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The Int'l Fest of Cinema and Technology Hits Downtown Los Angeles

Saturday and Sunday, February 7th and 8th at downtown independent theater (January 21, 2009)
DMN Newswire--2009-1-21--
The International Fest of Cinema and Technology (IFCT) announced today an upcoming film festival event taking place at the downtown independent theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday and Sunday, February 7th and 8th.  This festival will be screening films from filmmakers around the world. The Int'l Fest of Cinema and Technology, ( now in its 6th year, specializes in screening new animation and experimental film. However, the festival line-up also includes an array of exceptional narrative and documentary features and shorts.   The downtown independent is a new film and event center located at 251 S. Main Street in downtown Los Angeles.

The Int'l Fest of Cinema and Technology is designed to give exposure to independent films many of which previously had been underexposed to the public. The festival's motto is it seeks to "discover the undiscovered film." The "technology" in the festival's name occurs both in the content of the festival, which tends to focus on themes of technology or feature unique creation techniques, as well as in the method of showcasing content at the events.  Many participating filmmakers from around the world will be in attendance over the weekend to represent their films and discuss their work.

Highlighted Film Screenings:
Saturday February 7th

Visions of Movement, Art and Sound

-This cutting edge showcase focuses on films with an intense focus on music and equally dynamic visuals.  Presentations include 10 new and innovative music videos including Katy Davis' "Stay in My Memory" video for Bimm, SHTIL Music Video for Infectzia, Hillside Music Video Directed by Nir Ben Jacob for the band Sidewalk Fiction among others.  Other films in this screening sequence focusing on strong sounds and mesmerizing  visuals include "Himalyanwalk" Directed by Jeanet Snijders, "Motion" Directed by John Osborne, and two films "Drift" and "One Year" directed by New York based filmmaker Richard Lainhart.

Short Films: Fantasy vs Reality

- This series of films focusing on the desire for freedom and escape- often into a magical and illusionary world. Presentations in this sequence include "Moonman" ("Mondmann") (based on the children's book by Tomi Ungerer).  "Mondmann" is a live action film which combines classic filmmaker with the digital realm of animation and visual fx to create a "nightly, dreamlike world."  Also the series includes other lavish magical films including the Australian short film "Widow's Cure," Directed by  Dorian Ribeiro, the UK film "Made by Maggie," Directed by Jennie Kong, "Come back sweet heart," Directed by Chang-Pei Wu and others.

Feature Film: Jackson

-Saturday evening IFCT will screen "Jackson" written and directed by J.F. Lawton.  Lawton is the writer of "Under Seige" (starring Tommy Lee Jones and Steven Seagel) and "Three Thousand" (title later changed to "Pretty Woman.")   In J.F. Lawton's new film "Jackson," Barry Primus and Charlie Robinson play Donald and Sam, two homeless men mired in the bleak landscape of Los Angeles Skid Row.  Their story is accented by other down and out characters who express themselves by singing some of the world's greatest opera arias.

Short Films: Questionable Crimes

This series of innovative and award winning narrative shorts includes Matt Zien's "Class Savage" about Marty Savage ( Reece Thompson "Rocket Science," "Assassination of a High School President)  who tries to take revenge on a school drug dealing bully, "The Collector" Directed by Dempsey Tillman about a Justin Sayer (Brad Renfroe "Apt Pupil," "The Jacket") with a mental illness causing vivid hallucinations, "Hatemail," Directed by Frazer Churchill ( VFX supervisor on "Fast and the Furious," "Children of Men," "Doom")  and Singularity Directed by Sean Stone a film about a plague has led to the creation of a police state where people are constantly monitored by surveillance cameras.

Highlighted Film Screenings:
Sunday February 8th

Feature Documentary: It's in the Game

Dylan Griffin takes an up close and personal look at the multi billion dollar video game industry. Beginning with its history, 'It's In The Game' exposes the questionable marketing tactics, quality of life issues and class action lawsuits filed against the world's leading video game publisher, Electronic Art  his breakthrough documentary will take you behind the scenes, to explore the history, production and labor issues at stake in this next generation of entertainment.


The Int'l Fest of Cinema and Technology's animation sequence will screen Sunday at 2:30pm.  Animation is one of the most popular categories at IFCT and with 2009 the festival offers one of its most amazing animation sequences to date.  The sequence includes cutting edge animations from Singapore, the US, France, UK, Austria, Canada, Taiwan, Finland, Spain and The Netherlands.  Animations to be presented include "Toumai" which is a Student Academy Award Region 1 Winner, "Grime Shoe Diaries" Directed by Mike Wellins who is a Director at Laika in Portland, Oregon, and "The Cave: An adaptation of Plato's Allegory in Clay," Directed by Michael Ramsey and created with over 4,000 still photos. The animations to be presented showcase a wide range of styles and techniques from some of today's most talented independent animators.

Feature Documentary: Welcome to Eden

Welcome to Eden, Directed by Michael McGreevey, is a feature-length documentary about the struggle of the poor people of South Central Los Angeles and some dedicated activists (including Daryl Hannah, Joan Baez, and Willie Nelson) to stop the unlawful eviction of the farmers and prevent the destruction of the largest urban farm in America.

Experimental Film Showcase
IFCT will showcase a wide range of new cutting-edge experimental films, many of which have never before been presented in the United States. The films range from visually rich and dynamic and though-provoking to very short 1-3 minute strikingly intense experimental cinema.

The festival website is and a schedule of festival screenings and directions to the venues can be found a t Screenings will be taking place Saturday February 7th and Sunday  February 8th from 11:30am-10pm.  Tickets for each screening block are $10 and festival 2-day full access passes are $60. Tickets can be obtained for purchase at the downtown independent box office or online at The downtown independent is located at 251 S. Main Street in the heart of  downtown LA. For more information on tickets or schedule contact

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