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2012 marks the 15th year of VisionFest, Filmmakers Alliance annual celebration of the best that LA’s independent film community has to offer. The evening begins with the presentation of the VISION AWARD to an established filmmaker whose artistic ambition and consistent filmmaking excellence provides artistic inspiration to emerging filmmakers all around the world. Past recipients include MIke Figgis, Terry Gilliam, Wim Wenders, Allison Anders, Alexander Payne, David O. Russell, Werner Herzog, Mark and Michael Polish, Kevin Smith, Ted Hope, Nicolas Winding Refn and last year’s recipient, Christine Vachon. This year’s Vision Award recipient is Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-woon.

If you don’t know him then you certainly will very soon courtesy of Hollywood (Kim Jee-woon is currently working on his first English-language project with Arnold Schwarzenegger called “Last Stand”); you may know him from “A Tale of Two Sisters,” which Terrence Rafferty of The New York Times calls “one of the best, and most heartbreaking , weird-girl horror movies ever made.” Rafferty also states that it “is so cunningly constructed-it’s as tricky, in its way, as Alain Resnais’ ‘Last Year at Marienbad.’”

Although Kim Jee-woon’s cinema does include the shocking and horrifying, his list of credits also includes comedy, noir and even the western. “I want to work with a wide range of genres because it gives each film a different cinematic energy,” Kim states. Filmmakers Alliance and Singha are honored to be a part of his introduction to mainstream American audiences.

The presentation of awards will be followed by a program of some of the best short films produced in the previous year. This year, we opened up submissions to filmmakers nationally. Ironically, the theme that emerged from the films selected is: “THE LA LIFE!”

Each film, directly and indirectly paints a small portrait of daily life in Los Angeles. See if you recognize your own story among them. We are pleased to announce the following films:
Future Days (10:00) Directed by Clay Zimmerman
Mayfly (24:25) Directed by Aimee Graham
The Gaskettes (14:00) Directed by Jason House
Another Bullet Dodged (13:11) Directed by Landon Zakheim

Also, the program will be preceded by a special music video presentation:
A House A Home (07:00) directed by Daniel Fickle.

Egyptian Theater
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

October 31st, 2012 marks the last night of screenings for VisionFest 2012. For ticket information click here.

Mr. Singha