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Wednesday, August 30
 

7:00pm

#1 Opening Night Films - Bridging Emcees & Soy Cubana
Bridging Emcees -  follows female emcees or MCs (Masters of Ceremonies) from the San Francisco Bay Area as they make their way in the traditionally male dominated MC community. 
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Soy Cubana
- Winners of the 2016 CUBADISCO Award for best vocal group, the Vocal Vidas are a female a cappella quartet from Santiago de Cuba - the cradle of Afro-Cuban music. This short documentary follows this unique and until now little known Cuban a cappella quartet.  Their infectious spirit, precise vocal harmonies, and melting pot of references embody the sounds of Santiago de Cuba - the cradle of Afro-Cuban music. We follow these four women, exploring their daily lives, artistic process and gain a unique window into a building a music career in a communist country.
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Wednesday August 30, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
 
Thursday, August 31
 

9:00am

E & M Conference (Track 1) - Opening with International Trade Administration Media and Entertainment Division
The session will provide an overview of the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Adminsitration Media and Entertainment Division and explore the top export and licensing markets for U.S. media and entertainment content.

Speakers
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Andrea DaSilva

Senior Media & Entertainment Analyst, International Trade Administration
Acting Global Team Lead for Media & Entertainment Industries, US Department of Commerce, Washington, DC. Andrea DaSilva is a Senior Policy Analyst and Global Team Leader for Media & Entertainment Industries at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this capacity she leads 260 trade... Read More →


Thursday August 31, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

9:00am

#8 - Lost and Found + Desolate Places
Desolate Places  - A journey of three photographers and a filmmaker searching for their own uncharted wild west. Exploring what was unknown to them. Asking the question, 'What truth might be hidden if we just press a little further?' Attempting to capture God's beauty through megapixels and try to convince those back home of its magnitude.
https://vimeo.com/153844332

Lost and Found  - Two friends who recently lost their fathers embark on a journey with their friend who is traveling to meet his Biological father for the first time at the age of thirty three.  A heart breaking and heart mending story filled with loss, love, laughter, and simply a unforgettable ending.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf-kWu8GJ5o


Thursday August 31, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

9:00am

#14 - Wilderness + Somebodies - Park ft. Childhood
Somebodies - Park ft. Childhood - Follow a young couple going through the stages of their beautiful start to their tragic finish. 

Wilderness - John is a touring jazz musician who has never met a woman like Alice. That's because there aren't many women like Alice. Their love is urgent and physical and they have made heady declarations of devotion to each other.  Blowing out of the city like a whirlwind in the night, Alice and John flee to the coast. However, over the course of this romantic weekend getaway, they come into contact with strangers and friends and the bubble threatens to burst as they discover the vulnerabilities, flaws and manipulations that were previously masked by the blissful waves of new love. First feature film for both writer and director.
https://vimeo.com/185624908



Thursday August 31, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

9:30am

E & M Conference (Track 1)-Export and Licensing Assistance from the ITA Media and Entertainment Division
Want to sell your content in a foreign market?

This session will give participants real information about the International Trade Administration Media and Entertainment Division Export Assistant Centers and what they can do to help your company penetrate and thrive in international markets.

Speakers
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Andrea DaSilva

Senior Media & Entertainment Analyst, International Trade Administration
Acting Global Team Lead for Media & Entertainment Industries, US Department of Commerce, Washington, DC. Andrea DaSilva is a Senior Policy Analyst and Global Team Leader for Media & Entertainment Industries at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this capacity she leads 260 trade... Read More →


Thursday August 31, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

9:30am

#2 - Perfect Works Showcase
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Daniel E. Walker

Board Chair, BLU Educational Foundation
Dr. Daniel E. Walker is an internationally recognized scholar and filmmaker and a dynamic public speaker. Channeling intelligence, creativity and a passion for social justice, he makes good things happen.Dr. Walker is the author of the critically-acclaimed book No More, No More: Slavery... Read More →


Thursday August 31, 2017 9:30am - 11:30am
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

10:00am

E & M Conference (Track 1) - The Entertainment Small Business Alliance and the New Small Business Administation Loans for Media and Entertainment Companies
Trying to find new income streams and financing to grow your media and entertainment company in America and across the world?

This session introduces participants to the Entertainment Small Business Alliance and the first-ever US Small Business Administration loan program for media and entertainment companies.


Speakers
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Andrea DaSilva

Senior Media & Entertainment Analyst, International Trade Administration
Acting Global Team Lead for Media & Entertainment Industries, US Department of Commerce, Washington, DC. Andrea DaSilva is a Senior Policy Analyst and Global Team Leader for Media & Entertainment Industries at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this capacity she leads 260 trade... Read More →


Thursday August 31, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

10:30am

E & M Conference (Track 1) - Global Trends and Opportunities in Digital Media
The head of Digital Media Wire will breakdown where the opportunities are in the digital media space globally and provide information on how established and emerging digital media companies can position themselves to profit in market.

Speakers
AD

Andrea DaSilva

Senior Media & Entertainment Analyst, International Trade Administration
Acting Global Team Lead for Media & Entertainment Industries, US Department of Commerce, Washington, DC. Andrea DaSilva is a Senior Policy Analyst and Global Team Leader for Media & Entertainment Industries at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this capacity she leads 260 trade... Read More →
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Tinzar Sherman

VP, Business Development, Digital Media Wire
CEO, Digital Media Wire


Thursday August 31, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

11:00am

E & M Conference (Track 1) - Making Your Film in China
Everywhere you turn people are talking about film making, marketing and distribution in China. Are these opportunities real? If so what do you need to do to take advantage of the opportunities while avoiding pitfalls? 

Speakers
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Melanie Ansley

Executive Director, China Hollywood Society


Thursday August 31, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

11:15am

#15 - Christmas with Cookie + NAMCAR Night Race + Mama's Gonna Get You
NAMCAR Night Race - This is a mock rock, Journey inspired music video set to the original theme for NAMCAR Night Race, a "surreality show" depicting a model car racing league. Drivers push the limits of their toy cars, friendships and bitter rivalries as they brave extremely fake conditions and the final frontier in racing, a frontier of plastic, plaster and diecast metal.  A "NASCAR on acid," the show introduces itself as a mock sports presentation before giving way to more and more bits of surrealistic comedy.  Written, directed and executive produced by Lance Khazei.  Original theme song by Lance Khazei and Michael Sherwood.  For full credits, please see the IMDB listing. NAMCAR stands for the National Association of Model Car Auto Racing.

Mama's Gonna Get You - Two serial street harassers are brought to an underground maze, where they are given a taste of their own medicine by a pair of nightmarish figures.

Christmas wtih Cookie - In the year 3978 global warming has made a desert of the North Pole. Santa & Mrs. Claus battle angry skeletons who didn't get what they wanted for Christmas. Evil aliens try to take over the world and a giant abominable snow man wants Santa for his next meal!  This sci-fi Christmas comedy is narrated by an over the top, funny and rude elf named Cookie!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpJetPov7kY


Thursday August 31, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

11:15am

#9 - Contemporary Issues Docs - Trails of Hope and Terror + Walk with Me + Andy Woofs Birthday
Walk with Me - Walk With Me tells the story of a unique church run by and for prisoners, exprisoners and people of faith who want to be in solidarity with them.  It starts with an ordained elder who is an exprisoner, driving out to a prison to meet a church member who is getting out after 24 years inside. We meet two more formerly incarcerated church members and a long time Presbyterian who has never been in prison. We see how people with radically different life experiences come together to worship, celebrate, support each other, work for social change together and become friends.
https://vimeo.com/122443535

Andy Wooffs Birthday
- Andy Wooff wakes up everyday stuck in a cycle. Rest, get money, shoot up heroin and repeat. Today is his Birthday.  As Andy goes throughout his Birthday his history is leering over his shoulder, constantly reminding him of his family and what could have been.

Trails of Hope and Terror - The thesis of the documentary attempts to answer the question, why we, in the United States, currently have an immigration dilemma on our Southern borders. The question is explored in an academic and scholarly matter that is nonetheless accessible to the viewer. Trails of Hope and Terror: The Movie is a fifty-five minute documentary focused on the topic of immigration. Filmmakers traveled to the U.S. border five times to walk the desert and interview humanitarian groups, social workers, legal professionals, the undocumented, and anti-immigration protesters. The film explores the historical and economic reasons for the current immigration crisis, and how politicians have used this issue to garner votes. The film also shows how some communities of faith are responding to the crisis.  The documentary_Ñés structure attempts to answer the question why Mexican and Central Americans come to the U.S. without proper documentation. This question is voiced early in the film by politicians who present the undocumented as a threat in order to garner votes so as to win elections. Rather than simplistically scapegoating the immigrant, the documentary explores the historical events that contributed to the movements of Mexicans and Central Americans northward. Special attention is given to Manifest Destiny, the Mexican-American War, Gunboat Diplomacy, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the creation of Banana Republics, the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the judicial procedure known as Operation Streamline, the border strategy known as Operation Gatekeeper, and the grassroots_Ñé resistant strategy employed by advocates for the undocumented known as the Sanctuary Movement. 
https://vimeo.com/79285280




Thursday August 31, 2017 11:15am - 1:35pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

11:30am

#3 Student Film Block-A - Campus Brotha + Gardeners of the Forest + Lola + Suicide Lane + "Bobby" by Hannah
Campus Brotha is a short film that explores some of the difficulties that come from expressing Blackness in an environment like a predominantly white college institution. This is done through lightly parodying the use of blaxploitation film elements of the 1970s - 1990s.
https://filmfreeway.com/submissions/7402358

Gardeners of the Forest
- For generations, Laos was known as the Land of a Million Elephants. Today, there are around 400 elephants left in Laos. If the Laotian elephants become extinct, not only does it mean a loss of one of the largest mammals on earth but also the loss for Laotian history and culture. This documentary will explore how the Chinese market, deforestation, and tourism all play a role in the imminent extinction of elephants in Laos.
https://vimeo.com/170136137

Lola - The teenage daughter of an affluent Chinese family in America struggles for control when her past abuser returns, threatening her carefully crafted future.

Suicide Lane - Four people with no memories wake up in a prison cell. Together, they must quickly figure a way out of their cell before a mob of angry inmates break in. 

"Bobby" by Hannah - Cynthia enjoys her high school prom until her narcissistic date, the Prom King, becomes intoxicated and ruins her fun. That is until Bobby, Prom King's arch nemesis, arrives to settle the two boy's differences through an epic dance competition.







Thursday August 31, 2017 11:30am - 1:15pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

1:00pm

#16 - Dramatic Shorts - B - Shala, Derelict, Traits, The Inuring, Brooklyn in July, Eggs and Soldiers
Shala - Shala is the story about Pedro, a young boy living in an orphanage in Amazon who has a hard time being adopted because of several prejudices, which includes the cruel indifference of adoptive parents towards children in his age group.  The boy creates situations to draw the attention of adoptive parents, while at the same time creating an imaginary friendship with his only toy, a doll named "Shala."
https://youtu.be/Tv3UbGkmQxw

Derelict - A headstrong yuppie and single mom is forced to confront her troubled past after running into her estranged father in anger management classes.
https://vimeo.com/191824695

Traits - A housewife suffering from the deadly Sickle Cell Disease makes a last attempt to reconnect with her estranged sister

The Inuring - A bullied teenage girl finally confronts her sister to drag their fractured past out into the light.

