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Los Angeles Times
Of Hype and Hondas
by Marcela Rojas


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If it weren’t for her trusty Honda Prelude, Katherine Griffin couldn’t have made her first feature film The Innocents, which she wrote, directed and stars in (with real-life best friend Kama Lee). For eight months, Katherine lived in her car in San Jose to economize while rewriting the screenplay. She also held down three waitressing jobs to save up the money for her 89-minute movie, which chronicles two high school friends’ journey to learn about family secrets, the past and true friendship. It was "Honda" - her name for the car - that greeted Griffin at the end of a 16-hour day. Honda kept her warm at night. And Honda that took her across the country to her film’s set in Bloomington, IN.

Once there, Griffin put Honda to work as the craft service car for the 20 day shoot. "Honda made my life simple," reminisced Griffin, 26, of the car that helped her to stockpile $30,000 of the under $100,000 budget for the film. "I’d do it all over again if I had to." Ironically, on the last day of filming, Honda apparently decided she’d fulfilled her cinematic duties and let out her last vrrooom. "Films that are made like this, probably have more passion behind them then 75% of films that are made with everything in place," said Dances With Films Fest co-founder Leslee Scallon. Fellow co-founder Michael Trent explained that the festival was created to showcase undiscovered filmmakers, including those with films lacking known directors, actors, producers or production company financing.

"We wanted to make this festival a starting ground for filmmakers," Scallon said. "In the market, filmmakers are expected to make a masterpiece of their first film, right off the bat. And if you don’t come out running, then you’re discouraged. We understand that film-makers need to grow and learn…These are not gritty, hand-held films," she said. "These are quality made productions, well-acted, with some breathtaking cinematography. It’s one of the last remaining festivals that goes back to the root of what independent film festivals are about.

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• • • ROSE COLORED WORLD, a 4 minute short film written & directed by Katherine Griffin and produced by Jon Bachmann and Emilia Arau is screening in NewFilmmakers Los Angeles 2015.

• • • BUTTERFLIES & LIGHTNING is a Semi-Finalist in the Zoetrope Screenwriting Competition 2015.

• • • For the third year in a row, our screenplays have placed in UCLA's Professional Program in Screenwriting competition.

• • • Our screenplay for THE REVENGE is a Semi-Finalist in the NICHOLL SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP.

• • Our screenplay for ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE has advanced to the semi-finals of the Final Draft screenwriting competition, and has been listed among the TOP 25 thriller screenplays in the Tracking Board screenplay competition 2014.

• • We are happy to announce that we have sold our latest award winning short film USE AS DIRECTED to SHORTS INTERNATIONAL.

• • We are developing several exciting projects and will keep you informed as they come to fruition.