|Windy West, Ann Cabano, Sandy Penny, Angela Friis|
This was a crazy cool event! Many of the night's short films left you shaking your head and pondering the what ifs. I mean really? Who would ever think of seeing the world through the perspective of a mattress? Things that make you say 'hmmm'.
The event raised awareness for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and bullying within our communities.
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Here's some faces you may recognize on the red carpet.
Adam Ruiz who's film Terminus won Best of Fest at
2015 IndieAZ Fest.
Tonight he is showing Kill Waiting.
Gotta grab those red carpet shots!
Celebrity guest speaker Charlotte Helmkamp (former Playboy model/actor/author) knows all too well on the perils of being a survivor of abuse.
Her story is REAL and one you should check out. She is ah-ma-zing!
The wildly unprecedented producer Rob Rutledge himself was also in attendance.
Rob's energy is so
contagious you just can't help wanting to get a wee bit closer to him. I don't think his brain ever shuts down. MAD MAD MAD talent right here.
Byron Cherry best known for playing Coy Duke on the Dukes of Hazzard in the early 80's joined the party and even brought the famous General Lee with
him. I was all giddy especially when he let me get inside...yikes!
Author and radio personality Robin Cote earned the Rose Award for her journey of survivalship, strength and being an inspiration to us all.
Her story 'My Life, Victim No More! The Ugly Truth Exposed' is an experience that is of great magnitude. Congratulations Robin!
Star Worldwide Network Owner Dave Pratt was in the house. You know him best as big time radio personality for 3 decades now.
Now let's get to the real reason we are here. The event's lineup in show order are listed:
The Woman Of The Mountain
Director - Ryan Johnston
Producer - Aaron Alysworth
Written by - Will Hirsch
Director/Writer - Anna Augustowska
A Thousand Words
Director - Jacob Glass
Lay It On Me
Director/Writer - Michelle Larkin
Pop Quiz (Scottsdale Short Film Festival Winner)
Director - Josh Salazar
Producer - Robyn Sturgis
Director - Nate Doane
Director - Dana Bruhn
Director - Chuck Sterling
Director - Aaron Seever
Director - Adam Ruiz
Between You & Me
Director/Writer - Edgar Ybarra
After the viewing, the powers that be got together and tallied everything up. Time to mingle!
red carpet fun!
And the winner is....
BEST OF CAST - The Woman of the Mountain
BEST OF CREW - Temporary
BEST OF THESP - Between You & Me
BEST OF CRAFT - The Woman of the Mountain
BEST OF FEST - Between You & Me
AUDIENCE CHOICE - Between You & Me
And there you have it. It was a spectacular night.
A big thank you to Ann Cabano and Angela Friis who are the co-founders and owners of IndieAZ Fest and Sandy Penny and the ever lovely Windy West (the executive partners) for giving us this fabulous affair casting a bright sunshine-filled light on the film industry in Arizona.
There is a tremendous amount of artistic talent in the valley that need a platform to be heard or in this case seen. Can't wait to see what the 2017 IndieAZ Festival has in store. Thank you ladies!
|Eva Louis(l) and Jane Fendelman|