Action on Film Festival Wrap Up

Several of my films are making their world premiere at the popular Action on Film (AOF) Festival, which is going on until September 27th in scenic Monrovia at the Krikorian Theatres. These films are Strangers In A Book, Seeking Valentina, and Natural Born Filmmakers.

This festival was created by Del Weston, who is also a filmmaker, so he really supports indie filmmakers in our community. And I really feel the sense of community at this festival. I ran into supportive friends like King Bassey, Founder of the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Awards, LA Talk Radio Host Cameron Datzker and blogger Harrison Held.

Working on Strangers In a Book was an interesting experience and I learned so much as I also wore a producer hat on this one in addition to playing the lead role. This film is nominated for Best Guerilla short film at AOF. Keeping fingers and toes crossed!

With my castmates and writer and executive producer of Strangers In A Book. From left to right: Pooneh and Pedram Navab, myself and Kristin West
With my castmates and writer and executive producer of Strangers In A Book. From left to right: Pooneh and Pedram Navab, myself and Kristin West

It was great to see my fellow media maven Harrison Held, who played what else, but a roving reporter in writer,director and producer Yolanda Romersa’s The Reward. This film is a comedy with a twist about proud young mothers and their oh so talented children. Yolanda is a talented filmmaker who has won awards at AOF such as AOF/WAB Award and the Action on Film Award.

From left to right: Strangers in a Book writer-producer Pedram Navab, Yolanda Romersa, writer, director and producer of The Reward, blogger Harrison Held, myself and Pooneh Navab, costume designer and script supervisor for Strangers In A Book
From left to right: Strangers in a Book writer-producer Pedram Navab, Yolanda Romersa, writer, director and producer of The Reward, actor-reporter Harrison Held, myself and Pooneh Navab, costume designer and script supervisor for Strangers In A Book

I had a great time working on Seeking Valentina. Kristin and Armin had a crazy shooting schedule, but thankfully for me, my scene was shot in North Hollywood.

Seeking Valentina cast and crew with some industry luminaries like King Bassey, Founder of the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Awards, writer-director Armin Nasseri, Del Weston, Founder of the Action on Film Festival with myself and actress-producer Kristin West
Seeking Valentina cast and crew with some industry luminaries like King Bassey, Founder of the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Awards, writer-director Armin Nasseri, Del Weston, Founder of the Action on Film Festival with myself and actress-producer Kristin West

I’m really excited that Natural Born Filmmakers is nominated for a Best Comedy Feature award at AOF. I had a blast working on Natural Born Filmmakers with an ensemble cast of fine folks like my dear friends Gregory Blair and Dawna Lee Heising, which are very talented. I can’t wait to work with them on Garden Party Massacre!

The cast and crew of Natural Born Filmmakers with writer and producer Melanie Grunder in the pink and writer-director Steve Oakley in the center. Photos courtesy of John Cox/Polymedia Photography
The cast and crew of Natural Born Filmmakers. From  with writer and producer Melanie Grunder, actor Gregory Blair, myself, writer-director Steve Oakley, actress Dawna Lee Heising, and Joycelyne Lew in the center. Photo courtesy of John Cox/Polymedia Photography                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
With Cameron Datzker, who I guest co-host with on LA Talk radio and writer-director-producer of the Astronaut James D. Schumacher lll
With Cameron Datzker, who I guest co-host with on LA Talk radio and writer-director-producer of the Astronaut James D. Schumacher lll
With the lovely Max Wasa, star of House of Manson!
With the lovely Max Wasa, star of House of Manson!

 

Other standouts in this festival were The Astronaut, House of Manson, and Sudden Master. More info about this wonderful festival at http://www.aoffest.com/ and more info about the films at https://www.facebook.com/StrangersInABookhttp://www.seekingvalentina.com/, and https://www.facebook.com/naturalbornfilmmakers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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