Love Actually is a critically
Love Actually is a critically acclaimed annual short film screening event, hosted by New York Film Loft & SCENEPR! on Valentine’s Day each year. Love Actually features films from around the globe and all genre of short film. This is our NINTH SUCCESSFUL year running!
Once again we invite you to join us to as we screen an AMAZING group of submissions from all over the globe!
SCENEPR screens the best short films about love, sex and romance during our Valentine’s Day screenfest. This is a non-competitive event that takes place Sunday, February 14th, 2016 from 6:00-9pm.
Picked by Going.com, Timeout New York, Freenyc and NYMag as cool Valentine’s Day event for singles and couples!! Get your tickets for the event that Dr. Ruth.com calls a “Cinematic Orgy!”
SPACE IS LIMITED! NO TICKETS ARE SOLD AT THE DOOR, so be sure to get tickets soon.
Doors Open: 6:00pm (wine & cheese/snacks provided)
First Film Begins: 7:00pm (sharp)
If interested in Sponsoring or placing items in our Festival gift bag, you may download our Love Actually 2015 Sponsor Offering.
DARON JENKINS | New York Film Loft
Daron is a highly sought after Content Strategist & Business Connector. He has run his firm SCENEPR which specializes in event and digital content creation aimed at entrepreneurs, creative and business influencer within the film, television, music, fashion and technology verticals primarily. He helps clients connect to impactful business knowledge and assists strategic relationship building.
Daron specializes in using curated event experiences as well as his superior skills in relationship & community building to help clients develop and extend their business connections to top executives, CEOs, VPs, industry disruptors and thought leaders who are typically hard to reach.
Daron has hosted 500+ events and served 60k+ clients, He has helped his clients generate connections with entrepreneurs, creatives, investors, business owners, and execs from small startups to large companies like LinkedIN, TechStars, WeWork, Deloitte, Tribeca Film Festival, TriNet, PopChips, ProductionHub, Media Services, Hint Water, Muji, Balls Vodka, Sixpoint Brewery and hundreds of others.
2016 LOVE ACTUALLY OFFICIAL SELECTIONS*
* Does not represent final screening order. Lineup Subject to change.
Adina Howard 20: A Story of Sexual Liberation – 19:59
In 1995, Adina Howard made waves in the world of music with her hit song “Freak Like Me.” Never before had a solo R&B female artist made such a bold and controlling stance sexually through song. Along with becoming one of the highest selling singles and most played music videos on MTV and BET in 1995, Adina Howard’s performance allowed young women of color and future recording artist to express their sexuality without shame.
“Adina Howard 20: A Story of Sexual Liberation” shares Adina’s story through her own words as well as the impact that she made during the 1990s and thereafter through the thoughts of fellow entertainers, educators, feminists, and fans.
The film gives an intellectual look into the inside of the highs and lows of the life a platinum selling artist, whose work has made a lasting impact despite the polarizing feelings towards her.
Director: Gezus Zaire
Born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in the community of East Cleveland, Gezus Zaire is the founder of the award winning media outlet Rebel Life Media.
He is a nationally published journalist that has worked in television, film and radio. Bringing a diverse field of expertise that ranges from sports, politics, music, activism and history among many other topics, Zaire applies his experience and education to his documentaries to give them a unique feel.
Zaire is a graduate with a Bachelor of Arts & Science in communication from the University of Toledo. He is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Ohio Valley Chapter.
Dry Me Crazy – 21:12
After spotting the girl of his dreams at a laundromat in New York City, Ryan embarks on a frantic journey to craft the perfect first impression before she returns to pick up her dry clothes.
Director: Ethan Corn
Ethan Corn — not ‘Coen’ — has a degree in Film & Television Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (Class of 2014). He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where, in addition to filmmaking, Ethan finds great joy and continual disappointment as an actor and a die-hard Dodgers fan.
Loved App – 10:49
A lonely man searches for love through a dating app, as the chance of a physical connection becomes increasingly difficult.
Loved App is an award winning, satirical romance that explores the idea of projecting false personas of ourselves in order to feel accepted in an image-obsessed society.
“A warm and genuine film that took on the contemporary angst of online dating and alienation. We thought it was a very well-told story and all the elements were strong and contributed to a memorable film.”
Carol Morley and Cairo Cannon – Director and Producer of ; “The Falling”, “Dreams of a Life” and “The Alcohol Years”.
Director: James Oliver
Mistress May I? – 7:00
Despite being a very successful dominatrix, Mistress Couple grapples with the fact that her parents cannot accept who she truly is.
