Our team has just returned from Tulsa, OK, where we celebrated our 10th United Film Festival – Tulsa! As we conclude the final festival of our 2012 season, we’re looking back on all the great people we met and memories we’ve made during our six festivals this year. With new branding and a completely redesigned website, we were able to launch an amazing festival season and could not have been prouder.
Just a few of our favorite moments? We were so excited to honor Mark Rydell and Dabney Coleman with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Los Angeles to kick off the season. In New York and London, we were treated to spectacular Q&As (such as the moving and inspiring Tonier Cain during our screening of Healing Neen.)
We had people spilling out of the theatre in San Francisco to see films like Of Two Minds, We’re Getting On, and Crocodile in the Yangtze. We had a scary surprise when we packed the house for a midnight screening of The Craft in Chicago! And finally, returning to where it all began, we received a warm welcome in Tulsa (check out just one of our morning show appearances here!)
This year could not have been possible without the support of our amazing venues: Los Feliz 3 Cinemas in Los Angeles, Cobble Hill Cinemas in New York, Roxy Bar & Screen in London, Roxie Theatre in San Francisco, Music Box Theater in Chicago, and Circle Cinema in Tulsa.
We also owe so much to our amazing programming committees, who work year round to make sure we haven’t overlooked any promising film or filmmakers, as well as the incredible volunteer staff at each event, without which we definitely could not run our festivals.
Thanks to everyone who submitted and came out to support us this season. We can’t wait to see what 2013 holds in store!
We are excited to announce submissions for the United Film Festival are now reopen for Los Angeles, New York, and London in 2013. After some incredible submissions to the festivals this year, we are thrilled to see what next year will bring!
Visit the Submissions section of our website to learn more information and start the process. You can submit a film or screenplay via Withoutabox. Click here to submit to Los Angeles, New York, or London.
We are proud to announce our Jury and Audience Awards for the United Film Festival – London! Congratulations to all the winners.
Feature Length Narrative – Leila
Feature Length Documentary – Bed Stuy: Do or Die
Short Film – Walk Tall
Feature Length Narrative – Leila
Feature Length Documentary – GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
Short Film – Corner Shop
The festival in London is underway! The Queen’s Jubilee holiday is bringing such a festive spirit to our screenings, and we are thrilled to be meeting so many wonderful filmgoers. After an incredible opening night, we are so excited to see what the rest of the festival brings. As a tribute to our London location, we opened the festival with two local films. Both features screening, Leila and Stealing Elvis, were made by filmmakers from the area. This was a fantastic way to begin our festival and the turnout was amazing!
Screenings today have already begun on London time, including Bed Stuy: Do or Die and New York Showcase. Tonight we will be showing two fantastic films, Superheroes and Act Naturally. With filmmakers present tonight, we are looking forward to some wonderful Q&As that you will not want to miss. Tickets are still available for these screenings, purchase them here!
After closing a fantastic United Film Festival – New York, we are looking ahead to our next location in London! We are thrilled to be coming to the Roxy Bar and Screen June 3rd-5th, and we would love for you to be there! With a whole new venue, we are hoping to bring a completely new group of talented filmmakers out to experience some wonderful movies. The lineup is incredible and we are honored to feature such a high quality of work.
Along with some fantastic Q&As, our special events include a feature screening of Leila, a film made by local filmmakers from London. As a special engagement we will also be screening a double feature of classic films including An American Werewolf in London and The Shining. These tickets will be sold separately or at a special price of just £10 for both!
Click here to view the full London schedule and buy tickets, we can’t wait to see you there!
We are so excited to announce our finalists in both short and feature categories. Thank you so much to everyone who submitted and congratulations to the finalists!
Winners will be announced on the Awards Night of our United Film Festival – Los Angeles at the Los Feliz 3 Cinemas on May 3, 2012.
Mr. Axeman by Nathan Bloch
An off-beat comedy about a desperate-to-be-cool high school senior coping with his best friend’s new-found popularity. He realizes through several social blunders who his real friends are — a 15-year-old theater geek and his sex-crazed older sister.
Playing for Home by Kathy Pyatt
The President of the United States solves a military coup for independence in Puerto Rico with a winner-take-all baseball series which challenges Hispanic loyalty in this country.
Waking The Dead by Michele Schultz
A deadbeat dad reunites his dysfunctional high school garage band to keep from losing his estranged, rock-obsessed teenage daughter.
Bare Knuckle Days by Neil Chase
After saving the life of an aging mob boss, a bullied boy forms an unlikely friendship with the reluctant enforcer ordered to protect him.
Darlings by Mark Busch
A young woman with a dark secret finds herself involved with a small-time criminal only to see the situation spiral out of control into peril and crime.
Engelbert & Rabinskini by Nathaniel Stutz
A coming of age tale of a troubled 16-year-old graffiti artist, still struggling to forgive himself for his role in his father’s tragic death, and his unlikely friendship with a lonely, older gay man fighting full blown AIDS.
