Growing up carving the streets of San Diego on his skateboard, Brett Sorem spent his free time making skateboard videos with his friends. As his skateboarding skills progressed, so too did his shot composition and editing skills. His first skateboard film, “All I Do is Skate,” sold at local skate shops throughout San Diego.
Sorem later moved on from full-time skateboarder to full-time filmmaker. In 2008, his short film, Hero, won best comedy in the 21st Annual VideoMaker Magazine Contest. He has also edited numerous short and feature films that have premiered in film festivals throughout the United States as well as in the Cannes Film Festival.
After living in New York City for four years, Sorem, under his production company Nocturnal Features, was inspired to create Pablo On Wheels. In Pablo on Wheels, Sorem highlights the skateboard culture that bore him while addressing significant social issues that are prominent in the streets of New York.
Pablo On Wheels was shot in 4 of the 5 boroughs of New York City. One of the most important elements about the film to Sorem was the authenticity of the skater characters. The film features a cast of real skaters (not seasonged actors), a decision Sorem made to bring a raw, steet attitude to the story.
Luis Tolentino, the lead actor, is a professional skateboarder who currently shares the world record for the highest “Ollie” (jump) on a skateboard at 46 inches.
In his acting debut, Tolentino’s portrayal of Rey earned him a nomination as “Best Actor” in the Greenville International Film Festival. Tolentino’s performance, as well as the performance of the other actors, is a testament to the directorial skills of Sorem, who was recently nominated by the Cincinnati Film Festival as “Best Director” for his work on Pablo On Wheels.
Moscow Director And Writer Traveling To Healdsburg To Present Their Emotionally Charged Film “The Cart”
Director Natasha Novik is traveling from The Russian Federation along with writer Andrey Migachev to present their stirringly beautiful and poetic drama “The Cart”.
Also making the trip in support of the film is well-known Moscow director Nataliya Pogonicheva. The film features some absolutely incredible cinematography and strong performances from actors.
Natasha Novik graduated from the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), Director’s faculty. From 2002 to 2007 she produced a number of TV commercials and a full-length feature film ,THE EQUATOR, shot in Kenya.
THE EQUATOR (2007) – full-length feature film – Executive Producer
THE BEGINNING (2008) – short film – Director
GET THAT GIRL (2009) – full-length film – Director, Co-screenwriter
THE CART (2012) – Short film – Director
The Healdsburg Community is in for a giant treat!! Masterful Iranian Filmmaker Tina Pakravan is coming to town to present her powerful anti-war film: “It Was My City”
Director Tina Pakravan comments:
It was so hard to shoot because of mixing the acting , detailed dialog , specially choreographed camera movements, precisely timed special effects …. all synchronized in a single shot. After half a day rehearsal, we were prepared to shoot. All of a sudden it started pouring rain, so we had to ask everyone go home and come back the next day !
- BA in cinema ( film directing )
- Started working in cinema at age 18 as an Assistant director and production manager in more than 15 feature films
- Worked with Bahram Beyzaei, Masoud Kimyaei , Dariush Mehrjoui & many other famous iranian film director
- Producer of 2 feature films
- Director of 1 feature film
- Director 3 short films
- Author of two books : one is persian poem”Last night I lost around the pomegranate” and the other is a short story for children called “Last night I made God fall in Love “
Australian Director Erin Collett becomes the second filmmaker to take the honor of having two films in the 2012 competition. His visually clever drama, “No Where, No One” is the stirring drama that literally plays in reverse to its dramatic conclusion (or beginning). His second selected film, “A Finite World” is an activist documentary about food waste in western societies. We congratulate Mr. Collett on his double acceptance into the festival.
Emerging from a creative background Erin Collett wrote, directed and performed his first play ‘Three men dreaming’ at a young age. Erin has since pursued his passion for creative narrative, with his most recent work, interning as a director with academy award winning Writer/Director Jane Campion and working on Campion’s latest mini series ‘Top of The Lake’ in New Zealand.
Son to Vietnamese father Tri Nguyen, and Australian mother Lynne Collett, Erin contributes his Rudolph Steiner education and multicultural background as the source of his creative style and passion for filmmaking. ”
Before directing short film ‘No Where, No One’ while attending Macquarie University, Erin’s previous documentary ‘A Finite World’ received international recognition and some of his recent work includes collaborations with acclaimed writer Gerard Lee as well as Director Max Homai on his latest film ‘Kettle’.
Irish Filmmaker Shaun O’Connor is the first to hold the esteemed honor of having two separate films officially selected to be in the 2012 festival!
Based in Cork City in the south of Ireland, Shaun O’ Connor had been working as a full-time musician for almost ten years when in 2009 he decided to try his hand at his lifelong ambition: to make films. Less than a year later, that decision had resulted a micro budget feature film, “Steamin + Dreamin: The Grandmaster Cash Story”, (which he directed, co-wrote, shot, edited and co-composed music for). The film became a local cult hit, had two sold-out screenings in the 2009 Cork Film Festival and enjoyed a successful independent DVD release.
Since then, Shaun has been involved in various video projects, including directing a number of music videos. One of these, “Conspiracy” by the band Echogram, went on to win the award for ‘Sexiest Video’ at the 2011 Irish Music Television Awards.
Shaun forged a productive creative relationship with writer/actor Tadhg Hickey, and their short film work has received a number of awards. One of their films, “Nietzsche No. 5″, won the award for Best Comedy at the Corona
Fastnet Short Film Festival and the ‘Audience Selection’ award at the Kerry Film Festival 2011. The film is now an officially selected film at the Healdsburg International Short Film Festival in the comedy category.
Their latest short film, entitled “Uisce Beatha” (Gaelic for ‘Whiskey’ or ‘Water Of Life’) is a period piece, set in
Ireland in 1912. It will have its international festival premiere at the upcoming Healdsburg International Film Festival 2012.