The 11th Annual Valley Film Festival Features Cutting Edge Contemporary Cinema
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The last date listed for The 11th Annual Valley Film Festival: Feature Film Programs was Sunday November 13, 2011 / 7:00pm (Bad Actress & The Potential Wives of Norman Mao).
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*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
_T__he 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).