Grand Festival Award - Best Wacky Animation Concept
A father starts a journey to figure out the best way to protect his son from seeing filthiness of this crime-ridden city.
9:10 - PRISONER - Matthew Edwards - Drama - 21 min.
Grand Festival Award - Film School Short Feature
Stranded behind enemy lines, a war-weary American takes a young German soldier prisoner and forces him to lead the way back to safety.
9:30 - INTERMISSION FRIDAY NIGHT FEATURES 9:45 - MOUSSE – John Hellberg - Comedy - 42 min. - Sweden
Grand Festival Award in Comedy
What could be easier than robbing a small tobacco shop on the outskirts of town? The ultimate hit for some fast cash.Mousse is a man of pride and principles and fed up.But what happens when he faces principles different to his own?
SATURDAY OCTOBER 29
3:45 - PRIVY - David Finkelstein - Experimental - 20 min.
A young women is forced to live with an unsympathetic stepmother, and spends much of her time in an outhouse, escaping into books and her own vivid fantasy life. “PRIVY" uses oblique, poetic language, fanciful images and musical interludes. Based on an improvisation by actors David Finkelstein and Ian W. Hill.
4:10 - LIFTER - Selkin Fedor - Comedy - 12 min. - Russia
Best Foreign Comedy
Alexey is a novice sportsman. He is arranging a course of power lifting trainings for his grandfather, who is going to marry shortly. Despite the advanced age of his grandfather, the bride is dreaming of all the wedding traditions. One of them is that the groom must carry her across a bridge.
Grand Festival Award - Best Foreign Experimental Short
"Hive" takes a look at the unplanned urbanization, which has been paraded under the guise of "urban renewal", Istanbul has been undergoing for many years. This situation is conveyed through the visualization of Marx's Bee and machine metaphor. This video focuses on the worker's conditions, contract labor and urban renewal.
4:30 - THE RIDE - Waylon Bacon - Short Feature - 15 min.
Grand Festival Award - Best Low Budget Short
A young man accepts a ride from a traveling salesman that goes horribly, horribly wrong. Starring Clinton Roper Elledge, Armen Babasoloukian, & Norma Burgess. Written & Directed by Waylon Bacon. Produced by Joel O'Neal and all of our fantastic Indiegogo Backers!
4:45 - INTERMISSION
5:00 - GHOST TOWN TO HAVANA - Eugene Corr - Doc - 87 min. Q&A Follows
Grand Festival Award - Best Cross Cultural Documentary
Teen baseball between Oakland, California and Havana, Cuba.
7:00 - INTERMISSION
7:15 - HEARING IS BELIEVING - Lorenzo DeStefano - Music Doc. - 99 min.
Grand Festival Award - Best Music Documentary 2016
Q&A Follows with Lorenzo DeStefano
In a world filled with Noise, there is another Sound worth Hearing, and her name is Rachel Flowers.
9:30 - INTERMISSION
9:45 - SARAH SMITH: INTO THE LIGHT - Stacy Poulos - Music Video - 4 min.
Best of Festival Adult Contemporary Music Video
Take an inspiring journey with Sarah Smith, best adult contemporary artist, as she belts out a heart-felt riveting performance from reflection to healing. ‘Into The Light’ a song by Sarah Smith and Dermot Grehan.
9:55 - RACIAL FACIAL - Jeff Adachi - Educational - 8 min.
Grand Festival Award - Educational Film
Racial Facial is an Award Winning eight minute film on the history of racism in America. www.racialfacial.org
10:00 - SWEET TALK: YOUR TOUCH - Zack Scott - Music Video - 5 min.
Grand Festival Awards - Four Outstanding Music Videos
Sweet Talk, Austin's local rocker band kicks ass with their new Music Video full of broken down cars, creepy Hosts and some good old fashion glam zombies!
10:05 - THE EASTERN SEE: THE FOOL - Zack Scott - Music Video - 5 min.
The Eastern Sea, Austin Texas local band, kicks ass with their new music video full of space ice cream, lights in the sky and an alien autopsy date night! Totally sick.
