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Chasing the Dream: Introducing Rising Film Director David Flint

Congratulations to one of the Platinum winners out of the hundreds of submitees of our Spring film festival!

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Leaving behind the corporate world at age 38, David Flint, an original Michigander, trekked across different states of the U.S. to finally find his home in the heart of the entertainment world, Los Angeles. When questioned about this dramatic transition in his life at a time where most people of the same age want to settle down, David honestly answers that despite his corporate background, he never excelled in it.

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By setting a time limit for himself, David Flint decided that the time was now or never to pursue his dream of becoming an actor and enter the entertainment world. After initially enrolling in
Robert Rusler’s acting school in Hollywood for a period of time (where he is now teaching on Tuesday nights), he decided to move to New York in search of greater opportunities. In the city of the Big Apple, David often worked for weak directors in which he shyly reveals that he “basically told them what to do and took their jobs away from them.” This move to New York opened up the
doors of a whole new world for him. Rather than chasing jobs as an actor, he acknowledges that he’s now chasing the money. Unable to juggle both the acting scene and the filmmaking, David ultimately let go of his acting dreams. While acting didn’t necessarily turn out to be his true calling, directing quickly replaced that spot. Dedicating a lot of time to learn more about this field, David claims that if he had “lived and breathed in school class as he had when studying cameras,” he would now be a doctor.

His short film “Dysgensis” that claimed an award in the FAME-US film festival is a dark, eerie one that dramatizes the devastating and heartbreaking effects that drug use has on family, relationships, and life. “Dysgenesis” follows the relationship of Charlie and Amber who are addicted to the use of heroine. Even after Amber becomes pregnant, the addiction never ends. The title itself is a precedent of the gruesome events that will come.

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While the short film is still being awarded its rightful prizes, David has moved on to even greater projects. He reveals that in the near future he wants to make a feature film. Before, that goal might
have seem so far-fetched because he didn’t have anything then to demonstrate his potential. But now he is slowly equipping himself to show the world his true talent.

 

 

FAME’US International Film Festival (SPRING 2016) – Winners

Congratulations to our FAME’US International Film Festival – Spring 2016 session winners !

Please note that our quarterly sessions are not an actual festival event.  Our actual red carpet event will be in December inviting back all of our quarterly winners to compete for the Best of 2016. Thank you again for sharing your wonderful films with us and we wish to have the opportunity to view your future films in the near future.

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Sundance Film Festival 2016

A Flag Without a Country, Sundance Film Festival 2016

Offering a first look at the year ahead in independent film, culture and new ideas, Sundance Institute announced today the 65 films selected for the U.S. Competition, World Competition and out-of-competition NEXT category set to premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Films that have premiered in these sections include Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Whiplash, Blackfish, The September Issue, The Cove, An Education, Animal Kingdom, Precious, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Obvious Child, Tangerine and Escape from Tomorrow.

The Festival is the centerpiece of the year-round public programs for the Institute, which also hosts 24 residency Labs for independent artists in theatre, film, new media and episodic content and grants more than $2.5 million to independent artists each year.

For the 2016 Festival, 120 feature-length films were selected, representing 37 countries and 48 first-time filmmakers, including 28 in competition. These films were selected from 12,793 submissions, including 4,081 feature-length films and 8,712 short films. Of the feature film submissions, 1,972 were from the U.S. and 2,109 were international. 98 feature films at the Festival will be world premieres.

Festival Director John Cooper and Director of Programming Trevor Groth will participate in a live chat on facebook.com/sundance today (December 2) at 3:00 p.m. PT to answer questions from independent film fans about the lineup.

The Midnight films have been announced and more films will be announced soon; watch sundance.org/festival.

The Sundance Film Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including Boyhood, Beasts of the Southern WildFruitvale StationWhiplashBrooklyn, Twenty Feet from Stardom, Life Itself, The Cove, The End of the Tour, Blackfish, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Super Size Me, Dope, Little Miss Sunshinesex, lies, and videotapeReservoir Dogs, Hedwig and the Angry InchAn Inconvenient TruthPrecious and Napoleon Dynamite. The New Frontier initiative, celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2016, has showcased groundbreaking media works by artists and creative technologists including Chris Milk, Doug Aitken, Palmer Luckey, Klip Collective and Nonny de la Peña. The Festival is a program of the non-profit Sundance Institute®. 2016 Festival sponsors to date include: Presenting Sponsors – Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Acura, SundanceTV, Chase Sapphire Preferred®, and Canada Goose; Leadership Sponsors – Adobe, Airbnb, DIRECTV, Tequila Don Julio™, Samsung, and YouTube; Sustaining Sponsors – BROOKSIDE Chocolate, Canon U.S.A., Inc., Dropbox, GEICO, The Hollywood Reporter, LUNA Bar/Clif Bar & Company, Omnicom, and Stella Artois®. Sundance Institute recognizes critical support from the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and the State of Utah as Festival Host State. The support of these organizations helps offset the Festival’s costs and sustain the Institute’s year-round programs for independent artists. sundance.org/festival

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Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, and new media to create and thrive. The Institute’s signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences to artists in igniting new ideas, discovering original voices, and building a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported such projects as Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Sin Nombre, The Invisible War, The Square, Dirty Wars, Spring Awakening, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Fun Home. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

 

Chinese American Film Festival 2015

The annual Chinese American Film Festival is hosted by EDI Media Inc. and supported by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT), the Embassy & Consulate-General of China in the U.S., Motion Picture Association, U.S. entertainment industry and U.S. politicians. It has become a memorable party that unites Chinese and American film industry.

