Dances With Films was not a film festival with impressive clout when it quietly began in 1998. It was known to filmmakers as being focused on emerging talent and accessible, but Sundance still overshadowed the event as the premiere home of independent film. That shadow decreases by the year as Dances With Films has continued to grow, but it is maintaining its core foundations that it began on. In 2013, the film festival holds center stage in the heart of Hollywood at The TCL Mann Chinese.
This year new films are premiering with the likes of Chris Rock, Danny Trejo, Melissa Etheridge, Kelly Lynch, Tom Arnold, Tara Reid, Ryan Hansen, John Heard, Cary Elwes, Joey Lauren Adams, Cheyenne Jackson, Lisa Edelstein, Karen Black, Carol Kane, Christopher Lloyd and more. These films with established talent have helped elevate Dances With Films as one of the most engaging, forward-thinking festivals in the country.
The majority of the new films such as “Us” starring Alana Ubach and “Emoticon:)” starring Carol Kane are world premieres, which signals how important the Dances With Films Festival has become for the filmmakers to give first eyes on their stories.
The festival opened with the world premiere of “Miss You Can Do It.” Directed by Ron Davis the HBO Documentary Film spotlights Abbey Curran, Miss Iowa USA 2008, who was the first woman with a disability to compete at the Miss USA Pageant.
” I was in the same group as Abbey when she competed,” said Jonelle Layfield, who was at the premiere opening night in Abbey’s honor. “Super excited to be at Dances With Films and see her story on the big screen.”
Paul Osbourne, the director/writer of the new film “Favor” was excited that his film was chosen to be in this years festival. IA veteran filmmaker this was the first time he had a film screen at the festival. ” When you play Dances With Films, you get to premiere at The Chinese Theater, which is pretty damn awesome,” said Osbourne, a native Angeleno. ” These films are totally like, max your credit cards out, throw the actors in the back of the van and film it type of thing.” said Osbourne, “To make it look great and show it at The Chinese is pretty incredible.”
Actor/Producer John Woods stars in the new film “Down and Dangerous,” and is an alumni of Dances With Films. The film was made for about forty thousand dollars and had close to three hundred and eighty supporters donate to the films micro budget. “Since its inception, it’s always been incredibly solid as a festival. You want to be a part of festivals that do things right, and they afford it the proper respect. Dances With Films really takes care of your film. I’m so happy to be back.” said Woods.
Dances With Films motto is ‘defiantly independent’ and the festival continues to craft its programming in a manner that truly supports independent film. That means filmmakers working completely independent and outside of studios.
For actress Alana Ubach (starring in “us”), known for starring in the HBO series “Hung,” and hit films like “Meet The Fockers,” independent films remind her of the freedom that actors find on stage. She’s known to audiences for her great comedic roles, yet displays a raw dramatic backbone in her new feature. “When Sam sent me the script I told him I wouldn’t let him down. I put my trust in this filmmaker and I knew he was really going to make an incredible film. When you put all your trust in the director, you’re cool.” said Ubach.
Dances With Films runs through June 9th in Hollywood. For more information on the festival and the films visit www.danceswithfilms.com
Source: Yahoo Voices