10:10 - A. SINCLAIR: THEY BREED AND SAY HELLO - Zack Scott - Music Video - 3 min.
A. Sinclair's, music video where a dude learns the radical horror's of blacking out! Directed by Zachary T. Scott, Cinematography by Taylor Camarot, Staring Sam Stinson.
10:15 - A. SINCLAIR: YOU GOT A HEART - Zack Scott - Music Video - 3 min.
A man wakes up, to his heart being ripped from his chest. Now he has to get it back! SUNDAY OCTOBER 30
2:00 - HERE COME THE VIDEO FREEX – Jon Nealon & Jenny Raskin - Doc. - 79 min.
Grand Festival Pioneer Award
HERE COME THE VIDEOFREEX starts in 1969. America is undergoing cultural and political revolutions, but you’d never know it by watching TV. Young CBS executive Don West creates a secret project to tell the stories of the counterculture ignored by TV news. He hires a group of young people who have embraced a brand new medium – video. They named themselves the Videofreex and on CBS’s dime, they traveled the country in an RV taping footage the networks could never get. Mary Curtis Ratcliff, one of the Videofreex pioneer activists will provide a Q & A following the screening of the film
4:30 - THE RETURN - Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega - Doc - 84 min.
Grand Festival Award - Best Documentary
The Return depicts the struggles of two newly released former lifers as they deal with restoring relationships, avoiding personal triggers, finding meaningful employment, and managing the mental health problems which had previously contributed to their imprisonment.
6:30 - INTERMISSION
6:45 - LEFT ON PURPOSE - Justin Schein, Eden Wurmfeld, David Mehlman - Doc. - 95 min.
Best of Festival - Special Jury Award for Documentary
A feature length documentary that confronts the growing issues of depression, isolation and aging through an intense character driven story of the relationship between filmmaker and subject. It provides a rare cinematic look at what it means to be a friend to someone in pain.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4
4:45 - ROSIE - Kimberly Vela - Young Producer - 12 min.
Grand Festival Award - Young Producer
This story follows a teen girl through the emotional repercussions of getting an abortion and the healing process that derived from a new friendship.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4 FILM SCHOOL FRIDAYS
Short Films from Columbia College - Hollywood, California
5:00 - 1000 WAYS TO BREAK UP - Jon Walkup, Kenneth Beckerdite, Richard Eggly -
Comedy - 8 min.
A relationship break-up artist travels the country to help couples with problems break up forever
5:10 - LOST - Jeremy Nielsen, Director and Rebecca Clark, Producer - Drama - 14min. Peter, a mentally disturbed cocaine dealer and lost boy, ends up sleeping with and killing his rival- another of his kind.
5:25 - WHACK THE FOLLY - Peter Zaragoza, Director & Jeremie Jej-Porcin, Producer - Comedy - 29 min.
An offbeat lawyer must overcome his over-indulgent behavior in order to repay a shady business man known as The 'Shark'
5:55 - INTERMISSION
Friday November 4th
FILM SCHOOL FRIDAYS
Short Films From University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts - Los Angeles
6:15 - OUT OF THE BAG - Aidan Bradbury-Aranda - Doc. - 16 min.
Best Film School Environmental Documentary
A short documentary exploring the ways in which artists are re-appropriating the surplus of single-use plastic bags as their medium to create artworks, with varying intentions: from raising environmental awareness, to expressing the conflict of personal emotions.
6:30 - THE FOG - Ted Martland - Drama - 14 min.
Best Film School Jury Award
An acting class becomes an unexpected battle for a young combat veteran.
6:45 - LIMITLESS POTENTIAL - Philip Bastian & Fangso Liu - Sci fi - 12 min.
Best Film School Narrative Short
In the palm of his hand a middle schooler named Bob can generate limitless amounts of energy. One day while getting bullied at school, Bob accidentally blows up a kid. He must escape the cops while learning to understand and accept his power. This film is about a kid who doesn't fit in and who needs to learn to understand and accept what makes him different.
7:00 - REAL BOY - Kelly Luu - Drama - 14 mins.