Brooklyn in July - BROOKLYN IN JULY  is the story of Frank Walker, an African-American WWII veteran working as a chauffeur. It is the summer of 1945. The War is all but won. The U.S. is riding a wave of triumph even as the undertow of unresolved issues roils beneath. Frank, like so many other African-Americans of the time, is drawn to New York by the promise of better life only to be confronted by the same realities, fear, and hatred he hoped he had left behind. «_He is a man scarred by a past that is lurking skin deep.
https://vimeo.com/197929352

Eggs and Soldiers -
 A single Irish Dad forgets the tree on christmas eve. Ned the older son's humanity is challenged when he risks everything to give his younger brother Marco a real Irish Christmas.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_G28fvo8yo





Thursday August 31, 2017 1:00pm - 3:15pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

1:30pm

#4 - Student Film Block - B - I'm Still Here + Powder Fresh + Beyond the Curtain + Jewish Blind Date + An Undocumented Story
I AM STILL HERE is the story of 10-year old Layla, who was stolen from her family and thrown into America_Ñés child sex industry. Stories of courage drawn from interviews with trafficking survivors are the foundation for the fictionalized account of Layla_Ñés journey as she confronts the monsters of her past and embraces the hope of her future.
https://vimeo.com/207897505

Powder Fresh -
Inspired by the recent Johnson and Johnson baby powder lawsuits, _ÑÒPowder Fresh_ѝ is an experimental look into the racial implications of grooming and hygienic practices through targeted advertising.  The film features an all black women-led church group who reflect on what lengths they took to keep fresh.

Beyond the Curtain - During the 1960's China's cutural revolution, the nine-year-old boy, Hai, receives an obscure comic book from an unknown homeless man. Hai gets attracted by the magical world depicted in the book, not knowing there's something else hidden in its story.
https://filmfreeway.com/submissions/5446414

Jewish Blind Date - 
Unhappy in love, Mary Lou decides to reconnect with her religious roots by marrying a practicing Jew. In order to get married, she has to pass the Shidduch test, which will determine whether her life will be a success or failure.

An Undocumented Story - An undocumented family's lives are revealed as they share their concerns with living in the unpredictable Trump era.





Thursday August 31, 2017 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

1:35pm

#10 - Special Blood + Gospel Radio Man
Special Blood - A poignant, no-holds-barred documentary chronicling the lives of four patients with a dramatic, rare disease. Struggling to be heard by an ignorant healthcare system, they join their voices together to conquer adversity and create change.

Gospel Radio Man - Ninety -two year old Larkins is the oldest living active African American DJ announcer in the USA, and still going strong. For forty-five years Bro Fred Larkins Slow Train Radio Gospel Musical Review has made an indelible impact on the Black community in the Greater Phoenix Area, Los Angeles, and in the state of Arizona. His radio gospel music review show has provided inspiration during difficult times; as well as a format for African American business owners to advertise, network and inform the community about current political and social events. 



Thursday August 31, 2017 1:35pm - 3:30pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

3:30pm

#17 - Palacios + Unsuitable + Gonna Be a Soldier
Unsuitable - A look into modern-day relationships. A post-prom setting on what happens after the fireworks are over. 

Gonna Be A Soldier - Six-year-old Joey wants to be a doctor when he grows up, but his parents explain that he has to be a soldier instead, and kill people. When Joey protests this dark future, they explain that we only kill people in other countries, and only the ones wearing uniforms. "What if they take the uniforms off?" Joey asks. Confused as to why he should grow up to kill people, Joey keeps asking more questions, as his parents doggedly explain the "logic" of war. When his father admits that it's very sad that so many innocent civilians also get killed, Joey asks, "So, it's *not* okay?" But his mother cheerily explains, "Of course it's okay--as long as we're *trying* to kill the ones with the uniforms. Will Joey's innocence prevail? Or will his parents' indoctrination finally wear him down?

Palacios - Eugene, an inner-city teen, escapes the city streets and hides away on a Midwest city rooftop during the 4th of July holiday. He is found by Holly, a widowed alcoholic, who lives in the secluded rooftop dwelling with her Boston terrier. They commit to spending the day together above the city as they wait for a hopeful resolve to Eugene_Ñés situation. As their day passes, their friendship grows, and their personal realities begin to catch up with them. 
https://vimeo.com/198765103


Thursday August 31, 2017 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

3:45pm

#11 - Balkan Roots + Die Young (Director's Cut)
Die Young (Director's Cut) - Music Video for Sylvan Esso (Director's Cut)

Balkan Roots - Six musicians from across Europe. A Barcelona melting pot. Music from Roma, Klezmer & Balkan traditions...but with a Barcelona twist? This music-driven, high energy film follows the incredible Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra as they tour the Balkans, playing with local musicians and exploring their Balkan roots. With a mix of extraordinary performances and intimate reflections, Balkan Roots is a love letter to traditional music and the musicians who bring it to us.
https://vimeo.com/174183572


Speakers
Artists

Thursday August 31, 2017 3:45pm - 5:45pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

3:50pm

#5 - Student Film Block - C - The Swinging Tree + Hap-PINE-ss + The Swordsman + 360 Degrees + Marc Chung Protects His Address + Sound of Love
The Swinging Tree -  Seventeen year old Sophia has had a difficult time understanding that her father's illness will lead to his death. She believes that running away from home will help her avoid seeing him at his deathbed. She chooses with run away with her lover, Alicia, who is in search of her own father. Little does Sophia know that while helping Alicia through her search it will also show her how much she values her relationship with her father despite the circumstances.
https://vimeo.com/209807865

Hap-PINE-ss
- A live action animation project crafted and performed by CSULB students about a pine tree named Moss who wants to become a unicorn. Browbeaten by his attractive and witty brothers, he longs to escape his life in the dirt.

The Swordsman - The Swordsman surrounds a lonely character looking for a niche where he finds socially accepted by his peers, and finds this within a community of martial art sword fighters.
https://vimeo.com/147930251

360 Degrees - 
The story of a boy on a boxing ring. As he's growing up and getting older he is fighting a much stronger opponent.

Marc Chung Protects His Address - 
Marc Chung recounts a story to his friends Stan and Kyle about the events that led up to purchasing a pellet gun to protect his address. He suspects a man name Robert is committing fraud under his address. Robert shows up at Marc_Ñés door and flees after being caught that he_Ñés been lying. Marc shows up at the police station to file a report but is denied due to insufficient evidence.
https://vimeo.com/189977453

Sound of Love - A young couple record a song for their unborn child.






Thursday August 31, 2017 3:50pm - 5:45pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

5:50pm

#18 - LBI Freebie - Greenwood
Greenwood-A WWI vet and his teenage sons risk everything to defend their home, while desperately tyring to stay alive during the 1921 deadly onslaugt on "Black Wall Street". 
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Speakers

Thursday August 31, 2017 5:50pm - 6:45pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

6:00pm

#6 - Student Film Block - D - CXL + Love Child + A Shot of Nectar + Headphones + Mourning Dove + Princess Yun
Shorts Block #4

CXL - After celebrating her 140th birthday with family, Martha must come to terms with the reality of death. Isolated from her family, Martha finds her life support chair the center of attention and conversation throughout her birthday celebration. After being ignored by her kin, Martha and her support chair charge overnight. Martha dreams of her late husband's tragic death. Stirring from her nightmares, Martha departs the room to return to one place she can feel at home. In order to get there, she must leave her life support chair and climb the home's stairwell. Despite her body's protests, she survives the climb, and is met atop the stairwell by an unexpected guest. Caram, her 'zenchild' (great-great-great grandchild), finds Martha.  The couple enter Martha's old bedroom. Submerged into her own world, she shows Caram a piece of reality: the chaotic outside, a desolate landscape of blowing dust and debris. Martha detaches the final piece of her mechanized body. The personal vest that once served as the connection from her body to her chair is dropped to the floor. Only the human Martha remains. The two lie down, where Martha's life finally expires.

Love Child - When a young couple travels West in search of a better life for their unborn child they become stranded, alone on Donner Pass, and must ultimately make a decision that challenges their faith, love and trust in each other. 

A Shot of Nectar - After moving to a new home, a mother struggles with the decision of being a full-time caretaker for her mentally ill son when she is faced with prejudice from the people closest to her.

Headphones -  Headphones is a short film with a revised take on a familiar method many people use to cope with having anxiety -- by getting lost in their headphones.
This film was made to raise awareness for mental health. Mental illness remains a social stigma, especially within communities of color. Sharing narratives like this offers visibility enough to get conversations started on the subject, so we can grow to understand it better.
https://filmfreeway.com/submissions/7402366

Mourning Dove -
 A young refugee uses imagination to accept her tragic past. 
https://vimeo.com/217433137

Princess Yun -  Centrum and Actus, two godly artifacts passed down by the primeval gods, are enchanted with the magic power to bend time and space. Princess Yun of Li and Prince Jade of Yi, who had been childhood sweethearts and engaged to be married, had each inherited one of these powerful items from their ancestors. After Centrum was looted by a mystery man in a scrimmage and its whereabouts became unknown, the emperor of Yi, deranged by power and ambition, took the occasion to wage war against Li.
With a former ally turned enemy, Princess Yun was caught in the double bind of choosing between personal romance and national interest. Fate seemed left up in the air for Yun. But as Yun_Ñés coronation day to become the Empress of Sun who reigns over eight kingdoms drew close, the truth behind the missing Centrum started to surface. 
https://vimeo.com/154148402








Thursday August 31, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

7:00pm

#19 Honest Struggle + No End
No End - No End was inspired by a poem written by the filmmaker over the course of six months. During this process, abstract images surfaced, subsided, and settled, eventually forming the foundation of a film. What developed from this is a lyrical journey that explores the intersection of interconnectivity and lived experience. An original soundtrack composed by Graham Stewart of Viosac accompanies and complements the work.

Honest Struggle - The Honest Struggle is the story of a devout Muslim ex-offender and his journey re-entering society after being incarcerated 3 times. The film follows Sadiq, an energetic 55 year old man who has spent the majority of his life behind bars. Sadiq is chosen to live in a unique, faith-based reentry home in the Southside of Chicago which aims to transition its residents into the outside world while also turning them into leaders through community service projects and youth mentoring.  The film documents Sadiq_Ñés continuing struggle to transition into society over a span of 3 years and explores the realities of reentry and the inspirational surprises of human character.
https://vimeo.com/199255597


Thursday August 31, 2017 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

8:20pm

#7 - I Go Back Home Jimmy Scott + Kojo + Be About You
Be About You - 'Be About You' is up and coming new band Winston Surfshirt's debut music video. It features the five-piece band and their trusty dog 'Pop'. 
https://filmfreeway.com/submissions/7211697

Kojo
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I Go Back Home JImmy Scott - I Go Back Home _ÑÐ Jimmy Scott tells the story of jazz legend Jimmy Scott and disillusioned producer and composer Ralf Kemper who took on the journey to produce an album with the almost-forgotten icon.Jimmy Scott, friend of Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and one of the last connections to the golden age of jazz, was described as _ÑÒperhaps the most unjustly ignored American singer of the 20th century,_ѝ by the New York Times. Personally discontented, Kemper becomes obsessed with the idea of bringing attention to his hero, but it takes a tragedy to put his thoughts into action.
By the time Kemper and Scott meet, Scott is 85 years-old and living in obscurity in Las Vegas. Reliant on his wife and reliant on a wheelchair, Kemper is shocked by Jimmy_Ñés surprisingly bad health condition which puts his dream at risk before it even begins. While Ralf_Ñés problems grow, Jimmy_Ñés bloom more and more. 
Ralf gathers some of the most important jazz musicians in the studio in tribute for Scott. Together with many of Scott_Ñés old friends like Quincy Jones, Joe Pesci and James Moody, Kemper pursues his dream. He can_Ñét give up. He spares no expense and reaches the limits of what can be done to capture Jimmy_Ñés unique voice in a race against time.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_fQYx50xg0





Thursday August 31, 2017 8:20pm - 10:30pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

8:30pm

#13 - Dramatic Shorts - A - Let's Go For A Ride, Martin's Hagge, Rambling On, Don't Think About It, Thirteen, 22 Years, Oma
Let's Go For A Ride - Two estranged friends, Sarah and Yusef, trying to reconnect over a bike ride in Yusef's hometown hours before he leaves on cross-country flight. During the ride, they explore what it means to be adult children of parents in a bad marriages.

