PRESS

“This wonderful and moving film about a beautiful, unique and extraordinary musician had me spellbound. Pure magic. Hollywood couldn’t have come up with a better story.”

Marc AlmondMusician

“Creativity as a life-defining, soul-saving virtue is central to the story of Theremin maestro Armen Ra, as captured in Robert Nazar Arjoyan’s elegant, moving…” [full story]

Simon FosterScreen-Space Review

“I have enjoyed few documentaries as much as When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen Ra & the Theremin, a feature film dedicated to the antics and…” [full story]

George HeymontSan Francisco-based arts critic

ILLUMINATE FILM FESTIVAL

May 29- June 1 2014
www.illuminatefilmfestival.com

ILLUMINATE is the country’s premiere film festival and launching platform for mind-body-spirit cinema. Dedicated to spreading enlightened ideas and pushing humanity forward, ILLUMINATE is poised to become a landmark destination event and centerpiece for conscious cinema. Founded on the premise that the language of film is universal and a dynamic force in carrying messages to the masses, the Festival will showcase the best of transformational media to uplift, inspire, and transform.

BYRON BAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Feb 28 – March 8
www.bbff.com.au

In 2014, the Byron Bay International Film Festival (BBFF) celebrates its eighth year over 10 glorious days across 5 venues from Friday 28 February to Sunday 9 March. BBFF is a platform for outstanding independent film talent, showcasing a uniquely rich and diverse program of entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking films. It’s a festival that fuses artistry, education and innovation, enhancing our worldview and collective social dialogue through the power and storytelling of film. In 2013 BBFF provided attendees with the opportunity to see 135 brilliant films never before screened on our shores and screened over 220 films from more than 40 countries with a program comprised of feature films, documentaries, animation and short films that support and celebrate local and international cinema.

DOWNTOWN FILM FESTIVAL LOS ANGELES

July15-19 2014
www.dffla.org

Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (DFFLA) is nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing the best in independent cinema in the heart of the world’s Entertainment & Arts Capital. Our programming reflects downtown L.A.’s vibrant new urbanism, the unique ethnic and cultural diversity of its communities and neighborhoods, and its seminal role in the early days of American cinema. Set against the historic backdrop of City Center, DFFLA serves as a beacon for movie fans and industry professionals throughout Southern California.

HOLLYWOOD REEL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

February 11th – 23rd 2014
www.HollywoodReelIndependentFilmFestival.com

The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival invites you to enjoy screenings of what we believe to be the best new feature films, documentaries, shorts and videos by filmmakers who possess an independent vision and create innovative work outside the studio system. We honor these filmmakers with awards of merit and screenings at our film festival each December in Hollywood, CA. Subscribe to the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival mailing list for regular updates and news about screenings and events.

SAN FRANCISCO DOC FEST

June 5-19 2014
www.sfindie.com

SF Indiefest is a year-round, non-profit organization that has been operating since 1998. We present three annual festivals: the SF Independent Film Festival (SF Indie for short), the SF Documentary Festival (DocFest for short) and Another Hole in the Head, our genre film festival. In 2012 we also premiered the Northern California Action Sports Film Festival and the US edition of the touring shnit International Short Film Festival.

MACON FILM FESTIVAL

Feb 27th-March 2, 2014
www.maconfilmfestival.com

Surrounded by a rich musical and southern culture, the Macon Film Festival celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education, and economic development.

BIG EASY INTERNATIONAL FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

April 3-6 2014
www.bigeasyinternationalfilmandmusicfestival.com

Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (DFFLA) is nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing the best in independent cinema in the heart of the world’s Entertainment & Arts Capital. Our programming reflects downtown L.A.’s vibrant new urbanism, the unique ethnic and cultural diversity of its communities and neighborhoods, and its seminal role in the early days of American cinema. Set against the historic backdrop of City Center, DFFLA serves as a beacon for movie fans and industry professionals throughout Southern California.

BARE BONES INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

April 3-13 2014
www.barebonesfilmmusicfestival.org

Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival is dedicated to screening feature motion picture projects with budgets less than one million dollars.

Our philosophy is to promote and support the efforts of the small budget filmmakers and producers. We treat everyone the way we would like to be treated and provide lots of encouragement.

AUSTIN GAY AND LESBIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Sept 10-14 2014
www.agliff.org

aGLIFF was founded in 1987 and became a 501(c) in 1995. This year we celebrate 27 years of programing for the Austin community. aGLIFF has grown tremendously in size and scope from a short four day run of four films primarily focused on coming out and AIDS to a multifaceted non-profit organization with year-round community programing culminating in our annual film festival program with over 100 films depicting a myriad  or issues across culture, race, immigration status, class, gender identity and expression, age and religion.

