The future is now and Hero Complex Gallery has one final 2017 timed release for Drew Struzan’s Back to the Future artwork screen print. HCG used scans of the original painting to create the perfect print with close consultation and approval of Drew to make sure it looks like the original poster from the beloved trilogy. I remember seeing the first Back to the Future and falling in love with not only Marty and the Professor but the DeLorean! Those gull wing doors, the color and the crazy future that seemed so far away I wasn’t sure we’d even make it! Sadly I was never able to buy my dream car or travel to the future and the past but at least fans from across the world can now own a piece cinema history with the limited edition print. A lucky few will even have the print signed by Drew Struzan himself! This poster design will always bring back memories of not only seeing the movie as a kid in Davenport, IA but also my hopes for the future. So mark your calendar for the timed release and get your card ready for the perfect addition for any collector and an ideal Valentine Day gift to the love of your life, BFF, mom, dad or what the heck YOURSELF!
Back to the Future ‘One Sheet Version’ by Drew Struzan
Back to the Future ‘One Sheet Version’ and Back to the Future ‘Art Print Version’
by Drew Struzan
24 x 36 inches
*Edition size will be determined by the number of prints sold
starting 12/23/17 and ending at midnight 1/15/18
Posters – $135 ea.
Add-on Drew Struzan Signature – $50 ea.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE QUANTITY OF DREW STRUZAN SIGNATURES ARE LIMITED
SO BE SURE TO SECURE YOURS TODAY!
TIMED EDITION SALE FAQ
Q: How does a Timed Edition sale work?
A: IN A TIMED EDITION SALE, A POSTER OR POSTERS ARE PUT ON SALES FOR A PREDETERMINED AMOUNT OF TIME – IN THIS CASE FROM DECEMBER 23RD UNTIL 11:59PM PACIFIC TIME ON JANUARY 15TH, 2018. HOWEVER MANY POSTERS SELL IN THAT TIME PERIOD WILL DICTATE THE EDITION SIZE. IF WE ONLY SELL 50 COPIES, THE EDITION WILL BE HAND-NUMBERED OUT OF 50. IF WE SELL 5,000, THE EDITION WILL BE HAND-NUMBERED OUT OF 5,000, AND SO ON. WE’LL MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE EDITION SIZE AFTER THE SALE CLOSES.
Q: How many posters can I purchase?
A: BECAUSE THESE ARE TIMED EDITIONS, THERE IS NO LIMIT TO HOW MANY POSTERS YOU CAN BUY.
Q: Can I combine this order with my other poster orders?
A: NO….BECAUSE OF THE VALUE OF THESE POSTERS WE WILL NOT BE COMBINING ANY ORDERS TOGETHER TO HELP PREVENT AGAINST POTENTIAL DAMAGE.
Q: Will Drew sign my poster, and if so, how much is it?
A: IN ORDER TO ALLOW FOR THE MOST OPTIONS POSSIBLE AND TO ALLOW AFFORDABLE OPTIONS FOR ALL BUDGETS, WE ARE OFFERING DREW STRUZAN SIGNATURES SEPARATELY FROM THE POSTERS THEMSELVES. IF YOU CHOOSE TO ADD DREW’S SIGNATURE TO YOUR POSTER WHEN PURCHASING, IT WILL COST AN ADDITIONAL $50.
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Q: When will these posters ship?
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A: BECAUSE OF THE COMPLEXITIES OF ARRANGING PRINTING AND SIGNATURES ON THIS POSTER SALE, ALL POSTER SALES MUST BE FINAL, WE HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND.