Martin's Hagge - Martin, a middle-aged despondent writer, is burdened with Hagge, his wily personification of anxiety and depression, but after freewheeling Norah encroaches on his workspace, he learns apathy is a choice.

Rambling On - Six completely different middle-aged women, find themselves lost on a work away day, on the Yorkshire Moors. Whilst they try to work together to try and get back home, things begin to go wrong and truths between them begin to come out.

Don't Think About It - Ron and Casey are expecting a child, but things get out of hand when they both try to protect each other from an inevitable break-up.
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Thirteen -
 A female CIA operative is captured by ISIS and between being tortured and interrogated, finds herself in a tent alone with one of the ISIS militants, who it turns out is only a thirteen year-old boy.

22 Years - After twenty-two years, Avi receives a call she never expected. Independent, well-loved by her friends, and making her way through a man's world, Avi must now face the choice - rekindle the relationship with her father or close the door and move on forever.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uEyWPPmSg0&feature=youtu.be

Oma - In order to complete her thesis, a young PhD candidate must film the Holocaust testimony of her estranged grandmother, but it's not always clear who is interviewing whom.







Thursday August 31, 2017 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

9:00pm

#20 - Suspense and Horror Shorts - A - The Groundskeeper, Vexed, Grand Scheme, Injection Creak, The Black Ghiandola, Connie, Hush
The Groundskeeper - A cemetery groundskeeper's struggle aginast a supernatural possesion which transforms himinto the Grim Reaper for those who will rest in his graveyard. 

Vexed - A romantic date night goes horribly wrong when a couple questions the validity of horror film plots.

Grand Scheme - Hollywood is the town of dreams, but Anna (Mary Fegreus) and Mark's (James Patrick Gallagher) dream slowly deteriorates into a nightmare as they face the reality of life as underlings in Hollywood as a struggling DIY musician/bartender and a freelance film editor.  The young couple's distrust and desperation come to a head when Anna's misogynist bosses refuse to pay her. Mark decides to take matters into his own hands. Dreams are abandoned, hearts and laws are broken in GRAND SCHEME, the "anti-La La Land".

Injection - When a mysterious serum is delivered to her door, Claudia Fischer enlists the help of her scientist brother to determine its contents. The results bear a striking resemblance to the research he has been conducting for the past decade. What they ultimately decide to do with it may significantly change the future of the world.
https://youtu.be/vzFWPq4ufcg

Creak
- Never assume it's just the house settling.

The Black Ghiandola

Connie - Wannabe stand-up Dolly Diggs suffers from stage fright. To overcome her fear, she plans to become a ventriloquist and thinks she_Ñés found just the puppet to help. Enter bold, brassy, sassy and sickening, the sequinned killer under two feet tall, Connie. But Connie is no ordinary puppet_Ñ_ She_Ñés a living doll. As Dolly and Connie take the London comedy scene by storm, Connie begins to take over Dolly_Ñés life. Meeting fellow ventriloquist, Ollie Bloom, Dolly is encouraged to leave Connie behind and go solo, making it a supernatural bitch fight to the end.A comedy horror with a foul-mouthed, loud-mouthed, felt-mouthed star.
_ÑÒFunny, creepy, clever and surprisingly affecting_ѝ SciFiNow_ÑÒGenuinely hilarious_ѝ HorrorTalk, iHorror 2017 Award Nominee! WINNER: Best Actress - HorrorHound Weekend Film Festival 2017
https://vimeo.com/174638459

Hush
- A single mother (Rachel Barker, Miss New Hampshire 2007) struggles to raise her 8 year-old son, Caleb (Luke Bedsole), who seems to be going out of his way to make her life a living hell.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUYxCpgPSRo





Thursday August 31, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
 
Friday, September 1
 

9:00am

E & M Conference (Track 1) - Positioning Your Music Company to Profit in America and Across the Globe
Music CEOs will discuss the current and future global climate for music production, licensing, artist development and distribution.

Speakers
avatar for Teri Nelson Carpenter

Teri Nelson Carpenter

President &. CEO, REEL MUZIK WERKS
Teri Nelson Carpenter is President and CEO of Reel Muzik Werks LLC (RMW), a full-service music rights management company that specializes in Global Writer/Publisher Administration, Licensing & Clearance, and Music Supervision for all media. RMW also includes the management of performance... Read More →
MN

Marc Nguen

CEO, Planet LA Records


Friday September 1, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
TBA

9:30am

#27 - TCE Showcase - LBI Freebie- Save Mom-Also Africa
Save Mom-Also Africa- Winner of "Best Short Documentary", January 2017, London Independent Film Awards. Official Selection at Sydney World Film Festival 2017, IndieFEST Film Festival (USA) 2017, Barcelona Planet Film Festival 2017 and Women Deliver Conference (Denmark) 2016. We follow The Danish Obstetrician, Maria Milland, on her first posting with Médicins Sans Frontières and get close to her considerations and challenges working with maternity complications using ALSO-techniques.

ProtectHer-ProtectHer is a documentary film that aims to change the culture around sexual assault on college campuses by redefining "locker room talk."  In order to safeguard the dorm rooms, we must first activate the power and influence of the locker rooms by engaging athletes in the conversation. This powerful film changes the narrative about how we define manhood.

Artists

Friday September 1, 2017 9:30am - 10:45am
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

9:30am

#33 D-Love + Sons + Tian and Mimi’s Summer

Tian and Mimi’s Summer- In a summer of marble sodas, Tian meets Mimi. One day, Mimi disappears. Can Tian find her?

Sons- A gang of cheerleaders straight out of the pastel colored and glittery 90's, face-off against the members of The Serpent in a fierce and frenzied, winner-take-all bowling competition.  Under this electro beat the plot unfolds... One of the boys seems to have a tendency toward dancing with his baton; something that goes directly against the habits of his crew of misfits and wannabe hustler. Anyway, he will live his dreams to the fullest not caring what people think.

D-Love-Multiple award-winning narrative feature. A couple is approached by a Danish vagabond, asking for a ride out of the LA airport area. The wife wants nothing to do with the wanderer but her husband, much to his wife's horror, offers to bring this total stranger to their home.

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Artists
avatar for Elena Beuca

Elena Beuca

Owner, Cranky Pants productions


Friday September 1, 2017 9:30am - 12:00pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

9:45am

#21 - Web Series - Block A - Fat and Fat + Growing Down + Naranja Series Finale
Fat and Fat - I was at a party, I drifted down the whole river, I was just trying to hold my breath, I don't know. But I have to get back to that barbecue. There's was girl, who....

Growing Down - An orignal Web Series created by Jessica Henderson and Arielle Yoder that explores a powerful friendship between three young New York women. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp25i8o142k

Naranja Series Finale
- A high schooler's obsession with videotaping pranks turns deadly.






Friday September 1, 2017 9:45am - 11:30am
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

10:00am

E & M Conference (Track 1) - Video Games, VR/AR and eSports
The head of the LA Chapter of the International Game Developers Association will be on hand to give the latest information and to provide the developers of games, virtual and augmented reality, and eSports platforms the tools needed to prosper in this ultra competitive, fast-paced business environment.

Speakers
avatar for Teri Nelson Carpenter

Teri Nelson Carpenter

President &. CEO, REEL MUZIK WERKS
Teri Nelson Carpenter is President and CEO of Reel Muzik Werks LLC (RMW), a full-service music rights management company that specializes in Global Writer/Publisher Administration, Licensing & Clearance, and Music Supervision for all media. RMW also includes the management of performance... Read More →


Friday September 1, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

10:00am

E & M Conference (Track 3) - Smoke and Mirrors: Questioning Truth in International Cinema
Paper #1: Documenting Fiction: Defining the Limits of Reality.

This study aims to delineate the porous boundary separating fiction and documentary by bringing together in conversation two films from a 1920s context, Robert Flaherty’s Moana (1926) and Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera (1929). In particular, it focuses on the theoretical implications of films where the camera either appropriates pre-existing, archival footage, or stages a re-enactment of a previous “history,” as it were. Vertov’s film adopts a sort of reflexive character, utilizing innovative cinematic techniques, such as superimposition, split screens, and fast and slow motion, altering raw footage that depicts Soviet urban life. On the contrary, Moana does not stage such a strong relationship between filmmaker and document, its documentary nature stemming from its goal to capture Polynesian life on film. In this paper, I argue that Moana and Man with a Movie Camera, though stylistically very different, both call into question emerging distinctions between documentary and fictional cinema in the interwar period. To me, a key issue that arises in comparing these two films is the relationship between documentary and truthfulness, which is arguably an urgent question, as we seemingly enter a post-factual period in the United States.

Paper #2: Nationalism and Escapism: Psy’s Gangnam Style and K-Pop Music Video

This paper analyzes the visual representation of South Korea and its capital city Seoul in K-Pop music videos including Psy’s Gangnam Style. In spite of its world wide popularity, the nationalism and sub-imperialism in Psy’s music videos have not been properly and critically analyzed. The images of South Korea and the capital city Seoul is often described with skyscrapers that only foregrounds the nation’s recent economic success, and in the process of the problematically selective description, Psy often positions himself as a metonymic representative of the nation. Therefore, this paper argues Psy’s music video’s reveals sub-imperialistic desire of recent Korean popular culture. This selective representation has its cost because it escapes from and oppresses upon historical wounds such as ugly period of military dictatorship. Whenever Psy’s music video deals with the 80s, the historical period is problematically infantilized as premature period. Likewise, other K-Pop music videos also show similar sub-imperialistic and nationalistic gazes in many different ways such as appropriating stereotyped Western images in highly decontextualized way or using techno-futuristic surreal set as a backdrop/

Paper #3: “Toga, Toga, Toga”: Fraternity Humor in the Depiction of Modern Film

“Toga, Toga, Toga.”  The drunken call to action can be heard across all fraternity houses on college campuses.  The call to action is not a new trend that popped up on the scene instead its part of the new wave of fraternity culture and humor.  With the 1978 release of the film, Animal House, fraternity humor transformed fraternal life recruiting potential new members into a life of excessive partying and low GPAs.  Thirty-nine years later, a new brand of fraternity humor has emerged from the darker side of fraternity life rather than the past of goofy and lovable losers of Delta Tau Chi.  With the fraternity movie release of Neighbors, fraternity humor in media has turned from zit-popping pranks of yesteryear to the hyper-masculine, male-chauvinist and female chasing Zac Efron in the quest to make the new neighbor’s life a living hell.  The two movies show a stark difference of current fraternity humor, coupled with the decades of change that fraternities have experienced.  Power is at the center of all fraternity humor because for men exploring and experiencing college life, the more incredible the story, allows that fraternity brother to solidify his reputation as a legend in the eyes of his peers.

Speakers
AF

Alexander Foy

Graduate Student, California State University Fullerton


Friday September 1, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

11:00am

E & M (Track 2) Emerging Opportunities in Gospel
Gospel music executives offer out-or-the box ideas in music supervision, streaming, radio and media.

