Category Archives: Los Angeles Film Festival

You may consider this our mission statement, our manifesto and our credo.

From the new Hukilau blog

Since prehistoric times, people have huddled together around
campfires and told stories to each other. These stories have served the purpose
of entertaining (taking our minds off of the brutal realities of survival on
this planet), educational (teaching us how to better navigate and survive some
of the brutal realities of survival on this planet), and remind us of the goal,
which is namely to stay bound together as a tribe, family, nation or similar
social units to hopefully aim for the ideal of collectively overcoming the day
to day drudgeries of simple survival and achieve the status of heroes and gods.
(Well, one can dream!)

The stories that have survived the test of time and become
the most repeated, were the ones that resonated with our collective natures,
taught us the most enduring and valuable lessons or lifted our spirits through
the vehicle of mirth or hope.

Somewhere along the way, there arose a class of people who
saw that as technology evolved and story telling and dissemination more and
more became reliant on these changes that the profitable position was to set
oneself up as a gatekeeper to the means of production and distribution. We
eventually came to know these gatekeepers by names such as; scribes, priests,
printers, publishers, newspapers, magazines, radio stations, television
stations, record companies, movie studios, et al. As you can plainly see, this
model was profitable and even beneficial to the public and to artists for a
period of time, but that time has come to an end. Everywhere you look,
traditional publishing is upside down, the music industry is upside down, the
movie industry is upside down, and mostly due to their own myopic tendencies.

Read the rest on the Hukilau blog

The GSpot: Thom Mayne

The GSpot: Thom Mayne

Joseph Matheny takes a break from interviewing this week to play a recording from the 2009 LAFF: Architect Thom Mayne talking about film along with another episode of In Your Ear. Also, introducing our first podcast sponsor: Tunecore.


Pritzger prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the renowned architectural firm Morphosis, comes to the Festival to share his passion for space, light, and cinema.

Los Angeles Film Festival: Official Podcasting Station- Sponsored by Pilotlite

2012 update: This series is now archived here-

Bookmark it. Episodes start 06-18-09
Los Angeles Film Festival: Official Podcasting Station- Sponsored by Pilotlite


Here’s a few links to audio collections I’m building from panels, talks and conferences I’m recording at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival. I have over 30 hours of this type of material recorded so far and will be releasing it all over time on

  • Filmmaker Lunch Talks Los Angeles Times Entertainment Writer John Horn talks to various producers, writers, editors and directors about their filmmaking experiences.
  • Finance Conference Various industry experts and filmmakers talk about the “art of finance” for the independent filmmaker in the current economic climate.

Pilotlite/DPRGRM Bringing Podcasting to LAFF

Los Angeles, CA June 1, 2009–Award wining immersive media artist Joseph Matheny has announced that his companies, Pilotlite and DPRGRM will be producing the official podcast for the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival. Matheny, with his companies, Metalepsis and DPRGRM pioneered film festival podcasting in 2006, with the first ever “from the floor” podcast with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  (Archive link:  The SBIFF podcast produced segments that were picked up by major media sources, like Variety, E! and Starz, putting SBIFF on the map.

“We’re proud to bring the ‘from the carpet and from the floor’ experience to Los Angeles and aim to achieve even better results than we did with the SBIFF” said Matheny. “Piltolite/DPRGRM strives to always be on the cutting edge of the evolving media landscape. We’ll be pushing out audio-video podcasts, click to play, and still image archives of seminars, talks and red carpet events. This will “virtualize” the event for those who attended to revisit their experience, as well as offering a taste for those who might not be able to attend this year, but hope to in the future. Virtualizing events lengthens the “knee” of the bell curve for live events. This will be the first year for a official podcasting station at the LAFF and we’re proud to be breaking ground once again and to be providing a valuable service to the independent film community.” Continue reading