Posted in art, Film, Los Angeles, Movie Tagged with: 1985, Back to the Future, Biff Tannen, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover, DeLorean car, Doc Brown, Drew Struzan's Back to the Future, Geek Art, Hero Complex Gallery, Lea Thompson, Limited Edition, Marty McFly, Michael J. Fox, One Sheet Version, Posters, Robert Zemeckis, Time Machine, time travel
by Aiyonna White, Contributor
Cinemark Theatres has partnered with The Asylum to offer discounted tickets to exclusive horror, sci-fi, thriller, and cult films from the independent film company. The studio is most famous for the Sharknado franchise. Read more of this article »
Posted in Comedy, Film, Geek Fun, Movie Tagged with: Comedy, film, horror, Movie, movie review, Review, SciFi, Zombie
by Aiyonna White, Contributor
Panels are an opportunity for fans to connect with their favorite creators. Los Angeles Comic Con took place on October 27-29 and offered dozens of panels for fans to attend when they were not walking the floor. The convention may have ended, but these panels left a lasting impression on me. Read more of this article »
Posted in Animated, Comic Books, Comic Con, culture, Film, Geek Fun, geek tv, LGBT, Los Angeles, TV Tagged with: Animation, Batman, Comic-Con, DTLA, film, Geek, LACC, Los Angeles, Marvel
by Aiyonna White, Contributor
I interviewed exhibitors and artists with unique and interesting products at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con. These products range from art prints to comic books, to cosplay props. Take a look! Read more of this article »
Posted in Animated, Comic Books, Comic Con, culture, Film, Geek Fun, Gift Ideas, Los Angeles Tagged with: LACC, Los Angeles, Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic Con
LOVING | Fangirl Critic Pick | Directed by Jeff Nichols Biography | Drama | PG-13 | 2h 3m
By Cherry Davis NOV. 3, 2016
Anti-miscegenation laws or miscegenation laws were laws that enforced racial segregation at the level of marriage and intimate relationships by criminalizing interracial marriage and sometimes also sex between members of different races.
Just think what that means and how a couple in Virginia changed the course of marriage for people of all races and sexual orientation.
I was familiar with the Loving story but seeing their story in this political landscape reminded me how far we’ve come but how much further we have to go for true equality for all people (race, sexual orientation, citizenship). My heart was in my throat from the opening scene. Jeff Nichol’s caressed this story with the eyes of love and it speaks to the division of America’s past and current division of race. Loving takes us back to a time with anti-miscegenation laws were on the books in many states so when Mildred and Richard crossed state lines to marry in Washington, DC it started a domino affect that is still cited in court cases today. A white man and woman of color (Black and Native American) could not legally marry in Virginia. Virginia passed the first law in 1691 to prevent interracial couples from having children.
Loving takes place in the late 1950s with Mildred (Ruth Negga) and Richard (Joel Edgerton) a young couple in love living in a small area outside of town (where the blacks, Native Americans and poor whites) lived in an easy peace. Mildred and Richard have a chemistry and deep friendship that was noticed not just by white but black people and not everyone approved but most didn’t say anything as long as they seemed to be ‘spending time’ with one another.
I noticed the looks from a few white men at the race and a black woman at the fabric store. But they were protected by their love and affection but eventually the read world intruded in their fairy tale.
Mr. Nichols (‘Take Shelter’, ‘Mud’) has a light touch with the film that follows the couple as if you’re an angel looking over their shoulders. It’s a film of small sights and long lingering looks (not always of passion) where love runs up against a brick wall and refuses to stop. Some people may not know the history of our country but in the 1950s Jim Crow was the law of many states as in the signs that say ‘Separate but Equal’ and it was a time when America was in a huge upheaval with the beginning steps of the Civil Rights movement.
The Loving’s first come to the attention of the local police after they return from Washington, DC and happily display the marriage license. They fell asleep in each other arms and woke to Sheriff R. Garnett Brooks (Marton Csokas) and his deputies with flashlights and angry voices. It was the first inkling of how they had crossed the ‘invisible’ line that they were never to have crossed. Mildred and Richard were arrested and jailed for not following the law against interracial marriage in Virginia. From that moment your heart will be beating so fast for them fear of the legal ramifications, the unspoken threat of being lynched and if their love would survive the many obstacles in their path.
Looking at this couple and how Mildred finally had said ‘enough’ she wanted her life with her beloved husband, children and extended family back and the lengths/sacrifices is simply fascinating. Watching their story unfold from Richard’s deep connection with black people and easy kinship to Mildred’s close relationship with her family the film takes the photo from ‘Life’ magazine and give them life. The team behind the movie from set, location, cast, makeup, hair, cinematography and direction made this feel like we had stepped back in time. It’s incredibly moving to tell the story of two people fighting the state of VA with the assistance of the ACLU, a green lawyer wanting to fight the law, the Georgetown Professor who introduces him to his more experience co-counsel and all the moving parts to find the right case to strike down these laws is simply fascinating.
