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OPENING TOMORROW! HIGHLAND PARK INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL October 8-11, 2015 Highland Theatre 604 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Written By: Marcelle - Oct• 03•15

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NEWSLETTER 10/5/15
HPIFF 2015 is here and starts October 8th and runs through the 11th at the Historic Highland Theatre and our newly added venue at Choi Auditorium on the Occidental College Campus.

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Our opening night gala on Thursday, October 8th will start with the presentation of our Humanitarian Award given to local leader Monica Alcaraz and followed by the feature film “After School”. Red carpet starts at 730p and film at 830p.

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HIGHLAND PARK INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2015 ANNOUNCES ECLECTIC FEATURE AND SHORT FILM PROGRAMS FROM EMERGING GLOBAL AND LOCAL FILMMAKERS

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Global Entries Poured in from South Africa, Chile, the US and England and with diverse themes ranging from a courageous police woman who saves a boy from abuse and child slavery to the redemption of a wrestler in Chile and a bull-riding girl in Texas and Documentaries shedding light on a skater from South Africa to the Kennedy assassination to the rise and fall of a famous DJ

(LOS ANGELES, CA – September 21, 2015) Highland Park Independent Film Festival (HPIFF), the grassroots Northeast Los Angeles based film festival announced their Narrative Feature and Short Programs and their Documentary Feature and Short Programs for its 2nd Annual Festival edition. HPIFF is one of the few festivals to include three unique awards: Best Cinematography, Best Musical Composition and the HPIFF Humanitarian Award. The HPIFF showcase of emerging artists includes 2 Narrative Features, 5 Documentary Features, 23 Narrative Shorts, and 5 Documentary Shorts. These 35 films include 7 World Premieres (“Between the Lights” directed by Chris Banda, “Greetings From The Last Stop Tavern” directed by Todd Conner, “Identification” directed by Stephen Nolly, “Los Angeles River: Carp On The Fly” directed by Jim Round, “Limitless Potential” directed by Philip Bastian, “Variable” directed by Maurice Whitfield and “Volume” directed by Michael Kelly); 1 International Premiere (“El Ultimo Lonco” (Chile) directed by Guille Sohrens); 1 U.S. Premiere (“A Vista” (Brazil) directed by Leandro Corinto); 7 Los Angeles Premieres (“A Coup in Camelot” directed by Stephen Goetsch, “As You Were” directed by An Tran, “Dear Friends” (Argentina) directed by Paulina Dana, “Eclissi” directed by Tygh Runyan, “No Strings” (England) directed by Anna Jones, “Oni-Gokko” (Japan) directed by Shane Ryan and “Sticks” directed by Seth Christian); 4 East Los Angeles Premieres (“Add Edit”, directed by Anagram Pictures, “De Puta Madre A Love Story” directed by Catherine Black, “For the Greater Good” directed by Michael Gavino and “The Shooting Star Salesman” directed by Kico Velarde) and 1 First Run Premiere (“Our Way to Fall” directed by Brett Baldridge).

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This year’s opening night film “After School: Lockdown at Harborside” has already garnered several Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture Awards including an Imagen Award for tackling the subject of child slavery and abuse with gritty performances from its talented and diverse cast. True Form Films’ first narrative feature showcases accomplished Los Angeles based actors Mauricio Mendoza (Showtime’s Resurrection) who also Co-Directed along with Carlos Melendez and accomplished actress Jennifer Behrens who also co-produced the film with De Wayne Cox. Mendoza, Behrens and Cox will attend the opening night festivities kicked off by a Red Carpet for the Film and the presentation of our Humanitarian Award followed by the screening, Q&A and the Opening Night Party at The Greyhound Bar & Grill.

The 2015 Humanitarian Award Recipient is Monica Alcaraz, President of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council and a tireless community organizer and activist as well as a fervent promoter of independent cinema. Monica has been involved in numerous efforts to improve the quality of life for the community she loves so much. Born and raised in Highland Park, she has been an impassioned force of the fabric of this community for decades and has utilized her time and resources to make it a better place.

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The 2015 Friday Night Film is the South African entry “I Am Thalente”. The feature documentary directed by Natalie Johns follows once homeless Thalente Biyela from the streets of South Africa to California on a skateboard. Attending the red carpet, screening and Q&A will be Thalente Biyela and Producers Colin Kennedy and OUalid Mouaness. La Cuevita will host the Friday Night Mixer.

