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Hollywood's historic El Capitan Theatre transforms into a snowy wonderland, providing plenty of thrills and chills this holiday season, with its exclusive prerelease of the animated comedy-adventure Disney's Frozen 3D -- five days before it hits theaters. There's tons of cool stuff before the movie starts, too, including Images in Ice, a dynamic new ice-carving performance, and a live visit from Frozen stars Anna and Elsa. This exciting new 3D movie from Walt Disney Animation Studios (Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph) finds fearless optimist Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven on a quest to track down her sister Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), who's trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. But Anna and Kristoff will have to make it through ice, snow and meetings with mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf if they want to save the kingdom. The soundtrack boasts music from Tony winner Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit). Learn More
November 11, 2011 at 9:30pm: We Gotta Get Buscemi with Public Museum
Feature: We Gotta Get Buscemi (USA/Mocumentary/75min)
Directed by Nick James and Peter Gaulke
We Gotta Get Buscemi follows Nick James on his 3 year quest to make the film The Dead Guy. Unable to get financing, Nick uses Steve Buscemi's name as a ploy to find investors. Desperation and dreams unfold in this dramatic yet funny film.
Short: Public Museum (USA/Comedy/15min)
Directed by George Bradshaw
After a new job transfers a disgraced New York curator to a backwater town, he sets out on an exasperating quest to revive his career by making over his new museum...one cringe-worthy exhibit at a time.
November 12, 2011, 3:30pm: Adventures in Plymptoons and How Nikola Tesla Popped My Cherry
Adventures in Plymptoons (USA/Documentary/85min)
Directed by Alexia Anastasio
A documentary film about Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton. This is a portrait piece that includes interviews with family, friends, colleagues, critics, and fans.
Short: How Nikola Tesla Popped My Cherry (USA/Comedy/12min)
Directed by Sean McAllen and Shane McAllen
The shocking tale of a teenager's journey into manhood and his grandfather's plan to get him there.
November 12, 2011 at 7:00pm: Few Options with The Secret Friend
Few Options (USA/Drama/90min)
Directed by George Pappy)
When a convicted drug smuggler leaves prison after 22 years for one youthful mistake, he just wants to start over and obey the law. But, unable to find work, he's forced to take a supposedly legitimate job with his old crime partners. And they have big plans for their newest employee. Meet Frank Connor: After 22 years in prison and 2 days out, he's got few options.
Short: The Secret Friend (USA/Drama/15min)
Directed by Flavio Alves
Veteran actress Viola Harris (Deconstructing Harry) gives an indelible performance alongside Siobhan Fallon (Men in Black) in this poignant and subtly playful story. A reclusive, elderly widow, Anna Marshall (Harris), lives in quiet desperation following her husband’s death until she begins receiving daily phone calls from a silent stranger. At first Anna finds the calls intrusive, but as the calls continue unabated, Anna finds herself waiting for her phone to ring with growing anticipation prompting her to reach out to her silent prankster. An odd and mysterious friendship evolves between the two as Anna shares her life experiences with startling honesty. Empty days are given new hope, but when the calls abruptly end a devastated Anna is compelled to surprising action to fill the unbearable void.
November 13, 2011, 3:30pm: Rats & Bullies with Red Princess Blues
Rats & Bullies (USA/Documentary/85min)
Directed by Cassidy McMillan and Ray Buffer
Rats & Bullies is a powerful documentary that tells the gripping true story of 14-year-old Dawn-Marie Wesley, who after being bullied and threatened with death by 3 girls at her school, hung herself with her dog's leash. The horrifying incident outraged a nation, fueled a groundbreaking investigation by Canada's Crown, that led to the precedent setting court case, where for the first time in North America, teens were made to stand trial for bullying.
Short: Red Princess Blues (USA/Thriller/11min)
Directed by Alex Ferrari
In this twisted modern day fairy tale, Zoe, a young teenage girl, is lured into an after hours carnival tent by the sleazy rock n roll carnie, Rimo. It's up to the mysterious Princess to pull young Zoe out of the wolf's den she has fallen into.
November 13, 2011 at 7:00pm: Bad Actress with The Potential Wives of Norman Mao
Bad Actress (USA/Comedy/86min)
Directed by Robert Lee King
A has-been TV star's career gets re-ignited when she's accused of killing her husband.
Short: The Potential Wives of Norman Mao (USA/Comedy/9min)
Directed by Derek Nguyen
The Potential Wives of Norman Mao is a quirky and heartwarming short film narrated by the legendary George Takei (Star Trek) and starring Ed Lin (A Waiter Tomorrow), Tina Chen (Three Days of the Condor, The Hawaiians), Ron Nakahara (Hawaii Five-O), Cindy Cheung (Lady in the Water, Children of Invention), Michelle Ang (My Wedding and Other Secrets, The Tribe), Soomi Kim (Law & Order), and Wai Ching Ho (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Flight of the Conchords). Beautifully shot by Sam Chase (Moonlight Sonata, Two Mothers, Almost Perfect), this comic fairytale was written and directed by of Sundance Screenwriters Lab alumni Derek Nguyen, and produced by Blake Ashman-Kipervaser (Prince of Broadway, The Lottery, Greg the Bunny) and Shannon McCoy Cohn (Sea Nation).
About the Ticket Supplier: The Valley Film Festival
The Valley Film Festival (VFF) is a non-profit project of Community Partners, is the first San Fernando Valley film festival launched to bring together established filmmakers, emerging talent, and their audiences on the studio backlot — just North of Hollywood. 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. Founded in 2000, VFF has been showcasing cinema so independent it can only be found in L.A.‘s San Fernando Valley. It’s so (818). Totally.