The story of the Lovings have been told in numerous books and movies over the decades but Mr. Nichol’s found ‘The Loving Story’ (2011) documentary directed by Nancy Buirski with archival film footage to be an inspiration of the family. Seeing them as people and how they interacted with one another enabled him to write/direct a film that truly reflects this couple. A woman who may have been shy but had a will of iron when it came to her family and a strong solid husband who always took care of his wife and put his family first even over the objections from kin and the law.
This film is like a river that follows it’s own path no matter how long it may take to carve out the land. I strongly recommend this film for the quiet moments, the sighs and yes the love that fought to be heard all the way to the Supreme Court.
Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed in the film by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who fell in love and were married in 1958 from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special).
The couple had grown up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the American South. Yet it was the state of Virginia, where they were making their home and starting a family, that first jailed and then banished them. Richard and Mildred relocated with their children to the inner city of Washington, D.C. While relatives made them feel welcome there, the more urban environment did not feel like home to them. Ultimately, the pull of their roots in Virginia would spur Mildred to try to find a way back.Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry. Richard and Mildred returned home and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.
Posted in Film, Interracial Dating, Los Angeles, Politics, Race in America
The only thing that can get me camping is Dirty Dancing! I have been planning to have fun with Street Food Cinema this summer but this special night celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Dirty Dancing sounds like such fun that I’m ready to put my dancing shoes on. So am making plans and inviting friends to meet out at the King Gillette Ranch in Malibu on Saturday, July15th (King Gillette Ranch – 26800 Mulholland Hwy. Malibu, CA 91302).
Its two fun day of fun from dance lessons to the movie to breakfast the next day! I feel a need to cosplay with a ‘don’t put baby in the corner’ cute outfit.
3:30 pm – Check-in opens.
4:30pm – Dance Lessons begin.
6:30 pm – Band performs.
8:30 pm – Movie starts.
10:30 pm – Outdoor Lounge, Kellerman’s Karaoke and other post-movie activities open.
11:30pm – Midnight Hike begins.
Sunday, July 16th
8:00 am – Catered breakfast opens.
2:00 pm – Check-out.
If you aren’t in Los Angeles they have fun events in San Diego & Phoenix .. can I say ROAD TRIP! Leave a comment below what you want to see!
About: Street Food Cinema, the ultimate movie experience evolves into an unforgettable camping experience right in the middle of the Santa Monica Mountains, just above Malibu. This summer night retreat brings to life the classic elements of everyone’s beloved favorite with Kellerman’s summer resort including dance lessons with Johnny Castle, karaoke, and watermelons. It’s the summer of 1963 for Baby and Johnny, but we met them in the 80’s, so get ready for a 60’s/80’s decade mashup during this themed overnight experience (Sunday breakfast included).
Posted in Film, Geek Fun, Los Angeles, Movie Tagged with: Boys Night Out, camp in movie, Camping, Cosplay, dance lessons, Date Night, Dirty Dancing, drive in, Fun with Friends, Girls Night Out, Karaoke, King Gillette Ranch, Lost Boys, Malibu, Street Food Cinema
You can complete your DC Universe Original Movie collection with the 10th Anniversary Collection out on August 15th (Digital) and November 7th (Blu-Ray) from Warner Bros Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment. The collection will comprise of all 30 animated films and a All-New special feature exclusive to the box set.
It’s been ten years of animation with heroes and villains comprising a DC Universe for fans of all ages. What is included in the box set is 30 films, 5 animated shorts, new special features andexclusive collectible items.
The first animated film was Superman Doomsday that came out in 2007 that is the bedrock and inspiration of the DC library animated film universe. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation work together to create DC Super Hero stories (Superman Doomsday, Justice League: The New Frontier, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: The Killing Joke) to films inspired by themes from within DC history (Batman vs. Robin was inspired by “The Court of Owls,” Superman vs. The Elite was inspired by What’s so Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way) to original stories (Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Batman and Harley Quinn).
