Indie Fest USA in Anaheim Seeks to Break Film Festival Mold
"At other film festivals, high ticket and pass prices mean less can afford to attend," Gibb explains in an email. "Limiting selections to films that have won awards limits the screening availability to the other thousands of filmmakers with equally great films just starting out."
|"And the Winner Is," starring Jerry Springer, is on the 2009 Indie Fest USA schedule.|
Besides independent-film programming, Indie Fest will include live music and celebrity appearances at the opening ceremonies, the awards show finale and after parties, according to Gibbs, who boasts of being able to pluck from a "long contact list within the major motion picture industry including distribution and acquisition executives, studio executives and ancillary markets."
Some promised highlights follow after the jump . . . *Indie Fest USA 2009 opens Saturday, Aug. 22. Registration begins at tables outside the Disneyland Hotel at 5 p.m. Celebrity red carpet arrivals begins at 6:30 p.m. at the hotel entrance. Music kicks up in the hotel's Magic Kingdom Ballroom at 6:45 p.m. Doors to the event open to the paying public at 7 p.m., when Giovanni Leiva, vice president of public relations, takes the stage to welcome everyone and outline the program. Sorry Nelson performs at 8:45 p.m., followed at 10 p.m. by Natalie Marie, who celebrates the release of her debut single on her new label Universal Fontana Records.
*Film screenings and filmmaker events begin Monday, Aug. 24, at the AMC 12 Downtown Disney Theaters and continue through Thursday, Aug. 27.
*Phillip Bauer presents his musical tribute to Johnny Cash Aug. 24 at the Grove.
*Sam Morrison presents his musical tribute to Bob Seger Aug. 27 at the Grove.
*The awards show is Friday, Aug. 28 in the Disneyland Hotel's Magic Kingdom Ballroom. Xavier Toscano and Stevie B entertain. Sorry Nelson performs at the after party immediately following the awards show.
Some times and performers may be changed without notice. Visit IndieFestUSA or call (775) 593-6201 for more details.