5TH ANNUAL NEW MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL A CINEMATIC EXTRAVAGANZA
.LOS ANGELES, CA – While many festivals have stuck with old-school programs of shorts and features, the NMFF exhibits a stunning diversity of emerging media across 20 categories, including Digital Comics, 3D, and mobile content. At the same time, the festival also tips it hat to film history. At the closing ceremony, John Carpenter will present Roger Corman with the coveted Legend Award.
Declared “worth the entry fee” by MovieMaker Magazine and hailed for making “the cutting edge accessible” by Huffington Post, The New Media Film Festival celebrates the ever-changing world of new media. The 2014 edition of the festival will showcase 112 films from 25 countries.
As noted by NMFF attendee and fan Sally Kirkland, “The New Media Film Festival hasn’t just passed the crucial festival benchmark of five years, which is a lifetime in Hollywood. The programming has taken storytelling to a new level through technological innovations we couldn’t even imagine a few years back.”
Highlights of this year’s line-up include:
Turn It Up / Dir. Robert Radler (LA Premiere) -- The history of the electric guitar, from its invention in the 1930s to its golden years, right through the phenomenon of the Guitar Hero video-game and digital guitars of the future. Hosted by Kevin Bacon, the film features interviews with B.B. King, Slash, Les Paul, Robby Krieger, Paul Stanley, Skunk Baxter, John 5, Jerry Cantrell, Nancy Wilson and many more…
Curio Shop / Dir. Eric S. Anderson (World Premiere) -- A Post-apocalyptic Acid Western. Everything and everyone in this world is broken…Even time. Directed by Emmy-award winner Eric S. Anderson (Dexter, Six Feet Under) and shot by DP David Stump (X-Men, Batman Forever), the show stars Christopher Sweeney, Brittany Slattery, Robert Scott Crane.
Why We Ride / Dir. Bryan H. Carroll (Special Screening) -- An inspiring adventure into the world of motorcycling, told by those who live life to the fullest on 2-wheeled machines.
Galapagos 3D / Dir. Martin Williams (Opening Night) -- Taking us on a voyage to the stunning Galapagos islands, award-winning producers Anthony Geffen and Sir David Attenborough push 3D technology to its limit in order to meet the unprecedented challenges of filming its unique species and environments.
Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story / Dirs. Mike Ambs, Paul Foyder, Regino Roy III, Whitfield Scheidegger, Greg Shewchuk -- A stop-motion animated film based on the popular Disney parks Vinylmation collectible franchise.
We Hear Your Voice / Dir. Rafi B -- International pop stars and icons unite with a musical message of hope and to make a charitable contribution to the lives of children around the world.
Wildfire / Dir. Stephen G. Smith (World Premiere) -- Directed by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen G. Smith, Wildfire explores our relationship with civilized and wild fire.
All films have Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and participants. If you are in Los Angeles next month, you should check out this cinematic extravaganza. Among other things, Roger Corman and John Carpenter are going to be in the house.