Oceanside CA— The 2015 edition of the Oceanside International Film Festival (OIFF) opened on Sunday with a red carpet reception at the historic Star Theatre.
Guests, including approximately 45 filmmakers, were greeted by the Star Theatre Glee Club performing in front of the lobby and treated to food from Pollos Maria, Venetos Italian Cuisine, and San Luis Rey Bakery and Restaurant along with craft beer courtesy of Stone Brewing Co, Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits, and Manzanita Brewing Company.
The hour and a half reception was an opportunity for filmmakers and guests to mingle and talk shop with stars including veteran voice and motion capture actor, TJ Storm, voice actress Laura Williams, actress Tatiana DeKhtyar and John DeBello who directed, produced, edited, music-scored, and co-wrote ‘Attack of the Killer Tomatoes’.
TJ Storm, raised in Hawaii and a Martial Art Masters Hall of Fame inductee, made the motion capture performances for Captain Josh Stone in Resident Evil 5. TJ also provided the motion capture for Dave Johnson from the same game. Outside of Resident Evil, Storm has also done voice work for characters such as Brad Garrison in Dead Rising and Agnus in Devil May Cry 4, Craig Marduk in Tekken 6, Street Fighter X Tekken, and Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
Laura Williams is an actress, known for her singing talent as the cub, Nala in ‘The Lion King’. She also starred in ‘The Boy Who Had Everything’ with Jason Connery and Diane Cilento, and the 2002 film ‘Luster’.
The reception was followed by two film screenings plus a Q&A session following each.
The first film ‘Into The Silent Sea’ has won multiple awards across the country and was winner of both OIFF-2014 Jury’s Award for Best Student Film – College and OIFF-2014 Jury’s Award for Best Picture. The film starring Peter Arpesella, Tatiana DeKhtyar, Aleksandr Khachatryan is about a lone cosmonaut adrift in orbit around Earth whose communications and life-support systems are failing. A radio engineer in Italy, working the night shift, picks up his distress call and the two quickly form a friendship.
One of the films stars, a Russian born model who has successfully made the transition into acting, Tatiana DeKhtyar, was present to receive an award for the film and answered several questions after the screening. Tatiana told the audience that writer and director for the film, Andrej Landin, a former film student at Chapman University in Orange, California, did an incredible job capturing life in Russia during the time period of the film.
The film was shot entirely in Southern California but you would never know it while watching the emotion stirring short film. “I must have seen the movie fifty times” said Tatiana “and I still cry each time I see it.”
A screening of the Guest Feature Film “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” was next. The Horror/Science Fiction/Comedy film has achieved cult status. This classic film about tomatoes revolting against humanity was filmed entirely in San Diego county, including Oceanside.
Opening day festivities wrapped up with an after party at the Surfside Tap Room.
The Oceanside International Film Festival continues through August 16 with screenings at the Brooks Theatre along with the Star Theatre and includes several workshops. You can see the entire schedule [Here]