8/09/2014 Continuum Motion Pictures sponsors the 4th Annual Imperial Valley Film Festival

Continuum Motion Pictures is proud to once again sponsor the Imperial Valley Film Festival.  Continuum Co-CEOs Danny Torres and Jason Durdon are once again judges at this years event but will also be teaching seminars on basic filmmaking and camerawork. This years Festival is being held at the San Diego State University Campus in Calexico, California. 

4th annual Imperial Valley Film Festival resonates with audience, judges

By KARINA LOPEZ | Staff Writer | Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2014 12:20 am

CALEXICO — In its short four-year history, the Imperial Valley Film Festival and Artist Showcase has changed venues once, continually grown in attendance each year and this time around, saw its pool of talented locals and visiting cinephiles deepen as well.

First-time film festival attendee Patricia Urias-Adams said she decided to brave the heat this year and attend the event, which seemed like a good way to spend a Saturday afternoon during an Imperial Valley summer, she said.

“I heard about it over the radio and it seemed really interesting,” said the Calexico resident.

Urias-Adams said she enjoyed taking in all the festival had to offer including the artwork, free workshops and of course, the nearly 30 films, which were shown inside Rodney Auditorium at San Diego State University- Imperial Valley campus here.

“Some of them were a little weird and strange and some were very captivating,” she said. “They were all different and interesting to watch.”

4th annual Imperial Valley Film Festival resonates with audience, judges

People attending the fourth annual Imperial Valley Film Festival and Artist Showcase watch a short film by Roberto Ortiz during the second competition block of the festival Saturday afternoon at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus. ERIC MILLER PHOTOMiller/ August 9, 2014

Urias-Adams said the film that had the most lasting impression on her was “The End of Icebergs” by Erika Neumann.

“It was very powerful and moving,” she said.

Urias-Adams said she was impressed at the amount of local talent and was happy to see it had a place to be promoted and seen by the greater community.

“I think it shows that it is a growing industry in the Imperial Valley,” she said. “People are coming to make movies and the people from here are making movies too.”

This is the first year the event is held at SDSU- Imperial Valley campus, which brought new audience members the event, said Charla Teeters-Stewart, Imperial County film commissioner.

“So far everything has gone great,” Teeters-Stewart said. “I think the location change kept a few people away, but it also introduced a few new ones.”

This year, there were 25 submissions for local and out-of-town artists, which is what the festival receives on average, Teeters-Stewart said.

Additionally, the array of themes and talented artists in this year’s festival made it for one of the better showings, Teeters-Steward said.

“There is definitely a lot of variety in this year’s festival,” she said. “We have some very amateur pictures to semi-professional pictures.”

Second-time film festival judge Jason Derdon of Continuum Motion Pictures said despite the limited scenery option, he was surprised to see the filmmakers make more creative, family-friendly and even comedic pictures.

“They weren’t just telling stories about the narco culture or typical thrillers,” he said. “Last year there were clear front runners and this year, it’s more of a bottleneck race to the top, because all of the films are very good.”

Rosemarie Wood, a local judge and three-time festival attendee, said she felt honored to play a small role in this year’s event and was pleasantly surprised at the rise in talent from the second to the fourth festival.

“The films themselves were better,” she said. “Their quality and story lines made for some cool pieces. It was wonderful to see the level of submission rise and improve as much as it did.”

Staff Writer Karina Lopez