Los Angeles -- In a city that prides itself on diversity non is a better example than the thriving ethnic media. The film business is the house that built the City of Angeles, as Los Angeles is fondly known.
Not only home to a thriving Latino super culture that permeates every facet of city life, the LA scene is also dotted with other ethnic cultural communities, each with unique characteristics hallmarked by their ethnic identity yet sharing the privilege of calling Los Angeles home.
A visible example of this urban United Nations is the ever expanding abundance of film festivals themed by the country of origin of their founders. The Germans have theirs in early October timed with Oktoberfest. The Greeks in the Spring and the Balkans late winter early Springtime, and the Armenians early fall. And the roll call rolls on, the French, Italians, Israeli, Arab, Hispanic, etc., etc.
Which brings me to ARPA. ARPA is a river that flows through Armenia, according to the lingo from their website. I guess the logic here is..."as water provides a source of life and energy, so does art to the human soul."
There human rights angle and their diversity of mediums places ARPA in a unique position of not just being a presenter but also a sponsor. Their ongoing activities include music, literature, film, and art under this umbrella that fosters a culture of understanding and empathy through the prism of individual artists through the dynamic field of the cinema who explore the issues of diaspora and multiculturalism. Particular emphasis is placed on "ideals of independent thought, artistic vision, cultural diversity and social understanding."
So their you have it. The festival in a nutshell. This year's line up is just as memorable as last years.
Here are the highlights:
2013 Film Lineup
Arpa Foundation for Film, Music, & Art (AFFMA) is pleased to announce the 16th Arpa International Film Festival line up of films.
This year’s festival will include over 60 films from 30 nations, including Armenia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Japan, France, India, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Mali, Poland, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, and the U.S.
The festival’s online box office is at www.affma.org. The ALL-ACCESS Pass for all 4 days of screenings and special events, valued at over $250, is $95. To reserve the ALL-ACCESS pass, click here. www.itsmyseat.com/affma
Full schedule and general admission tickets to all screenings is here.
An Eternal Journey | Saturday, September 28 – 5PM
Documentary 2013 Director: Neeleesh Kanade Screenwriter: Abhijit Thite Producer: Rupa Kanade Runtime: 12min 55sec India
This film is about the journey of the ancient River Ganga that emerges from the Himalayas. Millions of people gather on the banks of this river to purify their sins. The documentary is shot at the confluence of three rivers – Ganga, Yamuna & Saraswati. The film is based on Kumbhamela – a festival that started 4,000 years ago & still continues to attract people from across the world. The film portrays the amalgamation of spiritually inclined people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Figure of Armen (Figure d’armen) | Saturday, September 28 – 1PM
Documentary 2012 Director: Marlene Edoyan Producer: Marlene Edoyan Runtime: 1hr 14min Canada, Armenia
The horrific earthquake in 1988. A devastating war with Azerbaijan. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. It goes without saying that Armenia has been subjected to countless social, natural and geopolitical upheavals. Major though they may have been, these tragedies have not stopped Armenians from taking pride in their long, rich history, nor from believing, despite occasional doubts, in the possibility of a renaissance in their country. The filmmaker returns to her native land and as she travels through towns and villages, her portraits of individual Armenians become a group portrait woven from stories and poems. It all comes together as a pointed, in-depth exploration of questions of heritage, identity and exodus.
FrackNation | Saturday, September 28 – 5PM
Documentary 2013 Director: Phelim McAleer Producer: Phelim McAleer Runtime: 1hr 17min Poland, USA, United Kingdom
FrackNation follows journalist Phelim McAleer as he faces gun threats, malicious 911 calls and bogus lawsuits when questioning green extremists for the truth about fracking. Fracking is going to make America one of the world’s leading energy producers and has become the target of a concerted campaign by environmentalists who want it banned. In FrackNation McAleer travels across the USA and Europe to uncover the science suppressed by environmental activists and ignored by much of the media. He talks with scientists and ordinary Americans who live in fracking areas and who tell him the truth behind the exaggerations and misrepresentations of anti-fracking activists.
Generation Red Nation | Thursday, September 26 – 9PM
Documentary 2013 Director: Olga Valanos Screenwriter: Olga Valanos Producer: Olga Valanos Runtime: 54min USA
Historically, reckless government policies nearly destroyed American Indians. Get a brutally honest view of Indian reservation life, leaving “the Rez”, and in the city. With unemployment at 89%, two thirds of the population substance abusers, the shortest life spans in the nation, teen suicide, and substandard education, how can they survive?
Heal America | Saturday, September 28 – 5:30PM
Documentary 2013 Director: Yervand Kochar Runtime: 58min USA
Legendary homeless activist Ted Hayes embarks on a journey to heal America. He is accompanied by Alec, a cynical writer, disillusioned with the American dream.
Indelible Lalita | Sunday, September 29 – 1PM
Documentary 2012 Director: Julie Mallozzi Producer: Julie Mallozzi Runtime: 1hr 11min USA, Canada, France, India
Indelible Lalita tells the story of a beautiful woman whose resilient spirit survives her body’s transformation by cancer, heart failure, and a dramatic loss of skin pigment. Meditatively flowing between surface and interior, the film follows Lalita as she migrates from Bombay to Paris to Montreal, and becomes completely White along the way. Lalita learns to let go of her body as the sign of her ethnicity and femininity–and ultimately realizes that her body is just a temporary vessel for her spirit.
Lady Urmia | Thursday, September 26 – 7PM
Documentary 2012 Director: Mohammad Ehsani Producers: Mohammad Ehsani and Mohammad Ala Screenwriter: Mohammad Ehsani Runtime: 30min Iran
The film is a poetic documentary about Lake Urmia, in the Northwest of Iran, which is drying up completely. The environmental catastrophe will affect also neighboring countries such as Iraq and Turkey. The film is narrated in the voice of the Lake itself, crying for help and trying to gain international attention to its suffering.
