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Rose McGowan Curates The First Annual Dawn Festival DTLA


“Best be described as Douglas Sirk-meets-David Lynch” – Chris O’Falt, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Provocative…slowly seductive” – Betsy Sharkey, LA TIMES

RSA/Black Dog Films announced yesterday that after the critically acclaimed world premiere at Sundance Film Festival, the taut directorial debut from Rose McGowan, DAWN, will have an Oscar © qualifying run in Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent starting September 19th.

As mentioned in The Hollywood Reporter, which you can see here, throughout the week the short film will be accompanied by seven features, one per night, curated by McGowan at the first annual “Dawn Festival”.

 “I’m curating a festival of directors that have given their lead women a strong voice.  These stories could have been told with men in the title characters, but these directors showed us what happens when you break stereotypes.  They have inspired me as a woman, as a director and as a person”, said Rose.

 Realizing that her passion lies in filmmaking, Rose McGowan’t breakthrough directorial debut, DAWN, is a disturbing tale of a young girl’s budding sexuality and one’s desire to experience the unknown.  Dawn (Tara Barr) is a quiet young teenager living in Kennedy era America who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life. When she strikes up an innocent flirtation with the boy who works at her local gas station (Reiley McClendon), she thinks that he is perhaps the answer to her teenage dreams. Though when she invites the boy and his friends into her otherwise cloistered world, she gets a lot more than she bargained for.

Carefully chosen by McGowan, the films that will accompany DAWN feature iconic performances by actresses that prove rich, complex and layered roles can and should be written for and by women.  The following films will screen with Rose McGowan and special guests in attendance:

SAFE - “Todd Haynes directed Julianne Moore in a haunting study of a woman’s life.”

THELMA & LOUISE – “Ridley Scott directed two substantial actresses in two substantial, inspiring roles.”

HAROLD AND MAUDE – “Hal Ashby directed Ruth Gordon.  Two creatives on a creative journey.”

SIXTEEN CANDLES – “John Hughes directed Molly Ringwald.  He made a teen’s hopes and hurts real.”

ROSEMARY’S BABY – “Roman Polanski directed Mia Farrow in a virtuoso breakdown performance.”

SILKWOOD – “Mike Nichols directed Meryl Streep and Cher.  They showed us women can change the world by finding their voice.”

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS – “Jonathan Demme directed Jodie Foster.  She showed us what a person can do when they go forward despite their fear.”

Music Monday: The Fault in Our Stars

For today, no introductions, no promotions, just music.  This video was being passed around quite a bit last week on Twitter and we wanted to share it again.  Simply beautiful music to start off your Monday morning.

The Fault In Our Stars I Birdy — Not About Angels I Official Video

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“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” Returns to Arena Cinema Hollywood This Saturday

For a limited engagement and starting on July 26, in memory of an incredible talent, Arena Cinema Hollywood will screen the documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” for four showings only.



Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me captures the Broadway legend Elaine Stritch in her late 80’s, as she remains as ferociously funny as ever. In this bold, hilarious and poignant portrait, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is revealed both on and off stage. Candid reflections about her life are punctuated with words from friends (including James Gandolfini, Tina Fey, John Turturro, Tracy Morgan, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane and Cherry Jones) and archival footage that showcases some of the great moments from her career. Whether dominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on the set of 30 Rock, or sharing her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me reaches beyond the icon’s brassy exterior and reveals an inspiring portrait of a complex woman and artist.  Directed by Chiemi Karasawa. From Sundance Selects. Color, USA, 2013, 81 minutes, unrated. Documentary.

Film plays Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27  at 3:00 p.m.; Tuesday, July 29 and Thursday, July 31,  at 6:15 p.m.2014.

TicketsFor more information, and online ticketing go to (323) 306-0676 or go to

Admission is $12.00 . All ticket sales final. No refunds nor exchanges.