Moderators
avatar for Angela Jollivette

Angela Jollivette

Music Supervisor / Host / Content Producer, Moonbaby Media
Angela Jollivette’s connection to Music was an innate interest growing up.  Growing up in the church, her musical path also blended with the emergence of Hip-Hop and R&B music infusing the sounds surrounding her.  Angela’s ear and sixth sense developed thru melodies and lyrics... Read More →

Speakers
VH

Victoria Hernandez

Owner, Kick The Concrete
Victoria Hernandez is a writer who is passionate about reclaiming the art of storytelling. After working as Senior News Writer at HipHopDX for two years, she is now navigating a new lane between traditional journalism and artist relations. She founded Kick The Concrete earlier this... Read More →
DH

David Hernandez

On Air Personality / Music Programming, KJLH
David Hernandez is a major-market, radio veteran with over 17 years of experience. He can be heard in Los Angeles every Sunday evening between 6:30pm and 12am on Stevie Wonder’s station, Radio Free 102.3FM KJLH in Los Angele. David started as an intern with KJLH in 1999, and quickly... Read More →
avatar for Andre Mullen

Andre Mullen

CEO, The Inaxxs Group
Andre Mullen is the CEO of The Inaxxs Group, a music businesses services agency that oversees , music publishing administration, label services, and management for artists in the music industry. He oversees publishing and development of the company's unique and diverse artist client... Read More →


Friday September 1, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

11:05am

#28 - Sports Docs & Shorts- Afghan Bruce Lee + Honey Badger + Rabbit Punch + Touch Gloves

Afghan Bruce Lee-

The Honey Badger- This sport documentary follows professional boxer Daniel Hayes (The Honey Badger) as he prepares for his fight in Mexico. Witness the dedication and assassin like mindset needed not just win a fight, but to be victorious in a hostile environment. As he arrives in Mexico, he quickly realizes the disadvantages he_Ñés up against -- Mexican fighters are famously known for their ferocious fighting spirit and warrior like heart. Faced against considerable odds, he meticulously prepares to perform to the best of his abilities as he continues his relentless journey to achieve greatness.

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Rabbit Punch- Rabbit Punch is a redemption tale, based on a true story.  Job is a young refugee boy in search of a place to call home.  In the wake of recent events such as the ongoing refugee crisis and the election of anti-immigrant politician's across the globe this timely film,  tells the tale of Job a teenage boy who has come to Manchester, UK from the Congo.  However, his search for a new life has come at a price. Brutalised at home and bullied at school, his only answer is to lash out at the world around him. 

When a chance encounter leads him to his local boxing club, his life takes an unexpected turn for the better.   Coaches Trav and Dylan, are intrigued by this lightening fast boy and take him under their wing but can they help him to escape his past?

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Touch Gloves-An observational documentary that follows Haverhill, MA struggling boxing club, Haverhill Downtown Boxing. Operated by Ray Hebert we see fighters train to become recognized amateur boxers from the gym all the way to The Golden Gloves in Lowell, MA.

This no budget, no film crew documentary will inspire those to train harder and educate those who think they know what boxing is.

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Friday September 1, 2017 11:05am - 1:40pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

11:15am

E & M Conference (Track 1) - Doing Business in China: Understanding Culture and History
Reflecting the intricacies of intercultural communication, Nia Cao and invited industry panelists from China talk about opportunities and challenges for content creators seeking to do sell content or do business on the mainland.

Speakers

Friday September 1, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

11:15am

E & M Conference (Track 3) - Questioning the Numbers: Race, Box Office and the Hollywood Machine
Paper #1: Boxing / Blackness / Box Office: Creed as Ryan Coogler's Dialectic with Hollywood

One might have expected Ryan Coogler to continue the trajectory he began with Fruitvale Station by making another low-budget biopic that overtly addresses societal issues like police brutality and other forms of antiblack racism in America. Yet the exact opposite occurs with Creed, a Hollywood blockbuster that revives the Rocky franchise. But to assert, as many critics have done, that Coogler completely abandons his earlier predilections with his second feature is surely a mistake, for Creed is a complex interrogation of race and cinematic representation and a film in which Coogler allegorically explores his relationship to both black independent filmmaking and white mainstream U.S. cinema. I examine the ways in which Creed simultaneously satisfies the demands of a Hollywood franchise while addressing the fluidities of blackness. The film’s narrative and style enact a constant unmooring and deferral of story conventions and franchise expectations. By looking at interviews with the cast and crew as well as engaging with both contemporary and canonical texts from cultural studies and critical race film criticism, I argue that these subversions of form and content in Creed are manifestations of Coogler’s suspension of expectations and conventions concerning both black representation and Hollywood cinema.

Paper #2: Whitewashing: An Unethical Business Model

There is a demand for inclusion and diversity within Hollywood cinema due to the unethical business model of whitewashing that American studios currently utilize for profit. This essay argues that a film can have fiscal success by casting minorities in leading roles, while opening more opportunities for global acceptance of diversity and tolerance. The question is discussed in relation to Professor Andrew Weaver of Indiana University and his statement to the Indiana University Bloomington NewsRoom: “You get this discrimination in the casting of roles, where they’re going to cast whites if at all possible to maximize the audience.” Studio executives need to realize that whitewashing exacerbates racial stigma, injustice and prejudice in contemporary society. The global audience would be proud and accepting of seeing films with minority leads because they- the majority – are seeing themselves being represented in a positive light. I argue that if American studios were consistent in casting minorities in respectable leading roles, international productions would be more accepting of it as well, creating profitable international co-productions.

Speakers
AD

Alex Denison

PhD Student, University of Iowa
JM

Joy Millana

Assistant Professor-Missouri State University


Friday September 1, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

11:45am

#22 - TV Pilots - Block A - G Code, Rachel Unraveled, Shoot Me Nicely
G Code - Cam Williams' was raised in the notorious gang-infested South Central Hoover Street neighborhood. He was lucky enough to dodge the gang culture and make it out alive. His older brother wasn_Ñét as fortunate. After a short stint in the Marines he wanted to help clean up his community so he became an undercover cop with the LAPD Gang Unit until he was shot and almost killed by a ruthless Latino gang. He quit the force, went into seclusion, vowing to never work the streets again; until he gets a personal visit from his old partner 'Detective Frank Crooms' informing him that his nephew was killed in South Central Los Angeles and the case could go cold unless Cam steps in. Cam is now forced by guilt to find the killers responsible for his nephew's murder, which leads him back into the dangerous underworld of LA's most gang infested neighborhoods.

Rachel Unraveled - A musical satire of the young-actress-moves-to-NYC trope, RACHEL UNRAVELED follows actress, singer, dog whisperer Rachel Ravel is a self-proclaimed star with a lot of heart and no talent as she strives to make it big in the Big Apple.

Shoot Me Nicely - Photographer Sean Wheeler is searching for a lucrative celebrity photo to re-launch his career. After being laid off from his dream job and losing his supermodel girlfriend his life has hit rock bottom. An opportunity presents itself for Sean to prove he has what it takes... but will he succeed?
https://vimeo.com/189033814



Friday September 1, 2017 11:45am - 1:30pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

12:00pm

How to Successfully Release Music Independently
Veteran music executives offer independent recording artists strategies on releasing, promoting and managing their music.

Moderators
avatar for Tim Trudeau

Tim Trudeau

CEO, Syntax Creative
Timothy J. Trudeau began his professional journey in the music business in 1997. Since then, he's become a GRAMMY-nominated producer, Stellar-nominated designer, Dove-nominated record label executive and distribution executive with clients who’ve won all three. As the CEO of Syntax... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for DJ Hapa

DJ Hapa

DJ, Producer, Dash Radio
DJ Hapa is considered one of the best guides you could have on the musical journey he creates every night.  Describing his sound as “#FeelGoodSound”, he is known for playing a multitude of genres and blending it all together to create a unique soundtrack.  His list of accolades... Read More →
avatar for Marcus Thomas

Marcus Thomas

Business Ethics and Intellectual Property Professor, Los Angeles Film School
Marcus X. Thomas is a writer and composer who teaches Business Ethics and Intellectual Property at The Los Angeles Film School. He co-authored “The Commercial Music Industry in Atlanta – An Economic Impact Study”. Thomas' credits include sound mixing NBC/Universal’s Take... Read More →
avatar for Fuzzy West

Fuzzy West

General Manager, PRIORITY Records
Fuzzy West is a music industry veteran, with 24 years of music promotion & radio experience. He began his journey back in 1992 working as a sound man for revered alternative rap group The Pharcyde, during their promotional tour for classic debut album “Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde... Read More →


Friday September 1, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

12:15pm

#34 - I Am Still Here
I AM STILL HERE is the story of 10-year old Layla, who was stolen from her family and thrown into America's child sex industry. Stories of courage drawn from interviews with trafficking survivors are the foundation for the fictionalized account of Layla's journey as she confronts the monsters of her past and embraces the hope of her future.

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Artists

Friday September 1, 2017 12:15pm - 2:30pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

1:00pm

Q&A: Meet J. Kevin Swain, Director, Producer, Filmmaker
Moderators
avatar for Marguerite de Bourgoing

Marguerite de Bourgoing

Director / Producer, LA STEREO TV
A graduate of Oxford University and the Sorbonne Paris IV, Marguerite de Bourgoing's background is steeped in philosophy, art history and cinema. She worked previously for the Cinémathèque française in Paris, Discovery Channel in London, and with photographer Marc Riboud. While... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for J. Kevin Swain

J. Kevin Swain

Line Producer, 339 Production Company
Kevin is an acclaimed director and production manager who has been a huge part of the success of Being Bobby Brown, My Black is Beautiful and VH1 Rock Docs. Kevin is from South Central Los Angeles and has propelled himself to international success in the entertainment industry.


Friday September 1, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

1:40pm

#29 - Comedy Shorts-Will vs. Wit, The Girl Without Cats, The Hideout, Donald, Heads or Tails, The Last Year, and Ingenue-ish

Will vs. Wit-Two brothers compete to pluck a mysterious floating fruit.

The Girl Without Cats- Lily Diaz is a NYC do-gooder who thinks trouble is afoot while on her everyday route dumpster diving for stray cats.

The Hideout-Sammy Kaur wishes life was like a Bollywood movie. When an unexpected notice shakes up her mundane world, she is forced to make a life-changing decision. Framed against an Indo-American musical, this film is for anybody who's ever had a dream, but been afraid to chase it.   

Donald-This film is about a young boy on the day of his birthday and the journey he goes on in search of the ultimate present (a selfie stick) and all the characters he runs into along the way.

Heads or Tails-Lilly convinces her best friend Rene to join her on a nocturnal trespassing adventure.

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The Last Year- A coming of age story. With her best friends by her side Sarah finds who she is while tackling living alone for the first time.

Ingenue-ish-A kind of young, sort of ethnic, LA actress takes us through her daily struggle to make it in show-biz without knowing someone, having a famous last name, or sleeping her way to the top.  (One of these is false)

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Friday September 1, 2017 1:40pm - 3:30pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

1:45pm

#23 - Web Series - Block B - Cathoholic, Two Weeks, Hooked, Hollywood, War
Cathoholic - The 2nd coming of Jesus Christ isn't quite the best sequel to the original. Jesus, an alcoholic deadbeat in his mid-twenties, goes on the adventure of a lifetime looking for his Father, who may be God, with his best friend, Judas, crossing paths with Lucy, the Devil along the way.

