Striving to become one of Los Angeles’ premier art destinations, North Hollywood’s Arts District will host the Feel Good Film Festival starting Friday night.
Now in its fifth year, the film festival – in partnership with the North Hollywood Neighborhood Council – will roll out its unconventional yellow carpet outside Laemmle’s NoHo 7 Theaters and show dozens of “feel good” independent films to the public this weekend.
“I wanted the carpet to be original as a symbolic gesture of these original filmmakers taking a step toward bettering the indie film circuit content to a more happy place,” said festival founder Kristen Flores.
In the past, the festival has been held at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre and recently at Raleigh Studios. This year, Flores was given an opportunity to hold the event at the newest Laemmle theater.
“The Feel Good Film Festival is going to be one of the first film festivals to be held at this state-of-the-art theater,” she said. “We see the screenings here as a chance to be a part of history.”
The NoHo 7 Theaters were chosen as this year’s location because of theater founder Charles Laemmle and his family’s love and support of independent films, Flores said.
She added that all the films are independently funded films with no studio backing, and most are looking for investors to help distribute the movies to a larger audience.
There will be a variety of full-length features as well as shorts and student films. The offerings include “Beast Wishes,” a documentary co-produced and directed by Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger about the careers of special effects artists Bob and Kathy Burns and their love of the sci-fi genre.
“This movie is all about feeling good,” Geiger said. “We need to laugh more … We can all use a laugh once in a while.”
A special engagement film being shown at the festival is “Pad Yatra,” a documentary that follows 700 people who live in the Himalayas on their trek across their mountain range as they collect nearly half a ton of plastic litter and carry it out on their backs, triggering a green revolution across the rooftop of the world.
Director and producer Wendy Lee, 31, of Los Angeles is eagerly anticipating her first hometown film debut.
“My crew and I are excited to have home court venue,” she said. “It was mainly filmed in the Himalayas, but the blood, sweat and tears happened in L.A.”
The festival’s overall aim is to exhibit films with happier messages.
“FGFF aims to screen happy indie films with positive themes that lift energy levels of the audience members so they can bring that positivity back into the world they live in,” Flores said.
“Unfortunately the news and other outlets do not focus on the `happy’ … they are used to focusing on the fear. We at FGFF hope to give an alternate view on life in media.”
Official Site: http://fgff.org/