The DC Universe Original Movies: 10 th Anniversary Collection will include all 30 films – from Superman Doomsday to the all-new Batman and Harley Quinn, as well as newly releasedcommemorative editions of Wonder Woman and Justice League: The New Frontier. The 32-disc box set will also include all five “DC Showcase” animated shorts – The Spectre, Green Arrow, Jonah Hex, Catwoman and Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam. The details of the special features will be announced later this summer.
“It’s been an amazing journey from the initial concept of bringing comic book pages to screen to the completion of 30 animated films spotlighting the mesmerizing characters and stories of the DC library,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “We are proud to celebrate this first decade of filmmaking with an impressive box set filled with exciting extras beyond these stunning films themselves.”
The 30-film DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection (Blu-ray):
1. SUPERMAN: DOOMSDAY
2. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER
3. BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT
4. WONDER WOMAN COMMEMORATIVE EDITION
5. GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT
6. SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES
7. JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS
8. BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD
9. SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE
10. ALL-STAR SUPERMAN
11. GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS
12. BATMAN: YEAR ONE
13. JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM
14. SUPERMAN VS. THE ELITE
15. THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 1
16. THE DARK KNIGHTS RETURNS, PART 2
17. SUPERMAN: UNBOUND
18. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX
19. JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR
20. SON OF BATMAN
21. BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM
22. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS
23. BATMAN VS. ROBIN
24. JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS
25. BATMAN: BAD BLOOD
26. JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. TEEN TITANS
27. BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE
28. JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
29. TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT
30. BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN
About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.:
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.
About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.
DC characters and all related elements are trademarks of and ©DC Comics. (s17)
About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s TV series include Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go! and the upcoming DC Super Hero Girls and Unikitty! for Cartoon Network; Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, The Tom and Jerry Show, New Looney Tunes and Wacky Races for Boomerang; Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim; Right Now Kapow for Disney XD; Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix; and Young Justice: Outsiders for the upcoming DC-branded digital service. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies — for DVD, Blu-ray® and digital media. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).
Posted in Animated, art, Books, Comic Books, Comic Con, culture, Film, Geek Fun, Geek Gift Tagged with: Animated Film, Batman and Harley Quinn, Cartoons, Court of Owls, DC Universe, DC Universe Original Movie collection, Green Lantern, Justice League, Superman Doomesday, Warner Bros
‘My Neighbor Totoro’ is coming to the U.S. Cinemas with the
STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2017
June 25 and 26 Only
Mark your calendars and buy tickets for the STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2017! The festival will include six-films in the monthly series of anime masterpieces that will be nationwide. The first fill will be in June with the iconic “My Neighbor Totoro,” from legendary director Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. Tickets for STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2017 can be purchased online by visiting
This is such a great opportunity to see Studio Ghibli’s most iconic film (and characters) in this beloved family classic ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ from legendary director Hayao Miyazaki. The animated film is about two young girls, Satsuki and Mei who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. But country life is not so simple as it seems, as they soon discover the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, most notably a family of Totoros, gigantic but gentle bear-like forest spirits that can only be seen by children. The Totoros introduce the girls to a series of new adventures, including a ride aboard the Cat Bus, in this all-ages animated masterpiece that brought Studio Ghibli and Japanese animation to a new global audience.
You will be able to see two versions. One will be dubbed in English on June 25 and subtitled on June 26, this special two-day event will also feature GKIDS Mini-Fest, an ongoing festival of the best animated shorts from around the world.
My Neighbor Totoro
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Mune: Guardian of the Moon
This event also features the GKIDS MINIFEST, an ongoing festival of award-winning short animated films from around the world, as part of the exclusive event experience.
Sunday, June 25 at 12:55 p.m. local time (English language dubbed)
Monday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. local time (English language subtitled)
Moviegoers throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy these events in more than 550 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change)
CINEMARK SERIES PASS
Cinemark is offering series passes for $60. Plus, for a limited time only, Cinemark Connections members unlock an exclusive poster reward.
