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WELCOME TO THE 2012 IDYLLWILD INDEPENDENT FESTIVAL OF CINEMA
o here we are, moving into 2012 and the third annual Idyllwild International Festival Of Cinema. I want to say that again... the THIRD annual. Most ﬁlm festivals fail before they start, and the majority of those that do manage to get up and running never see a second year, let alone a third. Yet here we are, gearing up for another amazing run; healthy, more experienced, and deﬁnitely ready to roll. The beautiful village of Idyllwild, our festival promoters and organizers and our incredible group of volunteers are all feeling a well- deserved sense of pride and accomplishment. For year number three, the celebration of ﬁlm that Devon Morris of the Desert Sun calls “The greatest little ﬁlm festival on earth” once again shines a spotlight on the work of some of the world’s coolest indie ﬁlmmakers. And when I say world, I mean world. In 2011 we changed the name of the festival slightly, from International Festival Of Cinema, to Independent Festival Of Cinema, reﬂecting our desire to focus on movies from the USA in support of domestic ﬁlm production in an economy that was less than ﬁlmmaker-friendly, to say the least. But this year, due to the high volume of both American and foreign submissions, we have decided to return to our original name and move into 2012 as a true international event. I know Idyllwild 2012 will be looked upon as a benchmark year for the town of Idyllwild, the ﬁlm festival, and all the amazing ﬁlmmakers whose work we showcased between January 12th and the 15th. We have again held true to our mission — to celebrate movie making at a festival for and about the ﬁlmmakers. I am humbled and proud to once again be named co-director, with the amazingly gifted Will Wallace, of the Idyllwild 2012 International Festival Of Cinema. So bring on the movies, the parties, the actors and creators, and let’s celebrate the Jan. 13: General Membership Meeting Greatest Little Film FestiMarch 10: Eye of the Artist val On Earth — Idyllwild Judged Art Show & Fundraiser April 28-29: Judged Artist Members’ Show 2012.
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IIFC CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME
great ﬁlm festival is an experience that goes beyond watching movies. It’s like a great vacation - a combination of places, events, interactions and feelings that combine into a memorable whole, something that always leaves you wanting more.
TABLE OF CONTENTS Featured ﬁlmmaker Allan Levi •••••••••••• 4 Synopses of Festival Films ••••••••••5, 8 & 9 Festival Program •••••••••••••••••••••••••• 6-7 Award Recipient Mike Moder •••••••••••• 10 About the Seminars •••••••••••••••••••••••• 10 List of Awards •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 11
But there are practical needs too. There’s the need of a ﬁlmmaker to ﬁnd an audience for their art, to take a step forward toward making a proﬁt on their project. And then there’s the need of the audience, the desire to be entertained, amazed, provoked in thought, or even frightened. For them a ﬁlm festival goes beyond these elements which could be gained from home viewing; the festival is an environment where they can interact with the art and the artists - asking questions, ﬁnding out how things were done, giving feedback and praise, sharing a scene interpretation over a glass of wine. Finally there are goals, filmmaker to ﬁlmmaker. Motivation, learning, teaching, inspiration and yes, even consolation. As we take this Festival of Cinema into Year Three, one step closer to permanence, we’re going to exceed your expectations this time around. Count on it.
PRODUCTION NOTES The 2012 Idyllwild Independent Festival of Cinema program is published by the Idyllwild Town Crier newspaper in conjunction. The newspaper ofﬁces are located at 54925 Village Center Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549. (951) 659-2145. www.idyllwildtowncrier.com. Grace Reed, Publisher; J.P. Crumrine, Editor; Halie Johnson, Production Manager; James Larkin, Assistant Production Manager; Marshall Smith, Program Editor; Shane Fender, Advertising Sales Representative; and Sandy Burns, Customer Service Representative.
