The 8th Annual AOF International Film Festival will run from August 17-25, 2012 in Monrovia, California. The festival offers a huge variety of film screenings from feature-length world premieres to short documentary films, celebrity tributes and interviews, interactive panel discussions, a screenplay competition, red carpet parties, a filmmaker reception, as well as a closing night ceremony and awards. AOF International Film Festival has been named one of Movie Maker Magazine's "Top Twenty-Five Festivals Worth the Fees," and is one of the most innovative festivals running today.
Aldrich's short documentary showcases the journey and talents of Randy Parsons, whose hand-crafted guitars stand out as works of art in an industry where major manufacturers have moved to computer-controlled mass production techniques. The days of a highly-skilled worker making an instrument from beginning to end have largely passed, but Parsons Insistence on using hand tools and traditional techniques has given him an advantage. Parsons can build anything his customers dream up, and he doesn't have to recalibrate a million dollar machine to make it happen.
"American Luthier" recounts Parsons' transformation from aspiring musician to guitar-maker. The guitar had been Parsons' identity since he was a child, but after studying classical and jazz guitar in college, he realized that he would never make a living as a musician. So he gave it up -- and then one day he had a vision of how the guitar would come back into his life. Now he's creating instruments that are highly sought after works of art by musicians such as Jack White and Jimmy Page. "This is a film about someone who gave up their passion for playing guitars and discovered that they had a passion for making guitars. I believe audiences will be inspired by Parsons' story, and by his commitment to preserve the art of making guitars." says Aldrich.
For more information about "Randy Parsons: American Luthier, visit www.americanluthier.net