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United Film Festivals


The United Film Festivals are where art and creativity come together to create a united film community. The United Festivals hold a rich tradition of showcasing humorous, touching and provoking films which provide a unique experience for filmmakers and filmgoers alike. Beginning in Tulsa, OK in 2002, United Festivals expanded to Los Angeles & New York in 2007. In 2009 United Festivals expanded to San Francisco, Chicago and London bringing its exciting flare for cinema to an even wider audience. 

The United Film Festivals

2011 Season
Los Angeles - April / May
San Francisco - June
Tulsa - July / Aug.
Chicago - Sept.
New York - Oct.
London - Nov.

A Tulsa native filmmaker, Jason Connell and his production company Connell Creations founded Tulsa United Film Festival 7 years ago. Now living in Hollywood, Connell has expanded the United Film Festivals into Los Angeles & New York in 2007 and has added San Francisco, Chicago & London in 2009. With this growth the rich tradition of screening humorous, touching and sometimes provocative films is reaching even more people than ever. 

The United Film Festivals are committed to showcasing original, high quality work and also to reaching out to our network of filmmakers. To help filmmakers get a better understanding of our programming system, we're now offering Film Feedback. This optional service is designed to give filmmakers valuable insight from our programmers and can be added on to any submission.

In addition to creating the United Film Festivals, in 2009 Connell Produced & Distributed the touching documentary "The Rock-afire Explosion", about a small-town disc jockey, a struggling inventor, and an animatronic rock band from the 80's. In 2007 he Produced & Directed his first feature length film "Strictly Background", the heartfelt documentary about 10 movie extras trying to make it in Hollywood. The film won 6 film festival awards and was released in 2008.

As their network continues to expand and grow into more major markets, they have opened up a distribution division. Films that have submitted and screened at The United Film Festivals have often gone to have great distribution success and Connell Creations is open to working with filmmakers in that capacity.

Along with festivals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tulsa, Chicago, New York, and London, The United Film Festivals are proud to announce the first annual Screenwriting Contest. After 8 years of building an extensive network of filmmakers they have gone one step further and built in a forum solely for screenwriters, with categories available for feature-length and short scripts in Comedy, Drama, and Horror/Thriller genres.

*Every year The United Fest will be screening more films and an equal number of narratives & documentaries.

Festival Awards

We are excited to announce we'll be offering the following awards at each festival this year.


Jury Award & Audience Award
One of each awards will be presented to the following categories:
Feature Film Narratives
Feature Film Documentaries
Short Films

Best Student Short Film


Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund - Film Music Award - LA United Only
This award will be presented to the Best Feature Film Soundtrack / Score.
Only eligible for Feature Film Narratives or Feature Film Documentaries.



Los Angeles United Lineup



LosAngeles United isproud to present an amazing list of Feature-Length Narratives andDocumentaries. All films will be Los Angeles Premieres or Special EngagementScreenings and will be preceded by a few Award-Winning Short Films.


**All film screenings are $10 and AllAccess Passes will be available.

For more information, please visitthe official festival website:

Thursday, April 30th, 2009 - "Kickoff Film" & "Beer PongAfter Party"

"Last Cup: Road to the WorldSeries of Beer Pong" (84min) LA Premiere - 7:00pm
This documentary covers the fascinating and fast growing underground sport ofbeer pong.

Friday, May 1st, 2009 - "Opening Night"

"Faded Glory" (90 min) LA Premiere – 7:00pm
A true story about a group of aging athletes who never gave up the dreamof playing competitive baseball.

"Christmas on Mars" (83 min) Special Screening – 9:45pm
A psychological fantasy adventure made by famous American rock group, TheFlaming Lips.
*Appearances by actorAdam Goldberg, and SNL’s Fred Armisen and Flaming Lips own Wayne Coyne who alsodirects.


Super High Me” (89 min) Special Screening – Midnight
This documentary follows stand-up comedian Doug Benson as he documents hisexperience avoiding pot for 30 days and then consuming massive amounts of thedrug for 30 days.
*Appearances by Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silvermanand Bob Odenkirk.

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 - "Behind The Scenes"

“Ingredients” (66 min) World Premiere – 2:00pm
A documentary that explores a thriving local food movement as our world becomesa more flavorless, disconnected and dangerous place to eat.
*Narrated by BebeNeuwirth.

