NewFilmmakers LA Film Festival to Present Showcase of Emerging Filmmakers
With the famed Toronto International Film Festival in full swing, filmmakers, press, and buyers have descended upon the Canadian city with the hopes of screening, writing about, and buying the "next big thing". Taking place just a week after TIFF's closing night, the NewFilmmakers LA Film Festival presents a showcase of emerging filmmakers, hailing from the United States, Canada, Syria, and Turkey, with a diverse line-up of short films, documentaries, and a feature film.
From the timely documentary Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution, detailing the experiences of two young Syrians as they fight for Syria's freedom against the oppressive al-Assad regime, to a documentary focusing on a blind photographer, a web series chronicling two comedians attempt at losing weight through various efforts, including pole dancing classes, and a feature film based on Sony Online Entertainment & Overkill Software's online video game Payday: The Heist, the NewFilmmakers LA Film Fest September program truly offers a film for every viewer.
Sip a cocktail in our red carpet Cinema Lounge and listen to tunes spun by a local DJ while enjoying conversations with filmmakers, casts, and crews of the films between programs on the outside patio, surrounded by historic buildings of Downtown Los Angeles.
Official selections for the NewFilmmakers September 21st program include:
Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution (Dir. Matthew VanDyke / USA, SAR, Turkey) - The story of the Syrian revolution as told through the experiences of two young Syrians, a male rebel fighter and a female journalist, as they fight an oppressive regime for the freedom of their people.
Director Matthew VanDyke left to travel the Muslim world in 2007 after earning an MA from Georgetown University in Security Studies with a Middle East Concentration. Joining Libyan friends as a rebel fighter during the 2011 Libyan Revolution, VanDyke was captured by the Gaddafi regime and spent nearly 6 months in solitary confinement as a prisoner of war. After escaping from prison, VanDyke returned to front lines in combat until the end of the war. Returning to the United States, he began focusing on the Syrian revolution - this time, picking up a camera. After two failed Kickstarter & IndieGoGo campaigns (both allegedly suspended/canceled by the websites) and donors that never panned out, VanDyke depleted his life savings and headed to Syria, beginning, and now completing, his first documentary film.
Now a film festival darling, Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution has picked up prizes at the Palm Springs International ShortFest (Audience Favorite Documentary Short), Los Angeles Reel Film Festival (1st Place Documentary Short), Evolution International Film Festival (Best Short Documentary), and the Italian NociCortinfestival Film Festival (Best Short Film). Not Anymore: has also been named an official selection at the AFI Docs Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, and HollyShorts Film Festival, among many others.
Shoot'er (Dir. P.R. Brown / USA) - Trent Ford plays a highly skilled shooter, a hired gun for a special clientele. We follow his career as he gets trained by his father, bumbles through his first job and then becomes the best hire in town. He is man struggling with the complexity of remaining human while justifying what he does for a living. His current job proves to be complicated and filled with emotion, something he is not comfortable with. By the end he is faced with a decision that changes everything.