At Arena Cinema Hollywood, 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028. (Entrance at rear gate.)  Discounted parking is available with validation at lots adjacent to the venue and across the street.  Arena Cinema is Hollywood’s new home for independent films, powered by Voltaire Media.

“in a lot of ways, she’s the last of a majestic breed whose like will never be seen again in popular culture.”—The Wrap

“You get the sense just from sitting in the theater that this really is a unique, necessary environment for film in Los Angeles.”—Michael Nordine, L.A. Weekly


Japanese Horror Inspired Fashion

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One of our favorite fashion film directors, TREVOR UNDI, sent us his latest inspired creation earlier this week — a new Japanese-Horror-inspired fashion film.  Styled by TAKAFUMI KAWASAKI the film follows model JUN (Image Tokyo) as she haunts her own Doppelgänger through the streets, cemeteries and  undergrounds of Tokyo Metro. Featuring bold looks by LANVIN& TOM FORD.

Produced by East of Normal for VMagazine NYC.

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Meet The Patels at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Saturday

Meet The Patels

On Saturday, June 14th at the Los Angeles Film Festival  you will finally be able to, MEET THE PATELS. 

A laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams…and his parents,  the film explores the hardships that the current generation can experience while attempting to stay true to their respective cultural backgrounds.  Filmed by Ravi’s sister (Geeta Patel) in what started as a family vacation video, this hilarious and heartbreaking film reveals how love is truly a family affair.

Largely inexperienced in the art of courtship, L.A.-based actor Ravi Patel is suddenly thrown into the deep end of the dating pool when he reluctantly consents to letting his parents find him an ideal Indian bride. As he embarks on a multi-date tour across North America, however, the self-effacing suitor can’t help but wonder whether his quest represents a laudable acceptance of cherished traditions or a pathetic surrender to his own deep-seated insecurities. Watch the trailer now:

Gia On The Move got handed a last minute private screener on this one and it is a tear jerker.  It is a film that everyone can authentically relate to. But most of all it is a lesson in value of family, friendship, trust and true love.

Gia On The Move loves this film and is giving this film its, “WORTH THE TICKET” stamp.  There are two shows available for tomorrow:

Sat, Jun 14th 9:15pm
Regal Cinema L.A. Live- Theater 9

Door Only   (That means SHOW UP!!!)

Tue, Jun 17th 4:45pm
Regal Cinema L.A. Live- Theater 10

Available online – purchase a ticket now

To find venues and get more information about the Los Angeles Film Festival visit the website
Sponsored by
Meet the Patels

Documentary Competition

(India, USA, 2014, 88 mins, DCP)

In English, Gujarati, and Hindi with English subtitles

US Premiere

Directed By: Geeta V. Patel,
Ravi V. Patel

Screenwriters: Ravi V. Petal, Geeta V. Patel, Billy McMillin, Matthew Hamachek
Producers: Janet Eckholm, Geeta V. Patel
Executive Producers: Geralyn White Dreyfous, Dan Cogan
Cinematographer: Geeta V. Patel
Editors: Billy McMillin, Matthew Hamacheck, Geeta V. Patel, Ravi V. Patel
Music Supervisor: Brooke Wentz
Featuring: Ravi V. Patel, Vasant K. Patel, Champa V. Patel
Host: Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

Rooftop Films Presents a 3-Day Weekend of Documentaries

Three Unique Days of Wacky, Fun, and Touching Documentaries at Venues Across Brooklyn, Starting on June 19th


From Thursday June 19th to Saturday June 21st, these films will take you on a journey from the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest to the trailer parks of Ventura, California and the music-filled neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. If you’re on the East Coast, join them for:



Founded in 1997, Rooftop Films has grown to become known internationally as one of the most dynamic film festivals in the world. In 2014, they will screen more than 30 feature films, almost all of which are New York, U.S. or World Premieres, as well as more than 125 short films in themed programs. This combination of brilliant, original programming and stunning outdoor venues makes Rooftop Films one of the best-attended film festivals in New York. Rooftop Films, brings the underground outdoors.