Life Changing Moments | Sunday, September 29 – 1PM
Documentary 2013 Director: Sherry Thomas Producer: Sherry Thomas Runtime: 17min 30sec USA, Uganda
“Life Changing Moments” follows director and surgeon, Dr. Sherry Thomas, as she travels to Africa to provide free surgery and medical care to dozens of impoverished African women suffering with fistula. This inspiring documentary also contrasts the experience of providing health care in Africa with her medical practice in the USA.WINNER! Best Documentary Short, Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Los Angeles
Mudita: Selfless Joy | Saturday, September 28 – 3:00PM
Short Film 2013 Director: Melvin Chan Producer: Melvin Chan Runtime: 9min 10sec Singapore
A personal documentary detailing the journey of a son who tries to reconnect with his mother, who became a Buddhist Nun after a lengthy and emotional divorce.
Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution | Saturday, September 28 – 5:30PM
Documentary 2013 Director: Matthew VanDyke Screenwriter: MatthewVan Dyke Producer: Matthew VanDyke Runtime: 14min 29sec USA, Syrian Arab Republic, 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.
Orphans of the Genocide | Sunday, September 29 – 4:30PM
Documentary 2013 Director: Bared Maronian Runtime: 1hr 30min USA, Armenia, Canada, Lebanon
Orphans of the Genocide is an emotional visual journey through never-before-seen or rarely seen archival footage and discovered memoirs of orphans who lived through the last century’s first, fully documented and least recognized Armenian Genocide of 1915. The documentary follows Maurice Missak Kelechian whose research findings unveil the site of an Armenian orphanage located at the present day Antoura College near Beirut, Lebanon where 1,000 Armenian Genocide Orphans had lived and were forcefully converted and ‘Turkified’ during WWI. Additionally the documentary includes interviews with numerous public figures including British journalist Robert Fisk–whose article ‘Living Proof of the Armenian Genocide,’ published in 2010 by the Independent, included many of the archival proofs–as well as Armenian-American Dr. Jack Kevorkian among others.
Pier Melodies | Saturday, September 28 – 3PM
Documentary 2013 Director: Taniel Kilajian Screenwriter: Taniel Kilajian Runtime: 24min 15sec USA
Hanging out under the sun at the end of the pier with fishing rods, beers and joints, the pier brotherhood is a community of individuals dedicated to keep the tradition and the lifestyle alive. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, they don’t have any strong attachments to the real world, i.e. jobs, family, money, future. They have the pier, they have each other, they have the sun shining down on them, and beers and joints of course. “Pier Melodies” is a document of these individuals, their relations and the richness of their singular existence out on the pier.
Risky Business: A Look Inside America’s Adult Film Industry | Sunday, September 29 – 5:15PM
Documentary 2013 Director: David Mech Screenwriters: Adelin Gasana and Mary Burns Producer: David Mech Runtime: 1hr 42min USA
“Risky Business: A Look Inside America’s Adult Film Industry” examines the social, psychological, and economic impacts of performing in adult films. The documentary also examines proposed regulations that would address current industry issues, including workplace health and safety, such as mandatory STD testing and condom use, and job discrimination once performers decide to leave the industry and pursue conventional employment.
Sikh Formaggio | Sunday, September 29 – 1PM
Documentary 2012 Directed by: Devyn Bisson, Katie Wise, and Dan Duran Producer: Devyn Bisson Runtime: 21min 15sec Italy, USA
The centuries-old Parmesan Cheese industry of Northern Italy is one of history, passion, tradition and…. Sikhs?
Stateless | Saturday, September 28 – 3PM
Documentary 2013 Director: Scott Erlinder Screenwriters: Scott Erlinder, Javi Reszczynsk and Priya Yavagal Producer: Ginger Scott-Erlinder Runtime: 47min USA, Belgium, France, Rwanda, Uganda, United Kingdom
Since the 1994 Genocide, Rwandan refugees from that conflict – and from subsequent events – have created a population of over 150,000 (some say 250,000) living around the world. In July 2013, these people will lose their refugee status and be forced back to Rwanda by the UNHCR and host countries. The refugees fear repatriation to a country they see as dictatorial and oppressive. The film “Stateless” explores why it is NOT a proper time to invoke this return. Stateless has interviews with major figures in refugee studies, Paul Rusesabagina (the REAL ‘Hotel Rwanda’ person), Theogene Rudesingwa (former Ambassador to the US from Rwanda, currently in exile), as well as UN officials, Human Rights activists and refugees themselves. Much of the footage was recorded by refugees.
TWO: The Story of Roman & Nyro | Saturday, September 28 – 3:30PM
Documentary 2013 Director: Heather Winters Screenwriters: Curtis Shaw Child, Heather Winters, Desmond Child Producers: Curtis Shaw Child, Heather Winters, Desmond Child USA
Combining over twelve years of footage and narrated by their twin sons, “TWO: The Story of Roman & Nyro,” follows legendary songwriter Desmond Child and his lifelong partner’s loving journey to create their new modern family.
Walking on the Leaves | Thursday, September 26 – 7PM
Documentary 2013 Director: Tom Keith Runtime: 1hr 11 min Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mali, USA
“Walking on the Leaves” is a new documentary that celebrates the history, mission, impact and people of the Peace Corps. The film features three stories: two young volunteers going to serve in the Dominican Republic. A volunteer in Mali who is done with his service and returning home. The third segment has us following a former volunteer returning to Colombia to the site of his brother’s plane crash. His brother was the first volunteer to die in Peace Corps service in 1962, when his plane crashed in the jungle. “Walking on the Leaves” gives viewers a first-hand look at the extraordinary nature of the Peace Corps experience.
We Are Voices – For a Future Without Genocide | Sunday, September 29 – 3PM
Documentary 2012 Director: Denise Gentilini and Lynette Prisner Screenwriter: Denise Gentilini and Lynette Prisner Producer: Denise Gentilini and Lynette Prisner Runtime: 1hr 31min USA
Denise Gentilini brings together voice and musicians to perform her original songs, written with intention, and weaving in genocide scholars speaking to his important ongoing issue. Educational, through provoking and uplifting.
