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17th annual Dance with Films Festival starts this weekend

Dances with Films Festival May 29 - June 8, 2014
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DANCES WITH FILMS (DWF), which prides itself in being LA’s largest discovery film festival of emerging talent, will showcase its 100+ independent films over 11 days from May 29 to June 8 at Hollywood’s famed Chinese Theaters.

This year’s motto is “Love Your Journey.” With films that were chosen based solely on merit and discoverability, this festival is perhaps the most devoted champion of fresh and creative voices, mandating that all competitive films have no known actors, writers, directors or producers.

Following are the description of just ten of the many films you are invited to enjoy at DWF:

A WINTER ROSE – will showcase on opening night, Thursday, May 29, at 8 p.m. This is a drama about fate, commitment and the potent connections that come alive through music. See

SKUM ROCKS! – will premiere on Friday, May 30, at 2:45 p.m. Narrated by Alice Cooper, it documents the hilarious true story of a college band that gained East Coast popularity in the 80s despite lacking talent or ambition. See

FRANK VS. GOD – will premiere on Friday, May 30, at 7:15 p.m. After his house is destroyed by a tornado that his insurance company deems an “act of God,” former lawyer David Frank decides to serve God with a lawsuit. The film raises questions about faith and religion with a light-hearted tone and an open mind.

FOR SPACIOUS SKY – will screen on Saturday, May 31, at 12:30 p.m. This is a short film inspired by actual events and set on Election Day 2008 in the landscape of rural America. Three brothers find themselves at a crossroad and must choose either to remain broken or to change. See

THE BALLAD OF SNAKE OIL SAM – will premiere on Saturday, May 31, at 5 p.m. This film transports you into the Wild Wild West with the mystical story of a desert traveler, inventor, alchemist and magical elixir salesman in pursuit of redemption. It was shot outside of Joshua Tree, CA, and it features the music of LA’s psychedelic rock band West Indian Girl. See

A NEW YORK LOVE STORY – will screen on Saturday, May 31, at 7:15 p.m. This is an erotic drama set in New York that tells the story of Delphine, a dancer, who falls hard for a charismatic painter. Although they try to keep things simple, they soon discover love is not so. See trailer at

THE JAZZ FUNERAL – will premiere Sunday, June 1, at 7:15 p.m. An estranged father and son reunite in the intoxicating city of New Orleans for a friend’s funeral where they bury the scars of the past. This film is based on a true story. Trailer at

THE PERIPHERY – will screen on Tuesday, June 3, at 9:30 p.m. This is an exorcism-themed psychological horror that follows the plight of teenager Cassie Stevens who, after surviving a near-death experience in a car crash, finds herself haunted by a shadowy figure she sees from the corner of her eye. See

MISSING CHILD – will premiere on Thursday, June 5, at 2:45 p.m. This is a drama/thriller about Gia, who never knew her parents. She discovers she resembles an age-progressed photo of a child who went missing at an early age and then uncovers secrets and lies that have hidden her real past. The film explores the dark side of human nature. See

DRUID PEAK – will premiere Friday, June 6, at 7:15 p.m. Set in Yellowstone National Park, this film portrays a troubled young man’s transition from adolescence to manhood. While learning about wolves and the interaction between man and nature, he learns a lot about himself. See

The list of films, shorts, and documentaries goes on in length. Please check to see the daily schedule and to purchase tickets.

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