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MICRO REVIEWS (via Twitter!): The best of the FEEL GOOD FILM FESTIVAL by COOP

Posted on August 18th, 2010
Posted on August 18th, 2010

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I got to conduct some great Q & A’s for some terrific films at the FEEL GOOD FILM FESTIVAL this past weekend.  I met some truly gifted filmmakers and inspirational people. 

I’d like to thank these special guests for affecting me the most:  Cheryl Hines for her big intro, Shirley Jones for classing up the joint with her presence, Marty Ingles for reminding us what this festival is really about, Leeza Gibbons for singling me out with a nice compliment, writer/director Lexi Alexander for the lively discussion, producer/actor Googy Gress for his sincere enthusiasm, the League of S.T.E.A.M. for entertaining us all weekend and motivational speaker/actor Nick Vujicic for the sheer inspiration he gave to us all with his fantastic short film The Butterfly Circus (watch here!).

I’d also like to give big high-fives to all of the coordinators and volunteers for making the festival such a fun and engaging experience.  I had a great time bonding with you all.

Finally a big congratulations to producer/actor Joe Russell and writer/actress Casey Strand from the short film “Strawberries” whose engagement I helped orchestrate during one of the more memorable Q & A’s. 

I wish I had seen them all but of the ones I did see, here are the films that I felt were the best (in no particular order)… 

FEATURES

I AM COMIC: Comedians discuss the joys/pitfalls of their profession. Big names! Insightful and funny. http://ow.ly/2rBv9

HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO A WOMAN: Dude quests to improve sex technique to keep lover. Great cast. http://ow.ly/2rBrh

CAST ME IF YOU CAN (Wakiyaku Monogatari): Meek Japanese actor’s life turned upside down by wild actress. Best score winner! http://ow.ly/2rBjC

ASHLEY’S ASHES: Man tries to identify a stranger whose remains he inherited. Uplifting twist ending. http://ow.ly/2rB9w

FATHER VS. SON: Title characters battle over the same woman. Raunchy comedy was funniest of the fest. http://ow.ly/2rB2s

10 MOUTAINS 10 YEARS: Doc about team climbing 10 mts. to raise $ for Alzheimers & Parkinsons. Noble! http://ow.ly/2rAWP

LIFTED: Boy enters a singing competition while his father fights overseas. Inspirational tearjerker: http://ow.ly/2rAQ1

SHORTS

ELEVATED: Office drone falls in love with a girl he meets in the elevator. Quirky and romantic short. http://ow.ly/2rCG

FAIRLY CRIMINAL. Two con women come up with dog-related schemes to make a buck. Cute short concept. http://ow.ly/2rCDD  

COLORBLIND: A boring libriarian’s world changes when he starts seeing in color. Wonderfully acted. http://ow.ly/2rCAJ

BEAUTIFULLY ESTHER: A woman re-evaulates life when her secretive husband falls ill. Quality AFI short. http://ow.ly/2rCym

CHINESE ANTIQUE: A student spends the summer working for a failing antique shop. Best student short! http://ow.ly/2rCnr

LIFE IS…: Short film about how a simple smile can have a positive effect on many. Powerful images. http://ow.ly/2rCjw

LEAGUE OF S.T.E.A.M.: Steampunk ghostbusters battle spectral monkeys. Original Webseries! http://www.leagueofsteam.com/

THE LIFTER UPPPER: A pint-sized pro tries to cheer up the most depressed woman. Clever and cute. http://ow.ly/2rCaw

STRAWBERRIES: A little girl’s act of kindness blossoms into something greater. Short based on true story! http://ow.ly/2rC7e

NICO’S CHALLENGE: A boy with only one leg climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro for charity. Incredible short doc. http://ow.ly/2rC2l

MARY ANNE GOES TO THE MARKET: A smiling woman brings joy to a glum store. Infectiously fun short. http://ow.ly/2rBYt

GOD OF LOVE: Gawky singer & dart pro gets drafted to wield Cupid’s darts. Hilariously original. http://ow.ly/2rBJd

THE BUTTERFLY CIRCUS: Armless, legless man discovers his true purpose in life. Winner of Best Short! http://ow.ly/2rBBX <~~~ WATCH HERE!!!

Thanks again FEEL GOOD FILM FESTIVAL!  Hope to see you next year!

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-Coop
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