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 not for profit 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 theatre artists from Venice and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.
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.
Awards: Abbot Awards: "Maverick Spot Light, Awesome Feature, Amazing Documentary, Wonderful Short, Fantastic Music Video!"
Founded in 2003
PO Box 689, Venice, CA 90291
Contact: Reuben De La Casas
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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. 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 for nine years.
Doug Lewis † Consultant
In 1998 Doug was hired by Stillking Films as USA Executive Producer in charge of all USA production and marketing for feature film and commercial advertising, a position Doug held until recently. Doug also worked to incorporate production teams and managers worldwide into a Stillking network of production service companies. Offices opened during his tenure at Stillking include Milan, London, Warsaw & Krakow, Cape Town, Barcelona, Sophia, Santiago and Bratislava. Some of the people and companies Doug has worked with include, Ridley and Tony Scott, Michael Bay, Jules Daly, Scott Gardenhour, Anonymous, Partizan, Tarsem, Motion Theory, Fox Films. There are many others. Doug has been in and around the film business nearly his entire life. Doug's father was a radio/film/TV personality and his introduction to film and filmmaking was with his father in 1960 on the set of Blue Hawaii with Elvis, then later on the set of Bullitt. His first career (as a deep-sea fisherman) offered him the opportunity to make close ties with the likes of Lee Marvin, Richard Boone, Peter Lawford, and a whole gaggle of their friends. Others Doug met and befriended through his years fishing include Rupert Murdoch, Don Tyson, Prince Charles, Jack Lord, William Conrad, to name a few. One rough and drunken day on the reef in Australia, Marvin grabbed Doug's shoulder, wheeled him around and while towering over him, fairly spat out the words, "Kid, I know you got ambitions but stay away from Hollywood". Of course Hollywood is exactly where Doug ended up and where Doug has lived for the better part of thirty years.
Susanne Verdonk † Project Manager
Susanne Verdonk is the Project Manager - International Events for Webtel.mobi (Holdings) Limited, the Title Sponsor of the Other Venice Film Festival.
With a rich background in marketing and creative writing - including holding an MA in Creative Writing and Marketing - Susanne has a wealth of international experience in multiple countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, North America and Central America.
Other than liaising with the personnel of the OVFF for this year's Film Festival, Susanne also heads up the Global Marketing Event - the Webtel.mobi Intercontinental Challenge - for Webtel.mobi. In her spare time she acts as the London Correspondent for Independent Newspapers (SA) Limited, whose publications have a cumulative readership of up to 5 million.
Stuart Sterzel † Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Stuart Sterzel has for the last six years focussed on supervising the development, rollout and testing of the Webtel.mobi product and strategy, and preparing the groundwork for its global rollout. Prior to that, he conducted business in more than 30 countries in Europe, North America, the CIS and Africa - primarily in the oil and gas exploration and mining exploration sectors, as well as with state-infrastructural projects. While most of his business activities were carried out through his own companies, he has also worked with leading companies in these sectors, including Chevron, ENI Agip, Itera, Gazprom, Machinoexport, EADS, Daimler Benz Aerospace and similar multinational corporations. Stuart specialises in implementing new approaches and strategies within established sectors, geared towards improvement of productivity and reduction of cost, while maintaining or improving performance. Other than his commercial activities, his pro-bono activities have included Chairing an Humanitarian Organisation, and Chairing a military veterans organisation for retired Special Forces personnel. He also occasionally authors articles on geopolitical matters for international publication.
If I were to list all the credits of Casting Director Mary Vernieu, there wouldn't be any room left, Suffice to say that Vernieu, the casting person of choice for many of Hollywood's best directors, has done it all. Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, The Black Swan) and Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids franchise, Sin City) will not make a film if Vernieu isn't involved in the casting process, and her relationship with Oliver Stone spans the last decade and a half, beginning with Nixon in 1995. Her credits run the gamut from the indiest of Indies to major studio franchises and big budget blockbusters. She cast Billy Bob Thornton in the now cult classic, Bad Santa, and was instrumental in securing the past several year's Oscar favorite, Crazy Heart and Black Swan. She's discovered and launched the careers of many of today's important actors.
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.
Attended both Hunter College in New York City and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. For over a decade, Angel has been involved in all aspects of the film and television production industry. You may recognize her from her staring roles in Mi Vida Loca and Desperado. Her experience also includes working for FOX, Sony, Propaganda Films and the National Research Group for the film and television industries. Currently she is busy with story development, directing, and media development for Web and broadcast mediums.
The Other Venice Film Festival
Many volunteers have dedicated their time over the years to help make the Other Venice Film Festival a success. Without volunteers we would not be able to put on this festival. From taking tickets to coordinating the parking lot, to manning the bar, willing volunteers bring their passion and flexibility to help create Venice Beach's unique renegade platform for independent film.
If you are interested in helping out at this year's festival please contact us.
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