The 2009 Feel Good Film Festival Announces Full Schedule

Posted in Uncategorized by johnwildman on July 17, 2009

THE FEEL GOOD FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS
TO EGYPTIAN THEATRE
FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2009

ROCK SLYDE ANNOUNCED AS OPENING NIGHT GALA PRESENTATION

FULL FESTIVAL LINEUP ANNOUNCED

ED ASNER WILL BE SUBJECT OF TRIBUTE

LOS ANGELES, CA July 17, 2009 – The 2009 Feel Good Film Festival (FGFF) announces it will return to the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9. The three-day event once again will feature films aimed at both adult and family audiences that highlight positive themes, happy endings, make audiences laugh, and capture the beauty of our world.

The Opening Night Gala presentation of Chris Dowling’s ROCK SLYDE will kick start a program that will feature 60 films, including 16 features, 34 shorts, and 10 student films as well as 2 webisodes. Along with the films offered throughout the festival, additional activities will include the film festival’s signature “yellow” carpet entrances (in honor of FGFF’s sunflower logo), live musical performances in the Egyptian Theatre courtyard presented by Audiorents, an original screenplay competition, an original song competition, a panel discussion, and a Closing Night Awards Gala, hosted by Brian Krause (“Charmed”) highlighted by a Tribute to film and television legend, Ed Asner.

ROCK SLYDE will screen as the Opening Night Gala feature film presentation on Friday, August 7. Written and directed by Chris Dowling, the film stars Patrick Warburton as an eccentric private detective balancing an office building turf war with a religious cult leader played by Andy Dick and a bizarre case involving a mysterious and beautiful woman (Rena Sofer). The film also stars Elaine Hendrix, with a number of cameo appearances including Jason Alexander, Eric Roberts, Lea Thompson and Tom Bergeron. The screening will mark the film’s Los Angeles Premiere with Warburton, Dick and Alexander all confirmed to attend and participate with the director, Dowling in a Q&A at the conclusion of the screening.

Also screening as part of the Opening Night Gala will be the short films FURTISSIMO, directed by Jacob Cementina, and TRUE BEAUTY THIS NIGHT, written and directed by Peter Besson.

Dowling expressed his happiness that ROCK SLYDE will enjoy its L.A. premiere as the FGFF Opening Night Gala, saying “Our cast and crew are thrilled to be having our West Coast premiere at the opening night of the Feel Good Film Festival.  We feel the FGFF represents an aspect of independent filmmaking that is largely forgotten – having fun and making people laugh.  We look forward to screening at the historic Egyptian theatre, walking the yellow carpet and having some fun.”

In addition to the Closing Night Tribute honoring Ed Asner, the Gala ceremonies will include the presentation of filmmaker awards. The awards will include prizes with a total value of $7750 ($3000 in goods and services from SLX Rentals and Sales, $3000 in goods and services from Hollywood Rentals, $1500 in film stock from Fuji Film, and a copy of Final Draft Version 8) for the winner of the Best Feel Good Feature Length Film and $3750 ($1500 in goods and services from SLX Rentals and Sales, $1000 in goods and services from Hollywood Rentals, $1000 in film stock from Fuji Film, and a copy of Final Draft Version 8) for the winner of the Best Feel Good Short Film.

In addition, prizes that total $1250 ($1000 in goods and services from Hollywood Rentals and a copy of Final Draft Version 8) will be given to the Audience Award winner for Best Feel Good Feature Film, and $250 (a copy of Final Draft Version 8) will go to the Audience Award for Best Feel Good Short Film.

The Panther Award for Best Cinematography brings with it $3000 in goods and services from SLX Rentals and Sales, the Best Feel Good Screenplay takes a prize worth $1000 (an InkTip online membership, a copy of Final Draft Version 8 and a $500 unrestricted cash prize from the Feel Good Film Festival), Best Original Song receives $500 in unrestricted cash from the Feel Good Film Festival), and the winner of the Feel Good Student Film category will enjoy $800 in goods and services from SLX Rentals and Sales as well as a one week complimentary tuition package at the New York Film Academy.

This year will also mark the addition of an award presented to the brand new Feel Good Webisode category,as well as honors to be announced for Best Art Direction, Best Directing, Best Actress and Best Actor.