Welcome Nowhere | Sunday, September 29 – 12PM
Documentary 2012 Director: Kate Ryan Producer: Kate Ryan Runtime: 1hr 20min Bulgaria, USA
Narrated by Academy Award-nominee Ethan Hawke, “Welcome Nowhere” tells the true story of a community of Roma people (commonly known as Gypsies) who live in old train boxcars in Sofia, Bulgaria. Without bathrooms for more than 200 people, they struggle to survive, waiting for help from the government that never seems to come.
Abstraction | Friday, September 27 – 8PM
Feature Film 2013 Director: Prince Bagdasarian Screenwriter: Prince Bagdasarian Producer: Prince Bagdasarian Runtime: 1hr 40min USA
An intense action crime drama revolving around the heist of a half-million dollar painting.
*Friday Centerpiece Feature Film
Always Faithful | Saturday, September 28 – 7PM
Feature Film 2012 Director: Christopher Cardiff Screenwriter: Christopher Cardiff Producer: Christopher Cardiff Runtime: 1hr 50min USA
An American soldier falls in love with an Arab woman. Their love story represents peace in the world, despite religious and cultural differences.
Kral Yolu (King’s Way) | Friday, September 27 – 7:30PM
Feature Film 2013 Director: Serli Seta Nisanyan Screenwriter: Serli Seta Nisanyan Producer: Derya Kaya Runtime: 82min Turkey
Deniz’s parents are archeologists. He wants to spend the holiday with parents but they have to work on excavating at MERSIN. Deniz gets angry and tells this to his grandfather and then starts all adventure. Deniz and grandfather go to MERSIN, and they make a deal with the parents. Deniz can be with friends during the day but has to be with family at night. Grandfather volunteers to become leader of the kid’s group. The kids plan to use the map Deniz’s father was talking about to find the Queen’s crown. While on their exploratory mission, the sleepy cave comes to life with history and characters They find the crown and bid farewell to meet up with their anxious parents and a happy ending.
Manhattan Romance | Friday, September 27 – 9:30PM
Feature Film 2013 Director: Brian Ghost Screenwriter: Haik Kocharian Producer: Haik Kocharian Runtime: 1hr 17min USA, France
Annette is a young French actress. During her stay in New York to promote her latest film, she meets up with Alex, an Armenian photographer and long-time friend. As the week progresses, they become inseparable and spend all of their time with together. They meet different people in New York and draw comparisons and differences with their own views and ideas of love, marriage, friendship and life. They have a special connection, but there is something unspoken between them. They begin to reveal themselves only when Alex photographs Annette throughout New York City. From friends to lovers there is only one step. Their relationship is about to unravel, but is it?
My Big Fat Armenian Family | Sunday, September 29 – 2PM
Feature Film 2008 Director: Sev Ohanian Screenwriter: Sev Ohanian Producer: Sev Ohanian Runtime: 98min USA
When Robert decides to surprise his kids with a surprise vacation, he thought it would bring his family together. However, everything goes wrong as everyone’s agendas collide: Narbeh’s already estranged relationship with his father is further complicated by the arrival of his cousin Arabo from overseas. Ramela fears Robert will never approve of the boy of her dreams, Orbel. Meanwhile, Rima simply wishes Robert would pay more attention to her, as he once did years ago. Join the family in this laugh-filled and heartfelt story of an Armenian-American family who must learn to love and accept each other–the hard way.
*5th Anniversary Screening | Sev Ohanian is Arpa International Film Festival’s 2013 Breakthrough Filmmaker Award recipient.
My Name is Viola | Thursday, September 26 – 8PM
Feature Film 2013 Director: Ruben Kochar Screenwriter: Narine Kochar Producer: Ruben Kochar Runtime: 1hr 47min Armenia
This is the story of Haykuhi, a young girl whose world is one of loneliness and humiliation. Her only desire is to break free, but that possibility seems hopeless – even impossible. Her life is lived in silent abuse and hopelessness, until she meets Anna, a beautiful girl, whose life seems perfect. Living in Anna’s world, with many wonderful possibilities in front of her, Haykuhi’s new life appears exciting, almost exhilarating, that is until she discovers that Anna’s world is no different, and may be worse than her own. *Opening Night Feature Film
The Power of Few | Saturday, September 28 – 8PM
Feature Film 2013 Director: Leone Marucci Screenwriter: Leone Marucci Producer: Roy Kurtluyan and Leone Marucci Runtime: 95min USA
“The Power of Few is a time-bending dramatic thriller starring Christopher Walken, Christian Slater, Anthony Anderson & an ensemble cast. The film is told from multiple perspectives, mixes urban crime and religious conspiracy, and encourages audiences to look at things from different perspectives to see how the choices of a single person can affect the outcome of things in a world where everything is interconnected. *Saturday Centerpiece Feature Film
Big In L.A. | Saturday, September 28 – 1:30PM
Short Film 2012 Director: Norman Richard, Jochen Cambridge Screenwriter: Norman Richard and Jochen Cambridge Producer Michelle Tracy Grayson Runtime: 6min 59sec
USA, United Kingdom
A young British schoolgirl suffering from extreme alopecia escapes her inevitable bullying in dreary London for sunny LA, daring to live out her wildest dreams, or are they already reality. A girl has a certain cause and remembered the feeling referred to as liking to become a singer.
Ganesh is Fresh | Saturday, September 28 – 1:30PM
Music Video 2013 Director: Deborah Harse Screenwriter: Deborah Harse Producer: Deborah Harse Runtime: 4min India, USA
Set to the music of hip hop artist MC Yogi, “Ganesh is Fresh” is a four-minute music video portraying the cultural love of elephants in India and the strong bond between elephant drivers (mahouts) and the elephants with whom they share their daily lives. It was shot entirely in Jaipur, India.
Gold | Saturday, September 28 – 1:30PM
Music Video 2012 Director: Uzi Amir Producer: Sharon Holzman Runtime: 3min 25sec France, Israel
The clip is a satire on Israel and Israeli culture. Singer-songwriter Sharon Holzman embodies some of the personas on TV news: main anchor, field reporter, Israeli army officer and weather forecaster.
