2011 Official Selection Program Schedule
Friday October 14th
Workshop A - Legal Workshop by Peter Levitan - 1pm
Workshop B - Samy's Camera Workshop on latest DSLR Filmmaking - 3pm
Invitation Only Private Filmmaker Kick-Off Party with performance by Devee at 5pm-7:30pm- Beverly Hills
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Saturday October 15th
* Workshop C - Discussion on Casting your Independent Feature - Breakfast at Porta Via - 10am
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Program #1 - 10:30 am
6 Short Films - Second Chances, Discrimination, and Revolution
The Encounter- USA
Lunch In Lima- USA
Love Is All You Need- USA
L'altra Meta/ The Other Half- Italy
Program #2 - 12:30 pm
9 Short Films - Death Cat, Murder, Forbidden Love, Rebellion, & Discovery
Riding Hoods- USA
The Last Three Minutes- USA
Saying Goodbye- USA
Al Servizio Del Cliente/We Serve Our Clients- Italy
Aerial Girl- USA
Program #3 - 2:30 pm
7 Short Films - Action, Other Worlds, Love, This or That
Another Life- USA
Madame Perrault's Bluebeard- USA/Canada
High Maintenance- USA
La Pagella/The Report Card- Italy
Ray Morley- UK
Program #4 - 4:30pm
8 Shorts - I See Dead People, Love, Life & Loss, Three Hearts
Cuore di clown/Clown Heart- Italy
Little Heart- Canada
What To Bring To America- USA
The Metronome- USA
* Special Screening Program #5 - 6:30 pm
Feature Film in Celebration of Tennessee Williams' 100th Birthday
Tennessee Williams' The Loss of A Teardrop Diamond- USA (Out of Competition)
* Halloween Teasers Program #6 - 8:30 pm
8 Shorts - Girls Rock, Zombies, Serial Killers, Twisted Grannies & More
Live Performance of Girl Band Group Devee
Just Desserts- Australia
Year of The Child- New Zealand
Dead Happy- UK
Hard to Love- USA
* CHAMPAGNE PARTY Sponsored By The Crescent Hotel
Sunday October 16th
Program #7 - 10:30 am
1 Short & 1 Feature - Innovative Women
Women In The Dirt- USA
Second To None: Inspiring Stories of Extraordinary Women- USA
* Family Friendly Program #8 - 12:30 pm
8 Shorts - Scary Attics, Innovation & Imagination, Magic, & Independence
Up Under The Roof- USA
The Death of Toys- USA
Jillian Dillon- USA/Germany
Whip My Mane- USA
Child Invisible- USA
* Special Panel Program #9 - 2:30 pm
Thoughtful discussion and insight from Industry insiders
Industry Panel on The Crossroads of Art & Commerce in Studio Filmmaking in Theatre
Program #10 - 4:00 pm
5 Shorts - Hope, Love, Discovery, Compassion & Remembrance
Sun City Picture House- USA/Haiti
The Gradual Demise of Phillipa Finch- Australia
Hacia La Vida- Mexico/USA
L'ape e il Vento/The Bee In The Wind- Italy
Joy Division- USA
* Program #11 - 6:00 pm plus Awards
6 Short Films - Creation, Courage, Woe, & New Beginnings
Bathing & The Single Girl - USA
The Carrier- USA
Perhaps Tomorrow- USA
The Maker- Australia
Program #12 - 8:00 pm
5 Shorts - Gambling, Destruction, Jealousy, Strife & Triumph
Two-Legged Rat Bastards- USA
Amores Ciegos/Love, Intertwined- Spain
Scenes of An Adult Nature- UK
The Cartographer- Australia
Umkhumbi Wethu/Our Ship- South Africa
**Our 2010 Film Selections from the 2nd Annual Lady Filmmakers Film Festival is below:
2010 Award Winning Films
Program #1 - Ladies Illuminate – Saturday Oct 9th - 11:30 am
Collection of Shorts Program
Hanoi-Warszawa - Poland / A young Vietnamese woman, Mai Anh illegally enters Poland through the green border with Ukraine. Now she only has to reach Warsaw, where she will join her boyfriend and start her dreamed life. But the journey through Poland turns into a journey of humiliation and violence. Mai Anh escapes her brutal traffickers and tries to reach Warsaw on her own.
