Ed & Vern's Rock store...award-winner to screen!
Fortunately, I was strolling past the Regency Theatre on Beverly Boulevard last night, when I noticed the large poster advertising the innovative "Digital Video and High Definition Festival", underway now through the end of the month in the Fairfax District.
Over the next few days, film enthusiasts will have the opportunity to take in screenings of over 120 videos and short films, at the 5th Annual event, gratis.
This afternoon (March 27th, 2008) there will be thought-provoking screenings of independent projects such as "All Along", "LA LLAMADA", "Gone Too Far".
Other award-winning projects - such as "Sympathetic Details" - will be presented amid a lot of fanfare, no doubt, on Saturday, March 29th, 2008.
In addition to the screenings, a number of seminars have been scheduled to assist directors and producers, in the realm of short film and video.
Last night, I caught the tail end of an informative session that focused on a new camera specifically developed with the independent filmmaker in mind - the "Red".
Filmmakers rave about it,
"The Red camera is extraordinary. The Redvolution marks the tipping point of the democratization of filmmaking," notes producer Dean Devlin (Independence Day, Godzilla, The Patriot and Flyboys).
And, Steven Soderbergh gushes,
"Shooting with RED is like hearing The Beatles for the first time. RED sees the way I see. Someday I hope to find out exactly how Jim and his team (manufacturers) made something so technologically advanced seem so organic, so beautifully attuned to that most natural of phenomena, light. But for now I'm just glad I've got my hands on the damn thing, because it's actually making the film(s) better..."
There have also been in-depth discussions for individuals in front of the camera as well; such as performing artists, actors, and the like.
For example, Kevin Major Howard (a successful local photographer) was on hand last night to discuss the in's and out's of shooting publicity stills and the effective use of promotional tools. The event was quite informative and worth attending.
On Saturday night, March 30th, 2008, there will be an Awards Ceremony, celebrating excellence in the field of Digital Video and High Definition.
RED...innovative new tool for Independent Filmmakers on the fly!