North Hollywood, CA (November 13, 2012)
– The Valley Film Festival has completed its twelfth annual season of
independent film from around the Valley and the world.On closing night, the festival presented juried
and audience awards.
festival screened over 30 films, including shorts and features, documentaries
and fiction.Nearly half had some direct
connection to the San Fernando Valley, such as being a location for
filming.Fifteen films were premieres
and eight came from foreign countries.On closing night, the festival presented the following awards:
JURIED “10 DEGREES
– Tie:VINYL (Sara Sugarman) and THE
GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X (Paul Bunnell)
– LUMINARIS (Juan
Showcase” – SITTING BABIES (Cameron Fay)
Short – INCEST! THE MUSICAL (Grant Reed)
on Film” – YOU GOT THIS (Simo
Endings” – HI, LILLIAN (Douglas Wood)
ahead, The Valley Film Festival will begin accepting submissions for VFF13 in
About The Valley Film Festival: Founded in 2000, The Valley Film
Festival, a project of Community Partners®, is the first and longest
continually running film festival in the San Fernando Valley.With a mission to join established filmmakers
and emerging talent with adventurous audiences in Los Angeles, the VFF has
screened a total of nearly 500 shorts, features, documentaries, animated films,
and music videos from all over the world.While emphasizing independent film, the festival also has occasionally
shown studio productions, including BOOGIE NIGHTS, CHINATOWN, ENCINO MAN, FAST
TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, MAGNOLIA, TERMINATOR 2, VALLEY GIRL, and WORLD TRADE
About Our Sponsors and Supporters:
The Valley Film Festival thanks its
generous sponsors and supporters including The Art Directors Guild, Big Sugar
Bakeshop, Bow & Truss, Cine Gear Expo, Citizen L.A., Creative Handbook,
Decor Art Galleries, Footage Firm, The Hollywood Guild, iBlakeStudio.com,
Kirin, Pretzel Crisps, ProductionHUB, Valley Relics, and Video Blocks. And we thank Gregory Laemmle, the managers,
and the staff of the Laemmle NoHo 7 who made us feel welcome.And all our volunteers, alumni judges, and
filmmakers who helped make VFF12 a success.
closing night feature, A Few Best
Men, has played internationally and is now coming to the Valley.It’s hard to top what one reviewer wrote
in drag, a runaway floral arrangement and Olivia Newton John as you’ve never
seen her before are some of the memorable moments of this riotous comedy in
which the humour varies from the outrageous to the ridiculous. Scripted by Death at a Funeral’s
Dean Craig, A Few Best Men
cleverly combines its culture clash and buddy themes with a wild tale embracing
family secrets, a drug deal gone wrong and a romantic wedding filled with
by Stephan Elliott (“The
Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”) with his indefatigable joie de
vivre and wicked sense of humour, the film is a sure fix if you need a laugh.
It’s a perfect marriage of British and Australian humour that fuses into its
own form. The refined, the raucous and the rip-roaringly rude collide in 97
minutes of sparkling mayhem.”
our sneak-peek clip,
with writer and co-producer Dan Greenbergerintroducing the film.
Cameron Fay wrote and directed
his latest short, Sitting
Babies, which also sets up an awkward situation and mines it for
laughs.In this case, it’s a beleaguered
babysitter’s evening from hell, taking care of a defiant and manipulative young
teen boy played by Justin Bright.Jack
Quaid plays the hapless sitter who had no idea what he was in for, and
struggles with each new challenge from young Joey.And then mom comes home….
just some of the comedies on tap.To mix
it up a little, we have the horror film Happy
Anniversary, about struggling newlyweds who come clean with each other by
deciding to kill those they’ve had affairs with.Thanks to Edward Payson for his latest
contribution to the festival.
these and the rest of our alumni shorts program on Sunday, November 11, at
night we’re screening two films with playfully creative takes on film and
is a short comedy about a worker in a light bulb factory who tries to get ahead
by cheating, and what goes wrong—and right—when he’s caught.This gem of a film is beautifully crafted
with pixilated animation and a snappy story—told only with visuals and a score,
no dialogue—by Argentinian director Juan Pablo Zaramella.Cinephiles will recognize elements of silent
film comedy, day-in-the-life documentaries like The Man with a Movie Camera,
and other great works.And not just
films.As noted on the website ShortOfTheWeek:
setting of the film is a classic Buenos Aires, revisited from a fantastic point
of view. The film uses a collage of styles, combining art deco, tango,
surrealism, and neorealism. This mix of influences is directly linked with the
history of Buenos Aires: the city and
its population themselves are a mix of different cultures.”