YOU COULD WIN A TRIP TO TOKYO!
Buy a ticket to any Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 title May 5–June 27 & be entered to win a trip to the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka in Tokyo!
Posted in Animated, art, festival, Film, Geek Fun, Movie Tagged with: Animation, Cartoons, Film festival, Ghibli Museum, GhibliFest, GKids Mini Fest, Guardian of the Moon, Hayao Miyazaki, International Film, Japanse Animation, Kiki's Delivery Service, Mune: Guardian of the Moon, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Studio Ghibli Fest
DEFENDERS OF LIFE AT GARIFUNA INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS FILM FESTIVAL VENICE, CALIFORNIA ON SUNDAY, MAY 21 AT 7:45PM
The sixth annual Garifuna International Indegenous Film Festival is six days of films from May 12 – 27th. I learned of the festival because of the upcoming screening of ‘Defenders of Life’ from director/writer Dana Ziyasheva and Igor Darbo (Producer) that is set in the Indigenous community of Costa Rica and filmed on location.
I am very interested to learn of the Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival and am excited to add this to my list of ‘Festivals to Attend’. I love seeing films representing diverse voices and stories that expose me to lives and people. The festival is during the weekend so am hoping to attend a film or two to see from another person’s eye how they see the world around them.
The film will be screened on Sunday, May 21 at 7:45pm at The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291with Dana Ziyasheva & Igor Darbo scheduled to attend. If you are unable to attend it is available exclusively on FlixPremiere at https://flixpremiere.com/film/defenders-of-life.
“I am very honored of this selection and excited about the opportunity to present
‘Defenders of Life’ at the Garifuna Film Festival,” said Ziyasheva, a journalist by training and former communications expert with the United Nations. “It is particularly important to me to show the film in the framework of an indigenous art event and next to other films by or about indigenous realities,” added Ziyasheva.
“Defenders of Life” 7:45pm, Sunday, May 21
$15.00 +$1.74 Students $20.00 + $1.99 General Admission
The festival’s mission to preserve and promote Garifuna culture is close to the filmmaker’s heart. “During my career with the United Nations, I worked on the promotion of Garifuna culture in Central America and had the honor of meeting with distinguished representatives of the Garifuna people in the government of Honduras and Nicaragua. I am very much looking forward to discovering the festival’s film selection and meeting with fellow filmmakers,” she added.
Every year, the Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival connects the Garifuna diaspora from all over the world as well as indigenous communities from across the globe via one of the most powerful art forms: film. Celebrating its sixth annual edition in 2017, GIIFF will kick off May 12th and run through May 27th
. “Defenders of Life” is among more than 27 films selected by the festival, including features and shorts from the U.S., Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru, Iran, and African and other countries.
Garifuna is a unique culture descended from the only black Africans who fought and succeeded against being enslaved in the American Continent, and who also intermarried with Carib and Arawak people of the Caribbean. They speak their own language, Garifuna, as well as Spanish, Belizean Kriol and English. Garifuna gave the world the gift of the beautiful music and dance called “punta” and have significant populations in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United States.
The film festival also welcomes works by, about and for indigenous people from all the continents. “The Garifuna people share so much with indigenous communities from all over the world, so much wisdom, so many stories,” says festival director Freda Sideroff. “We share common stories; we are more alike than we are different.”
Director Ziyasheva agrees. Her film is set among in an indigenous community of Costa Rica and was inspired by people she served as a U.N. worker. “‘Defenders of Life’ was born out of the real-life friendship between Carmen, a Ngäbe matriarch, and myself, a United Nations civil servant from Kazakhstan,” she said.
“When staying at her house, we spent a lot of time talking about her life and her hopes/fears for her daughters and granddaughters. We both wanted to give voice to the voiceless, leaving a proud testimony of her ancient civilization under threat and show the place and challenges of women in this culture. We both wanted it to be aesthetic and allegorical,” said Ziyasheva.