June 19, 2014






THE LAST SEASON (Sara Dosa | 78 min.)
Pacific  Pride Commercial Fueling, The Burger Deli, Chalet Restaurant – quiet, rural spots right off the highway are immediately juxtaposed with karaoke and the loading of a truck with highly sought after but rare matsutake mushrooms. It’s September in the small rural town of Chemult, Oregon and a camp of over 200 seasonal workers – most of Southeast Asian descent – have started hunting for a prized fungus. Kouy, 46-year-old platoon leader of Cambodia’s Khmer Freedom Fighters who battled the Khmer Rouge, is a seasoned veteran who learned foraging during his enslavement. Roger, a 75-year-old sniper with the US Special Forces in Vietnam, who acts as a father to Kouy, has less luck as his health starts to fail him. Traversing the land in search of the elusive fungi, the two search for underground networks of matsutake while they slowly unearth the roots of their unlikely friendship.

In her debut feature film, Sara Dosa balances these two men’s intimate story while also engaging larger themes, including the correlation of past and present, and man’s relationship to nature and location. Dosa probes the quiet moments which reveal a distinct sense of a shared past and geographic specificity that binds the characters. Archival footage of rebel fighters in Cambodia and American soldiers in Vietnam is seamlessly edited into vérité scenes of domesticity and work, along with gorgeous wide shots of mountains and rural landscapes. While initially a fly-on-the-wall approach, THE LAST SEASON’s subjects gently draw Dosa into their relationship, as layers of friendship and life call out to be uncovered. Told over the course of one matsutake mushroom season, the documentary is a journey into the woods, into the memory of war and survival, telling a story of family from an unexpected place.

8:00PM  Doors Open and reception sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits and Bulleit Bourbon
8:30PM  Live music
9:00PM  Film Begins
10:45PM Q&A with director Sara Dosa

Venue: The Brooklyn Grange: 63 Flushing Avenue, Building #3, Brooklyn, NY 11205

For more information

June 20, 2014

2GIUSEPPE MAKES A MOVIE (Adam Rifkin | 83 min.)

An hour away from the outer edge of Los Angeles, in Ventura, California, lives Giuseppe Andrews, a former child actor who had roles in late 90’s hits such as Independence Day, Never Been Kissed and Detroit Rock City. More than 10 years later, he has left behind the glitzy productions of his youth and is now fomenting a lo-fi artistic revolution within the local trailer park that he calls home. Giuseppe has knocked out 30 feature films to date with the help of his neighbors and countless homeless friends, creating vibrantly anarchic works that don’t rely on big budgets, acting ability, snazzy graphics, or even proper continuity. For Giuseppe it’s all about the vibe, and with his handwritten scripts, consumer video camera, and his aerodynamic spandex suit he’s got “vibe” in spades.

As the title indicates, Giuseppe Makes A Movie documents Andrews’ creative process as he shoots his latest feature film, Garbanzo Gas, over just two days. The premise: “Vietnam Ron, one of many homeless men in Ventura that Giuseppe has grown up with, plays a vegan cow on vacation from the slaughterhouse.” What’s revealed within this making-of documentary is an artist who blurs Hollywood and the underground—a filmmaker who reveres the form and couldn’t care less about the technique.

To Giuseppe, every aspect of his movie-making is malleable and fluid, and he cares less about the cinematic outcome and more about the experience of creation and collaboration. His films may resemble the visceral early work of John Waters, Harmony Korine and George Kuchar, but his inspirations are from the intellectual work of Buñuel, Cassavetes and Fassbinder. Rooftop Films Filmmaker Fund Grant recipients Mike Plante and director Adam Rifkin capture a one-of-a-kind character in this stranger-than-fiction documentary. Their exploration of his bizarre creative universe conveys how one self-taught filmmaker can uncover unexpected humanism while fabricating an improvised family unit out of a lovable band of misfits.