Jr Posse – USA/ The short documentary "JR. POSSE" subject chronicles Mayisha Akbar, Founder and Director of the Compton Jr. Posse Youth Equestrian Training Program. Of the many important and moving stories in this documentary short film is the fact that equestrian offers a source of co-therapy,the connection between the riders and horses is maintained as they lift the hopes and self-esteem of each other. "JR. POSSE" is one woman's vision and passion affirming that teaming youth with animals teaches them responsibility, discipline, increases self-esteem and saves lives. This film is bound to inspire and uplift the human spirit.
Lychee Thieves - USA / Pomaika'i Brown (50 First Dates) gives a moving performance as Keoki in this serious yet funny tale about four Hawaiian locals who clash over an abundant lychee tree.
The Roe Effect - USA In a world frighteningly similar to our own, Dawn and her girlfriend Sam are madly in love. But unbeknownst to Sam, Dawn is hiding a terrible secret, one powerful enough to destroy all Dawn holds dear. In this heart-wrenching tale of love and loss, Dawn must choose between exposing a painful truth and losing the girl she loves.
Something Special - New Zealand/ A young war veteran explores the magnificent wilds of New Zealand while reliving a haunting memory from his past. It is a powerful film about friendship, loss, and healing.
Program # 2 - Ladies Kick Butt -
Saturday Oct 9th - 1:30 pm
Collection of Shorts Program
Ahate Pasa/Duck Crossing - Spain / Suddenly, ducks cross the screen.
Delivery Date – USA/ Chad goes on a blind date and realizes he is due for a surprise.
I Love you Big - Canada/ Janika, a woman in her fifties, learns one day that her husband is having an affair. Janika then tries to seduce her husband again. Happily, she cooks for him the nicest, but richest, meals, which make him gain weight fast. To Janika, vengeance is a meal best served.
Just in Case – USA A beautiful, rich pianist who gets stuck on her way to a concert has to get on a bus for the first time in her life, only to find out that across from her sits a potential suicide bomber. In her growing panic, she decides to move to a safer seat - next to Yuri - a drunk, bitter and tired Russian soldier with a gun on his lap. Inspired by true events, Just In Case is a five minute impossible love story which takes place in an impossible reality
Lady Of Sorrows - USA / In an eerie almost familiar world, a sexually predatory man books a massage hoping he might get lucky - instead he is taken on a strange and transformative journey by his masseuse
Undercover – USA/ Nada Assad is an American-Muslim who has one dream: to become an undercover detective.As her religious obligations clash with her duties as an officer, Nada Assad has one last chance to prove her merit before losing her job as well as her dignity. Only this time, Nada will have to confront her religious difference head on in order to solve the case of a little girl's stolen pig.
Program # 3 - Ladies Illuminate -
Saturday Oct 9th - 3:30 pm
Collection of Shorts Program
Blackberry Stains - UK / Mathew and Lewis age 12 are best friends. When Lewis unexpectedly commits suicide Mathew life is turned upside down. While the adult world mourning around him, the truth about what happened is revealed through Matthew's eyes. Past and present collide as an evocative journey of destroyed innocence and secrecy unravels before us - in this powerful examination of child abuse and revenge.
Pax - USA/ Documentary Directed by Glenn Close about charity "Puppies Behind Bars".
Piano Fingers - USA / Howard and May, a once-famous entertainment couple from the 1950s, have entombed themselves in a decaying house cluttered with memorabilia from the peak of their career. As May begins to lose her memory to Alzheimer's disease, Howard attempts to rekindle their love through the music they performed in their youth.
A Stand Up Guy – USA/ Sometimes falling down is the best way to stand up.