Illusions | Saturday, September 28 – 1:30PM
Music Video 2012 Director: Michael Pescasio Producer: Stephan Oberhoff Runtime: 5min 38sec U S A
The “Illusions video combines two powerfully emotional songs, “Illusions” and “I Don’t Want To Know,” to muse about how the reality of life is sometimes harsh, so we take refuge in our memories of a beautiful past–or we put on the rose-colored glasses that transport us back into a lovely, worry-free fantasy world.
In Everyone’s Eyes (En Todas Las Miradas) | Saturday, September 28 – 1:30PM
Music Video 2013 Director: Lloyd Frost Producer: Lloyd Frost Runtime: 6min 20sec Cuba, Canada
A lively and subversive musical short film from inside Cuba, where dissent is counter-Revolutionary.
Let’s Face The Music And Dance | Saturday, September 28 – 1:30PM
2013 Director: Michael Pescasio Runtime: 5min 2sec USA
Sensual Latin rhythms punctuate “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” a song about living life in the moment, casting away all doubts and fears to fully indulge and participate in each fleeting opportunity for happiness and greatness.
Moonbeam – Madness | Saturday, September 28 – 1:30PM
Music Video 2013 Director: Pavel Khvaleev Screenwriter: Pavel Khvaleev Producer: Pavel Khvaleev Runtime: 3min 14sec Russian Federation
This is the new, deep and mystic music video from Russian electronic project, “Moonbeam.”
No Te Entiendo | Saturday, September 28 – 3:30PM
Music Video 2013 Director: X-Alfonso Producer: Debbie Ohanian Runtime: 4min Cuba
The concept of the video for Anthony De La Torre’s “No Te Entiendo” is the loneliness, heartbreak and miscommunication of today’s youth, where human contact has been lost due to the development of technology in society.
Rytme Pede – Horny | Saturday, September 28 – 1:30PM
Music Video 2013 Director: Bjarke de Koning Screenwriter: Bjarke de Koning Producer: Bjarke de Koning Runtime: 3min 47sec Denmark
In this music video Rytme Pede is being accused of being horny by the girl Anne but ends up scoring Anne, by making fun of himself.
Safe and Sound by Capital Cities | Thursday, September 26 – 8PM
Music Video 2013 Director: Grady Hall Screenwriter: Grady Hall Producer: Buddy Enright Runtime: 4min USA
A Dark vintage theater lights up with a mysterious electricity, triggering the emergence of all the dancers who have ever performed in the theater. The result is the ultimate dance circle – a cross time mash-up of dance styles and people that honors the celebratory, connection, and expressive natures of dance and music.
Switzerland by The Dewars | Saturday, September 28 – 5:30PM
Music Video 2013 Director: Brady Bigalke Producer: Brady Bigalke Runtime: 4min 14sec U S A
This is the music video for the song ‘Switzerland’ by The Dewars. ‘Switzerland’ compares the internal battles in one’s self to the historical battles in World War II.
Beautiful by Vassy | Saturday, September 28 – 3:30PM
Music Video 2013 Director: Kate Rees Davies Screenwriter: Vassy and Taylor Grant Producer: Kate Rees Davies and Steve Romano Runtime: 4min 11sec USA
Youth empowerment music video by #1 Billboard charting pop and dance artist Vassy.
A Perfect Day | Saturday, September 28 – 10:30PM
Short Film 2011 Director: Adam Rubin Screenwriter: Adam Rubin Producer: Adam Rubin Runtime: 19min 57sec USA
A teenager, on the morning of his “going Columbine,” is confronted by an unlikely stranger– the only person who can stop him. This is a timely and powerful short film about two seemingly ordinary strangers existing in the heart of “perfect” suburbia, fated to meet at a life-changing moment, both confronting the demons we all share. The film is a tale of angst, of irony, and ultimately of hope. It is an edgy and fast-paced thriller, beautifully shot and told, with large implications and strong social value.
A Prisoner in the Computer | Saturday, September 28 – 10:30PM
Short Film 2013 Director: Gayane Grigoryan Screenwriter: Robert Ohanyan
Producer: Svetlana Karaqehyan and Tiran Hayrapetyan Runtime: 17min Armenia
A young man finds himself in trouble due to an error in the processing of his passport. As a result, he is awarded a lifetime pension which leads to continued confusion and chaos.
Coming to Terms | Saturday, September 28 – 3PM
Short Film 2013 Director: David Hovan Screenwriter: David Hovan Producer: David Hovan Runtime: 4:54 Canada
A journey of self discovery.
Every Door. Every Floor | Saturday, September 28 – 10:30PM
Short Film 2013 Director: Stash Capar Screenwriter: Haris Usanovic Producer: Kegan Sant Runtime: 22min Canada
Frustrated with his failure to make a single sale in six months, Vincent, a desperate cleaning product salesman, decides to take drastic action.
Getting it Right | Sunday, September 29 – 2PM
Short Film 2013 Director: David Hovan Screenwriter: David Hovan Producer: David Hovan Runtime: 5min 29sec Canada
Hilarious difficulties hinder two elderly Armenians who want to act in a film. Obstacles continue to get in their way take after take, foiling all their efforts for a perfect take.
Half Good Killer | Saturday, September 28 – 9:45PM
Short Film 2012 Director: Brent Ryan Green Screenwriter: Jeff Goldberg Producer: Brent Ryan Green Runtime: 14min 49sec South Africa
A jaded child soldier fighting for an African rebel force struggles to survive the war he was thrust into as he reawakens to the life he was destined to lead.
He Who Has Invented All | Saturday, September 28 – 1:30PM
Short Film 2013 Director: Yuri Chirkovskiy Screenwriter: Yuri Chirkovskiy, Konstantin Ostakhov Producer: Yuri Chirkovskiy Runtime: 15min Georgia
An auto-biographical journey through the memories of a boy and the personalities that defined his creative and artistic childhood.
