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New York Independent Internation Film & Video Festival summer run

Featuring the talents of Susan Sarandon; Taryn Manning; Walter Cronkite; Arthur Laurents; Topmodel Venantia Otto; DJ Qualls; Mercedes McNab; Poet Steven Vincent Benét; Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Douglas Moore; Tony Randall (final performance, The Odd Couple); Wood Harris (HBO's The Wire); Lochlyn Munro (Unforgiven, White Chicks); Julie Strain; Sabrina Parisi (Owner of Dolce Sinfonia-DS);Zuleikha Robinson (HBO's Rome, Lost); Author Donna Spangler; Kevin Shinick (Without A Trace, Robot Chicken); The Dreamers (LA band).

Those in need of a satisfying indie film fix will be happy to hear that The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) is gearing up to return to Los Angeles with an exciting lineup of 100 films, red carpet & world premieres and special events, taking place July 30th-August 6th, 2009.

NYIIFVF kicks off with a film market and networking party at the stylish Cabana Club (located at 1439 Ivar Blvd. at Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA) on Thursday, July 30th from 6pm-10pm. Opening night will also include a special presentation for NYIIFVF award recipients.

Festival screenings will take place exclusively at the Regency Fairfax Cinema located at 7907 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA90048, from July 31st-August 6th, 2009.

Known as "The Voice of Indie Film," every genre imaginable is represented at this year's summer run, including, World Cinema, Science-Fiction, Horror, Action/Adventure, Animation, War, Psychological Thriller, Crime, Drama, Comedy, Family, Experimental, Dance Theatre, Romance, as well as a compelling slate of high-quality documentaries. The following 27 countries and territories will be represented: USA, France, Spain, India, Japan, Italy, Israel, Germany, Argentina, Bulgaria, Finland, Belgium, Sweden, UK, Netherlands, Denmark, New Zealand, Australia, Colombia, Ghana, Switzerland, Faroe Island, Montenegro, Belarus, Greece, Puerto Rico and Canada.

A War in Hollywood: (SPAIN)
Hollywood used the Spanish Civil War as a subject in more than 50 films,
although adapting its point of view to the North-American political
interests of each period. This evolution is narrated through the story of Alvah Bessie, a Hollywood screenwriter who fought in Spain as a member of the Lincoln Brigades. Featuring: Susan Sarandon, Arthur Laurents (legendary writer of West Side Story, Bonjour Tristesse, and The Way We Were). Directed by Oriol Porta. 91 min. Documentary.
*Screening Thursday, August 6th at 10:15 pm

The Dreamers Music Video: (USA)
Our Hero awakes to find himself in a dream. Talking Heads, Sexy Sirens, and a Circus Show that never stops. Step Right Up. Step Right Up. But be careful what you wish for.
Featuring: Taryn Manning as the Circus Master, DJ Qualls as the War Torn Soldier, Mercedes McNab as the Angel Siren, The Dreamers as Themselves.Directed byBarry G. Walker.
*Screening Saturday, August 1st at 9:45pm

Barackumentary: (USA)
Barackumentary salutes one of United States most historical moments ever to be captured on film. These live moments reflect on the amazing journey America has taken to reach a moment that ends with the 1st African American President. Celebrate the breaking of one of the highest of glass ceilings in society with millions of people across America ending in the Streets of Washington DC on Jan 20, 2009 as history brings to existence the inauguration of a dream come true. The spirit of "Yes I can" felt within a sea of people representing every culture on the globe. The overwhelming sensation of victory parading through the streets of America. This heartfelt documentary captures in action the true spirt of the American people & the American dream one race one cause. Directed by Brian Johnson. 80 min. Documentary.
*Special Screening on President Barack Obama's Birthday: Tuesday, August 4th at 6:30pm

Power for the Parkinsons: (USA)
A historical documentary produced, directed and written by Dr. Ephraim K. Smith, a professor emeritus of history at CaliforniaStateUniversity, Fresno, is up for three regional Emmy Awards. The documentary is nominated in the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences 2009 awards program's Historical Documentary, Editing for a Nonnews Program and Writing categories. Smith co-edited the film with Emmy-winner Donald M. Thompson at Detroit Public Television. It is narrated by broadcast-news icon Walter Cronkite. Poet Steven Vincent Benét (John Brown's Body, The Devil and Daniel Webster) wrote the script, and the music was the work of Douglas Moore, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer (The Devil and Daniel Webster, Giants in the Earth). 57 min. Documentary.
*Special Screening & Moment of Silence & Remembering Walter Cronkite on Monday, August 3rd at 6:30pm

It's About Time: (USA)
When the Earth's Atomic Clock is altered by one second, three friends
must deal with the unexpected affect it has on their lives.
Starring: Seana Kofoed (Actor, Men in Trees), Matthew Edwards (Renaissance Man), Jennifer Carta (Actor, 24, The Game), Jim O'Connor (Undercover Brother), Paul Bartholomew (Actor, Medium, ER) and Tony Randall (The Odd Couple). Directed by Kevin Shinick (Writer/Director/Actor, Without A Trace, Robot Chicken). 90 min. Romantic Comedy.
*Screening Tuesday, August 4th at 8:30pm

