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Inaugural ‘Rom-Com Fest’ hits LA this June – AwardsWatch

Inaugural ‘Rom-Com Fest’ hits LA this June – AwardsWatch

That includes Loopy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom internet hosting a 20th anniversary screening of By no means Been Kissed, starring Drew Barrymore

Rom Com Fest, a brand new Los Angeles based mostly movie pageant which celebrates love via movie and experiences, introduced the lineup for its inaugural pageant which can happen June 20-23, 2019. The lineup consists of particular themed screenings of iconic romantic comedies, in addition to a contest lineup of latest romantic comedies, and quite a few distinctive themed occasions and actions. This system was introduced at present by the pageant’s Founder and Government Director Miraya Berke.

The experiential pageant is a reimagining of a standard movie pageant – pairing rosé and desserts with movies, encouraging that its audiences present up wearing themed apparel, and holding memorable occasions and actions that deliver collectively people who love and/or create romantic comedy movies. Rom Com Fest will happen primarily on the Downtown Unbiased Theater in Los Angeles, with choose occasions at different venues.

Highlights of the pageant embrace a particular curated screening and hearth chat with actress Rachel Bloom (CW’s “Loopy Ex-Girlfriend”) on her favourite basic rom com movie NEVER BEEN KISSED, in addition to anniversary screenings together with 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, that includes a particular Q&A with the movie’s writers Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah (writers of LEGALLY BLONDE, SHE’S THE MAN), in addition to a screening of BRIDE WARS, that includes a particular Q&A with the movie’s writers, each of whom are additionally acclaimed actresses recognized for memorable roles in romantic comedies and TV exhibits – June Diane Raphael (LONG SHOT, Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie”) and Casey Wilson (Showtime’s “Black Monday”).

The pageant will even maintain the west coast premiere of actor Joseph Cross’ directorial debut SUMMER NIGHT (starring Lana Condor, Analeigh Tipton, Victoria Justice, Justin Chatwin and Ellar Coltrane).

Particular occasion highlights in the course of the pageant embrace a Mortified reside comedy present, a reside learn of the winner of the Rom Com Fest screenplay competitors (introduced by Scriptd), in addition to a stay taping of WhoHaha’s “Soiled Woman” Podcast – an organization co-founded by producer/actress Elizabeth Banks.

The pageant was organized and curated by its Founder and Government Director, Miraya Berke. Berke is a feminine entrepreneur, the founding father of Pop Productions occasion boutique studio (whose mission is to create occasions that spark pleasure & delight), and the founding father of Dessert Objectives, the favored dessert pageant that’s held in New York and Los Angeles. With a background in occasions and partnerships and a private love of romantic comedies, Berke is passionate concerning the romantic comedy style and its legitimization within the eyes of movie followers, filmmakers, and critics, along with the pure enjoyment of the movies themselves. Rom Com Fest goals to showcase empowering and real looking tales which have dynamic feminine characters.

“All of us want one thing uplifting to flee to. Routinely dismissed by movie critics as a lesser style artistically, romantic comedies are universally beloved and are a real artwork type, being a few of the most basic and delightful movies that we all know right now.” stated Berke. “I’m thrilled to have the ability to deliver the Los Angeles group collectively to expertise these movies in a brand new, enjoyable and artistic environment.”

The pageant will current each jury prizes and an viewers award prize (introduced by Frolic, The quickest rising leisure media model for the fashionable Romance fan) to its competitors lineup for options and brief movies.

Badges and particular person screening/occasion tickets are on sale as of as we speak (Might seventh) on-line at www.romcomfest.com. Tickets vary from $12.00 to $15.00 USD per ticket, and it can save you by deliver a date/greatest pal, with a “celebration of two” paired low cost.

Comply with @RomComFest on Instagram for updates.

The complete lineup of Rom Com Fest 2019 consists of:

CLASSIC & ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS

10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (20TH ANNIVERSARY), directed by Gil Junger / written by Karen McCullah & Kirsten Smith (1999) – A reasonably, common teenager can’t exit on a date till her ill-tempered older sister does. With Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. CLOSING NIGHT FILM.

Q&A to comply with with the movie’s writers Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah, adopted by a “10 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT YOU” love letter writing pop up craft exercise.

BRIDE WARS (10TH ANNIVERSARY), directed by Gary Winick / written by Casey Wilson & June Diane Raphael and Greg DePaul (2009) – Two greatest associates turn out to be rivals once they schedule their respective weddings on the identical day. With Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson and Chris Pratt.

Q&A to comply with with the movie’s writers – actresses June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson. Bridal get together theme – attendees are inspired to decorate in white, these dressed up will obtain complimentary ring pops and wedding-themed dessert.

HIS GIRL FRIDAY, written and directed by Howard Hawks (1940) – A newspaper editor makes use of each trick within the guide to maintain his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. With Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy.

