Experimental Festival – Thur. Feb. 7th. 7pm. (Los Angeles)

FEEDBACK FILM FESTIVAL Thursday – February 7, 2019. 7pm.

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival coming to Los Angeles.. Our LA home is Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles (beside the Staples Center) at 1000 W Olympic Blvd.. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.Showcasing the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Shepsut Wilson.

Tickets are FREE or PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Reserve your tickets online.

If you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us at latickets@wildsoundfestival.com  and we’ll reserve seats for you.

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FIRST ACT PROGRAM

OF SILENCE, 6min., Belgium, Dance

Directed by Sam Asaert

A short dance film about the contrast between intimacy and vastness, conflict and freedom—and the individual yearning for a past long gone, in the face of a bleak collective future.

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“ROPPONGI BOYS” JET LAGZ, 2min., Poland, Music

Directed by Bartek Kalinowski

Visually stunning music video.

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POSITIVE, 2min., France, Experimental

Directed by Hadi Moussally

POSITIVE is a film and photo series starring three people with special skin conditions. Putting a spotlight on albinism and vitiligo through negative editing , the project aims to raise awareness of these skin conditions and the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination those with albinism and vitiligo face. By allowing the negative to empower the positive, Hadi Moussally highlights our similarities, rather than our differences.

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ADORINE, 4min., Cyprus, Music

Directed by Savvas Stavrou

You wanna laugh in my face?
Cause when you do so
It’s in the mirror you see
You wanna crash at my place?
I have all the room that you need babe

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FRANCISZKA, 8min., Canada, Dance

Directed by Elias Djemil

1943, a revolt broke out at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Among the resistants, a famous polish ballerina.

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SOMEWHERE IN THEIR HEADS, 13min., UK, Musical/Documentary

Directed by Gregg Houston

About the recording of Curse Of Lono’s second album ‘As I Fell’. Shot and edited by acclaimed music film maker Gregg Houston (Noel Gallagher, Two Door Cinema Club, Michael Kiwanuka, Foy Vance), ‘Somewhere In Their Heads’ follows Curse Of Lono as they record between London and a remote, desert studio in Joshua Tree, California. The film offers a unique glimpse into the recording process and the stories behind the songs, including deeply personal conversations about heroin addiction and the death of family members.

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SECOND ACT PROGRAM


STAR IN THE EAST, 2min., USA, Musical

Directed by Katie Garibaldi & Marc Morgan

Folky songwriter Katie Garibaldi’s sweet and majestically produced original song “Star in the East” from her new album Home Sweet Christmas is the perfect match for such a creatively inspired music video. The claymation and stop motion video was made by artist Marc Morgan, which pays homage to the classic Christmas movies of the ’60s that we all know and love. Detailing the Biblical story of the three wise men’s journey following the Christmas star to Bethlehem, the video not only offers a fun spin on the traditional Christmas story, but also gives viewers a sense of nostalgia in the most enjoyable way. Garibaldi’s endearing and soulful vocals serenade, “Bright as can be, lead us to our king, star in the east,” as Morgan presents a unique personality to each character, including the magi’s devoted camel. This mini Christmas movie is a treat that participants watching of all ages can appreciate.

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DANCERS, 2min., USA, Dance

Directed by Danqi Xie

Two dancers from two different parts of the world connect through the art of dance.

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THE DUCHESS, 7min., USA, Experimental

Directed by Marco De Ornellas

A surrealistic horror film based on the latin urban legend “The woman in white” ( “A muller de Branco” ). When the clock hits midnight, a mysterious woman pays a visit to unfaithful man to revenge of her pain of the past.

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PERSON(A), 5min., USA, Dance

Directed by Cameron Kostopoulos

Inspired by the works of Jackson Pollock, PERSON(a) explores themes of identity, character, and the human psyche while simultaneously questioning the boundaries between performance and art. Featuring a dance between flesh and plastic, PERSON(a) is at first playful and provocative, while also building its own uneasiness to mirror the dynamic of its waltz. The lines between the mask and the masquerade, the self and the psyche, and the person and persona are questioned, culminating in a transmission of identity that beckons audiences to ask: “What does it mean to be me?”

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CAUGHT IN THE CHAMBER, 7min., USA, Dance

Directed by Nathan Johnson

Screendance with original score by composer Andrew Norman, performed by yMusic.

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THE NATURE OF CONSCIOUSNESS, 5min., USA, Dance

Directed by Jen Guy Metcalf

A traveler explores a places between reality and dreams, control and chaos, the known and unknown, as she comes to a realization about her existence.

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LOVE IS WILD, 2min, USA, Music

Directed by Michael McCallum

A music video for singer/songwriter, Jen Sygit, by award-winning writer/actor/director Michael McCallum about the different faces of love.

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The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2018.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

 

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Director Biography – Katie Garibaldi, Marc Morgan (STAR IN THE EAST)

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Katie Garibaldi is an award-winning Americana singer/songwriter and guitar player from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an endorsed Breedlove Guitars artist and has been named a Music Connection Magazine Top 100 Live Unsigned Artist. An avid national touring performer, Katie has amassed a devoted fan base, due to her engaging live shows and personal connection to her listeners through her music.