Best Film School Fantasy Short
A disconnected, young boy grieves the tragic loss of his father through a friendship with a child-like robot
7:15 - IN THE BASEMENT - Matt McGregor - Horror - 13 min.
Best Film School Horror Film
A young girl is kidnapped and imprisoned by a man hell-bent on building a family by kidnapping women and forcing them to play into his demented fantasy. But this time he just may have kidnapped the wrong girl.
7:30 - INTERMISSION
7:45 - MY CLAIRE - Rajendra Thakurathi - Drama - 14 min.
Best Film School Jury Award
My Claire is about a broken man, who deteriorates after the passing of his wife, who must return to help him move on with his life.
8:00 - SANCTITY - Eric Adrian Marshall - Drama - 17 min.
A by-the-book federal agent and his desperate ex-girlfriend struggle with an unplanned pregnancy in a near-future America where Roe v. Wade has been overturned.
8:20 - THE LOTUS GUN - Amanda Milius - Drama/Sci fi - 25 min.
Grand Festival Award - Best Thelma+Louise Post Apocalyptic Sci Fi Drama
Nora and her best friend and lover, Daph, live an idyllic life in a rugged post-apocalyptic world. When a stranger arrives and Daph disappears, Nora has to go to extreme measures to get back what’s hers.
8:45 - INTERMISSION
FRIDAY NIGHT FEATURES
9:00 - BROKE - Heath Davis - Feature - 98 min. - Australia
BVFF Jury Award - Feature
A disgraced sports star and gambling addict attempts to turn his life around with the support of his number one fan. Starring: Steve Bastoni, Brendan Cowell, and Max Cullen.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5
4:50 - MONSTER MOVIE - Neil Ira Needleman - Experimental - 21 min.
A mash-up salute to 1950s Monster Movies
5:15 - SKETCH - Elgin Jackson & Chase McGaffie - Comedy - 6 min.
Feel The Bern Award
Just two guys who have nothing going for them but one thing, Loving to hate on people trying to make it.
5:25 - THE TIME MACHINE – Lorne Miller - Comedy - 20 min.
Woman breaks up with man. Man goes back in time and meets himself. Gets over breakup.
5:45 - SLICES - Larry Barnes - Experimental - 35 min.
A series of abstract vignettes. Motion pictures. Each frame is a complete artistic image fused with a self composed and performed electronic music soundtrack
6:20 - My Phenix City Story - Neil Ira Needleman - Experimental - 4 min.
Best Political - Experimental Short
Some thoughts about the changing nature of violence over the years- in real life and on the screen.
6:25 - ALL WE DID WAS LIVE - Andrew Schrader and Travis Schirmer - Doc. - 20 min.
Best of Festival Award - Locally Produced Short Documentary
A look in how gentrification in Berkeley and Albany, CA has displaced residents of former Albany Bulb park, and how they live in the aftermath of their eviction.
6:45 - INTERMISSION
7:00 - DOGTOWN REDEMPTION - Amir Soltani & Chihiro Wimbush - Doc. - 94 min.
Best of Festival - Jury Award - Documentary
Shot over eight years, DOGTOWN REDEMPTION is not only the intimate story of recyclers in West Oakland but a journey through a landscape of love and loss, devotion and addiction, prejudice and poverty.
9:00 - INTERMISSION
9:15 - JASMINE - Dax Phelan - Feature - 80 min.
Grand Festival Award - Best Feature
On the one-year anniversary of his wife’s unsolved murder, a grieving husband (Jason Tobin, "Better Luck Tomorrow") becomes obsessed with a mysterious interloper (Byron Mann, "The Big Short," "The Man with the Iron Fists") who he believes is responsible for her death. Co-starring Eugenia Yuan ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny," "Revenge of the Green Dragons") and Sarah Lian ("Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong").
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6
2:00 - ADI AT THE CONFLUENCE - Joor Baruah - Documentary - 20 min.
Best of Festival Award - Short Documentary
Through a series of encounters with the indigenous Adi people around the old town of Pasighat in the remote Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh on the border of India and China, Adi At the Confluence, portrays the resilience of this unique tribe amidst a confluence of issues related to their land, water and identity.
