The inaugural 3D Film Festival: Hollywood is kicking off today here in its new permanent home. After walking the earth like Jules, the event is now based at the Los Angeles Film School, which is partnering with Sony and Real3D. The 3D live event specialists, The Dream Factory are producing the fest. Mr. Josh Miller has already gotten coverage kicked off with his interview with Thomas Jane, who is the host for this year’s festivities. Worm and I will be hitting a couple of the screenings, including Jane’s directorial debut, Dark Country, as well as the opening night film, Streetdance 3D and the world premiere of Iron Doors, from director Steven Manuel.
The 3DFF will also feature plenty of panels, workshops, short films, music videos and recent 3D films, including Piranha 3D, My Bloody Valentine, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, How To train Your Dragon, Despicable Me and Joe Dante’s The Hole, which will close out the festival. The complete 3DFF agenda is below. Stay tuned for more:
Festival opens with US Premiere of STREETDANCE 3D
Hollywood, CA — The Dream Factory has announced the films selected to screen at the inaugural 3D Film Festival, Hollywood. Hosted by Thomas Jane, the festival runs September 30 thru October 3, showcasing a mix of studio 3D films as well as independent 3D shorts and features. The festival’s opening film is the US Premiere of STREETDANCE 3D from Vertigo Films. The festival closes on October 3 with Joe Dante’s critically acclaimed film, THE HOLE.
“Since its inception in 2007, 3DFF has been dedicated to driving innovations in the 3D stereoscopic Industry and with the advent of our new RealD 3D theater at the Los Angeles Film School, we can now share our home with pioneering indie 3D filmmakers all over the world who have long since needed a place to showcase their creative vision to a global audience,” said Christopher Crescitelli, Festival Co-Director. “3DFF is committed to supporting both studio fare and independent filmmakers, thus the programming mix,” said Karen Annarino, Festival Co-Director. All screenings at the 3D Film Festival will take place in the theatre at The Los Angeles Film School (LAFS), which is sponsoring the Festival.
The LAFS theater will also function as a classroom for 3DFF’s 3D Academy educational programs offering intensive training classes for 3D stereoscopic filmmakers and technicians. The highlight of the 3D Academy program will be the “72 Hour 3DFF Short Film Festival” in which LAFS students will be given 72 hours to create a 3D short film.
3D Film Festival Premiere sponsors are Sony Electronics, which is providing its digital cinema projector, RealD – the exclusive 3D technology provider for the festival screenings and Marchon 3D Eyewear. Other sponsors include Oasis Imagery, Avalon, Stella Artois, Artesa Wineries and PAMA Liqueur.
STREETDANCE 3D (Directed by Max Giwa & Dania Pasquini) – US Premiere & Opening Night film. In order to win the street dance competition, a dance crew is forced to work with the Royal dance school in exchange for rehearsal space. Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Rachel McDowell and Nichola Burley. Screening Thursday September 30th at 7pm.
DARK COUNTRY (Directed by Thomas Jane) – LA Premiere. A couple, en route from Las Vegas, are forced to deal with a body out in the desert, making their honeymoon one hellish ride. Starring: Thomas Jane, Lauren German and Ron Perlman. Directed by Thomas Jane. Screening Saturday October 2nd at 10pm.
IRON DOORS (Directed by Steven Manuel) – World Premiere. A young man must escape from a mysterious locked vault before he dies of dehydration. Starring: Axel Wedekind, Aungano Nyoni. Screening Friday October 1st at 6pm.
THE HOLE (Directed by Joe Dante) – Closing Night film. THE HOLE was named the best 3D film at the Venice Film Festival in 2009. Two brothers stumble upon a mysterious hole in their basement which leads to the darkest corridors of their nightmares. Starring: Teri Polo, Nathan Gamble & Chris Massoglia. Screening Sunday October 3rd at 6pm.
KIDS AND FAMILY FILMS:
Despicable Me (Directed by: Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud) – When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds himself profoundly changed by the growing love between them. Screening Saturday October 2nd at 12pm.
How to Train Your Dragon (Directed by: Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders) – A hapless young Viking, who aspires to hunt dragons, becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. Screening Sunday October 3rd at 12pm.
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (Directed by Zack Snyder) – Soren, a young barn owl, is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie’s, ostensibly an orphanage, where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and his new friends escape to the island of Ga’Hoole, to assist its noble, wise owls who fight the army being created by the wicked rulers of St. Aggie’s. The film is based on the first three books in the series. Screening Sunday October 3rd at 4pm.
MIDNIGHT HORROR FILMS:
My Bloody Valentine (Directed by: Patrick Lussier) – Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine’s night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, however, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one will believe he’s innocent. Screening Friday October 1st at MIDNIGHT
Piranha 3D (Directed by: Alexandre Aja) – After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to prevent themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents. Screening Saturday October 2nd at 7pm and MIDNIGHT.
3D Sun (Directed by: Melissa Butts) – Stand above the artic circle and witness the most brilliant auroras on Earth. Take a ride on a solar blast from Sun’s surface to Earth’s Magnetosphere. Witness the most powerful explosions in the solar system – equal to the force of a billion megaton nuclear bombs. Screening Saturday October 2nd at 11am.
African Adventure (Produced by: nWave) – Join zoologist Liesl Eichenberger and wildlife filmmaker Tim Liversedge as they explore the Okavango Delta, one of the most spectacular wildlife reserves on earth. Screening Saturday October 2nd at 10am.
