Overlooked Film Festival



Festival Guests

James Berardinelli, Web Film Critic. Mr. Berardinelli attended the University of Pennsylvania from 1985 through 1990, obtaining both a BS and an MS in Electrical Engineering. His interest in film did not begin in earnest until his college years. In 1993, he "went public" on the Usenet newsgroups. He now views between 220 and 250 theatrical releases per year. His ReelViews website, which contains over 1600 movie reviews, can be accessed at http://movie-reviews.colossus.net

Carl Borack, Producer, Shiloh. Mr. Borack is also the producer of Shiloh II: A Dog’s Tale (1999) and The Big Fix (1978).

Concrete Orchestra, Battleship Potemkin. Concrete has been making intriguing but hard-to-classify "new music" for nearly a decade, but the Southwest Michigan band recently brought its unique craft to a new level with its original score of the 1925 silent Russian film classic Battleship Potemkin, performed live in July 1998. Founded in 1989 by Boyd Nutting of Buchanan, MI and Andrew Lersten of South Haven, MI, Concrete was conceived as a vehicle for exploring the possibilities of sound art and to document the group’s experimental, improvised "jam sessions." Concrete has performed live in Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, South Bend, Lansing, Ann Arbor and many cities in Michigan and Indiana, and has been a regular performing unit at the University of Indiana-South Bend’s Michiana Improvisational Music Festivals. Lersten’s Knot Music label has documented some of Concrete’s music on a self-titled 7" record released in 1995, a track on 1996’s "Extreme America" compilation record, and on a split cassette release with noise unit AXXY. Concrete’s first CD, titled "Equation of the Blue Horse," was released in April 1999. It is the group’s first full-length CD, containing 18 tracks and over an hour of music.

Richard Guay, Producer and Co-Writer, Household Saints. Mr. Guay has produced several other films, including Ghost Dog (1999), Janis (1999), 24-hour Woman (1998), starring Rosie Perez, Dogfight (1991) and True Love (1989). In addition, he is the co-writer of 24-Hour Woman and True Love. Mr. Guay has received two Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Feature: In 1994, as producer of Household Saints, and in 1990, as co-producer of True Love (with Shelley Louis).

Kevin Di Novis, Actor (Lanh/Dorothy), Director, Writer and Editor, Surrender Dorothy. In 1998, Mr. Di Novis won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Feature at the Slamdance International Film Festival for Surrender Dorothy.

Steven Lisberger, Director, Writer and Special Effects, Tron. Mr. Lisberger also directed Slipstream (1989). He both wrote and directed Hot Pursuit (1987) and Animalympics (1979). He also produced the latter of these two films.

Heather Rose, Actress (Julia) and Writer, Dance Me to My Song. In 1998, Ms. Rose was nominated for an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Original Screenplay for Dance Me to My Song. Other accolades for Dance Me include an AFI Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Rena Owen). Rolf de Heer, the director of Dance Me, was nominated for a Golden Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival, and won the Critic’s Choice Humanity Award at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

Dale Rosenbloom, Producer, Director and Writer, Shiloh. Mr. Rosenbloom has also written and produced Shiloh II: A Dog’s Tale (1999). His additional credits as a producer include Confessions of a Sexist Pig (1998), Eight Days a Week (1997), Red Ribbon Blues (1995), A Woman, Her Men and Her Futon (1992) and Across the Tracks (1991).

Nancy Savoca, Director and Co-Writer, Household Saints. Ms. Savoca’s motion picture directorial credits include Janis (1999), 24-hour Woman (1998) starring Rosie Perez, Dogfight (1991) and True Love (1989). In 1996, she directed and wrote several television segments of If These Walls Could Talk. She is also the writer or co-writer of several films, including Janis, 24-hour Woman, and True Love. In 1989, Ms. Savoca was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival as director of True Love. That same year, she won the Prize San Sebastian at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, also for True Love. She has also received two Independent Spirit Award nominations: Best Feature for Household Saints in 1994, and Best Director in 1990 for True Love.

David Warner, Actor (Ed Dillinger/Sark), Tron. A veteran of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Royal Shakespeare Company, David Warner has appeared in over 70 feature films. Currently, he portrays Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn in Wing Commander (1999). He also appears as Chancellor Gorkon in Star Trek: Klingon Academy, which is due for release later this year. Other notable film credits include Star Trek: IMAX (1998), Titanic (1997), Scream 2 (1997), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), The Man with Two Brains (1983), The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), Time Bandits (1981), Cross of Iron (1977), Providence (1977), The Omen (1976), Straw Dogs (1971), Morgan! (1966) and Tom Jones (1963). Mr. Warner was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Cast for Titanic. His performance as Morgan Delt in Morgan! garnered him a British Academy Award nomination for Best British Actor in 1967. In 1981, he won an Emmy award for his role in the acclaimed mini-series Masada. In addition, Mr. Warner starred in the television series Twin Peaks as Thomas Eckhardt. Guest television appearances include roles in Babylon 5, The Larry Sanders Show, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Murder, She Wrote and Tales From the Crypt. Voice credits include Babe: Pig in the City (1998), Pooh’s Grand Adventure (1997) and Toonslyvania (1998), for which he was nominated for an Annie award for Outstanding Individual Achievement.
David D. Williams, Producer, Director, Writer, Editor and Cinematographer, Thirteen. David Williams began as a painter, then took up still photography and later filmmaking. He directed 15 short films before turning to features. Lillian (1993), his first feature, won a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and was shown at the Chicago, Florida, and Vienna film festivals. Thirteen, Williams' second feature, won the Berlin International Federation of Film Societies Jury Award in 1997 at the Berlin film festival, and was screened at many other festivals including Toronto, San Francisco, London, Virginia, and New Directors/New Films. In March of 1999, Williams was selected as the winner of the Movado Someone To Watch Award. This award is an unrestricted $20,000 grant given annually to an exceptionally talented independent filmmaker who has not yet received appropriate recognition. Williams was selected from over 80 filmmakers across the country nominated by festival programmers, critics, curators, producers, and directors.  recent award

Scott Wilson, Actor (Judd Travers), Shiloh. Scott Wilson has appeared in over 40 feature films. Notable film credits include Dead Man Walking (1995), The Right Stuff (1983), The Ninth Configuration (1980), The Great Gatsby (1974), In the Heat of the Night (1967), In Cold Blood (1967), G.I. Jane (1997) and Shiloh II: A Dog’s Tale (1999). Mr. Wilson can also been seen in Jakob the Liar, starring Robin Williams, due for release later this year. In 1981, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Captain Cutshaw in The Ninth Configuration.