ARRIVING April 27th - 30th 2017

Four days of screenings, parties and artist programs that celebrate independent film making in the heart of Santa Monica.

Housed at the Edgemar Center for the Arts, the CATE Los Angeles Film Festival is nestled in the Frank Gehry designed complex on bustling Main Street in Santa Monica, California. The 5th Annual Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival (CATE) presents films of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice or a challenge to what is expected and accepted in the medium. A community staple, CATE was born out of a desire to showcase innovative films, with a commitment to quality, which push industry boundaries and explore cutting-edge cinema.

Our film festival is now accepting submissions for Narrative Features, Documentaries, and Shorts. We emphatically welcome films in all genres, from all corners of the world, whether you’re a student or a seasoned filmmaker. It is CATE’s mission to feature films which will, first and foremost, connect with audiences but also give independent filmmakers genuine exposure and additional opportunities for global distribution. This film festival is dedicated to shining the light on indie gems which continue to push this industry to new heights. Festival Director Michelle Danner is thrilled to now invite the global independent film community to submit their finest work to this vibrant, beachside community during CATE 2017.

Los Angeles Film Festival
4 days

Screenings start at 7p.m on April 27th and end at 10p.m. on April 30th.


Event Speakers

John Singleton


Original movies

Short films, documentaries & narrative features


April 27, 2017
5:00 pm - 7 pm
Opening Night Ceremony
Michelle Danner - Festival Director
Venue: Edgemar Center For The Arts

Celebrate the opening night of CATE 2017 with the the filmmakers who made it all possible. Enjoy great food and drinks while you mingle with fellow artists and industry professionals.

8 pm - 10 pm
Wild Prairie Rose
Director - Deborah LaVine
Venue: Alexander Theater

90 min // 2016 // USA
Synopsis: After leaving her hometown for big city life, Rose must return home to care for her ailing mother. It is the 1950s, and Rose is a trailblazer at a time when the role of women was beginning to change. Back home, she befriends James, a deaf man. Although the role of women was evolving, deaf people were still typically seen as outcasts. Rose is intrigued by James. She learns that just because he cannot hear or speak, there are many ways to communicate, and finds that he is intelligent, thoughtful and creative. Although her family and friends discourage the unlikely friendship, the two grow to appreciate each other and fall in love. Sometimes you find what you are looking for where you least expect it — and coming home, Rose discovers herself, finds love, and learns to appreciate the life she left behind.

9 pm - 10 pm
Short Block 1
Venue: TBD

April 28, 2017
5 pm - 7 pm
Short Films Block 2
Michelle Danner - Founder
Venue: Edgemar Center For The Arts

5 pm - 7 pm
Documentary Block 1
Venue: TBD

SHORT FILM 1 | Inventory
Director: Trevor Kyle Hansford
6 min. 32 s // USA

Synopsis: Social Black Parental Commentary through the lens of a middle aged father, who has realized he mislead his children in terms of how they are perceived by fearful and hateful Americans. A father bears his soul, pain, fear and regret for not preparing them for the eventual institutionalized racism they would face as they grew into adulthood.
SHORT FILM 2 | The Listen Project - The First Five Years
Director: Gary Bassin
6 min. 32 s // 2016 // USA

Synopsis: As electrical, vibrational beings on the most minute cellular level, music from whatever genre, is an expression of the human spirit at its most basic. The Listen Project is an ongoing journey and ever growing borderless library of intimate and rarely seen performances from musicians and other artists from every corner of the globe. It is a celebration of our musical and cultural diversity and an effort to accent the positive human spirit that exists in the world for future generations to come.
SHORT FILM 3 | American Psychosis
Director: Amanda Zackem
14 min 43 s // 2017 // USA

Synopsis: Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist, Author and Activist Chris Hedges, discusses modern day consumerism, totalitarian corporate power and living in a culture dominated by pervasive illusion.

7 pm - 9 pm
Short Block 3
Venue: TBD

7 pm - 8: 30
Good Bones
Director - Tim Bohn
Venue: TBD

85 min // 2016 // USA
Synopsis: Danny O'Brien dedicates one last summer to his family's Hamptons real estate business - and to his father Joes' seemingly obsolete values: poetry, integrity, and community.