Two Weeks - Can you fall back in love with someone who once broke your heart? After reconnecting with her ex-girlfriend on a dating app, Audrey throws caution to the wind by giving Claire a second chance.  These are the first three episodes in a 9-part LGBTQ series, which explores the struggles several 20-somethings face in the precarious turning points of their lives as they strive to define themselves and their place in society.
https://vimeo.com/210725019

Hooked
- In a closed system that totally lacks information, external circumstances can influence our judgement. A sloppy dressed girls shivers and drools convulsively on the edge of a highway. It is 4 in the morning. Luca and Valerio are the ones trying to prevent this story to become popular on medias, but the chances to save an overdosed girl when you took the same substances are really poor. More in details, they are almost non-existent if you are as high as a clumsy doped horse.  This girl lives in the suburbs. Carrying her there while she is unconscious needs a surprising coordination of physical effort and intellectual wits, if we take into account the very low calibre of the protagonists. Nonetheless, she does not own the house and we find out that she works as a nurse of an old lady that scampers incautiously among the elegant rooms of her refined residence, animated by that true joy that only dementia can give you. In a closed system that totally lacks information, the presence of lots of money in the toilet of that old lady can influence your judgement. Hooked is a black comedy.
https://vimeo.com/196214200

Hollywood
- A webseries about the cruel world of casting calls.In each episode, the actors attend casting calls and become their roles: The Terrorist, The Lover, The Student, The Bull, The Make-up Artist, The Suit.  
https://vimeo.com/195440623

War
- The music video for Joe Black's debut single 'War', shot on location in Nashville, Tennessee; Columbia, Tennessee; and Shelbyville, Tennessee





Friday September 1, 2017 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

2:15pm

E & M Conference (Track 3) - Diversity and Inclusion in the Entertainment Industries
Panel Abstract:

Women and people of color have historically been starkly underrepresented in film and media, both onscreen and behind the camera. In recent years, scholars, cultural pundits, and industry professionals have mounted strong criticisms of this inequity, calling out the frustratingly low levels of representation and pushing for more diversity across the media industries. This panel examines issues of diversity and inclusion across a number of media forms, including social media, video games, and film. Dr. Ryan Bowles Eagle will examine how organizations that use Twitter as a vehicle for industry change have adapted their activism during Trump’s presidency. From the perspective of both an academic and filmmaker, Prof. Toddy Burton will illuminate the diversity present in the Hollywood New Wave. Finally, Dr. John Vanderhoef acknowledges that these issues also persist in video game development, but argues that indie game and alternative game production cultures have challenged the homogeneity of the gaming industry both in terms of developers and game content.

Paper #1: Tweeting About Diversity & Entertainment in the Time of Trump"

Paper #2: Diversity in the Hollywood New Wave

Paper #3: Resistance from the Margins: Diversity in Indie and Alternative Game Production

Speakers
VT

Virginia Todd Burton

Assistant Professor of Communications, California State University Dominguez Hills
RB

Ryan Bowles Eagle

Assistant Professor of Communications, California State University Dominguez Hills
JV

John Vanderhoef

Assistant Professor of Communications, California State University, Dominguez Hills


Friday September 1, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

2:15pm

E & M Conference (Track 3) - Race, Rebellion and Representation
Paper #1: To Live Within the All of It:' The L.A. Rebellion Revisited

Through interrogations of exemplary films coming out of the L.A. Rebellion film movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, this paper elucidates a genealogy of film history that is particularly pertinent for projects of social justice and Black independent filmmaking today. To revisit the L.A. Rebellion in the contemporary moment — a moment in which overt racism, misogyny, and hypermasculinity are the political order of the day, and in which Black independent films such as Moonlight are garnering national attention and critical acclaim — is to reflect upon the condition of Blackness in the United States in general, and Black filmmaking in particular. As Black bodies continue to be subject to gratuitous state-sanctioned violence, standout films such as Moonlight also continue to offer counter-narratives to the Black imago. At the same time, the rarity of such films being produced and reaching mass audiences highlights the difficulty of getting this type of work funded, supported, and distributed. This paper concludes that the L.A. Rebellion restoration project initiated by the UCLA Film & Television Archive in 2011 demands reflection on the conditions of Black political filmmaking from the post-Civil Rights era to the present.


Paper #2: Tlatelolco and (Non) Evidence

My main query or investigation in this paper is how the most powerful and infuential public university system that politicized these students played a role in the access of archival footage, periodicals or any public evidence to such a grand act of citizen repression by the state. The university (UNAM) was established in the beginning of the revolution in 1910 Justo Serra as it's title suggests, to be 'autonomous' from the government, yet it becomes supervised by the the Director of Cultural Dissemination (1960) an arm of the Cultural Minister of the country. This investigation will take a partial historical recounting about how the public university system functioned as a final retelling of an event so important that has shaped cultural life and politics in a country that never established a clear record of what occurred on October 2nd and the many student uprisings that lasted until 1970. How did university institutions dedicated to cultural preservation, such as Filmoteca piece its amateur and in many cases citizen "orphan" films that may had been recovered, but remained anonymous of itÕs ownership to protect the individuals that had contributed to the record. As I have found these "ghost orphan" films only reappeared, or materialized for the first time for that matter once public outcry for government files and documents had finally been released in 1998.

Paper 3: Black Love Conquers All

Hollywood has played an instrumental role in the mass dissemination of popular culture. American cinema has created narratives, images and sometimes myths about specific cultural groups with the majority of those narrative orchestrators being White men. Not only do these biased images influence social behavior, but they leave marginalized audience members wondering, “what about me?” The media insists on presenting Black women in substandard roles of the oversexed jezebel, the prostitute, the superwoman, and the aggressive, intimidating bitch. Simply put, Black women do not fall in love in films; they have sex, they do not make love. They are shown as women who do not value romance. They do not experience love in the media and if they do, the discourse in constructed by men. The idea of Black women’s knowledge may conflict with the male-authored narratives because these authors are incapable of speaking from a Black woman’s standpoint. Through the analysis of literature evaluating depictions of “Black Love” in films, it is the researcher’s goal to describe whether historically filmmakers depict their female characters as empowered, or if these narratives are consistent with the common stereotypes associated with Black women in film.

Speakers
RN

Rogelio Novales

Filmmaker/Educator-Doctoral Student,Anthropology and Social ChangeCalifornia Institute of Integral Studies
JR

Jamie Rogers

Ph.D Candidate, Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine


Friday September 1, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

2:50pm

#35 - Nowhere Michigan
Nowhere Michigan-David (Tequan Richmond) is fleeing from a murder, a pair of deadly conmen and is inadvertently toting a bag full of meth and cash with him. He ends up passing through a small, frozen, nowhere town in the heart of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

David becomes entangled in a small town love triangle between a pregnant, snarky bartender, Madison (Jenna Boyd) who longs to get out of Michigan, and a chatty, cheerful diner waitress, April (Christina Scherer) who can barely conceive of a world outside her hometown. David forms a tentative friendship with his grumpy, gasmask-wearing, ice-fishing neighbor, Martin, (Richard Riehle), and finds himself in the middle of a do-it-yourself meth ring with the local drug dealer, Erin (Ashlie Atkinson).   In time, David feels at home for a moment in this small town, until a wrong move tips off the deadly conmen to his location.  David must choose between running for his life again, or trying to save the local people he has come to love.

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Friday September 1, 2017 2:50pm - 5:00pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

3:40pm

#30 - TCE Health and Wellness Docs-Present Moment + Forgotten Life + Adele and Everything After

Present Moment- PRESENT MOMENT is a collaborative film project documenting a family negotiating the realities of a longterm, degenerative illness.ë_The film is a celebration of living life well, despite whatever health challenges one might face: our protagonist's wisdom, honesty and courage inspires the viewer while reminding them of their own innate resiliency.

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Forgotten Life-I wanted to find out how dementia is for relatives? What are people going through? There are 46.8 million people worldwide suffering from dementia today. In 2030 there will be 74.7 million people worldwide. Nearly every person in the world will have or know somebody with dementia.

Adele and Everything After- The moving story of a with an untreatable heart condition, whose life is transformed by a service dog, and what happens when she has to let go of the loyal companion who changed her life. NB. Formerly known as "Letting Go of Adele"



Friday September 1, 2017 3:40pm - 5:45pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

3:55pm

#24 - TV Pilots - Block B - Damn Near + Served + Poison + Reset
Damn Near - "Damn Near" is a sitcom about a millennial named Fallon who finds herself failing at life. Growing up, her grandmother always said, "a person should have their shit together by 25." Fast forward to the present, Fallon is now 28, "Damn Near" 30, and working as a meter maid -- Yikes -- So with the help of her best friend, Kristina, a fame obsessed pot head with reality star ambitions, Fallon sets out to turn her life around.
https://youtu.be/tWpvfM2XzRc

Served - 
Served is a half hour, ensemble comedy-drama that follows the vibrant staff of a stylish LA eatery in their effort to function as a makeshift family, framed in part through the journey of a young Hispanic man whose hopes of being a server are suddenly dashed when he's relegated to the back of the house.

Poison

Reset - Modern-day France. Following the outbreak of an unprecedented epidemic, five survivors have been barricaded in an apartment for several months. As the menace outside grows, they decide to leave the city. As they go in search of themselves, these five broken people will find the strength to survive and fulfill the aspirations that their history and society had not allowed them to reach.



Friday September 1, 2017 3:55pm - 6:00pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

5:30pm

#36 - Sci-Fi Freebie -Star Trek Wars + Glimpse

Glimpse- In a not-so-distant future, a new tech startup offers a peek at a defining moment from your future. One young couple must decide whether or not to still start a life together after their Glimpse reveals more than they anticipated.

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Star Trek Wars-Star Wars creator, George Lucas, battles Star Trek director, J.J. Abrams, over the fate of Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Who will win in this epic showdown between Star Wars and Star Trek?

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Friday September 1, 2017 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

6:05pm

#31 - Dramatic Shorts-C-Reuben + In the Beginning Was Water and Sky + La Clave + A Good Man + The Bus Ride (Ruel Smith) + Neighbor + Greenwood

Reuben- Reuben is about the unconditional love of a person with autism to his father who fell into depression after the death of his wife. A non-dialogue short film, which is expressed solely through visual story telling and symbolism.

In the Beginning Was Water and Sky-A haunting and visually stunning fairytale that blends fantasy and real life events. Two Native American children navigate the dark corners of American history trying to find their way back to a home that may be lost forever. 

La Clave- Our film, set in Southern California, is based on the fictional story of Adriana, a young mother dealing with the aftermath of her divorce. It portrays Adriana_Ñés daily struggles and emotional turmoil as she begins to develop symptoms of a serious mental illness. As her problems progress, her small son and parents grapple with understanding what she is experiencing and how to best help Adriana.

The film is designed to generate conversations in the Latino community as part of a broader project to help people become more aware of the symptoms and treatments of serious mental illness and the importance of getting help promptly. The project also includes broad multimedia strategies and community outreach.

A Good Man- A GOOD MAN is a story about doing the right thing and suffering the consequences.

On his way home from work, Hector intervenes during a mugging and is beaten into a coma. Detective Valdez intends to solve the crime using a memory imager, a machine that records and plays back memories like a DVD. Reality and memory are blurred when Hector recalls the mugging and Valdez must figure out what really happened.

The Bus Ride (Ruel Smith)- Inspired by a true story, The Bus Ride chronicles a young man's jarring moment of reflection. Chad, homeless and down on his luck crosses paths with an elderly woman at a bus stop. The encounter changes his life forever when he decides to tag along on what becomes her last bus ride through the city. 'The Bus Ride' is a cascading paradigm of small deeds leading to an unknowingly larger act of kindness.

Neighbor-A homeless man witness a kidnapping, and when he hunts down the perpetrator he uncovers a dirty  secret in suburbia.

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Greenwood-A WWI vet and his teenage sons risk everything to defend their home, while desperately tyring to stay alive during the 1921 deadly onslaugt on "Black Wall Street". 
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Friday September 1, 2017 6:05pm - 8:15pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

6:30pm

#25 - LBAFA Showcase-Cubik + Loncheros + The Meme + Red Light Feeling + The Bus Ride (Haywood) + Build A Playground + The Good Foot-Sweet 16 + Who Dunt Dunt Dunnit?
Cubik- A woman learns that the father she thought passed away when she was 5 years old had in fact been leading a double life and ultimately abandoned her and her mother for another family. Faced with this deception, she seeks out a therapist who she believes is the only one who can help her cope with her anger and confusion. It soon becomes clear, however, that she sought out this therapist for reasons far beyond just her skill.
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Loncheros- A story about 2 brothers, 1 taco truck and the American Dream. Brothers David and Javier inherit their father's taco truck and must work together despite their generational differences in order to keep the business afloat, the family together and their hopes alive.

Red Light Feeling- During an evening of babysitting, Rebecca draws inspiration from a 'learn Spanish' tutorial series while reflecting about her stagnant life.

The Bus Ride- A man befriends a child on a bus ride across town.