Closing HPIFF 2015 will be the impactful documentary East L.A. Interchange featuring narration by Danny Trejo (Machete) and interviews with will.i.am (The Black Eyed Peas), Father Greg Boyle (Homeboy Industries), and Josefina López (Real Women Have Curves). The film also features an original song by Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli). A Closing Night Party at the Off Beat, A Bar on York will follow the red carpet, screening and Q&A.

A slew of engaging and groundbreaking short films compose the HPIFF short programs of 2015. The Women Filmmakers, L.A. Stories, SciFi/Suspense and the Cowboy Up / Other Frontiers Short Programs feature an eclectic array of themes by performers from around the globe. The Short Films will compete for our first ever Audience Award.

In its second year, the Highland Park Independent Film Festival has grown to two venues and will program its first ever Film Panel. We are proud to partner up with Occidental College to screen the Documentary, “The Glamour & the Squalor” directed by Marq Evans about rock & roll hall of famer DJ Marco Collins along with the Women Filmmakers Short Program and we are especially proud that our first HPIFF Film Panel will be composed entirely of talented women also taking place at Choi Auditorium on the campus of Occidental.

The Highland Park Independent Film Festival (HPIFF) was founded by a group of filmmakers whose express mission is to promote the art of film in their community. HPIFF is the first film festival of its kind in Highland Park. We are a grassroots organization, dedicated to bringing filmmakers who are producing the most unique and captivating independent cinema today to share their work with the Highland Park community.

The 2015 Highland Park Independent Film Festival will take place from October 8-11, 2015 in Northeast Los Angeles at the historic , Highland Theatre located at 604 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042 from 7 pm on Thursday, October 8th, continuing on Friday and Saturday, October 9th and 10th from 12 pm to 10 pm and also on Friday, October 9th from 1 to 6 pm at Choi Auditorium of Occidental College located at 1600 Campus Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90041.

HIGHLAND PARK INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2015 ANNOUNCES ECLECTIC FEATURE AND SHORT FILntries Poured in from South Africa, Chile, the US and England and with diverse themes ranging from a courageous police woman who saves a boy from abuse and child slavery to the redemption of a wrestler in Chile and a bull-riding girl in Texas and Documentaries shedding light on a skater from South Africa to the Kennedy assassination to the rise and fall of a famous DJ

Highland Park Independent Film Festival (HPIFF), the grassroots Northeast Los Angeles based film festival announced their Narrative Feature and Short Programs and their Documentary Feature and Short Programs for its 2nd Annual Festival edition. HPIFF is one of the few festivals to include three unique awards: Best Cinematography, Best Musical Composition and the HPIFF Humanitarian Award. The HPIFF showcase of emerging artists includes 2 Narrative Features, 5 Documentary Features, 23 Narrative Shorts, and 5 Documentary Shorts. These 35 films include 7 World Premieres (“Between the Lights” directed by Chris Banda, “Greetings From The Last Stop Tavern” directed by Todd Conner, “Identification” directed by Stephen Nolly, “Los Angeles River: Carp On The Fly” directed by Jim Round, “Limitless Potential” directed by Philip Bastian, “Variable” directed by Maurice Whitfield and “Volume” directed by Michael Kelly); 1 International Premiere (“El Ultimo Lonco” (Chile) directed by Guille Sohrens); 1 U.S. Premiere (“A Vista” (Brazil) directed by Leandro Corinto); 7 Los Angeles Premieres (“A Coup in Camelot” directed by Stephen Goetsch, “As You Were” directed by An Tran, “Dear Friends” (Argentina) directed by Paulina Dana, “Eclissi” directed by Tygh Runyan, “No Strings” (England) directed by Anna Jones, “Oni-Gokko” (Japan) directed by Shane Ryan and “Sticks” directed by Seth Christian); 4 East Los Angeles Premieres (“Add Edit”, directed by Anagram Pictures, “De Puta Madre A Love Story” directed by Catherine Black, “For the Greater Good” directed by Michael Gavino and “The Shooting Star Salesman” directed by Kico Velarde) and 1 First Run Premiere (“Our Way to Fall” directed by Brett Baldridge).