addition to numerous other honors, Luminaris
was named to the 2011 Academy Award shortlist for Best Animated Short Film.
feature fits our independent sensibility to a T, or an X.The Ghastly
Love of Johnny X is a campy mash-up of 1950s juvenile delinquent films,
sci-fi thrillers, musicals, and comedies.Banished to Earth for intergalactic juvenile delinquency, Johnny X and
his gang set off in search of a piece of alien technology that could change the
fate of the universe forever—the so-called “resurrection suit.” They’re soon embroiled in a wacky scheme with
characters including a femme fatale, a shifty concert promoter, and a recently
deceased musician “who won’t let a little decomposition stop him from rocking.”Really.
Johnny X also is the last feature shot on
Eastman Kodak's discontinued Plus-X 5231 stock, which was used on the likes of Raging Bull and Schindler's List—and will look great at the NoHo 7.And it has the final screen appearance of Kevin McCarthy, which alone makes it a must see for some
of you out there.
Click here to
see filmmaker extraordinaire Paul
Bunnell introducing the film for us.
some of our filmmakers for this year, introducing their films:
Di Koob, Writer,
Producer, and Actor in Liking Men, screening
Friday, 11/9 @ 7:30 pm Simo Manfredi, Director
of You Got This, screening Friday, 11/9
@ 7:30 pm. We also have an
interview with Simo here.
Sara Sugarman, Director
of VINYL, screening Saturday, 11/10 @
Writer, Director, and Co-Producer of The Ghastly Love of Johnny X,
screening Saturday, 11/10 @ 9:30 pm. We also
have an interview with Paul here.
Greenberger, Writer and Co-Producer of A
Day in the Life of Your Cats, screening Sunday, 11/11 @ 3:00 pm
at 6:30, we have a pair of entertaining youth-oriented films about underdogs.
Team, or “L'Equip Petit,” is a fun and inspiring documentary short from
Spain about a youth soccer team that’s never scored a single goal but keeps
going anyway—for the fun of playing the game, to make friends, and learn
lessons about life and sports.
just a few hours by a small crew, this film is great for kids and the grownups
who can learn from them.As the
filmmakers said in an interview,
“We are a little film company and we like to win but it can’t be always expect
this. We try to have fun with the
process, not just with the final result.”Fortunately, the final result is a winner!
is an underdog comedy about an aging British punk band,Johnny Jones and the Weapons of
Happiness, returning to the music scene by creating a younger group to mime
their songs. Sort of Spinal Tap meets School of Rock—as The
Santa Barbara Post put it, this is “a heartwarming rock mockumentary.”A fresh and funny film that
“delves into the relationship of rock star dads and their illegitimate
children, the misdirection of today's spotlight on the young rather than the
talented, and the role of technology in today's music industry.”
based on the true story of The Alarm and Mike Peters, this film was directed by
Sara Sugarman, who has
experience in bands herself and as a longtime acquaintance with Peters. Click here for a sneak-peek
clip of Sara introducing her film. Screening Saturday
evening (11/10) at 6:30 pm.
afternoon we have some high-adrenaline thrills and chills for you, with The Human
Race, a grindhouse-style feature written and directed by VFF alum Paul Hough.The "race" is to the death, as 80 people
plucked randomly from their everyday lives must race through an obstacle course:“Stay on the path or you will die. If you are lapped twice, you will die.Do not touch the grass or you will die. Race or die.”
liked Battle Royale and The Hunger Games, “you will
constantly be entertained” here.Part of what sets this film apart is its
large and diverse cast of characters from all walks of life, including young
and old, male and (pregnant) female, physically fit and disabled, white-collar
has been described
as “an extremely effective high concept thriller that belies its budgetary
constraints with those all-too-rarely-used secret weapons: strong characters and fine acting.”For example, the one-legged Iraq War veteran
played by Eddie McGee.As one reviewer
put it, “Eddie is great in the film, showing charisma, acting skill and
action-hero chops.He is faster and more
agile on crutches than some people are on two feet.Trained in Toronto by one of Jackie Chan’s
students, Eddie does all his own stunts including a mind-boggling fight
that, “In a ballsy move, director Hough allows big chunks of the film to
unravel solely through subtitled sign language exchanges, but to his credit
this actually works quite well, and along with McGee's physical performance,
give this a unique vibe that we don't usually [see] in more mainstream fare. Hough also thoroughly examines the baser part
of human nature (hence the doubly appropriate title), with some coming out as
noble and heroic, and others turning into blood-crazed lunatics willing to do
whatever they have to do in order to survive. Even people that start out as heroes may turn
into monsters by the time the race draws to an end, as there can only be one
evening program is a pair of thrillers, each playing suspensefully with murder
and who’s really the villain.
