Film Festival

Media Day Provides TVIFF Sneak Peeks

On the evening of Wednesday, August 27th, the Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival (TVIFF) hosted their Media Day; introducing members of the press to the filmmakers, musicians, sponsors, guests and volunteers responsible for bringing this year’s film festival from conception to reality.

Surrounded by the unparalleled beauty of the Temecula Valley Polo Club, complete with live horses in action, Festival Founder, Director and Fearless Leader, Jo Moulton, introduced her tireless staff, welcomed the media and congratulated this year’s featured artists; with films as well as bands having been chosen from thousands of submissions from all over the globe.

Having heard the good news of their selection for the festival only one week prior, each filmmaker in attendance shared a short synopsis of their film. Plots ranging in topics from autism awareness to time travel to forbidden romance are on the extensive lineup.

Though the final schedule has yet to be determined, Moulton is satisfied with the progress of her brainchild thus far.

“It’s looking pretty good; more than what we expected, especially after having been gone for two and a half years,” Moulton said. “The films, the music, the workshops, all the panels, everything, they are all coming along pretty good and we should be all set for opening night. “

One of the area’s most prestigious events, the festival kicks off on September 17th at the state-of-the-art Temecula Valley High School Performing Arts Center. A red carpet arrival and kick off ceremony will precede the film “A Little Game,” which has been given the honor of being the only film screened on opening night. “A Little Game” was written and directed by Evan Oppenheimer and stars F. Murray Abraham, Janeane Garofalo, Olympia Dukakis and Ralph Macchio.

This year’s festival will not only include screenings of the films and meet and greets with the filmmakers, there is also a black tie gala, a two-day music festival featuring bands from all over the country, entertainment industry seminars and even a marketplace; perfect for rubbing elbows with industry professionals.

An opening night after party, celebrating the festival’s official return to Temecula after a two-year hiatus, will take place in Town Square Park, in front of City Hall in Old Town.

With the film festival being such an integral addition to the area’s artistic landscape, What’s Up? Temecula will be providing previews of everything TVIFF 2014 has to offer. In the upcoming weeks, look for articles about the individual films and their creators, interviews with some of the music festival’s featured bands, and descriptions of the workshops and seminars available to the public. Check back frequently for event information as it becomes available.

If the sophistication of Media Day is any indication of the event itself, this year’s Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival is definitely bringing all of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood right here to the Inland Empire.

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Holly Herndon

Holly Herndon

Holly has been covering arts & entertainment in the Temecula Valley for as long as she has been a part of the community. She loves San Diego sports almost as much as she loves her family.

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