In its 10th year, The SoCal Independent Film Festival brings is standard of excellent films and good people to the Huntington Beach Public Library. The festival will take place Oct. 1st-5th with film screenings, parties, an awards event and most importantly a good crowd of film lovers that gives the festival an incendiary feel. SoCal Film Festival is here for everyone, it is not just for stars, film snobs or deal makers. You come to SoCal Independent Film Festival, you are family. This is my 4th year covering it.
“As well as [Seahorses] having a unique story where performances are enhanced thanks to the actor’s sharing great chemistry, we are also treated to amazing cinematography and well-paced editing.”
A lonely and intense man invites a mysterious women he met on Craigslist into his house. He gets much more than he bargained for as this strange young woman takes over his life. What transpires is a dramatically intense and darkly comic journey about love, co-dependency and loss. Seahorses is a dark-comedy, a drama and an unlikely romance that poses the question: Can we transcend the past so we can live freely in the present.
Seahorses is written and directed by Jason Kartalian, starring Jason Wachsberger, Ian Hutton and Orson Chaplin.
Seahorses is exactly what an indie film should be, superb dialogue, great visuals, a well-thought-out story and most importantly, none of the film’s qualities rely on VFX or gimmicks. This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat thanks to a simple story that has complicated twists and turns.
Seahorses are used as a perfect metaphor for the characters. This movie is a nice mix of drama, dark-comedy and a heavy dose of art-house philosophical and life lessons. The glowing trait of the writer/director (Jason Kartalian) is he never hits us over the head with his message.
Kartalian walks the tight-rope between preachy obvious metaphor or a good movie with some valuable lessons. Luckily for the audience, the cast, crew and all involved did their job; they delivered us a good film.As well as having a unique story where performances are enhanced thanks to the actors sharing great chemistry, we are also treated to amazing cinematography (considering the film takes place in an apartment) and well-paced editing. Moreover, Seahorses is one of the best indie films to play recent festival circuits. Make sure you keep an eye out for its release as the film will hit VOD, iTunes and Amazon Prime sometime soon. When the date is finalized we’ll let you know in this article.
On a final note, it’s a lot of fun to see filmmakers going back to their roots. This film is like a nice rib bone with no fat. Only the essentials of the story and great filmmaking. A film that deserves a second viewing.
Oct. 1st-5th Theatrical Screenings and events
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Article by Paul Booth