The 17th annual Valley Film Festival (VFF) announces its feature film selections, including 12 Los Angeles premieres.
VFF returns in full force with a five-day festival showcasing more than 80 of the best independent films, from the (818) and from around the world, October 25-29, 2017 at Laemmle NoHo7 in the NoHo Arts District. Tickets are $12 and available at ValleyFilmFest.com.
The Festival kicks off Wednesday, October 25, with the Los Angeles Premiere of THE FATHER AND THE BEAR, directed by John Putch, (American Housewife, Cougar Town, Route 30 Trilogy) and starring Will Love as Byron Temple, a retired character actor with diagnosed dementia, who longs to perform at his beloved summer theatre one last time. Featuring David DeLuise and Dendrie Taylor.
John Putch will also be honored with the launch of the Jack F. Murphy Achievement in Independent Filmmaking Award, both of whom have shaped The Valley Film Festival to what it is today.
VFF17's Centerpiece Screening is the Los Angeles premiere of THAT NEVER HAPPENED: CANADA’S FIRST NATIONAL INTERNMENT OPERATIONS. Directed by Ryan Boyko, this documentary reveals the story of Canada’s first national internment operations between 1914 - 1920, when over 88,000 people were forced to register and more than 8,500 were wrongfully imprisoned in concentration camps across Canada. In 1954 the public records were destroyed and in the 1980s a few brave men and women began working to reclaim this chapter in history and ensure future generations would know about it.
US films with Los Angeles premiers include URBAN MYTHS, directed by Kim Marie, and featuring Sophie Simmons, Lou Ferrigno Jr., Courtney Gains, Lucas Adams, Gregg Wayans, Joe Estevez, and more. In this thriller, a group of high school seniors embark on a spring break camping trip to investigate the myths they’ve been researching. Once they stumble on an old haunted Indian Burial ground members of the group start to vanish, HER SIDE OF THE BED, directed by Bryn Woznicki, is the touching story of best friends, Rachel and Nicole, who share an intimate night that changes their friendship. Featuring Chelsea Morgan, Bryn Woznicki, Mindy Sterling, Tim Russ, Steven Anthony Lawrence, Debra Wilson, Clayton Snyder, and TROUBLE IS MY BUSINESS, Directed by Tom Konkle, A dark tale of love and betrayal, told in the classic style of film noir. Detective Roland Drake falls for two sisters from the Montemar family. One woman is dead and the other wants to kill him. Featuring Vernon Wells.
Foreign feature films making their Los Angeles debuts include:
YOU GO TO MY HEAD (Belgium/Morocco) Directed by Dimitri de Clerq
A thriller set in a desolate stretch of the Sahara, about a man, Jake, who finds his wife, Daphne, lost & alone after a car accident now suffering from post-traumatic amnesia. This is a love story with a twist and a twisted story with love.
SHE, THE SERGEANT MATACHO (Colombia) Directed by William Gonzalez
Based on true events, this action film begins in 1948 when the Columbian government slaughters those supporting the Liberal party, including Rosalba Velasquez’s husband. Rosalba joins the Guerrillas and becomes known for her courage and nom de guerre, Sargento Matacho, over the years.
WAKING DAVID (United Kingdom) Directed by Kevin Nash
In this drama, Scarlett, an American psychologist visits her half-sister to learn more about their father who died 10 years earlier. The family creates a wall of secrecy and lies surrounding his death and, as Scarlett delves deeper, shatters their stability. The film explores the dangers both of keeping secrets and digging them up.
LOVERS (Italy) Directed by Matteo Vicino
Four stories, five characters, connected in a spiral driven by love, comedy, doubt, suspicion and murder.
The Documentary selections, all Los Angeles premiers, highlight people acting locally here, and around the world, including an intimate portrait of Robert Shaw, the great symphonic conductor, who believed music could transcend human divisions whether political, prejudicial or simply entrenched. The New York Times went on to call ROBERT SHAW - MAN OF MANY VOICES “an obvious labor of love … admirably clear-eyed in its warts-and-all perspective”. MILWAUKEE 53206, Directed by Keith McQuirter, chronicles the lives of those affected by incarceration in America's most incarcerated ZIP code. Through the intimate stories of three 53206 residents, we witness the high toll mass incarceration takes on individuals and families that make-up the community. THE SUNRISE STORYTELLER, follows the hero's journey of teenage filmmaker & social justice advocate, Kasha Sequoia Slavner, as she sets out for six months on her 16th birthday across the world in search of stories of hope and resilience that shine a light on what it means to be a global citizen and how we can all make a difference. Includes an interview with Vietnam napalm bomb survivor Phan Thi Kim Phuc.
The Festival remains fully committed to supporting local independent production by showcasing thirty-one films made by Angelenos, Vals, and shot in or about the glamorous San Fernando Valley, while continuing to promote diverse films from around the world, with 27 films from Australia, Belgium, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, France, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, and United Kingdom.
Additionally, VFF has dedicated Friday, October 27, to films directed or produced by women.
October 25-29, 2017
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Laemmle NoHo 7
5240 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
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