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ALAN LEVI IS IIFC FEATURED FILMMAKER BY MARSHALL SMITH, STAFF REPORTER
lan J. Levi, veteran ﬁlm and television director, director of photography and producer is the featured ﬁlmmaker for Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema (IIFC) 2012. And given his professional credits and regimented preparation for becoming a ﬁlmmaker, he will have much to offer indie ﬁlmmakers at IIFC 2012. “My junior year in high school I knew what I wanted to do in my life,” said Levi. While still in high school, Levi formed Petite Productions, ﬁnanced by his schoolmates, and before ﬁnishing high school had produced and directed 43 ﬁlms for such disparate organizations as the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the St. Louis Board of Education, the National Safety Council and others that could not afford to hire a commercial company. Before ﬁnishing high school and with a cache of completed ﬁlms under his belt, Levi wrote to three Hollywood celebrities who had been known to mentor young ﬁlmmakers. One, actor, director and producer Dick Powell, responded. After high school graduation and before enrolling for his ﬁrst year at Northwestern University, Levi traveled to Hollywood to begin his apprenticeship with Powell. “His wife, June Allyson, became my surrogate mom,” remembered Levi. During that interregnum between high school and college while under Powell’s tutelage, Levi demonstrated his penchant for thorough preparation. He studied ﬁlm technique at various studios, direction under Andre de Toth, makeup with William Tuttle at the MGM makeup department, photography at Paramount and Warner Brothers on sets of shooting features, and editing with Warner’s editing staff. At Northwestern, Levi, certain of his professional path, crafted his class choices accordingly. He minored in psychology so as to better understand and direct actors. He also minored in engineering, partly to please his father, but also out of his own interest in technology. As a result of that minor, Levi helped design and build the nascent ﬁlm and television studio in Kresge Hall at Northwestern. Levi also held patents for a process he invented in 1963, called Video Assist that combined a motion picture and television camera all in one, viewing through one lens. Commenting on how the business has changed technologically, Levi noted the miniaturization of cameras
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Woman.” Levi has directed the A-list of Hollywood royalty including actors George Clooney, Ernest Borgnine, Sandra Bullock, Ed Asner, Peter Falk and Frank Sinatra. He has also directed for ﬁlm. Levi was, for 13 of 18 years at Universal, the only producer and director under contract to the studio. His peers have honored him with awards at Cannes, Emmy nominations and many others. As a director, Levi said he belongs to the collaborative school, acknowledging that the ﬁnal product is enriched by the contributions of all who work in the process, regardless of where the suggestion comes from. “That way it is more of a community,” he said. Starting young and moving fast, Levi learned the jobs of everyone on the set. “If you’re making an indie ﬁlm you’re a jack of all trades,” he said. “Not because you want to — you have to. As a result, you learn how to talk to the crew from a point of understanding exactly what they do.” Levi teaches ﬁlmmaking at UCLA, the University of Southern California and Brooks and sound recording equipment has made ﬁlming easier Institute. “I feel it’s important to give back and I enjoy by enhancing mobility and allowing cameras to be taken doing that,” he said. “I currently have three young people to places where they weren’t easily taken before. I’m mentoring as well as teaching the courses I do.” “Everything can be moved and set faster,” said Levi. “It’s easier to make movies now with less equipment. Where in the early days of my directing I could do 22 & gas station of the 201 to 23 setups a day, today I’ll do 45 to 60.” Levi’s enarket 2 II F m l a OC ci ﬁ gineering and technical background will enable him to f O discuss, with attending ﬁlmmakers, both the evolution of ﬁlmmaking as well as tips on ﬁeld production, location scouting and non-linear editing. Levi has directed commercials, episodic television, miniseries and movies of the week for the small screen including the series “NCIS,” “ER,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Quantum Leap,” and TV movies and miniseries such as “Battlestar Galactica,” “The Incredible Hulk” and “The Immigrants.” He produced pilots and series such as “Columbo,” “Airwolf,” and “The Invisible
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SYNOPSES OF IDYLLWILD 2012 FILMS THURSDAY FILMS OFF THE BOULEVARD ** WORLD PREMIERE ** Running Time: 96 minutes Director: Jeff Santo A story of art and heart, the dedication it takes to achieve your dreams. An entertaining and informative documentary feature about seven artists whose friendships are created through struggle and perseverance. WAKING DREAMS Running Time: 93 minutes Director: Deepika Daggubati Against a backdrop of video games and Bollywood fantasies, an Indian-American family struggles with the age-old question: is there life without medical school? SILVERLAKE VIDEO Running time: Not available Director: Matteo Ribaudo Ben, on the verge of losing his video store, has one day to get a business partner before his lease expires. His day takes a turn for the worse, when his “out of his league” girlfriend leaves a message, proclaiming “We need to talk”. RATIONS Running Time: 6 minutes Director: Craig Ouellette A couple is lost in the desert with only one bottle of water...and a long way to go.