Complimentary My Mo Mochi Ice Cream can be served earlier than the screening, together with a Rom Com Fest themed praise card craft. The Los Angeles Ladies’s Movie Collective will talk about the way forward for romantic comedies following the screening.

HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK, directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan / written by Terry McMillan & Ron Bass (1998) – Stella is a extremely profitable, forty-something San Francisco inventory dealer who’s persuaded by her colourful New York girlfriend Delilah to take a nicely deserved, first-class trip to Jamaica. As she soaks in the great thing about the island, she encounters a strapping, younger islander, Winston Shakespeare. His pursuits for her flip right into a scorching and steamy romance that forces Stella to take private stock of her life and attempt to discover a stability between her want for love and companionship, and the duties of mom and company government.  With Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, Regina King and Whoopi Goldberg.

Pajama-party themed late night time screening – attendees are inspired to put on their PJs and can obtain a complimentary bottle of CBD gummies, courtesy of Not Pot. Screening introduced by Not Pot.

NEVER BEEN KISSED (20TH ANNIVERSARY), directed by Raja Gosnell / written by Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein (1999) – A newspaper reporter enrolls in highschool as a part of analysis for a narrative. With Drew Barrymore and David Arquette.

Particular screening curated by actress Rachel Bloom. A hearth chat with Bloom and Pageant Director Miraya Berke will comply with the screening. A conversational Coronary heart Lapel Pin craft exercise hosted by Makers Mess may also proceed the screening.

FEATURE FILMS IN COMPETITION

IN REALITY, written and directed by Ann Lupo (USA) – Regardless of boasting wealthy friendships and a artistic job, younger filmmaker Ann is consumed by the fantasy of discovering real love. Simply when she thinks she’s discovered it, she is friend-zoned and the frustration of rejection shoots her down a deep rabbit gap of unrequited love. On the lookout for a method to climb out, Ann picks up a digital camera and units her sights inward. She confronts a number of characters inside her acutely aware, from a maniacal recreation present host to a glamorous cabaret performer, that information her by means of her investigation of the connection and her personal neuroses. Mixing docu-style interview with comedy, drama and hyperbolic fantasies, Ann creates an elaborate, eccentric world that manages to be as intensely relatable as it’s one among a sort. With Ann Lupo, Miles G. Jackson and Kimiko Glenn.

1920s period themed screening – attendees are inspired to put on flapper apparel to rejoice the 20s. Q&A to comply with with Ann Lupo – the movie’s author, director, producer and star.

ONE BEDROOM, written and directed by Darien Sills-Evans (USA) – Breaking apart is straightforward.  Shifting out is tough. Particularly when there’s a New York Metropolis condo concerned. After 5 years of ups and downs, an African American 30-something couple in a gentrifying neighborhood spend their ultimate afternoon in Brooklyn arguing, reminiscing after which ultimately deciding in the event that they’re shifting out collectively or in separate instructions. With Darien Sills-Evans, Stephen Hill and Devin Nelson.

Complimentary My Mo Mochi Ice Cream might be served earlier than the screening, together with a Tealight Candle making craft exercise, hosted by Makers Mess. Q&A to comply with with Darien Sills-Evans – the movie’s author, director, producer and star.

SUMMER NIGHT, directed by Joseph Cross / written by Jordan Jolliff and Joseph Cross (USA) – In a small city, a younger, tight-knit group of buddies fall out and in of affection over the course of 1 intoxicating, music-filled summer time night time. With Justin Chatwin, Analeigh Tipton, Victoria Justice, Lana Condor, and Ellar Coltrane. OPENING NIGHT FILM.

Dessert Objectives Fest pop up that includes summer time themed treats and music trivia exercise to proceed the screening.

TRACKS, directed by Jamie Patterson / written by Jamie Patterson, Chris Willoughby, April Pearson and Finn Bruce (UK) – A younger couple attempt to save their failing relationship by interrailing round Europe collectively. Issues don’t fairly go to plan they usually discover themselves in all types of awkward conditions. With April Pearson, Skye Lourie and Chris Willoughby.

Dessert Objectives Fest pop as much as proceed the screening, together with a journey journal craft hosted by Makers Mess.

TWO IN THE BUSH, directed by Laura Madalinski / written by Kelly Haas and  Laura Madalinski (USA) – After dropping her job, Emily arrives residence early from work to find her girlfriend within the throes of ardour with another person. Immediately, her complete life is turned the wrong way up. Shifting in together with her greatest pal, Emily lands a brand new gig working for a dominatrix, and promptly falls for her new boss, and her boss’s boyfriend. On this clever and witty take a look at the world of bisexuality, polyamory, and dungeons, filmmaker Laura Madalinski asks us to think about what dangers are value taking for love. With Sarah Mitchell, Travis Delgado and Caitlin Aase.

