DANCESWITHFILMS concluded July 27 at Laemmle’s Fairfax 3 in Los Angeles. Fest highlights: Alumni John Putch and Jerry Rapp presented their new feature, MOJAVI PHONE BOOTH, starring Steve Guttenberg, Annabeth Gish and Christina Elise, with many of the actors in attendance. Syd Mead, the pioneering designer responsible for the look of BLADE RUNNER, ALIENS and TRON, made a special appearance at a showing of VISUAL FUTURIST, a doc about his life and work.
This year’s winners are:
Jury Award ~ “Best of DancesWithFilms” Feature ~ INSIDE ~ Jeff Mahler,
Jury Award Honorable Mention Feature ~ THE MENSAHIB ~ Kruti Majmudar,
Audience Award Feature ~ ALWAYS WILL ~ Michael Sammaciccia,
writer/director/producer; producers, Matthew Petrilla, Chip Schofield
Jury Award Short ~ “Best of DancesWithFilms” ~ SHIFT ~ Jonathan Yi,
writer/director/producer; producer, Michael Haertlein
Jury Award Honorable Mention Short ~ WHITE PICKET FENCES ~ Caitlin Dahl,
writer/director/producer; producer Joshua Meyerson
Audience Award Short ~ DIRTY MARY ~ Daniele Ferraro, writer/producer;
director, Stuart Rogers; producers, Dave Rosen, Alicia Ferraro, Mike
Drahgi, Stuart Rogers, Wood Schultz
Documentary Audience Award Feature~ VISUAL FUTURIST: THE ART AND LIFE OF SYD MEAD ~ Joaquin Montalvan, writer/director/producer.
Audience Award Fusion Feature ~ WANNABE ~ Richard Keith, writer/director/producer; Craig Young, writer/producer
Audience Award Fusion Short ~ JANIE ~ Christine Shin, writer/director/producer; Judith Fernando, producer