COYOTE HUNT Running Time: 10 minutes Director: Melissa Townsend Thirteen year old Levi has run away from home again. His absentee father who taught Levi to run away from his problems returns to take Levi into the wilderness to hunt. Can Grey stop his son from following in his footsteps? IN SICKNESS & IN HEALTH ** WORLD PREMIERE ** Running Time: 15 minutes Director: Derek Ellingson As his wedding approaches, Groom-tobe Paul gets a strange feeling and needs reassurance that his wife is faithful. He turns to a private detective for an answer he may not want to hear. ESTEEM Running Time: 11 minutes Director: Jared Elkin Jackie struggles with her chronic insecurities by playing out the perfect versions of her social encounters in her imagination. She soon realizes that fantasies can only keep a person happy for so long. THE COSMONAUT Running Time: 8 minutes Director: David M. Altrogge
COUNTDOWN TO DEATH Running Time: 6 minutes Director: Craig Ouellette After his cover’s been blown, Special Agent Hiko Chan has 5 minutes to save his partner from a ticking time bomb and an army of kung-fu assassins.
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GET OFF MY PORCH Running Time: 13 minutes Director: Patrick Rea A man is terrorized by Girl Scouts selling ‘delicious’ cookies. MOVING DAY Running Time: 10 minutes Director: Jason Wingrove A small girl moves into her new home, an enchanting and lavish estate ﬁlled with wonder. The simple discovery of a forgotten box of toys leads to a battle in the garden of good and evil where no one will ever be the same. CERTIFIED Running Time: 9 minutes Director: Luke Guidici In rural 1950’s America, a postman’s ﬁrst day takes a terrifying turn when a precocious young girl tells him of her family’s horrible tragedy. FISH! Running Time: 7 minutes Director: Mark Eccleston, Damian Samuels Chef Jeff is sure his prize salmon will help him win Fish Chef of the Year award and a one-way ticket out of his dull seaside town, but on the way home he’s lured into a local swimming pool by an insatiable mermaid. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
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IIFC 2012 OFFICIAL SCHEDULE RUSTIC THEATRE
–THURSDAY– RAINBOW INN
11 a.m. – REGISTRATION
NOON – “Waking Dreams”
NOON – “Off the Boulevard”
2:00 – Shorts (Raibow A)
2:15 – “Silverlake Video”
4:00 – “The Lempke Brothers”
4:15 – Shorts (Rustic A) 6:15 – “Fireﬂies in the Garden” CREEKSTONE INN
QUIET CREEK OFFICE 11a.m. to 8:30p.m. – REGISTRATION
8:00 – OPENING NIGHT PARTY
9:30 a.m. – REGISTRATION 10:00 – “Six Degrees of Helter Skelter”
QUIET CREEK OFFICE
11a.m. to 8:30p.m. – REGISTRATION CAINE LEARNING CENTER
NOON – “Look At Me Again”
10:00 – “Waking Dreams”
2:00 – Shorts (Rustic B)
NOON – “Silverlake Video”
4:00 – “Bone Dry”
2:00 – Shorts (Rainbow A)
6:00 – “The Dungeon Master,” “Cosmic Radio”
4:00 – “Fireﬂies in the Garden”
8:00 – “The Selling” 10:00 – “(Not) Addicted,” “Gone,” “Brookwood Sleaze”
6:00 – “Six Degrees of Helter Skelter”
RUSTIC SHORTS RUSTIC A “Get Off My Porch” “Moving Day” “Certiﬁed” “Fish!” “Knight to D7” “Buttons in the Ground” RUSTIC B “Two Bulls” “Bosco’s Guitar” “In Transit” “Resolution of Two” “The Understudy” RUSTIC C “One-Fourth Therapy” “Black Rainbow” “A Cube & A Button” “Burnt Out” “Time” “Albert” “Simone” RUSTIC IA “Dead Serious” “Bond Over Breakfast” “Fitz” “Penelope” “Rockstars” “Kenza” Untitled Special Screening
RAINBOW INN 10:00 – Shorts (Raibow B) NOON – “Ride the Divide” 2:00 – “First Generation” 4:00 – “For Lovers Only” 6:00 – “Father VS Son” 8:00 – “Mary Pickford” SHORT FILM SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT WARNING DUE TO TIME RESTRAINTS.
