Mark Stolaroff is an independent producer and the founder of No Budget Film School, a series of classes specifically designed for the no-budget filmmaker. His most recent project, the self-financed low-budget feature film Pig written and directed by Henry Barrial, recently played a string of festivals–13 in only six weeks. He personally attended eight of those festivals in four weeks. Mark graciously agreed to take some photos and write up articles about this series of film festivals for The Weird Review. For more about Mark check out the links at the end of his article. Here is his report on the Sacramento International Film Festival.
The final stop on my 8 city tour was the Sacramento International Film Festival. Now officially in its 8th year, though in one form or another really its 17th year, the SIFF attracts a diverse audience to its North Sacramento headquarters, the Artisan, a mixed-use art space with two theaters, a gallery and a café. In town for only a couple of days, I was still able to catch a film or two, including Ecstasy, based on the novel Trainspotting by author Irvine Welsh. The festival offered feature and shorts grouped together in different programs, including Cine Soul, Cine Visionaries, Global Issues, and Surreal Cinema. Fest director Martin Anaya‘s laid back and friendly presence was ubiquitous throughout the proceedings.
“PIG” – A FILM BY HENRY BARRIAL
“Highly recommended! Along the lines of Nolan’s Memento.” – The Horror Zine
“A brilliant sci-fi thriller…the most
provocative film I saw at the Palm Springs Film
Festival.” – Desert Star Weekly
OFFICIAL SELECTION AT OVER 30 FILM FESTIVALS
WINNER! BEST FEATURE FILM – SCI-FI-LONDON
WINNER! BEST FEATURE, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENPLAY – ATHENS SCI-FI
WINNER! BEST SCI-FI FEATURE – SHRIEKFEST
WINNER! BEST SCI-FI FEATURE – PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER! BEST FEATURE FILM – THRILLER! CHILLER!
WINNER! BEST SCI-FI FEATURE – SHOCKERFEST
WINNER! BEST EDITING – BOSTON SCI-FI
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