Beverly Hills Film Festival May 8-12


The 13th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival starts tonight Wed, May 8 and runs thru Sun, May 12. Tonight’s feature film Past God is already sold out, but you can still catch these other great films and don’t miss the after-party on Fri, May 10!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8


Past God – SOLD OUT
Raised in a strict religious family by his Pastor father, JAMES GRANT moved to Hollywood for the ultimate dream of rock stardom. After falling deep into an abyss of drugs and recklessness, James learns the devastating news that his sister has committed suicide. Upset and still under the influence, he tries to piece together her possible mindset which leads him down a dark path of life altering decisions. As James navigates his newly created world of high-stakes danger and hidden agendas from everyone he meets, flashes of the past begin consuming his fragile mind. What could have been?

THURSDAY, MAY 9


The Will Of Victory (A Doc Opera)
War is bad but Robert A. Ferretti unlocks the horror and brings a palpable sounding-rod to history and to humanity THE WILL of VICTORY (A Doc Opera)

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In this film the never-before-seen colored 400 hours of German and Russian footage and musicality become symbiotic story-telling that wraps the audience, opening with the fruitful, joyous lives of the Russian people and takes you onward to the pathos of buildings exploding, culture demolished and human lives blow out beneath a wintry shadow. 

The music seamlessly parades itself through joy, loss, tragedy, then swings the audience back to strength and joy, all with the most beautiful Russian music and pounding German ballads, which create a softening backdrop to the horror the human eye is viewing on the “Big Screen.” This is not a film for the squeamish or children, the film show’s death in its darkest hours. But it is a film that begs to be seen.


Lost on Purpose (*I’ve read a lot of rave reviews on this film!)
A third generation farmer, fueled by gin and her sheer determination, operates her dairy farm outside the region’s domineering co-ops. To help keep the place afloat, she’s employed five renegade ranch hands who have opted to put a pin in responsibility and stretch out the party as long as possible. With the dairy farm reporting its third straight deficit year, it soon attracts some unwanted attention from the owner of the area’s largest co-op, pushing to buy her out and starting a feud between the two in the process.

Wampler’s Ascent
Steve Wampler, a man with severe form of cerebral palsy ascends the biggest rock face in the world, El Captain in Yosemite National Park. 20,000 pull-ups, 5 nights 6 days on the sheer face of the mountain and, with only the use of one limb, this is a story of terror and triumph. Steve Wampler’s story is a American feel-good tale which will leave the viewer inspired and happy.

FRIDAY, MAY 10


Paper
Mashka, a Russian girl in search of the American dream, escapes her life in a Brooklyn massage parlor only to find herself alone in Venice Beach without money or a passport. A chain of fateful events forces her into an agonizing decision. What would you do for Paper?


Love Comes After
In this romantic tragedy, love drama, three stories are interwoven with characters that are trying to solve their emotional problems and unresolved relationships from the past during one night. Each of the characters survive his loneliness with others.


Rouge Sang (The Storm Within)
On New Year’s Eve 1799, Esperance with her three young children anxiously await the return of her husband. But a snowstorm is brewing. As it builds in intensity, someone finally knocks on the door… but it’s not who she expected. Five British soldiers invade her home to take cover from the blizzard..As the night progresses, so does the tension in the small cabin in the woods. Horrific acts are committed and blood is spilled in the name of revenge. As the victim becomes the aggressor, one quickly understands that there is no place for mercy in hell.


Jew
This film explores the difficult reality of hate crimes that people still face today. Jew, is about the infiltration of Anti-Semitism on an Orthodox Jewish family and a young man’s, struggle to victory over hate and oppression. The main character digs deep within himself, and his faith, for incredible physical and emotional strength. We learn that change starts, with one person’s choice.


A Thousand Kisses Deep
An unsettling drama that cinematically captures and recreates the psycho-analytic experience. Mia’s (Jodie Whittaker) life is turned upside down when she is forced to open a box of her dead mother’s effects. Returning home she witnesses an older woman leap to her death from a window of her apartment block. Scattered around the body she finds photographs of her former lover (Dougray Scott). She confronts Max (David Warner), the ageless janitor, who reluctantly allows her into the woman’s flat. Inside Mia recognizes more personal and familiar items. Hurtling back to her flat, she comes face to face with the man she has tried to erase from her past to safeguard her future and redress a terrible secret.


FILM FESTIVAL AFTER-PARTY – Festival pass or $15 to attend, 21+.
FRIDAY, MAY 10TH
10 P.M. The Official After Party for the 13th Annual International Beverly Hills Film Festival (BHFF) at Level 3 In the Highlands. Red Carpet Party Hosted by Brazilian Dancer Daniela Brazil Production and Events. Performance by Oya Brazil Samba Show. Red Carpet Interviews by Steve Nave and Raven NationCelebrities expected: Catherine Lee Scott (Dark Shawdows & The Great Gatsby); Edward Furlong Paul Duley (Walter, Hot In Cleaveland, Criminal Minds); #1 Los Angeles ReverbNation Singer/Songwriter Di Lee; Film Festival entrants: “A Thousand Kisses Deep Cast”: Director Diana Lustig; Actors: Dougray Scott (Dr. Who, My Week with Marilyn, Ian Hainsworth on Desperate Housewives, M: I-2); Jodie Whittaker (Attack Block, One Day, St. Trinian’s School for Girls); Emilia Fox, David Warner (Sweeny Todd, Planet of the Apes, Titanic, The Omen), Allan Corduner (Da Vinci’s Demons, Gladiator); Matthew Kevin Anderson (Trick or Treat, Rage of the Yeti) and Elena Talan from the Movie “Paper”, The Cast from the movies: “Rouge Sang”,“Jew”, “The Coffers”, “Loves Comes After” and others slated to be at the Film Festival opening night will be invited. Press check in 9:30. Location: Level 3 at 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Suite 367, Hollywood, CA 90028. Publicist in charge of this After Party Only: Contact Monica Wild wildeaglepr@hotmail.com 818-679-9088.

SATURDAY, MAY 11


Gawah”Gawah” captures the pains of time by taking you into the grieving minds of victims who have gone through the aftermath traversing from the 1947 India-Pakistan Partition to the Mumbai terrorist attacks of 26/11 in 2008 and the July 13th serial blasts that took place in Mumbai in 2011.


Jihad in America: The Grand Deception
It is a threat that is right in front of us — just below the surface and hidden in plain sight. “Jihad in America: The Grand Deception” exposes the history and structure of the subversive menace behind the public mask — The Muslim Brotherhood in America. This investigative documentary exposes how Muslim Brotherhood-linked leaders rose to prominence right here in the United States, and how they exploit American values under the cover of religion for their ulterior political agenda.


The Missing Piece
THE MISSING PIECE is the story of the greatest little-known art theft of all time, committed by the most unlikely thief. And no one knows why he really did it — until now. More than 100 years after the theft, writer/director Joe Medeiros finds the real reason Vincenzo Peruggia stole the famous masterpiece from the Louvre — a reason even Peruggia’s only daughter didn’t know.
http://vimeo.com/60874658


Yellow Kid
Rookie boxer Tamura has a lot to be angry and frustrated about in his life. Things change when he’s approached at the gym by the artist Hattori, who wants to use him as the new model for the manga character Yellow Kid. What makes the proposition intriguing for Tamura is that the other character model is Mikuni Tokio, the man who inspired him to take up boxing. Mikuni now lives as a virtual recluse in what seems to be a very fraught relationship with his girlfriend Mana, pregnant, who used to be in a relationship with the artist Hattori.

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