Thursday, October 31, 2013

13th Annual Valley Film Festival kicks into high gear with drama, full feature and action films in mid November

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View the the trailer for all the excitement: teaser trailerIn the coming days The film experts and event coordinators we’ll be spotlighting all films screening at the 13th Annual Valley Film FestivalNovember 13-17, 2013. Today, we’re thrilled to share our feature film selections, all directed by local filmmakers.
VFF13 Opening Night Feature Film
 THE ACTIVIST (Thriller/90 min)
Directed by CYRIL MORIN
1973: Marvin and Bud, two Native American activists, are arrested at Wounded Knee. As the two work with a young lawyer assigned to their case, they are visited by a Nixon advisor, a senator, and a Hollywood star. (Trailer)
CAST: Chadwick E.Brown, Michael Spears, Tonanzin Carmelo,Circus-Szalewski, Alena Von Stroheim, Ron Roggé, Henry Leblanc, King Orba, Anthony Palermo.
Spotlight on Islamic Cultures
VIRGINITY (Drama/94 min)
Directed by SAEED KHOZE
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hree women struggle in their social and cultural environments and face unforeseeable crises. Based on true events. (Trailer)
CAST: Steffen Nielsen, Maja Muhlack, Stine Kleist, Alexandra Ternstrøm
The Valley: After Dark
Directed by JOSH DRAGOTTA 
Satan’s Angel is a legend among burlesque dancers. Her legacy is filled with San Francisco counter culture, Las Vegas stage door Johnnies, and a sexuality she refused to closet. Angel has amassed four decades worth of fascinating, colorful, and riveting stories as she’s traveled the globe performing the art of burlesque. This unique film documents her love for the craft and preservation of burlesque as well as her love for her life partner Vic. (Trailer)CAST: Satan’s Angel/Angel Walker, Dixie Evans, Kitten Natividad
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 @ 2:00PM – $12Documentary Double Feature
(A): AUTUMN OF ROUTE 66 (66 min) Directed by ESTER BRYM
A visually stunning experience that will leave you feeling like you traveled America’s oldest highway yourself. (Trailer) 
(B): BEAST WISHES (63 min) Directed by FRANK DIETZ and TRISH GEIGERA documentary about Burbank residents, Bob and Kathy Burns, the goodwill ambassadors of science fiction film fandom. (Trailer)
VFF13 Centerpiece Screening
 THE GOLDEN SCALLOP (Comedy/83 min)
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Every year since 1969 the best three fried fish restaurants in the northeast have competed in the Golden Scallop Championship. The 43rd annual pits a food truck seeking redemption, an aging former champion and a well financed, novelty friendly fish house against each other in the truest test of short order cooking mettle. Follow the excitement, hilarity, and chaos as “The Golden Scallop” tracks these teams from selection till the glory of victory or the agony of defeat. (Trailer)
CAST: James Cosmo, Nicole Steinwedell, Marnie Schulenburg, Brian Anthony Wilson, Tobias Jelinek, Joshua Koopman, George Kareman, Zack Robidas, John Albano, Sarah Taylor, David Neal Levin
Spotlight on Korean-American Cultures
INNOCENT BLOOD (Drama/100 min)
Directed by SUN W. KIM and

James Park, a retired detective turned college professor, is forced to face his dark past in order to find his son Cody’s kidnapper. (Trailer)
CAST: Jun Kim, C.S. Lee, Alexandra Chun, Justin Chon, Doug Jones, Trip Hope, James J. Caldwell
VFF13 Closing Night Feature Film
CINEMABILITY (Documentary/98 min)
Directed by 
This documentary examines the ever-changing portrayals of disability story lines in film, TV and the web to see if the media has had a hand in transforming the societal inclusion of people with disabilities.  (Trailer)
All 2013 Valley Film Festival screenings take place at the Laemmle NoHo 7
 5240 Lankershim Blvd., NoHo 91610

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