Regarding the announcement of FGFF’s second year, Festival Founder and Co-Director Kristen Ridgway says, “The second year of the film festival promises to build on the success and fun all of us enjoyed as we launched FGFF last year. As much as we (obviously) had hoped to have a successful film festival, we were all blown away by the overwhelming turnout and response by the filmmakers and fans alike to our “happy” counter-programming. And ROCK SLYDE, with priceless performances by both Patrick Warburton and Andy Dick, could not be a better choice to start the festival with a bang and a lot of laughs.”
FGFF Co-Director America Young agreed and emphasized the addition of the webisodes section as well as a new “After Hours: Feel Good Enlightened double feature on Friday night as evidence of the growth of the programming this year saying, “Using the concept of ‘feel good’ films or entertainment as a leaping off point, rather than a constraint has been a central focus in our second year. We’re excited by the opportunity to not simply entertain, but to also explore and expand the definition with our audiences”.

FGFF will also screen the winning entry of an online competition co-sponsored by the festival on Indieflix.com.  That film will be chosen from a lineup including Marc Havener’s AND WHAT REMAINS, Marin Rosete’s BASKET BRONX, Patrick Taggart’s CHARLIE APPLEBEE, Jeremy Provost’s DAYS OF BEING WRINKLE FREE, Maurice Moore’s THE SAVIOR, Matt Sklar’s STAYING GOLD: LOVE, SEX AND HAPPINESS IN OUR GOLDEN YEARS, and Conor Britain’s YOU WIN SOME YOU LOSE SOME.

The Feel Good Film Festival lineup will represent nine countries, including the U.S, U.K., Thailand, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, Ireland, Netherlands and Canada.

Festival passes and tickets are available for purchase on fgff.org.

The Feel Good Film Festival’s films are as follows:

FEATURE LENGTH FILMS (in alphabetical order):

ALWAYS WILL (USA/narrative)
Dir/Scr:    Michael Sammaciccia
Cast:        Andrew Baglini, Noelle Meixell, Mark Schroeder

BITTER/SWEET (Thailand/narrative)
Dir/Scr:    Jeff Hare
Cast:        Kip Pardue, James Brolin, Laura Sorenson, Napakpapha  Nakprasitte

THE BROTHERS WARNER (USA/documentary)
Dir:        Cass Warner
Subjects:    Debbie Reynolds, Denis Hopper, Angie Dickinson

DANCE OF THE DRAGON (Singapore/narrative)
Dir:        Max Mannix, John Radel
Cast:        Hyuk Jang, Fann Wong, Jason Scott Lee

FINDING LENNY (South Africa/narrative)
Dir:        Neal Sundstrom
Cast:        Barry Hilton, Russel Savadier

FRIENDS FOR LIFE (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Michael Spence
Cast:        Michael Flynn, Jimmy Chunga, Tayva Patch

JESUS PEOPLE (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Jason Naumann
Cast:        Wendi McLendon-Covey, Laura Silverman, Mindy Sterling, Tim  Bagley, Jennifer Elise Cox

LILY (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Hiroshi Nakajima
Cast:        Josh Long, Renevva Jensen, John Bolen

LOVE SIMPLE (USA/narrative)
Dir/Scr:    Mark von Sternberg
Cast:        Francisco Solorzano, Patrizia Hernandez

PAPER OR PLASTIC (USA/documentary)
Dir:        Alex D. da Silva, Justine Jacob

ROCK SLYDE (USA/narrative)
Dir/Scr:    Chris Dowling
Cast:        Patrick Warburton, Andy Dick, Rena Sofer, Elaine Hendrix, Jamie Alexander, Jason Alexander, Eric Roberts, Tom Bergeron, Lea Thompson

SHOOTING BEAUTY (USA/documentary)
Dir:        George Kachadorian

SOMETHING UNKNOWN (Netherlands/documentary)
Dir:        Renee Scheltema

SUMMERHOOD (Canada/narrative)
Dir:        Jacob Madjuck, Tony Dean Smith
Cast:        Jacob Medjuck, Raquel Alessi, Joe Fleherty, (narration by) John  Cusack

UNIVERSAL SIGNS (USA/narrative)
Dir/Scr:    Ann Calamia
Cast:        Anthony Natale, Sabrina Lloyd, Lupe Ontiveros, Margot Kidder, Robert Picardo

2012 – WE’RE ALREADY IN IT (UK & USA/documentary)
Dir:        Patty Greer

SHORT FILMS (in alphabetical order):

