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 filmfesttwainharte.com!
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
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.
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!
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.
UPDATE: ITSA Film Festival will now include opening night events at the Sonora Opera Hall.
From the website:
Come out and enjoy the finest short films and animations in the beautiful historic town of Groveland, California, just 25 miles from Yosemite National Park. Each year in October in the goldrush mountain town of Groveland, the ITSA Film Festival comes to life.
This years festival is tentatively on September 30 – October 1, 2011.
Film enthusiasts embark on this cerebral event to discover talent, imagination and have a good time.
The ITSA Film Festival is not just any film festival. It’s about discovering the gold or in this case, ‘the stars’ not only on film but behind the camera. We work hard in bringing quality short films and animations that everyone can enjoy. Our inaugural year in October 2010 brought “The Endgame Study” by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Lance Mazmanian, “The Assembly Line” by Bay Area filmmaker Matthew Vanderzee as well as some shorts by brothers, James and David Codeglia of Ghostlight Studios.
While we are awarding “Best of Show” in several film categories, we take great pride in not becoming about the competition, but about celebrating some of the best short films and animations in the world.
So whether you’re submitting one of your own films or coming out and just screening, there’s something that is sure to appeal to everyone.