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COOP is introducing movies and conducting Q & A’s at the FEEL GOOD FILM FESTIVAL Aug. 13-15!

Posted on August 2nd, 2010
Posted on August 2nd, 2010

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Hey folks.  Dropping the word that I’ll be in Los Angeles the weekend of Aug. 13 for the Feel Good Film Festival.  I’ve been asked to introduce some of the features/short films and run the questions & answers session after each.  This will be my first year to attend the festival, so I’m excited to get out there and meet the filmmakers, press and organizers involved with the event which will take place at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theater in downtown Hollywood.  The festival, which apparently has grown significantly since its beginnings, has quite an impressive indie film line up. 

Come by, check it out and find me on the red carpet!…

Here’s the official Press release with details on each film being screened…

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THE FEEL GOOD FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS

TO AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE’S EGYPTIAN THEATRE

FRIDAY, AUGUST 13 THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 15, 2010

 

FATHER VS SON” ANNOUNCED AS OPENING NIGHT FEATURE PRESENTATION

 

EAGLES IN THE CHICKEN COOP” MAKES WORLD PREMIERE

 

LIFTED” GETS A SPECIAL SNEAK PREVIEW

 

FULL FESTIVAL LINEUP ANNOUNCED

 

WINNING FILMMAKERS TO RECEIVE PRIZES TOTALLING $100,000

 

LOS ANGELES, CA July 13, 2010 – The 2010 Feel Good Film Festival (FGFF) announces it will return to American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood Friday, August 13 through Sunday, August 15. The three-day event once again will feature films aimed at both adult and family audiences that highlight positive themes, happy endings, laughter, and capture the beauty of our world.

 

The Opening Night presentation of Joe Ballarini’s FATHER VS SON will kick start a program that will feature 64 films, including 14 features (11 narrative and 3 documentaries), 39 shorts, and 12 student films. 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) on Opening Night, celebrations in the Egyptian Theatre courtyard each night of the film festival presented by Roaring Lion, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and TeTeo Tequila, an original screenplay competition, an original score competition, a panel discussion, and the film festival’s signature Closing Night Awards Celebration.

 

FATHER VS SON will screen as part of the Opening Night Celebration co-hosted by FETE on Friday, August 13. Directed by Joe Ballarini, the comedy follows the difficulties that ensue when a man fresh off a divorce, moves in with his loverlorn son and joins him on the dating scene–only to fall in love with the same mysterious woman as his son. The film stars Josh Dean (Y.P.F.), Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”) and Heather Stephens (“The Forgotten”).

 

Regarding his film being the Opening Night Celebration feature selection Ballarini said, “FATHER VS SON is a movie that uplifts audiences and leaves them laughing on a cloud. Which is how it feels to be premiering at the epic Egyptian Theatre as part of the Feel Good Film Festival. In such strange, turbulent times, it is a joy to be a part of a festival that offers smiles, light, and good vibes.”

 

Also screening as part of the Opening Night Celebration will be the short film BUTTERFLY CIRCUS, directed by Joshua Weigel, and featuring Doug Jones (HELLBOY, PAN’S LABRYNTH) and motivational speaker Nick Vujcic, as well as the short film THE MOUSE THAT SOARED, directed by Kyle T. Bell.

 

Feel Good Film Festival Founder and Co-Director, Kristen Ridgway Flores said, “FATHER VS SON is a laugh-out-loud comedy sure to provide audiences with exactly the kind of movie-going experience we created this film festival for with a wonderful lead-in courtesy of BUTTERFLY CIRCUS and THE MOUSE THAT SOARED. We look forward to giving Joe and his cast a HUGE Celebration for it’s LA debut with an opening at the historic Egyptian Theatre, walking our yellow carpet, and ultimately having loads of fun!” 