In 108.1 FM
Radio, it’s either a driver, or the hitchhiker he picks up late one night,
or neither.Accompanied by a radio
program bringing bad news, tensions rise between them:is the radio right?Should somebody get outta there before it’s
too late?Or is it just a false alarm?Find out in this short film—the third by Italian
filmmakers Angelo and Giuseppe Capasso, and a great
companion piece to our feature.
End of the
Road is a feature that ventures to remote Idaho for the filming of a
reality show pilot about a haunted house.As you might expect, tragedy strikes and the cast and crew find
themselves struggling to figure out what’s going on, and how to survive.Some big unexpected plot twists make this
more than a typical thriller or horror movie.Like the characters, we think we know what’s going on, but really don’t.
evening, our annual selection of films by and/or about women is as strong as
ever.Whether you like drama, comedy, or
documentary, these films will speak to you about the ups and downs, the
complexities, of the female condition.
title suggests, The Oldest
Lesbian in the World is a documentary about a woman—Bobbie Staff, a butch
lesbian born in 1913—who’s seen a lot in her time.Accompanied by her longtime friend, Sweet
Baby J’ai, Bobbie takes us on a whimsical and revealing trip down a very steamy
memory lane, through photographs and vivid memories of many decades living as
an out lesbian in New York City and Los Angeles.This story comes from the filmmaking team of Mary Jo Godges and two-time
Emmy-award winning video journalist Renee Sotile.
One of our
and the Single Girl, is about a single woman in her 30s comically
recounting her dismal attempts at a “first trip to cougartown.”Desperate after a long romantic dry spell,
she lowers her standards and reminds us of why she had them in the first
place.A witty monologue written and
performed by Christine Elise McCarthy (who also directed and produced)—part of
the fun of the film is seeing how it uses cinematic techniques to be more than
just a monologue.Elsewhere in the
festival, you can see Christine in Route 30,
This is a drama about two young women, each struggling with their own
lives, crossing paths and learning from each other.Lauren is a troubled teenage musician caught
stealing money by a high school security guard, who holds her guitar hostage in
order to teach her a lesson; the ransom is that Lauren must train with his
charity marathon team. Through this forced interaction with running—and her
assigned training partner, Susie—Lauren learns more about life and friendship
than she could have ever expected.This
film is an MFA student production by Simo Manfredi, a Directing
Fellow at the AFI. Click here for a sneak-peek
clip with Simo introducing her film. And here for an interview
In Liking Men,
a woman embarks on a restless odyssey of healing after a traumatic rape. While receiving the guidance of a wise woman,
her journey takes a surprising direction, as she tries to reconnect physically
with her husband.A terrific dramedy—based
on a Margaret Atwood short story of the same title—written, produced, and
starring Di Koob.Click here for a sneak-peek
clip of Di introducing the film.
opening night feature is the sequel to John Putch’s comedy Route 30, which we screened
back in 2008.Route 30,
Too! is set in the same south-central Pennsylvania area where Putch grew up, along U.S. 30 in
Caledonia, Fayetteville, and Chambersburg. As a native, he knows the local culture,
quirks and all, and plays them for more laughs than in the first film.Picture a sort of unpretentious Northern Exposure where the ensemble includes
a choreographer hired to revitalize a failing Gentleman’s club; and a successful
real estate agent who gives new meaning to “customer service.”And a clerk at the local elephant museum and
candy store, who suddenly started speaking Spanish five years ago when
something strange happened outside the museum.And then there are the ghosts and space aliens….
Robert Romanus returns this time
with Jamie Rose (whose TV
credits include Falcon Crest) as a
husband-and-wife team tracking paranormal activity.Curtis
Armstrong returns as Deer Hunter Bob, living in camouflage and the woods while
awaiting deer season, when he’s not drinking beer.At another festival, Armstrong described
this sequel as totally different from the first film:“The first one is like a chamber piece. This
one is like a symphonic piece that's composed by Daffy Duck! For this kind of low-budget film, it's got a
lot of actors and special effects, which is nuts!”
indeed.Check out the nuts and flakes in
all their glory on opening night, Wednesday, 11/7, at 8:00.
has some adult situations, strong language, and simulated sex—so leave the kids
Film Festival returns to NoHo for its twelfth annual celebration of independent
film and local production, Wednesday, November 7 – Sunday, November 11, 2012. For more
on The Valley Film Festival, visit our website or Facebook page.