This year’s opening night film “After School: Lockdown at Harborside” has already garnered several Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture Awards including an Imagen Award for tackling the subject of child slavery and abuse with gritty performances from its talented and diverse cast. True Form Films’ first narrative feature showcases accomplished Los Angeles based actors Mauricio Mendoza (Showtime’s Resurrection) who also Co-Directed along with Carlos Melendez and accomplished actress Jennifer Behrens who also co-produced the film with De Wayne Cox. Mendoza, Behrens and Cox will attend the opening night festivities kicked off by a Red Carpet for the Film and the presentation of our Humanitarian Award followed by the screening, Q&A and the Opening Night Party at The Greyhound Bar & Grill.

The 2015 Humanitarian Award Recipient is Monica Alcaraz, President of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council and a tireless community organizer and activist as well as a fervent promoter of independent cinema. Monica has been involved in numerous efforts to improve the quality of life for the community she loves so much. Born and raised in Highland Park, she has been an impassioned force of the fabric of this community for decades and has utilized her time and resources to make it a better place.

The 2015 Friday Night Film is the South African entry “I Am Thalente”. The feature documentary directed by Natalie Johns follows once homeless Thalente Biyela from the streets of South Africa to California on a skateboard. Attending the red carpet, screening and Q&A will be Thalente Biyela and Producers Colin Kennedy and OUalid Mouaness. La Cuevita will host the Friday Night Mixer.

Closing HPIFF 2015 will be the impactful documentary East L.A. Interchange featuring narration by Danny Trejo (Machete) and interviews with will.i.am (The Black Eyed Peas), Father Greg Boyle (Homeboy Industries), and Josefina López (Real Women Have Curves). The film also features an original song by Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli). A Closing Night Party at the Off Beat, A Bar on York will follow the red carpet, screening and Q&A.

 

The Highland Park Independent Film Festival (HPIFF) was founded by a group of filmmakers whose express mission is to promote the art of film in their community. HPIFF is the first film festival of its kind in Highland Park. We are a grassroots organization, dedicated to bringing filmmakers who are producing the most unique and captivating independent cinema today to share their work with the Highland Park community.

The 2015 Highland Park Independent Film Festival will take place from October 8-11, 2015 in Northeast Los Angeles at the historic Highland Theatre, located at 5604 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042 from 7 pm on Thursday, October 8th, continuing on Friday and Saturday, October 9th and 10th from 12 pm to 10 pm and also on Friday, October 9th from 1 to 6 pm at Choi Auditorium of Occidental College located at 1600 Campus Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90041.

An Awards Brunch will be held on Sunday, October 11 at The York located at 5018 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Awards will be given for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Film, Best Documentary Short, Best Cinematography, Best Musical Composition and the Audience Award.

COMPLETE LIST OF FILMS

NARRATIVE FEATURE

AFTER SCHOOL directed by Carlos Melendez/Mauricio Mendoza

A gunshot is heard 12 year old is discovered alone holding a gun with blood on his shirt. It’s up to Sergeant Olivia Hanson and former teacher Michael Brooks find answers and their lives are changed forever. (1:33:00)

EL ULTIMO LONCO (Chile) directed by Guille Sohrens (International Premiere)

Ramón (44), a self-repressed and fair amateur fighter with fears of rejection, after seeing his fighting. (1:30:00)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

THE GLAMOUR & THE SQUALOR directed by Marq Evans

(Screening at Occidental College)

Biographical documentary about rock & roll hall of famer DJ Marco Collins. (1:20:00)

I AM THALENTE (So. Africa / U.S.) directed by Natalie Johns

I Am Thalente’ follows once homeless Thalente Biyela from the streets of South Africa to California on a skateboard. (1:18:00)

LICENSE TO OPERATE directed by James Lipetzky

Following a gang intervention organization in LA, this inspiring doc is a worthwhile addition to the conversation on race and crime. (1:43:00)

A COUP IN CAMELOT directed by Stephen Goetsch (Los Angeles Premiere)

A examination of the latest research and most convincing evidence in America’s most infamous cold case, the JFK assassination. (1:40:00)

EAST LA INTERCHANGE directed by Betsy Kalin

How Boyle Heights survived the freeways that threatened to destroy their proud immigrant community. (0:57:00)

