Other Venice Film Festival

About The Other Venice Film Festival

{$row[ ABOUT THE OTHER VENICE FILM FESTIVAL Venice, CA has always been an epicenter for LA artists and filmmakers who continue to pave the way toward expanding the language of underground, alternative cinema. The Other Venice Film Festival bridges the community of Venice and that of greater Los Angeles together in a competitive, fun-filled weekend of movies and mayhem.

The Other Venice Film festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, the OVFF seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theater artists from Venice and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.

Festival Overview: Many historians suggest that film making in Los Angeles was born in Venice, with Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, The Keystone Cops and the Little Rascals all shooting in studios and locations here. Join the festival that celebrates the original 'Hollywood' and local filmmaking greats like Roger Corman and James Cameron that base their studios in Venice. Venice Beach is still home to many industry businesses, including production, casting, sound, special effects and post houses.

The Other Venice Film Festival is named that way because there already is a Venice Film Festival - in Venice, Italy. Our festival is produced by a core team of professionals, awesome volunteers and strong community support.

Other Venice Film Festival
PO Box 689 Venice, CA 90291
Contact: Reuben De La Casas
Email: ruby@othervenicefilmfestival.com Venue: Beyond Baroque 681 Venice Blvd Venice Ca,90291

Thomas Simon, Festival Director and previous Abbot Award Winner at OVFF


Before the pandemic, Simon toured repeatedly in the USA, South America and Europe; he created the soundtrack to the feature film "Exit 0", starring Peter Greene (Pulp Fiction) and Federico Castelluccio (The Sopranos); released his latest short film "A Chance" and is collaborating with Joao Milet Meirelles, Brazilian electronic musician extraordinaire (Baiana System) on a new project "Sonar Atmosfera". An album was released in 2020 and they are now performing a weekly session, playing together apart, simultaneously live streaming from Salvador, Brazil and NYC on Twitch and YouTube. More film works are currently in pre-production.
Born in Europe, he also toured world wide with alternative rock bands Love Alien, Musiciens Sans Frontieres and Thomas Simon Vortex.
Simon has been commissioned to created music for Film, TV and Theater and worked as director of photography, editor, producer and director on narrative f,lms, documentaries, activist & educational programs as well as high profile live events. His award winning soundtrack works showcase his unique ability to connect space with rhythms, creating intense dynamics to tell a story.

Christopher D. Hall
Resident Artist
His Professional Career as a Graphic and fine artist includes: Product illustration and creative layouts for Sears, May Company, Lucas Oil, McDonalds and Netflix.
Christopher also worked as a consultant for Disney Entertainment Arts.
Chris has been the resident artist for the Other Venice Film Festival since 2007.

Reuben De La Casas (Festival Founder)

Ruby is the producer of Ruby Tuesdays - a multifaceted Variety show that has captivated the attention of L.A. which for three years has been an extremely successful monthly feature at Slave Salon Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice Ca. Ruby Tuesdays has been featured in the Los Angeles Times" Taking Hairdressing beyond Hairdressing", Canadian City TV, The Argonaut where Ruby was named the" Ed Sullivan of Venice". Ruby has been at the vanguard of hair design in Los Angeles for over 25 years and has been Festival Director & Producer for 12years Reuben has lived in Venice for 20 Years He assisted in planting the palm trees on Abbot Kinney Blvd,Lead on Petition for parking on Electric Ave, assisted Petition for change from West Washington Blvd to Abbot Kinney,Member of the Abbot Kinney Association 1995-2004 & Programmed the Venice Disasters Awarest for the City Of Los Angeles 2001-2004. He has been awarded accommodation twice 2003/2005 by the City of Los Angeles for Community Service in Venice & Owner of Master Hair Designer.Com

David Kadison - Website

David is a Freelance internet consultant/designer. AJAX, javascript, mySql, php, css, Photoshop, Illustrator and linux server/lamp .

Also a USCG Captains license Merchant Mariner Credential as a Master of Steam, Motor and Auxiliary Sail Vessels.

Gary Ellenberg Co-Founder

Gary received his B.A. in drama at the University of California at Berkeley and earned his MA in Directing at the American Film Institute. His thesis film NO QUARTER competed in over 20 national and international film festivals. Gary went on to write and direct the feature GRINDERS as well as TED, an explosive comedy about the Unabomber. TED garnered six festival awards including Audience Choice at the San Francisco Indie Film Festival. Gary has also worked in TV production for the WB and directed corporate videos for clients including Warner Bros. Music and Nestle Crunch Hot Shots basketball camp with Shaquille O'Neal. Gary is the author of EXEUNT, A PLAY WITH ACTORS and co-author of WHO'S AFRAID OF UTA HAGEN. He is also Co-Founder and Programming Director for The Other Venice Film Festival. A small production crew unto himself, he shoots music videos, fashion shoots, industrials, B-Roll, commercials and Promotional Videos. He is currently shooting, editing Webcasts for Fox All Access. Itchy Yellow House is a production company that Gary founded in 1990 with the controversial production of Jean Genet's DEATHWATCH at the now defunct Al's Bar downtown, in which women were cast in the male roles.

AJ Peralta Co-Founder

Creative executive with success building high-growth & revenue-driven businesses at the intersection of consumers, media & technologies. Three consumer & B2B Internet ventures I've co-founded have been acquired. I generally focus on company building, product innovation, business strategy & market development. I'm a strategic thinker, influences & maker. I constantly find novel & fresh ways to do things. I'm a full stack worker constantly educating & improving myself across a range of disciplines. People turn to me to help them figure out how to get things done. I'm constantly pulling my team into the future & helping them make better decisions today. I work tirelessly to transform ideas into reality through teamwork, intellectual & commitment. I've worked extensively in content development, distribution and monetization. Plus I have strong experience in employing big data to generate opportunities, particularly in exploiting the social graph for user acquisition, creating communities, launching brands, & growing revenues. I've developed award-winning products and services across multi-platform systems including mobile, web, commerce, social gaming, video, cable TV, & film. Over the years I've developed significant projects with brands including Coca-Cola, Toyota, Scion, Time-Warner, MTV & Bank America. I've also exclusively partnered with superstars such as Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Will Smith to monetize their content, build social strategies, & create very profitable ecommerce businesses.

David Kadison - Website

Freelance internet consultant/designer. AJAX, javascript, mySql, php, css, Photoshop, Illustrator and linux server/lamp . USCG Captains license Merchant Mariner Credential as a Master of Steam, Motor and Auxiliary Sail Vessels.