INDEPENDENCE DAY FOR FILM IN SANTA CLARITA VENUE OPENS FOR NEW CINEMA ARTISTS.Byline: Carol Rock Staff Writer
NEWHALL - Studying abroad gave Ramon Hamilton a new vision in life.
The Boston-raised philosophy student trekked to Cairo in his senior year of college, took an Introduction to Film class and was hooked.
After a cross-country move to be closer to the magic of Hollywood, Hamilton, 28, settled in a Canyon Country condominium condominium
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``There are so many people up here who work in independent films, those films that are not backed by any major studio or production company,'' Hamilton said. ``Independent films are the kind you put together with whatever resources you have; one friend has a camera, another has a computer on which you can edit and so on. There's no venue here for those type of films to be shown, so we decided to start a festival.
``It's working out 110 percent better than we thought it would. Even though it's our first year and they're taking a huge risk in backing us, people in the community saw our passion for film and because of that, it worked.''
Of course, Hamilton has a project in progress, a psychological thriller Psychological thriller is a specific sub-genre of the wide-ranging thriller genre. However, this genre often incorporates elements from the mystery genre in addition to the typical traits of the thriller genre. with the working title ``Within Dreams.'' He has a few films that have enjoyed festival exposure in other cities, including ``Roger,'' the short film ``Misery'' and ``Why2K.''
He expects more than 1,500 people to participate in the screenings, workshops and entertainment offered during the three-day event three-day event
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Free workshops will cover a variety of filmmaking film·mak·ing
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Jason Crawford, film administrator for the city of Santa Clarita, said that he was impressed with Ramon's desire to locate a new festival here.
``I think we could be edgy,'' he said. ``We've had a family film festival for 11 years now, and it's very much a niche festival. I think Santa Clarita could support two festivals, especially with CalArts here. We have an edgy art scene understanding. There are so many people who want to make films and submit them for festival competitions, there's definitely a market for them.''
The festival will also feature student competitions on the college and high school levels.
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known as CalArts
U.S. private institution of higher learning in Valencia. Created in 1961 through the merger of two other art institutes, it was the first in the U.S. professor Leo Leo, in astronomy
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``I think Santa Clarita has grown remarkably in the last 10 years and hope it isn't looked upon as a cultural wasteland, especially with a premier art school in its backyard,'' Hobaica said. ``The organizers and students have both worked hard to get things together, and we're happy to support their efforts. It's a bravo that they want to do this festival.''
Rachel Siner, a Golden Valley High School sophomore whose film ``The Collector'' is in the high school competition, said she used a script written by her father - about the Internal Revenue Service gone bad - as the basis for her five-minute video.
``He acted in it, too, but I got to direct,'' Siner said. ``I was overjoyed o·ver·joy
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o , dancing in the hallway when I heard it was accepted for the festival. I love the art of video; it gives me a chance to interpret words and put it out visually with my perspective.''
Her teacher, Charles Deuschle, encourages his students to enter festivals because so much of their work goes unnoticed.
``There are so many projects done that people don't get to see that are really great works,'' he said. ``These kids have grown up in the information age. It's a language they understand, and it fits their personalities.''
Taylor David, 14, a sophomore at West Ranch High School West Ranch High School is a public high school in the community of Stevenson Ranch, Los Angeles County, California. Mr. Bob Vincent has been the school's principal ever since it opened in 2004. , has two films in the running: the music video ``Twisted Sister'' and his original film ``The Briefcase In Windows 95/98, a system folder used for synchronizing files between two computers, typically a desktop and laptop computer. Files to be worked on are placed into a Briefcase, which is then transferred to the second machine via floppy, cable or network. .''
``I made 'The Briefcase' for my class final; it's kind of a straightforward story about a guy whose briefcase gets stolen, and he tries to get it back,'' he said.
Jennifer Swann's film ``Meet Me at the Tumor's Door,'' is one of three films from Valencia High School Valencia High School may refer to:
``It's about kids living in a suburban environment, how they come together to create a punk scene. It follows five or six bands who have no place to play and have to set up in parks, garages, anywhere and they're really not welcome. It's also about the hidden undertones, exposing the underbelly of beautiful landscapes and paseos and parks, about teenagers' lives, dealing with family problems, divorce, things my friends talk about, like not having anything to do.''
