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    2012 AAI Event CalendarJan. 13: General Membership MeetingMarch 10: Eye of the Artist

    Judged Art Show & FundraiserApril 28-29: Judged Artist Members Show

    & Gallery Working Artist TourMay 25-27: Idyllwilds Art and Treasures WeekendJune 8-10: Plein Air FestivalJuly 14-15: Judged Artist Members Show

    & Gallery Working Artist TourAug. 31-Sept 2: Idyllwilds Art and Treasures WeekendOct. 13: Art Walk & Wine Tasting Event

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    So here we are, moving into 2012 and the third annual Idyllwild Interna-tional Festival Of Cinema. I want to say that again... the THIRD annual. Most lm festivals fail before they start, and the majority of those that do manage to get up and running never see a second year, let alone a third.

    Yet here we are, gearing up for another amazing run; healthy, more experi-enced, and de nitely ready to roll. The beautiful village of Idyllwild, our fes-tival promoters and organizers and our incredible group of volunteers are all feeling a well- deserved sense of pride and accomplishment. For year number three, the celebration of lm that Devon Morris of the Desert Sun calls The greatest little lm festival on earth once again shines a spotlight on the work of some of the worlds coolest indie lmmakers.

    And when I say world, I mean world.

    In 2011 we changed the name of the festival slightly, from International Festival Of Cinema, to Independent Festival Of Cinema, re ecting our desire to focus on movies from the USA in support of domestic lm production in an economy that was less than lmmaker-friendly, to say the least. But this year, due to the high volume of both American and foreign submissions, we have decided to re-turn to our original name and move into 2012 as a true international event.

    I know Idyllwild 2012 will be looked upon as a benchmark year for the town of Idyllwild, the lm festival, and all the amazing lmmakers whose work we showcased between January 12th and the 15th. We have again held true to our mission to celebrate movie making at a festival for and about the lmmakers.

    I am humbled and proud to once again be named co-director, with the amazingly gifted Will Wal-lace, of the Idyllwild 2012 International Festival Of Cinema. So bring on the movies, the parties, the actors and creators, and lets celebrate the Greatest Little Film Festi-val On Earth Idyllwild 2012.

    Director Steven Savage

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    A great lm festival is an experience that goes beyond watching movies. Its like a great vacation - a combination of places, events, interactions and feelings that combine into a memorable whole, something that always leaves you wanting more.

    But there are practical needs too. Theres the need of a lmmaker to nd an audience for their art, to take a step forward toward making a pro t on their project.

    And then theres the need of the audience, the desire to be entertained, amazed, provoked in thought, or even frightened. For them a lm festival goes beyond these elements which could be gained from home viewing; the festival is an environment where they can interact with the art and the artists - asking questions, nding out how things were done, giving feedback and praise, sharing a scene interpretation over a glass of wine.

    Finally there are goals, filmmaker to lmmaker. Motivation, learning, teaching, inspiration and yes, even consolation.

    As we take this Festival of Cinema into Year Three, one step closer to permanence, were going to exceed your expectations this time around. Count on it.

    We l c o m e t o I dy l l w i l d 2 0 1 2 International Festival of Cinema.

    Festival Chairman Phil Calderone

    PRODUCTION NOTES The 2012 Idyllwild Independent Festival of Cinema program is published by the Idyllwild Town Crier newspaper in conjunction. The newspaper of ces are located at 54925 Village Center Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549. (951) 659-2145. Grace Reed, Publisher; J.P. Crumrine, Editor; Halie Johnson, Production Manager; James Larkin, Assistant Production Manager; Marshall Smith, Program Editor; Shane Fender, Advertising Sales Representative; and Sandy Burns, Customer Service Representative.

    TABLE OF CONTENTSFeatured lmmaker Allan Levi 4Synopses of Festival Films 5, 8 & 9Festival Program 6-7Award Recipient Mike Moder 10About the Seminars 10List of Awards 11

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    and sound recording equipment has made lming easier by enhancing mobility and allowing cameras to be taken to places where they werent easily taken before. Everything can be moved and set faster, said Levi. Its easier to make movies now with less equipment. Where in the early days of my directing I could do 22 to 23 setups a day, today Ill do 45 to 60. Levis en-gineering and technical background will enable him to discuss, with attending lmmakers, both the evolution of lmmaking as well as tips on eld production, location scouting and non-linear editing. Levi has directed commercials, episodic television, miniseries and movies of the week for the small screen including the series NCIS, ER, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Quantum Leap, and TV movies and miniseries such as Battlestar Galactica, The Incredible Hulk and The Immigrants. He produced pilots and series such as Columbo, Airwolf, and The Invisible


    Alan J. Levi, veteran lm and television director, director of photography and producer is the featured lmmaker for Idyllwild International Festival of Cin-ema (IIFC) 2012. And given his professional credits and regimented preparation for be-coming a lmmaker, he will have much to offer indie lmmakers at IIFC 2012. My junior year in high school I knew what I wanted to do in my life, said Levi. While still in high school, Levi formed Petite Productions, nanced by his school-mates, and before nishing high school had produced and directed 43 lms for such disparate organizations as the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the St. Louis Board of Education, the National Safety Council and others that could not afford to hire a commercial company. Before nishing high school and with a cache of completed lms under his belt, Levi wrote to three Hollywood celebrities who had been known to mentor young lmmakers. One, actor, director and pro-ducer Dick Powell, responded. After high school graduation and before enrolling for his rst year at Northwestern University, Levi traveled to Hollywood to begin his apprenticeship with Powell. His wife, June Al-lyson, became my surrogate mom, remembered Levi. During that interregnum between high school and college while under Powells tutelage, Levi demonstrated his pen-chant for thorough preparation. He studied lm technique at various studios, direction under Andre de Toth, makeup with William Tuttle at the MGM makeup department, photography at Paramount and Warner Brothers on sets of shooting features, and editing with Warners editing staff. At Northwestern, Levi, certain of his professional path, crafted his class choices accordingly. He minored in psy-chology so as to better understand and direct actors. He also minored in engineering, partly to please his father, but also out of his own interest in technology. As a result of that minor, Levi helped design and build the nascent lm and television studio in Kresge Hall at Northwestern. Levi also held patents for a process he invented in 1963, called Video Assist that combined a motion picture and television camera all in one, viewing through one lens. Commenting on how the business has changed tech-nologically, Levi noted the miniaturization of cameras

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    lan J. Levi, veteran lm and television director, director of photography and producer is the featured lmmaker

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