While Carmen is also an actress in the drama, she did more than acting, according to the director. “(She) was more than an actress, she was my collaborator on the film,” said Ziyasheva. “She helped me to direct actors, scout and pick locations and prepare dialogues. I discussed every scene with her. We also involved the entire community and its leaders; on occasion, more than 100 extras took part in the filming.”
Limited with a four-man crew, Ziyasheva had to be resourceful in the making of “Defenders of Life.” “I was not only my own assistant but also production designer, wardrobe, makeup, and driver,” she stated. “This was because of the budget constraints, but mainly because it would not have been feasible otherwise. We were outsiders granted unique access to this closed society.”
The project relied totally on the trust her team built with the community. “We could not disrupt the balance of their lives with a large crew, gear trucks, etc.,” she said. “That was one condition of theirs for allowing us to make the film, along with having all their dialogue spoken in the Ngäbe native language, rather than Spanish. They knew and accepted each one of us into their private spaces and homes, and we lived on site the entire time of the shoot,” she added.
This year’s festival theme is “Remembering the Garifuna Holocaust” to pay tribute to the early Garifuna warriors that died for their people’s freedom 220 years ago, according to festival director Freda Sideroff. The Garifuna people are descendants of the only black Africans in the American continent who successfully fought against being enslaved, “paying the ultimate price, the death of many, and the relocation of resilient survivors,” said Sideroff.
“We are a resilient, proud people that have survived atrocities,” stated Sideroff, a Garifuna immigrant from Belize. “Like many indigenous communities all over the world, today we still face many challenges and find our culture and way of life under threat. But our ancestors inspire and guide us with their example and wisdom.”
She added, “We must remember their sacrifice and treasure our priceless Garifuna language, culture and history.”
WHAT: Garifuna International Film Festival 2017
WHEN: Begins Friday, May 12th. Runs through Saturday, May 27th
WHERE: The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
WHY: Established by Freda Sideroff, an indigene of the Garifuna, GIIFF started in 2012 with a mission to preserve the values and aspirations of Garifuna and all indigenous people and cultures through films about indigenous cultures, their values and struggles.
Posted in festival, Film, Los Angeles, Movie Tagged with: Dana Ziyasheva, Defenders of Life, Garifuna International Film Festival, GIFF, Independent Film, Indie Film, Venice California
I’m so excited about the upcoming Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this April 27th with films that represent diversity from across the world. I’ve attended over the years and have always been impressed by the selection of films form comedy to documentary to drama that truly represent the diversity that often is overlooked in entertainment. I also recommend attendance of the C3 Conference that will focus on Future Forward a full day of panels with creatives from behind the camera talking issues that are important to those starting out in the business as well as established creatives.
On my list to see:
A modern day couple is forced to end their interracial relationship. This is a love story about an Asian American/African American couple inspired by a true story.
FREE PROGRAM. “Bronzeville, Little Tokyo” sheds light on an overlooked moment in history when Japanese and Japanese-Americans were displaced and African-Americans moved into Little Tokyo. To honor this period, there will be a special two-day program featuring an interactive media installation, a 360° virtual reality presentation, and a live Jazz performance on Historic First Street North.
A film essay looking at 100 years of Hawai‘i in film, explores issues of representation and gender. This filmic deconstruction is a lively, often infuriating examination of Hollywood’s portrayal of the islands, highlighting the essential necessity of homegrown filmmaking.
Three sassy sisters: Gendis (32), Ella (28), and Bebe (19), are very passionate about running their family boutique hotel by the beach in the eastern part of Indonesia’s archipelago. Their grandmother, however, is frustrated because she is unable to find the ideal matches for her granddaughters. Grandma doesn’t give up. Her ultimate goal in life is to find suitable men for her granddaughters.
In this mockumentary short, a family of monsters tries to lead a normal American life.
Itsy Bitsy Shorts
Tateuchi Democracy Forum
April 29, 2017 10:00 am
A slice-of-life dark comedy about a lonely female security guard, and the misunderstood sexual encounter that unravels her life.
WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? follows the controversial 11-time Jeopardy! winner turned Internet iconoclast, Arthur Chu, as he struggles to reform society and himself in a seminal year.
