23RD ANNUAL

PLAYHOUSE WEST

AUGUST 26, 27, 28 2022

FILM FESTIVAL

ABOUT

The Playhouse West Film Festival screens films which involve their current or former members. All films must either have a Playhouse West member in a leading or primary supporting acting role, or as the director, writer or producer.

 

The annual Playhouse West film festival is a three day event at the historic El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, CA, showcasing the filmmaking and acting talents of the Playhouse West students, both former and current. As a Meisner-based acting school (Sanford Meisner taught there late in his teacher career), Playhouse West is the only acting school which not only inspires its acting students to take control of their careers by making their own projects, it hosts a top notch festival where they can show off their work.

The Playhouse West Film Festival is sponsored by the Playhouse West Arts Foundation, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization dedicated to the inspiration, education and development of motion picture and theater artists of independent vision, and to the exhibition of their work. By sponsoring programs such as the Playhouse West Film Festival, we can also educate the public about the art of filmmaking, and introduce them to the work of aspiring new film artists of the future.

The Playhouse West Film Festival is well-known as one of the most positive, filmmaker-friendly festivals in the country. Each year we hear more and more from filmmakers that our festival has been their favorite. From our well organized, run-on-time format, to our unique Q&A’s after each screening block, giving filmmakers a platform to discuss their films at length with our audience, we take great pride in making our festival a fantastic experience for filmmakers.

As an institution, Playhouse West leads the way in encouraging young filmmakers.  Playhouse West members from Los Angeles, Philadelphia produce over 250 films per year, many which go one to be accepted and win awards at film festivals around the country and world.

LOCATION

EL PORTAL THEATER
5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601

PARKING

Parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods. Please be mindful of street signs dictating time restrictions.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26th

FILMMAKING SEMINAR 2pm-4pm

*Only Available with Full Festival Pass*

Chris Liebe, Playhouse West staff member and Founder of the Playhouse West Film Lab program, has taught hundreds of young filmmakers the art of making films. Film Lab graduates have gone on to win numerous worldwide film festival awards.

This Filmmaking Seminar will provide the technical aspects on how to use cameras, lenses, lighting, sound, and where to place the camera to best tell your story. You will gain knowledge on post-production - how to organize your footage to prepare for editing, cutting your project and following up with color correction and sound.

Run Time

2:00:00

RED CARPET ARRIVAL 5pm-7pm

Come dressed to impress! Walk the Playhouse West Red Carpet and get your picture taken.

Run Time

2:00:00

OPENING CEREMONY 7pm-7:30pm

Welcome Address from Film Festival Director, Wolfgang Bodison, followed by Playhouse West Founding Director, Robert Carnegie.

Run Time

30:00

DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE (EXTENDED DIRECTOR'S CUT)

Opening the Festival, Writer/Director, Joe Ellison, will screen a never before seen Extended Director's cut of "Don't Go in the House" starring Playhouse West Founder, Robert Carnegie. A Q&A with Mr. Ellison to follow.

This 1979 cult classic is about a disturbed young man who was burned as a child by his sadistic mother and now stalks women with a flamethrower.

Run Time

2:30:00

7:30pm Feature Film and Q & A

BABY?

A couple attempts to become first time parents. Things get out of hand.

Run Time

04:00

THE LITTLE THINGS

Minor annoyances lead to major conflicts as a couple realizes that their relationship might be in jeopardy unless they can address all the things left unsaid.

Run Time

06:00

LA MESA (THE TABLE)

Gregory and Lacie, a seemingly happy couple on the verge of marriage, sit down for what they believe will be a romantic dinner. As the night unfolds and unexpected guests arrive, they are left with one question: do they actually know one another?

Run Time

04:29

TRAIN STOP

Two busy professionals confront their undeniable attraction - and their demons - during a chance encounter at a train station.

Run Time

07:00

6 MINUTES

An unpredictable tragic day exposes the deeper impact on surviving school shootings.

Run Time

05:40

REMIND ME IN AN HOUR

A woman’s evening turns upside down when she sees a reminder on her boyfriend’s phone to break up.

Run Time

09:27

SMUDGED

In the near future, the DMV has a clutch on the world where licenses expire constantly and with an expired license you are seen as less than human. Adam is trying to get his license updated before his expiration date while witnessing the horrors of the DMV firsthand.

Run Time

10:28

9am Shorts

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27th

A GOOD WIFE

A widowed rancher's wife follows her husband's killer into the wilderness intent on revenge. Will she have the savvy to outsmart her beau's murderer?

Run Time

09:48

PIONEERS OF EQUALITY

When a “problematic” film director is cast out of Hollywood, he seeks to make a comeback with a new self-produced film. Things go horribly wrong.

Run Time

12:00

IN 12 HOURS

A young man goes on a spiritual journey through a series of events that happen in 12 hours.

Run Time

13:45

CYCLE

A man is confronted with the reckless actions of his past and is given an ultimatum.

