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Love Unlimited Film Festival & Art Exhibition 2012 Red Carpet Awards Event in Los Angeles and Austin. Call for Entries.
A NEW FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE
The Fourth Annual International Love Unlimited Film Festival & Art Exhibition Offers An Alternative To The Usual Film Festival Fare
Many of today’s film festivals have become crowded, impersonal events that follow the same formulaic routines. If celebrities, directors, or casts from movies are present, interactions are very limited, sometimes staged, and offer little or no opportunity for networking or close contact. Worse, many festivals have become crowded with industry insiders, who muscle out more innovative work to present predictable, commercial fare. This can transform film festivals from potentially one of the most exciting events there is into a dreary, tiring affair.
This makes the Love Unlimited Film & Art Exhibition unique. Through relaxed and friendly chat-backs and Q&A sessions with cast, crew, writers, producers, directors, and more, Love Unlimited offers not only close interactions but also possibilities for networking with actual working professionals in the film and art industries. One such guest this year is Elise Plakke, one of only four women directors worldwide chosen to present at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Love Unlimited Film & Art Exhibition doesn’t offer the same predictable program of events found at other festivals, but makes room for groundbreaking, original, and inspiring work by voices often unable to be heard elsewhere. This year hip-hop performer/assistant director JenRO will feature a live musical performance to accompany her music video “Closet”.
Along with an international array of feature films, shorts, documentaries, music videos, and other genres, festival-goers in particular also have the opportunity to hear working directors and writers present script-readings and to participate in Q&A sessions afterward. This is a chance to participate directly with film-makers in their process and to spread the love to everyone at the festival.
Festival-goers also participate in voting for the People’s Choice Award as best of fest. Love Unlimited is unique in having at press the most award categories of almost any film festival in the world, including awards for scripts in progress and various people's choice awards. To visit the official website, check out www.LoveAndDiversity.org as well as www.LoveUnlimitedAwardWinners.org for highlights and announcements for the film, art and script award winners of the most recent festival.
The Fourth Annual Love Unlimited Film Festival & Art Exhibition starts in February 2012 and runs through April 2012. If you are interested in submitting film, scripts, stageplays, teleplays or art for the Fifth Annual Love Unlimited Film Festival & Art Exhibition, please visit our submissions page as we currently offer discounted early submissions rates. We welcome submissions via mail in entries, online entries or withoutabox (withoutabox page found here).
For further information or to contact us, check out the "Nationwide Schedule" page of our website at http://lovefilmandart.org/page/schedule-1.
Help us to spread love for all people!
LOVE UNLIMITED FILM FESTIVAL & ART EXHIBITION
EMAIL: Contact page of www.LoveAndDiversity.org
Above Photo: Elise Plakke, Love Unlimited Film Festival & Art Exhibition Award Winner, Filmmaker and Screenwriter of "14 Minutes."
NATIONWIDE SCHEDULE FOR THE LOVE UNLIMITED FILM FESTIVAL & ART EXHIBITION,
February 25th, 2012
Date: Feb 25-26, 2012
Highlights: Film screenings, Q+A sessions, Music Videos, Fourth Annual International Poster Arts Exhibition and much more!
4:30pm ~ Red Carpet Introductions.
Hip-Hop Artist and Leading Actress of the Award Winning 'Closet' Music Video
JenRO takes it back to her adolescence & resolves her coming out with her accepting mother. A day at school for mini JenRO is not a typical day for the average girl at school.
The music video is dedicated for awareness to all LGBT youth who have contemplated suicide in the past years
After the music video: Live Performance of "Closet"! Also, After the live performance, meet the Artist and Assistant Director! Q+A with Hip-Hop Artist JenRo.
5:20pm ~ “My Hometown” (Canada). Completed in 2011, Weaving a storyline that encompasses children and places from all over the world, this animated film of original illustrations, plays out Yoko Ono's instructional positivism, using a backdrop of her voice and her original recording 'Remember Love' written and sung by her, accompanied on guitar by John Lennon.
5:30pm [Film] - And this is how some of Us think about the future...” [Cyprus, United Kingdom]
A short documentary based on real people beliefs about the future of a united Cyprus if the ongoing negotiations are successful. Every opinion in the short is being expressed by a character that is developed from the original drawings of the people that have expressed these opinions. The animated short is part of the Director's research on how animation can act as a tool for peace at the Glasgow School of Art.
Film: 14 Minutes - [State Premiere]
Director's Statement: From Elise Plakke
My films are about the complicated nature of human relationships in postmodern times. I seek to examine the self and society in an attempt to rethink standard assumptions. 14 Minutes reveals that happiness is personal and often not related to popular notions of happiness. The main character in 14 Minutes, Chloe, is engaged to get married to a successful man and based on stereotypical narratives, should be thrilled. Yet Chloe realizes that in losing her voice and spontaneity in the relationship, she has lost a piece of herself, putting her happiness second to the stability of the relationship.
Women and men often stay in relationships in a comfort zone because it is easier to go along with a semi-fulfilling relationship than break it off to find the ultimate relationship. The film illustrates that learning to see the world through a different lens offers introspection and a chance to redefine ourselves.
After the film: Meet the Director! Q+A with Elise Plakke, the Screenwriter & Director of 14 Minutes. In addition, 14 Minutes is a Short that is part of her ongoing feature length film. Elise is the screenwriter for the full feature, and will read an excerpt of a scene not in the short film after the Love Unlimited Screenplay Exhibition on February 26th, 2012.
