Nov 05, 2008
Bel Air, CA – October 20, 2008 – The first
annual Bel Air Film Festival™, presented by Gem Shopping Network, has
unveiled its line-up of films to be screened in Bel Air and Beverly
Hills from November 14 until November 19, 2008. The festival will
showcase some of today’s most creative films and filmmaking talent, and
in the process, unite entertainment industry tastemakers and film
lovers in the community.
“It is time Bel
Air had a film festival to call their own. A large portion of the
entertainment industry resides here and this is a wonderful opportunity
to bring a community together,” said Bel Air Film Festival™ Director
Melody Storm. “All of our advisory board members have an extensive
background in film, and the awarded films have been carefully reviewed
Sponsors of the inaugural
festival include Gem Shopping Network, Lucky Jets, Genlux Magazine,
Renita Casting, Wolfgang Zwiener’s Steakhouse, Wander, Prince and
Pauper, The Actors Network and Break Down Services.
Fashion Night" will kick off the festival on Friday November 14th
hosted by Genlux Magazine on November 14th. Hosted by Genlux Magazine,
the evening will be a celebration of fashion, film and art held at an
exclusive private estate in Bel Air. Screenings include Louise
Dahl-Wolfe: Painting with Light, a short documentary about the famed
photographer’s life and her “discovery” of actress Lauren Bacall, as
well as short documentary James Gill Full Circle, an autobiographical
look at American pop artist James Gill that chronicles his meteoric
rise and sudden disappearance from the Hollywood scene and art world.
Honorees for the evening include Anya Sarre, celebrity stylist and head
fashion stylist for Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and ET on MTV;
and Orian Williams, producer of the award-winning film Control and one
of Variety’s “10 Producers to Watch.”
Saturday, November 15, a screening of the short documentary Carissa
sponsored by Virgin Mobile and the Los Angeles Dodgers Dream
Foundation, will be shown at the Motion Picture Academy Theater in
Beverly Hills. The film has won the Jury Prize in its category and six
film festivals and is Executive Produced by Davis Guggeneheim, Academy
Award winning director of An Inconvenient Truth. The screening will be
followed by a Q&A with Carissa Phelps and director David Sauvage.
Carissa tells the story of a homeless 12-year-old in Fresno, who was
forced into prostitution, but strived against all odds to eventually
graduate from UCLA last year with a law degree and MBA.
and comedian Jamie Kennedy will be honored on Sunday, November 16
following a screening of his film Heckler at the Motion Picture Academy
Theater in Beverly Hills. Produced by Kennedy and directed by Michael
Addis, the film explores an uncensored look between critics and those
in the spotlight. After starring in a film that was critically bashed,
Kennedy asks celebrities such as George Lucas, Bill Maher, Kathy
Griffin, Mike Ditka and Rob Zombie about their experiences with
Additional festivities include
the US Premiere on Monday, November 17 of feature-length documentary
The Jill and Tony Curtis Story at the American Jewish University in Bel
Air. The film, written and directed by Ian Ayres, follows the screen
legend and his young wife as they take on the mission of saving horses
from slaughter and find something much more rewarding than fame or
On Tuesday, November 18, acclaimed
commercial and music video casting director Renita will be hosting a
Commercial Panel for actors and actresses. Panelists include Sam
Cadman,(Director), Chaim Magnum(Co-Owner LemonLime Agency, Fawnda
McMahan,(Acting Coach/Actress), Laura Soo-Hoo (Owner Reign Agency),
Emcee/Panelist: Kevin E. West. (Founder T.A.N./Actor).
Jewish Film Night, hosted by the Sigi Ziering Institute, will close the
festival on Wednesday, November 19 at the American Jewish University.
Producer Marta Kauffman (Friends) will be honored and present a
screening of Blessed is the Match, which she executive produced,
followed by a Q&A with director and producer Roberta Grossman.
Narrated by Academy Award nominee Joan Allen, this is the first feature
documentary about Hannah Senesh, the World War II-era poet and diarist
who became a paratrooper, resistance fighter and modern-dayJoan of Arc.