Each weekend award season inches closer, and movie theaters are filled with highly anticipated releases sure to be the frontrunners of Oscar buzz discussions. Tom Hooper's live singing Les Miserables (starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway), and Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz) both open Christmas Day, and without a doubt will score nominations in all the top categories along with huge weekends at the box office.
Also in the mix are indie darlings "Silver Linings Playbook" and "The Sessions", near guaranteed nominations for stars Jennifer Lawrence and Helen Hunt, respectively, while December release "The Impossible", starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, has already begun whispers of nominations.
As a fresh alternative, NewFilmmakers LA Film Festival presents an evening of independent shorts and features, showcasing the faces of Young Hollywood, and created by the next wave of filmmakers and screenwriters sure to be on the tips of tongues during future award seasons. A red carpet gala provides the opportunity to meet and connect with the filmmakers, casts, and crew, while enjoying cocktails and music in a lively atmosphere.
Selections on the November program include:
A Conversation about Cheating with My Time Traveling Future Self (Dir. Pornsak Pichetshote / USA ) - A Conversation follows a guy who travels urgently back in time to tell himself one thing: that his life will get better if he cheats on his girlfriend.
Pornsak Pichetshote serves as a Creative Director for DC Comics, where he got his start as a rising star editor for DC's mature readers imprint Vertigo, editing works by cult favorites Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman, and Darren Aronofsky. Pichetshote's screenplay, "Widescreen, USA", reached "Project: Greenlight"'s Top 250, beating out over 7,000 other projects. A graduate from Tufts University and NYU, he's also written comics including the title "Flashpoint: Green Arrow Industries".
"A Conversation..." features Bobby Campo ("The Final Destination", "Queen"), Haley Webb ("The Final Destination", "Wonderstruck"), and Lauren Kruse ("Trust Me", "Primetime: What Would You Do?").
The Kill Hole (Dir. Mischa Webley / USA ) - The story of a troubled Iraq war vet haunted by his actions in the service.
Mischa Webley's directorial debut has flourished on the festival circuit, winning awards coast to coast including Best Feature Film at the New Jersey International Film Festival and Special Jury Prize at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival. The Kill Hole has been named an official selection of the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Montreal International Black Film Festival, Bend Film Festival, NewFilmmakers LA Film Festival and many more.
The all star cast includes Chadwick Boseman (the upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic, "42", "Fringe"), Tory Kittles ("Steel Magnolias", "Sons of Anarchy", "CSI:Miami"), Billy Zane ("Titanic", "The Roommate", "Back to the Future"), Peter Greene ("Pulp Fiction", "Hawaii Five-0"), and Ted Rooney ("Grimm", "Boardwalk Empire", "Legally Blonde").
The Hiccup (Dir. Matt Smukler / USA) – Two friends desperately trying to skip town find that an overheated radiator is the least of their problems.
Director Matt Smukler began his career as an art director and copywriter at some of the top ad agencies in the world, including Partners, and Goodby Silverstein. He's received numerous awards for his work on campaigns such as Nike, Saturn, HP, and Milk, and currently works as a commercial director having completed spots for McDonald's, Budweiser, MTV, 20th Century Fox, Absolut, Reebok, and AT&T.