SANTA CLARITA SET TO ROLL ON FILM FESTIVAL : 55 FEATURES, STUDENT WORKS TO SCREEN.Byline: Mary Schubert Daily News Staff Writer
Director Robert Wise and a movie about a girl's devotion to migrating geese will be honored next month and dozens of other motion pictures screened during the third annual Santa Clarita International Film Festival.
The festival, scheduled for Feb. 7-13 at the Edwards Cinemas in the Valencia Town Center, will screen at least 55 full-length feature films along with numerous student films. The entry deadline was Jan. 15, but organizers are still going through submissions to determine which works will be included in the festival.
Organizers bill the festival as the only one in the world to spotlight entertainment with a family theme. Rules state that entries must not include ``gratuitous sex or violence, frontal nudity or obscene profanity Irreverence towards sacred things; particularly, an irreverent or blasphemous use of the name of God. Vulgar, irreverent, or coarse language.
The use of certain profane or obscene language on the radio or television is a federal offense, but in other situations, profanity .''
Chris Shoemaker, executive director of the festival, said the bulk of the entries are from American filmmakers. ``We've also got some Canadian films, we have a film from Spain, we may have a film from mainland China, and we have an Australian film,'' he said.
``Some of the producers are literally finishing editing on them. That's how fresh they are,'' Shoemaker added.
The student films, meanwhile, ``come from some of the top film schools in the country,'' Shoemaker said. Entrants in that category attend University of Southern California The U.S. News & World Report ranked USC 27th among all universities in the United States in its 2008 ranking of "America's Best Colleges", also designating it as one of the "most selective universities" for admitting 8,634 of the almost 34,000 who applied for freshman admission , University of California The University of California has a combined student body of more than 191,000 students, over 1,340,000 living alumni, and a combined systemwide and campus endowment of just over $7.3 billion (8th largest in the United States). , at Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University, California Institute of the Arts California Institute of the Arts
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. , New York University New York University, mainly in New York City; coeducational; chartered 1831, opened 1832 as the Univ. of the City of New York, renamed 1896. It comprises 13 schools and colleges, maintaining 4 main centers (including the Medical Center) in the city, as well as the , the American Film Institute American Film Institute (AFI), nonprofit organization established in Washington, D.C., in 1967 by the National Endowment for the Arts to preserve and catalog American films and television, to provide work grants for new and established filmmakers, and to increase , Los Angeles City College Los Angeles City College, known as LACC, is a public community college in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California. A part of the Los Angeles Community College District, it is located on Vermont Avenue south of Santa Monica Boulevard. and Florida State University Florida State University, at Tallahassee; coeducational; chartered 1851, opened 1857. Present name was adopted in 1947. Special research facilities include those in nuclear science and oceanography. , he said.
Student films must run no longer than 30 minutes - ``That's usually all the production budget they have,'' Shoemaker said - and most of them are shot on 16 mm film. On Feb. 8, student films will be screened at the Bijou Theater on the CalArts campus.
Wise, whose credits as a producer, director or editor include ``The Sound of Music,'' ``West Side Story,'' ``Citizen Kane'' and ``Star Trek: the Motion Picture,'' will receive the festival's lifetime achievement award. Two cast members from ``West Side Story,'' Rita Moreno and Russ Tamblyn, will present the award. The 1961 musical about the Sharks and the Jets will screen Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.
Meanwhile, actress Dee Wallace Stone will take audience questions and sign autographs in conjunction with a screening of ``E.T. The Extraterrestrial'' at 5 p.m. Feb. 9.
``Fly Away Home,'' starring Jeff Daniels and Anna Paquin, will be recognized with an award for outstanding family entertainment prior to its screening Feb. 8.
Shoemaker said a few patterns have emerged among this year's entries.
``We're definitely seeing a trend towards the nontraditional family, the non-nuclear family,'' he said. ``You'll have a gay couple, or a single parent, or a couple who doesn't marry but forms some kind of relationship.
``I think the pattern we're seeing in our entrants is more verisimilitude, more honest-to-life, more drama,'' Shoemaker added. ``We tend to look for outstanding pictures that address the theme of family. We look for (films) that would appeal to everyone in the family.''
A five-member panel of entertainment industry professionals screens the entries and selects those that will be featured in the film festival, Shoemaker said.
One entrant is ``Common Bonds,'' a project by teen-age filmmakers that began at Pacoima Magnet School. The film, which gained some exposure this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, will have its world premiere Feb. 10 at the Santa Clarita International Film Festival.
Many people who work in the entertainment industry live 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. , and Shoemaker estimated that half of the permits issued by the Los Angeles County Film Permit Office are for filming in the valley. Since the early 1900s, numerous films and television shows have been filmed in the Santa Clarita Valley.
For information on the festival, call (805) 257-3131.
These works will be shown Feb. 7-13 during the third annual Santa Clarita International Film Festival.
``Common Bonds,'' (Next Generation Productions)
``Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves,'' (Disney)
``A Prayer in the Dark,'' (USA Networks)
``The Paper Brigade,'' (Leucadia)
``Someone to Watch Over Me Someone to Watch over Me may refer to:
``The Magic Pearl,'' (Disney/Film Roman)
``Long Live the Queen,'' (First Floor Features)
``To the Ends of Time,'' (Imperial)
``Address Unknown,'' (Leucadia)
``Invisible Mom,'' (Royal Oaks)
``The Magic Book,'' (CD Entertainment)
``Fantasy in D Minor,'' (Stephen Albrezzi)
``Getting it Right,'' (Right Productions)
``The King's Falcon,'' (Cottonwood Productions)
``Sparrow,'' (In Posse IN POSSE. In possibility; not in actual existence; used in contradistinction to in esse. PTY Pty Austral & S African Proprietary , LTD LTD 1 Laron-type dwarfism 2 Leukotriene D 3 Long-term depression, see there 4. Long-term disability )
``Monkey Love,'' (Jim Keeshen)
``Two Weeks from Sunday,'' (Trent Copeland)
``Wired for the Holidays,'' (Doug Aberle)
``P.J. Bunny,'' (International Disney)
``Stand Tall,'' (World Tour Productions)
``Memories Do Not Die,'' (Icarus Productions)
``Hasten Slowly,'' (Laemmle Pictures)
``John Muir Trail
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``First Breath: Cradle in the Sea,'' (ABC/Disney)
``Coyote Summer,'' (Leucadia)
``New World of Music,'' (GeoVision)
Box: (Ran in SAC only) FILM LIST (see text)