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CAFF aims to promote dialogues between Chinese and American filmmakers, increase cooperation between China and the US film market, and promote friendship and cultural exchanges between the two countries. CAFF is the only film festival recognized by SAPPRFT and MPA; the only film festival recorded in annual written report of the US Congress; the only film festival listed as part of US-China cultural activities announced by John Kerry, Secretary of States.

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CAFF has been successfully hosted for 10 years in a row. It has showcased over 700 outstanding Chinese movies in theaters in the U.S. During the past decade, it has attracted all the major film studios in China including China Film Group, Shanghai Film Group, Central New Documentary Film Group, Huaxia Film, August First Film Studio, Tianjin North Film Group, Xiaoxiang Film Group, Yunnan Film Group, Guangxi Film Group, Pearl River Film Group, Changchun Film Group, China Film Promotion Corporation, China Film Co-production Company, Bona Film Group, DMG, Sunshine Seven Star Entertainment Media Group, Desen International, Fox, Disney, Sony, Paramount, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Lucas Film, and many other domestic and foreign film companies to participate.

 

This year’s CAFF will take place from Nov 1 to Nov 30, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, including welcome dinner, forum discussion, opening ceremony, and film screenings.

Main Events include:
I. China-US Film Night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Nov 1, 2015

II. China-US Co-production Film Summit at Paramount Studio & MPA’s 5th China International Co-production Film Screening at Warner Bro. on Nov 2, 2015

III. 11th Annual CAFF Opening Ceremony & Golden Angel Award Ceremony at Ricardo Montalban Theatre on Nov 3, 2015

IV. CAFF screening from Nov 4 to Nov 30, 2015

Deputy Director of China Film Bureau Mao Yu will lead the delegation team to attend the 11th Annual CAFF main events. Leading figures from China and U.S. film markets will meet once again during CAFF to discuss the present and future of China-US cooperation.

Participating films released by CAFF are: “Lost in Hong Kong”, “Chronicle of the Ghostly Tribe”, “Go away, Mr. Tumor”, “Wolf Totem”, “Jian Bing Man”, “Ever Since We Love”, ” Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal”, “The Taking of Tiger Mountain “,” SPL II “,” The Man from Macao II “,” Overheard 3 “, “The Dead End”, “You Are My Sunshine”, “For Love or Money”, “Goddesses In The Flames Of War”, “The Queens”, “Wonder Woman”, “Murmur of the Hearts” , “One Step Away”, and many other popular movies.

Celebrity appearance during this year’s CAFF red carpet will include “Lost in Hong Kong” Director and Actor Xu Zheng, “Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe” Director Lu Chuan, “Fast and Furious” star Michelle Rodriguez, Tang Guoqiang, Feng Gong, Niu Li, Ho Cheng Jun, Yin Zhu Sheng, Sun Weimin, Lu Qi, Guan Hu, Da Peng, Li Yu, and Han Yan. Also worthy of mentioning is famous Chinese performing artist, 93-year-old Qin Yi, who will make her first appearance during CAFF. The winner of Voice of China 2nd Season Li Qi will perform his self-composed theme song of CAFF “Grown like this” while Famous singer Fu Disheng and his wife Ren Jing will perform their classic hit song “Intimate Lovers”.

Year of 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the World Anti-Fascist War as well as China’s victory over Japan. The War was the worst catastrophic in human history, involving nearly the entire world population. It truly is worthy of our reflection, as a film director, an artist, or any human being. From the emergence of a large number of thrilling film and television works, 11th CAFF has created a special section dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Anti-Fascist War to commemorate the history and promote peace.

Films in this section include ” Ever Lasting Broadcasting “, ” The Primary Target,” ” Songs from Battlefields,” ” Daokou Style Chicken”, “Codename Paul” “Memo of Japanese war criminals”, “Chinese Literature during War” etc. Participating TV drama in this section include “Running Siege,” ” Woman in a Family of Swordsmen “, “Left Hand Cleaver”, “Code is called Sparrow”, “Through War Line”, ” Outline of The Blade “, “Mine Warfare”, “Story of Hong” etc.

GETV and Beijing TV China will broadcast the entire CAFF Opening & Awards Ceremony to audience from Americas, Europe, and Asia in nearly 50 countries. In addition, CAFF will also screen many outstanding short films within universities, public libraries and other community centers.

Screening Theaters:
Nov 5 to 19, at Edwards Renaissance in Alhambra
Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena
Nov 18 to 25, Four Star Theatre in San Francisco

Tickets are available for purchase on http://www.eventbrite.com/o/edi-media-inc-8538654093. For more information, please visit CAFF official website www.CAFilmFestival.org or call (626) 856-3889.