THE KILL HOLE & More to Be Featured in NewFilmmakers LA November Festival
Director Matt Smukler began his career as an art director and copywriter at some of the top ad agencies in the world, including Partners, and Goodby Silverstein. He's received numerous awards for his work on campaigns such as Nike, Saturn, HP, and Milk, and currently works as a commercial director having completed spots for McDonald's, Budweiser, MTV, 20th Century Fox, Absolut, Reebok, and AT&T.
The Hiccup stars Dennis Howard ("Laurel Canyon", "Annie"), Carol Mansell ("Desperate Housewives", "Down to Earth", "Ed Gein"), Eric Normington, and Robert Chester Smith who's been cast in the upcoming Eric Balfour project.
Life in Parallel (Dir. Mike Basone / USA ) - A student filmmaker goes through the trials and tribulations of his senior thesis, all the while learning that his life on screen is so not different from the one off.
East Coast native Mike Basone graduated from LA Film School in 2008. Basone co-wrote Life in Parallel with his brother, Dan Basone, a Fairfield University Graduate. Shot in Stamford, CT, the film features actors from Los Angeles and New York including Joe D'Onofrio ("Are We There Yet?", "Goodfellas"), Joe Stevens ("American Outlaws", "Justified"), Christopher Cafero ("As The World Turns"), David Ambramsky ("Splinter Cell: Extinction"), and Bashir Gavriel ("Broken Hearts Club").
Blackstory (Dir. Christoph Brunner & Stefan Brunner / Austria ) - Max loves Lucille. Lucille toys with Gabriel. Gabriel gets in the way of Fred. Fred has a grudge against Sylvester. Sylvester is sleeping with Lucille. Lucille needs Max and Max meets Fred.
Austrian natives Christoph Brunner and Stefan Brunner bring forth a delightful short featuring Georg Friedrich ("Faust", "Measuring the World"), Raimund Wallisch ("Four Women & A Funeral", "Contact High"), and Stefanie Dvorak ("Dorfers Donerstalk", "Die Mutprobe").
Christoph's directorial debut, "3 Minuten", was well received internationally, with appearances at the Istanbul International Shortfilm Festival, Norwich International Animation Festival, Vienna Film Academy Film Festival, Madrid Experimental Cinema Week, Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul, NewFilmmakers LA Film Festival, among many more. "3 Minuten" also won the Best Experimental Short Film Award at the Nashville Film Festival.
Ojala (Dir. Ryan Velasquez / USA ) - World Premiere. Ojala is the story of a mother, Olga, and her daughter, Ana, struggling to come to terms with each other. Spanning twenty years and two countries, Olga attempts to reconcile her dream of becoming a singer with the wants and needs of her young daughter.
Ojala began as an AFI Conservatory thesis project, directed by Ryan Velasquez and written by Joshua Beirne-Golden. A finely assembled cast includes Marisa Quinn ("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2", "Animal Practice"), Sal Velez Jr ("Go On", "Savages"), Edy Ganem (Marc Cherry's upcoming "Devious Maids"), Ingrid Oliu ("Real Women Have Curves", "Stand and Deliver"), and Diana Elizabeth Torres ("Femme Fatales", "East Side Sushi").
For more information and to purchase tickets for the November 17th screening, please visithttp://www.newfilmmakersla.com. Submissions are also currently being accepted for consideration of future screenings.
About NewFilmmakers Los Angeles
NewFilmmakers is a non-profit 501(c)3 providing the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and film goers with a constant surge of monthly screening events. NewFilmmakers LA Film Festival continues to provide a forum where filmmakers can be recognized for their contributions, have open audience discussions about their projects and connect with industry professionals for insight on distribution, production, acquisition and representation.