ABOUT

The Edgemar Center for the Arts is well known on the West Side of Los Angeles as a venue where up and coming talent share quality work, and Artistic Director Michelle Danner is thrilled to now invite the global independent film community to experience this vibrant beachside collective at the 3rd Annual Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival. Cinema at the Edge programs films with a unique voice and a clear vision, that blend genres or break conventions of the medium, with an added focus on life in the beachfront communities of Santa Monica and Venice and the talented group of independent filmmakers who make LA’s West Side their home. The 2013 and 2014 festivals featured audience favorites from Sundance, SXSW and other major festivals, while maintaining a focus on world or regional premieres, challenging films that deserve a second look and showcasing local artists.

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 and 2nd 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. Narrative features, documentaries and programs of 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 the festival.

Awards were given out by the jury in the narrative, documentary and short film categories. In 2013, the festival honored SUGAR, a real life depiction of life as a homeless teen on the streets of Venice Beach with our inaugural Community Vision Award, which will again be given to a deserving film. In 2014 the festival opened with A STAR FOR ROSE a film directed by Daniel Youst and closed with a French film that imagined the life of David Lynch in art school, LE VIE REVEE DE DAVID L. Beyond the accolades, we want our filmmakers to have the all-important instant feedback that the theatrical experience permits. Each screening at the festival is followed by a Q&A, even if it has to take place over Skype from countries away.

In 2015 the Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival will again present narrative feature, documentary and short film programs, with jury cash prizes and audience awards given in each category. One of this year’s themes is ‘growth’, which is rapid here on the West Side, and will be carried through to the festival with an additional full day of programming. Expect more films, parties and events, more sponsors and perks for festival attendees and even an outdoor beach screening. While we are thrilled to give independent filmmakers a vehicle of expression, Cinema at the Edge has an additional commitment to see the standout titles at the festival have an opportunity to screen for distributors. Therefore our program juries will again be comprised of the best and brightest professionals in the global independent film distribution community, giving films in all categories the opportunity to be considered for acquisition.

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.


The Founders

MICHELLE DANNER

Founder

Michelle Danner is the founder and artistic director of The Edgemar Center for the Arts. Michelle directed and produced the film “Hello Herman” starring Norman Reedus (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”) through her production company All In Films. Renowned as an acting coach, Michelle has worked with many 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. She is in post production with her latest movie the Bandit Hound, starring Catherine Bell, Judd Nelson, Lou Ferrigno, Verne Troyer and Paul Sorvino.

 

 

 
 

 

ALEXANDRA GUARNIERI

Co-Festival Director

alexandra_guarnieriBorn in Paris, Alexandra moved to the US at age 11. She speaks 4 languages fluently (French, Spanish, Italian, and English). 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. Currently, Al- exandra is co-founder and managing di- rector of Edgemar Center for the Arts. Alexandra has been producing plays and films since 2005.
She has also co-produced the movie “How To Go On A Date In Queens” and her latest feature film “Hello Herman” written by John Buffalo Mailer, starring Norman Reedus from the “Walking Dead” will be opening in 10 cities in March and has been picked up by Warner Brothers to play in 100 million homes. The trailer can be watched at www.helloherman.com. Please visit her film company at www.allinfilms. com to see the latest films under develop- ment for 2013.
She has had a long collaboration with director Henry Jaglom producing his critically acclaimed play “Always but Not Forever” to his runaway hit “Just 45 Minutes from Broadway” that ran successfully for over a year. Besides producing plays Alexandra has produced a number of musicals such as 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, as well as its revival renamed “Tick Tock Cabaret.” She is also an active member in the com- munity and has created and shaped various outreach programs for underprivileged children, teens, and the elderly. With a pas- sion for art, she also curates the Edgemar Center for the Arts Art Gallery and runs the Michelle Danner acting school one of the top acting schools in the country, offering acting classes to children teens and adults. You can visit: www.michelledanner.com


 

 Directors who have been in past panel discussions

 

David Mamettgg

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  • Phil Spector (TV Movie) 2010
  • Two Painters (Short) 2010
  • Inside the Actor’s Workshop (Video short) 2010
  • Our Valley (Short) 2010 The Marquee (Short) 2010
  • 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). 

 


 

 John Singletonjohn_singleton

  • 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. 

 


 

David Anspaughdavid_anspaugh

  • 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. 


George Hickenloopergeorge_hickenlooper

  • 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.