Legends of the Unwired: (USA)
The Wire's fictional Avon Barksdale meets the real Avon Barksdale. Intense dramatic scenes take Wire fans and non-Wire fans inside Barksdale's world of murder, torture,drugs and revenge. Starring: Wood Harris (HBO's The Wire). Directed by Kenny Jackson and Bruce Brown. 72 min. DocuDrama.
*Screening Wednesday, August 5th at 8:15pm

Still The Drums: (USA)
A patriotic story about friendship, heroism and post-traumatic stress disorder...After forty years of silence three ex-marines question their service to country...An explosive, edge of your seat mystery!
Directed by Talbot Perry Simons. 79 min. Drama/War/Anti-War/Mystery.
*Screening Saturday, August 1st at 8:10pm
(Official world premiere private after-party at El Leon Spa located at 8217 Beverly Blvd, 10:30pm-11:30pm, invite only).

Fist Full of Love: (USA)
A heated battle between polar opposites leads to undiscovered common ground.
Starring: Zuleikha Robinson (HBO's Rome, Lost, The Merchant of Venice,
The Namesake, Hidalgo). Directed by Sean Doyle. 7 min. Drama.
*Screening Thursday, August 6th at 8:30pm

9.9.09: (USA)
A mystery surrounds a small town that was wiped out on September 9, 2009.
Now, sixty years later, Sarah, the last survivor, sends a reporter, Mary, a letter suggesting what really happened on that day. The government calls 9/9/09 the start of "The Modern Plague". Mary soon realizes that her search for the truth may be harder to uncover than the lies. Starring: Lochlyn Munro (Unforgiven, White Chicks, Daddy Day Camp), Kelly Pendygraft (Elizabethtown), Brian Guest (The OC), David Jean Thomas (Fight Club, Star Trek). Directed by Howard Wexler. 94 min. Sci-Fi.
*Screening Friday, July 31st at 8:00pm

Space Girls in Beverly Hills: (USA)
Three vibrantly retro space girls from the planet Vanisia must try to fit in as normal Beverly Hills women when they suddenly make a crash landing in the backyard of wealthy infamous playboy Baron Von Benson. Starring: Donna Spangler, Sabrina Parisi, Jill Noel, Julie Strain (Queen of the B-Movies, Heavy Metal 2000). Directed by Tim Colceri. 94 min. Sci-Fi/Comedy.
*Screening Friday, July 31st at 6:00pm
(Official world premiere after-party at HALO located at 1743 North Cahuenga Blvd., 9:30pm-2am)

NAMA focuses on human existence, the origins of human culture and man's will to create through the eye of the film camera, which becomes the eye of the spectator. Starring: Topmodel Venantia Otto. Directed by Nikunja. 84 min. Experimental Docu-Fiction.
*Screening Wednesday, August 5th at 10:15pm

THE 2009 FESTIVAL SEMINAR SERIES includes topics on Making Movies in the Digital & Cellphone Age, Having the Correct Deliverables and the Importance of Great Trailers for Distribution Sales Meetings & Film Distribution.

Panelists include: Rafael Primorac, Abel Ferrara, Stuart Alson, Karl Bardosh, Garo Setian and Goran Gajic.


OPENING NIGHT & AWARDS CEREMONY: Thursday, July 30th from 6pm-10pm at the Cabana Club located at 1439 Ivar Blvd. at Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA. Tickets are $20.

SCREENINGS: Festival screenings will take place exclusively at the Regency Fairfax Cinemalocated at 7907 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA90048, from July 31st-August 6th, 2009. All screenings and red carpet interviews will be hosted by former MTV Australia personality, Shorty Brown.

TICKETS: Single tickets (includes after-party) are $12 and can be purchased in advance at or at the Regency Fairfax festival box office beginning July 31st. Keep visiting for festival updates and to purchase tickets, and passes.

ACCREDITATION: Media/Industry credentials can be obtained by faxing a request to 702-361-6309 on company letterhead, emailing or filling out the form on no later than July 24th, 2009.

SPONSORS: Festival sponsors include Independent Film Quarterly (IFQ) magazine, Regency Fairfax Theatre, ITN Distribution, IMC, Boonie Productions, Sunset Entertainment Group, W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd., El Leon, HALO, The Cabana Club and The Green Door.

The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival: CALL FOR ENTRIES

The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival is currently accepting entries (features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, etc.) for NYC, Fall 2009.

**All NYIIFVF films are screened in REAL movie theatres in NYC and LA. Several NYIIFVF award-winning feature and short films were showcased and represented at the 2009 Cannes Film Market/Marche du Film. NYIIFVF Festival Award Winners The Butterfly Tattoo and Ghosts of Goldfield hit video shelves in June 2009.

If you want to submit a film, please visit:

The New York International Art Festival: Call For Entries

The New York International Art Festival is accepting entries for the next exhibit on July 30th in LA and NYC, Fall 2009.

Please visit: if you want to exhibit.

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