2:30 - THE GREAT TRANSMISSION - Guna Foundation - Documentary - 55 min.
Grand Festival Enlightenment Award
The film traces Tibetan Buddhist literature’s epic journey through history, and one refuge lama’s modern efforts to preserve these texts. It closes with a pressing inquiry into whether Tibet’s culture can survive.
3:30 - OCCAM'S RAZOR - Makan Talayeh and Tautis Skorka - Short - 18 min.
Grand Festival Award - Dramatic Short
A series of unexplainable events plague a group of young travelers at an isolated motel in Death Valley in the winter of 1986.
4:00 - MASTERS OF RHYTHM - Eve Ma - Music Doc. - 28 min. Q&A to follow
Best Ethnographic Music Documentary Award
The music video, shot in Peru, stars three of the world's finest percussionists. They play the Cajon, sing, dance and talk about their rich Afro-Peruvian culture.
4:45 - INTERMISSION
5:00 - HEARING IS BELIEVING - Lorenzo DeStefano - Music Doc - 99 min.
Grand Festival Award - Best Music Documentary
In a world filled with Noise, there is another Sound worth Hearing, and her name is Rachel Flowers.
6:45 - INTERMISSION
7:00 - The Human Mirror – Marc Nadal - Short Feature - 16 minutes - Spain
Grand Festival Award - Best Foreign Short
Based on the real story of a 17-year-old girl with social anxiety having no contact with the outside world. Never leaving her home, she watches the cruelties being reported by the media daily, resulting in a tragically horrific breakdown.
The East Bay Media Center is wrapping up its 24th Berkeley Video and Film Festival (BVFF) this weekend with screenings drawn from more than 75 independent films from the US, Switzerland, Russia, and Ireland. Thanks to an exclusive partnership with the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts the BVFF will also spotlight a host of "masters-degree" short films and animations. In addition to an array of Jury-selected features and documentaries, the BVFF also includes outstanding shorts and experimental cinema.
The last three days of festival's offerings will be held at the East Bay Media Center's performance space at 1939 Addison Street in Berkeley's Downtown Arts District. Space is limited so it's advisable to secure tickets in advance. Tickets are also available at the door at a 'pay what you can' rate.
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The film involves a journey through a landscape of infrastructures that are common to an everyday reality of routine. Yet here we find these environments are deserted. This allows attention to focus instead on the design and spatial arrangements of the objects, which become centrally present. Infrastructures involves a series of seven tracking shots. A steady flow of objects in various contrived arrangements passes by the eye.
A journey into a labyrinth, where a variety of dazzling verbal, musical ad visual textures lead to a mystery at the center.
7:45pm - Q & A with David Finkelstein
8:30pm - NOWRUZ: Lost and Found - K-Von - Comedy - Best Comedy Documentary Award - 82 minutes
In his movie, K-Von discovers he was not informed about a huge holiday known as NOWRUZ (Persian New Year) celebrated by over 300 million people worldwide. Instead of getting mad at his Iranian father for not sharing, he grabs a camera crew and sets out to learn as much as he can, inviting the viewer to join along on his quest.
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Grand Festival Award in Documentary - Andrew Young
Best Documentary Director - C.B. Hackworth
Grand Festival Award - Feature
Best Song Ever Award -"Maraschino Moon"
Grand Festival Award - Best Student Films 2015
USC School of Cinematic Arts
The Peckinpah Award 2015 - Short Feature
'Suggestive Gestures' - Experimental Feature - David Finkelstein - Best Experimental Feature Award
An oneiric, surprising odyssey through seductive, hyperreal and overwhelming spaces that float somewhere between the screen and your body. Piloted by expansive and elastic improvisation, the work unfolds into continually unpredictable and astonishing new territories. -Jesse Malmed (Nightingale Cinema) on David Finkelstein’s “Suggestive Gestures”
A poet's journey though corridors of liquid geometry where words float and echoes are visual; where portals open onto morphing gardens with unlimited horizons. -Mike Kuchar on David Finkelstein’s “Suggestive Gestures”
Saturday November 8 Screenings, Mel Vapour (left) awards Bob Holman (right) the GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD IN DOCUMENTARY,
SPECIAL JURY MENTION, for LANGUAGE MATTERS with BOB HOLMAN.