Classmate Jeremy Gerke produced ``V7,'' a cop thriller involving an officer possessed by a demon spirit who takes on his partner. Kenny Tang's festival entry ``Something to Prove'' is also entered in the competition.
Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252
ON SCREEN AT THE FESTIVAL
SANTA CLARITA - The Santa Clarita Independent Film Festival will be held Nov. 11-14 in Newhall. Venues for workshops will be the Repertory REPERTORY. This word is nearly synonymous with inventory, and is so called because its contents are arranged in such order as to be easily found. Clef des Lois Rom. h.t.; Merl. Repertoire, h.t.
2. East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road San Fernando Road is a major street in the city and county of Los Angeles. It starts off in Castaic as The Old Road, passing through Santa Clarita and the Newhall Pass, where upon its intersection with Sierra Highway near the junction of the Golden State (I-5) and the (unless noted); all screenings will be held at the Canyon Theatre Guild Theatre Guild
U.S. theatrical society. Founded in New York City in 1918 by Lawrence Langner (1890–1962) and others, the group proposed to produce high-quality, noncommercial plays. , 24242 San Fernando Road.
11 a.m. - Workshop: ``Shooting in the Santa Clarita Valley The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. It stretches through Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Its main population center is the city of Santa Clarita. The valley was part of the 48,612-acre (19,672. ,'' Jason Crawford, film and tourism administrator, city of Santa Clarita, at the theater guild.
1 p.m. - Film: ``A Day Without a Mexican,'' followed by question-and-answer period with writer Sergio Guerrero.
4 p.m. - Films: ``Arc,`` ``Harmony Run,'' ``Carl's First Day,'' ``The F-Word''
6 p.m. - Film: ``The Guererro Project''
8 p.m. - Films: ``The Writer,'' ``Zoomsuit,'' ``Retribution RETRIBUTION. 1. That which is given to another to recompense him for what has been received from him; as a rent for the hire of a house. 2. A salary paid to a person for his services. 3. The distribution of rewards and punishments. ,'' ``Peter's Price''
10 p.m. - Film: ``Faede'' Nov. 12
11 a.m.-5 p.m. - Workshops
5 p.m. - Film: ``Shell Ear''
6 p.m. - Films: ``Why Shakespeare,'' ``Yak's Last Ride,'' ``My Journey,'' ``Disposition,'' ``How My Neighbour Discovered Life on Mars''
7 p.m. - Film competition: California Institute of the Arts/College of the Canyons student film competition featuring CalArts films ``The Shoes,'' ``Flurry,'' ``The Intruder An attacker that gains, or tries to gain, unauthorized access to a system. See attacker, intrusion and IDS. ,'' ``Liquid Substance,'' ``Offerings'' and ``Breathe the Glass''; and College of the Canyons College of the Canyons is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the state. According to the National Junior College Research Association, College of the Canyons consistently ranks in the top 50 community colleges in the nation. films ``Stay Behind'' and ``A Foreign Kiss in Times Square''
8:30 p.m. - Films: ``Donnie's Tree,'' ``Dummy''
10 p.m. - Films: ``Three Paces to the Closet Door,'' ``A Year in the Death of Jack Richards'' Nov. 13
11 a.m. - Workshop: Video formats for the independent filmmaker.
3 p.m. - Workshop: Raising money for independent films
5 p.m. - Film competition: Santa Clarita high school film competition featuring Valencia High films ``V7,'' ``Something to Prove'' and ``Meet Me at the Tumor's Door''; West Ranch High films ``Twisted Sister'' and ``The Briefcase''; and Golden Valley High film ``The Collector''
6:30 p.m. - Film: ``Ties on a Fence,'' followed by panel discussion on homelessness
8 p.m. - Films: ``Why Shakespeare,'' ``Portrait of Artists as Latino Immigrants,'' ``Do You Want the Elephant Music?''
10 p.m. - Film: ``ESL''
Additional information available on the Web site www.sciffestival.com.
Ramon Hamilton is the driving force behind the upcoming independent film festival in Santa Clarita, set for Nov. 11-14.
Alex Collins/Special to the Daily News
ON SCREEN AT THE FESTIVAL (see text)