3rd Annual Reel Independent Film Extravaganza Returns To Washington, Dc For A Week Long Engagement

Presenting Critically-Acclaimed Works From Over the Globe Such as 'Wolf,' 'Give Up Tomorrow' and 'Oxygen for the Ears: Living Jazz'
 
Sept. 26, 2012 - PRLog -- Washington, DC – The 3rd Annual Reel Independent Film Extravaganza (RIFE2012 @ West End Cinema) will take place at West End Cinema in Washington, D.C. October 12 – 18.  RIFE2012 will feature film screenings, spotlight selections, networking events and award ceremonies honoring critically acclaimed works from all over the world.

The Reel Independent Film Extravaganza will celebrate both emerging and experienced filmmakers, independent films and entertainment industry professionals.  The week-long celebration will feature films hailing from the USA, France, Portugal, Israel, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom and Canada.

Featured films include (Partial List)  |  **Visit the website for the complete film schedule www.ReelIndependentFilm.com**

   Wolf | A critically acclaimed film concerning a young man’s struggle with the church and sexual abuse.
   Oxygen for the Ears: Living Jazz | A documentary highlighting the ups and downs of District jazz.
   Give Up Tomorrow | A documentary about the Filipino judicial system during a controversial murder case.
   The Hidden Hand | An award-winning documentary examining truth behind extra-terrestrial life.
   Married in Spandex | A comedy examining a young lesbian couple on a cross-country journey to marriage.
   The Invisible Men | An untold side of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Gay Palestinians -- Louie, Abdu and Fares -- are hiding in Tel Aviv, and until they escape, they must remain 'the invisible men.'
   The Three Way | Mike arrives home to discover his girlfriend, Tasha, is back early. Chaos erupts when Tasha discovers some condoms and a love note in Mike's jacket. Mike insists it’s all a misunderstanding until an unexpected male friend arrives at the front door.
   The Cardboard Bernini | This film follows Jimmy's journey, as he questions life's fragility and the artistic process.
   Theresa Sareo: Alive Again | The inspirational true story of singer/songwriter Theresa Sareo whose life was forever changed when an impaired driver of an SUV caused the loss of her entire right leg on a Manhattan street corner.
   Written In Ink | Written in Ink is a documentary about hope. The compelling story of a man trying to get back in touch with his sister after they haven't had any contact for 14 years.

Throughout the weekend the RIFE2012 Spotlight Selection will be presented.  These exceptional films include Oxygen for the Ears: Living Jazz, directed by Stefan Immler.  The screening will precede an opening night after-party at historic Georgetown’s MOCA DC Art Gallery featuring a live performance by the Anthony Parker Jazz Trio.  The critically acclaimed Wolf will be our centerpiece film.  The director, Ya’Ke Smith and producer, Ralph Lopez will be in attendance for a Q&A session following the screening moderated by Anacostia creator Anthony Anderson.  Director Michael Collins and producer Marty Syjuco will be in attendance for the screening of the award winning documentary Give Up Tomorrow with a special guest moderator to be announced.  

The RIFE2012 Awards Ceremony will take place Sunday, October 14 from 11:00am – 1:00pm where filmmakers will be honored for their submitted films. The Three Way will also be screened Sunday with a Q&A following the screening moderated by Cherie Moody with the director Julian Renner and cast.  Theresa Sareo will be in attendance for the Monday, October 15 screening of Theresa Sareo: Alive Again hosted and moderated by Women In Film and Video.  Renowned artist James Grashow will be in attendance along with The Cardboard Bernini director Olympia Stone for a live Q&A focusing on the context of the intimate and thought provoking documentary.  

“More than a festival,” an event created BY filmmakers FOR filmmakers.”  Founder of the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza Spencer F. Johnson is pleased to present the continuous growth in its third year and is looking forward to a successful week-long extravaganza.  

Presented by Spencer F. Johnson and Skyrocket Productions, LLC.  Sponsors include Ciscovaras Films, Indie Capitol, MelDonna Productions and Platinum Image Ent Group.

The event is accessible by metro and located at the Foggy Bottom|GWU metro stop.  To purchase tickets, view complete film schedule or for any other information please visit www.ReelIndependentFilm.com.

WHAT:    RIFE2012 @ West End Cinema

WHEN:   Friday | October 12 – Thursday | October 18

WHERE:   West End Cinema | 2301 M St. NW | Washington, D.C.

RIFE 2012 Ticket Information  

   $11 | Individual Movie Pass | Purchase on www.WestEndCinema.com  **Student & Senior discounts available**
   $35 | Weekend Movie Pass | Purchase on www.ReelIndependentFilm.com
   $75 | Weeklong Movie Pass | Purchase on www.ReelIndependentFilm.com


ABOUT THE REEL INDEPENDENT FILM EXTRAVAGANZA

The 3rd Annual Reel Independent Film Extravaganza (RIFE) is an event created BY filmmakers FOR filmmakers which takes place October 12 – 18, 2012 at West End Cinemas in the M St Georgetown sector of Washington, DC. The event, presented by Skyrocket Productions, will highlight the talents of local, national and international filmmakers, offering a diverse program and fosters public awareness of independent cinema as a cultural and educational asset.  The RIFE aims to promote and support the artistry of independent cinema from emerging filmmakers of all genres.  The festival is seeking films that are engaging and innovative, reflecting a distinctive vision and independent spirit.  A portion of the proceeds from the film festival will benefit breast cancer awareness in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October.  

ABOUT WEST END CINEMA

We. Love. Movies. We love them. From summer blockbusters to offbeat indie dramas, we want to see them all. But here in Washington, we realize that all those art house, off-the-beaten-path kinds of films can be hard to find. The reason for this is simple: there just aren't enough art house, off-the-beaten path kinds of theaters to show them. That's where we come in. We rallied a team of dedicated film buffs around us, found a deserted theater just begging for a makeover, and brought West End Cinema to life. We show independent, foreign, and documentary films, especially ones that we feel offer new intellectual and cultural perspectives to our audience.

The films themselves are obviously the point, here, but as we all know, great amenities can really be the cherry on top of your Sunday night at the cinema… or better yet, the olive in your martini. West End Cinema offers a full bar and a wide range of concessions, from popcorn to baklava to gourmet sandwiches. And yes, yes, we also have candy.

So, there you have it. Friends, fellow film buffs, random passersby, join us. Make West End Cinema your bridge to the wide world of film, a gathering place for the entire DC film community, a major patch in the cultural fabric of our nation's capital… or just come see a movie some time.

After all, there are a million stories out there, and we want to tell them all.
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