Director: Gabrielle Ewing
Gabrielle Ewing graduated from New York University, and double majored in Film/TV at Tisch School of the Arts and Journalism at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Gabrielle’s interest in film/television began in high school and during her senior year she was part of a team of students that received an MSG Varsity Award for an outstanding full-game production. At NYU, Gabrielle found her passion for documentary filmmaking and during her sophomore year, her short documentary “Runnin’ on Empty” was selected for the NYU Sight & Sound Film Festival. The next year, another short documentary titled “Life After Sandy” was selected for the Atlantic City Downbeach Film Festival. She is currently in a yearlong honors course working on A HEARTH OF OUR OWN, which will tell the story of an undocumented Irish immigrant living in New York City. She is also interned at CNN’s Documentary Unit. Gabrielle now lives in Washington DC and is an Associate Producer for 522 Productions.
Shevenge – 11:30
While at a killer slumber party, Sam, Taylor and Charley embark on a journey of revenge and empowerment. A glass of wine in hand, these three best friends discover their own deepest fantasies while getting to pay back their crappy boyfriends! With a mix of horror, fantasy and action, they seamlessly jump into their favorite genres of film & television. Bloody hilarious and awkwardly honest, Shevenge will leave you astonished, and fantasizing for more!
Director: Amber Benson
Shevenge is directed by Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Amber Benson. For three seasons, she played the iconic role of “Tara Maclay,” learning from one of the industries top directors, Joss Whedon. She is also a hugely accomplished writer and novelist. Amber co-wrote (with Christopher Golden) and directed the animated web-series Ghosts of Albion for the BBC. The duo then novelized the series in two books for Random House. She has written more than 10 novels in the last 10 years.
Texting: A Love Story – 8:02
A short, awkward romantic comedy about love, intimacy, and connection in the digital age.
Director: Jeanette L Buck
Jeanette Buck’s film directing credits include the feature film, Out of Season, and the short films Lie Together, Kiss on the Bosphorus, and Texting: A Love Story. Jeanette is also a known theater figure in Washington, DC working as a director and stage manager. http://jeanettebuck.com/
The First Date – 24:46
How far will fate go? Jack and Rachel are about to find out. Destined to be soul mates, these two are embarking on a lifelong love. There’s only one problem – they have to get past their first date. The night always ending in a heated argument, these two return to their beds only to relive the same date time and time again. But when Rachel doesn’t show as planned, Jack is forced to take matters into his own hands. Can he find her, win her love, and fix the timeline? Or is it too late and are Jack, Rachel, and the rest of the world doomed?
Director: Mason Makram
The Girl I Should’ve Ended Up With – 10:00
While performing in his hometown, a stand-up comedian runs into an old flame.
Director: Matt Jardin
Through the Pane – 6:21
The filmmaker’s 87-year-old father shares reflections on life through panes of glass while facing the pain of losing his wife of 62 years. With ‘cosmic perspective’, he takes comfort in the rhythms of nature to cope with the unpredictable, non-linear qualities of grief.
Director: Dawn Westlake
Dawn is president of Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles. She has made 17 films since 2000 which have won 47 awards and played on all seven continents (yes, even Antarctica!). Dawn is also an actress/writer/producer and has judged film festivals in Italy, France and Chicago.
Wipeout – 5:14
A man with chronic Obsessive Compulsive Disorder falls in love with a beautiful female jogger, and takes up running in a bid to win her heart.
Director: Paul Murphy
I am an Irish-born, London-based award winning director and writer.
My latest short silent comedy ‘Wipeout’ was made in 7 days as part of the Aarhus Short Film Challenge 2014. We won an Honourable Mention and were in the Top Ten Films of the Festival.
My Film London funded drama ‘Stop’ has had enormous success on the international film festival circuit, winning many awards, including two Best Actor Awards, playing in eighteen festivals thus far, and was Rankin’s Collabor8te ‘Film of the Week’ early this year.
‘Crossed Lines’ my first short film, was funded by the RTE/Film Base short film scheme and had a successful run on Irish television.
“Next!’ an online comedy series I directed with comedians Haiste and Lawrence was on the long list for the 2014 British Comedy Awards.
My clients include Saatchi & Saatchi, Auspicium, Volkswagen, Barclays, The Sunday Times, MTV, The Times, Unilever, and Diesel.
I used to be a 1st AD, with over twelve years experience in features, TV dramas, commercials, and promos, a skill base that proves very valuable in my directing career.
I am currently working with a number of writers, developing my next short film, a feature idea, and I am actively seeking opportunities to direct television drama.
You Are My Present – 18:16
Heartbroken from his previous relationship, Sam suddenly finds new hope when he meets a kind and beautiful stranger on the bus. However, in order to truly move on, Sam takes the audience into his own mind, where he must confront his past and overcome his fear of letting go.
Director: Sam Luk
Sam Luk (1987, Canada) is a Chinese-Canadian filmmaker, born and raised in the suburbs of Hong Kong. Sam began writing for the screen in 2010. His first short film, Invincible Spring, was an ambitious project shot over three years, completing in August 2014. He has since founded Parafauna, a production company in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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