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9:30 a.m. – REGISTRATION
10:00 – “Ride the Divide”
10:00 – “Life at the Resort”
NOON – Shorts (Rustic B)
11:45 – “Greencastle”
6:00 – Shorts (Rainbow C)
2:00 – Seminar 1, “The Working Actor in Hollywood” (see page 10)
8:00 – “Father VS Son”
4:00 – Seminar 2, “From Screenplay to Screen” (see page 10)
11a.m. to 8:30p.m. – REGISTRATION
6:00 – “Walk a Mile in My Pradas” 8:00 – “The Cheater,” “Paradise Recovered” 10:00 – “Primitive”
QUIET CREEK OFFICE
CAINE LEARNING CENTER 10:00 – Shorts (Rustic A) NOON – “For Lovers Only” 6:00 – “First Generation”
9:30 a.m. – REGISTRATION 10:00 – Shorts (Rustic IA) NOON – Shorts (Rustic C) 2:00 – Seminar 3, “Distribution Alternatives” (see page 10) 5:00 – AWARD CEREMONY 7:00 – “Life at the Resort”
QUIET CREEK OFFICE
11a.m. to 5p.m. – REGISTRATION
RAINBOW SHORTS RAINBOW A “Rations” “Countdown to Death” “Paranoid Activity” “Coyote Hunt” “In Sickness & In Health” “Esteem” “The Cosmonaut” RAINBOW B “The Unforgettable Proposal” “Long Black Lashes” “Sheer Luck” “Yet2BeNamed” “Libby Girl: Surprise!” “The Visitor” RAINBOW C “Been Good to Know Yuh” “Interview” “Fish Meat” RAINBOW D “It’s Always Smoggy in LA”
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6:00 – AFTERPARTY 9:00 – Night on the Town TBA CAINE LEARNING CENTER 10:00 – “Mary Pickford” NOON – “Paradise Recovered” 2:00 – “Western Leatherman”
RAINBOW INN 10:00 – “The Selling” NOON – “Off the Boulevard” 2:00 – Shorts (Rainbow D) 7:00 – Favorite TBA or victim feature ﬁlm
SHORT FILM SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT WARNING DUE TO TIME RESTRAINTS.
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KNIGHT TO D7 Running Time: 14 min. Director: Nathan Scoggins The story of two best friends, Dustin and Brady, grappling with the realities of cancer. What’s harder than dealing with the death of a good friend? Dustin is about to ﬁnd out. BUTTONS IN THE GROUND * WEST COAST PREMIERE * Running Time: 19 min. Director: Andrew Fisher A loss of innocence story about a young girl who naively believes that she can grow buttons THE LEMPKE BROTHERS Running Time: 98 min. Director: Andy Forrest A story of The Lempke Brothers, box factory workers from a small Eastern Block country called Kreplach, who discover their unique ability to dance and to dream.
explore, always looking for something fun and new to do. This is the latest adventure in the Libby Girl Series of ﬁlms featuring a spirited canine trio. THE VISITOR Running Time: 7 min. Director: Jorge Ferragut A couple’s happy hour turns dangerous after a seemingly chance encounter with a dangerous stranger. They are about to learn that you must never doubt your instincts. WAKING DREAMS (see synopsis, page 5) LOOK AT ME AGAIN ** SO. CALIF. PREMIERE ** Running Time: 104 min. Director: James Christopher Three sisters torn apart by tragedy, inﬁdelity, and heartbreak must now ﬁght for their family or lose it forever. RIDE THE DIVIDE Running Time: 80 min. Director: Hunter Weeks An award-winning feature ﬁlm about the world’s toughest and immensely beautiful mountain bike race, 2700 miles along the Continental Divide. The ﬁlm follows three riders including Idyllwild’s own Mary Metcalf-Collier.
FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN ** SPECIAL EVENT ** Running Time: 99 min. SILVERLAKE VIDEO (see synopsis, page 5) Director: Dennis Lee (not in competition) TWO BULLS The Taylor family is devastated by an Running Time: 13 min. accident that takes place on the day their Director: Ricardo Ultreras matriarch is due to graduate from college Six years ago a tragic incident forever changed -- decades after leaving to raise her children. the lives of best friends Vinny and Michael. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Willem Defoe and Julia Roberts. Over the years each has quietly carried the burden from the decisions made on that fateful day. But today, all that changes...