The Feeding Cycle by RC Speck and Daniel Maidman
Is the latest zombie menace caused by a long-dormant microbe that returned Christ from the dead? Or is it truly an act of the Devil?
Finishing School by Jennifer Cote
A young woman battles a daunting legacy that all girls in her family commit suicide on their 18th birthdays. As she unravels dark, supernatural secrets and fights to save her life, the concept of getting out of high school alive takes on a new meaning.
H. G. Wells and Vampires by Ward Parry
Before becomming a celebrated author, a young HG Wells travels through time to save mankind from vampires intent on world dominion.
Close Call by Shane McCabe
A week before his wedding, Mike confesses to his two friends that his future sister-in-law tried to seduce him. Mikes friends are anxious to hear the full story but are shocked at how things played out.
Playing Through by John Harris
Two long-time golfing buddies are pushed to play faster by the group behind them. The conflict escalates into a battle never seen before on a golf course.
Sacrifice The Virgin by John Harris
A clan’s ceremony to sacrifice a virgin is threatened due to a lack of virgins.
The Dan Dedman Song Factory by Jeremy Burgess
When Wallace gets an unexpected phone call from one of his favorite musicians, he thinks it’s the coolest birthday present he’s ever received. But by the end of their conversation, he realizes that it might’ve been more like a wake up call.
I Love You…Me Neither by Sarah Monroe
An overweight woman must gather her courage to meet the man she’s in love with but has never seen. The promise of romance tempts her, but will she let weight prevent her from fulfilling it?
This Modern Man is Beat by David Schroeder
In a world of cultural confusion, Habib bin Habib al Fulan faces discrimination while trying to pawn his guitar and reconcile with his young wife.
The Invitation by April Wolak
A woman attempting to reignite her marriage through experimental methods, encounters a dire outcome.
Revolver by Adam Hirsch
Stranded at a motel, an identity thief is forced to confront his demons after he accidentally steals the identity of a killer.
The Trouble With Eddie by Amanda Brewer
Eddie is a bit of a loner that hates his life. When he finally reaches his breaking point, he dedicates his time to becoming a killer. The only problem is, Eddie just can’t hack it. After many failed attempts, Eddie meets a girl that educates him on murder.
The United Film Festival is excited to announce the venue of our 3rd Annual United Film Festival – London. The new venue, Roxy Bar & Screen will host this year’s festival June 3rd-5th over the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Holiday.
Roxy’s dynamic energy and love of bringing people together make it the perfect home for the United Film Festival – London. Screenings begin at 7:00pm Sunday evening and 3:00pm Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Tickets are £10 and can be purchased in advance here:
When your future literally hinges on one audition, can you handle the pressure? Some of the students from the incredible new documentary ‘New York Showcase’ won’t be able to. This film highlights one of the biggest events in the life of any actor, a showcase. The casting and rehearsal for a showcase leads to one goal, getting seen. Hundreds of recent graduates come to one place to perform for a chance to secure an agent and ultimately perform on Broadway.
Reminiscent of many experiences expressed in the musical ‘A Chorus Line,’ this documentary offers a look into the lives of fresh talent with a dream to sing and dance for the rest of their lives. The trials, the fear, and the anticipation make for an extremely compelling 86 minutes.
‘New York Showcase’ will be showing at United Film Festival – New York on Wednesday, May 16th at 9:30pm at Cobble Hill Cinemas.
Today the United Film Festival is spotlighting ‘Act Naturally,’ which will be screening at the upcoming United Film Festival in both Los Angeles and New York this Spring. We love this film because it is offers a heartfelt peek into a world rarely discovered by filmmakers today, a nudist colony. The story follows the lives of two sisters who must immerse themselves in nudist culture after their father leaves them a colony as an inheritance. Young Naturists America called the film a “funny and compelling journey,” citing it as a “celebration of textile freedom.” It’s no wonder this film sold out the United Film Festival – Chicago last September. It is a quirky and genuine tale that anyone can appreciate, clothed or not.
Check out the ‘Act Naturally’ website to support them!
In a whirlwind of intrigue, ‘Stealing Elvis’ proves itself to be an interesting look at a wild plan gone wrong. After stealing $2 million dollars in the light of day, Frank and Danny decide to celebrate with a night on the town. They meet two young girls in need of entertainment, Kristina and Alice who eventually steal the money from them for their own satisfaction. The twisted plot unfolds as the girls attempt to keep the money, with Frank and Danny close on their tail.
The movie is a unique and dynamic interpretation of a modern heist story. The only difference is the criminals don’t really know what they are doing. This makes for a humorous and frightening series of events when millions of dollars end up in the wrong hands. With both sides completely clueless as to handle an amount of money that large, chaos ensues. Kristina and Alice realize quickly that their attempt at adventure has gotten suddenly dangerous, and Frank and Danny are left attempting to clean up the mess they created themselves.
The film is a fantastic example of independent films at their best. Shot in 7 days for only $5,000, ‘Stealing Elvis’ is a must see at the United Film Festival – London this June.