VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP OF EIGHT FEATURE FILMS

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., July 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Valley Film Festival (VFF) today announced its line-up of eight feature films which will be screened at the Laemmle theater in North Hollywood of August 3rd – sevene2022. Tickets are available now at Laemmle NoHo 7. In total, the VFF extends from August 1st – 8e with additional special events held in the new film studio, Hennessy studios, located a short walk from the Television Academy campus. VFF’s enduring theme, “Community + Culture”, is reflected not only in VFF’s all-local screenings and events, but also in the eight feature films selected around the world and in the United States. afterlife, the story of an Indian-Muslim-South African comedian, an American comedy set in the world of sweets and a David Lynch-like a film noir set in the desert. VFF also selected three “real life” films reflecting the community: the biography of a civil rights gospel singer and two timely documentaries. One depicts the pandemic ravaging an LA restaurant, while the other shows how to help communities withstand superfires. Elementary is narrated by NAACP award winner David Oyelowo (MLK ​​in Selma), which will graciously provide a special intro video for this Documentary Centerpiece film.

Documentary Centerpiece of the film – “Elemental”, a portrait of super-fires.

“It was a particularly strong year for feature film entries, reflecting the difficult times in the world,” said the director of VFF Tracey Adlai, who founded the festival 22 years ago. Tracey added: “Filmmakers are finally back in theaters with their sense of community and we’re looking forward to that too. As always, we’re celebrating the Valley area code ‘818’ and our festival affordable $8.18 entry point made it possible to register films from all over the world. We will laugh and cry as one again.” The eight feature films selectedtheir connection lines and screening times at Laemmle Noho 7 (5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, California) are listed below:

1) CENTRAL DOCUMENTARY – SATURDAY AUGUST 6, 2022 To 6 p.m.

Elementary. (Redefining our relationship with the forest fire). Directed by Trip Jennings. UNITED STATES. First in LA. Told by David Oyelowo (NAACP Award Winner for MLK in Selma). As superfires grow ever more deadly, this documentary offers scientific and indigenous solutions. Trailer:
https://vimeo.com/696775450?embedded=true&source=vimeo_logo&owner=7192702

2) CLOSING EVENING – SUNDAY AUGUST 7, 2022 To 6:30 p.m.

silent river. Realized by Chris Chan Lee. UNITED STATES. (Multi-award winning). On the road, in a desperate attempt to reunite with his ex-wife, Elliot takes a respite at a desert motel. He meets Greta, a mysterious woman who looks suspiciously like his wife. Elliot soon discovers Greta’s secret and embarks on a mind-bending journey that forces him to wonder who she is and where they are. Cast: West Liang, Amy Tsang. Rate by Brian Ralston with musicians Andrew Ducks (Top Gun: Maverick) & Phil O’Connor (mandalorian).
https://silentrivermovie.com

3) OPENING NIGHT – WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3, 2022 To 7:30 p.m.

two dashes one one. Directed by VFF alum Nate Hapke. UNITED STATES. (World Premiere). After being torn apart by a tragic accident, two young lovers are forced to re-examine their relationship when they are reunited in the afterlife. Cast: Mackensie Breed, Allie Leonard.
https://www.natehapke.com/twodashoneone

4) NARRATIVE PROJECTION OF THE CENTRAL PIECE – SUNDAY AUGUST 7, 2022 To 3:30 p.m.

Remember me. The story of Mahalia Jackson. Realized by Denise Dosse. UNITED STATES. This bio-pic depicts the life of a gospel singer mahalia jacksonhis rise and challenges in the music industry, his unbreakable bond with Dr. Martin Luther King, and its dramatic impact on the civil rights movement. Cast: Nine-time Grammy-nominated Ledisi (as Mahalia), Columbus runs (as Dr. King), Janet Hubert, keith david, Wendy RachelRobinsonCorbin Blue, keith robinson, Vanessa A. Williams, Shaleah Nikoleand Jallen Josey. Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckW-ybifStk

5) DOCUMENTARY SCREENING – SUNDAY AUGUST 7, 2022 To 1:00 p.m.

Beautiful life. (Beautiful life). Realized by Marcus Mizelle. UNITED STATES. This documentary depicts the beloved Parisian bistro “Belle Vie” located in an LA neighborhood between a McDonalds and KFC. The restaurant is owned and operated by the charming, hopeful French immigrant, Vincent. As Business Booms, a Happy Vincent Brings “Community” to His Neighborhood
— until the Covid-19 pandemic hit. It sends him (and all of us) for a loop… Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WsUqc4QSWw

6) NARRATIVE FILTERING – THURSDAY AUGUST 4, 2022 To 7:30 p.m.

New material. Directed by Craig Freimond. South Africa. Cassim Caif (Riaad Moosa) is a young Muslim living in Johannesburg. He balances the demands of a new marriage, a young child and living in a house with his aging parents, while being one of the South Africa some Muslim comedians. Cassim decides to take his act on the road…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YqxN0NKK3Q

seven) NARRATIVE FILTERING – FRIDAY AUGUST 5, 2022 To 7:30 p.m.

The Marshmallow Mystery Tour. UNITED STATES. First in LA. Realized by Jeff Beal, Matt Beals. After landing a gig at a marshmallow theme park, a cameraman uncovers the shocking truth about America’s candy country and his own sugar-coated childhood.
https://www.marshmallowmysterytour.com

8) NARRATIVE FILTERING – SATURDAY AUGUST 6 To 3:30 p.m.

The road to Perth. Australia. Real. by Chad Stone. Rejected after a marriage proposal, Alex finds himself alone on a trip from LA to Australia — about what was supposed to be his vacation with his fiancée. In shock, Alex crosses paths with Ronnie and together they go on a road trip to Perth.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is3ibNdahAI

About Valley Film Festival (Community + Culture)

Now in its 22nd year, The Valley Film Festival (VFF) is an all-volunteer non-profit arts project of Community Partners. We support local and international voices that advance storytelling, while promoting education, film production and distribution. We achieve this by: having an affordable entry point ($8.18), so that filmmakers from all over the world can participate; the awarding of open grants to filmmakers from countries affected by conflict or displaced by war; supporting locally produced films through our signature “Made in the (818)” program; mentor filmmakers throughout their career via our Focus on series of panels/events; and providing a platform, at the heart of Hollywoodto showcase and share stories that matter.

CONTACT FOR THE VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL:
Kevin A. Mardesich
[email protected]
310-383-7456

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Narrative Centerpiece Film – “Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story.”

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