9 pm - 10:30 pm
Happy Hunting
Director: Joe Dietsch & Louie Gibson
Venue: TBD

89 min // 2017 // USA
Synopsis: An alcoholic drifter must battle withdrawal and psychotic rednecks after he becomes the target of a deranged sporting event Back home, she befriends James, a deaf man. Although the role of women was evolving, deaf people were still typically seen as outcasts. Rose is intrigued by James. She learns that just because he cannot hear or speak, there are many ways to communicate, and finds that he is intelligent, thoughtful and creative. Although her family and friends discourage the unlikely friendship, the two grow to appreciate each other and fall in love. Sometimes you find what you are looking for where you least expect it — and coming home, Rose discovers herself, finds love, and learns to appreciate the life she left behind.

9 pm - 10:30 pm
Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution
Director: Benjamin Nolot
Venue: TBD

90 min // USA
Synopsis: Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution is a documentary about today’s young adult hookup culture. The film follows the journey of college students during their Spring Break revelries, offering an insightful look into their attitudes and behaviors regarding sex. It is an honest and raw depiction of this casual sex environment where sexual violation has become normal. Liberated widens the view of today’s hookup culture by examining the role of pop-culture in shaping conceptions of gender and sexuality that are foundational to this new sexual revolution.

April 29, 2017
10 am - 12 pm
Filmmakers Breakfast
Venue: TBD

12 pm - 2 pm
Short Block 4
Venue: TBD

12 pm - 2 pm
Documentary Block 2
Venue: TBD

SHORT FILM 1 | Refuge
Director: Matthew K. Firpo
20 min // 2016 // USA

Synopsis: Refuge is a chronicle of human stories from the European Refugee Crisis, focused on humanity and hope. Shot on location in Greece, January 2016.
SHORT FILM 2 | Special Blood
Director: Natalie Metzger
1hr // 2016 // USA

Synopsis: A poignant, no-holds-barred documentary chronicling the lives of four patients with a dramatic, rare disease. Struggling to be heard by an ignorant healthcare system, they join their voices together to conquer adversity and create change.
SHORT FILM 3 | Blind Sushi
Director: Eric Heimbold
17 min // 2016 // USA

Synopsis: A blind adventure writer and the first sustainable sushi chef search for enlightenment in the murky depths off the New England coast.

2 pm- 4 pm
Cold Breath
Directed by Abbas Raziji
Venue: TBD

1h23m // 2016 // Iran
Synopsis: Maryam have been past thirty. The woman who born as a girl but…she passed her puberty like a boy and in the way of love and subsistence she tried hard her every day just like a male….

2 pm - 4 pm
Shorts Block 5
Venue: TBD

4 pm - 6 pm
Venue: TBD

6 pm - 7:30
That's Not Me
Director: Gregory Erdstein
Venue: TBD

85 min // 2017 // Australia, USA
Synopsis: Polly's dreams of making it as an actor are shattered when her identical twin sister Amy lands a plum role in an HBO show and starts dating Jared Leto. Mistaken for her famous sister at every turn, Polly decides to use her sister's celebrity for her own advantage – free clothes, free booze, casual sex... with disastrous consequences for them both.

6 pm - 8 pm
Short Block 6
Venue: TBD

8 pm - 9:30 pm
Not Black Enough
Director: Tracey Anarella
Venue: TBD

83 min // 2017 // USA
World Premiere

Synopsis: Not Black Enough is a film about class warfare and the cross-tides that African-Americans are dealing with within the black community. The film takes a sometimes humorous, always personal, brutally honest and insightful look into a seldom-explored phenomenon that is pervasive in the black culture- The ostracizing of blacks for being Not Black Enough. Not Black Enough, a feature length documentary, will explore the reasons behind this practice of fear and loathing internal to the black community.

10 pm - 11:30 pm
Even Lovers Get the Blues
Director: Laurent Micheli
Venue: TBD

95 min // 2016 // Belgium
Synopsis: Ana is sleeping with Hugo, Dalhia with Graciano, Léo with Louis, and Arthur with everyone. Parties and love affairs lead to heart searching, deep desires and the craving to live life to the full. Even Lovers Get the Blues draws the portrait of the love and sexual lives of disenchanted and passionate young people.

