Sunday, November 22, 2015

SHOOTOUT! 48 Hour Filmmaking Challenge - Dec. 12th/13th - Deadline for application: Nov. 30th

SHOOTOUT! is a quick-draw filmmaking challenge testing your filmmaking marksmanship by giving you the chance to make an AMAZING short film in less than 48 hours. 

10 chosen filmmaking teams will create a film based on pre-selected scripts provided by the 3rd Page writing collective. 

Starting Saturday morning, each team has until Sunday evening to shoot and post their film with a screening and celebration to be held that Sunday night. The films will be judged by a panel of industry veterans with the winning film receiving $5,000 in cash, goods and services toward their next short film!

Canon C300‘s cameras with lenses, along with a small lighting/sound package and post software will be provided to the filmmakers by Canon, Samy's, Birns and Sawyer, AdobeFilmmakers Alliance and other partners. A pool of acting talent will also be made available by Deborah Lemen Acting Studio. All else will be the responsibility of the filmmakers. 

SHOOTOUT! is scheduled for the weekend of Dec. 12-13.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

VisionFest 2.0: FA at the Viaduct THIS Saturday!! (Sept. 12th 2015)

An outgrowth of our wildly popular short film screening series (usually held at the awesome Echo Park Film Center), Filmmakers Alliance is hosting a larger screening in conjunction with the California State Parks Department OUTDOORS under the LA State Historic Park VIADUCT (at the north end of the Los Angeles State Historic Park).

There will be a reception before with musical guest BLACKWELDER - with delicious food and drink, of course. ALL filmmakers will be in attendance and available for a brief discussion after the screening of each film. 

The event is free, but donations are accepted! Plenty of free parking available along the entrance to the Los Angeles State Historical Park. 

You must RSVP HERE by Sept. 10th!

VisionFest 2.0 - FA at the Viaduct
Saturday, September 12th @ 7 p.m.

Preceded by a musical performance by BLACKWELDER


Touch (13 min)
Director: Jen McGowan

An ode to city life, Touch explores themes of isolation and the universal need for community when two strangers make the most important connection of their lives while waiting for a train.

Charlotte (11 min)
Director: Angel Kristi Williams

When her new friend Charlotte wants to play house, Alex innocently plays along and develops feelings she doesn't understand.

Unspoken (10 min)
Director: George Zaverdas

A glimpse of an American family, in a moment of tension and crisis, struggling under the weight of a deep dark secret.

Death, Taxes and Apple Juice (8 min)
Director: Tamar Halpern

Two little girls file their taxes while having an existential crisis.

All Of Your Favorite Shows! (5 min)
Director: Danny Madden

Anything you wanna watch in the palm of your hand! Crazy convenient...crazy.

Pink Grapefruit (11 min)
Director: Michael Mohan

A young married couple brings two of their single friends out to Palm Springs for a long weekend. It does not go as planned.

Total running time: 58 min

The evening is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors:


Sunday, December 7, 2014

FA Screening At The Echo Park Film Center on Monday, December 15th!

Films and Filmmakers - that's what it's all about!

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Filmmakers Alliance screens amazing short films by LA-based filmmakers who are always in attendance at the Echo Park Film Center.


Come out and see the incredible work being done by our amazing LA filmmaking community and support the great work that the EPFC people are doing, as well. The center is a volunteer run organization that offers fantastic super 8mm film classes, youth classes, and much more, so we do ask that you donate $5 on the RSVP page or make a donation at the door to help keep the Center going.

There is a brief Q&A after each film, not to mention complimentary food & drinks. So come on out and watch, eat, drink, connect and enjoy!


The Line-up:

9 min., color
Director: Diffan Sina Norman
While pursuing his late wife, a botanical professor encounters a divine presence that will transform him forever.

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I'm A Mitzvah
19 min., color
Director: Ben Berman
A young American man spends one last night with his deceased friend while stranded in rural Mexico. Starring Ben Schwartz (Parks and Rec, House of Lies) and with music by Stephin Merritt!

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Me + Her
13 min., color
Director: Joseph Oxford
When Jack and Jill of Cardboard City are separated by Jill's untimely death, Jack goes on a journey to mend his (literally) broken heart.  

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13 min., color
Director: Dean Fleischer-Camp
Catherine returns to work after a hiatus.

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Cruising Electric (1980)
2 min., color
Director: Brumby Boylston
The marketing department green-lights a red-light tie-in: 60 lost seconds of modern movie merchandising.

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Person To Person
18 min., color
Director: Dustin Defa
A man tries to get rid of a stranger who won't leave his apartment.

Total Running Time: - 74 Minutes


Hope to see you all there!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Criterion's "All That Jazz: Fosse Time" - Several years of film school in 14 minutes

My buddy George Zaverdas sent me Criterion's excellent appreciation/analysis of Bob Fosse's - and editor Alan Heim's - editing/filmmaking style as realized most fully in their under-appreciated film "All That Jazz" - one of my personal favorites. Check it out. It's several years of film school in 14 minutes.

I remember when I first watched the film, thinking "This is f#@*ing brilliant!!....And Sandahl Bergman might be the sexiest thing I've ever seen!!" :)

The film is out now on Criterion: I couldn't recommend it more highly. Oh, and I LOVE Criterion!!!