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Poolside Filmmaker Kick-Off Party

wednesday 9/25 7:00pm-9:00pm

Enjoy an exclusive party poolside at the Mosaic Hotel in Beverly Hills. Filmmaker and VIP Pass Holders only. Limited amount of VIP Passes available. Purchase yours today!

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SENSI (far right in photo)

CECIL" SENSI" FRANCIS is the steelband Director of Austin Community Steelband, Austin Texas. He has 39 years of experience playing this wonderful musical instrument and was the Captain of Trinidad's legendary Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, who played on their tours to New York's Carnegie Hall, Apollo Theater, and Brooklyn Academy of Music; Miami's Marine Stadium with Jimmy Buffett; and to the UK's Hammersmith Odeon. 

After migrating to the U.S. he toured with "Warrior Ant" production to Yale School of Drama. While living in Los Angeles for 20 years, he per formed at Universal Studios, Disneyland, Wild Animal Park, universities, and added movie and TV credits to his name. He taught at the Long Beach Steeldrum School before becoming Austin Community Steel band's Steelband Director in February, 2008. 

Austin Community Steelband is a Non-Profit Professional Steelband School whose motto is "Get With The Beat" and mission is committed to sharing the joys of steelpan with the Citizens of Austin of all ages, in comes and cultural backgrounds with a special emphasis on reaching at promise youth. The school offer innovative instruction and playing tech niques stressing self-expression and provide musical performances for the community, Sensi is part of a dynamic team who believe that advocating excellence in playing will help to preserve and promote steelpan's cultural origins from Trinidad while securing the instrument's position within the family of conventional musical instruments. They believe that once people are ex posed to the sound of the Steelpan, they will become aware of its infinite musical possibilities and join with those who share in the magic of this inspiring instrument. Their Goals, 1. To provide low income and at promise youth with caring adult role models and free instruction designed to be motivating, empowering, and culturally relevant, and to foster acceptance and tolerance of cultural dif ferences. 2. To provide low-cost steelpan instruction for the community at-large regardless of age, gender, or cultural background. 3. To establish a professional performing steel orchestra that plays any musical genre with expert skill. 

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thursday night party

thursday 9/26 7:00pm-9:00pm

Enjoy networking with filmmakers, actors, audience and industry professionals while enjoying good food, wine & cocktails. VIP Pass holders, Filmmaker Pass Holders, Tickets for the evening programs of September 26th get access.

⭐️In the Wilshire Screening Room Art Gallery!

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Isabella Blake-Thomas

ISABELLA BLAKE-THOMAS is an accomplished Actress, Writer and Producer. Isabella began her career as the lead in a children’s TV series in the UK and then went on to appear in Doctor Who, Enid, Doctors, The Smoke and many more. Her fans fell in love with her from the beginning but the role they know her best for is Young Zelena in ABC’s Once Upon A Time. After her move to the US, Isabella booked roles in the shows Shameless, Game Shakers, Married and Da Vinci’s Demons. Her most recent role is Princess January in Disney+ Secret Society Of Second Born Royals, which is set to release in 2020. Isabella is also known for her love of music. Her debut single was released in 2018, her debut EP followed suit in 2019 and her second EP will be released September 21st, 2019 to an audience of eager followers. Isabella’s work as both a singer/songwriter and actress are equally on display in her latest Academy-qualifying short film, UNSEEN, where she stars alongside Rhyon Brown and Yolanda Wood, accompanied by a soundtrack of Isabella’s original songs. She also is a founding member of the production company Mother & Daughter Entertainment, where she works closely alongside her co-creative director Chandler Kinney with their two mothers, creating content that matters. Blake-Thomas is set to work on a few more feature films before the end of 2019 and is looking forward to the release of her Disney movie next year.

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friday night party

friday 9/27 7:00pm-9:00pm

Enjoy mingling with the cast and crew of the Official Selection along with industry professionals and supporters! Delicious appetizers, signature cocktails, wine & champagne plus entertainment.

⭐️ In the Wilshire Screening Room Art Gallery!



Charlie Mount

Best known for his renowned presentation of Houdini’s legendary East Indian Needle Mystery Charlie has performed his unique brand of vaudevillian comedy magic on television and in nightclubs all over the world! You may have seen him on TV’s “Magic’s Greatest Illusions” or caught him at The Magic Castle.

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saturday night party

saturday 9/28 7:00pm-9:00pm

Enjoy mingling with the cast and crew of the Official Selection along with industry professionals and supporters! Delicious appetizers, signature cocktails, wine & champagne plus entertainment.

⭐️ In the Wilshire Screening Room Art Gallery!



Jared Hallock - Vibraphone

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closing night awards & celebration

sunday 9/28 7:00pm-9:00pm

VIP Pass Holders, Filmmaker Badge Holders and Sunday Pass Holders only event! Buy your Sunday Badge to enjoy films, the Casting Panel and Closing Night Awards Celebration! Entertainment listed below!

⭐️ Held at Via Alloro Ristorante!

**Please enter through the garden/courtyard (see picture to the bottom/left) entrance off Dayton, just SW of Canon Drive.

PARKING: There is public parking at the Montage (225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210) for $6.

There is valet parking at Via Alloro for $12.

There is also street parking that is not metered after 6pm.

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Maria Rago - Piano



Harvey Hader, D.D.S. is an indie duo who specializes in quirky, folksy originals, and trademark pop mash-ups. They play monthly at "Republic of Pie" in NoHo, and it should be noted that they are NOT real dentists, just named after one!

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Lindsay Katt, Singer/Songwriter

Lindsay's inspiration to create Film/Art/Music began as a child in the beauty of the rural Montana mountains where she grew up. Following that inspiration to the surreal grit of New York City, Lindsay has worked there as a painter, performance/recording Artist, Composer, and Film Director; creating work that is both authentic, and deeply thought provoking. Her Music has been featured on MTV's "The Real World" and "Teen Mom" and well as Programming such as ABC's "Castle" "Alias" "Switched at Birth" or SyFy's "Being human" with Music Videos airing on MTV and Logo.

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Brandt Jacobus

Brandt Jacobus is an acoustic guitarist and composer. His intricate finger-style guitar performances are requested for many luxury corporate events, weddings and celebrity events throughout Southern California. Brandt’s guitar performances have been featured on NBC, Bravo and TNT productions. His wedding performances have been featured in Inside Weddings, InStyle and The Knot Magazines. Brandt's clientele includes Tiffany & Co., Lexus, The Getty Center, Neiman Marcus and many more. His guitar styles range from Cafe Acoustic, Romantic Spanish to Bossa Nova, Brazilian and Latin Jazz.