Friday November 7 Screenings SOLD OUT - STANDING ROOM ONLY for BY CHANCE by Frieda De Lackner
and AGE of REASON by Philip Marlatt , Andrew Schrader and Jordan Harris. GLOBE TROT by Mitchell Rose,
THE MAN to CALL by Zack Scott, COLUMBUS DAY by Scotty Cornfield and FREEDOM by Neil Ira Needleman.
Special Thanks and KUDOS to these phenom filmmakers.
BVFF 2014 attendees Tom Glass and Pep Panos of Berkeley, attending BVFF 2014 every screening, breaking the record for most films screened at a BVFF. They broke the previous record held by Dr. David Woodrow of New York, by screening 74 films, smashing Woodrow's record of 45 films.
Grand Festival Award Audience Favorite - IN PASSING by Alan Miller - USC School of Cinematic Arts
Mel Vapour, BVFF Director, Jon Hammond, Musician, and Tom Glass, Musician at BVFF 2014 Opening Night.
Berkeley California -- It was really great to be at Opening Night of the 23rd Annual Berkeley Video and Film Festival 2014 at
East Bay Media Center this evening! Wonderful screening of movies tonight from USC Film School, the picture and audio quality in East Bay Media Center is outstanding!
SELECTIONS FROM USC SCHOOL OF CINEMATIC ARTS – FIRST LOOK 2014
Student Filmmaker’s - Drama - 202 minutes - Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 7pm
Screening Twelve short Dramatic films from the FiRST Film, FiRST Look Festival 2014 bringing together the rich diversity, creativity, and talent from the USC student body across multiple disciplines and art forms in film, television, film production, animation, or interactive media. Screening of BA and MFA student works.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 31 - STUDENT FILM MARATHON
SELECTIONS FROM USC SCHOOL OF CINEMATIC ARTS – FIRST LOOK 2014
Student Filmmaker’s - Drama & Comedy - 148 minutes - Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 7pm
Screening 10 short Dramatic and Comedy films
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 1 - STUDENT FILM MARATHON
Student Filmmaker’s - Documentary and Animation - 200 minutes - Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 2:30pm
Screening short Documentary and Animation films
Intermission - 6pm
THE MAGIC SHOES - Sahand Nikoukar - Student Filmmaker’s, 19 minutes.
Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 7:00pm
After moving to Los Angeles in 1992, a nine-year-old Iranian boy wants to impress his new classmates with a pair of Air Jordan basketball shoes, thinking they will make him fly like Michael Jordan! The Magic Shoes is a USC Graduate Thesis film shot on Super 16mm film.
ARENA - Martin Rath - Short Feature, 23 minutes - Poland - Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 7:30pm A hitchhiker is taken in by a remote Polish mountain community. Tested by the hardened locals and the unforgiving harshness of his new environment he constitutes his presence in the mountains. But whom do we have to prove of what we’re made of?
Intermission - 8pm
RUNAWAY DAY - Dimitris Bavellas - Feature, 86 minutes - Greece - Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 8:15pm
Independent film trying to depict the effect of crisis in modern-day Athens while paying at the same time homage to sci-fi B-movies
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 2
PRAYERS OF THE ANCIENT ONES – Barry Schieber, Pema Gelleck, Guna Foundation - Documentary, 56 minutes
Screens at EBMC Performance Space - Screens at 2:30pm
The World Peace Ceremony, founded in 1989, an annual event that’s united the most ancient of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
THE INVISIBLE PEAK - Gary Yost - Documentary, 21 minutes - Screens at EBMC Performance Space Screens at 4pm
The script, movingly narrated by Peter Coyote, provides both a historical and spiritual overview of place, and the long continuum of humans relating to and caring deeply for the peaks of Mt. Tamalpais.
