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Do It Yourself in Film, Music & Books kicks off in LA

The 2005 DIY Convention: Do It Yourself in Film, Music & Books kicks off its six-day festival of national and regional independent music acts and films beginning Monday.

The performances are part of the fifth annual festival and convention, which celebrates creating, promoting, protecting and distributing independent film, music and books. The DIY Convention will be capped with two days of panels and workshops on Feb. 11 and 12 at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.

Keynoting the conference portion of the event are two veteran musicians who have successfully launched DIY enterprises.

John Waite has been a worldwide hitmaker for four decades, the voice and songwriter behind such rock radio staples as "Missing You" and "When I See You Smile." He's now balancing a burgeoning career as a film music composer with stage appearances and returns as a born-again DIY'er with his new album, "The Hard Way," issued on his own No Brakes Records. Waite will keynote the Friday, Feb. 11 session at the Roosevelt.

Doug Gillard has been a long-time creative force on the independent music scene as part of such cult favorites as Guided by Voices, Death of Samantha and Cobra Verde. Now the Cleveland, Ohio-based guitarist has stepped up with his first solo album, "Salamander," a strong mix of pop rock recently hailed by Amazon.com's editors as one of the top ten alternative recordings of the year. Gillard will keynote the DIY Convention on Sat. Feb. 12th at the Roosevelt and will headline the 2005 DIY Music Festival grand finale showcase on Feb. 10th.

The full lineup of convention panels and workshops is online at www.diyconvention.com

This year's expanded DIY Convention features six nights of national independent music acts booked by Spaceland Productions; two days of DIY Film Festival screenings; two days of panels, workshops and exhibits; and many special parties and events coordinated in conjunction with the week-long schedule of events.

The DIY Convention is sponsored by BMI, Final Draft Screenplay Software, Guitar Center, Indie911, ASCAP, The Hollywood Creative Directory, SESAC, LA Weekly, Music Connection, iUniverse, Sonicbids, Withoutabox, Alcasid.com, HypeFest, Imagic, CDBaby, Spaceland Productions, Luck Media & Marketing, FilmBaby, Film Threat, IndieSlate.com, ProductionHub.com, Discmakers, IndieGate.com, Imagic and the DIYReporter.com.
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2005 DIY FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:

MONDAY:

DIY MUSIC FESTIVAL
8 p.m. The Scene, 806 E. Colorado Blvd. Glendale 91205 818-241-7029
Appearing:
GILLI MOON - RECORD RELEASE PARTY
John Hoskinson
Kendall
Brother Luke (Las Vegas)

8 p.m. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 90026 213-413-8200
Appearing:
Mia Doi Todd
Illlit
Languis

TUESDAY

DIY MUSIC FESTIVAL:
8 p.m. The Gig, Hollywood 7302 Melrose Ave.
323-936-4440
Appearing:
Debbie Hennessey
Liz Larin (Detroit)
Kat Parsons
Kelda

8 p.m. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90026 213-413-8200
Appearing:
The Sharp Ease

DIY FILM FESTIVAL:
7 p.m. Renberg Theatre, 1125 McCadden Place, Hollywood, 90028 323-860-7300 SCREENINGS 7-10 p.m.

WEDNESDAY:

DIY MUSIC FESTIVAL
8 p.m. The Scene, 806 E. Colorado Blvd. Glendale 91205 818-241-7029
Appearing:
Groove Foundation
Eve Selis (San Diego)
Keren
Meghan Hayes (Virginia)

THURSDAY:

DIY MUSIC FESTIVAL
2005 DIY Music Festival Finale
8 p.m. The Ex_Plex 1822 Sunset Blvd.
(Underneath The Echo, enter on Glendale Blvd.)
Appearing:
Amilia K. Spicer, DIY Song of the Year, "Seamless"
DOUG GILLARD, ex-GUIDED BY VOICES
Team Tomato (St. Louis) DIY Album of the Year, "Words and Skin and Bone" Fredalba, DIY Songwriters of the Year, "Uptown Music For Downtown Kids"

8 p.m.The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90026 213-413-8200
Appearing:
Mountain Goats
Radiation 4

