The Zed Fest Film Festival and Screenplay Competition was founded in 2010 by Wendy Medrano and Ed Stephens to support and showcase independent filmmaking, and the 2015 version begins tomorrow, November 5th. If you live in or near Los Angeles and are a fan of indie films, this is one event you don’t want to miss!
About Zed Fest:
You’ve heard of “B-Movies,” right? The low-budget second movie in a double feature. Movies that were bad… or so bad they’re good. Movies that demand multiple viewings and you can’t help but quote. You’ve probably have never heard of “Z-Movies,” have you? The Z-Movies (or, as we like to call them, “Zed-Flicks”) were usually independent micro-budget productions with unknown cast members made by filmmakers who had dedication to complete their films. They were the early incarnation of grindhouse and drive-in flicks. Actually, many of what are considered old B-Movies today were actually “Z’s” back when they first came out. In our opinion the “Z’s” are better.
Zed Fest runs November 5-8, 2015. It kicks off at Laemmle’s NoHo 7 in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood, followed by three nights at The Missing Piece Theater, 2811 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank, California.
Following are the highlights; be sure to visit ZedFest.org for the full details.
***Opening Night – Thursday, November 5, 2015 – Double Feature from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am***
Laemmle NoHo 7, NoHo Arts District
5240 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
World Premiere of One Smart Fellow (44 min)
Directed by Timothy Busfield
Starring Timothy Busfield, Melissa Gilbert, Laura Innes, Belle Shouse
While on a weekend vacation at a beautiful beach house on the coast of North Carolina, a not so smart fellow decides to turn his family’s life upside down. Clark; his wife, Ellen; and their daughter, Maddie, experience an event that will change their lives forever. Shot in one day, this film is a true actor’s showcase.
US Premiere of Scrawl (82 min)
Directed by Peter Hearn
Starring Daisy Ridley
A boy writes a comic book with his best friend and finds situations depicted in the comic book coming to life. Along with the appearance of a mysterious girl, the boy is forced to face the reality of what he has written and begins a battle to attempt to rewrite death.
Shorts to be screened include:
Dark Corners Horror Anthology – Premiere
Starring Lindsay Seim, Robert Michael Ryan, Sarah Nicklin
Directors: Cuyle Carvin, Lindsay Seim, Robert Michael Ryan
The Balcony – Premiere
Starring Kathy Christopherson, David Dastmalchian, Shannon McKinnon,Chris Stone
Director: Mike L. Taylor
Starring Eddie Deezen, Doris Morgado, Gerald Dewey, Swisyzinna
Director: James Politano
Other features include:
Starring Jessica Zwolak, Debbie Rochon, Brooke Lewis
Director: Gregory Lamberson
Caesar & Otto’s Paranormal Halloween (with Yummy Meat: A Halloween Carol Short Film)
Late night movie block on Friday, November 6th
Zed Fest Film Festival Presents Women in Film Q&A Featuring Haven Nutt and Tim Sullivan
Saturday, November 7th (6:40 pm)
Rod Serling Tribute
Saturday, November 7th (10:20 pm)