ITSA Film Festival workshop lineup finalized

Sept 30 - Oct 1

The ITSA Film Festival is coming to Sonora & Groveland, CA on Sept 30-Oct 1, featuring short films from around the world and workshops for current and aspiring filmmakers. Workshops are FREE to anyone attending the film festival. Tickets to the festival start at just $25 and can be purchased online, in Downtown Sonora at The Candy Vault and Swank Boutique, or in Groveland at Hotel Charlotte.

Here’s the current lineup of workshops:

Friday, September 30

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Documentary Workshop
Instructor: Kevin Fox
This workshop concentrates on how to create a documentary the down and dirty way. For photographers, beginning and intermediate filmmakers.
Location: Historic Sonora Opera Hall

Saturday, October 1

10 AM – 12:30 PM
Kids on Camera! Kids Acting for Television (reservation req’d) 
Workshop A – students pick up tix at door
Instructor: Judy Berlin
Location: Sonora Inn Banquet Room

10 AM – 11:30 PM
Learn How to Maximize Your Film Audition Results!
Instructor: Joie Landeaux
Location: Stage 3 Great Room

12 PM – 1:30 PM
How to Get Your Indie Film Sold
Instructor: Leonard Pirkle and Derek Zemrak
Location: Stage 3 Great Room

1:30 PM – 4 PM
Kids on Camera! Kids Acting for Television (reservation req’d)
Workshop B – students pick up tix at door
Instructor: Judy Berlin
Location: Sonora Inn Banquet Room

4:30 PM– 6:00 PM
Stunts for Movies & Television
Instructor: Mike Martinez
Location: Sonora Inn Banquet Room

Loren Janes to host “Making of ‘How The West Was Won’” at Twain Harte Film Fest

A late add to the Twain Harte Film Festival: Legendary Stuntman Loren Janes will host a screening of The Making of ‘How The West Was Won’, a classic film with some spectacular stunts by Janes. Join him early Saturday morning at 8:45am at the Twain Harte Golf Course. Tickets and more information at!

Legendary Stuntman and Steve McQueen double Loren Janes at Twain Harte Film Festival

This is a huge deal for me. Loren Janes is one of the great stuntmen in Hollywood history. I’ve seen him speak at the Lone Pine Film Festival and manage stunt demonstrations. He is best known as being Steve McQueen’s body double and performing some of the most demanding stunt scenes in history.

From IMDb: “One of the key figures in the development of modern cinematic stunt design, improved safety procedures and co-founder of the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures & Television, Loren Janes ranks alongside Dar Robinson, Hal Needham and Yakima Canutt for his contributions to movie stunt work. James has lent his athletic skills to many amazing stunt sequences in over 130 feature films, and has doubled for some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Jack Nicholson and even Debbie Reynolds in a career spanning nearly half a century. He has contributed his talents to such spectacular films as The Ten Commandments (1956), Spartacus (1960), The Magnificent Seven (1960), Planet of the Apes (1968), The Towering Inferno (1974) and Beverly Hills Cop (1984). ”

Recently Janes consulted on the Spiderman films. Janes was a big supporter of our past event, the Wild West Film Festival, and even did a stunt demonstration for the Connections Academy kids in recent years.

Find out more about his appearance and see a clip of Janes discussing his good friend Steve McQueen at the Twain Harte Film Festival website

ITSA Film Festival add local favorite Mike Moroff

Moroff as Pancho Villa in Young Indiana Jones

Mike Moroff has been featured in over 80 films and television series including From Dusk Till Dawn, Desperado, La Bamba and Robocop. He was also a regular at the Wild West Film Festival — if we’re lucky he will even sing La Bamba!

Mike is currently producing 4 major films– and one of them stars Javier Bardem! Come see him in person at the ITSA Film Festival on September 30th – October 1st.


Tickets and more information

Mike Moroff’s website and artwork

Twain Harte Film Fest adds Back to the Future’s Weissman to slate of guests

Actor Jeffrey Weissman played George McFly in Back to the Future's II and III

Twain Harte, a quintessential mountain town in the heart of California’s historic gold country, is hosting an INAUGURAL INDEPENDENT / INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL on September 9th- 11th. A list of films to be screened has just been released, along with a guest list that includes actors Jeffrey Weissman (George McFly from Back to the Future III), Jack McGee (Drive Angry, The Fighter, Crash, 21) and Richard Riehle (Bridesmaids, Office Space, Glory). Check the site for times, venues, and tickets!

2011 ECA Films to Screen at ITSA Film Fest

Sept 30 - Oct 1

ITSA Film Festival is receiving eight honored films from the 2011 Emerging Cinematographer Awards, including one called “Not Your Time”, starring Jason Alexander (George from Seinfeld). ITSA is presenting these films just five days after their première at the Director’s Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles. This is a huge honor as ITSA film festival attendees will see these films even before the DGA’s own New York event. The films will be screened at ITSA’s Opening Night Gala, September 30th at the Sonora Opera Hall.