THE SIX DEGREES OF HELTER SKELTER Running Time: 105 min. Director: Michael Dorsey Dorsey retraces the footsteps of the Manson Family from the remains of their Death Valley hideout to the properties where the seven victims were murdered, shedding new light on even the most well-known aspects of the story.
THE UNFORGETTABLE PROPOSAL Running Time: 10 min. Director: Mohammed Alkazemi Michael decides ﬁnally to propose to Becky, but needs to enter a daydream to ﬁnd the right words. LONG BLACK LASHES Running Time: 21 min. Director: Brandon Lasner With a fading on her modeling career, Margaret Hamilton’s journey into madness begins with a simple wish on a single, fallen eyelash. She quickly becomes obsessed with her newfound power, to devastating consequences. SHEER LUCK Running Time: 13 min. Director: J.D. Koumendakis A despondent man escapes death by a pair of shears at the hands of his crazed girlfriend, but not without consequence. Panic-stricken, he calls the culprit of the rampage to his rescue. LIBBY GIRL: SURPRISE! Running Time: 4 min. Director: JANET MAYSON Libby Girl is a sweet Jack Russell Terrier that loves to play and
BOSCO’S GUITAR Running Time: 22 min. Director: Matt Handy The true story of Bosco, a young musician orphaned by the 1993 Burundian genocide, taken in by a member of the tribe he believes is responsible for the death of his mother. Bosco is forced to choose between hatred and hope. IN TRANSIT Running Time: 8 min. Director: Stev Elam The meeting of two people from diametrically opposite cultures, background, and demographics. A poignant, yet delightful moment amidst the contradiction that is LA.
Running Time: 6 min. Director: Rylee Ebsen A prostitute comforts an anxious teen who thinks his life is over after a botched prom night.
RESOLUTION OF TWO ** U.S. PREMIERE **
UNDERSTUDY Running Time: 21 min. Director: Christina Malavenda The story of an understudy dancer ﬁghting to be number one. FIRST GENERATION ** SO. CALIF. PREMIERE ** Running Time: 95 min. Director: Adam Fenderson, Jaye Fenderson The story of four high school students who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by being the ﬁrst in their families to pursue a college education.
RATIONS (see synopsis, page 5) COUNTDOWN TO DEATH (see synopsis, page 5) PARANOID ACTIVITY (see synopsis, page 5) COYOTE HUNT (see synopsis, page 5) IN SICKNESS & IN HEALTH (see synopsis, page 5) ESTEEM (see synopsis, page 5) THE COSMONAUT (see synopsis, page 5) BONE DRY Running Time: 100 min. Director: Brett A. Hart Eddie is forced at a gunpoint by an unseen assailant on a dark and brutal journey through the harsh terrain of the Mojave desert, pushed through a series of ambushes and mantraps designed to test his humanity. FOR LOVERS ONLY ** WEST COAST PREMIERE ** Running Time: 90 min. Director: Michael Polish The story of a MAN and a WOMAN in love. After seeing each other in Paris for the ﬁrst time in years, the LOVERS ﬂee together as their love affair takes them across Francefrom Normandy to St. Tropez. FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN (see synopsis, 1st column) THE DUNGEON MASTER Running Time: 13 min. Director: Rider Strong, Shiloh Strong Shane and his friends thought it would be fun to recapture their ‘geeky’ youth with a game of Dungeons and Dragons. But then someone showed up in a cape. COSMIC RADIO Running Time: 90 min. Director: Stephen Savage (not in competition) The owner of a counter-culture radio station ﬁnds his modest business unexpectedly threatened when the daughter of a conservative senator sparks a heated political tempest by undermining a plan to clear cut a nearby forest. FATHER VS SON Running Time: 97 min. Director: Joe Ballarini A screwball comedy where a father and his son fall in love with the same woman. Hijinks ensue in this wacky competition for the affections of Darlene (Heather Stephens), with a gut-busting role for Eric Stonestreet. THE SIX DEGREES OF HELTER SKELTER (see synopsis, page 8) THE SELLING Running Time: 92 min. Director: Emily Lou 5 Bed. 4 Bath. 12 Ghosts. A too-honest-forhis-own-good real estate agent has to sell a haunted house before its ghostly inhabitants ruin his life. MARY PICKFORD: THE MUSE OF THE MOVIES Running Time: 101 min. Director: Nicholas Eliopoulos The life and work of the legendary silent ﬁlm star, movie pioneer, and keen business woman who co-created United Artists Studios. Pickford’s life parallels an even larger story, the birth of the cinema itself. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE GONE ** IIFOC 2012 OFFICIAL SPONSORED FILM; Idyllwild Filmworks ** Running Time: 27 min. Director: Will Wallace Monica returns home for the funeral of their father, bringing with her the stains of drug addiction, depression and a dark secret. Will the truth bring her back from the abyss or destroy all those she loves? BROOKWOOD SLEAZEBAGS ** WORLD PREMIERE ** Running Time: 40 min. Director: Johnny West Arizona’s exclusive Brookwood Condominiums seems to be a perfect cover for Juan’s illegal operation until he discovers that some tenants are Scottsdale’s sleaziest people whose activities might bring unwanted attention.
