• Indie fest seeks breakout acting performances in story-driven films
The Method Fest independent film festival, the only major U.S. film festival focusing on acting, will be back in Calabasas, March 25 – April 1, 2010, for its 12th annual celebration, festival organizers announced.
Named after the famous “Method” school of acting, which revolutionized the approach in acting, particularly in film – and has produced screen immortals like Marlon Brandon, James Dean, Paul Newman, Robert DeNiro, Anthony Hopkins, Jack Nicholson, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave and Johnny Depp – The Method Fest (www.methodfest.com) is a festival of Discovery, showcasing breakout acting performances by emerging actors in character and story-driven films.
The Method Fest is looking to help launch the works of young fresh filmmakers and to discover breakthrough performances by young, bold new actors. More than 125 films that have premiered or played at The Method Fest, including box office hits like Waitress and The Visitor, have received theatrical, TV or video distribution. Other Method Fest gems included, Big Fan, Adam, American Violet, Sugar, Black Irish, Man in the Chair, Jindabyne, December Ends, Brothers , Steal Me, Love Ludlow, The Snow Walker, Three Days of Rain, Raising Victor Vargas, Leo, Julie Walking Home, Navigators, Wishing Woman, The Visit, Sunday, To End All Wars, Finder’s Fee, I Love Budapest, The Corndog Man, Rollercoaster, Mud Season, Hunting of Man, After Freedom, The Invisibles, Trash, Jimmy Zip, Amy’s Orgasm, Poor White Trash, Lola.
The Method Fest has also taken great delight in sharing career-defining performances of established performers and in showcasing new films of a few chosen well-known directors to screen at the festival. “We’ve prided ourselves on not just following other festivals’ lineups,” said Don Franken, executive director of the Method Fest. We screen world premieres and true discoveries, mixed with a few larger films, ” Franken added.
Along with screenings in Calabasas and Agoura Hills, the Method Fest features acting and filmmaking workshops, panels and seminars. The Method Fest Youth Program includes a short film and short screenplay competition for grades 6-12, along with youth acting and filmmaking workshops and seminars with leading entertainment industry professionals.
There are also major tributes honoring stars and top industry professionals, galas, cocktail receptions, retrospectives, nightly parties and major Indie Music events with established and new performers. Past festival honorees include Peter Bogdanovich and Tanna Frederick (2009); Melissa Leo, Richard Jenkins (2008); Christopher Plummer, Michael Madsen (2007); Julie Harris, Ruby Dee, Kevin Pollak, David Carradine, Martin Landau, Crispin Glover (2005); Dennis Hopper, Martha Coolidge, Chazz Palminteri, Ronnie Yeskell (2004); Peter Falk, Lainie Kazan, Diane Ladd, Henry Jaglom, Mark Rydell, Agnieszka Holland (2003); Rod Steiger, Mali Finn (2002); James Earl Jones, Jon Jacobs (2001); Karen Black (2000); Maximilian Schell (1999).
The Method Fest is accepting feature and short films, including student films, from throughout the world. The late deadline to submit films to The Method Fest 2010 is February 1. The festival lineup will be announced on February 25 at Pierce College’s Performing Arts Center.
For film submission or other festival information including tickets call (310) 535-9230 or visit the festival web site at www.methodfest.com
The Method Fest is sponsored by the City of Calabasas and presenting media partners, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications and the L.A. Daily News / LA.com. Lead sponsors include SAG Indie, the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley / Valley of the Stars, Sony, Christie, Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Modern VideoFilm, Final Draft, Regency Theatres and Barefoot Winery.