 

Brent Florence’s EAGLES IN THE CHICKEN COOP will be making its official World Premiere as the centerpiece of FGFF’s Saturday Celebration on August 14. The comedy follows a team of documentarians as they seek to capture an inside look at the making of a soft- core film. However, they soon become embroiled in an on-set dispute as the filmmakers struggle to make an artistic love story versus the steamy commercial product the studio intended. The film stars real life husband and wife, Bruce Abbott and Kathleen Quinlan, as well as Vincent Young.

 

As part of the evening, FGFF will also screen a special sneak preview of Lexi Alexander’s LIFTED. The musical drama marks a distinct departure for Alexander following 2008’s PUNISHER: WAR ZONE. The film follows the efforts of a boy to support his family via a singing competition after his soldier father has to leave home to fight in Iraq. The film stars Trace Adkins, Nicki Aycox, Dash Mihok and Ruben Studdard.

 

Other stars dotting the 2010 FGFF schedule include James Darren, Sally Field, Jorja Fox, Gregory Harrison, Cliff Robertson (ACCIDENTAL ICON: THE REAL GIDGET STORY), Greta Gerwig, Iggy Pop (ART HOUSE), Daniel Baldwin, Orson Bean, Willie Garson, Clint Howard, Craig Sheffer (ASHLEY’S ASHES), Margot Farley, Mitzi Kapture, John Saxon, Tim Thomerson (GOD’S EARS), Anne Hathaway, Leeza Gibbons (10 MOUNTAINS 10 YEARS), Beth Grant (HERPES BOY), James Hong, Jenna Jameson, Ken Jeong, Josh Meyers, Kristen Ritter, Ian Somerhalder (HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO A WOMAN), Tim Allen, Louis C.K., Tommy Davidson, Dana Gould, Kathy Griffin, Sarah Silverman (I AM COMIC) and Elaine Hendrix (THE CLOGGERS).

 

The Closing Night ceremonies will feature the presentation of generous award packages totaling over $100,000 worth of prizes from such sponsors as Panavision, Hollywood Rentals, Final Draft, Showbiz Software, New York Film Academy, Film Independent, InkTip.com, Tuff Cut Sound and MEHRNOOSH.

 

Those awards will go to the Feel Good Film Festival’s Best Feel Good Feature Film, Best Feel Good Short Film, Best Feel Good Student Film, and Audience Awards for Best Feel Good Feature Film and Best Feel Good Short Film.

 

Additional awards will be presented to the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Ensemble and Best Director from the 2010 lineup.

 

The winners from the Best Screenplay and Best Original Score competitions will also be announced that evening.

 

Regarding the announcement of FGFF’s third year, Festival Co-Director America Young says, “We feel in many ways the film festival is becoming the annual, mark-your-calendar event we all envisioned for it three years ago. Our slate of films promise to build on our successes the past two years and once again the Egyptian will be a destination for so many people that look forward to sitting in a movie theatre and watching a film that will make them laugh or uplift them, and ultimately make them feel good.”

 

The Feel Good Film Festival lineup will represent 7 countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, UK, USA and Venezuela.

 

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

 

The 2010 Feel Good Film Festival’s films are as follows:


FEATURE LENGTH FILMS (in alphabetical order):

ACCIDENTAL ICON: THE REAL GIDGET STORY (USA/documentary)

Dir: Brian L. Gillogly

Appearances: James Darren, Sally Field, Gregory Harrison, Cliff Robertson

Narration: Jorja Fox

 

A MI ME GUSTA (Venezuela/narrative)

Dir: Ralph Kinnard

Cast: Diana Aboujian, María Antonieta Ardila, Jonathan Ashford

 

ART HOUSE (USA/narrative)

Dir: Victor Fanucchi

Cast: Greta Gerwig, Iggy Pop

 

ASHLEY’S ASHES (USA/narrative)

Dir: Christopher Hutson

Cast: Daniel Baldwin, Orson Bean, Willie Garson, Clint Howard, Craig Sheffer

 

EAGLES IN THE CHICKEN COOP (USA/narrative)