LIFE AT THE RESORT Running Time: 90 min. Director: Jeff Sable, Zander Villayne In a plush resort the trail of scandalous rumors and secrets leads to surprising consequences.
RIDE THE DIVIDE (see synopsis, page 8) GET OFF MY PORCH (see synopsis, page 5) MOVING DAY (see synopsis, page 5) CERTIFIED (see synopsis, page 5) FISH! (see synopsis, page 5) KNIGHT TO D7 (see synopsis, page 5) BUTTONS IN THE GROUND (see synopsis, page 5 GREENCASTLE ** WORLD PREMIERE ** Running Time: 129 min. Director: Koran Dunbar A quirky off beat drama with a spiritual undertone. Poitier, a single father, enters a ‘quarter-life crisis’ searching for meaning amidst loneliness and disconnection. Fate leads him toward an unexpected and sublime awakening. TWO BULLS (see synopsis, page 8) BOSCO’S GUITAR (see synopsis, page 8) IN TRANSIT (see synopsis, page 8) RESOLUTION OF TWO (see synopsis, page 5) UNDERSTUDY (see synopsis, page 8) FOR LOVERS ONLY (see synopsis, page 8) Seminar 1 and Seminar 2 (see page 10) WALK A MILE IN MY PRADAS Running Time: 88 min. Director: Joey Sylvester Two weeks before his wedding, a homophobic construction worker ﬁnds he has suddenly switched sexual orientations with his gay co-worker. BEEN GOOD TO KNOW YUH Running Time: 20 min. Director: Cory Brandenstein Plagued by a degenerative neurological disease and facing his own mortality, Woody Guthrie, relives life shaping occurrences while waiting for his closest friend to show up for one.
KENZA (Idyllwild Arts Academy student ﬁlm) Running Time: 15 min. Director: Cyrus Paydar, Kenza Kadmiry THE SELLING (see synopsis, page 5) MARY PICKFORD (see synopsis, page 5) A CUBE AND A BUTTON Running Time: 14 min. Director: Beatriz Gutierrez Aguado Trapped in a dark space, a young mother has to face her own memories while she witnesses how these memories are deteriorating. A fantasy drama that explores an unknown place in the mind that we have to walk alone.
FIRST GENERATION (see synopsis, page 8) THE CHEATER Running Time: 6 min. Director: Will Wallace Director Will Wallace’s hilariously innovative short ﬁlm you have to see to believe. Considered by many to be “the best short ﬁlm ever,” “The Cheater” is an Idyllwild Festival of Cinema tradition. PARADISE RECOVERED Running Time: 95 min. Director: Storme Wood Esther Harris, a young member of a strict ministry ﬁnds employment with Gabriel, a devout skeptic. After committing a “terrible sin,” Esther is excommunicated from the sect and begins to question
BURNT OUT ** WORLD PREMIERE ** Running Time: 4 min. Director: Teryl Brouillette, Andy Lee One man’s quest for a badly needed smoke in a no-smoking world. ALBERT ** WORLD PREMIERE ** Running Time: 9 min. Director: Jamison Reeves In order for a relationship to work both people have to be moving in the same direction. Can two people living their lives in different directions make a relationship work?
FATHER VS SON (see synopsis, page 8) PRIMITIVE Running Time: 86 min. Director: Benjamin Cooper A man who makes monsters for a living must confront his own inner demon made ﬂesh before it rips his life to pieces.
