The Valley Film Festival Showcases Local and Independent Films
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The last date listed for The 13th Annual Valley Film Festival was Sunday November 17, 2013 / 2:00pm (Innocent Blood).
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Spend the day enjoying the luck of the Irish with traditional food, Guinness and other tasty brews, stages featuring Irish rock, traditional Celtic music and classic rock 'n' roll, and an arts and crafts section. Children can have a blast acting like knights in the medieval Kids' Castle, and the entire family can learn to dance the Irish Stew and speak a few Gaelic phrases. Fill up on a hot shepherd's pie and a cold glass of Dale Bros. Brewery's Shameless McDale -- and you might even take home a prize or two from one of the many contests. Learn More
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Featured review from mary ann van de car
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I went with a friend, Eve. The first part of the movie was a short about a professional female wrestler and was a bit confusing as to the connection to the main feature film about a professional burlesque performer. Satan's Angel basically played herself to the hilt and left us wondering how many more stories she had waiting to be told in her memory--she is still performing, at least to give interviews and possibly workshops--and comes across as one very independent, stubborn, passionate and interesting character...I would have liked more research and history added to the film as the information given left more questions unanswered and teased us with too brief clips of other dancers and influences on Satan's Angel...
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
8:00pm – Opening Night Program
The Activist (Thriller/90 min.)
In 1973, during the insurrection, Marvin and Bud, two Native American activists, are arrested and thrown in jail.
In jail, they must face two officers monitoring their every move and join forces with a young lawyer assigned to their case. Why does a Nixon representative visit them in jail? And a Senator? And a Hollywood star? During the seventies, the world keeps spinning and tension arises in this simple jail in the middle of nowhere.
Directed by Cyril Morin
Preceded By L'assistante (The Assistant) (Drama/16 min, French with English subtitles)
Isabelle, a Physical Therapist, continues to practice after her shift ends at the hospital.
Directed by David Guiraud & Anne-Claire Jaulin
Thursday, November 14, 2013
8:00 pm – Spotlight On Islamic Cultures
Virginity (Drama/94 min)
Directed by Saeed Khoze (Los Angeles)
The story involves an Iranian girl from a religious family, a European call girl and a Russian girl. Due to a prearranged marriage situation set up by her parents, Raha is forced to deal with and endure some very difficult and life-altering events. Honor killings, rape, prostitution and sexual trafficking are a few of the crises affecting the 3 leading characters at the heart of the film. This is based on true events.
** While the film is unrated by the MPAA, it is not suitable for all ages. **
Preceded by Al Layla Al Akheera (When They Slept) (Drama/18 min, Arabic with English subtitles)
Directed by Maryam Touzani (Morocco)
Sara, a sensitive and mischievous eight-year-old, will let neither death nor tradition come between her and her grandfather.
Friday, November 15, 2013
7:30pm – “Girls on Film” Shorts Program
- The Adventures of Gilbert the Goofball (Animation/5min) Directed by Sandra Rostirolla
- Daddy Donor (Comedy/9min) Directed by Erica Grant
- Jamon (Animation/8min) Directed by Iria Lopez
- Operhator (Thriller/11min) Directed by Tara-Nicole Azarian
- Revelations (Drama/11 min) Directed by Laura G. Chirinos
- Sonoma Valley Red (Drama/15min) Directed by Katelyn Pigoni
- The Vibrator Song (Music Video/3min) Produced by Michelle Winters
9:30pm – The Valley: After Dark
Satan's Angel: Queen of the Fire Tassels (Documentary/72 min)
Satan's Angel is a legend among burlesque dancers. Her legacy is filled with San Francisco counter culture, Las Vegas stage door Johnnies and a sexuality she refused to closet. Angel has amassed four decades worth of fascinating, colorful, and riveting stories as she's traveled the globe performing the art of burlesque. This unique film documents her love for the craft and preservation of burlesque as well as her love for her life partner Vic.
Directed by Josh Dragotta
Behind the scenes with Impact Wrestling Knockout, Lisa Marie Varon, AKA Tara, displaying what it's like to be a female athlete in a male dominated industry.
Directed by Matthew Goldberg
Saturday, November 16, 2013
12:30pm – Family Shorts Program
- Dubus (Experimental/5min) Directed by Alexei Dmitriev
- First Day (Drama/6min) Directed by Øivind Naess
- On Your Lips (Teen/9 min) Directed by Joonas Rutanen
- Millie and Jerry (Experimental/9min) Directed by Nunzio Fazio
- Posey (Musical/22 min)Directed by Billy DaMota
- Shame and Glasses (Comedy/7min) Directed by Alessandro Riconda
- Freestyle Life (Documentary/10 min) Directed by Adam Palenta
2:00pm – Documentary Program (Double Feature)
Beast Wishes (63 min)
Beast Wishes is a documentary about Bob and Kathy Burns, the goodwill ambassadors for sci-fi film fandom. Known for their fabulous collection of original movie props, Bob and Kathy have brought joy to fans throughout the world by sharing their treasures and experiences with everyone. It is a story of love and inspiration that has lasted over five decades. This film will present the two real treasures that reside in "Bob's Basement."
