The 17th annual Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival will present filmmakar Oren Peil with the Maverick Spirit Award on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at the festival’s annual Gala taking place at the Pechanga Resort and Casino.
“Mr. Peli is a maverick by definition is one who stands above and apart from the crowd. Mr. Peli’s meteoric rise from a relative unknown to a phenomenally successful writer, producer and director in a short amount of time is remarkable and inspirational for those who want to enter the business. We are honored to present Mr. Peli, the Festival’s prestigious Maverick Spirit Award. ” said festival producer and co-founder Jo Moulton.
In addition to accepting the award, Peli will participate in one of the festivals’ numerous acting, music and marketing workshops held on Sept. 17thand 18th. “A Conversation with Oren Peli’ is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18thin Theatre 1 of the Ultrastar Tower 10 in the Tower PlazaShopping Center. A complete list of workshops and the more than 120 feature films, shorts and documentaries of this year’s festival is available at www.tviff.com.
He may not be the first person you’d think of for financial advice in today’s volatile economy, but anyone who can turn $15,000 and an idea into a film and gross $108 million and his subsequent films for $138M for a combined gross total of $194 Million (and counting) in box office receipts worldwide is worth a listen. That’s just what Israeli-born writer, producer and director Oren Peli did in 2007 with his horror classic Paranormal Activity.
Since the phenomenal success of Paranormal Activity, Peli has produce and/or written several feature films including Insidious (2010) and Paranormal Activity 2 (2010). His films Paranormal Activity 3 and Area 51are scheduled for release later this year. Peli’s maverick spirit has proven to Hollywoodthat bigger isn’t always better and inspired Paramount to create an entire new division dedicating to nurturing films made for under $100,000.
Past TVIFF honorees include Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Raquel Welch, Dionne Warwick, Carl Reiner, Mary Steenburgen, Michael Madsen, Shirley Jones, Gena Rowlands, Michael York, Hector Elizondo, Ray Charles, Rita Coolidge, William Shatner, Patty Duke, Billy Preston, Earth, Wind & Fire and Louis Gossett, Jr. Additional honorees have included Directors John Badham, Andy Fickman, Jonathan Lynn and Robert Wise, as well as Producer Lucas Foster and Composers Lalo Schifrin, Christopher Young, John Ottman and John Debney.
For more information including tickets and membership information contact the Temecula Valley International Film & Music festival call (951) 699-5514or visit www.tviff.com.
Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones, no texting, don’t talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don’t forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Film, see her work on SilentHollywood.com