The Butler’s in Love (Director: David Arquette) – The love story between a butler and a guest during a fancy party one night in 1912. Screening Saturday October 2nd at 5pm.
Extreme Nature of Bats (Director: Greg Passmore)- The Extreme Nature of Bats explores not only the truths, but the myths and dark legends that have been associated with bats for hundreds of years. Bats. The film contains never-before-seen footage of some of the largest bat caves in the world and explores Central Texas, Romania, Transylvania, and the deep jungles of Mexico to capture footage of the infamous vampire bat and expose vampire lore. Screening Thursday September 30th at 9pm.
Microworlds (Director: Greg Passmore) – An educational exploration of the micro-worlds around us. Produced in 3D with specialty microscopes, the viewer discovers the hidden world of snails, ladybugs, worms and butterflies. Screening Thursday September 30th at 9pm.
Monsters of the Deep (Produced by: nWave) – If you think that the great white shark is the scariest creature in the sea, you’re in for a serious reality check! Screening Saturday October 2nd at 10am.
Natural Mystic (Directed by: Joseph A. Zaki) – Screening Friday October 1st at 4pm.
Physics of Surfing (Director: Greg Passmore)- Through the magic of 3D technology, audiences will explore the science of ocean waves and learn about surfing’s deep influence on modern culture. While following professional surfers Julie Cox and Kyla Langen as they surf around the world. Locations include Hawaii’s breathtaking North Shore and California’s greatest surf spots. Screening Thursday September 30th at 9pm.
Safety Geeks (Directed by: Roger Tonry) – The comic adventures of a semi-elite force of safety experts; the P.O.S.H. (Professional Occupational Safety Hazard) team. Obsessed with making the world safer, the CSI-like team investigates accidents. Their involvement causes far more damage than they prevent, leaving a trail of chaos and destruction in their wake. Screening Sunday October 3rd at 2pm.
SOS Planet (Director: Ben Stassen ) – Deforestation, the green house effect, shrinking polar ice caps, polluted air, overfishing – SOS Planet lists the standard crimes committed by humans against our fragile planet. Screening Saturday October 2nd at 10am.
Turtlevision (Produced by: nWave) – Experience the ups and downs of life on land and sea in this coming-of-age story starring the cutest sea turtle on the big screen. Screening Saturday October 2nd at 10am.
The Viewer (Directed by: Graham Reznick) – Participate as an observer in the telepathic interrogation of a murder suspect. New technology allows you to see through the eyes of the prisoner – but be warned: higher levels of telepathic viewing can cause unpredictable psychological damage. Screening Friday October 1st at 4pm.
By The Sword – The 5-minute rock music video, “By The Sword,” is the first single off the album and the first video ever from Slash to be released in 3D. It features the vocals of Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother, and the ever-present blistering guitar work from Slash. Screening Friday October 1st at 10pm.
We are the World – Stars came out to re-record the powerful song to help relief efforts in Haiti. Artists include Tony Bennett, Justin Bieber, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, Wyclef Jean, Pink, Barbra Streisand, Kanye West, The Jonas Brothers and many more. Screening Thursday September 30th at MIDNIGHT and Friday October 1st at 4pm.
For tickets to the festival, please log on to the Facebook page or twitter and sign up. Tickets are free for people who register online. For more information on the 3D Film Festival, please go to: www.3dff.org.
About The Dream Factory/3DFF
The Dream Factory Studio, with primary offices in Hollywood is the world leader in interactive live 3D events. 3DFF is noted as the first digital 3D film & interactive festival program of its kind in the United States. 3DFF’s non-profit initiative, whose mission is to educate and inspire independent filmmakers to use 3D as a new tool for telling their stories, operates on a sponsor supported eco-system. To become a supporter of 3DFF or for more information please visit www.thedreamfactorystudio.com or www.3dff.org.
About RealD Inc.
RealD is a leading global licensor of 3D technologies. RealD’s extensive intellectual property portfolio is used in applications that enable a premium 3D viewing experience in the theater, the home and elsewhere. RealD licenses its RealD Cinema Systems to motion picture exhibitors that show 3D motion pictures and alternative 3D content. RealD also provides its RealD Display, active and passive eyewear, RealD Format and gaming technologies to consumer electronics manufacturers and content producers and distributors to enable the delivery and viewing of 3D content. RealD’s cutting-edge 3D technologies have been used for applications such as piloting the Mars Rover. RealD was founded in 2003 and has offices in Beverly Hills, California; Boulder, Colorado; London, United Kingdom; and Tokyo, Japan. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.reald.com.
Sony’s Digital Cinema Solutions group combines Sony’s full range of technologies, purchasing options, alternative content offerings, training and service to provide a broad range of solutions for exhibitors. Products include Sony Digital Cinema 4K projection systems (projectors and media blocks); central servers; Sony TMS (theater management system); digital signage hardware, software and content development; security systems and Network Operations Center (NOC) services for the exhibition community. Customers have the option of a turnkey solution through direct purchase or using Virtual Print Fee (VPF) financing support through Sony. For more information, visit www.sony.com/digitalcinema.
About Los Angeles Film School
The Los Angeles Film School (LAFS) is an accredited college with a campus located in the heart of Hollywood.. The private post-secondary educational degree-granting college, which has quickly become a leading academic center for aspiring filmmakers, offers degrees in film, computer animation, game production and audio with an exceptional curriculum in state-of-the-art facilities. Its campus comprises of over 250,000 square feet dedicated to labs, studios and theaters equipped with the latest technology including Avid, ProTools and Digidesign. For more information, please visit: www.lafilm.edu.