Directed by Frank Dietz & Trish Geiger
Autumn of Route 66 (66 min)
Autumn of Route 66 is a visually stunning experience that will leave you feeling like you just experienced America's oldest highway yourself. Sometimes funny, sometimes ironic and sometimes sad but always true, this film goes far beyond a simple journey.
Directed by Ester Brym
6:00pm – Dramatic Shorts Program
- Desolate Road (19min) Directed by Marwan Abderrrazzaq
- The Lesson (10 min) Directed by Chen NI
- Luna (8min) Directed by Jon Napier
- Murk Light (20 min) Directed by Yasir Al-Yasiri
- Terms & Conditions (5 min) Directed by Erik Gulbrandsen
- Willa (5 min) Directed by Mikhail Tank
8:00 pm – Centerpiece Screening
The Golden Scallop (Comedy/83min)
The Golden Scallop is a mockumentary style feature length film that takes a deep look into the competitors, judges and customers of the 43rd annual Golden Scallop Championship. Over 100 eligible fried fish restaurants are narrowed down to a final three nominees who compete in front of hundreds of hungry patrons to be crowned the Golden Scallop Champion. Every year since 1969 the best three fried fish restaurants in the northeast have competed in the Golden Scallop Championship. The 43rd annual pits a food truck seeking redemption, an aging former champion and a well financed, novelty friendly fish house against each other in the truest test of short order cooking mettle. Follow the excitement, hilarity, and chaos as The Golden Scallop tracks these teams from selection till the glory of victory or the agony of defeat.
Directed by Joseph Laraja
Gumshoe (Film Noir/5 min)
A hard-boiled tale following Gumshoe, a private eye hot on the trail of his missing partner. In this world of femme fatales and hired goons, the truth lies beneath.
Directed by Matt Steinauer
Sunday, November 17, 2013
12:30pm – Comedy Shorts Program
- 40 Hours (14 min) Directed by Sasha Shemirani
- Adam's Pineapple (11min) Directed by Guillaume Miquel
- A Conversation About Cheating with My Time Traveling Future Self (9min) Directed by Pornsak Pichetshote
- L'amour, Toujours L'amour (6min) Directed by Daniel Ablin
- Man Up Little Boy (8min) Directed by Jeffrey Williams
- Statue (10min) Directed by Andrew Bryan
2:00 pm – Spotlight on Korean-American Cultures
Innocent Blood (Drama/100 min)
James Park, a retired detective turned college professor, is forced to face his dark past in order to find his son Cody's kidnapper. Park, played by Jun Kim (Late Autumn, West 32nd), a well decorated officer, is exposed for who he really is by his son's mysterious kidnapper. With a handful of past enemies, simultaneous murders, a wife who's losing faith in him, and two detectives in hot pursuit, James must move fast to bring his son home safely. From award-winning directors, Sun W. Kim and D.J. Holloway, Innocent Blood also stars C.S. Lee (Showtime's Dexter, The Unborn), Alexandra Chun (NBC's The Event, Saw), Justin Chon (The Twilight Saga, 21 & Over), Doug Jones (Hellboy I & II, Pan's Labyrinth, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer), Trip Hope and James J. Caldwell.
Directed by Sun W. Kim & D.J. Holloway
Preceded by Mandevilla (Drama/19min)
John Kim, a struggling Korean-American immigrant mechanic, reaches out to a young boy and his mom caught in the middle of an exploding violence in the same apartment complex. When John finally confronts the husband, he uncovers something far more insidious below the surface and must choose to come to terms with his own dark past.
Directed by Andrew Oh
5:00pm – Closing Night
This star-studded documentary takes us on a thought provoking and humorous journey to explore the evolution of disability portrayals in film and television. From the early days of silent films to present day, from Chaplin to X-Men, disability portrayals are ever changing. This dynamic documentary takes a detailed look at the evolution of "disability" in entertainment.
Directed by Jenni Gold
Narrated by Jane Seymour
Preceded by Linear (Animation/7min)
The line is a dot that went for a walk.
Directed by Amir Admoni (Brazil)
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The premier showcase for the best new work by Valley residents, American and international independent filmmakers, VFF provides audiences with opportunities to discover today’s contemporary and avant-garde films.
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