A SUMMER RAIN (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Ela Thier

BE GOOD (UK/narrative)
Dir:        Barney Cokeliss

BILLY (Australia/narrative)
Dir:        Matthew Graham

BILLY & THE HURRICANE (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Rocky Benoit

CHARLIE THISTLE (USA/narrative)
Dir/Scr:    Bragi Schut

CRAVINGS (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Jane Sablow

DANDELION DHARMA (USA/narrative)
Dir/Scr:    Veronica DiPippo

DANZAK (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Gabiel Yepes

DUCK LOVES TESCACOIL (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Tyler J. Kupferer

FURTISSIMO (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Jacob Cementina

GRANDE DRIP (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Angelo Restaino

HIS GOOD WILL (Canada & USA/narrative)
Dir:        Cayman Grant

ICE CREAM (USA/narrative)
Dir/Scr:    Dawn Asher, Alex Beh

KATE WAKES (USA/narrative)
Dir/Scr:    Jasmine Kosovic

LAUGHTER(RX): NO HARMFUL SIDE EFFECTS (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Chelsey D’Arrigo, Brandi Kosloy, Nani Dickinson, Charlie Vaughn

THE LAUNDRY (USA/narrative)
Dir/Scr:    Alex Beh

THE LITTLE CEO (USA/narrative)
Dir/Scr:    Sari Karplus

LUCY A PERIOD PIECE (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Julie Sagalowsky

MAN WITH A GUITAR (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Ryan Falkner

MUGGING (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Jason Benesh

RIMSHOT (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Kirk Diedrich

THE ROMANTIC FOIBLES (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Canyon Prince

SCENIC ROUTE (USA/narrative)
Dir/Scr:    Jonathan Fredrick

SILENT TREATMENT (USA/narrative)
Dir/Scr:    Jonathan Rothell

SLICE OF PIE (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Tim Reischauer

SWEETENER (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Paul Preston

TAH DAH (Canada/narrative)
Dir/Scr:    Stacey Chomiak

THAT’S MAGIC! (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Brandon McCormick

TRUE BEAUTY THIS NIGHT (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Peter Besson

WEATHERED (USA/narrative)
Dir/Scr:    Matt Barber, Matt Webb

WHATEVER TURNS YOU ON (Ireland/narrative)
Dir:        Declan Cassidy

WHEN I GROW UP (USA/narrative)
Dir:        Michelle Meeker

WHOSE DOG IS IT ANYWAY? (USA/narrative)
Dir/Scr:    Cindy Chupack


STUDENT FILMS (in alphabetical order):

FOR ALL MANKIND
Dir:        Dan Clifton

GRACE
Dir/Scr:    Natalie Williams

HAPPY MAN’S PANTS
Dir:        Kunal Savkur

LOVE LESSONS FOR MILES
Dir/Scr:    Matthew Morgenthaler

THE MASTERSONS
Dir:        Dana Jones

OVER THE FARM
Dir:        Zander Hartung

PRETTY UGLY
Dir:         Abbey Paccia

STRIKE (Australia)
Dir:        Jenna Dunkley

THE WORLD WITHIN UPS AND DOWNS
Dir:        Jason Gerber

WOW! WHAT A GREAT QUESTION
Dir/Scr:    Wesley Ruby

WEBISODES (in alphabetical order):

CATHERINE AND ANNIE
Dir:        America Young

PINK EYE
Dir:        Brinton Bryan

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION (in alphabetical order):

CRAYON NETWORK
Writer:        Debrah Neal

GODSPEED
Writer:        Travis Mann, David White, Michael Toay

LA JAPONAISE (CHRISTMAS CAKE)
Writer:        Karen Webb

NIGHTINGALE
Writer:        Andrew Arneson

9 GREYHOUNDS
Writer:        Miguel Rionda

PONYTAIL
Writer:        Jason Ginsburg

ORIGINAL SONG COMPETITION (in alphabetical order):

Chris and Steve
Music & Lyrics:    Freddy & Francine

Dandelion Dharma
Music & Lyrics:    Marc Aramian, James Geralden, Veronica DiPeppo

Groupidity
Music & Lyrics:    Merykid

Lucky Loser
Music & Lyrics:    Stephen Hampar

Planetarium
Music & Lyrics:    Stephanie Batailler, Skyebat

Potluck
Music & Lyrics:    Land of Deborah

The Way to Dance
Music & Lyrics:    Matt Daniels

You’re Not Listening
Music & Lyrics:    Rob Giles

Mirror
Music & Lyrics:    Zoe Myers

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