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Digital World Premiere of Characters Set For 4PM PST/7PM EST on April 11 in French Riviera Film Festival’s Online Screening Room

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Short Comedy by Director Kevin Asch (Holy Rollers) Stars Danny A. Abeckaser (The Irishman),  Lukas Haas (The Revenant) & Sara Foster (Barely Famous)

CharactersLos Angeles, April 10, 2020  — In celebration of short film and short-form content worldwide, French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) is pleased to present the online world premiere of the comedy Characters, by director Kevin Asch (Holy Rollers) and starring Danny A. Abeckaser (The Irishman),  Lukas Haas (The Revenant) and Sara Foster (Barely Famous). Characters will premiere at 4PM PST/7PM EST on Saturday, April 11, 2020, as part of FRFF’s online screening room (www.frenchrivierafilmfestival.com/screening-room)

In response to the growing concern worldwide about the covid-19 pandemic, FRFF producers recently unveiled its ‘screening room,’ running through April 30th, where the festival’s 2019 winning and finalist films are available for viewing to enjoy online while on the go or from the comfort of one’s home.

“FRFF’s online screening room was extremely well received by our audience,” comments co-founder Nicole Muj. “So much so, we decided to add Characters, which will also have its world premiere theatrical screening at our 2020 festival. We wanted to give film fans a sneak peek of the entertaining, star-studded content that will be spotlighted later this summer.”

In Characters, a psychologically troubled sporting goods store clerk (Abeckaser), obsessed with Al Pacino’s gangster characters is set-off into his old pattern of acting out like them when he hears about his ex returning to Long Island to get married. At the same time, his current love (Foster) is giving him an ultimatum to leave with her to California at the end of the summer, all the while pushing his relationships, including his mother and best friend (Haas) to the limits with his Pacino impressions.

“I’m thrilled people will finally get to see Characters.  I loved playing this character not only because of my love and admiration for Al Pacino, but because I feel that we all have a little bit of Sandy in us,” says Abeckaser.

FRFF also recently announced that the second annual edition of the festival has beenFRFF rescheduled for later this summer with screenings at Laemmle Film Center in Santa Monica, California, the ‘Riviera West,’ with exclusive parties and an award ceremony at S Bar Brentwood.

First launched last year during the time period of the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, the exclusive, intimate festival fêtes short-form content created for film, television, Web and all digital platforms. FRFF invites filmmakers from around the world to participate in the two-day,  by invitation only event. Attendees and participants include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media and influencers. 

“In 2019, we presented a special, out-of-competition screening of the Oscar-winning short Skin, in association with Salaud Morisset,adds co-founder Gotham Chandna. “We are delighted that Characters will be this year’s special screening title.”

FRFF’s prestigious jury selects Best Drama Short, Best Comedy Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best Experimental Short, Best Sci-Fi/Horror Short, Best Music Video, Best Lifestyle Content, Best Fashion Content, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, as well as a Special Industry Award.

Filmmakers and content creators can submit their films for FRFF 2020 at a 20% discount, using code FRFF20A through April 30, 2020 at: https://filmfreeway.com/FrenchRivieraFilmFestival.

Festival media partners include Azure Azure, Cinémoi USA, Close Up Culture, Destination Luxury, Indie Entertainment Magazine, Informer Media, Gothamology, The Hype Magazine and Marie Westwood Magazine.

Event sponsors include Bel-Air Fine ArtChateau de Berne, filmfestivals.com, The Good Gin, NurtriVsta, S Bar Brentwood and  Weed Cellars.

*please note, actual festival dates are tentative, due to the ongoing health crisis.


(Source: FRFF Press Release)






7 Questions with THE LOVE WITCH Director Anna Biller

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Blossoming auteur, Anna Biller, makes her follow-up directorial to her self-headlined Viva with this fantastical, comedic, Technicolor thriller of Elaine, a beautiful young witch, with an undying determination to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. Her spills and potions work a little too well, leaving a string of helpless, hapless victims. After she finally meets up with the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved drives her over the edge of insanity to commit murder.

Come see the Love Witch and a Q & A  with Director Anna Biller at the Los Angeles Nuart Theater!



Actress Samantha Robinson
Plus Principal Cast Members
Fri Nov 11, 7:00pm show w/Q&A*
Sat Nov 12, 7:00pm show w/Q&A
Sun Nov 13, 4:00pm show w/Q&A
*With Filmmaker Anna Biller

The Love Witch is the second feature film from Anna Biller and it recently received distribution from Oscilloscope Laboratories. Biller’s first feature was Viva(2007), a dramedy about two Los Angeles suburbanites who experiment with drugs

HollywoodGlee talked with Biller about the film screening in select theaters beginning November 11th. For detailed information on screenings click here.

  1. How Did the Premise Of The Screenplay for TheLove Witch come to you?

elaine_wayne-1I wanted to write something to do with women’s psychology.  So, I created a character who has a very complex psychology that allowed her to have power over men by using her sexuality. And, I wanted the audience to get to know my character. I spent the first phase of the process writing dialogue that would express the psychology of my characters. I wanted Elaine to be from the Golden Age of Film where intelligent women characters are interesting to learn about while getting to know who they are as people. I ended up cutting much of the other characters dialogue in the editing process.

2. Horror films about witchcraft and the occult often don’t have comedic tones.

Anna Biller

The Love Witch isn’t necessarily meant to be comedy. It’s just the absurdity of the relationship aspect. Relationship issues are often comedic so I feel it’s an interesting dynamic that adds color to the witchcraft versus it all being dark and frightening.

 3. You’re credited with writing, directing, set design and costuming.

I enjoy making things with my hands. It took me seven years to create the props and the costumes. I didn’t have the financing of a studio so I could oversee it and still have control.

4. Your lead actor Samantha Robinson had been a stage actor and a model. What did she bring to the character of Elaine that surprised you?

She had been doing theater and was taking acting classes. She brought a strong presence with her poise and added a lot to the character with her subtle nuances.

 5. Any filmmakers have an influence on your work?

Alfred Hitchcock. He was a master technician. His use of lighting to convey meaning and emotion and his use of psychology especially with women are big influences. I spent a lot of time working out the character’s psychology and needed to re-write and adjust some of the dialogue to keep the pace of the film where I wanted it. I would have loved to have been able to fulfill all the characters.


6. Why did you choose Technicolor for your films?

The films I watched were made in Technicolor so I wanted my films to look that way. I feel it’s a richer viewing experience with color. I use a lot of red.

7. What’s next?

I’d like to do a film about a sociopathic husband from the wife’s point of view as she uncovers the issues her husband has been hiding from her.

The Love Witch opens in Los Angeles  at the Landmark Nuart Theater on November 11th. For information on additional screenings click here.

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