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11th Annual L.A. 3-D Movie Festival This Weekend!


It’s that time again! The LA 3-D Movie Festival is back this weekend! For the 11th year, this festival is showcasing the best independent stereoscopic 3-D filmmaking from around the world. This year’s event, taking place Friday, December 12th through Sunday, December 14th at the Downtown Independent features an eclectic variety of 3-D entertainment.

The festival opens Friday, December 12th at 8pm with An Evening of 3-D with OK Go. The popular rock band, and several of their creative collaborators, will screen their 3-D music videos and other special surprises.

Saturday, December 13th is 3-D Comic Book Day starting off at 4pm with a documentary called Cosplay Dreams 3-D , which features the fun lifestyle and incredible artistry behind the global phenomenon of  “Costume Play.” The festival’s centerpiece event is a catered Holiday Reception at 6pm, followed by a live performance by Captured Aural Phantasy Theater, who combine the art, drama and comedy of a vintage radio program with the live entertainment of a variety show. This special show is built around performances of 3-D comic book stories. The night will wrap up with a late night screening of Hackin’ Jack vs. the Chainsaw Chick, the latest film by 3-D cult movie director Norm de Plume, at 10pm.

The festival wraps up on Sunday, December 14th with three blocks of short films, one by students, and two by international 3-D filmmakers in competition starting at 1pm. The shorts are followed by an Awards Ceremony and the closing night feature Above Us All, a film by Eugenie Jansen based on an idea by Kim Niekerk.

Full schedule, festival passes, and tickets to individual events can be found HERE.

The LA 3-D Movie Festival is presented by the LA 3-D Club, 3-D SPACE, and Stereo Sisters.

The 11th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival
December 12th through 14th, 2014
Downtown Independent Theater
251 S. Main Street, Los Angeles 90012

Win Tickets to Ocean Voyagers 3D for World Oceans Day

June 8th is World Oceans Day, a day to “celebrate and honor the body of water which links us all, for what it provides humans and what it represents.” As a nod to World Oceans Day, the LA 3-D Club, in conjunction with San Diego-based PassmoreLab, is presenting the Los Angeles premiere of Ocean Voyagers 3D tomorrow night at the Downtown Independent. The 72-minute documentary features rare footage gathered by filmmakers with unprecedented access.

Narrated by Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actress Meryl Streep, and filmed over a 5-year span in the waters of French Polynesia, Hawaii, Alaska and beyond, the film follows a mother humpback whale and her newborn calf in a “coming of age” journey for the neonate giant.

Blogging.la is giving a pair of tickets to the screening to one commenter. Leave us a note and one lucky winner will be selected around Noon tomorrow.  See below for more details about the event:

Ocean Voyagers 3D Screening + Q&A
Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 8pm

Downtown Independent Theater is located at 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles, 90012

$5 for current LA3DClub members; $10 for non-members (admission is waived with USC Student ID)
FREE if your comment is selected at random!



8th Annual Los Angeles 3-D Movie Festival This Weekend

3DMovieFestThis weekend, the LA 3-D Club (Stereo Club of Southern California) is hosting the 8th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival at the Downtown Independent Theater. The festivities begin at 1pm on Saturday with two blocks of short film competitions, followed by an evening feature screening. On Sunday, you can attend free 3-D demos and presentations and see local student 3-D films. The festival wraps up with an award ceremony and screening, followed by a rooftop reception.

If you buy a pass to the festival, you could be the lucky winner of a FujiFilm FinePix REAL 3D W3 digital camera. A Festival Pass is $30 and gets you into all screenings and events during the weekend and enters you into a drawing to be held at the awards ceremony on Sunday night.

Come out and support a great local organization, a fantastic independent theater and see some amazing indie 3-D films and music videos from all over the world.

The 8th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival
May 14th and 15th, 2011
Downtown Independent Theater
251 S. Main Street, Los Angeles 90012

Bouncing Cats At Downtown Independent

Bouncing Cats q&a panel. Photo by Burns!

