2016 Sherman Oaks Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize Winners Announced (Festival/News)

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SOFF – Sherman Oaks Film Festival

Los Angeles, CA – December 13, 2016 – The grand jury prize winners for the inaugural Sherman Oaks Film Festival have been announced. The Sherman Oaks Film Festival was founded by longtime residents and movie veterans alike; the festival looks to showcase the best undiscovered movies in the heart of Los Angeles. The one-week long film festival ran November 13-20, 2016.

Grand Jury Prize Winners – 2016

Narrative Feature Film

The Head Thieves (82 minutes) Three brothers develop an elaborate plan to recover stolen cash and go on the run.

Written & Directed by Mike Hermosa

Produced by Mickey Gooch Jr.

Starring Mickey Gooch Jr., Dante Basco, Dion Basco, Sandy Martin, BoJesse Christopher, Davison Locksley, Johnny Bananas

Narrative Feature Film

Search Engines (95 minutes) Sanity and relationships are put to the test when mysterious circumstances force a family to survive the annual American Thanksgiving holiday without their cell phones.

Written and Directed by: Russell Brown

Produced by: Russell Brown, Kerry Barden, John Baumgartner

Starring Joely Fisher, Connie Stevens, Daphne Zuniga, Natasha Wagner, and Barry Watson.

Documentary Film

Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity (100 minutes) The amazing life story of Marsha Hunt, who was discovered at age 17 by Hollywood in 1935 and proceeded to make 54 films in 17 years until becoming Blacklisted, and then transitioned to a career as one of Hollywood’s first celebrity activists.

Directed by Roger C. Memos

Written by Joan Cohen, Richard Adkins, Roger C. Memos

Produced by Joan Cohen, Richard Adkins, Roger C. Memos

Narrative Short Film

Whiskey Sour (6 minutes) A career hitman is cosmically outmatched by his next mark.

Written & Directed by Eli Stern

Produced by: Tony Spiridakis, Shannon Goldman, Ariel Eliaz

Executive Produced by Jay Stern, Vicki Horwits

Cinematography by Thomas Taugher

Starring Ariel Eliaz, Donnie Lyons

Narrative Short Film

This Modern Man Is Beat (17 minutes) In a world of cultural confusion and erroneous judgement, Habib bin Habib al Fulan pawns his last possession and reconciles with his American wife.

Directed by Alex Merkin

Screenplay by David J Schroeder. Based on a short story by Fawzy Zablah

Produced by David J Schroeder; Tommy May, Caity Ware, Shar Yonan, Michelle Romano

Starring Jordi Vilasuso, Sheena Colette, Brad Greenquist, Mercer Boffey, Kent Klineman

Narrative Short Film

The Kidnapping Of A Fish (short) A mild mannered guy is forced to consider his girlfriend is the reason for his unexpected situation in this mixed genre film. Equal parts comedy, drama and suspense wrapped up in a fun ride of a film.

Written & Directed by Philip A. Ramos

Produced by John D. Hay

Starring Stephen Friedrich, Theodora (Woolley) Miranne

Music Video

KOOL (5 minutes) Sometimes true love transcends time

Directed by LazRael Lison

Written by Celeste Stoney, LazRael Lison

Produced by LazRael Lison, Ray Stoney, Celeste Stoney, Tatiana Chekhova

Starring Celeste Stoney, Ray Stoney

Screenplay (Unproduced)

The Savage Land Desperate to protect his beloved, a naïve hired hand enlists a cynical U.S. marshal to guard her wagon train against a mysterious killer stalking pioneers on the Overland Trail.

Written by Mario Rivas

For more information about the Sherman Oaks Film Festival please visit their website: http://www.shermanoaksfilmfestival.com/

Teri Gamble is an international performing artist and drama coach. She garnered her BA in Theater Arts from UCLA. While at UCLA she had the honor of training in Great Britain at the University of East Anglia through their Study Abroad Program.After completing her BA in Theater Arts at UCLA she worked in Los Angeles in local theater, film and television. Her desire to take her craft to the next level led her to the MFA Acting program at the American Repertory Theater/ Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University where she performed on international stages from Los Angeles to Moscow, Boston and New York.

Teri also has her Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Phoenix, which she happily using as a consultant and board member for Short Round Productions and as a Publicist for Media Circus, a new division from Circus Road Films!

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