10:30 pm - 12 pm
Short Block (Horror Shorts)
Venue: TBD

April 30, 2017
10 am - 12 pm
Can't Be Stopped
Director: Cody Smith
Venue: TBD

102 min // 2016 // USA
World Premiere

Synopsis: The story of 'Can't Be Stopped' is born through the unbreakable bond of brotherhood between displaced youth in the graffiti scene on the streets of Hollywood circa 1980's. C.B.S. are the initials that are united by the crews' father figure 'Skate' (R.I.P. 1969-1993), his teachings, guidance and legacy are reverberated with the integrity of the subculture in 2015. The kinship that is forged through graffiti art, hip hop, punk rock, skating and ultimate survival creates a narrative that is the focal point of this film. Graffiti art is a global movement that represents a city's culture, strife, struggles and character. C.B.S. has been at the forefront of the graffiti world since the mid 80's and has an influence in the art forms sustainability and transcendence from its early roots and negative connotations to its prosperity and social acceptance today.

10 am - 12 pm
Short Block 8
Venue: TBD

12 pm - 1 pm
Director: Ludwig Ciupka
Venue: TBD

121 min // 2016 // Canada
Synopsis: The film tells the story of a young man and his pursuit of true happiness in the modern world. Captured with his own hands, using some of the very devices that epitomize modern day life, he shares his breathtaking journey of self-discovery and shared challenges. His intimate, personal story comes to life on the big screen in a way that will both captivate and resonate with every one of us.

12 pm - 2 pm
Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise
Director: Jennifer Townsend
Venue: TBD

87 min // 2016 // USA
World Premiere

Synopsis: A most relevant film about how women experience the world. Through film clips and commentary, "Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise" explores themes of particular consequence to women: female friendship, personal freedom, harassment, rape, and empowerment. Our guides on this journey are female and male filmgoers who, in 1991, wrote letters sharing their thoughts and feelings about Thelma & Louise. They revisit their original impressions, comparing them with how they feel today. What, if anything, has changed in the way women are treated by the world?

2 pm - 4 pm
June Falling Down
Director: Rebecca Weaver
Venue: TBD

115 min // 2016 // USA
LA premiere

Synopsis: After wandering aimlessly for the year after her father's death, June Larson is returning home for Harley's wedding - her best friend, the love that could have been. Now, lost in grief over her father's cancer, she's not quite ready to let Harley go so easily.

4 pm - 6 pm
Documentary Block 3
Venue: TBD

SHORT FILM 1 | Elias' Stand
Director: Jyllian Gunther
20 min // 2016 // USA

Synopsis: Elias is kid with a mission. Since realizing where meat came from at four years of age, Elias has been a passionate vegetarian, vocal about his love of animals. However, his younger brother Theo remains unconvinced. Despite their differences, the boys band together for Elias's latest venture: fundraising for a local animal sanctuary.
SHORT FILM 2 | The Memory of Fish
Directors: Jennifer Galvin & Sachi Cunningham
10 min 47s // 2016 // USA
U.S. Premiere

Synopsis: The Memory of Fish is a documentary portrait of one man, the wild salmon he loves, and his fight to free a river.
SHORT FILM 3 | Requiem for My Mother
Director: David Haugland
57 min // 2016 // USA
U.S. Premiere

Synopsis: Moving story of composer Stephen Edwards and his musical quest to deal with the loss of his mother, who was a noted choral conductor. Film covers the struggles of composing a major work in her honor, and getting a choir of almost 200 Americans prepared to perform at a famous festival in Vatican City for a performance that was broadcast worldwide.

4:30 pm - 6 pm
Counting for Thunder
Director: Phillip Irwin Cooper
Venue: TBD

103 min // 2015 // USA
Synopsis: An actor unlucky in work, money and love goes back home to the deep south to help out during a family crisis and is inspired to find his true voice as his mother is finally finding hers.

4 pm - 6 pm
Short Block
Venue: TBD

6:30 pm - 8 pm
Awards Ceremony/ Closing Reception
Venue: TBD

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