Tired of Being Funny - USA/ A father (John Mahoney) and daughter (Lili Taylor), who have had a thousand conversations, have one that, in a matter of minutes, redefines their relationship for the rest of their lives.
Program # 4 - Ladies First & Awards -
Saturday Oct 9th - 5:30 pm
Collection of Premieres Shorts Program
Boy Who Became King - USA / Some stories lead us to our destiny...
A Coming Out Homecoming - USA/ Cindy (Whitney Long) is bringing her girlfriend, Janice (Brandon Williams), home to meet her parents. At the last minute, Janice has second thoughts. "A Coming Out Homecoming" is the short and sweet story of Cindy's quest to get Janice out of the car and into her parents' house.
Daddy's Little Girl - Canada / Virginia, a nerdy university student, thought phone sex would be a great way to easy money. Until the day her father called.
Equestrian Sexual Response - USA/ Alice must reckon with sexuality through the worlds of middle school and racehorse breeding.
Et Toi? - France / Zoe and Francois are experiencing a perfect start in their relationship, full of sweetness and tenderness. They feel so well together that, at an intimate and sensual time, Zoe confesses her love to Francois. The latter, as a typical man, takes his time to answer.
Love at First Sight? - USA/ beautiful spring day at the beach. Chelsea waits for Sasha but someone else catches her eye.
Silent Valley - Switzerland / Valeria's father is dead. For the firs time after many years away Valeria travels back to her home village to attend her father's funeral. Neither in the church nor at the funeral meal does she find comfort. She feels uneasy around the villagers. Her mother wraps herself in silent sorrow and leaves Valeria with doubts about her father having died a natural death. Valeria wants to go back to her studies as soon as possible but unexpected powers prevent her from returning to the city. Valeria has to face her destiny.
The Translator - Canada/ While on a subway ride with her boyfriend a foreign film translator comes to an unexpected stop.
Program # 5 - Ladies Kick Butt -
Saturday Oct 9th - 8:30 pm
"Halloween Teasers" Collection of Shorts Program
The Family - USA / Life is tough as a Mob Boss, especially when you must name your successor from your 3 idiot sons. Each one has their faults, but in the end the power must stay in The Family.
Guignol - USA/ The line between love and violence is blurred when Renata, the magnetic doyenne of a Grand Guignol theater, forces Mila, her young protégé, to participate in her grand exit from the stage.
Marigolds - UK / Susannah is living a typically quiet and dusty life in the suburbs with her husband Paul, when an unexpected visit from her son, Piers, surfaces a dark secret that has been brewing since he left the nest 15 years ago.
Nomansland - Canada/ A young couple find themselves on the outskirts of town, faced with a shady business deal that could mean the end of their relationship.
Peixe Vermelho - Brazil / A mysterious turn of events lead a woman into unknown territory
Scream Machine - USA/ Three friends find a mysterious box. Legend tells when you open the box you see your worst fears. Will they dare open the box?
U-2074 – USA/ A doctor performs strange medical tests on his patients.
Program # 6 - Ladies Illuminate –
Sunday Oct 10th - 12:30 pm
"Family Friendly" collection of Shorts Program
The Ball - UK / The Ball' portrays the tender beginnings of a burgeoning childhood friendship in which communication takes on touching, funny and inventive forms.
The Butterfly Circus - USA/ At the height of the Great Depression, the showman of a renowned circus leads his troupe through the devastated American landscape, lifting the spirits of audiences along the way. During their travels they discover a man without limbs being exploited at a carnival sideshow, but after an intriguing encounter with the showman he becomes driven to hope against everything he has ever believed.
The Great American Pigeon Race - USA / Six persecuted pigeons compete in a cutthroat race to be the first to claim the most prized pigeon real estate in the land.
Martha - USA/ 12-year old Martha is convinced that her family is the most embarrassing family in the world. Is it maybe true, that she fell off a gypsy wagon as a baby? We follow Martha into her world where reality and imagination merge into one.
