“The Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival is a natural progression of the work we do at the Edgemar Center, bringing together industry experts, cultural and media taste makers and the most talented artists from across Los Angeles. My team and I are thrilled to invite you to experience what the West Side has to offer filmmakers and cinephiles, which is quite different from what you’ll find in Hollywood.”
- Michelle Danner, Founder
Previous iterations of the festival have welcomed Brett Ratner as an Honorary Chair, as well as a celebrity jury that included film veterans such as Susan Sarandon and John Singleton. The 1st Annual Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival took place over four days in the spring of 2013, and was the natural expansion of these prior events. Nine narrative features, nine documentaries and twenty-five short films screened for packed theaters at the Edgemar Center, and festival-goers also enjoyed access to opening and closing night parties, an awards ceremony, a filmmaker bar crawl and and a series of panels focused on the various stages of the filmmaking process. Our panels were made up of prolific LA-based producers, development executives, entertainment attorneys and distribution professionals, joined by filmmakers screening their work at this Los Angeles film festival.
Michelle Danner is the founder and artistic director of The Edgemar Center for the Arts and The Edgemar Theater Group. She is a renowned actor, director and award-winning acting coach. Michelle directed and produced the film “Hello Herman” starring Norman Reedus (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”) through her production company All In Films. As an acting coach, Michelle has worked with A List talent privately and on set, including Gerard Butler, Chris Rock, Seth MacFarlane, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Penelope Cruz, Michael Pena, Isla Fisher, Common, Salma Hayek, James Franco, and Zooey Deschanel. She has directed and acted in over thirty award-winning plays and musicals in New York and Los Angeles. Her directorial debut in film was 2006’s “How to Go Out on a Date in Queens” with Jason Alexander, Esai Morales and Ron Perlman. It was released nationwide and aired as an ABC Sunday Night Movie of the Week.
Alexandra is co-founder and managing director of Edgemar Center for the Arts, curator of its arts gallery, and the manager of the Michelle Danner Acting School. Born in Paris, Alexandra moved to the US at age 11. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University with a degree in Political Science. Upon graduation, Alexandra spent several years
working in television, first at CNN then MSNBC. Alexandra has been producing plays and films since 2005. She co-produced “How To Go On A Date In Queens” and “Hello Herman” written by John Buffalo Mailer, which will open theatrically in ten cities in June and will simultaneously release on Cable/Internet VOD in 80 million homes. Alexandra has had a long collaboration with director Henry Jaglom, producing his critically acclaimed play “Always but Not Forever” through his runaway hit “Just 45 Minutes from Broadway” that ran successfully for over a year. Alexandra also produced “THANK Q – A World Music Tribute To the Humanitarian Works Of Quincy Jones” and the Award-winning musical “Black Cat Cabaret” which also ran for a year.
Sarae Allyn relocated from the San Francisco Bay area nearly two years ago and has called Santa Monica her home ever since. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Business Administration. Sarae has been very active in the Edgemar community since last year, serving as Casting Director for the world premiere of the play “One White Crow,” as well as assisting with the distribution of All In Film’s “Hello Herman.” Most recently she was the Associate Producer for Michelle Danner’s “The Bandit Hound.” Her previous film festival involvement includes both Sundance and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Last year she was part of the inaugural Cinema At The Edge Film Festival. Sarae is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Cinema At The Edge Film Festival, serving as Festival Director.
Directors who have been in past panel discussions
- Redbelt, director, writer (2008)
- The Edge, screenwriter (1997)
- Wag the Dog, co-screenwriter (1997)
- American Buffalo, screenwriter (1996)
- Gelengarry Glen Ross, screenwriter (1992)
- Hoffa, screenwriter (1992)
- The Untouchables, screenwriter (1987)
- The Verdict, screenwriter (1982)
David Alan Mamet, born November 30, 1947, is an American playwright, essayist, screenwriter, and film director.
As a playwright, Mamet has won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988). As a screenwriter, he has received Oscar nominations for The Verdict (1982) and Wag the Dog (1997). wikipedia
- Abduction, director (2011)
- Black Snake Moan, producer (2007)
- Four Brothers, director (2005)
- Hustle & Flow, producer (2005)
- 8 Mile, actor (2002)
- Higher Learning, director, screenwriter, producer (1995)
- Poetic Justice, director, screenwriter, producer (1993)
- Boyz n the Hood, director, screenwriter (1991)
John Daniel Singleton, born January 6, 1968, is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for directing Boyz n the Hood in 1991. A native of South Los Angeles, many of his early films consider the implications of inner-city violence. Some of his other films include Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers and Abduction. wikipedia
- Little Red Wagon, director (2012)
- The Bedford Diaries: Season 1 Episode 4, director (2006)
- Swing Vote (TV Movie), director (1999)
- Moonlight and Valentino, director (1995)
- Rudy, director (1993)
- Hoosiers, director (1986)
- Miami Vice: Season 1, Episodes 14 & 16, director (1985)
- Hill Street Blues: 10 Episodes, director, producer (1981-1983)
David Anspaugh (born September 24, 1946) is an American television and film director.
Anspaugh studied at Indiana University and the USC School of Cinematic Arts, after which he taught high school in Colorado. His work as an associate producer on television movies led to his producing and directing Hill Street Blues, for which he won two Emmy Awards. He followed this with St. Elsewhere and Miami Vice before making his feature film debut with Hoosiers. wikipedia
- Casino Jack, director (2010)
- ‘Hick’ Town, director, producer (2009)
- Factory Girl, director, cinematographer (2006)
- Mayor of the Sunset Strip, director (2003)
- The Man from Elysian Fields, director (2001)
- Monte Hellman: American Auteur, director, writer (1997)
- Persons Unknown, director (1996)
- Dogtown, director (1996)
George Loening Hickenlooper III, May 25, 1963 – October 29, 2010, was an American narrative and documentary filmmaker.
His first feature-length documentary, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, explored the making of Apocalypse Now. It won several awards, including the National Board of Review award for “Best Documentary”, an American Cinema Editors award for “Best Edited Documentary”, two Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awards for “Outstanding Individual Achievement – Informational Programming – Directing” and “Outstanding Individual Achievement – Informational Programming – Picture Editing”, and the International Documentary Association award. Hickenlooper himself won an Emmy for direction. wikipedia