Thursday, April 03, 2014

3rd PlayGround Film Fest - May 1 & 5 Only!

The lineup and schedule has been announced for the Third Annual PlayGround Film Festival, a leading showcase for the Bay Area’s best new filmmakers and writers and their short work. It’s the unique brainchild of PlayGround and Dances with Light, representing an incredible fusion of the local theatre and film communities. Ranging from comedy to animation to powerful contemporary issues, the films are all adapted from some of the best short plays developed and produced by PlayGround over the last seventeen years and featured in the annual Best of PlayGround Festival. This year’s Film Festival features the short films originally premiered in 2012 and 2013, many of which have gone on to national/international acclaim including People’s Choice Award winners The Beginning and Miss Finknagle Succumbs to Chaos, in two back-to-back programs. The festival opens Thursday, May 1 at San Francisco’s Roxie and continues Monday, May 5 at Palo Alto’s Aquarius Theatre. For tickets and more information please call 415-992-6677 or visit http://playground-sf.org/filmfest.

Program A:

·    The Beginning (Brian Tolle, filmmaker; Tom Swift, screenwriter and producer, based on the short play by Tom Swift from the 2005 Best of PlayGround Festival)
·   Ecce Homo (Jonathan Luskin/Mark Leialoha/Flying Moose Pictures, filmmakers; Jonathan Luskin, screenwriter; based on the short play by Jonathan Luskin from the 2011 Best of PlayGround Festival)
·   The Etymology of Zero (an animated short; Seth Podowitz, filmmaker; Katie May, screenwriter; Katie May and Liz Anderson, co-producers; David Azer, Jan Heiman, Eileen Laitinen, Brendan Oshima, and Rachel Whalon, animators; based on the short play Rapunzel’s Etymology of Zero by Katie May from the 2011 Best of PlayGround Festival)
·    Reunion (Gregory Runnels and Mark Runnels, filmmakers; Kenn Rabin, screenwriter; based on the short play by Kenn Rabin from the 2004 Best of PlayGround Festival)
·   Wednesday (Jennifer Arzt, filmmaker; Daniel Heath, screenwriter; based on the short play by Daniel Heath from the 2009 Best of PlayGround Festival)

Program B:
·  Aegis (Jonathan Luskin/Mark Leialoha/Flying Moose Pictures, filmmakers; Jonathan Luskin, screenwriter; based on the short play by Jonathan Luskin from the 2004 Best of PlayGround Festival)
·   The Secret Life of a Hotel Room (The Runnels Brothers, filmmakers; Garret Jon Groenveld, screenwriter; based on the short play by Garret Jon Groenveld from the 2008 Best of PlayGround Festival)
·   Climax (Jeremy Solterbeck, filmmaker; Sean Owens, screenwriter; based on the short play by Seam Owens from the 1999 Best of PlayGround Festival)
·   Miss Finknagle Succumbs to Chaos (Amy Harrison, filmmaker; Kirk Shimano, screenwriter; based on the short play by Kirk Shimano from the 2012 Best of PlayGround Festival)
·  Obit (Brian Tolle, filmmaker; Geetha Reddy, screenwriter; based on the short play by Geetha Reddy from the 2005 Best of PlayGround Festival)
·   Undone (Bruce Coughran, filmmaker; Diane Sampson, screenwriter; based on the short play by Diane Sampson from the 2010 Best of PlayGround Festival)

About PlayGround
PlayGround, the Bay Area’s leading playwright incubator, provides unique development opportunities for the Bay Area’s best new playwrights, including the monthly Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series, annual Best of PlayGround Festival, full-length play commissions and support for the production of new plays by local playwrights through the New Play Production Fund and, PlayGround’s newest initiative, the PlayGround Film Festival. To date, PlayGround has supported nearly 200 local playwrights in the development and staging of over 680 original short plays and 50 new full-length plays, including more than a dozen that have since premiered in the Bay Area. PlayGround alumni have gone on to win local, national and international honors for their short and full-length work, including recognition at the Humana Festival, Sundance Festival, Source Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Aurora Theatre's Global Age Project, Internationalists Playwriting Prize, and New York International Fringe Festival, among others.  More information at http://PlayGround-sf.org.

About Dances with Light
Barry Stone, owner of Dances with Light, made his first film in 1979. He has professional credits as an actor, composer and director in the theatre, and as a producer, director, writer, composer, actor, cinematographer and editor in film and television. His directorial credits include four episodes of the British hit series rENFORD rEJECTS, filmed in London for Nickelodeon and Channel Four, "All Ways Welcome", produced and directed for the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation, and numerous commercials, music videos and corporate films. Barry has been the cinematographer on forty-seven episodes of series television, six MOWs, numerous commercials and twenty-one feature films, notably Lie with me, Mouth to Mouth, Cherish, Triggermen, Pale Saints, Paris France, Rude, Dumbarton Bridge,  The Perfect Son and Dream with the Fishes.  Recently Barry produced and directed SNIFF, a feature length drama / documentary hybrid with Amanda Plummer, Neil Morrissey (and a lot of great dogs).


3rd PLAYGROUND FILM FESTIVAL
Schedule of Screenings

What:  The best short films by Bay Area filmmakers and writers, adapted from plays

Program A (running time: 65 min):
Wednesday by Daniel Heath & Jennifer Arzt; The Etymology of Zero by Katie May, Liz Anderson and Seth Podowitz; Reunion by Kenn Rabin & The Runnel Brothers; The Beginning by Tom Swift & Brian Tolle; Ecce Homo by Jonathan Luskin, Mark Leialoha & Flying Moose Pictures.
Program B (running time: 75 min):
Aegis by Jonathan Luskin, Mark Leialoha & Flying Moose Pictures; The Secret Life of a Hotel Room by Garret Jon Groenveld & The Runnels Brothers; Climax by Sean Owens & Jeremy Solterbeck; Miss Finknagle Succumbs to Chaos by Kirk Shimano & Amy Harrison; Obit by Geetha Reddy & Brian Tolle; Undone by Diane Sampson & Bruce Coughran.

Where/When:

The Roxie, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco
Thursday May 1, 6:45pm – Program A
Thursday, May 1, 8:15pm – Program B

Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson Street, Palo Alto
Monday May 5, 6:45pm – Program A
Monday, May 5, 8:15pm – Program B

Prices:              $15; $20, Priority Seating; $10, students
                        All-Festival Passes start at $60 (includes the Film Festival, Best of PlayGround and Festival Staged Readings)
Tickets:            (415) 992-6677
Online:            http://playground-sf.org/filmfest

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