Wednesday, September 29, 2010

LA 3D Film Festival

This weekend in Los Angeles is the 3rd annual 3D Film Festival being hosted by Dream Factory at the Los Angeles Film School. The 3D festival will run from Thursday September 30th through Sunday October 3rd with a mix of panels/workshops, studio 3D films as well as independent 3D shorts and features. Now while most film festivals cost, the 3DFF does not. Take a look below to see what the event has to offer including a screening of Joe Dante's yet to be released 3D thriller "The Hole."

Below I have complied a list of the events and films that will be available during 3DFF

Feature Films:
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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Short Films:
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.

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.

Natural Mystic (Directed by: Joseph A. Zaki) – Screening Friday October 1st at 4pm.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2D to 3D: A Producers Guide to the Universe of Conversion
Featuring speakers Damian Wader (In-Three), Charlotte Huggins (journey 3D), Buzz Hayes (Sony), Jeff Mainard (Piranha 3D) and Alex Winter.

3DTV: Content & Distribution Panel
Featuring speakers Ethan Schur (TD Vision), Chris Craft (Hello!), Angela W. Gyetvan (3ality Digital), Kristina Warner (RealD), Eric Edmeades (Kerner).

Designer 3D: Eyewear for a New Generation
Featuring speakers Michael Williams (Xpand ), RealD, David Johnson (Marchon 3D ).

3D Motion Capture and Pre-Visualization – Better Tools for Better 3D
Featured speakers include Jason Chen (Director/ Stereographer - founder JC3D), Reuben Langdon (Stunt Coordinator/ Stunts - founder JC3D), Brian Garbellini (Director of Photography/ Stereographer - founder JC3D).

The Future of 3D Advertising
Speakers include Sheira Rees-Davies (Hello!), Angela W. Gyetvan (3ality Digital), Ken Venturi (National Cinemedia), Sylvia Versace (Technicolor),
Moderated by Alex Ben Block from Hollywood Reporter.

For more information, tickets and how to register for a free VIP badge to the event head over to 3DFF official website. You can also like and follow 3DFF on Facebook and Twitter.

While I have strong opinions on the current trends of 3D in movie making, I remain open to the medium. I am not going to deny that 3D can be a enjoyable experience. Certainly this year I have enjoyed a couple 3D movies. Namely Step Up 3D, Piranha 3D and Despicable Me. I even missed one that has got nothing but rave reviews, How to Train Your Dragon. So while I won't deny the potential of 3D, I can't say I am a fan or fully believe in it as necessary to filmmaking. Which is exactly the point of the 3DFF. What better way to learn about a medium I may not endorse or understand than to plop myself in the middle of it? See you there!