A community supported event dedicated to screening independent films and presenting musicians and art that embody the spirit, energy and diversity of Venice, the Sixth Annual Other Venice Film Festival will be held Thursday through Sunday, October 15th through 18th, at three venues in Venice.
The festival will screen feature films, short films, documentaries and music videos produced on low budgets, highlighting both local and international talent, a festival spokesperson said. All festival screenings will take place at the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), 685 Venice Blvd., Digital Domain, 300 Rose Ave., and Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd.
During the festival Friday, October 16th, an 18th anniversary screening of Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone’s feature film The Doors, about the legendary rock band, will be presented from 8:30 to 11 p.m. at SPARC.
The festival will screen over 60 independent films, including The Poker House by Venice filmmaker and actress Lori Petty. Petty will be the focus of a “local spotlight” event October 15th, which includes the Venice debut from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. of The Poker House. The event will begin with a cocktail party at 6:30 p.m. at SPARC.
On October 16th, the festival will present the Maverick Spotlight Award to Stone (appearance pending) at SPARC. Stone has directed such feature films as Platoon, JFK, Wall Street and Born on the Fourth of July.
This award is presented to a film producer or director who, through their exemplary filmmaking career, has paid tribute to the unique history and creative spirit of Venice Beach. Past recipients of this award are Catherine Hardwicke, Roger Corman, Werner Herzog, Tony Bill and Stacy Peralta.
The October 16th event will begin with a cocktail party at 6:30 p.m. and include a screening from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. of the documentary Unconquered: The Life of Allan Hauser, narrated by actor Val Kilmer, who starred in The Doors.
Tickets are $20 for opening night October 15th and Maverick Night October 16th. Tickets for all weekend screenings and events are $10.
For more information on the film screening schedule and locations, or to purchase tickets, the film festival Web site at www.othervenicefilmfestival.com/, or Festival Director Ruby de la Casas at (310) 806-2181.