Elise Plakke is one of 4 women directors worldwide chosen to screen her film at Cannes Film Festival. See Interview here.
7:00pm ~ Special Gift Economy Film Presentation followed by a Surprise Guest Presentation.
7:30pm ~ The Fourth Annual International Award Winning Directors Panel with JenRO, Myria Christophini, Magda Sztompka and Elise Plakke
February 26th, 2012
4:30PM ~ Red Carpet Introductions. The Fourth Annual International Award Winning Screenwriters Panel featuring Suzanne Kelman, Rosie Woods, Blue Spruell, Shanisha Mitchell, Angel Bailey, Rubaiyat Hossain, Dana Cowden and more!
5:30pm ~ The Fourth Annual International Script, Teleplay and Stageplay Reading Exhibition!
A few of our Award Winning Script Writers who will
7:00pm ~ An after-exhibition reading of a scene not included in “14 Minutes” by Elise Plakke. This is a scene that will appear in her upcoming feature length version of the film "14 Minutes."
7:45pm ~ The Fourth Annual International Love Unlimited Film Festival & Art Exhibition Awards Ceremony
Recommended Events for AFTER the Film Fest!
February 27th, 2012
3:00PM - Love Unlimited Garden Stroll.
After the Film Festival we invite you to join us on a garden stroll in one of the world's most famous botanical gardens, Zilker Botanical Garden, visited yearly by half a million people from over 100 different countries from around the world. Zilker Botanical Garden's mission is "to promote the education and love of gardening among people of all ages." Love Unlimited Film Festival & Art Exhibition is honored to also have several of Austin's most incredible photographers accompany us on this garden stroll so that we may photograph the amazing filmmakers, screenwriters, their friends, family and audience members who have come from all over the world in one of the most beautiful gardens on the face of the planet, as described by numerous visitors including the New York Times. In this way Love Unlimited attendees may have cherished memories of not only the event, but also some of the most beautiful areas of Austin, Texas as well to share with loved ones around the world. We are delighted to be accompanied by several of Austin's Most talented Photographers. If you are someone who is bringing a personal camera onto this trip, please respect the Zilker Photographer's guidelines.
Please note, due to Zilker Botanical Gardens requirements, the Love Unlimited stroll with Love Unlimited photographers, is limited to the first 50 people, so please contact us if you plan on joining the Love Unlimited Stroll. The public is always welcome to visit the garden individually as well.
Important: this event takes place after the Love Unlimited Film Festival & Art Exhibition, which has free of charge admission. Therefore, please note that each person attending the Zilker Botanical Gardens is required to purchase admission at the entrance of Zilker Botanical Gardens (100% of those admission fees go towards the Gardens).
About the gardens:
Zilker Botanical Garden is located on 31 acres of varied topography on the south bank of the Colorado River near downtown Austin. Its diverse topography is especially suited to depicting different habitats and displaying an array of native, hybrid and exotic plants. The Garden is the centerpiece of Zilker Park and the Lady Bird Johnson Lake (Colorado River) corridor and is its most extensively used facility.
See more of the gardens and features at Zilker Botanical Garden:
They have exotic, native, and hybrid plants. The gardens are right down the street from Barton Springs, so you can explore the gardens and then have a swim!
The Zilker Botanical Garden is divided into several themed gardens. There is a Japanese garden with a pond containing koi fish. There is a butterfly trail and garden in addition to a rose garden. There is an herb and fragrance garden and a cactus and succulent garden. Believe it or not, there are is also a prehistoric garden. Paleontologists discovered that dinosaurs once roamed these grounds, so the plants in this two-acre garden represent the type of plants from the Cretaceous period, when the dinosaurs were here. There is also a life-sized statue of the Ornithomimus, the dinosaur that left tracks here.
Zilker Botanical Garden…In the News!
On Sunday, May 2, 2010, The New York Times travel section featured an article, “Welcoming Spring in Texas Tones” (by Jan Benzel). One of her destinations was Zilker Botanical Garden. She writes:
My sister, Nancy, who lives in Austin, was my host and guide for the rest of my wildflower tour of Austin and its surroundings. In the city proper we visited Zilker Botanical Garden, a verdant respite with mini-gardens, almost like rooms, spilling from one to another over some 30 acres. With a blacksmith’s shed and antique tools in one spot and fossilized dinosaur footsteps in another, it’s well suited to keep children content and interested while their parents stroll or sit.
Austin is a stop on a major butterfly migration byway; one section of Zilker is chockfull of butterfly bait, particularly plants like sedums, coneflowers and passionflowers. Elsewhere there are waterfalls, streams with rock steps to skip across, and formal rose beds….
The full article, “Welcoming Spring in Texas Tones", can be found at http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/travel/02journeys.html
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CALIFORNIA, Venice, Los Angeles
April 13th-April 14th, 2012
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Oliver's Treasure's by ChuckGrieb. After the film: Q+A with Chuck Grieb, the
Suivez La Flèche 'Follow the Arrow" by Marc Saez
After the film: Q+A with Marc Saez, the Screenwriter & Director from Paris, France as well Véronique Picciottio, the lead actress, from Paris, France.
More films to be announced!
April 16th, 2012
A few of our Award Winning Script Writers who will
Mary Krell-Oishi reading "What would Meg Ryan Do?"
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