FRIDAY:

DIY MUSIC FESTIVAL:
8 p.m. The Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 90026 - (213) 413-8200
Appearing:
Hidden Cameras
Hey Willpower

8 p.m. Henry Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 90028 323-464-0808
Appearing:
Steve Earle

7:45 p.m.El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 90036, 323-936-6400
Appearing:
Madeleine Peyroux

SATURDAY:

DIY MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Echo 1822 W. Sunset Blvd.
Appearing:
Comets on Fire
Om

DIY FILM FESTIVAL
American Film Institute
2021 N. Western Blvd.
Hollywood, Ca. 90027
323-856-7600
SCREENINGS 7-11 p.m.
# # # #
SCREENING SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

2005 DIY FILM FESTIVAL
RENBERG THEATRE
1125 N. MCCADDEN PLACE
HOLLYWOOD, CA 90028
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

PUNCHING HITLER
Directed by Edward S. Marks COMEDY SHORT A time machine allows Hitler to get punched

CODENAME: SIMON
Directed by Graham Tallman DRAMATIC SHORT A young boy seeks solace in the stars

MY FIRST WAR
Directed by Douglas Katelus and Theo Rigby DOCUMENTARY SHORT A compact look at the protest of the Iraq war

LIVING WITH LOU
Directed by Steven Morrow COMEDY SHORT A first assistant director's up-close and personal

NETHERBEAST OF BERM TECH Directed by Dean Ronalds COMEDY SHORT You think your boss is bad?

SHADOW IN THE WOOD
Animation by Luhsun Tan ANIMATION An Aussie tone poem via animation

DETENTION
Directed by Eric Gross COMEDY SHORT A student's mind wanders while in detention

REGRESSION
Directed by V. Rodriquez DOCUMENTARY SHORT Thanksgiving dinner with the folks goes bad.

CHAOS THEORY
STUDENT SHORT Two nerds fall in love with metaphysical results - Written & Directed by Suny Behar, UCLA

UNRELIABLE WITNESS
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE WINNER Directed by Michael McHugh. The true story of a witness to Ireland's Bloody Sunday massacre

SATURDAY

THE 2005 DIY FILM FESTIVAL
AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE
2021 N. WESTERN AVENUE
HOLLYWOOD, CA 90028

WINNING THE PEACE
JURY AWARD. Written & Directed by Eli Akira Kaufman. A hard look at the Iraq War through the eyes of an Iraqi/American Marine.

BUBBLE
Written by Marque Cornblatt, Directed by Ben De Leeuw. COMEDY SHORT An unusual look at the average worker.

MAREE TIDES
Written & Directed by James Pellerito BEST WORLD CINEMA. A father makes a desperate attempt to give his son a better life in another country.

PIP
Directed by Justin Sullivan BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT A young rapper gets a shot at fame…..

TEA TIME
Written & Directed by Jay Bogdanowitsch HONORABLE MENTION COMEDY SHORT Even during war, there's time for tea.

SHADI IN THE BEAUTIFUL WELL Written & Directed by M. Fleifel BEST STUDENT FILM An autistic Palestinian boy loses his pigeon.

FINAL SALE
Directed by Julie Hermelin BEST COMEDY SHORT A battle over a red dress gets out of hand.

I?
Written & Directed by Wade J. Robson BEST DRAMATIC SHORT A tragic accident haunts a young dancer.

CATCHING KRINGLE
Written by Adam Himoff. Directed by Jeff Wadlow BEST ANIMATION Santa vs Homeland Security, set in the near future.

CLEAN
BEST FILM/DIRECTOR. The dark drama "Clean," a gritty study of the underbelly of Hollywood as seen through a limousine driver's eyes, has been selected as Best Film of the 2005 DIY Film Festival. Director Nyle Cavazos Garcia has also been chosen as Best Director.

"Clean" is the story of Maynard Yates, whose job as a limousine driver allows him to chauffeur the Hollywood elite and immerse himself into a celebrity world of sex, addiction, money, power and betrayal. Yates is slowly lured into a downward spiral in an ominous and compelling tale. This is Director Garcia’s directorial debut.




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