the world of independent cinema.”

“There are great films and filmmakers out there who can’t be heard over the hundred-million dollar din of the blockbuster,” says Dave Roberts, Managing Editor of the The Festival Rag. “Our mission is to help shed the light on these films by exploring the best venues for them to gain attention. The IFP Los Angeles Film Festival is one such venue.”

The union between the IFP Los Angeles Film Festival and The Festival Rag is regarded by both sides as being a great step forward in reaching the goal of catapulting independent film to a more broad audience. “We at the IFP Los Angeles Film Festival are excited to be working with the Rag to bring independent film to the people,” says Rich Raddon, Director of IFP Los Angeles Film Festival. The festival has left its mark on the world of independent cinema by forging another avenue for filmmakers’ work to be showcased, while The Festival Rag explores the meaning and depth behind the festivals and films that make independent cinema what it is today.

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The Acorn Penny heads to the Los Angeles Womens International Film Festival

The Acorn Penny: Kinshasa (Jada Young) in IDP camp (Photo Laufer Film, 2009)

Cleveland, OH (Vocus) March 24, 2010

THE ACORN PENNY, a short film by filmmaking father – daughter team, LAUFER FILM will have it’s next festival screening March 27th at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival. It is playing at the Laemmles Sunset 5 theater in the Shorts Program 2 at 3:15 pm.

The Alliance of Women Filmmakers Inc., a non-profit 501c(3) organization is the producer of the LA Womens International Film Festival. The group established the festival to empower women filmmakers to create diverse roles for women as well as increase exposure for women made movies. AFI trained cinematographer and director Tiff Laufer is a both successful filmmaker and a perfect fit for the festival.

The Acorn Penny is a visionary short film helmed by AFI graduate Tiffany Ann Laufer. The movie takes a unique view about a young Congolese girl who is forced to live in an IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camp due to the civil war in her native land. “We felt strongly that this story should be brought to the forefront, but in a way to which western audiences could relate,” said Producer William C. Laufer. “estimates suggest that 5.9 million people have died in the DRC over the past decade”. The UN is spending a billion dollars a year just in the Congo – we felt this was a story that needed to be told,” Laufer said. The film includes footage from the Cleveland Museum of Art collections archive and actual footage from Congolese refugee camps, footage provided by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees.

Director / writer Tiffany Ann Laufer uses thirteen (13) year old actress Jada Young to tell the story of Kinshasa, a young girl who is at first seen as an ordinary American youth but whose different reality is gradually revealed and whose true situation becomes arrestingly apparent. Ms. Laufer uses four magical acorns, both real and computer generated, to lead and guide Kinshasa thru this world and her adventure. Tiffany Laufer said, “I was very much inspired by Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ and finding that perfect balance in magical realism is very important in capturing your audience’s imagination. We didn’t want to focus on the war in the DRC, but on the dreams that still exist in the children who have survived the atrocities.”

The film was well received at the second annual Amelia Island Film Festival where Michelle Eggers of the Jacksonville Nassau Sun called the Acorn Penny “more pressing, a movie which guides viewers through the metaphorical journey of a young African refugee and her magical acorn.” Asked about her motivation for the movie, Tiffany Laufer said “I originally hoped to produce a feature-length film on genocide in the Congo, but because of the immediacy of the issue, created a short instead.” “This message is too important to wait,” Laufer said, “I knew that I needed to get it out to people as quickly as possible.” In a similar statement of pressing need, Ben Affleck, an early inspiration to Laufer, has just founded the East Congo Initiative to help raise fund and awareness about issues facing the people in the Congo.

The short film was also selected to be shown at the “Short Film Corner” a market for short films to be held at the Cannes International Film Festival, May 12 – 22nd.



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