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The Broad Humor Film Festival

 The Broad Humor Film Festival fifth anniversary event takes place the weekend of June 11-13, 2010 at the Electric Lodge Performing Arts Center in Venice.

The phenomenal range of subjects and styles of films in this year’s festival blows out of the water any idea that women’s films fit into one niche.  There are films this year for all tastes: sweet and razor sharp, smart and silly, sophisticated and totally gross.  More than 30 films and 15 scenes from finalist screenplays will be a part of this year’s event.

Among the participants are 2 Santa Monica women: Suzanne Iselt for her short screenplay The Hats and Gail Andersen for her short film, “The Blind Date.”

The feature films for 2010 include: “Noche Transfigurada” (Alexia Muiños), a Spanish film about sensible Helena, who trails her boyfriend’s other woman all night and disNavid Negahban and Nadia Hamzehcovers herself in the process; “Action!!!” (Hillary Walker), a mockumentary send-up of the film industry where film students in a Christian college interview members of a movie crew filming in their small town; and “Trippin'” (Devi Snively), a goofy and macabre spoof of scary thrillers that is itself a perfect example of the genre it makes fun of. Devi is the winner of last year’s Best Short for her film, Meat is Murder.

The festival will open with a night of shorts by returning “Broads,” women who have had films in previous Broad Humor festivals.  Not all these films are in competition.  

Some are not precisely comedies.  But they are all fun and make for a fantastic kickoff to the 5th-year celebration. Two more shorts programs round out the screening schedule.

Three professional film panels over tNoche Transfiguradahe weekend promise to enlighten, inspire and inform those interested in the process of movie-making. Script goddess Julie Gray will teach her one of her most popular workshops, The Top Ten Things Readers Hate.

Gaffer Cherri Stoute (Hallmark Channel), in a workshop sponsored by Cinelease, will demonstrate how to use household lights for creative strategies in lighting as well as rental instruments that run off regular power to achieve cool effects while avoiding a costly generator rental.

Editor Mary Ann Skweres (Major Payne) moderates a panel of women editors on the topic of cutting a film for the laughs. As one award-winning filmmaker said of last year’s panel, “I go to many of the film workshops around town and these are the best I’ve ever attended.â€

The festival takes place at the Electric Lodge Performing Arts Center in Venice, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291. There is free parking on the premises. The schedule of events and times can be found at www.broadhumor.com/schedule.htm. Tickets on sale beginning June 1 at www.broadhumor.com/tickets.htm.

Sponsors for this year’s festival include The Write Bros., Jungle Software, Global Beer, The Footage Firm, Quick Budget Film, Arbonne, and Soaptopia.

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