A contemplative dialogue with the editors from some of the biggest box office animated/stop motion films in history – discussing the industry, their processes and their look into the future of animation. *Panels are not individually sold. The admission fee for one day will include all the panels on that day. The admission fee for both days will include all the panels of the C3 Conference.
2017 LAAPF GALA PRESENTATIONS
OPENING NIGHT FILM | BETTER LUCK TOMORROW | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN LIN
APRIL 27 | 7:00 PM | EGYPTIAN THEATER
Come celebrate the 15th anniversary of BETTER LUCK TOMORROW (co-presented by YOMYOMF)! The film premiered at Sundance amid controversy and is a benchmark for APA cinema. The Festival is screening the original Sundance cut, in glorious 35mm film. Director Justin Lin will present the film and joined by his cast for this anniversary celebration.
CENTERPIECE FILM | GOOK | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN CHON
APRIL 29 | 8:00 PM | ARATANI THEATER
Eli and Daniel are two Korean-American brothers who own a struggling shoe store. They have a unique and unlikely friendship with a young 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla. The film is set during the first day of the LA riots, forcing them to defend their store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the meaning of family.
Director/Writer and Actor Justin Chon and his cast and crew will be in attendance to present this film.
CLOSING NIGHT FILM | COLUMBUS | DIRECTED BY KOGONADA
MAY 4 | 7:00 PM | DIRECTOR’S GUILD OF AMERICA
Casey lives with her mother in a little-known Midwestern town haunted by the promise of modernism. Jin, a visitor from the other side of the world, attends to his dying father. Burdened by the future, they find respite in one another and the architecture that surrounds them.
Cast and crew of COLOMBUS including JOHN CHO will be in attendance.
ADDITIONAL FEATURE FILMS HIGHLIGHTS AT LAAPFF 2017:
CARDINAL X Dir.: Angie Wang
CHEE AND T Dir.: Tanuj Chopra
COLUMBUS Dir.: Kogonada
GOOK Dir.: Justin Chon
I CAN I WILL I DID Dir.: Nadine Truong
THE LOCKPICKER Dir.: Randall Okita
NORMAN JONES Dir.: Mike Sakamoto
WEXFORD PLAZA Dir.: Joyce Wong
WINDOW HORSES Dir.: Ann Marie Fleming
95 AND 6 TO GO Dir.: Kimi Takesue
A TIME TO SWIM Dir.: Ashley Duong
FINDING KUKAN Dir.: Robin Lung
GHOST MAGNET ROACH MOTEL Dir.: Shinpei Takeda
MELE MURALS Dir.: Tadashi Nakamura
MIXED MATCH Dir.: Jeff Chiba Stearns
RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE Dir.: Konrad Aderer
SAVE MY SEOUL Dir.: Jason Y. Lee
UNBROKEN GLASS Dir.: Dinesh Sabu
WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? Dirs.: Yu Gu and Scott Drucker
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
MOTHERLAND Dir.: Ramona S. Diaz
PLASTIC CHINA Dir.: Wang Jiu-liang
SMALL TALK Dir.: Huang Hui-Chen
TOKYO IDOLS Dir.: Kyoko Miyake
INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURES
BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK Dir.: Anocha Suwichakornpong
DIAMOND ISLAND Dir: Davy Chou
KING OF PEKING Dir.: Sam Voutas
POP AYE Dir.: Kristen Tan
RESEBA – THE DARK WIND Dir.: Hussein Hassan
THE ROAD TO MANDALAY Dir.: Midi Z
SAVING SALLY Dir.: Avid Liongoren
THE SOUL OF THE TIGER Dir.: François Yang
THE SOWER Dir.: Yosuke Takeuchi
TAXI STORIES Dir.: Doris Yeung
TURN LEFT TURN RIGHT Dir.: Douglas Seok
SPECIAL FILM PRESENTATIONS
- ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL – Dir.: Steve James
- JOSHUA: TEENAGER VS. SUPERPOWER – Dir.: Joe Piscatella
- YELLOW (20th Anniversary Screening) Dir.: Chris Chan Lee
For complete program information please visit festival.vconline.org.
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