ATLANTA UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 9-11 2014
http://www.auff.org/

The dooGallery is located within the Reynoldstown neighborhood of Atlanta. The gallery is located on the Beltline in an eclectic art warehouse community    The inside of the gallery is a clean and comfortable space. The outdoor garden is relaxing and has a view of Atlanta’s skyline. During most shows artists and musicians young, old, new or established mix together to form entertaining events. The name dooGallery (one word) comes from the proprietor’s nick name “DooG”. DooG is a world traveling action sportsman who works for the Surf Expo, President of the DooGooD Society, artist and is an art enthusiast.

The next AUFF is packed with amazing shorts and features from across the globe.

POMEGRANTE FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 5-9 2014
http://pomegranatefilmfestival.com/

The Pomegranate Film Festival, established in 2006 stems from the Toronto Chapter of the Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society. A group of young Armenian professionals, bound by a passion for film and culture. Now in it’s 9th year, the Pomegranate Film Festival is a unique community event celebrating Armenian inspired film.

ARPA FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 14-16 2014
www.arpafilmfestival.com

The last 17 years Arpa Film Festival continues to promote independent filmmakers, cultivating cultural understanding and global empathy in the heart of Hollywood. Through the generous support of our donors and sponsors, our yearly film festival event inspires people of all backgrounds and creates opportunities for creative expression. Arpa’s dedicated production team is committed to make a difference in fueling the global arena of independent cinema.

BEVERLY HILLS FILM FESTIVAL

April 23 – 27, 2014
www.beverlyhillsfilmfestival.com

Entering another successful year, the Beverly Hills Film Festival (BHFF) is an international competition dedicated to showcasing the art and talent of emerging filmmakers in the city globally recognized as the headquarters for VIPs to the motion picture industry.

Dedicated to independent filmmakers, the BHFF creates a wonderful screening environment allowing participants to feature their films in the highest quality venues available to consumers around the world. Professionals and industry tastemakers representing all facets of the movie industry have been spotted attending year after year.

LAS VEGAS FILM FESTIVAL

July 30th-Aug 3 2014
www.lvff.com

The Las Vegas Film Festival is a celebration of cultural discovery, community and storytelling. Connecting industry professionals with independent filmmakers from around the world, LVFF enlightens and entertains thousands of attendees while offering a creative outlet to passionate, independent storytellers. Each year, our goal is to showcase insightful documentary, short, foreign, music video and feature films from across the globe that highlight the spirit of independent filmmaking.

CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

April 2-6 2014
www.cuff.org

Founded in 1993, The Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is a year-round organization dedicated to the work of film and video makers with defiantly independent visions. Unlike many other “independent” film events our goal is not to imitate old guard, market-driven events such as Sundance but Instead to focus on the artistc, aesthetic and fun side of independent filmmaking. CUFF promotes works that dissent radically in form, content and technique from both the tired conventions of Hollywood and the increasingly stagnant IndieWood mainstream.

SEDONA VERDE VALLEY PRIDE FESTIVAL

SEPT 2014
http://www.sedonagaypride.org/

The primary purpose of the Corporation is to educate the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and general public about the history, courage, diversity, and future of the Sedona and the Verde Valley LGBT community; to increase world awareness of the LGBT community to eliminate homophobia, transphobia and discrimination; and is organized to transact any lawful business within the State of Arizona consistent with the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

AWARENESS FESTIVAL

Sept 11-21 2014
http://theawarenessfestival.wix.com/awarenessfestival

The mission of the Awareness Film Festival is bringing awareness and to open eyes to some of our world’s pressing issues: Ecological, Political, Health/Well Being and the Spirit. We showcase both Documentary and Narrative Features, as well as Short Films, Music Videos and Public Service Announcements.​ We have filmmaker Q&A’s, filmmaker Panels, as well as conscious art and music.​​​​​  Zen Den takes place with healing treatmens and classes.

FLYAWAY FILM FESTIVAL

October 23-26 2014
http://flywayfilmfestival.org

The Seventh Annual Flyway Film Festival will take place October 23-26, 2014 in Pepin & Stockholm, Wisconsin. The Flyway Film Festival was founded by Rick Vaicius in 2008 on the beautiful shores of Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River. Wildlife abounds with songbirds, tundra swans, diving ducks, dabbling ducks, bald eagles, otter, white-tailed deer, and more, all thriving along this majestic migratory route.