Calabasas, CA–The 8th annual Method Fest Independent Film Festival, presented by the City of Calabasas, unveiled its schedule of films and activities for the week of the festival, which runs March 31 to April 7 in Calabasas, CA. The Method Fest, which offers numerous screenings and events for the industry and the public, is the only festival dedicated to the actor.
Friday March 31st Opening Night
Method Fest opens with the Los Angeles premiere of Jason Matzners Dreamland, starring Agnes Bruckner, Kelli Garner, John Corbett, Justin Long, and Gina Gershon at The Motion Picture and Television Funds Louis B. Mayer Theater in Calabasas. Dreamland is a poignant coming of age story with stunning performances by its young and by its veteran cast. The Rising Star Award will be presented at the opening night film and a red carpet, Hollywood- style opening night party will follow at the scenic Valley Crest location, high on the hill in Calabasas overlooking the entire region.
Saturday, April 1st
The festival kicks in with seminars, workshops, shorts, premieres and screenings including world premiers of Push starring Chad Lindberg, Chazz Palmintieri and Michael Rappaport; the south-east Asian adventure Bangkok; and the West Coast Premiere of Confess, a spy-cam spy thriller. Debating Robert Lee is an engrossing and surprising tale of what happens when one of the best debating teachers in the world steps into a troubled school in idyllic Palos Verdes, California. Debating Robert Lee stars Beau Bridges, Kaley Cuoco and Billy Kay. The terrifying Nightmare finishes up the feature offerings on Saturday.
Sunday, April 2nd
Method Fest continues its tradition of giving festival goers opportunities to meet and interact with filmmakers at the Filmmaker Brunch and panel discussion where major stars and filmmakers participate. Throughout the day, audiences will be treated to a variety of independently minded features including Oh, Mr. Faulkner Do You Write, which brings John Maxwells critically-acclaimed, one-man show to the screen; the sexy These Girls, based on Vivienne Laxdalls edgy play to life, starring Angel David Boreanz from Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Bones fame;
Halfway Decent with Ernie Hudson; and the Julie Harris, Ruby Dee starrer, The Way Back Home. The Lifetime Award Ceremony will be held prior to the film screening. The Centerpiece Film, the drama December Ends, is the critically acclaimed directorial debut of Lee Toland Krieger and a Centerpiece Gala will follow the event. The evening continues to rock at Indie Music Night at the Sagebrush Cantina, beginning at 9:00 p.m. until closing. Bands and acoustic acts, including some from festival films fill the stage at the well known Cantina.
Monday, April 3
The International Showcase offers a wide variety of entertaining and thought provoking entries including s special not-in-competition screening of the post apocalyptic tale of Ever Since the World Ended; the one-day tale of In a Day from the UK; Niagara Motel featuring Kevin Pollack; Australias very sexy contribution of The Actress and The Cabin Movie a darkly comic look at relationships. Highlighting the evening, a private reception for the filmmakers and stars Monday evening at Mi Piace will follow the 7 p.m. screenings.
Tuesday, April 4
Diversity Days begins on Tuesday at Method Fest, featuring the fear-of-death quirky comedy, Expiration Date unspooling with a well-known Native American cast; the dark relationship drama Tre; Eve of Understanding a female road trip adventure; and Turntable, by acclaimed filmmaker Robert Patton-Sprull, the story of an emotionally dead DJ who seeks release through his music. Diversity Days films screen Tuesday, April 4th. The evening reception, hosted by Native Caf, includes top acoustic entertainment.
Wednesday, April 5
The American Independents Showcase opnes on Wednesday with the Centerpiece film The Gold Bracelet, an India/US co-production. The Gold Bracelet is a provocative look at an Indian family and their hopes for a better life in America; the audience watches as their hopes are dashed and how hope is regained. Also unveiling at Method Fest in The American Independents Showcase is 11:59 a amnesiacs tale; from Mexico, Adam y Eva and Dark Heart, a post-Iraq tale of a soldiers return home. King's Fish House will be the site of the Co-Centerpiece Gala.
Thursday, April 6
Dirt Nap, closes Method Fests screenings and premieres in the evening. Directed by DB Sweeney and starring Ed Harris, John C. McGinley, Paul Hipp, DB Sweeney, and Janet Jones, Dirt Nap follows three regular guys through a comical road trip. This is a hilarious and heartwarming comedy of lost dreams and unappreciated treasures.
Friday, April 7
Friday evening, a gala awards ceremony at the Carlson Family Theatre at Viewpoint will close out the festival.
Throughout the course of the Festival, Method Fest will screen a number of promising shorts in programs dedicated to the art and talent of short films and filmmakers. Turning the Tables features the shorts Noise, Intelligence, Serving Santino, Cold Comfort, and The Importance of Blind Dating. The Family Matters Shorts Program includes Big Girl, Crossing, Dry Whiskey, Guilt, I Love You More, and In Order of Appearance. The Rest In Peace Shorts Programs include Little Lise, Purple Bins, 6 Feet in 7 Minutes, Return to Sender, Hibernation, End of a Dog, and Window. The Locals Gone Loco screenings include shorts Livewire, An Enterprising Caper, The Big Empty, Take My Advice, Christopher Brennan Saves The World, The Method, Shaolin Delivery Boy, Queer Eye For The Homeless Guy, and Stanley Marshalls Myth. In the Strange Days Shorts Program, K-7,, Smart Card, Paradox,, Lucid, Cost of Living, and Turn will be screened. Student Shorts at 5 Program includes The Savior(AFTRS), Queen of Cactus Cove(AFI), Wentworth (USC), Lucky (LONDON), Hotspurs (NYU), Love Thy Neighbor (Chapman), My Mothers Hairdo (UCLA), and Woodrow Wilson (North Carolina). A number of shorts will also be shown before features, including: Oedipus/The Cabin Movie, Shank 101/Halfway Decent, The Christmas Tree/Eve of Understanding, The Knock/Nightmare, Affair Game/Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write
As always at Method Fest, there are numerous opportunities to meet stars, filmmakers, and join workshops and discussions. Check www.methodfest.com for complete screening details, descriptions, times and locations. Screenings and events are held at venues throughout the West Valley, including the Louis B Mayer Theatre of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, at 23388 Mulholland Drive and at The Carlson Family Theatre, Viewpoint School 23620 Mulholland Hwy. For tickets call 1-800-838-3006 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com.
About Method Fest
Named after a famous school of acting, The Method Fest is the only major film festival in the U.S. focusing on acting, celebrating breakout acting performances in story driven independent films. The Method Fest takes great pride in being a discovery festival, looking to help launch the works of young fresh filmmakers and to discover breakthrough performances by young, bold new actors. The festival has also taken great delight in sharing career-defining performances of established performers and in showcasing a few chosen well-known directors to screen at the festival.
The Method Fest is presented by the City of Calabasas. Charter Communications and the L.A. Daily News are the presenting media sponsors. Golden Reel Sponsors include new Millennium Homes, Corona, Standard Pacific Homes, MSN Spaces, and Adelphia. Silver reel Sponsors are Bob Smith BMW, Jet Blue Airways, D2 Development, Motion Picture and Television Fund. Auto Gallery is the Spinning Reel Sponsor. Bronze Reel Sponsors include SAG Indie, the Screen Actors Guild, Prudential California Realty, SONY, Christie, Modern VideoFilm, Reels and Wheels, Valley of the Stars, Laemmle Theatre, and Wexler.