The Reel Independent Film Festival and Extravaganza starts Oct 22 in DC

Washington, DC – October 15, 2010 – The Inaugural Reel Independent Film Festival & Extravaganza presented by Reel Independent Film Extravaganza will be one of the largest film festivals to ever take place in the Washington, DC area. The festival will be held on October 22 – 24, 2010 at THEARC Theater, 1901 Mississippi Ave, Washington, DC 20020. The Reel Independent Film Festival & Extravaganza (RIFFE) “More than a festival” is an event created BY filmmakers FOR filmmakers. Spencer F. Johnson, MD, the CEO of Prince George’s County based Skyrocket Productions, LLC is the Founder of the festival. Dr. Johnson’s mission is to provide an event which strives to present the best of truly independent films in a variety of categories from around the world. The festival environment is designed to provide unique opportunities for participants to interact with one another and take part in Q&A’s after certain films, conducted by cutting edge members of the independent film community and entertainment professionals.

RIFFE is a three-day celebration of emerging filmmakers, independent films and entertainment industry professionals in an intimate setting. Attendees will witness a fabulous hair and glamour show, a wine tasting, a comedy showcase, an awards ceremony and most importantly, an array of amazing independent films of all genres from the USA, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and Bolivia. Several of the featured films will be world, DMV (DC/MD/VA) and North American Premiere screenings. Opening and closing curated film highlights include award winning “Blue Ridge” and the crime thriller “Boy Wonder” in addition to documentary film highlights of interest to the local community at large due to rave reviews, “Redemption Stone” and “Come Walk in my Shoes.”

Opening day, Friday, matinees begin at 2:00pm and there is a lineup of screenings for all film lovers. A special presentation for the adventure film “Safehouse” a film created by festival founder Spencer F. Johnson, MD, begins at 7:30pm. On Saturday; The Reel Independent Hair & Glamour Show produced by MelDonna Productions will feature a variety of professional hair stylist eager to showcase their unique talent for a chance at a $1000 grand prize. Judges include Celebrity Barber & Stylist Renaldo Williams of Technicolor Salon & Spa, BET’s Celebrity Hair Stylist & Make Up Artist Flavia Lasonji, Celebrity Make Up Artist Kym Lee and Senior Color Specialist & Hair Stylist Kim Falwell. Hosted by Cherie Moody, the show will feature performances by songstress NiaDaFoxx and Jarmal Harris Project.

Following the The Reel Independent Hair & Glamour Show, the DMV (DC/MD/VA) Local Filmmaker Showcase will highlight actors, locations and more from the DMV in films from some of the area’s finest filmmakers. The DMV Local Filmmaker Showcase begins at 4:00pm and will last throughout the evening. Rounding out Saturday’s events, the Stand-Up Comedy Showcase will feature the DMV’s funniest clean comedians as host Sean Sarvis hosts fellow comedians Mike Washington, Cassandra Archer, Curtis Gaskins, Tommy Taylor, Jr. and Sam Beamon. Attendees view the clean comedy documentary, “Clean Mic – Laughing Until it Hurts.”

Sunday launches a day of more great films with the added bonus of fine wine. Attendees will enjoy The Reel Independent Wine Tasting as Paul’s Wine & Spirits provides a selection of international wines throughout the day. Concluding the entertaining weekend will be The Reel Independent Awards Finale hosted by Shaqwana, a member of the hilarious, syndicated Russ Parr Morning Show. One filmmaker will be awarded $1,000 for the Viewers’ Choice REEL Best Film Award, one filmmaker will be awarded $1,000 for the juried REEL Filmmaker to Watch Award and seven filmmakers will be awarded REEL Recognition Awards.  Red carpet will begin promptly at 5:30pm prior to the awards show.

The Reel Independent Film Festival & Extravaganza is more than a festival, it is a new kind of experience! This festival and extravaganza is open to the public.

A portion of the proceeds from the film festival will benefit A World Fit for Kids and Susan G. Komen for the Cure in honor of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For ticket information and film schedule visit www.ReelIndependentFilm.com or contact ReelIndependentFilm@gmail.com.

FILM FESTIVAL INFORMATION:
WHEN: October 22 – 24, 2010
WHERE: THEARC Theater | 1901 Mississippi Ave SE | Washington, DC 20020
WHAT: 1st Annual Reel Independent Film Festival & Extravaganza
FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:

Ø Friday | October 22, 2010 | 2:00pm – 11:00pm | Day 1 of Screenings | *See Film Schedule*

Ø Saturday | October 23, 2010 | 10:00am – 11:00pm | Day 2 of Screenings | *See Film Schedule*

4:00pm – 7:30pm | Reel Independent Hair Show Extravaganza
4:00pm – 9:00pm | DMV Local Filmmaker Showcase
8:00pm – 11:00pm | The Stand-Up Comedy Showcase

Ø Sunday | October 24, 2010 | 10:00am – 7:00pm | Day 3 of Screenings | *See Film Schedule*

11:00am – 7:00pm | Reel Independent Wine Tasting
5:30pm – 7:00pm | Reel Independent Red Carpet Awards Finale Hosted by Shaqwana of The Russ Parr Morning Show

FILM FESTIVAL PASSES:

Ø 3-Day Pass | $45 | ENTRY INTO ALL SCREENINGS & EVENTS

Ø Friday Pass | $20 | ENTRY INTO ALL SCREENINGS ON FRIDAY ONLY

Ø Saturday Pass | $25 | ENTRY INTO ALL SCREENINGS, HAIR SHOW & COMEDY SHOWCASE

Ø Sunday Pass | $20 | ENTRY INTO ALL SCREENINGS, WINE TASTING & AWARDS FINALE

VISIT WWW.REELINDEPENDENTFILM.COM FOR FULL FILM SCHEDULE.

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