The LA 3-D Club is pleased to announce the winners of The 11th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival. The festival’s mission is to showcase the best independent stereoscopic 3-D filmmaking from around the world. This year’s fest took place on Dec 12th-14th, 2014, at the Downtown Independent theater in Los Angeles.
Awards were presented at the Closing Night Ceremony on Sunday, Dec 14th, by festival director and LA 3-D Club president Eric Kurland. Top films were selected by audience ballot. Award winners were presented with the traditional “Ro-Man” trophy of the LA 3-D Club and an assortment of valuable prizes from festival sponsors Sony Creative Software and Innoventive Software.
The Grand Prize Award winner was DIABLERIES: ONE NIGHT IN HELL from internationally award-winning animation studio and production company Unanico Group, and visionary rock musician Brian May. In the film a 3D phenomenon of 1860s Paris is unleashed on the 21st century. “One Night in Hell” is a devilish and spectacular animation short that tells the story of one skeleton’s journey into a stereoscopic Hell. The film features exclusive new music from Brian May & the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. The film received the LA 3-D Club’s Gold Ro-Man award, Sony Vegas Pro 13 from Sony Creative Software and FrameForge Previz 3D from Innoventive Software. The film’s website is www.onenightinhell.com
The Second Place Award was presented to SPECTRE OF MEMORY by Claudia Kunin. Kunin was also the recipient of this year’s “Ray Zone Award for Excellence in 3-DIY.” Named for festival co-founder Ray “3-D” Zone, who passed away in 2012, the award celebrates what Zone described as “fiercely independent do-it-yourself 3-D filmmaking.” Internationally acclaimed for her work addressing the intersection of memory, history, and spirit, Kunin creates 3D montages using still images from her family’s archive. Her most recent work transposes these stills into moving imagery, reanimating her mother’s journey from war-torn Europe to America. She was presented with the LA 3-D Club’s Silver Ro-Man award and Sony Vegas Pro 13 from Sony Creative Software. For more information about Claudia Kunin’s works, visit www.claudiakunin.com
The Third Place Award went to THE CHAPERONE 3D, directed by Fraser Munden and co-directed by Neil Rathbone. The Chaperone 3D is a short film produced by Thoroughbread Pictures of Montreal, Canada. It tells the true story of a lone teacher who was chaperoning a middle school dance in 1973 Montreal, when a menacing motorcycle gang invaded it. The Chaperone 3D recreates the scene using hand drawn animation, miniature sets, puppets, live action Kung Fu and explosions all done in stereoscopic 3D. In addition to the Ro-Man bronze award, the filmmakers also received Sony Movie Studio Suite from Sony Creative Software. More about the film can be found at www.thoroughbread.ca/the-chaperone-3d
The festival presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award to director Norm DePlume (AKA Stephen Gibson) for his body of work in stereoscopic cinema. Gibson founded the Deep Vision Company in the 1970s and was the first filmmaker to make feature-length 35mm 3-D films in color anaglyph. His latest 3-D motion picture, HACKIN JACK VS. THE CHAINSAW CHICK was screened at the festival.
Shannon Benna, founder of the 3-D women’s group Stereo Sisters, presented the awards for Best Student Produced 3-D Film. Two films were tied in audience voting for this honor. THE DEPTHS, directed by Jordan Dowler-Coltman at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, Canada, and AUSTIN SURHOFF, UT SWIMMER directed by Patricio Elizondo at the University of Texas at Austin’s UT3D program each received the Real-D Stereoscopic Calculator app for IOS courtesy of Innoventive Software.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS:
The LA 3-D Club was established in the Greater Los Angeles area in 1955 by a dedicated group of 3-D stereo photographers to further the art and science of stereoscopic photography. For nearly six decades members have been meeting monthly to share images created through stereoscopic photography, computer generated imagery, and film and video. Throughout the year, the organization presents regular monthly 3-D screenings, presentations and events, culminating with the LA 3-D Movie Festival, held every December, and curated by LA 3-D Club president and festival director Eric Kurland, lead stereographer for the 2013 Oscar nominated animated short Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare.” For more info, visit www.LA3DClub.com
3-D SPACE: The Center For Stereoscopic Photography, Art, Cinema, and Education is a newly founded nonprofit organization which will operate a museum, gallery, theater, library and classroom dedicated to both the preservation of the history of stereoscopic imaging, and the advancement of current and future 3-D arts and sciences. www.3-DSPACE.org
Stereo Sisters is a point of convergence for Women who work, live & love in 3D! Our focus is synergy among Women in 3D via mentorship, education & community. We are directors, stereographers, editors, producers, writers, photographers, and artists – and we welcome all women who have a passion for exploring this new dimension of entertainment!www.StereoSisters.com
The Downtown Independent Theater is downtown Los Angeles’ premiere venue for screening independent film and video. The modern facility features 222 Stadium style seats including 16 reclining sofa seats, digital and 35mm projection, and a lobby art gallery. The LA 3-D Club outfitted the theater with a polarized 3-D projection system and silver screen specifically for the screening of independent 3-D content. For more info, visitwww.downtownindependent.com