It’s a Film Invasion L.A.

Film Invasion L.A. brings the best of independent film to the heart of Los Angeles.

The Valley is getting more film! The official lineup for the inaugural Film Invasion L.A festival has been announced. Film Invasion L.A. is a film festival that brings the work of great filmmakers together and injects them into the heart of Los Angeles. Founded by industry veterans who have spent more than two decades regularly visiting the great film festivals of the world, Film Invasion L.A. looks to discover new talent and give great filmmakers an opportunity to shine. The one-week long film festival opens on Thursday, August 25 and closes on Thursday, September 1.

Film Invasion L.A. presents a diverse collection of works from stories about love and loss to dark secrets and ghosts real and imagined that can take hold of each of us. The festival is composed of 13 feature films, along with 23 shorts.

“Some of the films we are screening feature performers including Marc Maron, Chris Hardwick, Aisha Tyler, Ed Asner, Ione Skye, Denise Richards, Doug Benson and more,” said Jeffrey Howard, Festival Programmer.

WHEN: August 25 – September 1

WHERE: Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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Why did you start the film festival?

Our Board contains several industry professionals with intimate knowledge of film festivals, independent filmmaking, and independent film distribution. This gives Film Invasion L.A. a unique approach to film selection. We have chosen films from challenging genres, films with original subjects, and films that are straight out crowd pleasers. Film Invasion L.A. is a film festival by film lovers for film lovers.

What advice do you give to filmmakers submitting their work to film festivals?

Check that the people involved in the festival have real world experience.

Why did you cho0se the films and shorts for this festival?

The top concern is always quality, but then comes originality. We wanted daring films that the filmgoing public rarely gets to see at the cineplex. With arthouse theaters disappearing every year, a film festival such as ours can fill the gap. In the 1990’s, arthouses showed exciting, new films that were discovered at Sundance. Today Sundance is filled with Hollywood produced star vehicles. We chose the great films that fall through the cracks.

The Features

Writer/director Kuang Lee’s debut, Buddy Solitaire, features Golden Globe Winner Sally Kirkland. Buddy Solitaire is a struggling comedian on the late night circuit. The only job he can get is teaching comedy to the mentally ill. Buddy discovers, however, that by helping these patients, he can get closer and closer to healing himself.

Earbuds: The Podcasting Documentary by The Comedy Film Nerds podcast duo, Chris Mancini and Graham Elwood features amazing footage and interviews with podcasters such as Marc Maron, Aisha Tyler, Jimmy Pardo, Scott Aukerman, and Doug Benson. This is a story about the podcaster, but more importantly about the fans, and the relationships that build over time between these people they listen to on a daily basis. The award winning, Love Meet Hope, starring 7-Time Emmy Award winning actor Edward Asner, is sure to please in this tale of love and family. Love Meet Hope, directed by Bennie Woodell, was written by the film’s stars Bradley Fowler (Texas Heart) & Amanda Markowitz (Heartbeat, Bold and the Beautiful).

Artifice, a collaborative effort between director Steven Doxey and his lead actor, Brandon Sean Pearson, explores the consequences of what happens when an actor goes beyond method for a role.

The David Weis film, Black Luck, is the story of a hitman in hiding who struggles to keep his monsters at bay.

Counter Clockwise, recently acquired by Artsploitation, is a darkly comedic sci-fi time traveling thriller directed by George Moïse. A scientist, while working on inventing teleportation, instead accidentally invents time travel and zaps himself 6 months into the future.

Filmmaker Quincy Rose’s film, Friends Effing Friends Effing Friends, is a post-modern romantic comedy about sex amongst friends, missed opportunities, unrequited love and how the grass always appears to be greener on the other side.

Ghostland Boys, by filmmakers Chris McElroy & Corey Schmalzle, is the story of two best friends who start a ghost hunting company as a scam to make quick cash when their plans to road trip to California are foiled by an expensive engine repair.

Have you ever wondered how many hands your dollars have touched? Wonder no more as you get an account of the life of a dollar bill, and the many lives it passes along the way in Riley Woods, A Life Lived.

The thriller, No Way to Live directed by Nick Chakwin & David Guglielmo, is about an interracial teenage couple in the 1950’s devise a plan to steal money and escape the bigotry of the American south.

Our Time by Marc Lucas, is a film about escaping the past. he must navigate through a dangerous web of betrayal, violence, and drugs in order to escape the grasp of the local gangster and arrive at his true destination.

