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Showgirls Actress Rena Riffel Debuts Avant-Garde Film Festival
Rena Riffel's "Concrete Dream Film Festival" will show International cinema unknown to Hollywood at the Revive Theatre & AC Gallery in the heart of Hollywood
By: Matts Marketing
"I started to see some of the formulas in Hollywood as being unhealthy both on set and in their final product, and I was disillusioned by what I was going along with. I directed my film ASTRID'S SELF PORTRAIT, and it opened a portal of discovery where I went deeper into avant-garde film making. I wasn't sure I would even get one submission but launched it regardless. I was completely blown away when one after another brilliant works of art kept rolling in from all over the world, and it became clear that what I am doing is needed in the entertainment business" states founder Rena Riffel.
Riffel watched 4 months of film searching for minimalism, atmosphere, and execution that would match her vision of what the film festival represents. Riffel chose winners for Experimental, LGBTQ, and Arthouse. Filmmakers will be in attendance and has struck a book deal with AC Gallery to create a festival limited edition coffee table book. There will be a special Philippe Mora Award presented to one film for excellence; by world renowned director Philippe Mora (COMMUNION, MAD DOG MORGAN, SWASTIKA). Mora who broke barriers of bringing avant-garde to Hollywood states, "I was delighted to help Rena with her championship of local and international artistic and cutting edge cinema. The population of Hollywood has exploded squeezing artists into impossible gates. For some Hollywood actors, writers, directors, producers and composers many formulaic, cliche ridden studio green-lit movies are creative harakiri, psychic suicide, reactionary and boring. This festival may well be oxygen for depressed talent and audiences in these Orwellian times."
Concrete Dream Film Festival will premier 15 Winning Films June 9, 2018 at the Revive Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Following with an Awards Gala hosted by AC Gallery in Hollywood, June 10, 2018 which will include the book signing for attendees, plus June 11-16 continued screenings of both the Official Selection and Winners.
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ABOUT RENA RIFFEL
Rena Riffel is best known for her acting roles in the classic films, SHOWGIRLS directed by Paul Verhoeven, and David Lynch's Oscar Nominated masterpiece MULHOLLAND DR. She has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, LAND'S END starring with Bryan Cranston, THE PRETENDER, STRIPTEASE, to name only a few of her long list of credits. In the horror genre, Rena played a role in CANDYMAN 3: DAY OF THE DEAD. After a few art house screenings and well received critically acclaimed directorial debuts, Rena added Director to her resume. Her take on SHOWGIRLS parody sequel, SHOWGIRLS 2: THE CUT garnered attention from Whoopi Goldberg on "The View", and created a loyal following of its own. Rena also starred in music videos and in a Jimmy Kimmel LIVE appearance for Coheed & Cambria. Her GOT MILK campaign as a Mom was showcased all over the US in Billboards and Library text book covers. Her newest feature film as writer/director, ASTRID'S SELF PORTRAIT, is a Hitchcockian thriller and mystery about a woman who is an avant garde filmmaker.
Concrete Dream Film Festival
Concrete Dream Film Festival