BON IN DOLPO: Ancient Zhang Zhung Kingdom - Then And Now - Andrea Heckman - Documentary, 56 minutes Screens at EBMC Performance Space Screens at 4:30pm
Explores the story of ancient Zhang Zhung and Bön traditions that have persisted for centuries in Dolpo where ancient texts and practices have been preserved. Followers of Bön receive oral teachings and transmissions from teachers in a lineage unbroken from ancient times until the present day.
CULTURAL HERITAGE - A Village In The Clouds - Chan Wai - Radio Television Hong Kong - Documentary, 22 minutes
Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 5:45pm
Jiuzhaigou Valley is located in Central China. Tibetan’s respect for nature is passed on generations by generations. They believe that there is a soul in every creation. It had used to be a place allowing the coexistence of human and nature.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6
SMART CHIMP! – Marc Wilson - Animation, 6 minutes - Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 6:30pm
Shows the struggles of Bobo, a research subject in a cognitive - enhancement experiment, to outwit the two human researchers keeping him caged.
MANUFACTURED MEMORIES - Neil Ira Needleman - Experimental, 5 minutes - Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 6:40pm Our memories anchor us to essential parts of our identity. Without them, we are adrift. The narrator of this story is adrift in a place that is unfamiliar. Like me, he’s aware that he has memory issues. And, like me, he compensates by manufacturing “memories” to replace the ones he’s lost. Some of my manufactured memories appear in this video.
LOVE JANINE POMMY VEGA - Tom Knoff & Kurt Hemmer - Arts, 50 minutes
Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 7pm
A moving tribute to a female poet finding her voice among some of the most revered men of the counterculture.
BAWDY, The Movie – Larry Paros - Animation, 20 minutes - Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 8:45pm
Sex… Easier done then said. See our sexual organs brought to life before our eyes. Watch them perform acts, which you’ve only dreamt about.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7
FREEDOM – Neil Ira Needleman - Experimental, 5 minutes - Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 6:35pm A subtle elegy to the excesses of capitalism. A delicate ode to overabundance. A sedate celebration of the moral imperative to buy. An understated tribute to those whose cups runneth over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.
COLUMBUS DAY – Scotty Cornfield - Comedy, 9 minutes - Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 6:45pm
If you’re a con man, tourists are usually pretty easy targets Usually.
THE MAN TO CALL - Zachary T. Scott - Short Feature, 13 minutes - Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 7pm
When the cops bust the city’s biggest mob king Pin, they have to call an ex-cop (old school) who got kicked off the force for his brutal interrogation acts which consist of wet willys, Indian burns and many more. Will Donny be able to hold out? Watch to find out!
GLOBE TROT - Mitchell Rose - Experimental, 5 minutes - Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 7:15pm
An international crowd-sourced dance-film project, as filmmakers on all seven continents each shoot two seconds of dance by choreographer Bebe Miller.
BY CHANCE - Frieda De Lackner - Short Feature, 13 minutes - Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 7:30pm
Two People meet by chance in a museum and have an instant connection that could possibly change their lives.
THE AGE OF REASON - Philip Marlatt - Feature, 93 minutes - Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 8:15pm
After his alcoholic father sabotages his chance at becoming a major league pitcher, Oz seeks a way out of the suburbs but he won’t leave his sister Kayli, and his best friend, Freddy, behind.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8
INVINCIBLE CITY - David Finkelstein - Experimental, 21 minutes - Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 3:30pm In a city of dead ideas, dry, brittle conversations, and trembling, crystallized buildings, two men seek the proper approach to take towards the end of the world. Should one sit back, writing notes in a crumbling notebook, or should one rush headlong into the flames.
MY HAPPY PLACE - Kit Young - Experimental, 9 minutes - Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 3:55pm
This Video was a short in a video feedback environment I built. I also created the robotic devices used to manipulate the props and cameras. It Is part of my “Our Favorite Shows” video series which serves as an alternative to “normal” TV content.
DR. WEISSBERG AND THE MEANING OF LIFE - Mitchum Nathaniel Ray - Short Feature, 4 minutes
Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 4:10pm
Window into the Professor’s subconscious darkens. The meaning of life is told.