Thunder & Lightning - Canada / Two sisters help each other through a night of stormy weather.
URS - Germany Many years Urs looked after his aging mother. Now he sets out for a dangerous journey:
He carries her up a mountain to find a better place for both of them. But his mother doesn't want to leave her home...
Weightless Traveller - USA / Without any possessions to tie her down, young vagabond Bo is light enough to take off - to the big city, the desert or the jungle. With street-smarts and a touch of her magic, she overcomes any obstacles.Worth - USA/ When a non-descript violin shows up at an upscale auction it seems wildly out of place. But who decides what something or someone is really worth? The answer may surprise you.
Program # 7 - Writing Panel -
Sunday Oct 10th - 2:30 pm
*Alyson Fouse, Writer (Wanda Sykes Show, Scary Movie 2), Rodney Barnes (Everybody Hates Chris)
*Peter & Cecilia Russell, Hollywood Studio Script Analysts and teachers of popular UCLA Story Maker class.
Program # 8 - Ladies Kick Butt -
Sunday Oct 10th - 4:00 pm
Collection of Shorts Program
Amona Putz!/Inflatable Grandma - Spain / Sometimes, couples who have children miss Grandma. But only sometimes.
I Want To Spend The Rest of My Life With You - Spain/ I want to spend the rest of my life with you
The Killing of Mary Surratt - USA / Boardinghouse owner Mary Surratt was one of four Southern sympathizers who was tried, convicted, and executed for conspiring to assassinate President Lincoln. Believed by many to have been innocent, she was nevertheless doomed to be the first woman executed by the federal government.
Sweet As - New Zealand/ Two competitive grannies pit their grandsons against each other to travel the world.
Taco Mary - USA / When Rob, an atheist, sees the Virgin Mary in his taco, he struggles with his beliefs, principles, and his love of tacos in order to do the right thing.
Telemafia - USA/ When a telemarketer chooses the wrong consumer to call.
Text Me - USA / Falling for each other online, two teenagers finally meet in person for a date at what turns out to be a mob-owned Italian restaurant. Will their Internet love shatter or grow strong and rich like a tomato ragout?
My Status - USA/ How much do you really connect and share with the people in your life? Alice comes home after a day without any contacts with her friends. She is now ready to discover what has happened in her life.
Program # 9 - Ladies Kick Butt -
Sunday Oct 10th - 5:45 pm
Feature Film Program- Charity Preview Screening
Jucy- Australia/ Jackie (Cindy Nelson) and Lucy (Francesca Gasteen) - together nicknamed 'Jucy' - are 20 something best friends who do everything together. Their days are spent working at a local alternative video store serving a variety of equally emotionally disenfranchised freaks and geeks. Always on the outside looking in but never alone as long as they have each other they combat boredom with their own special brand of 'joie de vivre'. When badgered by friends and family for being in a 'womance' (the girl equivalent of a bromance - codependant, weird and incapable of living a normal life), the girls decide it's time to grow up. Jackie will snag the dreamy boyfriend and Lucy will land the job of her dreams, but will growing up mean growing apart?
Program # 10 - Ladies Kick Butt -
Sunday Oct 10th - 7:30 pm
Feature Film Program
Angel Camouflaged- USA- Rock and Roll Drama starring James Brolin, Dilana Robichaux, and Carlos Bernard set in South Carolina.
Program # 11 - Ladies Illuminate -
Sunday Oct 10th - 9:15 pm
Feature Film Program
One Hundred Mornings - Ireland/ Set in a world upended by a complete breakdown of society, two couples hide out in a lakeside cabin hoping to survive the crisis. As resources run low and external threats increase, each of them faces a critical decision they never thought they'd have to make.
Lady Filmmakers Film Festival was created to provide an audience for women filmmakers. Our festival celebrates Lady Filmmakers and the men who collaborate with them.
To qualify, women must fill the role of at least one of the following positions in the films:
Writer, Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Production Designer, or Editor