Build A Playground-They say it takes a village to raise a child. The reality is that it takes a village to raise--and maintain--the entire village. On one particular day, over 200 volunteers came together to help build a playground for the kids at a local children's center in Long Beach. And they did it in a single day. This is the story that led up to this day.

The Good Foot-Sweet 16- A brief history of Long Beach soul club The Good Foot as told by founders DJ's Rodi Delgadillo & Dennis Owens and fans from their modest beginning to becoming one of the most popular git-togethers in soulCal. Featuring a live performance from neo-soul sensations Myron & E.

The Meme-A happy-go-lucky young man becomes a popular internet meme and has his life fall down in the process.

Who Dunt Dunt Dunnit?- When the esteemed Nigel Ainsworth invites his friends and prestigious university colleagues over for a dinner party, they all get more than what they bargained for, as a murder mystery game ends in real-life foul play! But who is the killer? The Butler? The Maid? The younger gorgeous wife in a red dress? Perhaps it was the jealous faculty member or his death-obsessed goth daughter? The only way to find out is to solve the clues hidden within this movie within-a-movie as the meta-cinema gets deadly in 'Who Dunt Dunt Dunnit?
View Trailer Here



Friday September 1, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

7:00pm

#37 - Boonville Redemption + The River
The River- Through the force of her will & the transformative power of music, the haunted Girl escapes the attic in which she's trapped.

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Boonville Redemption-Thirteen year-old Melinda, born out of wedlock and scorned by many, desperately wants to know what happened to her real father, but no one in town will tell her.

Melinda’s mean stepfather, Maddox, is the richest man in the valley, and he lords his power over everyone, including her. Melinda’s mother is no help, having given up her faith and reason to superstition when Melinda’s real father went missing.

Melinda is sent to take care of her ailing Grandma Mary where she learns a long-forgotten language of the valley called "Boontling" and gets some clues about her past. When Grandma Mary suddenly passes away, Melinda returns home to the evils of Maddox.

Now determined to do all within her power to find her father, Melinda’s bravery compels some of the townspeople to reveal the dark secrets that they have kept to themselves for years.

Along with Boonville’s residents, Melinda learns that when you look for the truth, that’s where you’ll find grace.

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Friday September 1, 2017 7:00pm - 9:15pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

8:30pm

#32 - Dramatic Shorts D-Carmen + Amerika + Repercussion + Starry Night + Masquerade + Remnants

Carmen- A Mexican immigrant, working hard to send money back home for her ailing mother's treatment is faced with a tough moral dilemma while babysitting in the course of an evening.

Amerika- A portrait of two parents and their 8-year-old son struggling against the harsh realities of inner-city life in an alternate version of modern day America.

Repercussion- Andy Cutler and Danielle Newcombe are the perfect couple, but when tragedy strikes, a shadowy figure lurks about and the police have no leads, Andy is forced to choose his heart and his mind when he thinks he has evidence of his own.

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Starry Night-

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Masquerade-1848 Virginia. Slave couple Sam and Ninny execute an escape after their slave master George makes an unconscionable advance. 'Masquerade, A Story of the Old South' is an uncommon slave narrative, capturing the experience of both African Americans and gay people during this complicated time.

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Remnants- An elderly successful writer struggles to reveal his dark and troubled past while suffering from Alzheimer's.

 



Friday September 1, 2017 8:30pm - 11:00pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

8:45pm

#26 - Nursery Rhyme + Don Broco Everyday + The Show Goes On
The Show Goes On- An original song accompanied by an abstract video montage built from public domain footage.

Don Broco Everybody-Official music video for British Rock band, Don Broco. It features a dancing cowboy cult and has been described as the weirdest music video you'll see all year.

Nursery Rhyme- Mary Hubbard is on the run.  A 30-something young mother, she drives her hastily-packed car through the night to put as much distance between her and whatever she is running from.  She takes refuge in a seedy run-down cottage court, a relic of another era, hoping to leave her troubles behind.  But it is a useless endeavor, because her troubles travel with her. 
View Trailer


Friday September 1, 2017 8:45pm - 11:15pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

9:30pm

#38 - The Edict
The Edict-A woman suffers from debilitating psychotic depression. Something sinister is trying to communicate with her.  Will she find out what it is to stop it or will it kill her first?


Friday September 1, 2017 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
 
Saturday, September 2
 

9:00am

#39 Youth Filmmakers Showcase (Under 18)-Made of + The Equalizer + Phantom + If I Ask Girl A + Motherlands

Made of- I created this interpretive film telling my story about how I will not let others confine me to a small portion of life. I strive to continue to break free and explore everything life has to offer. Through the use of dance, a huge part of my life, and the lyrics to the song, I used symbolism in the shots to show the themes of passion, independence, hard work, love of art, and overcoming obstacles.

The Equalizer-Documentary on the life of professional bodybuilder and professional wrestler Ric Drasin

Phantom- PHANTOM is about the lack of the ability to feel in society, due to the expectations that we create. The film follows a teenage boy's emotionless day routine and we see how forgiveness allows us to free ourselves from our own cages of conformity.

If I Ask- A man honors the request of his best friend, but at what cost?

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Girl A-A teenage girl is reprimanded by the head teacher of her school following a violent incident with another student. As we follow a section of her life over three days, the reasons for her violent behaviour are slowly revealed.

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Motherlands- Split into three chapters, MOTHERLANDS follows the stories of seven Filipina women as their tales interweave across generations, borders, and bloodlines.


Artists
avatar for Claire Imler

Claire Imler

Director, Jackie Krisher: No Limits
Claire Imler is a 17 year old aspiring filmmaker. She is currently a senior at Woodbridge High School in Irvine, California. She hopes to pursue her dreams at a film school for the next couple years and someday become a cinematographer.


Saturday September 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

9:10am

#46 - Stopping Traffic + Arrested Again
Stopping Traffic - Today, with the instant reach of social media and the explosion in cyber-porn, a child sex slave can be purchased online and delivered to a customer more quickly than a pizza. Stopping Traffic investigates the international crisis of human sex trafficking, particularly of minors, from a deeply personal point of view.

The film is a call to action, intending to inspire the viewer to join in the movement to seek an end to human trafficking, helping to break the isolation of millions of voiceless victims. We are particularly reaching out to young people, hoping to enlist the next generation of activists.
https://vimeo.com/176784748

Arrested (Again) - Activist Karen Topakian has been arrested dozens of times for using nonviolent civil disobedience to protest nuclear proliferation, human rights abuses, environmental issues, and war. What drives her to repeatedly put her body on the line?
In turn lighthearted and moving, Karen's story speaks to the need for Americans, now more than ever, to exercise this important First Amendment right.

Karen is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Greenpeace, Inc. She began protesting in New York City and her native Rhode Island as well as the greater New England area, and now lives in San Francisco, with her wife, Peg Stevenson.
https://vimeo.com/195575445


Saturday September 2, 2017 9:10am - 11:00am
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

9:15am

#51 - Marrying the Family
Marrying the Family - When the family business is weddings, not everything behind the scenes is picture perfect. When youngest daughter Dylan and her fiancÕ© Corey decide to to have a low key backyard wedding, her Mom and Wedding Planner Extraordinaire decides to take matters in her own hands. This sweet mockumentary pokes fun at the absurdities of weddings and expectations of the 'perfect day' while leaving you rooting for this young couple trying to cypher through the chaos that is their family.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQtpE-tC20A


Artists

Saturday September 2, 2017 9:15am - 11:45am
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

9:30am

E & M Conference (Track 2 & 4) Opening Keynote with Xocoyotzin Herrera
Grammy Nominee Xocoyotzin Herrera shares wisdom gained from more than two decades of progressive work as a musician, ethnomusicologist, vocalist, arranger, college professor and creator of music for television, film, games, and mobile platforms.

Speakers
avatar for Xocoyotzin Herrera

Xocoyotzin Herrera

Chicano Studies Professor, Ethnomusicologist, Musician, California State University Northridge
Xocoyotzin Herrera is an ethnomusicologist who specializes in traditional Mexican music and teaches in the Department of Chicano Studies at California State University Northridge. A multi-instrumentalist, in addition he is a harpist and lead vocalist of the internationally renowned... Read More →


Saturday September 2, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

10:00am

E & M Conference (Tracks 2 & 4) From South Central L.A. to International Success
Kevin will walk our attendees through his rise from the mean streets of South Central Los Angeles, worked through difficulty and leveraged steadfast tenacity to push through barriers and achieve what many can only hope for in the entertainment industry.  

Speakers
avatar for J. Kevin Swain

J. Kevin Swain

Line Producer, 339 Production Company
Kevin is an acclaimed director and production manager who has been a huge part of the success of Being Bobby Brown, My Black is Beautiful and VH1 Rock Docs. Kevin is from South Central Los Angeles and has propelled himself to international success in the entertainment industry.


Saturday September 2, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

10:00am

E & M Conference (Track 2 & 4) Exporing Careers in Arts, Digital Media and Entertainment with Dr. Daniel E. Walker
Dr. Daniel E. Walker, founder of Long Beach Indie and an accomplished filmmaker, producer, historian, and arts advocate, uses lessons from his life to encourage students and adults to pursue a life in the arts.

Speakers

Saturday September 2, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

10:00am

E & M Conference (Track 2 & 4) Q&A: The Evolution of Chicano Music in East Los Angeles
Xocoyotzin Herrera, California State University Northridge professor and musician, talks to Joanne Ledesma about how growing up in San Gabriel afforded her the opportunity to see the emergence of iconic Chicano acts The Storytellers, The Premiers, El Chicano and Oingo Boingo and launced her own amazing career as a music executive.

Moderators
avatar for Xocoyotzin Herrera

Xocoyotzin Herrera

Chicano Studies Professor, Ethnomusicologist, Musician, California State University Northridge
Xocoyotzin Herrera is an ethnomusicologist who specializes in traditional Mexican music and teaches in the Department of Chicano Studies at California State University Northridge. A multi-instrumentalist, in addition he is a harpist and lead vocalist of the internationally renowned... Read More →

Speakers
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Joanne Ledesma

Music Marketing and Consulting, Ledesma Music
Joanne Ledesma music roots stem from growing up in the barrio on the outskirts of EastLos Angeles. Her tiny neighborhood (San Gabriel) produced several Chicano acts inthe 50’s, 60’s 70’s & 80s (The Storytellers, The Premiers, El Chicano and Oingo Boingo). Those musicians are... Read More →


Saturday September 2, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

10:45am

#40 - Youth Filmmakers B (Under 18) Best Friends + Jouska + As the Days Go By + Rough Waters +The Life of Davie

Best Friends- Sam and Wilx are, and always have been best friends. As they grow, they develop feelings for each other. However, when Sam does something that hurts Wilx, their friendship is shook, luckily Sams older sister comes up with a plan that just may save their friendship, that just may one day bud into something greater...

Jouska-A man has a hypothetical conversation that he plays out compulsively in his guilty mind.

As the Days Go By-James, 24, makes a difficult, life-changing decision for both himself and his father.

Rough Waters-Submerged in the darkness of her depression, Katie struggles to stay afloat the rough waters in her life, but uncovers what matters most in her journey to recovery.

The Life of Davie-An ordinary day turns extraordinary when high school student Davie discovers a book which allows him to control his destiny.


Artists
avatar for Claire Imler

Claire Imler

Director, Jackie Krisher: No Limits
Claire Imler is a 17 year old aspiring filmmaker. She is currently a senior at Woodbridge High School in Irvine, California. She hopes to pursue her dreams at a film school for the next couple years and someday become a cinematographer.


Saturday September 2, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

11:00am

E & M Conference (Tracks 2 & 4) Making the Connection - The Production of Content with the Best Resources
Aaron will guide the audience through the process of connecting talent with jobs coming out of traditional advertising agencies, as well as directly from brands, to create content that both lives within and transcends the advertising industry. As a result, campaigns for Adidas, Apple, Coca-Cola, Johnsonville, KFC, Nike, Old Spice, P&G, StubHub, Under Armour, and more are executed with the original vision, music supervision, and seamless edits. This will ignite imagination and innovation for content creators.

