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THE METHOD FEST CELEBRATES 10TH YEAR
Mar 19, 2008
<>A mix of several world premieres and a few choice films which
debuted recently at major film festivals will highlight the 10th
anniversary edition of The Method Fest Film Festival, presented by the City of Calabasas, slated for March 27-April 3 in Calabasas. Named after the famous school of
acting, The Method Fest is the only United States festival to focus on acting.
“This is the strongest lineup in our festival’s history,” said Don Franken,
Executive Director of The Method Fest.
Adler’s Familiar Strangers, an offbeat, funny and heartfelt story of a
family going through the natural process of negotiating the changing
relationships between parents and children, is the festival’s Opening Night
Film. Starring Shawn Hatosy, DJ Qualls, Cameron Richardson, Ann Dowd, Nikki
Reed and Tom Bower, Familiar Strangers
screens Thursdy night, March 27, at 7 pm, at the Motion Picture and
Television’s Fund Louis B. Mayer Theatre.
Indie gems to be
showcased include The Visitor, actor and filmmaker Tom McCarthy’s
follow-up to his award winning directorial debut The Station Agent. Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under) stars as a disillusioned Connecticut economics
professor whose life is transformed by a chance encounter in New York City.
winner Helen Hunt makes her feature directing debut with Then She Found Me, a
touching story of schoolteacher April Epner (Hunt) and her very unlikely path
towards personal fulfillment, adapted from Elinor Lipman’s novel of the same
name. The film also stars Colin Firth, Academy Award nominee Bette Midler,
Matthew Broderick, Lynne Cohen, and Ben Shenkman.
turned helmer, Mary Stuart Masterson, debuts with The Cake Eaters, a
quirky, small-town, ensemble drama that explores the lives of two
interconnected families coming to terms with love in the face of loss. The film
features a strong cast anchored by Bruce Dern, and Melissa Leo and featuring
Kristen Stewart, Aaron Stanford, Elizabeth Ashley, Jayce Bartok, Talia Balsam,
and Jesse L. Martin
Unfinished Sky, an
acclaimed Australian film directed by Peter Duncan and based on the Golden
Globe-nominated Dutch film The Polish
Bride, peels away layers of hurt
and mistrust to reveal the beauty of freedom, hope and choice.
selections on this year’s Method Fest feature lineup include: The
Stone Angel with Ellen Burstyn, Christine Horne, Cole Hauser, Ellen
Page, and Sheila McCarthy; Chronic Town, directed by Tom Hines
and starring JR Bourne, Emily Wagner, Jeffrey Scott Jensen, Alice Drummond, Dan
Butler and Paul Dooley, and Diminished Capacity with Matthew
Broderick, Virginia Madsen, Alan Alda and Dylan Baker. Also, Blue
Hour by Eric Nazarian and starring Paul Dillon, Karen Jones, Karen
Kodazian, Austin Marques, and Alyssa Milano, Derrick O'Connor, and Emily Rios.
include the country-Western themed film, Crazy, based on the life of
legendary guitar player Hank Garland, directed by Rick Bieber and starring
Waylon Payne, Ali Larter, and Lane Garrison; the South African film, Lullaby,
directed by renowned director, Darrell Roodt ("Yesterday,"" Sarafina,""Cry the Beloved
Country"); Chain Link, directed by Dylan Reynolds and starring Mark Irvingsen
and Jim Storm; Falling, directed and starring Richard Dutcher and Virginia
Reece; Harrison Montgomery, directed by Daniel Davila and starring
Martin Landau, Octavio Gomez Berrios; and "True Love," directed
by Henry Barrial, a Sundance alum with his first film, Some Body.
A strong late addition
to The Method Fest lineup is “Running
Funny,” a ‘what to do with one’s life after college, “slacker” comedy by
Anthony Grippa. It stars Louis Zorich,
Maximmiian Osinski, and Gene Gullerano.
As always, The Method
Fest will screen several top international films, including the U.S. premiere
Beautiful City by Ed Glass-Donnelly; the Brazilian film, Corpo,
(Body), Eduart out of Greece, and Portage, from Canada.
The Method Fest's
Centerpiece films will be The Visitor,
Saturday night, March 29, and Then She
Found Me, Sunday night, March 30, both screening at the Louie B. Mayer
Theatre, Motion Picture & Television Fund. Diminished Capacity will be the Closing Night film, also scheduled
at the Louie B. Mayer Theatre on Wednesday, April 2. The Opening Night film will be announced
There will be a total
of 25 features and 48 short films, also from across the U.S. and the
globe, screened at this year’s The Method Fest. For the screening
schedule and other festival information visit www.methodfest.com or
call (310) 535-9230. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com,
800-838-3006. Ticket prices range from $10 for most individual screenings
(excluding opening, centerpiece films, and closing night films), with a
festival pass for all screenings, parties, receptions, and tributes only
$195. A limited amount of special industry passes are available at only
Films come from across the U.S. and around the globe to be
screened at this year's edition of The Method Fest. The festival has been
a launching pad for quality independent films - over 100 films that have played
in the Method Fest’s first 9 years have gone on to get distribution. Last
year, The Method Fest opening night film, "Waitress," was one of the most successful Indie films of the
year! There will be Q&A with the directors, producers, writers, and
stars of the films after most feature films as well as following each short
The Method Fest is
presented by the City of Calabasas. Presenting media sponsors include
Time Warner, Charter Communications, LA.Com and the L.A. Daily News.
Golden Reel sponsors include Corona. Silver reel sponsors include
Prudential California Realty, Christie, Sony, and Country Inn &
Suites. Bronze level sponsors include Bernards, Red Bull, Modern
VideoFilm, Wexler, Jet Blue, and the Motion Picture & Television
Fund. Festival supporters include Ice Age, Pepsi, Leonis Adobe, Sagebrush
Cantina, CalItalia Restaurant, Mi Piace, Fleming's Steakhouse, Chapter 8
Steakhouse and Nightclub, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, The Rack, FilmFinders,
WithoutABox, Creative Industry Handbook, MoneyMailer, Calabasas Chamber of
Commerce, and the San Fernando Valley Economic Alliance. The Method Fest
is an official Valley of the Stars event.
July 9, 2020