Run Time

14:44

10:30am Shorts

DEAR DIARY I-III

A dramatic reading of Larissa Pruett’s diaries from her childhood.

Run Time

08:00

VOLLEY

A casual game of tennis between friends becomes an awakening to the relationships and the lives they take for granted.

Run Time

14:55

TOGETHER FOREVER

When Luna is diagnosed with a terminal illness she and her husband will go to extreme lengths to save her life... but not all love stories have happy endings…

Run Time

17:33

AS ANGELS WATCH

Two couples from very different social and economic classes meet at an upscale restaurant to discuss the fate of their shared surrogate fetus. Will money or faith win out?

Run Time

23:07

UNCOMMON NEGOTIATOR

A young pastor’s world is turned upside down when he’s suddenly thrust into a dangerous hostage situation. The only way he’ll be able to get anyone out alive is by bravely reaching out to appeal to the soul of a violent gunman.

Run Time

23:00

1pm Shorts

MARGOT RUN

A man on house arrest attempts to get his friend a date with Margot Robbie.

Run Time

07:00

OLYMPICOS

The Armenian King Varazdat embarks on an exciting journey to Greece to take part in the Olympic Games not only to gain the garland in the wrestling competition, but to vanquish evil and come back to homeland as an absolute hero.

Run Time

1:15:00

3pm Short and Feature

GUEST SPEAKER: SCOTT CAAN

Actor/Writer/Director and Playhouse West alumnus, Scott Caan (Hawaii Five-0, Ocean's Thirteen), will share his experience writing, directing and acting in his first feature film, "Dallas 365."

Run Time

1:00:00

5pm Guest Speaker

REKINDLING CHRISTMAS

A week after Jesse & Annika become engaged, Jesse was drafted into the NFL. Now, years later, he returns to their small hometown to win Annika’s heart but her walls are high and her pain is deep. Will the magic of Christmas help Jesse earn Annika’s forgiveness and her love?

Run Time

1:45:00

7:30pm Feature

WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE

Moms at a children’s birthday party jump through hoops to protect their children from hearing foul language. There is a slight chance they may fail at this attempt.

Run Time

04:02

AGRICULTURE INSPECTION

Trying to smuggle illegal, agriculture contraband into the state of NORTH West Virginia? Not on Deputy Marshal John Johnson’s watch.

Run Time

03:00

THE SWITCHEROO

Dating is hard, but everything’s easier with a clone!

Run Time

10:00

BROOKS DOESN’T HAVE A DAD

Brooks claims he doesn't have a dad. But everyone has a dad... Brooks and his friends set out to find Brooks' dad.

Run Time

12:00

NICE TO BE YOU

A young man makes his way to an unknown destination.

Run Time

06:00

FOR ARTHUR

A young woman is trying to honor a past loved one while a man is trying to prove he’s nothing like a past loved one.

Run Time

07:26

COMING HOME

Samantha, an up-and-coming comedian, returns to play a gig in her hometown. Before she goes on stage she is faced with a difficult conversation with her mother who isn’t so approving of her choice of career.

Run Time

10:20

9am Shorts

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28th

EVERY NIGHT I SEE THEM

A man does everything in his power to stay awake in an attempt to escape certain death.

Run Time

05:21

THE LIQUOR STORE INCIDENT

After a breakup and bogged down by the stagnant state of his life and work, a writer seeking structure, discipline, and good masculine company sees prison as his only option. His one problem is doing what it takes to get there.

Run Time

13:00

BE MINE

A romantic evening takes an unexpected turn when a terrible secret is revealed.

Run Time

14:00

DEAR JESUS

After being crowned the lead of the school play, Ella begins to believe that she can control the outcomes of her life through prayer. When tragedy strikes, Ella believes it was her own prayers that were the cause. It’s a charming and chilling film about entering womanhood, the loss of innocence and the universal experiences of feeling guilt and shame in childhood.

Run Time

13:48

THE SUICIDE OF LILLIAN SELLERS

After his cousin suddenly commits suicde, Nick Sellers, an affluent law school student, travels to rural Tennessee for her funeral. When things don’t quite add up, Nick starts an investigation that leads him into an underworld of opioids, conspiracy, and murder.

Run Time

15:34

10:30am Shorts

ISO

The camera sees it. It sees you. You see nothing.

Run Time

07:37

JEN, 28

Jen and Adam challenge each other’s actions when a perfect first date kiss takes an unprecedented turn. This internationally award-winning film shines a light on the misinterpreted “gray area” of sexual assault; showing that it’s not so gray once you take a closer look at it.

Run Time

13:00

ELEPHANT

After a devastating breakup, Wes reconnects with an old friend, looking for comfort.

Run Time

14:00

PARIS WAS A WOMAN

Eleanor, an aspiring poetess, encounters her idol - Natalie Barney, one of the most admirable writers and salon hostesses of 1920s literary Paris. On this life changing journey, Eleanor not only discovers her true sexuality but also the unimaginable possibilities as a female writer at the dawn of the 20th century.