YODELAY KILL YOU - Alfred Ham - Comedy, 8 minutes - Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 4:15pm
The Frustration of living with a messy, careless, annoying roommate. How must they be handled?
HEAVENKID: TIME-SPACE DOOR – Meng-Ying Lin, Ping Tan - Animation, 12 minutes Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 4:25pm
ToTo and Ahya enter a Time-Space Door and forget who they are. HeavenKid rescues them from their fantasy world.
BALI BODY & SPIRIT - Henry Young - Documentary, 24 minutes - Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 4:45pm
Intermission - 5:15pm
BUTTERFLY DREAMS - Venkat Kaishnan - Short Feature, 22 minutes - Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 6pm A young child laborer in India sees a way to pursue her dream to learn to read and write when an educated man comes to her village.
Intermission - 6:30pm
LANGUAGE MATTERS with BOB HOLMAN - David Grubin - Documentary, 120 minutes
Screens at EBMC Performance Space - 7pm
Includes interviews with songmen, linguists, and poets, including songman Charlie Mangulda, the only living speaker of Amurdak, an Aboriginal language once common in Australia’s Northern Territory. The film also features original music and songs in Welsh, Hawaiian
and Aboriginal languages. When we lose a language, we lose a part of ourselves. Q&A follows with Bob Holman.
BERKELEY VIDEO and FILM FESTIVAL 2014 FESTIVAL WRAP EVENT at EBMC Performance Space - 9:30pm
Featuring The Peter Barshay Trio, Refreshments and more. Evening Tickets: $15.00 for Language Matters with Bob Holman film and event.
The Berkeley Video and Film Festival 2013 program’s weekend of 67 student films opened Friday in a night of excellent curatorial choices, pristine film innovation. The five-and-a-half hour program opened with three films submitted by students from unspecified schools and the remaining twelve films were created by students of the University of Southern California Film School. While a five-and-a-half hour marathon can be exhausting to sit through, the vast variation in cinematic quality, narrative innovation and subject matter within this program was enough to retain acute interest throughout the night.
The small East Bay Media Center welcomed the crowd of audience members to get comfortable with homemade enchiladas, cold lemonade and a warm, intimate theater before the program began. The first and third films, “Iris” and “Cuvee,” displayed strong cinematic qualities in writing, direction and lighting, but the high level of mastery over these points made the films’ weaker details increasingly prominent. For example, while “Iris,” a film about the risks of counterfeited identity in an enticing future world, had a captivating storyline and well-crafted lighting, the nonprofessional acting and editing were made exceedingly apparent.
However, the second film, Zachary Scott’s “We Need to Talk,” embraced the materials at its disposal to create a consistently successful product. A story of a man who unknowingly marries a professional assassin, “We Need to Talk” integrates intentionally campy effects — freeze-frames on individuals providing their descriptions as assassins — with strong acting talent, smooth editing and a succinct storyline that moved visually: The protagonist stumbles through his house, accidentally killing a number of assassins. The film was independently funded, and Scott used his low budget to his advantage. After the screening of his film, Scott received the Reality Films Award for his excellence in capturing a range of horror genres from zombie to teen scream to B-horror.
After the presentation of Scott’s award, the night’s curator, Mel Vapour, introduced the projects from the University of Southern California students with great admiration and excitement. With a wide variety of films, from documentaries about family myths and black culture in Los Angeles to narratives ranging from horror stories to historical epics to musicals to teen dramas, the USC selection was riveting. As Vapour explained, he selected USC films specifically because he considers their program to be the world’s center for professional film training; Friday’s films held up to this standard. The lighting, staging, framing and overall aesthetic of each film were pristine, the storylines were fascinating and the the acting and editing in each film were executed at a professional Hollywood level.
While the success of these USC films attest to the dedication, skill and talent of each filmmaker as well as to the quality of the school and training they receive, it is important to note that the the substantial amount of funding allotted to these films provided access to resources — on-location shooting, professional editing and shooting equipment, etc.— that contributed to their polished Hollywood quality.
