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Henry Turner, the Executive Director of New Filmmakers Los Angeles, is an award winning independent filmmaker of long standing whose five feature films and numerous shorts have played at film festivals internationally. For six years he was Slamdance head of Filmmaker Relations, coordinated Short Film Programming and hosted the Filmmakers’ Lounge at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City.
Henry is a
professional writer who attends the Professional Writers’ Workshop run by
internationally renowned author John Rechy . He is publishing a recently
completed novel and has a script being produced which is generating
excitement from A-list talent in the Hollywood community.
CALL FOR ENTRIES!
Send in your
movie. Any length, any year of production. Films without distribution
only. No entry fee. Keep the press kit to a minimum, synopsis, director’s
bio, one production photo. All films will be digitally projected--dvd
discs are the preferred medium. If selected, your film will be programmed
several months in advance; you’ll get all the details and publicity
information well in advance of your screening.
success of the New York NewFilmmakers Series shown weekly at Anthology
Film Archives has inspired us to provide the same opportunity on the West
Coast. Every Wednesday
evening a feature film and two shorts will be presented at CINESPACE, the
new state-of-the-art theater/supper club on Hollywood Boulevard.
festival, New Filmmakers provides maximum emphasis on individual
filmmakers and their films, offering every opportunity to interest
industry professionals and distributors in the Los Angeles
NOTE: WE SCREEN MINIDV, NTSC VHS, & DVD IN LOS
begins at 7:00PM
over-the-hill punk rocker, and his girlfriend enter a graveyard in the
dead of night with plans to party and instead encounter the Grim Reaper.
One scene from a feature-length script, "Reel Blood", about low-budget
A man's plan to drink himself to death is interrupted by an unlikely Guardian Angel.
Suburban gangster Jack (Frank Prather) returns home to find his wife dead and his son Patrick (J. Patrick Collins Jr.) kidnapped by wheelchair-bound crime lord Mal (Andrew Hewitt). In exchange for sparing Patrick, Mal demands that Jack lure his best friend and hit man of choice, Savitch ("Cash Flagg Jr."--a Steckler homage), into a fatal trap. Meanwhile, Patrick remains in captivity, protected from creepy pedophiles by Mal's No. 1 black-and-beautiful henchwoman, Rita (Patricia Williams). If Savitch manages to escape Mal's clutches, how will he settle his score with Jack?
Clearly, Lethal Force finds its center in cartoonish '80s action-revenge flicks like Commando; it's replete with Ah-noldesque one-liners and a blood-soaked body count. In parodying this material, Ecarma shows savvy by essentially making an earnest '80s action-revenge flick and letting the genre's dated conventions parody themselves. At appropriate moments, he grafts onto his spartan plot flourishes borrowed from blaxploitation classics, spaghetti westerns, and Hong Kong cinema old and new (the last abetted by professional-looking action choreography by Eric Thornett).
Although Ecarma's movie won both the Jury and Audience awards for Best Feature at last year's MicroCineFest, it would be doing Lethal Force a disservice to dwell on its miniscule budget and cheapo production values. For laughs and excitement, Lethal Force compares favorably to most of Hollywood's bloated output. By setting his sights on drive-in classics and late-night cable fodder, Ecarma knows he doesn't need to provide polish--just blood, guts, and giggles.
Review By Eric Allen Hatch