SHORTS

-WOMAN FILMMAKERS SHORT PROGRAM- (Screening at Occidental College)

DEAR FRIENDS (Argentina) directed by Paulina Dana (Los Angeles Premiere)

A group of teenage friends spend a fun afternoon at a cemetary, or so it seems. (0:19:00)

ADD EDIT directed by Anjoum Agrama (East Los Angeles Premiere)

“Add Edit,” is a short film which explores the choice between a life of fantasy or one of reality. (0:11:00)

NO STRINGS (England) directed by Anna Jones (Los Angeles Premiere)

A woman and man attempt to have a no strings relationship, but keep finding themselves inextricably emotionally entangled. (0:07:00)

SLUMFLOWERS directed by Nicole Taylor Roberts/Tremaine Romeo

A kid from the Chelsea projects uses his clever imagination to hide a dark secret. (0:17:00)

DE PUTA MADRE A LOVE STORY directed by Catherine Black (East Los Angeles Premiere)

A woman struggles to break free from the delusions of her ex-lover. (0:16:00)

-L.A. STORIES SHORT PROGRAM-

BETWEEN THE LIGHTS directed by Chris Banda (World Premiere)

Mike struggles with guilt after losing his best friend to a night of drinking and driving. (0:11:00)

THE NOTE directed by Josh Buck/Cameron Mooney

Daniel is packing for college when he finds a box of things that brings back memories of one eventful day from childhood. (0:12:00)

THE MODEL’S ARTIST directed by Jake Gorst

Artist Zhenya Gershman and model Mark Snyder define the artist/model relationship. (0:09:00)

LOS ANGELES RIVER: CARP ON THE FLY directed by Jim Round (World Premiere)

Short doc on fly fishing as a sport on the LA River. (0:04:00)

OUR WAY TO FALL directed by Brett Baldrige (First Run Premiere)

Our Way to Fall is a romantic vignette about a young man and woman talking their way around falling in love. (0:12:00)

HIGHLAND PARK IS YORK directed by Josh Buck

This doc traces the changes happening to Highland Park. (0:09:00)

LOST WEEKEND directed by Adan Valencia

Martin convinces his friend jake to steal a car so he can pick up a girl. But the plan goes south when they uncover something in the trunk. (0:08:00)

FREEDOM directed by Matthew Brown

Freedom is a docupoem which reminds us of the rich history and legacy of Haiti and the Haitian revolution. (0:05:00)

GREETINGS FROM THE LAST STOP TAVERN directed by Todd Conner (World Premiere)

A pool hustler wakes up unkowingly at the gate of hell. (0:13:00)

THE SHOOTING STAR SALESMAN directed by Kico Velarde (East Los Angeles Premiere)

An embittered, magical salesman attempts to revive his shooting star business in a modern, fast pace society. (0:20:00)

-SCI-FI / SUSPENSE SHORT PROGRAM-

ECLISSI directed by Tygh Runyan (Los Angeles Premiere)

While waiting for the bus, a man hears strange sounds coming from some cardboard boxes across the street. He decides to investigate. (0:10:00)

LIMITLESS POTENTIAL directed by Philip Bastian (World Premiere)

Limitless Potential is an origin story about a boy struggling to control his superhuman ability. (0:12:00)

VARIABLE directed by Chris Valenziano (World Premiere)

When a scientist discovers how to time travel he must trust his instincts to protect his family and his future from…Himself. (0:12:00)

VOLUME directed by Michael Kelly (World Premiere)

Volume is a story of enlightenment and the need to destroy it. (0:18:00)

ONI-GOKKO (TAG) (Japan) directed by Shane Ryan (Los Angeles Premiere)

The tale of two sisters, death, revenge, and forgiveness. (0:05:00)

FOR THE GREATER GOOD directed by Michael Gavino (East Los Angeles Premiere)

When three people are called before the better earth program, they learn that sacrifices need to be made. (0:08:00)

IDENTIFICATION directed by Stephen Nolly (World Premiere)

Short psychological suspense where a young woman (Rebeka Piñon-Cassidy) wakes to find herself locked in a room with no memory of how she got there, or whether she can trust Sam (Julie Bersani), the only other person locked in with her. (0:10:00)