A special thank-you to Lynne Crandall and everyone at Decor Art Galleries for
opening their doors to us and our 2012 filmmakers!Our “Meet the Filmmakers” party will be the
evening of Monday, November 5th, at 12149 Ventura Blvd., in Studio
City. The party starts at 7:00.
This special evening—by invitation only—provides our
filmmakers, from around the corner and the globe, an intimate opportunity to
meet one another before all our screenings begin. It also gives them an opportunity to meet
people from the press, the film industry, and other invited guests.
While chatting with fellow filmmakers and guests, VFF12
filmmakers will also be able to browse Decor Art Galleries extensive and
exclusive collection of historic b&w photos of Hollywood and the Greater
Los Angeles area...including the San Fernando Valley!
Valley Film Festival announces its twelfth annual lineup of cinema so
independent it can be found only in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley. VFF Founder
and Director, Tracey Adlai, says she “looks forward to having our festival down
the street from Universal Studios, founded by the Laemmle family a century ago,
at a great new theater managed by them.” The festival will run for five days, beginning
November 7th, at the Laemmle NoHo 7, located
at 5240 Lankershim Blvd., in North Hollywood.Complete festival information is available at ValleyFilmFest.com.
over 30 films on its program, including
fifteen premieres and eight foreign films, the festival showcases independent
cinema from around the Valley and the world.Adlai says, “the Laemmle slogan is ‘Not Afraid of Subtitles’ – and
neither are we this year. We’ve expanded
our foreign film selections to include three features—from the UK, Denmark, and
Australia—and five short films—from the UK, Italy, Spain, and Poland.”The selections include documentaries,
fiction, animation, and music videos.
VFF continues to promote local independent production, with fifteen films made
by San Fernando Valley residents, in the Valley, or about it. Fourteen films are from people who’ve screened
previously with the festival.The
opening night feature, ROUTE 30,
TOO!, is having its L.A. premiere and is the sequel to ROUTE 30, which the
festival screened in 2008.This comedy
is director John Putch’s second installment in his south central Pennsylvania
trilogy, with another ensemble cast including Robert Romanus (“Fast Times at
Ridgemont High”) and Curtis Armstrong (“Revenge of the Nerds”).The Thursday night feature program has the
L.A. premiere of MULTIPLE
MEANS OF MURDER, a comedy feature from Denmark, and WRITTEN IN
INK, a documentary short from Poland.
The “Girls on Film” program of short
films includes the U.S. premiere of UNDER A
VEST, a noir spoof directed by VFF alum Kal Bonner, and the world premiere
GOT THIS, a drama by AFI Directing Fellow Simo Manfredi.THE OLDEST
LESBIAN IN THE WORLD is a documentary co-directed by two-time Emmy-award
winning video journalist Renee Sotile.
Other programs of short films include
“Comedy Shorts,” “Alumni Filmmakers,” and “Happy Endings.”Other features include the thriller END OF THE
ROAD, the horror film THE HUMAN
RACE, the comedy VINYL,
GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X—a mix of 1950s juvenile delinquent films, sci-fi
thrillers, musicals, and comedies.The
latter film is paired with LUMINARIS,
a pixilation-animated short about a worker in a light bulb factory who tries to
get ahead by cheating, and what goes wrong—and right—when he’s caught.A playful film from Argentinian director Juan
Pablo Zaramella, LUMINARIS was named to the 2011 Academy Award shortlist for
Best Animated Short Film.
night feature is A FEW BEST MEN,
a wedding comedy directed by Stephan Elliott (“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”),
written by Dean Craig (“Death at a Funeral”), and co-produced by VFF alum
Laurence Malkin (“Death at a Funeral”).The
cast includes Rebel Wilson (“Bridesmaids,” “Pitch Perfect”).
Founded in 2000, The Valley Film
Festival, a project of Community
Partners®, is the first and longest continually running film festival in the San
Fernando Valley.With a mission to join established
filmmakers and emerging talent with adventurous audiences in Los Angeles, the
VFF has screened a total of over 450 shorts, features, documentaries, animated
films, and music videos from all over the world. While emphasizing independent film, the
festival also has occasionally shown studio productions, including BOOGIE
NIGHTS, CHINATOWN, ENCINO MAN, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, MAGNOLIA,
TERMINATOR 2, VALLEY GIRL, and WORLD TRADE CENTER.
In addition to screenings, the festival
provides educational panels, social mixers, and awards.The juried "Ten Degrees Hotter"
award is for one short and one feature from a competitive section. Additionally, there is an award for short
films, in the non-competitive section, as chosen by the audience.