8:00PM  Doors Open
8:30PM  Live Music
9:00PM  Film Begins
10:30PM  Q&A with filmmaker Adam Rifkin
11:30PM  After Party sponsored by New Amsterdam Vodka

Venue: The Old American Can Factory: 232 Third Street at Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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June 21, 2014


LIVING STARS (Marion Cohn, Gastón Duprat | Argentina | 60 min.)

Free screening with RSVP. No script, no plot, just music and gyrating bodies—from a precocious body popping prodigy to a cross-dressing pizza delivery guy and even a Spice Girls loving Gaucho—LIVING STARS is a sixty minute dance party and everyone’s invited! Traveling through Buenos Aires, directors Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat set out to capture real people, in everyday settings, dancing to their chosen pop songs. The result is a euphoria-inducing portrait of the city and its remarkably rhythmically-inclined inhabitants. Young and old, coordinated and not so, dancing to everything from hip-hop to swing Living Stars presents a cross-section of society, brought together by movement.

Made up entirely of a series of static wide shots in which an array the participants—identified solely by their name and occupation—are invited to dance; LIVING STARS is wonderfully simple in its essence, yet nevertheless manages to resonate beyond the rehearsed movements at its core. As each dancer executes their scene with varying levels of creativity and commitment (and, indeed, skill)—the backgrounds of each set-up become as much a part of the performance as the dancing itself. Real life carries on around, or just behind them, intermittently creeping in and disrupting their carefully choreographed movements. People nonchalantly play video-games, one girl’s middle-aged mother hijacks her Britney Spears’ routine—it is in these moments of unintentional spontaneity where LIVING STARS transcends the sum of its parts. While clearly taking its cues from the modern phenomenon of YouTube dance videos, Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat’s documentary attests to the ability of dance to bring people together and in doing so subtly counteracts the atomizing effects of the internet.

Following a riotous reception at Sundance, Rooftop Films is thrilled to present this wonderfully infectious and ridiculously fun documentary. Although chairs will be provided for the screening, and dancing is by no means mandatory, it will be very much encouraged and believe us, you’ll have a hard time resisting.

8:00PM  Doors Open
8:30PM  Live Music
9:00PM  Film Begins
11:30PM  After Party sponsored by New Amsterdam Vodka

Venue: Industry City: 220 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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Movie Watch: Palo Alto Debuts in Select Theaters on May 9th

Palo Alto

From writer-director Gia Coppola comes an astonishing debut feature that deftly captures the complicated ties, heightened emotions, and romantic highs and lows of adolescence. Based on several linked stories by James Franco, PALO ALTO is a teenage movie for the ages, made indelible though its ensemble cast featuring some of the most gifted up-and-coming young actors working today.

Shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts) is the class virgin -a popular soccer player and frequent babysitter for her single-dad coach, Mr. B. (James Franco). Teddy (Jack Kilmer) is an introspective artist whose best friend and sidekick Fred (Nat Wolff) is an unpredictable live wire with few filters or boundaries. While April negotiates a dangerous affair with Mr. B., and Teddy performs community service for a DUI – secretly carrying a torch for April, who may or may not share his affection – Fred seduces Emily (Zoe Levin), a promiscuous loner who seeks validation through sexual encounters. One high-school party bleeds into another as April and Teddy finally acknowledge their mutual affection, and Fred’s escalating recklessness spirals into chaos.

Watch The Trailer

Directed by: Gia Coppola
Written by: Gia Coppola (screenplay), James Franco (book)
Producers: Sebastian Pardo, Adriana Rotaru, Miles Levy, Vince Jolivette
Cast: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, Val Kilmer
Original Music: Devonté Hynes, Robert Schwartzman
Distributor: Tribeca Film
Runtime: 98 minutes
MPAA Rating: R
Debuting in Select Theaters on May 9th, 2014

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