Saturday September 2, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

11:00am

E & M Conference (Tracks 2 & 4) No-Money Management - Making a Film with Low to No Budget
Mark and his team will walk the crowd through various ways to produce a film, commercial or digital content with little to no money. This is great for the startup and small business or those that looking for creative ways to get it done. 

Saturday September 2, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

11:00am

E & M Conference ( Tracks 2 & 4) An Introduction to Podcasting
Longtime respected radio personaity Felicia "The Poetess" Morris leads a discussion about the art of podcasting, finding your voice, and growing an audience.

Moderators
FT

Felicia The Poetess Morris

Dreamer, Morris Media Studios / Radiofreqz.com
Felicia “The Poetess” Morris started her career over 25 years ago as a syndicated radio host on Lee Bailey’s Hip Hop Countdown & Report that aired in over 33 markets in the U.S. The Poetess was the first female rapper on Interscope Records where she released her 1992... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Soren Baker

Soren Baker

President, Unique Access Ent.
Soren Baker is an American journalist who has spent his career covering hip-hop. Best known for his six years as one of the main editors of The Source,[1] Baker has had more than 3,500 articles published in such publications as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times,[2] Chicago Tr... Read More →
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Kevin Nash

Owner / On Air Personality, Accelerated Radio School of Broadcasting / KJLH
Kevin Nash, evenings 8p-12a on Radio-Free KJLHOwner and Teacher - Accelerated Radio School of Broadcasting and The Accelerated Radio Network37 years of Radio Broadcasting Experience   


Saturday September 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

11:00am

E & M Conference (Track 2 & 4) Becoming a Professional Vocalist: Lessons from Sean Holt-USC Thornton School of Music (Popular Music Program)
Sean Holt is an assistant professor of Popolar Music at Music Production at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. Anaccomplished musician, arranger and professional vocalist with credits including

Speakers
SH

Sean Holt

Sean is an American musician, producer, songwriter and artist. Originally from Louisiana, Holt’s early musical influences were a unique collection of blues, gospel, soul and jazz from that region. He began his professional career in 1991 in Los Angeles, where he currently resides... Read More →


Saturday September 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

11:20am

#47a - No Roads In + Fix My Bail
Fix My Bail - Music video by The Black Sorrows

No Roads In -  Sound Engineer Adam Naugler was fascinated by a nearby abandoned homestead.  Hunkered against battering winter winds, adrift on summer wheat seas, the building was so forgotten the road in had long faded. Yet, year in and out, the building seemed, like a beacon, to call to him. A call to what? 

The moment the stepped inside Naugler felt the answers to these question in the sound of his own voice. Amongst the cracked plaster, torn floorboards, windows bare to buzzing insects and raw prairie, Naugler heard acoustic perfection.

Digging into the buildings mournful past reinforced his gut feeling that somehow, the aging homestead, and the vibrating energy of voice striking against lonely walls were, inextricably linked. But how could he bring such a powerful, abstract feeling to life?  And then he heard the voice of Blake Reid and the path became absolutely clear.  From a storied line of Cremona Alberta farmers, Reid's music explores the intimate connection between  farming and the cultural values of simpler, communal past.  Reid's lyrics were a direct allegorical match to that stoic, weathered monument. And then there was the resonating timbre of Reid's voice. 

The next step, for Naugler was simple; convince Reid to record inside the homestead. Turns out he was pushing at an open door. No Roads In covers five days as Reid, Naugler and band battle the elements to record an entire album, using acoustic instruments, with rudimentary analogue equipment. The experience in the old homestead proves, for each musician, a deep and unexpected catharsis.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDjiaxPwY-I&t=1s


Saturday September 2, 2017 11:20am - 1:30pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

12:00pm

E & M Conference (Tracks 2 & 4) Parents in the Mix: Managing Your Child's Music Career
Teen independent recording artists Mahkenna Tyson and Radio Disney personality Miss Lela Brown and their fathers explain their working dynamic and finding success in the music business.

Moderators
avatar for Billy Johnson Jr.

Billy Johnson Jr.

Media Consultant / Owner, Media & Repertoire
Billy Johnson, Jr. founded Media & Repertoire in 2016. The digital public relations agency offers media placement, content creation, strategy, coaching and social media services for entertainment clients. Billy, who holds a B.A. in Public Relations and Professional Writing from California... Read More →

Speakers
LB

Lela B

Music Artist, Radio Personaliity, Model
LELA BROWN (AKA – DJ LELA B.) BORN TO ENTERTAIN, THIS 14 YEAR RADIO DISNEY SHOW HOST & DJ, HAS BEEN IN THE PROFESSIONAL SPOTLIGHT SINCE THE PRECOCIOUS AGE OF 2. A MULTILAYERED TALENT, LELA IS A RARE GENUINE CHILD PRODIGY WHO POSSESSES ARTISTIC GIFTS IN MUSIC PRODUCTION, MIXING... Read More →
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Mahkenna Tyson

Singer
Born Ireland and raised in Southern California, Mahkenna had spent her early years learning and performing music for family and friends. Mahkenna spent her summ...ers playing fastpitch softball and riding horses. She loves watching Disney channel and musicals and became fascinated... Read More →


Saturday September 2, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

12:00pm

#52 - AHF Showcase - Wilhemina's War
Wilhemina's War - the story of Wilhemina Dixon, an uneducated daughter of sharecroppers who becomes a force in her familyh's fight fo survival from HIV and AIDS, Shot over the course of five years, the film bears witness to the resilience and determinatin of the human spirit in theface of tremendious adversity. 

Speakers

Saturday September 2, 2017 12:00pm - 2:45pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

12:15pm

#41 Documentary Shorts (Communities) East LA Community Corporation 20th Anniversary + Closing Time-The Vanishing Prairie Beverage Room + Autism and Arts at the Auticenter + Water Women

East LA Community Corporation 20th Anniversary-This promo doc shares the story of ELACC's 20-year history of serving the Boyle Heights and East LA communities through its founders, current president and residents who live, work and thrive in this working-class, Spanish-speaking neighborhood facing challenges from gentrification and lack of affordable housing.

Closing Time-The Vanishing Prairie Beverage Room-The Prairie Beverage Room is slowly disappearing from the rural landscape.
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Autism and Arts at the Auticenter-Families of the Auticenter in Ceske Budejovice educate and raise autism awareness through the arts with American filmmakers.
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Water Women-Laura, Nancy, and Leslie discover that the water in their upscale neighborhoods is bad. They set out to fight the private water company -- not an easy proposition even when you have resources and free legal services. Should private companies ever be allowed to control our drinking water?
View Trailer 



Saturday September 2, 2017 12:15pm - 2:30pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

1:00pm

E & M Conference (Tracks 2 and 4) Finding Your Fit - How Fashion & Film Collide
Ryan will take her audience on a journey through the styling process and go through what it takes to be camera ready and captivating while also working through the executive, behind the scenes looks. The Q & A will be fun & interactive. 

Saturday September 2, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

1:00pm

E & M Conference (Track 2) Best Social Media Practices for Recording Artists
Social media and brand experts guide recording artists on how to best represent and promote themselves online.

Moderators
JJ

Justin Joseph

Editor-In-Chief, The Recording Academy/GRAMMYs

Speakers
MD

Miss Dimplez

General Manager, The IJEOMA Agency
As seen on Revolt, MTV, and at SXSW, Dimplez is the Digital Marketing Maven behind your favorite artists, personalities and brands. On the day to day she runs a self-contained marketing, strategy, and social firm, IJEOMA. Responsible for the development and growth of her clientele, Dimplez has... Read More →
SJ

Steve Jones

Senior Brand Strategist, Brand Maverick Entertainment
10 + year industry professional, Steven L. Jones, is a brand strategist who specializes in increasing brand visibility through tailor-made, scalable solutions for studios, television networks, corporations and personalities alike. Having an innate ability for identifying trends before... Read More →
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Shannita Williams

Digital Media Consultant, Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Shannita Williams is a Digital Media Strategist who helps individuals and organizations discover their online persona.  A music industry veteran, Shannita has worked as an editor for music industry trade publications HITS and Urban Network where she worked with record labels and... Read More →


Saturday September 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

1:00pm

E & M Conference (Tracks 2 & 4) Songwriters Workshop with Jae Deal

American composer Jae Deal, an arranger, music producer and orchestrator in various genres including pop, gospel, and hip hop, gives participants a taste of his award-winning songwriting program and curriculum.


Saturday September 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

1:35pm

#47-B - Marked 4 Life + Food to Ate
Food to Ate - This is a video for the song "Food To Ate" off the upcoming album release "The Broke Leg EP." The EP and the video were made while recovering from a broken leg.
This track is old school nursery rhymes with a little modern twist. feat. Michael "Baba" Raudenbush Video, Illustration, Song, and Animation by Randy J. Huling

Marked 4 Life - The story of the popular Orange County, CA tattoo parlor. Their rise and struggles in the tattoo industry and how they became the 1st Chicano family to own and operate a tattoo shop inside any Las Vegas hotel casino. 




Saturday September 2, 2017 1:35pm - 3:30pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

2:00pm

E & M Conference (Tracks 2 & 4) Self Taught - Woman Owned & Winning in the Industry

This self-taught CEO of Ezra Productions, an award-winning woman-owned creative agency has pushed through obstacles and used her assets to her advantage to grow the company. They will explain how integral your minority owned status and great collaborations can be to your company success.  They produce visually stunning, emotionally compelling digital content that inspires, entertains and converts. 


Moderators
JE

Jillian Ezra

CEO, Ezra Productions

Speakers

Saturday September 2, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

2:00pm

E & M Conference (Track 2 & 4) Making a Living as a Professional Musician with Jae Deal

Are you a musician? Do you worry about how to make it in the industry?

Jae Deal is an American composer, arranger, music producer and orchestrator in various genres including pop, gospel, and hip hop. He is also a session keyboardist, programmer, and bassist in Los Angeles, California. In this workshop he'll share his lessons learned and help you plot out a startegy that will allow you to live a life in music and the arts.

Jae Deal has worked behind the scenes and on stage with several premiere artists including Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Diddy, Mary Mary, Karen Clark Sheard, Ne-Yo, Faith Evans, Tye Tribbett, T-Pain, Jessica Simpson and Wynton Marsalis.

He has also contributed to the works of Elton John, Jill Scott and songwriter, Diane Warren. Other projects have included performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and musical direction for Kirk Franklin’s Youth Ministry at Faithful Central Bible Church.


Speakers
JD

Jae Deal

Jae Deal is an American composer, arranger, music producer and orchestrator in various genres including pop, gospel, and hip hop. He is also a session keyboardist, programmer, and bassist in Los Angeles, California.Jae Deal has worked behind the scenes and on stage with several premiere... Read More →


Saturday September 2, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

2:00pm

E & M Conference (Track 2) Film Festivals: Increasing Your Chances for Selection, On-Site Marketing, and Distribution
Long Beach Indie founder and director Dr. Daniel E. Walker provides a glimpse into the film festival selection process in an effort to increase a filmmaker's chances of acceptance, gainng exposure during the festival, and garnering distribution.

Speakers

Saturday September 2, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

2:45pm

#42 - Animated Shorts and Alternative Realities-Stuck in Time + The Odyssey + Fox and the Whale + Karma + Dear Anima + The Dinosaur + The Killer Buzz

Stuck in Time-Henry lives alone in another time dimension. The world rushes around him at another time and pace. The moon and sun speed into each other before Henry has a chance to keep up. One day, he meets Mable, the only other person sharing his world.
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The Odyssey-This associative and adventures journey, takes us to a place far away, where precariousness lures in the dark depths of the sea. This is a story about imaginative play and letting ones mind wander.

