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The Other Venice Film Festival October 7-9, 2016

The OVFF is a nonprofit community event dedicated to screening full-length, short and animated films that embody the spirit, energy and diversity of Venice


September 1, 2016

Filmmakers from the area and abroad - including Australia, England and Germany - descended on Venice for three days of film screenings, premieres, sell out crowds, spirited Q&A sessions, panel discussions, local art on display and parties with live music and Dj's.

The Thirteenth season of events starts at 6:pm with Opening Night red carpet,cocktail party ,art show feature film "The Head Thieves"directed by Mike Hermosa Cast : Mikey Gooch, Dante Basco, Dion Basco & Daniel Baldwin

Art show by Paul Gromer ,live performance by Stone & Screening indoor theatre & outdoor screening in Beer Garden sponsored by Venice Duck Beer.

October 10th 11:am-12noon Short Film Series

Welcome to Where You've Always Been

Director:Justin Sandler,Mary Lou Sandler

Is a story about a champion spoken word poet named Devyn Duncan who has everything, but is blind to the blessings around him. He must find a way to overcome his depression and demons before his overwhelming desire to end his life wins the battle. He turns to alcohol to cope with the pain while hiding his suicidal thoughts from his wife, but she has a secret of her own which could change everything.

Those Little Monsters

Director:Kevin Del Principe

A young woman and her partner are trapped in a home they built with lies when she meets another man who inspires her to change, but her partner will do anything to stop their truth.


Director:Ibrahim Nada

A suicide bomber who enters a random diner to bomb himself in a terrorist attack but listening and interacting with the innocent people around him makes him question his intent. Will he be able to

Till Death Do Us Part


A story of an absent minded and slightly clumsy bride on her wedding day. She is late for her wedding but determined not to leave her groom alone at the alter.

Short Film Series October 8th 12:00 Noon - 1pm


Director:Ty Granderson Jones

A young girl named Diamond is deceived, betrayed and programmed to become a most efficient, elite and disturbed assassin as she confronts her inner-struggle of good and evil.


Director:Jaime Valdueza

Jason (Beau Knapp) The Signal & Southpaw hides in a motel room afraid of coming out. The only person he trusts is his girlfriend Lila (Maika Monroe) The Guest & It Follows, who takes him to meet a friend in a remote house in the desert. At their arrival, an unexpected guest asks too many questions. Jason's trust for Lila begins to fade.


Director:James Ferguson

Will Ellison (Rhet Kidd)The Equalizer, Olive Kitteridge, a former high school football star, thought he did everything right. But after five long unemployed years out of college, he is realizing that his future isn't what he was guaranteed.

Saturday October 8th 1pm-2:30pm Feature Film


Director:Adam Sigal

Arabella Oz,David Arquette, Sean Patrick Flanery Join Outlander's Sam Heughan in When the Starlight Ends (Exclusive)

An eccentric writer must choose between his work and the love of his life. Looking back, he reflects on whether he has made the right decision.

Saturday October 8th 2:30pm-3:30pm International Short Film Series



Director:Shafaq Khan

Bihar, the northern state of India is home to a folk dance called Launda Naach. This is an art form where men dress up as women and dance to entertain at social functions and festivals.

This tradition of men performing as women is very old, as women were prohibited from public dancing.. Over the years this folk art has lost its sheen and has become a lowly and degrading line of work.

The Laundas are cut off from society and are looked down upon, they live and socialise only amongst themselves. They are often not given any jobs and therefore are forced to live in poverty



Director:Antonis Tsonis

Athens Greece, An unemployed youth desperate to help his best friend fight cancer secretly decides to become a criminal to pay for the treatments.

.Music Video Competition Saturday October 8th 7pm--9m

Psychedelicized Venice With R.I.A Cinema Perform before 7 pm & After Music Videos 9pm

Gerry Fialka's & Will Erokan's :Psychedelic art happening with stellar live musicians, dancers, poets, and experimental films on three huge video projection screens exploring the history of Venice CA from the Beats to the hippies to the new revolutionaries.

This never before experienced phantasmago RIA Resonant Interval Algorhythms delves deeply into the interconnections of place and the creative process in Venice's underbelly.


Director:Thomas Simon

Tells the age old story of a man wanting the woman he craves. Once he gets her,the question arises: Can he handle it without screwing it up?

Shot during the Carnival in Brazil and intercut with the band rocking hard in the studio,the song will make you get up and dance inadvertently.

In the Morning

Director:Yury Chernykh

A biker falls in love with a girlfriend of a powerful businessman and becomes a tool of vengeance in her hands.

She's planning a murder against her man with the help of a mysterious artifact. She drags her young lover into the love triangle and makes him solve her problem.

Swimming Into Darkness

Director:Keith Boynton

An orphaned astronaut goes on a journey to discover the true nature of the universe in this epic, evocative animated music video.

Closing Saturday October 8th Evening Festivities & After Party !

October 8th Doors Open 9pm-2pm TIME WARP RECORDS 12204 Venice Blvd Mar Vista,Ca 90066

Sunday October 9th 1:30pm

Thorough Hiking the Appalachian


Trail Generally hiked in approx six months, this couple took a year and 23 days thru all 4 seasons including winter to hike the 2,160 mile Appalachian Trail, the film was initially edited in Venice Ca at the LAFCO Powerhouse.

Abbot Awards ceremonies are "Free to the Public" and begin Sunday October 11th 6:00pm-8:00pm Starts with live music.

Tickets for Open Night 35.00 at Door / $30.00 Online

General Admission $10.00 dollars per film screening series or block.

Tickets are available online & or at the door. Beyond Baroque 681 Venice Blvd Venice Ca,90291


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