“Secrets to Love” (63 min) LA Premiere - 4:30pm
A documentary that searches for the answers to finding (and maintaining) ahealthy, happy love, by asking real couples and relationship experts the mostimportant questions.
*Appearance by RobinGivens.

"Airplay: The Rise andFall of Rock Radio" (95min) LA Premiere  – 7:00pm
A documentary about the 50 year struggle between rock pioneers and powerfulbusiness/government interests for the soul of music radio, told by America'sfavorite deejays and the artists they made rock stars.
*Appearances bymusicians David Crosby, and Grace Slick with radio personality Casey Kasemamong others.

"Rhyme &Punishment"(98 min) WorldPremiere – 9:45pm

Adocumentary that takes an in-depth look at the role of prison in hip hopculture, and reveals the side of the story that is not being covered by thenews and popular media.

*FeaturingKRS-One, Slick Rick,BeanieSigel, Prodigy, Cassidy, and Immortal Technique.


“The Shark is Still Working” (120 min) World Premiere – Midnight

Afterthree decades, Jaws continues to intrigue, thrill and frighten viewers. Thisdocumentary focuses on the many ways Jaws has helped to shape common elements of pop culture.

*Appearancesby Stephen Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Kevin Smith, Bryan Singer and M. NightShyamalan, featuring and narrated by Roy Scheider.

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 - "The Quest"

“Saving God” (100 min) – 1:00pm

Convictedfelon Rev. Armstrong returns back to his neighborhood a changed man looking totake over his father's old church.

*StarringVing Rhames, Dean McDermott & Ricardo Chavira.


“Fagbug” (83 min) LA Premiere –3:45pm

Adocumentary that follows the cross country journey of a hate crime victim inher vandalized VW, known as the ‘Fagbug’.


“Spitting Game: The College Hook UpCulture” (82 min) LA Premiere – 6:15pm

Adocumentary that takes a penetrating look inside the college hook upculture.


“The Pefect Cappuccino” (89 min) LA Premiere – 8:45pm
A documentary about one American woman's lifelong obsession with findingthe perfect cappuccino pushes her to question her community, her country, andher entire way of life.

*Feature’sone of LA’s hippest coffee shops, Inteligencia.

Monday, May 4th, 2009 - "Controversial"

“Abraham Obama” (56 min) LA Premiere - 7:00pm

Adocumentary that gives us a raw unfiltered look at the power of street artand offers a rare glimpse inside the insane lives of some the most prolific artistsin America today.

*Appearancesby Morgan Spurlock, Al Sharpton, Daniel Johnson.


“Playing Columbine” (94 min) – 9:30pm

Byreenacting one of the nation’s most infamous school shootings, the video gameSuper Columbine Massacre instantly provoked more debate and discussion than anygame in recent years.

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 - "Inside Hollywood"

"StrictlyBackground" (84 min) Special Screening – 7:00pm

Aheartfelt film that explores the charm and determination behind some ofHollywood's hardest working actors, professional"extras". Following ten background actors, the film examineslife on and off set as they attempt to make a living as a face in a crowd.


“Holy Hollywood” (94 min) Special Screening – 9:30pm

A spoofon an extra casting agency and the people who will kill to make it inHollywood.

*Appearancesby Mickey Rooney, Tony Tarantino and Sal Pacino.


Wednesday, May6th, 2009 - "Offbeat"

“Happy Birthday Harris Malden” (80 min) LA Premiere - 7:00pm

Ahilarious quirky comedy about a man with a secret – fake facial hair.


UnfinishedDocumentary on Masturbation (90min) Workshop & Screening – 9:30pm

This filmtalks straight about a touchy subject many have explored first hand, but feware willing to admit.

*Appearancesby Larry Flynt, Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, and Muhammad Ali.

Thursday, May 7th, 2009 - "Closing Night"

“Rock-a-fire Explosion” (70 min) LA Premiere - 7:00pm

Thedocumentary about a small-town car salesman, a struggling inventor, and an animatronicrock band, that quickly becomes an eccentric portrait of childhood memories,broken dreams, and the resilience of the human spirit.

*Recentlyappeared on the Carson Daily show.


“Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Way of theTosser (85min) US Premiere– 9:30pm

A brandnew comedy feature that brings to life the current, fast growing obsession withRock, Paper, Scissors.


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