Director, Preston Peterson, examines three stories in one film. West Virginia Stories, examines what it means to live, find connection, deal with trauma, and do more than just exist, in the rural landscape of a small mining town in West Virginia.

When My Eyes Go Dark by director Timothy J. Aguado, is Based on the early events of psychic Lazaro Ruben Torres, clinically declared dead five times. In the process of trying to reconnect with his daughter Lazaro discovers the man who killed her.

The Shorts

Above Jewels written by Ashley Campbell and directed by Nicholas Rose is the story of two dysfunctional sisters who attempt to bury the body of a cheating husband before being discovered by a Good Samaritan passing by.

Alpha Phi directed by Neil Payne dives into the country’s horrible epidemic of mass shootings as they reveal the mind of a True Mad Hatter.

An Entanglement by director Dylan Sanford is a crime short about A woman’s world comes crashing down when a stranger reveals he’s been hired to kill her. What follows is a dark proposition: pay double, and she can turn the hit back on her murderous husband.

Army of God by writer/director Todd Wiseman Jr is an action short that follows a terror attack as it unfolds in New York City.

Being Her Friend directed by Eva Chen and written by Christina Yr. Jun is a film about how wounded souls who from an unlikely friendship in the ward of a 72-hour suicide watch.

Blood Bath written by Pandie Suicide and directed by Erik Boccio – A re-imagined Elizabeth Bathory dips her toe in the modern dating pool.

Goodwaman, a documentary by Chris Fiore, is seen through the lens of a fearless community activist that tells a story emblematic of our times. Wrongfully arrested for filming the police, Debra Goodman sues the City of New York to enshrine the First Amendment rights of all New Yorkers.

How to Build a Fort by director Adam Bowman and written by the star Jennifer Webster is a romance that explores how love can happen in an instant, but sometimes it takes a lifetime to build a fort.

Julian Price: Envisioning Community, Investing in People is a documentary short directed by Erin Derham that captures the beloved philanthropist’s work and personality.

Let There Be Peace by filmmaker Donald Watson is a short film adaptation of unknown poet C. Richard Miles’ poem Let There Be Peace. Stories depict modern times and the free will toward peace.

Martyr directed by Michael Hernandez is about a hardworking young man bent on saving his sick son must convince a stranger to kill an innocent student or an unknown group will detonate the bomb strapped under his coat.

Monsters by writer/director Steve Desmond is the tale of Jenn who lives in an underground bunker, protected from the monsters that now ravage the world. This is the day that she goes outside…

Orion directed by Spencer Currie and produced by Gary Plummer, tells the story of Pat Connell, a dreamer who convinces his best friend Adam Stevens, a hardened staff sergeant who reenlist for another tour in Afghanistan. On a routine mission that goes south, the two end up stranded behind enemy lines where they must come to grips with the sacrifice they made and rely solely on each other PAPA by filmmaker Joshua Ojeda is story about a stay at home dad who tells his daughter to go to sleep, until she mentions that she is not alone in her room…

Passports by writer/directors Jeremy Pion-Berlin and Adam Linkenhelt is a comedy short about how Tanya returns after 6 wild years of traveling abroad. To help her settle in, her mom and grandma set her up on a bizarre online date.

The Settling is a dramatic, mystery short film. directed by David Russell and written by Brad Douglas. Torn between his past and future, a husband is forced to say goodbye to his wife and children while spending one last weekend at their family cabin.

The Catcher by filmmaker Jamie Brindle is based on the incredible true story of professional baseball player-turned WW2 spy, Moe Berg. The Catcher brings us along on Moe’s first mission for the OSS. Filled with suspense and intrigue and set against the beautiful, yet dangerous, backdrop of 1930’s Japan, Moe must gather intel crucial to the planning of a historic battle – and of the utmost importance to the war effort of the Allied Forces.

The Hunter by writer/director Miri Stone is a dramatic fantasy short film about how some things in the forest are naughty and not very nice.

The Lost by filmmaker Victor Valerio is about four different people in the wilderness, each with their own struggles in life find each other and come to learn what it means to be happy.

The Past Inside the Present by director James Siewart is an animated short that is an allegorical tale of a couple who attempt to renew their dying relationship by plugging directly into recordings of their memories.

This is How produced by the film’s star Paulina Lagudi and directed by Brian M. White is the story of how a woman tries to allow herself intimacy and normalcy in a budding relationship while trying to hide her unique form of self-harm.

Trunk Space written and directed by Max Silver and produced by Rachel Sklar is a short thriller about two girls who pick up a mysterious hitchhiker in the desert.

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