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JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER TO HOST 2021 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL’S FILMMAKER RETREAT AND DRIVE-IN CINEMA PROGRAM

The Joshua Tree Retreat Center recently announced that it will be playing a significant role in the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival come February. Reporter Heather Clisby has details…

The Joshua Tree Retreat Center is now officially in the film business. The Center will host the Slamdance Film Festival’s filmmaker retreat and drive-in cinema program February 12-14, 2021. Traditionally held annually in Park City, Utah, the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival will be a hybrid of physical and virtual programs held February 12-25.

Founded in 1995, Slamdance is a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards and is known for the discovery of notable filmmakers such as Christopher Nolan, the Russo Brothers, Lynn Shelton, Lena Dunham, Ari Aster, Andrew Patterson and Merawi Gerima. Box Office Mojo reports alumni who first showed their work at Slamdance have earned over $19 billion at the box office to date.

The Joshua Tree Retreat Center is located at 59700 Twentynine Palms Highway in Joshua Tree.  For more info about the film festival, visit slamdance.com

WINNERS OF THE YUCCA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

This year, the Yucca Valley Film Festival received 243 submissions from 27 countries, and selected more than 50 movies and artists to compete during three days of celebration.

Results announced Sunday (November 15) distributed awards to multiple local talents through the movie “Nick and Zach: High Desert Day,” filmed near Joshua Tree National Park, and the music video “That One Girl,” by local Yucca Valley band “Off The Wall.”

Nick Luciano and Zach Fairless are returning local filmmakers, who won third place of the 2019 Audience Award.

Actor William Baldwin spent almost two hours live with the festival talking about his career, his biggest movies and TV shows.

Videos of all panels and interviews will remain available on the Festival’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Best feature of the year goes to “Thy Neighbor,” a thriller directed by Emmy Award winner George A. Johnson.

2020 WINNERS

Yucca Valley Award

Very Nick and Zach: High Desert Daydirected by Nick LuchianoYucca Valley
Keep Mojave Free Award

Off the Wall – “That One Girl”directed by Zak KupchaYucca Valley
Best Feature Film

Thy Neighbordirected by George A. JohnsonCanada
Best Short Film

Lessons with Marthadirected by Matthew C. JohnsonLos Angeles
Best Documentary

Iron Duckdirected by Ben DolencCalifornia
Best Drone Film

Würm – A Scotland Journeydirected by Julien HudymFrance
Best Animated film

Super Genericdirected by Di LuFlorida
Best Visual Film

The Dawndirected by NP NovackUSA / France
Best Dance Film

Trappeddirected by Carlos Garland, Marisa DolanFlorida
Best Music Video

Nice Shoesdirected by Jonathan LawrenceLos Angeles
Best Composer

Angel of Griefcomposed by Stefano GargiuloItaly
Best Poster

The Fixerdirected by Michael SchilfLos Angeles
Best Script

Paradigmwritten by Stephen WiseUSA
Festival Pick

Talkdirected by Romual BoulangerUSA / France

Catch up with the winning movie on XERB: https://xerb.tv/channel/yvff/virtual-events/1030 

AUDIENCE VOTE

All participants and viewers with a Xerb account can now vote for the one film of their choice, using THIS FORM

Votes will be considered through midnight November 22.

The audience award will be announced November 23.

FORM LINK: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkG_8Imbok42tSXEMmcoAK3zfsxsFFl0BKd3dx0m3koTa1Tw/viewform 

REPLAY

All 2020 movies selected to the festival remain available to watch on XERB through November 22, Midnight: https://xerb.tv/channel/yvff/virtual-events

THREE DAYS OF YUCCA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

The second annual Yucca Valley Film Festival will be held online this year. The three-day event kicked off last night, but managing editor Tami Roleff says there will still be lots of festivities to take part in today and Sunday…

The Yucca Valley Film Festival will feature screenings, filmmaker artist/audience talks, and audience voting for their favorites in all categories. Participate in a discussion with actor William Baldwin. Vote for your favorites in a variety of categories. Film categories include Short Film, Animated Short Film, Feature Film, Documentary, Script, Visual Art, Music Video, Drone Video, Dance Film and Desert Art Photography categories. Enjoy the wrap party Sunday with introduction by Mayor Jeff Drozd, publication of awards, and a special screening of winning films. The Yucca Valley Film Festival will be screened on XERB.TV platform. Films will be available for viewing on XERB.TV through November 22.

The full Yucca Valley Film Festival event schedule of screenings and programs can be found at www.yuccavalleyfilmfestival.com.

YUCCA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL ONLINE THIS WEEKEND

The second annual Yucca Valley Film Festival will be online this year. But managing editor Tami Roleff says there will still be three days of festivities…

The weekend Yucca Valley Film Festival kicks off Friday, November 13, with an opening night that includes a mayor’s welcome, a short film and a feature film Yucca Valley premiere. Saturday and Sunday will feature screenings, filmmaker artist/audience talks, and audience voting for their favorites in all categories. Participate in a discussion with actor William Baldwin. Vote for your favorites in a variety of categories. Film categories include Short Film, Animated Short Film, Feature Film, Documentary, Script, Visual Art, Music Video, Drone Video, Dance Film and Desert Art Photography categories. Enjoy the wrap party Sunday with introduction by Mayor Jeff Drozd, publication of awards, and a special screening of winning films. The Yucca Valley Film Festival will be screened on XERB.TV platform. Films will be available for viewing on XERB.TV through November 22.

The full Yucca Valley Film Festival event schedule of screenings and programs can be found at www.yuccavalleyfilmfestival.com.

WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE WEDNESDAY

This Wednesday, (March 11) Copper Mountain College is presenting Lunafest, a film festival by and about women, designed to address gender disparity in film making. For details, here is Reporter Hilary Sloane…

Copper Mountain College is hosting Lunafest, on Wednesday, March 11— a film festival of seven short films directed and written by women. The festival will be held in the Bell Center. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the screening begins at 6:30. The tickets are free.

The scheduled films are “Purl,” by Kristen Lester and Gillian Libbert-

Duncan; “Ballet after Dark,” by B. Monet; “There You Are,” by Lisa Donato;

“Xmas Cake – This American Shelf-life,” by Petra Hanson and May Yam;

“Game,” by Jeannie Donohoe; “Lady Parts,” by Erin Rye and Jessica Sherif, and “How to Swim,” by Noa Gusakov. 

https://www.lunafest.org/screenings/copper-mountain-college-031120