This week I attended a screening at the Downtown Independent for a new film by L.A. filmmaker/photographer Nabil Elderkin. The film, Bouncing Cats, has been winning awards on the festival circuit, and rightly so. It was at once entertaining, heartbreaking and inspiring.

The documentary tells the story of Abraham “Abramz” Tekya, a Ugandan b-boy who was orphaned at age 7 when both of his parents died of HIV. Abramz started Breakdance Project Uganda in 2006 in hopes of using hip-hop and dance to create positive social change in a region that has been brutalized by civil war and extreme poverty for the last 20 years. Abramz invited Crazy Legs of the Rock Steady Crew to go to Uganda, and the film follows them on a mission to  empower and inspire the youth in a country that UNICEF called “pretty much the worst place on earth to be a child.”

The film is finishing up its tour on the festival circuit, and unfortunately does not have  a distribution deal yet, though the producers tell me they are exploring different opportunities for getting Bouncing Cats to a wider audience.

Although it may be difficult to see the film in the short term, you can learn more about Breakdance Project Uganda by clicking through from the Bouncing Cats site. There you can donate to BPU and get a limited edition Bouncing Cats t-shirt, with all proceeds going to Breakdance Project Uganda. You can also join Breakdance Project Uganda on Facebook.

After the screening, there was a Q&A panel with the film’s producer and director, as well as three who were featured in the film; Abramz, Crazy Legs, and Jolly Grace Okot, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee who was among the first wave of children abducted at the beginning of Uganda’s civil war and forced to be a child soldier.

Following the Q&A, I went up to the roof of the Downtown Independent, where the afterparty was in full swing. There was a hip-hop DJ, and members of the Rock Steady Crew were breaking on the roof. Cocktails were provided by Red Bull (Red Bull Media House financed the production of Bouncing Cats.) I even had an opportunity for a brief conversation with Jolly Grace Okot.

Over all, a pretty fantastic evening. An inspiring documentary, the Rock Steady Crew break dancing on the roof, I heard Andy Summers of The Police was there, and I chatted with a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Also, free cocktails. Only in L.A.

Abramz on Main, downtown L.A. Photo by Carlo Cruz.

One Hundred Mornings — See This Movie

Exclusive OHM stills courtesy of Conor Horgan. Click to enlarge.

On the face of it, the world of One Hundred Mornings is about as far from the daily life of an average Angeleno as you can get. Set in the lush Irish countryside, OHM looks in on two couples sharing a mountain cabin after an unidentified disaster or chain of events leads to a total infrastructure collapse. It’s like an apocalypse only quieter. Todd Konrad of Independent Film Quarterly describes it this way:

If Harold Pinter did a rewrite of The Road, it could easily resemble One Hundred Mornings; eschewing multi-million dollar CGI special-effects and giant fireballs for an emphasis on actual story and character, Irish filmmaker Conor Horgan and cast craft an intimate look at the emotional and spiritual toll the apocalypse could bring to one’s life.

Having read an earlier version of the script (full disclosure: I’m lucky enough to call director Conor Horgan a dear friend), I’d elaborate that the film dramatizes, not just the toll of a societal breakdown, but by extension, the function of “society” itself to distract and distance us from ourselves. The word “apocalypse” comes from the Greek word for “to uncover” or “reveal,” and Conor Horgan’s One Hundred Mornings, in some respects, simply lifts the lid off our petroleum-based, strung-out-on-technology culture to show us what’s left when we strip away the lights and the cars and the iGadgets.

What I know is this, the film is beautifully shot and well written and acted, and it’s playing at the Downtown Independent Theatre for a week beginning September 16, thanks to the WorkBook Project’s Discovery and Distribution Award. (It will also be screening September 24 in San Francisco as part of the SF Irish Film Festival.)

You should buy a ticket. Not only will the film be great, but when Conor is world famous, you’ll be able to say “Oh yeah, I saw his first feature in downtown L.A. before it had U.S. distribution.” Because, you know, the world hasn’t yet collapsed, and in the interim between now and the apocalypse, there’s little that beats being able to say you knew about something really cool before most other people did.