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Vivica A. Fox, LisaGay Hamilton, Neema Barnette & Others to be Honored at the Lady Filmmakers Festival.

Vivica A. Fox, LisaGay Hamilton, Neema Barnette & Others to be Honored at the Lady Filmmakers Festival.

This year’s 6th annual Lady Filmmakers Festival will happen this Friday through Sunday in Beverly Hills. Lady Filmmakers FESTIVAL Extraordinary Women Honorees include Vivica A. Fox, LisaGay Hamilton, Neema Barnette, and Natasha Foster-Owens, Risa Bramon Garcia. Learn more about its exciting celebrity and film lineup below and learn how you can attend by visiting the festival website
The festival will honor Natasha Foster-Owens, (Director, Production-HBO West Coast Production), with the 2014 Trailblazer Award, Actresses Vivica A. Fox and LisaGay Hamilton are in the Spotlight, Director Neema Barnette with the Moving Image Award, Risa Bramon Garcia with the Illumination Award. Ms. Foster-Owens, Ms. Garcia and Ms. Barnette speak on panels during the festival along with other distinguished industry experts in Television & Film.
 
The festival boasts 6 feature films and 42 short films with several World, US, West Coast, and LA Premieres including “NIGHT VET” starring James Cromwell, Joanna Cassidy, Larry Miller & Irma P Hall; Opening Night Film “Redemption Trail” Starring LisaGay Hamilton, Lily Rabe, Jake Weber, and Hamish Linklater; “Today’s The Day” starring Danny Devito.  Harvey Weinstein produced Operation Barn Owl.
 
Special industry speakers confirmed so far are Joyce Cox (Avatar, Dark Knight, Great Gatsby, Men In Black III), Gary Sommerstein (Entertainment Lawyer), Elizabeth Bell, Andrew Sugerman (Premonition, Conviction), Louise Levison (The Blair Witch Project), Hammad Zaidi (Lonely Seal Releasing), Gil Cates Jr (Life After Tomorrow, Lucky, Job), Pam Dixon, CSA (Zorro, City Slickers, Gosford Park), Lance Still (The Golden Compass), Neema Barnette (Women Thou Art Loosed On The 7th Day, My Super Sweet 16 The Movie),  Y. Shireen Razack (Rizzoli & Isles, Undercovers), Kerry Barden, CSA (Boys Don’t Cry, American Psycho), Natasha Foster-Owens (Director, Production-HBO West Coast Production), Sandra Avila (President of Avila Entertainment), Risa Bramon Garcia (Masters Of Sex, Twister, Speed).
 
This year the festival will screen films from all over the world including the Czech Republic, India, Syria, UK, New Zealand, Sweden and Germany.  2009 – 2013 selected films were made by or showcased up-and-coming as well as celebrity filmmakers and actors including Courteney Cox, Laura Dern, Rita Wilson, Anna Paquin, Sharon Stone, Maria Bello, Olivia Wilde, Chris Evans, Bryce Dallas Howard, Danny Glover, Glenn Close, James Brolin, John Mahoney, Lilli Taylor, Barrie Osborne, David Lynch, Clancy Brown, Mel Rodriguez and Stephen Gyllenhaal, just to name a few…. Regardless of the films selected, one thing is certain — this festival will highlight a variety of cultures and worldviews. 
  
“Lady Filmmakers is a festival where people of diverse backgrounds converge with common interests and goals. It’s a Film Festival that recognizes and celebrates the tremendous contribution of women to film and the importance in the collaborative spirit amongst men and women,” says DiSalvo Viayra. One goal of the festival is to screen entertaining independent US and international films to show people that they can enjoy Indie films just as much as the big blockbusters. The fest promotes artists and musicians, recognizes and empowers lady filmmakers, artists, and musicians from all ethnic, religious, and LGBT communities. To qualify for the festival, films must have at least one woman in the role of writer, director, cinematographer, producer, editor, or production designer. . 
 
For more information on the Lady Filmmakers Film Festival, bios on the festival organizers, instructions for submitting films or to become a sponsor of the festival, please visit our website.

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