Director Biography – Elias Djemil (FRANCISZKA)

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Sensitive traveler of the world of stories, explorer filmmaker in search of a universal language, a photographer with a discreet eye wanting to capture reality in its most authentic forms, Elias Djemil is an artist who wants to distinguish himself by his understanding of the world we live in and the one we aspire to.

Director Statement

Looking for the universal poetry of humanity is a lifelong search. Project by project I pursue this goal; each encounter, film and photograph brings me closer. We all have our own aspirations, ambitions, and responses to the world. We all are on a path to find our own truth, one that aligns with our values, culture and vision. With my camera, I have the privilege of meeting a lot of people. As I look at them through my lens, I seek this universal poetry.

Every person is a poem waiting to be heard.

Director Biography – Marco De Ornellas (THE DUCHESS)

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Marco De Ornellas is an international award winning actor, model and film producer. Marco began his career as an actor in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He moved to New York City in 2011 to pursue his global career. Following his graduation from “The American Academy of Dramatic Arts” and “Stella Adler Studio” he undertook projects in collaboration with artists from all over the world alongside working as a Model in New York. In 2015, his performance on the Off- Broadway show “Infinite while it lasts”, has granted him the award for “Best Brazilian Actor in the USA” at the “International Brazilian Press Awards”, and the “Portuguese- Brazilian Awards” held at the Lincoln Center. Marco is also the founder and Creative Director of LOBO FILM PRODUCTIONS, a film production company he founded in 2015 to create meaningful entertainment for global audiences. His films have been shown and rewarded at prestigious film festivals around the world.

Director Biography – Cameron Kostopoulos (PERSON(A))

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Cameron Kostopoulos is an avant-garde artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Intrigued by the complexities of the human condition, Kostopoulos tries to capture the wonder, the despair, and the paradoxes of what it means to not only be human, but to exist in this grand universe we call home. Through experimental and avant-garde filmmaking, Kostopoulos hopes to push the boundaries of cinema, question the philosophical and metaphysical implications of reality, and, above all, make audiences rethink their understanding of our world.

Director BIO: Nathan Johnson (CAUGHT IN THE CHAMBER)

Director Biography – Nathan Johnson

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Nathan Johnson is a multidisciplinary artist best known for his work as a film composer and director. His innovative music (acclaimed scores for Looper and Brick, among others) and short films (lauded videos for Son Lux and Lucius) consistently blur the lines between stage, screen, and audio-visual narrative. He has given talks at universities around the world and has presented his work at the Hammer Museum, Adobe MAX, and Apple.
Johnson is the recipient of numerous film and music awards, and his work has been featured extensively by NPR, Wired, the AV Club, and Rolling Stone. When he is not creating music or videos, he works as an art director with The Made Shop, a boutique design firm that specializes in graphic and architectural projects.
He lives in Los Angeles.
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Director Statement

 

Choreographer & USC Kaufman School of Dance faculty member Jennifer McQuiston Lott worked with director Nathan Johnson to create this film as a “chamber music video” for chamber ensemble yMusic and composer Andrew Norman. The film previewed accompanied live by yMusic on April 4, 2018, at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.

A note from Jennifer McQuiston Lott:

I worked with director Nathan Johnson, composer Andrew Norman, chamber ensemble yMusic & dancers (my students) from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance to create this short dance-for-camera. Our goal was to create a dance that could accompany a chamber music performance into any intimate space. yMusic played the score live for the initial screening at USC (April 4, 2018). They can now take this film into virtually any venue where they might perform this piece of music; places where live dance can’t always go. And, hopefully, it will reach audiences that concert dance doesn’t always reach.

The dance was filmed in one take using a Steadicam. I see it as a hybrid of stage and filmed performance. The film is as much about what is happening offscreen as onscreen, because all performers, even the Steadicam operator, had choreography throughout the duration of the take in order to be offscreen when called for; the “flaws” and immediacy of liveness, and closeness, are there.

It is also a tribute to a very special community, time and place. The USC Kaufman School, founded as a place to wildly imagine and invent the future of dance, is in its infancy. This film includes some of our very first students, who will graduate this year. They are a special tribe of tenacious, inquisitive, unique and imaginative young people, and they make me hopeful for the future of my art form and our world.

I hope you enjoy the film.

Read more about this unique collaboration here:
https://kaufman.usc.edu/caught-chamber-collaboration-brings-ymusic-stage/

Director BIO: Jen Guy Metcalf (THE NATURE OF CONSCIOUSNESS)

Director Biography – Jen Guy Metcalf

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Jen Guy Metcalf (Director, Choreographer) holds a B.F.A. in Dance with a concentration in Ballet from Point Park University and an M.F.A. in Dance Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She performed with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, Jacksonville Ballet Theatre, Greensboro Ballet, Playhouse Dance Company, The Kearns Dance Project, and for many independent choreographers. Jen is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Elon University where she teaches Ballet, Pointe and Dance for the Camera. She is the founder of TERRANOVA Dance Theatre in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her choreography and dance films have been presented in Europe, Canada and the US.