Friday, May 18, 2012

VISIONFEST 12 announces official line-up!

With 44 titles originating from 14 states, VF12 kicks off its 12th annual film festival at New York's renowned Tribeca Cinemas - June 20-24, 2012.

The New York premiere of Stephen Marro's BROADWAY'S FINEST, the year's Official Opening Night Selection, kicks things off on the evening of June 20 at 8:00pm, preceded by the short experimental, RE:LEASE, by Michael Wiehart, and the narrative short, FAITH, by Erik Pagan.

The "world premiere" of IN MONTAUK, by Kim Cummings, is the second narrative feature to unspool at this year's festival, and that is set to happen on the following evening, preceded by a set of shorts.

A third narrative feature, and also the festival's second "world premiere" screening, will debut on Friday evening as the festival's Centerpiece Screening: Steve Balderson's CULTURE SHOCK.

Balderson returns to VF for a fourth time in just 7 years, following a colossal sweep of 5 Independent Vision Awards, aka IVAs, for his VF11 entry, THE CASSEROLE CLUB.

 Titan documentary feature, DISLECKSIA: THE MOVIE, by Harvey Hubbell V (which features appearances by Academy Award winner, Billy Bob Thornton, and iconic cult fave, Joe Pantoliano)  will grace the Tribeca screens on Saturday evening, June 23, while TIME ZERO: THE LAST YEAR OF POLAROID FILM, by Grant Hamilton has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 24, at 4pm.  Both screenings will be followed by special Q&A discussions, with DISLECKSIA being presented with a full fledged panel discussion that will feature some very prominent, surprise guests.  The special screening will also devote a portion of the evening's proceeds to a charitable organization (tbd) whose mission and collective work addresses awareness for Dyslexia.  On a slightly raunchier note, the New York premiere of CAMP CASSEROLE, by Anthony Pedone, will be featured Saturday evening at 9:45pm.

A slew of shorts, both narrative and documentary, many award winners from other fests, including a Student Academy Award winning short, will populate the remainder of the five evening line-up, with Nathaniel Krause's DOUBLE OR NOTHING marking the second consecutive year that a short film written by award winning playwright/screenwriter, Neil LaBute, is included in the VF showcase.


The "Official Closing Night Selection" screening will kick off Sunday, June 24, at 5pm, with the encore presentation of Michael Wiehart's RE:LEASE; the New York City premiere of Scott Schaeffer's THE CARRIER, starring Rita Wilson, Chad Michael Murray, and Academy Award winner, Anna Paquin; and the evening's feature presentation: Richard Bosner's FALLING UPHILL, making its New York premiere. 

The IVAs, the festival's annual awards, recognizing excellence in 14+ categories, will be handed out during a special ceremony, following the Closing Night program, and will also unveil the world premiere of the festival's own initiative, THE 5X5 NEW YORK STATE OF MIND DIGITAL PROJECT, produced by Nyle Cavazos Garcia of Small Town Pictures and the Domani Vision Film Society.

For complete line-up, please visit:  

Advance tickets for VF12 will be on sale later next week. 

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