Her Ruling | Saturday, September 28 – 9:45PM
Short Film 2013 Director: Howie Askins Screenwriter: Jasmine Karapetyan Producer: Jasmine Karapetyan Runtime: 6min USA
Jessica, a self employed attorney who has been married for the past four years, discovers that her happy marriage is a sham. Her husband has been cheating and stealing money from the LAPD. Jessica refuses to become one of the victims. She’s out for revenge and regains her power the best way she knows how.
Ida Is Here | Saturday, September 28 – 9:45PM
Short Film 2013 Director: Emil Mkrttchian Screenwriter: Emil Mkrttchian Producer: Emil Mkrttchian Runtime: 18min Sweden
There is a struggle inside Ida, between darkness and life. Can she fool death? Does she see the light?
Lao | Saturday, September 28 – 9:45PM
Short Film 2013 Director: Gabriele Sabatino Nardis Screenwriter: Gabrielle Sabatino Nardis Runtime: 18min 46 sec Italy
In 2009 an earthquake destroyed the Italian city of L’Aquila and the villages surrounding it. It claimed 309 lives, injured 1600 people and damaged 11000 buildings. People left homeless now live in temporary settlements. Elderly persons suffer more the loss of their places. Lao is one of them. When the quake broke his life he falls in loneliness and confusion, thinking back to an old beloved object lost under the debris of his house. His story is a universal metaphor for loss and old age.
Liberty |Sunday, September 29 – 1PM
Short Film 2013 Director/Screenwriter/Producer: Pablo Iglesias Derderian Runtime: 41sec
A raw look at a natural scene of a butterfly, a symbol of freedom, who was once stuck but now has its own freedom.
Luminoso |Thursday, September 26 – 8PM
Short Film 2012 Director: Yerem Tagvoryan Producer: Yerem Tagvoryan Runtime: 2min 50sec USA
Leonardo Da Vinci works feverishly in his Florence workshop designing military weapons to defend the city, which is under attack. He sketches his ideas and then uses his secret invention, the Luminoso box, to test them as living, working holograms. Leonardo’s genius may be his own undoing, though, as his experiments unleash a weapon even deadlier and more sinister than the enemy at Florence’s gates…
Masque | Sunday, September 29 – 7:30PM
Short Film 2012 Director: Robert Hatch Screenwriter: Richard Losee Producer: Richard Losee Runtime: 39min 55sec USA
Defying a fate of destruction and despair, a scarred and evil prizefighter, henchman, and gambler conscripts the artful skills of a gifted benefactor who proffers the hope of a mythical journey of…
*Closing Night Film
Miguel Alvarez Wears A Wig | Friday, September 27 – 10PM
Short Film 2012 Director: Araceli Lemos Screenwriter: Araceli Lemos Producer: Giulia Caruso Runtime: 16min USA, Mexico, Greece
Tijuana’s La Linea is the most crossed border in the world and also one of the deadliest. Miguel Alvarez, a reliable and consistent middle-aged customs officer is faced with the threat of having to cross the biggest border of all. He has cancer. Carlos, Miguel’s coworker, has found another way of crossing over. Carlos invites Miguel to the drag show where he performs.
Otra Vez | Saturday, September 28 – 10:30PM
Short Film 2013 Director: KS Shanti Screenwriter: KS Shanti Producer: KS Shanti Runtime: 15min 46sec U S A
Everyone has a bad influence.
Red Cloud: Deliverance | Saturday, September 28 – 9:45PM
Short Film 2012 Director: Alex Kruz Screenwriters: Natasha Lazareva, Alex Kruz Producer: Robert Redfeather Runtime: 27min 22sec U S A
Jake Red Cloud, a Native American gun for hire with a mysterious past, needs a place to lay low. With a flashy bankroll, he persuades attractive Jeanine Parker to rent him a room. Jake quickly learns that Parker is nothing but a chain smoking, promiscuous drunk that neglects and ignores her daughter Ann. Desperate for attention, Ann befriends Red Cloud and soon the two develop a spiritual bond of friendship, which leads Jake to the revelation that something in his life is missing. Before he can act his past threatens to extinguish his life and the lives of those around him.
Rose, Mary and Time | Friday, September 27 – 10PM
Short Film 2013 Director: Hardeep Giani Screenwriter: Hardeep Giani Producer: Hardeep Giani Runtime: 37min 30sec United Kingdom
Real is Love – Is life governed by Kismet, or can we change our life path?
Small Fish | Saturday, September 28 – 10:30PM
Short Film 2013 Director: Alesia Glidewell Screenwriter: Lance Glidewell and Alesia Glidewell Producer: Lance Glidewell, Hrach Titizian and Johnny Asuncion Runtime: 15min USA
Two teams. Only one prize…bragging rights to being the best amateur dancers in Rancho Cucamonga
Subhuman (Untermensch) | Friday, September 27 – 10PM
Short Film 2010 Director: Michael Aloyan Screenwriter: Dragos Berghia Producer: Michael Aloyan Runtime: 11min 5sec USA
Set in the fall of 1942, UNTERMENSCH, follows the story of a Russian civilian caught in the midst of a Nazi camp.
Supervised | Friday, September 27 – 10PM
Short Film 2013 Director: Rick Glenn Screenwriter: Rick Glenn and Niles Heckman Producer Rick Glenn Runtime: 7min 38sec USA
Two men trapped in a laboratory desperately fight to delay an explosive chip from going off in their skulls, clinging to the knowledge that someone must be sending help.
The Lion’s Den | Saturday, September 28 – 9:45PM
Short Film 2011 Director: Adam Koralik Screenwriter: Adam Koralik Producer: Andrew Parrotte Runtime: 7min 40sec USA
Two men must traverse enemy territory to see their loved ones, but even attempting to do so is an offense punishable by death.
The Player | Saturday, September 28 – 10:30PM
Short Film 2013 Director: Hayk Matevosyan Screenwriter: Hayk Matevosyan Producer: Hayk Matevosyan Runtime: 8min 25sec USA
It is only a game until she learns how to play.