Fox and the Whale-the tale of a curious fox who goes in search of an elusive whale. a journey of pursuit, longing and discovery.
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Karma-A boy meets a fish in a mysterious forest. 

Dear Anima-After she left him as a child, he drew her day after day. Her departure haunted him every single night. Until one night she came out of a painting. And his life started to change. Anima is a psychology term for the feminine principle, especially as present in men. Males dream love often comes from this image.  Also in Latin Anima means soul.

The Dinosaur-Beep Boop Bop marketing is a thriving, forward thinking company full of driven millennials. One of their employees doesn't quite fit in.  Someone who doesn't have a twitter account, doesn't even have a smart phone.  Oh and also is covered in green scales.  Marty Finklestien, VP of Offline Marketing is a figurative and literal Dinosaur.  He just can't seem to figure out all these tweets, googles, likes and pokes.  But don't be too hard on him, technology advances so stupidly fast that all our 'hip' 'in the know' attitudes will soon become extinct.  

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The Killer Buzz-A bullied teenage girl finally confronts her sister to drag their fractured past out into the light.


Speakers
avatar for Asher Glaser

Asher Glaser

Asher is a writer, director, editor, actor and improvisor. Currently he is the lead editor of 2 music docu-series at Revolt TV. He has independently produced, written and directed over 100 short films, one of which was presented at The Cannes Film Festival. His web content has been... Read More →

Artists

Saturday September 2, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

3:00pm

AHF Showcase: Isaiah Walker and the Iconic Music Experience in Concert
Isaiah Walker is a musical prodigy. A vocalist, multi-instrumental musician, writer, arranger, producer and social activist, his music blends the best of soul, hip hop, pop and gospel.

The Iconic Music Experience is a collaboration of multi-talented musicians and vocalists.

Artists

Saturday September 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

3:00pm

#53 - AHF Showcase-Curtsy Mister
Curtsy Mister - This is the story of a young boy trapped in a pair of slingback shoes. Ronnie Grant tells his very personal story of survival with the help of director Angela Robinson Witherspoon. He eventually finds work in the fashion industry as a Fashion Editor and works with Francesco Scavullo, Diana Ross, Cher and Miles Davis...just to name a few. On his journey he overcomes molestation, heroin addiction and the death of his father, his mother and his brother, Cary.


Saturday September 2, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

3:45pm

#48 - Bola + Four Quarters of Silence + Light On Her Feet
Bola - Bola is a CLICKON original documentary about LA_Ñés best street soccer team. Comprised of freestylers and street soccer players from around the globe, this diverse group of athletes has one thing in common: their dedication to bola. Both the title of the film and the name of their team, bola is more than the Spanish word for ball; it_Ñés a lifestyle. 
Win or lose, they_Ñére a family at the end of the day. They were friends first and a team after, and that_Ñés what allows them to excel on the court; to function as a cohesive unit.
The story follows their journey to the Neymar Jr. Five Tournament, where they compete with 16 of the best street soccer teams in the country for a shot at the world finals in Brazil.
https://vimeo.com/188068512

Four Quarters of Silence -
 In Texas, there is a fall ritual that needs no explanation. The familiar sounds of the marching band, the cheerleading squad, and the referee_Ñés whistle paint a picture etched in Friday night tradition. High school football reigns in the Lone Star State. For every snap, hit, pass, and run, one team tackles a unique challenge. Located in Austin, the Texas School for the Deaf is the only school out of 1,483 high school football teams that serves the hearing impaired. Deep in the heart of Texas, TSD is home to the Rangers.
https://vimeo.com/195879736


Light On Her Feet
- An intimate portrait of 18-year-old Emma Sherman during her difficult journey to the world of professional ballet.
https://youtu.be/GXpMfenivaQ





Saturday September 2, 2017 3:45pm - 6:30pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

4:20pm

#43 - Young Urban Filmmakers- Silent + Wild Roots + Hope-Move On + Nothing to Lose + Ashes

The Young Urban Filmmakers session showcases filmmakers attempting to deal with the myriad of realities and challenges present in many urban environments in America and the world. The films were all shot on low budgets and most with non-professional actors. The stories they tell are real and the ability to get the films made is noteworthy. These filmmakers all epitomize the inner will storytellers all over the world... "Experience MY Truth."

Silent-'Silent' that tells the fictional story of a young man named, Tye (Terrell Finister) whose life spirals out of control, to the point of no return. His story chronicles the tale of events that will lead him on a destructive path that will ultimately destroy the lives of many unsuspecting victims.

Wild Roots-Hakeem a reformed gang member gets out of jail and wants to change his life around but the hood won't left him go easily. Knowing how senseless gang banging is, but what do you do when your pass catches up to you? (R Rated for violence, language, and graphic depictions).

Hope-Move On-This Video Shows the inevitable collision of three characters. The story is nothing strange to what takes place inside the inner city neighborhoods of Los Angeles, California; leaving innocent bystanders and their families struck over the violence that surrounds them in the places they live. The Visual also sheds light on this issue as a means to stop the violence 

Nothing to Lose-"A transferring community college student, Michelle, struggles with motivating the self-esteem of her recently disabled live-in boyfriend, Ryan, and begins to get stalked by a stranger after buying him a wheelchair off craigslist."

Ashes-The world is looking for the missing superhero known as Scorch who has gave up a life of fighting crime. Now, trying to live a discreet life, he is in a small apartment where he befriends a young girl that is his neighbor. Once he finds out she is living in an abusive home he must figure out how to help without giving up his identity. 



Saturday September 2, 2017 4:20pm - 6:00pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

5:20pm

#54 - Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices + Untie
Untie - A Chinese man is desperately trying to relive his memories by writing them down. But just like his memories, the water he uses to write down his loss, vaporizes in front of his eyes.

Robert Shaw Man of Many Voices - more than a remarkable story about the unbelievable rise of a great symphonic conductor from a background of pop music and very little formal training. It is also a moving tale of a man wrestling demons while still creating choral music that towers as the gold standard even today. 







Saturday September 2, 2017 5:20pm - 7:00pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

6:00pm

Step to the Mic Music Showcase Finals
More than 50 aspiring and accomplished vocalists vie for the title of BEST Vocalist at the finals of the Southern California Step to the Mic music competition hosted by Isaiah Walker.

Speakers

Saturday September 2, 2017 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel

6:20pm

#44 - Dramatic Shorts E - My Treasure + Audifono (The Earpiece) + Primary Colors + Make America Great? + Leeches + REPAIR-ations: The Musical

My Treasure-A cleaning woman steals a Salvadoran Civil War map and hunts for a treasure in the hopes of reuniting with her son.

El Audifono (The Earpiece)-Fernando and Perfecta are a married couple who have been married for 50 years. He is an amateur magician, who is a bit deaf and forgetful. He uses his magic to draw his wife's attention. However, she only cares about her cats, because they disappear in strange circumstances. One day, Perfecta finds out that Fernando is the one who is responsible for the cats disapearance and the strange death of her beloved cats, so she takes revenge in their anniversary dinner.
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Primary Colors-A cinepoem by Sudanese-Canadian artist Roua Aljied, aka Philosi-fire, about the realities of domestic violence and how each step a woman takes is a new colour to paint on the canvass of her life. Created in partnership with Women in International Security Canada and the 16 Days of Activism Campaign in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and performed live for the 2016 International Women's Day ceremonies in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Make America Great?-In this satirical piece, we find ourselves in 2021, the beginning of the second term after the most anticipated Presidential election of 2016. The 13th and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution have been rewritten. Minorities have become illegal Aliens in an attempt to throw all disenfranchised groups in concentration camps, separating them from normal society. In Los Angeles, we meet a small group of runaways hiding out in an abandoned church debating how to get out the country.  It is through their conversations we learn about each characters struggles with identity and self acceptance. Although they initially butt heads, they ultimately form a bond of unity to survive.
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Leeches-Raisa lives with her Ammi and three younger sisters in Hyderabad's Old City. When Ammi promises her 13-year old daughter, Zainab, in marriage to a foreign businessman, Raisa decides to save her little sister at any cost.

In an old custom that has found new roots among poor families in Muslim ghettos, rich patrons pay for an arrangement brokered by efficient agents, while a pliant cleric draws up both marriage and divorce contracts simultaneously, so that the businessman is free to end the sham union whenever he is ready to leave the city. Desperate to find a way out for Zainab, Raisa hatches a dangerous and improbable plan involving an archaic remedy that claims to restore a girl's virginity.
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REPAIR-ations: The Musical-REPAIRations! is a story about the power of optimism against forces that are seemingly more powerful than yourself. It follows the story of a man named Isaac who lives during the end of slavery (1860's), end of segregation (1960's), and President Obama's inauguration in 2008. Through song and dance, we see how Isaac navigates through an ever changing America as he discovers what he needs to do to get his slice of the "American Pie". 



Saturday September 2, 2017 6:20pm - 8:30pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

7:00pm

#49 - AHF Showcase - 90 Days (FREE)
90 Day - After ninety days of dating, Jessica (Teyonah Parris) tells her would-be fiancÕ© that she is HIV positive, which forces the couple to confront the realities surrounding living and loving with HIV.
https://vimeo.com/193563311


Saturday September 2, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

7:30pm

#55 - Lucy + Undone by Candace Bellamy
Undone by Candace Bellamy - A music video about 2 women's addiction and how they overcome their vices through willpower.

Lucy - Imagine being born in the wrong body. Everyday you're fighting. Against society, stigma and yourself. All you want is acceptance. Lucy's story is one of searching for her true self in a world that's not quite ready. When she finally found her place amongst a likeminded community, she also found the confidence to stand by her identity - that of a transwoman.
Now living with complete fulfilment, Lucy is ready to share her experience and answer the questions you've probably always wanted to ask. In a film inspired by a truly inspiring human, Lucy bares her struggles and desires. As Lucy, her family and friends talk through their experiences they'll make you question what identity really means and why we still hold prejudices against people we don't even know.
https://vimeo.com/170003662




Saturday September 2, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

8:45pm

#45 - A Good Dream + Dream a Life
Dream a Life - A story based music video following the protagonist as he recalls his emotions towards his significant other.

A Good Dream - A psychological art-film about a girl in her 20s trying to find herself in New York City. When she suddenly finds herself haunted by a presence, she has trouble distinguishing fiction from reality and falls deeper into a world of her perceptions.
https://vimeo.com/177979532



Saturday September 2, 2017 8:45pm - 11:15pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

9:00pm

#56 - 90 Minutes of the Fever + Freddie + The Black Ghiandola
Freddie - An aging and petty gangster reunites with his old girlfriend he abandoned 20 years ago on the day he has to pay back a debt to save his life.

The Black Ghiandola

90 Minutes of the Fever - A family trapped in a house, airing all their long held secrets as the end of the world approaches 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG08sdspy74




Saturday September 2, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

9:00pm

#50 - Polaris + Monsters
Monsters - Jenn lives in an underground bunker with her family, protected from the monsters that now ravage the world. 

Polaris - Due to circumstances beyond their control, an Iranian couple is forced to take refuge in the home of an American nearby neighbor. As the story unfolds, the underlying conflict and hidden secrets of the characters emerge until the situation ultimately reaches a pointof no return.



Saturday September 2, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
 
Sunday, September 3
 

6:00pm

LBI Festival Awards Gala
The LBI Festival Awards Gala is where we hand out all of the awards (e.g. Best Comedic Short, Best Narrative Feature, Best of Fest, etc.) The event takes place Sunday, September 3rd at the Hilton Long Beach Hotel with a reception beginning at 6:00pm

Tickets are $100 for individuals and $800 for tables of 10. Deadline to purchase tickets is 8/25.  

Sunday September 3, 2017 6:00pm - Monday September 4, 2017 11:30pm
Hilton Long Beach Hotel