While each USC film glowed with professionalism, one in particular that stood out was Gil Marsden’s “Bluebird Street,” about a community of women who are taught to live “perfect” ’50s housewife-style lives — but devoid of men. What was so impressive about this film was its modern use of the musical genre, which is generally absent from today’s screens except in recycled Broadway productions. Its songs complement the quaint tone of the film’s environment and introduce the story’s turn from peaceful to horrific as a man is abducted for trying to court one of the women. While each film at this festival was beautifully executed, this revitalization of a medium unseen on American screens today — the movie-musical — was especially compelling.
The student films screened through the Berkeley Video and Film Festival were professionally constructed and well selected.
Michael McClure accepts Grand Festival Awards for Colin Still's 'Abstract Alchemist of Flesh' and Nic Saunder's 'One Night at the Aristo', Friday, October 25th at the BERKELEY VIDEO & FILM FESTIVAL 2013 at East Bay Media Center - Berkeley
ANDREW YOUNG ( right ), former Ambassador to the United Nations, former Mayor of Atlanta and civil rights pioneer, accepts the Grand Festival Award for his documentary "CHANGE IN THE WIND", from BERKELEY VIDEO & FILM FESTIVAL'S WIL HUBERT ( left ) in Atlanta, Georgia, April 8, 2013
For those that missed these outstanding films in past years at the BERKELEY VIDEO & FILM FESTIVALS, we screened the Best of the 2011 & 2012 selections in February. All Screenings and Advance Tickets available at: EAST BAY MEDIA CENTER PERFORMANCE SPACE - 1939 ADDISON STREET . DOWNTOWN BERKELEY ARTS DISTRICT . 510.843.3699 . Tickets: $5. each night . Advance Tickets on sale NOW!
DS+R - Checkerboard Film Foundation - 54 minutes Documentary -
*BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD DOCUMENTARY 2012 - Architecture and Design team – Diller Scofidio + Renfro - examined through the lens of two important urban projects: the High Line and Lincoln Center.
Space Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm
by Laura Harrison and Elizabeth Federici - 78 minutes
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD DOCUMENTARY - BVFF 2011
Radical architects, video pioneers, and mordantly funny cultural commentators.
The Ant Farmers created a body of deeply subversive multidisciplinary artwork that questioned the boundaries of architecture and predicted much of the technology we now take for granted.
at East Bay Media Center - Performance Space
1939 Addison Street - Berkeley Downtown Arts District
Tickets: $5. Advance tickets available now
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BERKELEY VIDEO & FILM FESTIVAL 2009 An Independent Cinematic Marathon
BV+FF’s two day event this year, features outstanding and challenging independent new cinema from Italy, Cuba, Germany, Venezuela, Great Britain, and the USA, as well as, 15 local San Francisco Bay Area Filmmakers being represented.
Since our previous BV+FF, we have witnessed a regime change in Washington, and a global economic collapse, however, the spirit of indie cinema prevails, as witnessed by this years remarkable filmmakers and their substantive creative endeavors.
Our screening selections in 2009, reflect the very best works of over one hundred and fifty submissions. Sit back, relax, and let these filmmakers inform, shock and entertain you. - Mel Vapour, Director BV+FF
“Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.” - Jean-Luc Godard
THE 19th 2010 BERKELEY VIDEO + FILM FESTIVAL
Founded by award winning independent filmmakers who were involved with
the "independent underground cinema revolution" in the early and mid-1960's, THE BERKELEY VIDEO + FILM FESTIVAL was created in 1990 to provide a venue for independent film and videomakers
creating works that challenge and confront our notions of "Electronic
programs and screens original works, all which have been juried by a screening
committee of professional media makers at mainstream film theaters in
Berkeley, California, home of the free speech movement. The festival issues
awards in each category and promotes the individual filmmakers by insuring
that their works receive media attention, press reviews and screen presence.
The rapid growth of THE BERKELEY VIDEO +
FILM FESTIVAL in the past decade reflects the increased
interest in independent electronic cinematography, locally and globally.
BV+FF continues to provide
a context for everyone interested in independent media making today.
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