Dir: Brent Florence

Cast: Bruce Abbott, Kathleen Quinlan, Vincent Young

 

FATHER VS SON (USA/narrative)

Dir: Joe Ballarini

Cast: Josh Dean, Heather Stephens, Eric Stonestreet

 

GOD’S EARS (USA/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Michael Worth

Cast: Margot Farley, Mitzi Kapture, John Saxon, Tim Thomerson

 

HERPES BOY (USA/narrative)

Dir: Nathaniel Atcheson

Cast: Beth Grant

 

HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO A WOMAN (USA/narrative)

Dir: Scott Culver

Cast: James Hong, Jenna Jameson, Josh Meyers, Krysten Ritter, Ian Somerhalder

 

I AM COMIC (USA/documentary)

Dir: Jordan Brady

Appearances: Louis C.K., Tommy Davidson, Dana Gould, Ritch Shydner

 

LIFTED (USA/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Lexi Alexander

Cast: Trace Adkins, Dash Mihok, Ruben Studdard

 

10 MOUNTAINS 10 YEARS (USA/documentary)

Dir: Jennifer Yee

Narration: Anne Hathaway

 

WORKS IN PROGRESS (USA/narrative)

Dir: Stephen Wallace Pruitt

Cast: Kathryn Batholomew, Christina Blodgett, Greg Brostrom, Ben Jeffrey

 

WAKIYAKU MONOGATARI: CAST ME IF YOU CAN (Japan/narrative)

Dir: Atsushi Ogata

Cast: Tôru Masuoka, Hiromi Nagasaku

 

SHORT FILMS (in alphabetical order):

BEAUTIFULLY ESTHER (USA/narrative)

Dir: Ricardo Korda

 

BUTTERFLY CIRCUS (USA/narrative)

Dir: Joshua Weigel

 

THE CLOGGERS (USA/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Elaine Hendrix

 

COLORBLIND (USA/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Joseph Otanez

 

THE DEVIL’S CANDY (USA/narrative)

Dir: Jennifer Lauer

 

ELEVATED (USA/narrative)

Dir: Jared Mark

 

FAIRLY CRIMINAL (USA/narrative)

Dir: America Young

 

FOOLISHLY SEEKING TRUE LOVE (USA/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Jarrett Lee Conaway

 

GOD OF LOVE (USA/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Luke Matheny

 

HAPPY ENDING (USA/narrative)

Dir: Greg Benson

 

HECTOR CORP (USA/narrative)

Dir: Gary H. Lee

 

HELP WANTED (USA/narrative)

Dir: Teo Guardino

 

HENRY AND SUNNY (Ireland/narrative)

Dir: Fergal Rock

 

I GOT MAIL (USA/narrative)

Dir: Michelle Meeker

 

INTO THE UNKNOWN (USA/narrative)

Dir: John Dion

 

INTREPID NOTHING (USA/narrative)

Dir: America Young

 

JILLIAN DILLON (USA/narrative)

Dir: Yvette Edery

 

L.A. ACTORS (USA/narrative)

Dir: Ric Halpern, Justin Wells

 

LEAGUE OF S.T.E.A.M.: MONKEY BUSINESS (USA/narrative)

Dir: James Lavrakas

 

LIFE IS… (Canada/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Ryan Knight

 

THE LIFTER UPPER (USA/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Micah Chambers-Goldberg

 

LOVESICK FOOL (USA/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Dominic Polcino

 

MARY ANNE GOES TO THE MARKET (USA/narrative)

Dir: Ethan Cushing

 

MILK MAN (UK/narrative)

Dir: James Rumsey

 

THE MOUSE THAT SOARED (USA/narrative)

Dir: Kyle T. Bell

 

THE MUSIC BOX (Australia/narrative)

Dir: Jennifer & Nicholas Oxley

 

NICO’S CHALLENGE (USA/documentary)

Dir/Scr: Steve Audette

 

PAPERBOY (USA/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Mark LaFleur

 

PENGUINS DON’T FLY (USA/narrative)