Zero Hour | Friday, September 27 – 10PM
Short Film 2013 Director: Dan Carrillo Levy Screenwriter: Guillermo Arriaga Producer: Santiago Garcia Galvan Runtime: 7min 20sec Mexico, USA
Lovers Paula and Lorenzo are traveling on a long and desolate road when the unexpected happens. They are forced to make a decision, one that could bring them together or tear them apart, forever. The leads are played by Camilla Belle (“From Prada to Nada,” “10,000 B.C.”) and Mexican film and TV star Jaime Camil.
Los Angeles -- The Lucas Star Wars franchise, likely the most lucrative is now part of Mickey's Kingdom or Entertainment Empire. Disney acquired Lucasfilm for $4 billion. And plans are under way to release the final trilogy starting in 2015. J.J. Abrams fresh from trekking to the stars has signed on to the first film. For George the payout for the October 2012 deal was his February 2013 filing with regulators to sell his Disney shares acquired with the sale of the company estimated at $2 billion. Not bad George!
Not bad indeed for you see in accordance with Lucas's philanthropy goals the proceeds from the sale of Lucasfilm will be channeled to fund Education. So why am I telling you this since it is a forgone conclusion. The sale was announced in October 2012 and consummated by February 2013. The reason is a personal one.
I have always had family members working in the mid and upper level management of film production, distribution and exhibition. Some I have known and others remain complete strangers. One family member, however, whom I knew and had sporadic contact with, happened to be in town and had some time to kill or for a better word to kill some time.
As it turned out he had to kill quite a bit of time. He was in the middle of a shoot for a comic book and a video game. You got it! He was posing for the new Jedi character at Disney. So we sat down over a cup of coffee and he briefed me in on the back story of the Lucas sale to Disney and his selection from a cattle call of 5,000 for the coveted role of the New Jedi Warrior--Kane Star-Killer.
So we introduce to you Demetrios Kallios the newest Jedi Warrior as Kane Star-Killer:
Los Angeles -- In the aftermath of the worst deadly attack on our nation's soil since Pearl, our sense of invincibility may have taken a hit but our will and determination to not succumb to the evil that was thrust upon our national psyche, gradually gave way to our resolve to heal and move forward, without regrets, without remorse and above all else without surrendering one iota of the tenants, and core principles that made our nation the best place to live upon this blue marble we call Earth.
Today marks the 12th anniversary of the deadly attack when two commercial passenger jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center resulting in the collapse of the famed twin towers and along with the destruction of these pillars of American Capitalism and economic success, some 3,000 innocent lives swept away by the folly of a misguided belief, and the rage of hate rationalized through the invocation of God. The spill over from that day will undoubtedly pierce the splinters of not only our memory but for coming generations, as Pearl Harbor has done for the last 75 years.
No one can predict the future. But we can prepare for a future that is peaceful, prosperous and safe for our children and for their children. No one who has been at war has ever promoted military conflict as a first resort. Below is an outline of a speech given at a time that the world was completely at war. The message remains the untimely truth for peace and understanding. Let us read it and mediate on its message for if we don't find a way to resolve our issues peaceably then will be condemned to repeat our mistakes for all eternity.
• Now that the wars are over, I wish you to find happiness through peace.
• May all mortals live from now on in harmony, as one nation, for the sake of common prosperity.
• Consider the world as your country, with common laws, governed by men of merit,
regardless of race.
• I do not distinguish between Greeks and barbarians, as do the narrow-minded.
• I am not interested in the country or race of origin of people.
• I only distinguish people according to their virtues.
• To me every virtuous foreigner is Greek and each non-virtuous Greek is worse than a barbarian.
• If you are ever faced with differences, do not resort to arms, but resolve them peacefully. If need be, I can act as your arbitrator.
• God should not be viewed as an authoritarian ruler, but as our common father.
• As for myself, I consider all persons, black or white, as equals.
• I wish you to be my partners and not just members of our commonwealth.
• As far as I am able, I shall see to it that all my promises come true.
• Regard this oath as a symbol of love.
Alexander of Macedon 324 BC
Los Angeles -- Aspire to inspire: a lesson in true leadership from great leaders and innovators throughout history. Inspiration is a word that has been over branded by super aggressive marketers and overly ambitious advertising executives. Yet their game plan isn't too far of the mark.
I was invited by my parish priest to check out a video segment from TED: Technology, Entertainment, Design on leadership.
What blew me away after watching the 20 minute video was the simplicity of the message yet the complexity of our intuitive behavior to filter and juxtapose a very basic characteristic of humanity.
The ability to adapt and innovate in the midst of what may seem an incoherent, seemingly chaotic environment, when in truth it is the law of nature dutifully executing its purpose.
As the now trite saying goes it is not great men who create and accomplish greatly but ordinary men who inspire and motivate others to believe in accomplishing great things,through their own personal convictions and belief and not through their rhetoric and abstract theological thesis. Or they lead by example.
Simon Sinek, who is the featured speaker in this inspirational video built a successful career inspiring people to do what inspires them. He founded Sinek Partners in 2002 but realized in spite of his financial success that there was greater fulfillment beyond the boundaries of just making money, "Start With Why" was his way of spreading the message of leadership through inspiration.
Mr. Sinek is involved with Count Me In, an organization created to help one million women-run businesses reach a million dollars in revenue by 2012, and serves on the Board of Directors for Danspace Project, which advances art and dance. He writes and comments regularly for several major publications and teaches a graduate-level class in strategic communications at Columbia University.
Here is the video courtesy of TED along with a printed transcript of the video presentation for your perusal. The link is as follows:
How do you explain when things don't go as we assume? Or better, how do you explainwhen others are able to achieve things that seem to defy all of the assumptions? For example: Why is Apple so innovative? Year after year, after year, after year, they're more innovative than all their competition. And yet, they're just a computer company. They're just like everyone else. They have the same access to the same talent, the same agencies, the same consultants, the same media. Then why is it that they seem to have something different? Why is it that Martin Luther King led the Civil Rights Movement? He wasn't the only man who suffered in a pre-civil rights America, and he certainly wasn't the only great orator of the day. Why him? And why is it that the Wright brothers were able to figure out controlled, powered man flight when there were certainly other teams who were better qualified, better funded ... and they didn't achieve powered man flight, and the Wright brothers beat them to it. There's something else at play here.