Brief movie GIRL FRIEND will play earlier than the function movie.

Complimentary Chameleon Chilly Brew Espresso to be served earlier than the screening.

SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION

Complimentary My Mochi Ice Cream to be served earlier than the screening, together with craft actions hosted by Makers Mess. Q&A to comply with screenings, with choose filmmakers in attendance.

A JAMAIS, POUR TOUJOURS, written and directed by Louis St-Pierre (Canada) – Marianne and Maxime are meant for one another. They match like items of a puzzle, perceive and love each other, however…

ALMOST CHARMING, written and directed by Taylor Carnes (USA) – Impressed by the Pixar fashion, ‘Virtually Charming’ is a modern-day fairytale advised via pantomime and music. The story follows Beth, a younger lady working as a youngsters’s celebration princess, on her journey to get the eye of her real-life prince charming.

ANXIETY’S WILMA, written and directed by Alexandra Kyle (USA) – A brief romantic comedy a few younger lady and her nervousness. With Martin Starr and Alexandra Kyle.

GIRL FRIEND, written and directed by Laura Holliday (USA) – A neurotic younger lady makes an attempt to be cool and glide when she learns that the man she is courting doesn’t consider in monogamy.
*Performs earlier than TWO IN THE BUSH

ON SECOND THOUGHT, written and directed by Nora Jobling (USA) – A New York couple seems again on their relationship from the day they met to the day they cut up. Seeing the identical moments from each views, On Second Thought ponders how love can beat the chances when love is 50/50 and hindsight is 20/20.

REKINDLED, directed by Erin Brown Thomas / written by Kelly Vrooman (USA) – After a string of failed relationships, profitable profession lady Kate will get the prospect by way of a magical Groupon to rekindle romance with the love of her life — her highschool boyfriend. However as she quickly discovers, the 40% low cost is there for a cause…

THE CURSE, written and directed by Dave Berenato (USA) – Whereas at a Halloween celebration getting ready for the web hookup of a lifetime, issues get slightly bizarre after Kyle bumps right into a witch within the rest room.

THE NOODLE MAN, directed by Pati Valadez / written by Jan Epstein Schwaid (USA) – A struggling actor turned road meals noodle prepare dinner lies about his profession in an try and win over the woman subsequent door.

SPECIAL EVENTS

MORTIFIED LIVE COMEDY SHOW
Take pleasure in this particular love-fueled version of the MORTIFIED stay comedy present. Witness adults sharing the embarrassing issues they wrote as youngsters, in entrance of complete strangers. Awkward crushes, painful first kisses and extra. Now in its 16th yr, MORTIFIED produces stage exhibits in 20 cities worldwide, TV and movie tasks (Netflix, Sundance), books, in addition to a podcast.

SCRIPTD LIVE TABLE READ
In partnership with Scriptd, a narrative platform and script database that connects screenwriters with followers and the business to seek out/promote/actualize the subsequent huge script, The Rom Com Fest screenplay competitors, which acquired over seventy submissions in 2019, will do a stay learn of the profitable script. Forged to be introduced.

WHOHAHA’S “DIRTY GIRL” LIVE PODCAST TAPING
In partnership with Elizabeth Financial institution’s firm WhoHaha, a artistic group and digital content material studio that celebrates and elevates ladies in comedy, Rom Com Fest will probably be internet hosting a particular stay podcast taping of Soiled Woman. Soiled Woman is feminist, physique & intercourse constructive podcast and tells the tales of humorous, courageous ladies who wish to get soiled. The one hour stay podcast will function ladies sharing tales of their love life that relate to rom coms.

OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Thursday, June 20th at Kim Sing Theater – the opening Night time Celebration will function Dessert Objectives distributors, native meals companions together with genuine Road Pad Thai, Brooklinen bedding photograph activations and a Bubbly Bar. The opening night time social gathering shall be open to badge holders and business.

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY
Sunday, June 23 at 9:30pm at The Ace Lodge Rooftop – the closing night time celebration will probably be open to badge holders, business, in addition to the general public.

DESSERTS (DESSERT GOALS POP UP)
The right pair to any rom com is a candy deal with. A choice of Dessert Objectives distributors from NYC and LA shall be out there on the market all through the pageant together with: Twisted, Two Chicks In The Combine, Stuffed Cookies, Jessie’s Nutty Cups, Amborella Organics, Cake Bams, Squish Marshmallows & extra.

LOBBY ACTIVITIES
Interact with actions within the theater foyer all through the weekend earlier than movie screenings begin. Actions will embrace love letter writing, crafts with Makers Mess & extra. Join with a group of different rom com lovers and move on the significance of affection. 

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