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Attending the first non-profit film festival from Public Interest Pictures

The greatest challenge for a non-profit is to get the message out. And often the best way to do that is with a video shared on the social networks and with supporters – with the hope it goes viral. But creating one can cost more than a non-profit budget can spare.

A problem the production company, Public Interest Pictures, solved for eight Los Angeles non-profits with the Non-Profit Short Film Festival. They brought together eight teams of professional filmmakers to create short inspirational videos for each non-profit, and in just 48 hours the results were spectacular.

I attended the film festival in downtown Los Angeles – at the HUB LA - and walked away motivated to learn more about each non-profit. My favorite was the glean club, Food Forward, that organizes volunteer parties to pick fruit in the city. Southern California is a former agricultural powerhouse and the ruins of that empire are everywhere. Every neighborhood has a lemon and orange tree with a sprinkling of avocado, persimmon, grapefruit, and more.

A better explanation is in the video from the film festival:

 

The soundtrack is great with the song Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place. But, the winner for best video goes to local beekeepers and lovebirds – Honey Love:

 

 

There are six more videos from the festival each with a great message. They should do wonders for each group when shared on the internet. And for those in attendance the event was great fun, with the crowd hooting and hollering for each non-profit. Plus, many of those filmed in the videos were there – including the latino family from the children’s video below. The little girl was so excited to see herself on the big screen.

It was an inspirational event from Public Interest Pictures - who has made previous social interest films Hacking Democracy and Broadcast Blues - and I hope they continue it next year.

 

Hoots and Shakas – trailer for the San Diego Surf Film Festival

Don’t get scared – the shouting is called a “hoot” and the thumb/pinky salute is called a “shaka” - and that was the theme for the 2012 San Diego Surf Film Festival, Hoots and Shakas.

Amy and I attended the festival and had a blast (you can see us at 0:37 in the video). We met all sorts of people, including the maker of this video Michael Emery (his company).

It was multiple days of stoke in the water (check out the seal waving to Michael) and in Bird’s Surf Shed watching surf films.

Enjoy the video – Steve

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Los Angeles Film Festival – June 14-24 – announces 2012 line-up

The Los Angeles Film Festival has announced its full line-up for 2012, which will screen a diverse slate of nearly 200 feature films, short films, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries, along with signature programs such as the Filmmaker Retreat, Poolside Chats, Coffee Talks, music events and more.

Items of note:

  • Opening Night – Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love.
  • Closing Night - Magic Mike, directed by Steven Soderbergh, written by Reid Carolin and starring Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey.
  • Dirty Dancing - Dance-A-Long at California Plaza on June 22 at 7pm to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film.
  • Community Screenings - E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).
  • Music Video Showcase – consists of two programs. Eclectic Mix is a visual mix tape of this year’s best independent music videos. A Special Focus, DANIELS and Walter Robot go head to head in an event peppered with music videos, shorts, production secrets, feats of strength, audience challenges and possible mime.

Returning to downtown Los Angeles and headquartered at L.A. LIVE for a third year, the Festival will run from Thursday, June 14 to Sunday, June 24.

Passes are currently on sale - LAFilmFest.com.

San Diego Surf Film Festival – beach clean-up and handplane demo

This weekend is the San Diego Surf Film Festival and if you’re attending, you might want to come to this community event.

On Saturday morning (8-10 AM) the festival is hosting a beach clean-up and handplane demo at La Jolla Shores.

There will be coffee, sweet treats, bodysurfing, and a give-away, in addition to the clean-up:

As a community driven event we’re inviting everyone to give a little back to the environment. Join us at La Jolla Shores for a beach clean up as part of the San Diego Surf Film Festival’s events!

The wonderful H2O Trash Patrol will be hosting with us and bringing buckets & trash pickers BUT if you have your own please BringYourOwnBucket!

Pannikin will be providing the coffee, there will be sweet treats from Healthy Creations, and we’ll be there with some Saturday stoke.

We’ll also be giving away four pairs of tickets to the film festival to the biggest trash collectors of the morning.

Look for the SDSFF and H2O Trash Patrol banners and a pop up tent set up on the grass near the north end of the La Jolla Shores parking lot.

The bodysurfing demo will be in association with *enjoy handplanes with all types of handplanes to try out.

Super Hero Film Festival – May 18-21 – from the Los Angeles Times

Friday, May 18

7:00 pm – Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Special guests: Zack Snyder and Robert Kirkman

10:00 pm – Shaun of the Dead
Special guest: Edgar Wright

 

Saturday, May 19

12:00 pm – RoboCop
Special guest: Peter Weller

4:00 pm – A Clockwork Orange
Special guest: Malcolm McDowell

8:30 pm – SUPER
Special guest: Rainn Wilson

 

Sunday, May 20

2:00 pm – WALL-E
Special guest: Andrew Stanton
Includes a special preview of Disney/Pixar’s ‘Brave’

6:00 pm – Serenity (SOLD OUT)
Special guest: Nathan Fillion

 

Monday, May 21

7:30 pm – An Evening with Stan Lee
Screening: X-Men

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San Diego Surf Film Festival – May 11-13, 2012

The inaugural San Diego Surf Film Festival welcomes one and all to celebrate the passion that we all share for just being in the ocean.

Surfing and surf cinema alike have been developed by individuals with a deep passion for trying to capture and preserve the very special feeling of just being a surfer.

The inaugural San Diego Surf Film Festival at Bird’s Surf Shed, May 11-13, 2012.

 

The Crevasse – Making of 3D Street Art

In Dun Laoghaire the “Festival of World Culture” took place from 21. to 24. of August 2008. Edgar Müller has followed the invitation and continued his series of large-sized 3D Street Art there. For this year’s festival Müller transformed a huge slice of the East Pier into a dramatic ice age scene. This project was supported by the Goethe Institution Germany.