EDGEMAR CENTER FOR THE ARTS TO HOST
3rdt ANNUAL CINEMA AT THE EDGE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
April 10 – 12, 2015. Cinema at the Edge | Independent Film Festival.
3 days of screenings, parties & artist programs that celebrates independent filmmaking.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Nov 4th, 2014) – The Edgemar Center for the Arts today announced they will be hosting the 3rd Annual Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival from April 10 – 12, 2015. Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival will screen independent films of all genres that feature a distinct vision and a unique voice.
Taking place in and around the beautiful beach towns of Santa Monica and Venice CA, festival-goers will have the chance to watch independent films and enjoy exclusive panels hosted by celebrated writers, producers, distributors and filmmakers.
Artistic Director and Festival Founder Michelle Danner, states, “We’re delighted to give independent filmmakers an opportunity to screen their films in a community setting on the Westside. Surrounded by beautiful beaches, bustling restaurants, bars, retail shops and constant foot traffic, what the Westside has to offer filmmakers and cinephiles, will be quite different from what you’ll find in Hollywood. Winners of the jury and audience awards in each category will be considered for acquisition by industry professionals working in international film distribution.”
The Edgemar Center will present 3 days of screenings, parties and artist programs that celebrate independent filmmaking. Films competing in narrative feature, documentary and short film categories will be eligible for Jury and Audience awards in which winners will have the opportunity to screen their film for industry professionals working in international film production and distribution.
For more information on the festival and to purchase tickets and travel packages please visit the website:http://cinemaattheedge.com/
Jury and audience awards will be given in each category. While the programmers are thrilled to give independent filmmakers a vehicle of expression, an additional commitment is to see that the standout titles at the festival have an opportunity to screen for distributors. Therefore the winners of the jury and audience awards in each category will be viewed by industry professionals working in international film distribution and considered for acquisition.
About the Edgemar Center for the Arts
Edgemar Center for the Arts (ECA) is a 501(c)(3) arts organization with a three-pronged mission: to provide an environment that nurtures the creative process and encourages collaboration between writers, directors, actors, musicians, dancers and visual artists; to create a learning environment for children and adults; and to invite the community to observe, engage, and interact, to add its voice to our creative discovery.
With two theaters, an art gallery, rehearsal, classroom and office space, the ECA anchors the Frank Gehry designed Edgemar complex on Main Street in Santa Monica, California.
The center houses the popular Michelle Danner Acting School, and regularly hosts popular, diverse and award-winning theatre, music, dance, film and visual art performances. Some standout productions performed at ECA include “The Night of the Black Cat”, winner of the 2005 Best Musical of the Year at the LA Music Awards, “Jane Fonda in the Court of Public Opinion” starring Anne Archer and the currently running “The Rainmaker”, an LA Times Critics’ Choice.
Additionally, ECA serves all facets of the Westside community and beyond by offering public arts programs. These programs include ticketed performances and educational outreach courses for children and senior citizens.
Cinema at the Edge is open to independent film of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice or a challenge to what is expected and accepted in the medium. Each year we select and exhibit narrative features, documentary, and short films. Films previously submitted (and not selected) may be reentered if there has been significant change to the edit. You must complete an entry form for each film submitted.
Michelle Danner Founder & Artistic Director
Michelle Danner is the founder and artistic director of The Edgemar Center for the Arts and The Edgemar Theatre Group. She is a renowned actor, director and award-winning acting coach. Michelle directed and produced the film “Hello Herman” starring Norman Reedus (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”) through her production company All In Films. As an acting coach, Michelle has worked with A List talent privately and on set, including Gerard Butler, Salma Hayek, James Franco, Chris Rock, Seth MacFarlane, Penelope Cruz, Michael Pena, Isla Fisher, Common, and Zooey Deschanel. She has directed and acted in over thirty award-winning plays and musicals in New York and Los Angeles. Her directorial debut in film was 2006’s “How to Go Out on a Date in Queens” with Jason Alexander, Esai Morales and Ron Perlman. It was released nationwide and aired as an ABC Sunday Night Movie of the Week.
Her production company, All in Films, have several film projects in development: You’re on the Air, The Bandit Hound, and The Will To. In April 2011 she completed principal photography on the feature film Hello Herman starring Norman Reedus (AMC’s The Walking Dead), Martha Higareda, and Garrett Backstrom which premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival to a sold out audience. The film will have it’s international premiere on May 11th at the Monaco Charity Film Festival. It opened nationwide on June 7th, 2013 andwas available on VOD in 100 million homes across the U.S.
She has two books coming out in 2015, The Daily Ritual and The Golden Box.
Alexandra Guarnieri Co-Festival Director
Alexandra Guarnieri is the co-founder and managing director of Edgemar Center for the Arts. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University with a degree in Political Science. She spent several years working in television, at CNN and MSNBC. Alexandra has been producing plays and films since 2005. She served as the co-producer of Michelle Danner’s “How to Go Out On a Date In Queens” and “Hello Herman”. On the theater side, she has had a long collaboration with director Henry Jaglom, producing his critically acclaimed play “Always But Not Forever” and his hit “Just 45 Minutes from Broadway”, that ran successfully for over a year. An active member of the community, Alexandra also curates the Edgemar Center Art Gallery and runs the Michelle Danner Acting School, one of the top programs in the country.