About three and a half years ago I made a discovery. And this discovery profoundly changedmy view on how I thought the world worked, and it even profoundly changed the way in which I operate in it. As it turns out, there's a pattern. As it turns out, all the great and inspiring leaders and organizations in the world -- whether it's Apple or Martin Luther King or the Wright brothers -- they all think, act and communicate the exact same way. And it's the complete opposite to everyone else. All I did was codify it, and it's probably the world'ssimplest idea. I call it the golden circle.
Why? How? What? This little idea explains why some organizations and some leaders are able to inspire where others aren't. Let me define the terms really quickly. Every single person, every single organization on the planet knows what they do, 100 percent. Some know how they do it, whether you call it your differentiated value proposition or your proprietary process or your USP. But very, very few people or organizations know why they do what they do. And by "why" I don't mean "to make a profit." That's a result. It's always a result. By "why," I mean: What's your purpose? What's your cause? What's your belief?Why does your organization exist? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? And why should anyone care? Well, as a result, the way we think, the way we act, the way we communicate is from the outside in. It's obvious. We go from the clearest thing to the fuzziest thing. But the inspired leaders and the inspired organizations -- regardless of their size, regardless of their industry -- all think, act and communicate from the inside out.
Let me give you an example. I use Apple because they're easy to understand and everybody gets it. If Apple were like everyone else, a marketing message from them might sound like this: "We make great computers. They're beautifully designed, simple to use and user friendly. Want to buy one?" "Meh." And that's how most of us communicate. That's how most marketing is done, that's how most sales is done and that's how most of us communicate interpersonally. We say what we do, we say how we're different or how we're better and we expect some sort of a behavior, a purchase, a vote, something like that.Here's our new law firm: We have the best lawyers with the biggest clients, we always perform for our clients who do business with us. Here's our new car: It gets great gas mileage, it has leather seats, buy our car. But it's uninspiring.
Here's how Apple actually communicates. "Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo. We believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by making our products beautifully designed, simple to use and user friendly. We just happen to make great computers. Want to buy one?" Totally different right? You're ready to buy a computer from me. All I did was reverse the order of the information. What it proves to us is that people don't buy what you do; people buy why you do it. People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it.
This explains why every single person in this room is perfectly comfortable buying a computer from Apple. But we're also perfectly comfortable buying an MP3 player from Apple, or a phone from Apple, or a DVR from Apple. But, as I said before, Apple's just a computer company. There's nothing that distinguishes them structurally from any of their competitors. Their competitors are all equally qualified to make all of these products. In fact, they tried. A few years ago, Gateway came out with flat screen TVs. They're eminently qualified to make flat screen TVs. They've been making flat screen monitors for years.Nobody bought one. Dell came out with MP3 players and PDAs, and they make great quality products, and they can make perfectly well-designed products -- and nobody bought one. In fact, talking about it now, we can't even imagine buying an MP3 player from Dell.Why would you buy an MP3 player from a computer company? But we do it every day.People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it. The goal is not to do business with everybody who needs what you have. The goal is to do business with people who believe what you believe. Here's the best part:
None of what I'm telling you is my opinion. It's all grounded in the tenets of biology. Not psychology, biology. If you look at a cross-section of the human brain, looking from the top down, what you see is the human brain is actually broken into three major components that correlate perfectly with the golden circle. Our newest brain, our Homo sapien brain, our neocortex, corresponds with the "what" level. The neocortex is responsible for all of ourrational and analytical thought and language. The middle two sections make up our limbic brains, and our limbic brains are responsible for all of our feelings, like trust and loyalty. It's also responsible for all human behavior, all decision-making, and it has no capacity for language.
In other words, when we communicate from the outside in, yes, people can understand vast amounts of complicated information like features and benefits and facts and figures. It just doesn't drive behavior. When we can communicate from the inside out, we're talking directly to the part of the brain that controls behavior, and then we allow people to rationalize it with the tangible things we say and do. This is where gut decisions come from. You know, sometimes you can give somebody all the facts and figures, and they say, "I know what all the facts and details say, but it just doesn't feel right." Why would we use that verb, it doesn't "feel" right? Because the part of the brain that controls decision-making doesn't control language. And the best we can muster up is, "I don't know. It just doesn't feel right."Or sometimes you say you're leading with your heart, or you're leading with your soul. Well, I hate to break it to you, those aren't other body parts controlling your behavior. It's all happening here in your limbic brain, the part of the brain that controls decision-making and not language.
But if you don't know why you do what you do, and people respond to why you do what you do, then how will you ever get people to vote for you, or buy something from you, or, more importantly, be loyal and want to be a part of what it is that you do. Again, the goal is not just to sell to people who need what you have; the goal is to sell to people who believe what you believe. The goal is not just to hire people who need a job; it's to hire people who believe what you believe. I always say that, you know, if you hire people just because they can do a job, they'll work for your money, but if you hire people who believe what you believe, they'll work for you with blood and sweat and tears. And nowhere else is there a better example of this than with the Wright brothers.
Most people don't know about Samuel Pierpont Langley. And back in the early 20th century, the pursuit of powered man flight was like the dot com of the day. Everybody was trying it. And Samuel Pierpont Langley had, what we assume, to be the recipe for success.I mean, even now, you ask people, "Why did your product or why did your company fail?"and people always give you the same permutation of the same three things: under-capitalized, the wrong people, bad market conditions. It's always the same three things, so let's explore that. Samuel Pierpont Langley was given 50,000 dollars by the War Department to figure out this flying machine. Money was no problem. He held a seat at Harvard and worked at the Smithsonian and was extremely well-connected; he knew all the big minds of the day. He hired the best minds money could find and the market conditions were fantastic. The New York Times followed him around everywhere, and everyone was rooting for Langley. Then how come we've never heard of Samuel Pierpont Langley?