AS YOU WERE directed by Trevin Matcek (Los Angeles Premiere)

Set in the near future, a soldier returns home to his family with new limbs to replace the arm and leg lost in combat. (0:20:00)

-COWBOY UP / OTHER FRONTIERS SHORT PROGRAM-

A VISTA directed by Leandro Corinto (U.S. Premiere)

Matthew lives with his uncle Theo, whom he calls father. His real father was living abroad when he was very small, so he even has his father momories. Today, Matthew finally receive a visit from her real father, who will bring you some questions. (0:08:00)

STICKS directed by Seth Christian (Los Angeles Premiere)

Growing up in a backwoods, dead-end town, Jaclyn is a 17 year old girl who is about to inherit late daddy’s lottery winnings which everyone wants. Fighting to support her decadent, wicked parents and mentally-challenged brother, who is the only person she loves, finds herself surrounded by secrets and spiraling events that can only end in sacrifice or death. (0:36:00)

SLUM DREAMS directed by Brendan Modini

Two children living in the Nyalenda slum of Kisumy, Kenya work to achieve their dreams of becoming a pilot and a journalist with the help of a local NGO. (0:11:00)

MIAMI, NM directed by Cole Smith

Miami, NM paints a portrait of life in northern New Mexico for some of the last working cowboys. (0:17:00)

SHE RIDES BULLS directed by Cody Broadway

Darlene believes she has the right stuff to make it in the mans world of Professional Bull Riding. (0:12:00)

Film stills are available for press use at http://www.hpifilmfest.com/about–press.html.

HPIFF Passes and ticket information can be found at www.hpifilmfest.com.

About Highland Park Independent Film Festival

HPIFF fosters emerging and established filmmakers by providing forums for screening projects, networking with industry professionals, and mentoring student filmmakers. To this end, our organization programs three essential components: the Highland Park Independent Film Festival (HPIFF), which is an annual three-day event held in October featuring the works of independent filmmakers from Highland Park and around the world; the HPIFilmFest Series, which consists of film programs and screenings designed to build community through film in Northeast Los Angeles; and the HPIFF Mentorship Program, which offers film education to schools in the Highland Park community.

The first annual film festival, which debuted in 2014, took place in the historic Highland Theatre, located off of the Figueroa corridor of Historic Route 66. In addition to screenings of several features and short films, guests also enjoyed red carpet events, industry mixers, and panel discussions with film professionals. The event was a resounding success. We collaborated with over twenty local businesses and organizations in the area, and built community through a shared love of film and authentic storytelling. We are proud and thankful to announce the second annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival is set for October 8-11, 2015. We look forward to continuing our mission of cultivating independent cinema in Highland Park.

HPIFF Staff: Alessandro Gentile is a talented Cinematographer and Producer and serves as the Artistic Director of the festival; Marita De La Torre is an accomplished Actress and Film and Theater Producer and serves as the Festival Producer; Mark Reitman is a Grammy award winning DJ, Music Producer and Sound Designer and serves as Co-Director of the Festival; Luisa Frias is a professional Designer and Dance and Fitness Instructor and serves as the Festival’s Graphic Designer; April Ibarra is a proficient Theater and Film Director and serves as Production Coordinator and Terrence Butcher is a Film Blogger who serves as a Programmer and Moderator for the Festival.

2015 Highland Park Independent Film Festival Sponsors include: The York, Greyhound Bar
& Grill, Highland Café, Office of District 1 Councilmember Gil Cedillo, Egan Simon Architecture, Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, Uptown Gay & Lesbian Alliance, The Offbeat A Bar On York, Las Cazuelas Restaurant, NELA Homes, NELAart, Angel City Brewery, Festhome, Soquel Arts Collective, Footsies Bar, Maintain Skate Shop, Skin Folk, Icelandic Glacial, Cinematic Red, KPFK Radio and CineActive, TelaSofa.

Additional information about Highland Park Independent Film Festival is available at http://www.hpifilmfest.com/

Connect with HPIFF:

Website: http://www.hpifilmfest.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/highlandparkindependentfilmfestival?fref=ts

Twitter: @hpifilmfest

PRESS CONTACT:

Marita De La Torre

Phone: 310-871-3226

marita@hpifilmfest.com

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