TWISTER ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL SELECTED 6 OUTSTANDING SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FILMMAKERS & SCREENWRITERS TO REPRESENT LA LA LAND! (INCLUDING ME!)
AT ITS 2019 FEST! CONGRATULATIONS TO ALEIX MASSOT, CAMERON DINWIDDIE, GREGORY KASUNICH, JOSHUA BARNETT, SARAH SHAMMARI & KATE FROEHLICH FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK- IT PAID OFF!
NORTH HOLLYWOOD RESIDENT & AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY JASON WEARY WAS A GUEST SPEAKER!
His name is Josh Hope. His film festival idea has turned Woodward, Oklahoma into one of the most important and prominent destinations for filmmakers and screenwriters to converge, mix, screen, deal, write, learn, and, of course, PARTY! His festival is listed as one of the TOP 100 Best Reviewed film festivals globally and by Filmfreeway.com, and one of the best for attracting filmmakers for its low-cost fees. That’s big-huge!
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Mr. Hope during the fest and talk in detail about Twister Alley Film Festival, how he’s handling its success & what the future holds.
Josh, tell us about how Twister Alley started. Where did the idea come from and how did you manage to pull it all together? What was the response of the community?
My lifelong buddy TJ Treece and I have both been rabid movie fans since as long as I can remember. We grew up together in small-town Oklahoma watching all kinds of movies and garnered a true appreciation and love of film in general. Bringing a film festival home to Northwest Oklahoma was something we had talked about for years. TJ was visiting me in Chicago, and we both were in a place where we thought we could actually make it happen!
Well, the entire town of Woodward, OK seems to be involved with the festival. Is this just luck, or, is the town a ‘cell’ of film enthusiasts?
It’s definitely not luck! When we first began pitching the idea of starting an indie film festival in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma, some people thought we were crazy and questioned how we’d ever get film people to come to town. The first couple of years were an experiment, but TJ and I were familiar with the indie film scene, we knew if we gave the filmmakers and awesome and rewarding experience it could work. I think the city of Woodward now sees the benefit behind bringing several hundred tourists to town for the weekend, and we have some really great local people that put in a lot of time and effort to help us pull it off.
I agree!! Give our readers a history lesson of the Woodward Arts Theater and how it plays a crucial role in Woodward’s arts & crafts local community.
The Historic Woodward Arts Theater first opened in the 1920s. I believe it operated and ran first run movies until the early 1980s before becoming a live theatre venue. The revitalization of the theatre is truly inspiring. The town continues to fight to keep the old beauty alive. We absolutely love that the city successfully restored their vintage marquee and lit it for the first time in 25 years at our opening night festivities this year. We’re absolutely thrilled to bring movies back to the theatre, and honored to play a small part of the theatre’s history and in the revitalization of downtown Main Street in Woodward.
I was there! It was truly an exciting and emotional experience. What’s next for the Twister Alley Film Festival & how can filmmakers and screenwriters submit to the fest?
We’re now on our 6th year and the festival just keeps getting bigger and better each year. We’re honored to be named on Moviemaker Magazine’s ‘Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee’ & to be listed as a Top Reviewed Film Festival once again on FilmFreeway. We accept and play all genres and lengths of film, and we have a screenplay contest with a live table read for our Finalists. We would love for filmmakers, writers and actors to submit, and if selected, come join the party at the festival. Submissions are now open on FilmFreeway. Next year’s fest takes place the first weekend of May 2020.
Name your favorite films:
This is an impossibly hard question! But, to name a few: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lost in Translation, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Fargo, The Shining, Sideways, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.
Name your favorite produced screenplays?
A lot of the same from above: Eternal Sunshine, Lost in Translation. I really love the screenplay for The Squid and The Whale.
*Thank you, Josh, for taking the time and introducing the world to Woodward, OK & Twister Alley Film Festival!
All filmmakers and screenwriters can be found on IMDB / IMDB Pro, or direct:
Aleix Massot- firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Shammari- email@example.com
Cameron Dinwiddie- firstname.lastname@example.org
Gregory Kasunich- email@example.com
Joshua Barnett- firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Froehlich- email@example.com
Jason Weary- Facebook
To contact Josh Hope, the Creative Director of Twister Alley Film Festival:
If you are a filmmaker or screenwriter, contact Filmfreeway.com to begin your submissions process. And, good luck!
The NoHo Arts District News, & myself, would like to CONGRATULATE all the Los Angeles & NoHo filmmakers who were Selected, Nominated & Won their categories. L.A. is proud of you!