A few hundred miles away in Dayton Ohio, Orville and Wilbur Wright, they had none of what we consider to be the recipe for success. They had no money; they paid for their dream with the proceeds from their bicycle shop; not a single person on the Wright brothers' team had a college education, not even Orville or Wilbur; and The New York Times followed them around nowhere. The difference was, Orville and Wilbur were driven by a cause, by a purpose, by a belief. They believed that if they could figure out this flying machine, it'll change the course of the world. Samuel Pierpont Langley was different. He wanted to be rich, and he wanted to be famous. He was in pursuit of the result. He was in pursuit of the riches. And lo and behold, look what happened. The people who believed in the Wright brothers' dream worked with them with blood and sweat and tears. The others just worked for the paycheck. And they tell stories of how every time the Wright brothers went out, they would have to take five sets of parts, because that's how many times they would crashbefore they came in for supper.
And, eventually, on December 17th, 1903, the Wright brothers took flight, and no one was there to even experience it. We found out about it a few days later. And further proof that Langley was motivated by the wrong thing: The day the Wright brothers took flight, he quit.He could have said, "That's an amazing discovery, guys, and I will improve upon your technology," but he didn't. He wasn't first, he didn't get rich, he didn't get famous so he quit.
People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And if you talk about what you believe, you will attract those who believe what you believe. But why is it important to attract those who believe what you believe? Something called the law of diffusion of innovation, and if you don't know the law, you definitely know the terminology. The first two and a half percent of our population are our innovators. The next 13 and a half percent of our populationare our early adopters. The next 34 percent are your early majority, your late majority and your laggards. The only reason these people buy touch tone phones is because you can't buy rotary phones anymore.
We all sit at various places at various times on this scale, but what the law of diffusion of innovation tells us is that if you want mass-market success or mass-market acceptance of an idea, you cannot have it until you achieve this tipping point between 15 and 18 percent market penetration, and then the system tips. And I love asking businesses, "What's your conversion on new business?" And they love to tell you, "Oh, it's about 10 percent," proudly.Well, you can trip over 10 percent of the customers. We all have about 10 percent who just "get it." That's how we describe them, right? That's like that gut feeling, "Oh, they just get it." The problem is: How do you find the ones that get it before you're doing business with them versus the ones who don't get it? So it's this here, this little gap that you have to close, as Jeffrey Moore calls it, "Crossing the Chasm" -- because, you see, the early majority will not try something until someone else has tried it first. And these guys, the innovators and the early adopters, they're comfortable making those gut decisions. They're more comfortable making those intuitive decisions that are driven by what they believe about the world and not just what product is available.
These are the people who stood in line for six hours to buy an iPhone when they first came out, when you could have just walked into the store the next week and bought one off the shelf. These are the people who spent 40,000 dollars on flat screen TVs when they first came out, even though the technology was substandard. And, by the way, they didn't do itbecause the technology was so great; they did it for themselves. It's because they wanted to be first. People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it and what you do simplyproves what you believe. In fact, people will do the things that prove what they believe. The reason that person bought the iPhone in the first six hours, stood in line for six hours, was because of what they believed about the world, and how they wanted everybody to see them: They were first. People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it.
So let me give you a famous example, a famous failure and a famous success of the law of diffusion of innovation. First, the famous failure. It's a commercial example. As we said before, a second ago, the recipe for success is money and the right people and the right market conditions, right? You should have success then. Look at TiVo. From the time TiVo came out about eight or nine years ago to this current day, they are the single highest-quality product on the market, hands down, there is no dispute. They were extremely well-funded. Market conditions were fantastic. I mean, we use TiVo as verb. I TiVo stuff on my piece of junk Time Warner DVR all the time.
But TiVo's a commercial failure. They've never made money. And when they went IPO, their stock was at about 30 or 40 dollars and then plummeted, and it's never traded above 10. In fact, I don't think it's even traded above six, except for a couple of little spikes. Because you see, when TiVo launched their product they told us all what they had. They said, "We have a product that pauses live TV, skips commercials, rewinds live TV and memorizes your viewing habits without you even asking." And the cynical majority said, "We don't believe you. We don't need it. We don't like it. You're scaring us." What if they had said, "If you're the kind of person who likes to have total control over every aspect of your life, boy, do we have a product for you. It pauses live TV, skips commercials, memorizes your viewing habits, etc., etc." People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it, and what you do simply serves as the proof of what you believe.
Now let me give you a successful example of the law of diffusion of innovation. In the summer of 1963, 250,000 people showed up on the mall in Washington to hear Dr. King speak. They sent out no invitations, and there was no website to check the date. How do you do that? Well, Dr. King wasn't the only man in America who was a great orator. He wasn't the only man in America who suffered in a pre-civil rights America. In fact, some of his ideas were bad. But he had a gift. He didn't go around telling people what needed to change in America. He went around and told people what he believed. "I believe, I believe, I believe," he told people. And people who believed what he believed took his cause, and they made it their own, and they told people. And some of those people created structures to get the word out to even more people. And lo and behold, 250,000 people showed up on the right day at the right time to hear him speak.
How many of them showed up for him? Zero. They showed up for themselves. It's what they believed about America that got them to travel in a bus for eight hours to stand in the sun in Washington in the middle of August. It's what they believed, and it wasn't about black versus white: 25 percent of the audience was white. Dr. King believed that there are two types of laws in this world: those that are made by a higher authority and those that are made by man. And not until all the laws that are made by man are consistent with the laws that are made by the higher authority will we live in a just world. It just so happened that the Civil Rights Movement was the perfect thing to help him bring his cause to life. We followed, not for him, but for ourselves. And, by the way, he gave the "I have a dream" speech, not the "I have a plan" speech.
Listen to politicians now, with their comprehensive 12-point plans. They're not inspiring anybody. Because there are leaders and there are those who lead. Leaders hold a position of power or authority, but those who lead inspire us. Whether they're individuals or organizations, we follow those who lead, not because we have to, but because we want to.We follow those who lead, not for them, but for ourselves. And it's those who start with "why" that have the ability to inspire those around them or find others who inspire them.
Thank you very much.
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