And now for our feature presentation…

Where do films go before they become famous? Who sees them first?

You do, at the Carmel Art & Film Festival, October 12-16, Sunset Community and Cultural Arts Center in Carmel. The place in Monterey where movies come to get famous, last year’s awards showcased short films ‘Louder Than a Bomb,’ later bought by Oprah Winfrey’s TV network OWN, and ‘The Butterfly Circus,’ rumored to be on its way to full-length filmdom. (Click here to watch ‘The Butterfly Circus’ on Vimeo)

The festival will welcome a host of artistic talent, sights, sounds, and special guests, among them James Franco for the Stateside premiere of his film ‘SAL,’ and of course, the man himself: Clint Eastwood, who will also be presenting the famed Clint Eastwood Filmmakers Award.

Multiple screenings, lectures, and parties with take place at venues all around the Sunset Center, including All Saints Theater, Carmel Youth Center Theaters, and Carmel Beach (let’s hope for good weather!). Some of this year’s features include ‘J. Edgar,’ directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, and Armie Hammer; ‘Something Ventured,’ by Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller; and ‘Losing Control,’ by Valerie Weiss. A full catalog of movie trailers is available on the festival’s website.

When you’re not screening an up-and-coming blockbuster, join industry professionals for ‘Conversations and Encounters’ on a variety of subjects: Amy Powell of Paramount Pictures, Twitter co-creator Dom Sagolla, Emmy award-winning composer John Winegless, celebrity photographer Michael Childers, top comedy writers Fred Wolf and Adam McKay, and Peter Bart, former film journalist and VP of Production at Paramount Pictures in the era of some of the most unforgettable movies ever made.

And what would a film be without music? Find out all about the ins and outs of the perfect soundtrack at the Composer’s Event with film composers Alan Silvestri, David Newman, and Mark Mancina. Then stop by the Carmel Art and Film Festival’s Music Café for artists Raquel Rodriguez, Dane Edmondson, and Morgan Fisher.

You can find out more information from the festival’s website ( or on their Facebook page. Don’t forget to stop by and ‘Like’ our page while you’re there!

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