SUNDAY FILMS DEAD SERIOUS (Idyllwild Arts Academy student ﬁlm) Running Time: 21 min. Director: Ellen Jacobs BOND OVER BREAKFAST (Idyllwild Arts Academy student ﬁlm) Running Time: 4 min. Director: Alexa McLaughlin FITZ (Idyllwild Arts Academy student ﬁlm) Running Time: 24 min. Director: Brit Wigintton PENELOPE (Idyllwild Arts Academy student ﬁlm) Running Time: 17 minutes Director: Scarlette Urbano
SIMONE Running Time: 17 min. Director: Wolfgang Bodison Simone and Danny are two struggling artists in love. But love is never easy. So when their union is threatened by life’s ugly realities, Simone is forced to make a fateful decision. OFF THE BOULEVARD (see synopsis, page 5) PARADISE RECOVERED (see synopsis at left) THE WESTERN LEATHERMAN Running Time: 20 min. Director: Stephen Savage Mountain Mike is one of the last of a breed of old world craftsmen, creating one of a kind works of leather clothing the old school way, bringing a new understanding and excitement for leather working to a whole new generation.
ROCKSTARS (Idyllwild Arts Academy student ﬁlm) Running Time: 24 min. Director: Laura Holliday
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FISH MEAT ** WORLD PREMIERE ** Running Time: 41 min. Director: Joe Cunningham The age of ﬁsh meat is here. Our hunger for seafood grows and grows but the seas are running out of ﬁsh. But what exactly is farmed ﬁsh? Where does it come from, and how is it made? Two friends, a ﬁsh scientist and environmental engineer, take a sailing voyage to pull back the cover on modern ﬁsh farming.
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MIKE MODER, LIFETIME MERIT AWARD IIFC 2012 BY MARSHALL SMITH, STAFF REPORTER
he Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema 2012 honors longtime Hollywood producer, director, and production manager Mike Moder with its 2012 Lifetime Merit Award. The award will be presented at the festival’s conclusion. Moder will have a lot to share both with festival audiences and attending young ﬁlmmakers while he is in Idyllwild. Of his time in the business he said, “In 50 years, you have to do something. I was a budget guy. I believed the money you spent should wind up on the screen.” Moder said that is not the case today where budgets are inﬂated by adding producers who receive credit but do little or nothing to advance the ﬁlm as well as adding duplicative and redundant personnel. “Now there are just too many people,” he said. “When I produced, I drafted a budget based on how many days I needed to shoot and what crew I would need. That was the money I needed to make the movie. The rest could be used to hire the actors.” Moder, who started in television in the early 1960s with “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” “The Riﬂeman,” “The Big Valley,” and “The Wild Wild West,” as assistant director (AD) moved on to the big screen on “Little Big Man,” “Jeremiah Johnson,” and “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.” In the 1980s Moder moved up to executive in charge of production on television’s “Perry Mason,” “Jake and the Fatman” and “Matlock.” He received an Emmy Nomination in 1998 as producer for “Cinderella,” a new version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. He then went on to run Viacom’s operation at Universal Studios. He also served as executive producer on two very successful
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movies, “The Crimson Tide” with Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, and “Beverly Hills Cop” with Eddie Murphy. Moder said he has been in the business long enough to have seen it all. “I’m one of the few people who’s worked with John Wayne,” he recalled. “He was always on the set, not hanging out in his trailer. Everybody who worked with him loved the guy.” Moder has many stories from his years in Hollywood. He’s very affable and his professional life could itself be a movie. He’ll be available during IIFC 2012 to share what he has seen and experienced while working in movies and television, how the business has changed, and what advice he thinks young ﬁlmmakers might beneﬁt from — “Put the money on the screen” being his most salient suggestion.
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Moderator: Will Wallace The Panel: Mike Moder • Alan J. Levi • Bryce C. Campbell • Evan Crooke Shanah S. Blevins Murisa Harba • Brett A. Hart (Idyllwild 2012 Spotlight Filmmaker) Dan Clifton
Moderator: Philip R. Calderone Producer, Writer, IIFC Chairman The Panel: Orly Ravid, Founder, The Film Collaborative Stephen Dypiangco, Producer of Marketing and Distribution Jeff Santo, Director, Writer, Producer Andie Redwine, Writer, Producer
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