Dir: Michael Granberry

 

STRAWBERRIES (USA/narrative)

Dir: Charles Kaplan

 

THE SUPER HOLIDAYS (USA/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Kevan Peterson

 

TEA MASTER (Canada/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Aaron Au

 

TELEMAFIA (USA/narrative)

Dir: Diane Namm

 

THAT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE ME (USA/documentary)

Dir: Jeffrey Vincent

 

THERE MIGHT BE DRAGONS (USA/narrative)

Dir: Jim Krueger

 

TIME LINES (Canada/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Suzanne Crocker

 

UNDERCOVER (USA/narrative)

Dir: Iman K. Zawahry

 

UP JUMP THE BOOGIE (USA/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Estella Chizhik

 

WORKED FOR ME (Canada/narrative)

Dir: Ken Simpson

 

STUDENT FILMS (in alphabetical order):

ALL THE LIVE LONG DAY (USA/documentary)

Dir: Dave Baker

 

CHINESE ANTIQUE (USA/narrative)

Dir: Ryo Shiina, Bassem Wahbi

 

CINEMAZING (USA/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Jamie Kennedy

 

CUPID CORP (USA/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Bryan Zhang

 

EWE AND ME (USA/narrative)

Dir: Lauren Flores

 

A FISH TALE (USA/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Lia Burton

 

FLYING FOR MICE (USA/narrative)

Dir: Dana Jones, Joel Reaves

 

MIST FORTUNE (USA/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Michael Kontaxis

 

QUEST FOR THE GOLDEN ARC RIDER (Australia/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Steve Anthopoulos

 

RUN!

Dir/Scr: David Ferino

 

SEASONS (USA/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Jason Gerber

 

WARREN BUDD AND HIS PROPELLER PLANE (USA/narrative)

Dir/Scr: Jackson Adams

 

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION (in alphabetical order):

AEROBIC HEIRESS

Writer: Selah Victor and Daireen Galeano

 

ARTHUR’S SALVATION

Writer: Karen Webb

 

AVENGER

Writer: Leslie Goodyear

 

CHRISTMAS WISHES

Writer: Heidi Anderson Swan

 

HEAVEN OR LAS VEGAS

Writer: Jeff Hare

 

THE HIGHWAY ROBBERIES

Writer: Arnold Chan

 

LONDON FOG

Writer: Tasha Hardy

 

SHINOLA

Writer: Martin Garner

 

SINGING IN SHORTHAND

Writer: Wayne Baltz and Terry Baltz

 

ORIGINAL SCORE COMPETITION (in alphabetical order):

THE CROSSES

Composer: Bill Bentley

 

LONG AWAITED

Composer: Patrick Kirst

 

NANNY BOARDING

Composer: Flash Red

 

OUT HERE IN THE FIELDS

Composer: Rick Salter and Will Ryan

 

SNEAKERS AND SOUL

Composer: Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn

 

WAKIYAKU MONOGATARI: CAST ME IF YOU CAN

Composer: Jessica De Rooij

 

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS

Composer: Fabrio Acri

 

About The Feel Good Film Festival

The Feel Good Film Festival celebrates films and the filmmakers and creative artists that create entertainment with positive themes, happy endings, that make audiences laugh, and that captures the beauty of our world. FGFF will encourage the development, production, and distribution of films that share those characteristics as it offers a yearly touchstone for the viewing and enjoyment of those films.

Sponsors

Panavision, Hollywood Rentals, New York Film Academy, Final Draft, Showbiz Software, Tuff Cut Sound, Film Independent, InkTip.com, FETE, Roaring Lion, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, TeTeo Tequila, Corkologie, Audiorents, Law Offices of John Nelson, Fierce Hugs, Revolution 3D, Popchips, Roosevelt Hotel, FUZE and Mazedude Productions.

Contact:

John Wildman

Director of Press & Public Relations

jswildman@hotmail.com 

(323) 600-3165

 

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