Saturday, May 11, 2013

‘LA's Dances With Films Fest" turns sweet 16 and adds 11 days to schedule

Last year's film festival
 Filmmakers and movie lovers will be treated to scores of films on this year's lineup of Dances With Films,” at Hollywood’s famed TCL Chinese Theatre. 
Dances With Filmsone of LA's most popular showcase of filmmakers, has unveiled its schedule 16th anniversary or billed as “Sweet 16 year,” which now goes for an additional 11 days from May 30-June 9. There will a Grand Jury Prize reception this year, too.
Festival organizers say there will be interesting panels of industry movers and shakers, who plan to discuss changes in the business to the latest trends and demand.
Scores of films on tap are West Coast premieres and award-winning producer/director, Ron Davis' child pageant documentary "Miss You Can Do It" scheduled for the opening night film premiere.  

(Courtesy Ron Davis, Director)
The 75 min. HBO Documentary Film’ Miss You Can Do It spotlights Abbey Curran, Miss Iowa USA 2008, the first woman with a disability to compete at the Miss USA Pageant, as well as eight girls and young women from around the country living with special needs, who take part in the Miss You Can Do It Pageant.
Created in 2004 by Curran, the pageant offers them and their families a chance to bond and take part in a special event where inner beauty and abilities reign. Debuts exclusively on HBO MONDAY, JUNE 24 (9:00 - 10:15PM ET/PT).
On the celebrity carpet and expected to attend the festival are celebs: Chris Rock, Melissa Etheridge, Kelly Lynch and Christopher Lloyd to name a few. Since 1998 Dancing with Films has been an innovator and leader in positioning raw and new talented directors and unusual films. 

Founder Leslee Scallon
This year Festival announced a new Grand Jury Prize for its lineup, where the winner receives a full distribution deal throught Distributor and Festival sponsor, Gravitas Ventures (Sound City, Hunky Dory).
Gravitas Ventures plans to release the winning film with a Video on Demand distribution deal with an expected reach of more than a 100 million households.
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