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LIKE A (GOOD) SEQUEL SHOULD:
DANCES WITH FILMS OUTSHINES ITSELF

Indie Film Fest Wraps Up with Awards; This Year Added Panels with
Industry Pros in Addition to a Diverse Program of Films

Dances with Films, the independent festival showcasing unknown, up-and-coming talent in features, shorts, documentaries, and music videos from around the world, wrapped its wildly successful 14th year on Thursday, June 9th with an awards ceremony at Hollywood hangout Level 3.

The festival’s roster of truly indie films shone brightly in a summer already chock full of run-of-the mill epic sequels. Crowds packed the Laemmle Sunset 5 and filmmakers filled the green carpet, despite raindrops Sunday evening.  Kicking off the festival on Thursday, June 2 was Alumni James Hacking's 'Love's Kitchen' starring Dougray Scott, Claire Forlani and Gordon Ramsay.  It may seem odd for those 'names' to be at the DWF festival, however, as the DWF alumni have begun to produce more star-studded' entertainment vehicles such as 'Love's Kitchen', DWF spotlights these newest works, inspiring the current DWF participants to new heights.  Closing the fest was Alum's Linda Nelson & Michael Madison with 'Delivered' starring Alana Stewart.

Additionally, this year Dances with Films surpassed its previous editions with a series of panels and discussions with some of the most influential names in the industry; packed audiences listened intently as pros including Jay Cohen and Frank Wulinger (partners, The Gersh Agency),Tricia Wood (casting director of Twilight and Red), David Gale (EVP, MTV New Media), and Oscar-winner Russell Carpenter (cinematographer on Titanic), among many others, complemented the low-key atmosphere of the fest with encouragement and tales of following one’s dream in the rocky Hollywood landscape.

Just as new additions were added to the festival’s slate of programming, new sponsors including Adobe, CAA, and SAGIndie signed on to help support Dances with Film’s vision of independent filmmaking, thus widening participating filmmaker’s exposure to the industry.



 
And the Winners are...

GRAND JURY for NARRATIVE FEATURE:

SCALENE
written by Brandon Owens and Zack Parker, directed by Zack Parker,
produced by Carlos Jimenez Flores and Zack Parker

Honorable Mention: A TIE between:

LESS
written and produced by Gabriel Diamond, Gabriel Goldstein and Zak Barnett,
directed by Gabriel Diamond, co-directed by Gabriel Goldstein and Zak Barnett….and

THE PILL
written and directed by J.C. Khoury, produced by J.C. Khoury and Trevor Herrick

GRAND JURY for NARRATIVE SHORT:

WAKING ELOISE
written by Bobby Marinelli and Emily Peck, directed by Bobby Marinelli,
produced by Chris Holcomb

Honorable Mention:

HOW TO MAKE A DAVID LYNCH FILM
written and directed by Joe McClean, produced by Joe McClean and Sarju Patel

INDUSTRY CHOICE AWARD:

SWEET LITTLE LIES
written by James Windeler, story by William J Saunders,
directed by William J Saunders, produced by Maya Anand, Justin Begnaud
and William J Saunders

Honorable Mention:

CATAPLEXY
written by Stacia Black and Matt Ferrone,
directed by John Salcido, produced by Neil Evans, John Salcido and Matt Ferrone

HOW TO MAKE A DAVID LYNCH FILM
written and directed by Joe McClean, produced by Joe McClean and Sarju Patel

NATIVE TIME
written by Sean Morris, Cup'luaq (Jack Dalton)
directed by Sean Morris, produced by Cup'luaq (Jack Dalton), Greg Kern

AUDIENCE AWARD for COMPETITION FEATURE:

SWEET LITTLE LIES
written by James Windeler, story by William J Saunders,
directed by William J Saunders, produced by Maya Anand, Justin Begnaud
and William J Saunders

AUDIENCE AWARD for COMPETITION SHORT:

WALTER
written by Paul Shoulberg, directed by Jonathan Dillon,
produced by Brenden Patrick Hill, Philippe Ifergan

2 MINUTE, 2 STEP SHORT FILM CHALLENGE:

THE LAST STAND
written by Brian Sack, directed Tommy Smeltzer and Jon Hill,
produced by Brian Sack, Tommy Smeltzer and Jon Hill

AUDIENCE AWARD for FUSION FEATURE:

10 YEARS LATER
written and directed by Aaron Metchik,
produced by BP Cooper, Aaron Metchik

AUDIENCE AWARD for FUSION SHORT:

THIEF
written by Julian Higgins, Matthew Wieland, directed by Julian Higgins,
produced by West McDowell

AUDIENCE AWARD for DOCUMENTARY:

HIP HOP MAESTRO
directed by Christine Lee, produced by Stuart Levy

AUDIENCE AWARD for MUSIC VIDEO:

TURNAROUND
written and directed by Darci Balogh Alishouse,
produced by Terri Balogh, Michael Clayton, Skylar Standley


 


 
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